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Two prominent members of San Francisco's financial community have made the long journey from Wall Street to the Great Wall in hopes of bringing U.S.-style investment banking to China.
Calvin Grigsby, president and CEO of Grigsby Brandford & Co., and Sandy Robertson, partner of Robertson Stephens & Co., last week were part of a Presidential Business Development Mission organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The group traveled to three economic centers in China -- Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou -- as well as Hong Kong.
The goal: to foster business ties with the world's fastest-growing economy, while businesses here try to capitalize on an estimated $350 …