Walter van Damme

Country Advisor - China/APAC

Walter is an Associate Partner at IMPROVED.

As our in-country specialist on China, he advises IMPROVED’s clients and partners on Chinese and APAC market developments. Walter started his career in law, working for the international law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.
In 2001, Walter co-founded First Dutch Capital, a leading corporate finance and investment banking boutique located in the Netherlands. Following his time at First Dutch Capital, he entered the Chinese market working for Kardan. As CEO of Kardan, he led the real estate division and oversaw projects in Changzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang, Xi’an and Dalian.

Today, Walter serves as the Executive President for the Chinese Real Estate investment firm, Fosun Hive.
Walter helps our clients gain access to China and APAC through his extensive network of contacts whilst also ensuring our clients are familiar with the market dynamics when engaging regional investors. Walter graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Master’s degree in Law. He also holds a Master’s degree in Finance from TIAS School for Business and Society and a Master’s degree in Economics from Hogeschool of Economic Studies in Amsterdam.