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John Lee

John Lee is CEO/CIO of Meritz Asset Management. He has been working in the investment industry since 1985. Previously John Lee, was a Managing Director/ Senior Portfolio Manager at Lazard Asset Management. He led the Korea equity team and was responsible for investments in Korea. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Lee was a Managing Director at Deutsche Investment Management Americas Inc., and a member of the Global Equity Group, focusing on investments in Korea. He was the lead portfolio manager for „The Korea Fund‟ (listed on the NYSE), „Korea Equity Fund‟, „Korea Open Fund‟, and the „Hankang Restructuring Fund‟. He joined Scudder, Stevens and Clark (Scudder) in 1991 where he immediately started working on The Korea Fund, the first NYSE listed closedend fund. Since 1991, Mr. Lee has managed „The Korea Fund‟ and through his active involvement and in-depth of knowledge of Korean companies, the fund has achieved consistent and strong performance, proving the success of long-term investment in Korea. As a result of his long-term dedication and experience managing the fund, Mr. Lee is an expert in the dynamics of the Korean market, and has contributed greatly to its development and has been a consistent advocate of the value of long-term investment in Korean equities. In 2008 his team was awarded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy for contribution to foreign inbound investment to Korea and in December 2009, Mr. Lee was awarded by the Financial Services Commission for his outstanding efforts and contribution to the Korean capital market. Mr. Lee is a Certified Public Accountant and worked at KPMG Peat Marwick prior to Scudder. He studied Economics at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea from 1978 to 1980 and received a B.S. in Accounting from New York University in 1985. In 2010, Mr. Lee, published a book in Korea titled “Why Equities”.

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O-Jin Kwon

O-Jin Kwon is a Lead Portfolio Manager/Senior Analyst on the Equity Team covering small cap and holding companies. Prior to joining the Firm in December 2013, he was a Senior Portfolio Manager/Senior Analyst at Lazard Asset Management where he managed a mandate for one of the largest sovereign wealth funds from October 2008 to April 2013 and he advised the Korea Corporate Governance Strategy. Prior to joining Lazard in January 2005, O-Jin was an Equity Portfolio Manager/Senior Analyst at Deutsche Investment Trust Management Company where he managed the New Korea Fund, Prior to joining Deutsche in April 2002, he was an Equity Portfolio Manager/Senior Analyst at Zurich Scudder Investments Korea Ltd, Prior to joining Zurich Scudder in September 2001, O-Jin was a Senior Investment Analyst for the Korea Fund and Hankang Restructuring Fund at Daewoo Capital Management Company, Inc., from June 1994 to August 2001. He has a BA in Business Administration from Sungkyunkwan University.

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Hong-Suk Kim

Hong-Suk Kim is a Portfolio Manager/Analyst on the Equity Team covering the financial and consumer sector. Prior to joining the Firm in 2013, he was a portfolio manager/analyst at Lazard Korea Asset Management since 2004. His research focus has been in the financial sector and Automotive industry. Prior to Lazard, Hong-Suk was an Equity Research Analyst for Deutsche Investment Trust Management Company. Previously he was a Corporate Finance Specialist for Deloitte & Touche, a Financial Consultant for Chunchoo & Associates, LLP and a Management Consultant for IBS Consulting Group. Hong-Suk began working in the investment industry in 1999. He received his MBA with an emphasis on Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics (Finland) and a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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Joo-Yon Hong

Joo-Yon Hong is an Equity Specialist on the Equity Team. Previously she has covered the consumer and healthcare sector until 2014. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, she was an analyst at Lazard Korea Asset Management covering the consumer and healthcare sector since in 2004. Prior to Lazard, she was a junior analyst for Deutsche Investment Trust Management covering small and mid-cap stocks. Previously Joo-Yon worked in Offshore Fund Operations for Asian Strategic Partners Investment. She has been working in the investment industry since 2002. Joo-Yon has a BA in Business Administration and English from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

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Kayla Mu

Kayla (Kuei-Fang) Mu is an Analyst on the Equity Team covering Chinese Equities. Prior to joining the Firm in 2013, she was an analyst at Lazard Korea Asset Management, covering Korean information technology, telecommunication and entertainment sector since 2010. Prior to Lazard, she was a member of the equity research department as a Junior Research Analyst at Woori Investment Securities in Hong Kong covering Asian technology companies. Previously, Kayla worked as a Korean equity analyst at Bloomberg Hong Kong. Kayla has a MA in Finance from Korea University and BA in Business Administration from the same school. Kayla is fluent in Chinese, Korean and English.

