OUR TEAM

We are a highly experienced, multidisciplinary team whose skills are focused on client service and investment management.


Monica Lin
Managing Partner, Executive Chairperson (16+ years’ experience)


  • Monica is an experienced business strategist, chartered accountant and M&A specialist.
  • She has significant private equity experience and has held senior positions at KPMG, Deloitte and Zion Capital where she led deal origination and execution in EMEA.
  • Monica holds an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield School of Management and an MA in Economics from Peking University. At Hywin Wealth she is Executive Chairperson responsible for business strategy and finance.

Dr. Chris Donegan
Partner CRO (26 years’ experience)


  • A former strategy consultant at Accenture, Chris joined UBS in 1994 where he was responsible for business risk management in the equity derivatives division, managing over £50bn in transactions across the USA and European time zones.
  • In 2000 Chris co-founded and led the European American Banking Group as CEO growing headcount to >300 in the USA and Europe and reaching an Enterprise Value of $100m in four years.
  • Chris holds a Ph.D from Imperial College and is ranked as one of the worlds top 300 IP strategists. At Hywin Wealth Chris serves as Chief Risk Officer.

Bhavin Vadher
Head of Compliance (20+ years’ experience)


  • Bhavin is the Head of Compliance (SMF16 Compliance Oversight & SMF17 Anti-Money Laundering officer) at Hywin Wealth LLP UK.
  • With over 20 years’ regulatory and compliance experience working within the UK financial services industry, in senior management positions.
  • Bhavin has responsibility of overseeing our compliance and managing regulatory risk in line with FCA authorisation.
  • Bhavin holds regulatory qualifications, including a Diploma in Investment compliance and regulation.

Sophie Zheng
Head of China Desk (12+ years’ experience)


  • Sophie works in the relationship management team at Hywin serving international private clients. She is a CeMAP, DipFA qualified property specialist who formerly provided mortgage advice to high net worth individuals at Bank of China.
  • Prior to this she worked at HSBC and Lloyds in Manchester and London where she provided financial and mortgage advice to private clients.
  • Sophie holds a first-class degree in Law from Liaoning University in China and a Masters (LLM) in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

ChengWan Zheng CFA
Head of Investment (13+ years experiences)


  • ChengWan heads up the investment activities and is part of the Investment Committee here at Hywin Wealth.
  • Prior to joining Hywin Wealth, ChengWan was a Portfolio Manager at Sandaire, a London based multi-family office. Over his 8 years at Sandaire, he was responsible for managing a wide range of portfolios from charity funds to equity only absolute return mandates. Prior to Sandaire, ChengWan worked for Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and within private equity settings.
  • ChengWan is a CFA and obtained an MBA degree from Manchester Business School and a B.S. Degree in Finance from Arizona State University from the USA.

Katie Austin
Office Manager (16+ years’ experience)


  • Katie brings over 16 years’ administrative experience in the financial industry.
  • At Hywin, Katie assists with implementation of firm policies and procedures, oversees the administration of HR practices, and maintains the accounts department.
  • Prior to joining Hywin, she has worked for both Investment Management and Corporate Finance companies in London, covering Client Relations, Accounting and Compliance assistance functions.