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Setting up a tech specialist investment bank back in 2000, just as the market began to tail off, was a challenge. But for Hazel Moore it was just another hurdle to be overcome.

A year ago, co-founder and chairman of FirstCapital Hazel Moore picked up the Women in Private Equity award for the best corporate finance adviser, and in June she collected the First Woman in Finance award. It has been quite some journey.

Having graduated in 1990 from the University of Cambridge with a degree in natural sciences (material science and metallurgy), she travelled to Hong Kong to study, of all things, karate. Seduced by the place, she decided she wanted to stay and began applying for jobs. “I almost fell into financial services opportunistically,” she says. “I thought I’d be able to learn quickly.” And where did she land? A major Asian stockbroker WI Carr, which had a presence in Hong Kong since 1969 when the City of London firm spotted the opportunity in East Asia. She started in the broker’s equity research department, and focused on telecoms and technology.

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