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Kwang-Woo Jeong

Kwang-Woo Jeong is an Analyst on the Equity Team covering the Healthcare sector and Automotive industry. He began working in the investment field in 2012. Prior to joining the team in 2013, Kwang-Woo worked in the equity department of Woori Investment Securities, Prime Brokerage Team. Kwang-Woo worked as an intern for the Korean Equity Team at Lazard Korea Asset Management. He has a BA in Business Administration from Korea University.

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Hyung-Suk Kim

Hyung-Suk Kim is an Analyst on Equity Team covering industrial and materials sectors. He began working in the investment field in 2013. Prior to joining the team in 2014, Hyung-Suk worked in the equity sales department of Korea Investment Securities. He has a BA in Business Administration from Peking University.

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Tae-Hee Kim

Tae-Hee Kim is an Analyst on the Equity Team covering IT, Telco, and Entertainment sectors She began working in the investment field in 2012. Prior to joining the team in 2015, Tae-Hee worked in the equity department of KDB DaeWoo Securities. Tae-Hee worked as an intern for the Korean Equity Team at Lazard Korea Asset Management. She has a BA in Business Administration from Ewha Womens University.

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Jay (Jianyu) Kang

Jay (Jianyu) Kang is an Analyst on the Equity Team covering China equities. Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, he was a research analyst at Jichengli Futures (located in Dalian, China) covering international commodities research and analysis since 2009. Jay has a MS in Mathematical Finance from Seoul National University (South Korea) and B.S. in Mathematics from University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA). He is fluent in Chinese, English and Korean.

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Joo-Yon Hong

Joo-Yon Hong is a Portfolio Manager on Global Healthcare Team. Previously Prior to joining the firm in 2013, she was an analyst at Lazard Korea Asset Management covering the consumer and healthcare sector since in 2004. Prior to Lazard, she was a junior analyst for Deutsche Investment Trust Management covering small and mid-cap stocks. Previously Joo-Yon worked in Offshore Fund Operations for Asian Strategic Partners Investment. She has been working in the investment industry since 2002. Joo-Yon has a BA in Business Administration and English from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

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Jang-Ho Cho

Jang-Ho Jo: Jang-Ho Cho is an Analyst on the Global Healthcare Team. He began working in the investment field in 2015. Prior to joining the team in 2016, Jang-Ho worked as an intern at BNP Paribas Security and Franklin Templeton Investments. He has a BA in Business Administration from Yeonsei University.

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Kayla(Kuei-Fang) Mu

Kayla (Kuei-Fang) Mu is a Portfolio Manager on China Team. Prior to joining the Firm in 2013, she was an analyst at Lazard Korea Asset Management, covering Korean information technology, telecommunication and entertainment sector since 2010. Prior to Lazard, she was a member of the equity research department as a Junior Research Analyst at Woori Investment Securities in Hong Kong covering Asian technology companies. Previously, Kayla worked as a Korean equity analyst at Bloomberg Hong Kong. Kayla has a MA in Finance from Korea University and BA in Business Administration from the same school. Kayla is fluent in Chinese, Korean and English.

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Chuhua Piao

Chuhua Piao: Chuhua is an Analyst on the China Equity. Prior to joining the Firm in 2016, she has worked in BOE Technology Group in China for 4 years in Mobile TFT-LCD Strategy Department. Chuhua has a MA in Finance from Chung-Ang University and BA in China-Korea Economic and trade from Minzu University of China. Chuhua is fluent in Chinese and Korean.

Team Bio

Equity Role/Responsibility Yrs. Industry Experience Yrs. with the team
John Lee CEO/CIO 32 23
Korea
Hong-Suk Kim Portfolio Manager/Analyst
(Consumer/Financials)
17 16
Hyung-Suk Kim Analyst
(Industrials/Materials)
4 2
China Kayla(Kuei-Fang) Mu Portfolio Manager/Analyst
(China Equities)
11 6
Chuhua Piao Analyst
(China Equities)
4 1
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