I advise companies on Mergers, Acquisitions and New Business
Kuo-Yu Liang 梁國瑜 (he/him)
Provide advice on mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, strategy and business development.
Who is Ku:
Participated in Astra Publishing House acquiring DAW Books.
Advised companies from Abu Dhabi, Canada, Italy, Korea, Sharjah and the US.
Focus on anime, audiobook, book, collectibles, comics, distribution, events, games, graphic novel, manga and webcomics.
Launched Diamond Book Distributors to sell books, collectibles, games, graphic novels & manga in 71 countries.
At Random House acquired Star Wars, Halo, Philip Pullman, Doctor Who, Peanuts, Major League Baseball, R.A. Salvatore and Greg Bear.
Worked on the global events portfolio at ReedPOP including New York Comic Con, Comic Con Africa, Comic Con Seoul, MCM London and BookExpo.
Serving on the Book Industry Charitable Foundation board supporting book & comic store employees. Also serving on the advisory boards of Shelf Awareness, Big Bad Wolf Sharjah, GeekGirlCon and Reading With Pictures.
Served on advisory boards for Bertelsmann, Lucasfilm Licensing, and ReedPOP Global Strategy Group.
Have been interviewed by CNN, Project Anime, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal.
Have been a speaker at New York Comic Con, Int'l Game Developers Association, Anime Expo Lite, Writer Fest Nashville, Bologna Children's Book Fair and World Webtoon Forum.
Have worked in a bookstore, sold video games, led an ebook team. Have done business in Australia, England, Japan, Singapore and South Africa.. Ku has seen the elephant.
For M&A I earn a success fee based on the purchase price
For advisory I ask for a retainer fee
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
What I do
Mergers & Acquisitions
Help clients sell whole companies, shares, divisions, or selected assets.
Advise companies on strategy, partnerships and joint ventures.
Help companies expand into new products and markets and talent recruiting.
Business Development Leadership panel for the International Game Developers Association
Watch me on the International Game Developers Association leadership in business development panel, and interviewed by CNN about the 2018 Comic Con Africa launch.
I speak to comic book lawyer Gamal Hennessy about understanding your rights as a creator as part of Project Anime.
Current and Past Clients
ALO | Book Industry Charitable Foundation | Clover Press | DAW Books | Devil's Due | Elcograf | Erasmus Fox | Fair Square Comics | Fan Expo | Forgotten Runes Wizards Cult | Geek Girl Con | Girl Friday | KOTRA (The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency | Leftfield Media | Lyte | Post Hill Press | Premier Collectibles | RB Media | Reading With Pictures | Sandstorm Studio | Seven Seas Entertainment | Sharjah Book Authority | Shelf Awareness | Simon & Schuster Client Service | The Story Division
News & Schedule
Ku will attend Emerald City Comic Con, Frankfurt Book Fair, New York Comic Con, Sharjah International Book Fair, Anime NYC.
Ku was named as an advisor to Sandstorm, Abu Dhabi's new comic book studio in March, 2022.
Ku was a guest on the Future of Digital Manga panel at SaturdayCon in January, 2022.
Ku was a guest on the Saturday FM podcast in December, 2021.
Ku spoke at WriterFest Nashville in November, 2021.
Ku has been named to the board of directors at Book Industry Charitable Foundation , GeekGirl Con and Reading With Pictures.
Ku was a speaker at Beyond Games 2021, The World Webtoon Forum 2020, The IGDA business development leadership panel 2021, Anime Expo Lite 2021 (as moderator) and Kids Comics Insider 2021.
Ku have been interviewed by CNN, Reuters, Comic Con India Geekly, ICV2, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal.
Ku recently attended SakuraCon and Middle East Film & Comic Con.
Press & Publications:
Mentioned in Shelf Awareness article on Astra Publishing House acquiring DAW Books (July, 2022)
Comment in Project Anime on 2022 anime & manga industry predictions (January, 2022)
Comment in Publishers Weekly about the return of New York Comic Con (October, 2021)
Comment in Project Anime about the Crunchyroll-Funimation unified anime subscription experience (September, 2021)
Interviewed by Publishers Weekly about the return of in-person comic cons (July, 2021)
Interviewed by Publisher Weekly podcast about Marvel and Penguin Random House entering the comics business together. (April, 2021)
Co-wrote an Op-Ed in Project Anime about the future of pop culture conventions after Covid. (March, 2021)
Written the 2021 Library Journal annual graphic novel & manga preview. (April, 2021)
Interviewed by journalist Rob Salkowitz about Marvel going to Penguin Random House for comic stores distribution. (March, 2021)
''Kuo-Yu is perhaps the most connected, respected, and strategic thinker I've ever met in the pop culture space. He knows and appreciates how the markets operate at a global level, and can piece it all together with a perspective that is unrivaled.
Most importantly though – he truly, genuinely cares about people that work in this industry and wants folks to succeed, and will move mountains to help others.''
– Guy ''Yug'' Blomberg, Founder, Game Industry Gathering