James Choa

James Choa
Adjunct Instructor of Finance

James Choa is the founder of Elfoso Holdings Limited, a private investment advisory firm. Before founding Elfoso Holdings, James was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Asian Special Situations Group in Hong Kong where he was responsible for multi-strategy investments in Asia, covering pre-IPO investments, PIPEs, high-yield loans, distressed debts, and other value-oriented investments.

James launched his career at BT Wolfensohn in New York - a boutique M&A advisory firm founded by former World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn. There, he honed his skills in mergers, acquisitions, and corporate reorganization.  Later, he further advanced his investment career at private equity firm Ripplewood Holdings specializing in leveraged buyouts. While at Ripplewood, James was seconded to Kraton Polymers, a specialty chemical company in Houston, Texas, to oversee its operational turnaround before receiving his MBA from the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania, in 2006.  

James graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Management & Technology Program as an undergraduate with dual degrees in Systems Engineering and Finance in 1998. He’s an active alumni of Penn and has been involved with the undergraduate admission interview committee since 2015.  James is serving as an advisor to the Hong Kong Cyberport Incubation Program and a mentor in the Hong Kong Science Park Business Angel Network. James is a Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) and a member of the CFA Society of China. James lives in Shanghai with his wife and son.



  • MBA, Corporate Restructuring & Turnaround Management
    The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 

  • BSE, Finance
    The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

  • BAS, Systems Engineering 
    The School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

  • Charted Financial Analyst (CFA)
    CFA Institute


Research Interests

  • Value investing

  • Private equity

  • Distress assets

  • Corporate restructuring