BOC International Holdings aims to be the largest investment bank in Asia outside Japan

FOUNDED

1998

HEADQUARTERS

Hong Kong

RANK

Largest retail broker in Hong Kong; third-largest IPO banker in non-Japan Asia last year, behind Merrill Lynch and CSFB

PROFIT

$45 million in 2001

CAPITAL

More than $450 million

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Li Shan, since November

LI'S CHALLENGE

Exploit the five-year window until the Chinese market opens to full foreign competition under China's World Trade Organization agreement

Data: BOC International Holdings Ltd., BusinessWeek

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