Bankers: Here's 10 Reasons Why You Should Request A Transfer To Shanghai Right Now

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Yesterday we found out that Shanghai needs you (yes, you) to go work in its financial sector. Beijing wants the city to become a financial hub to rival New York and London by 2020.

Apparently one of the biggest hindrances to that goal being achieved, is there aren’t enough financial professionals there.

That means, of course, the city will have to be banker-friendly, so we decided to check it out for you.

As it turns out, the most populated city in China may, in fact, already be ready for you.

2. You won't be alone, there are tons of expats living in Shanghai.

The come from everywhere from Sydney to Berlin. Since China's economic boom began, many multi-national companies (and some Fortune 500s like Kraft and Walt Disney) decided to move their HQs to Shanghai.

That has attracted more foreigners to work for their home countrys' brands. Check out sites like and to get the low-down on the scene (and to check out their parties- like the one pictured here).

3. All the big banks are there

JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley have both entereded into joint venture project with Shanghai securities firms

  • JPMorgan will own 33% of a firm started with First Capital Securities
  • Morgan Stanley will own 33% of a firm it starts with Huaxin Securities

The agreement was made at the beginning of this year. A licence to enter the Chinese market had not been given to a U.S. bank in 6 years.

4. But if you don't want to do real work, they'll pay you just for showing up.

According to The Atlantic, Chinese companies are paying white Westerners in suits $1000 a week to be stay at fancy hotels and wine, dine and shake hands potential clients/business associates. Apparently, an American company hires these fake businessmen for Chinese companies to give them face. It's called 'quality control.'

Mostly, these hires just hang out. One exec told Atlantic writer Mitch Moxley that they needed him for one week a month and that he could sit in the office and watch movies. Sometimes though, it gets complicated. One hire had to give a speech on reducing carbon em missions for a California based company.

5. Wondering where you'll live? Shanghai is getting its own Greenwich CT, Its called FengXian

The area is meant to put all Shanghai area hedge funds in one place. It's about 1.8 miles out of the city, and it's in the shape of triangle (like Greenwich), expect to see a lot of fellow ex-pats and bankers around.

Or maybe you can live here -- in The Paris of the East

Hang out in Shanghai's French Concession (area once designated for the French) and you'll feel transported to Western Europe. The neighbourhood is full of great shopping, nightlife and food... we hear Nepali Kitchen is quite delicious.

8. Want to get fancy and your tux is getting lonely in the closet? Try Brawl on the Bund

Brawl on the Bund is an annual black tie charity event to support Leo's Foundation- an organisation that helps premature babies with respiratory problems and supports Fudan Children's Hospital. Guests enjoy a five course meal, wine, and 7 boxing matches.

Source: Double Dragon Alliance

And if you feel like making a trip to Southern China, you may want to check out Macao.

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