Umakantha Panigarhi, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps
Karan Kalra, Leader , Nishith Desai Associates
Karan Gupta, Partner, BDO
Rajesh Sehgal, Managing Partner, Equanimity Investments
Rajesh Sehgal, CFA is the Managing Partner and founder of Equanimity Investments. Equanimity is a Venture Capital firm passionate about the early stage ecosystem, working closely with businesses that leverage technology to build world class products and offer best in class services. He is a Wharton alumnus in addition to being an XLRI management graduate specialising in finance and marketing. He is a CFA charter holder and has earned a post-graduate diploma in Securities Law from Mumbai University.
Rajesh is a long-term investor with tremendous breadth and depth of experience managing early stage investments, private equity and public equity funds for over two decades. Having worked with Dr. Mark Mobius at Franklin Templeton Investments for over 17 years, he gained on-the-ground experience in emerging market countries across Asia, Africa, East Europe and Latin America, having invested across various industries and businesses spanning different stages of their lifecycle.
Rajesh has the distinction of being the Founding Chair of the India chapter of CRUF, a global body set up in 2005 for users of financial reports to be an open forum for learning about and responding to the many accounting and regulatory changes that affect corporate reporting. He is a Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur), a global non-profit community that works to help entrepreneurs in all ways.
At TiE, Rajesh is co-chair of the FinTech focused special interest group that spearheads TiE Mumbai’s focussed effort to help the FinTech community.
Rajesh has been active in the Indian startup ecosystem since 2007 as a dedicated angel investor having invested in 22 startups, working closely with the management teams in most cases and successfully securing exits in a handful of these investments.
Siddharth Nair, Partner - Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Siddharth Nair is a Partner in Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and specializes in the fields of venture capital and private equity investments.
Siddharth advises some of the world’s leading venture capital and private equity funds. The funds that he has acted for in the past two years include:
Amadeus Capital Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Catamaran Ventures, Greater Pacific Capital, Kalaari Capital, Matrix Partners, Naspers, Norwest Venture Partners, Omidyar Networks, Quona Capital, SBI Ven Capital
Siddharth also advises startups during their fundraises, across venture capital and venture debt transactions. The startups that he has advised on such transactions recently include Capillary Technologies, Faasos, Lendingkart.com, Nxtgen, Pepperfry.com, Pharm Easy and Swiggy.
Professional Memberships | Karnataka State Bar Council
Education | B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), National Law School Of India University
Vikas Suresh, Founder & Director, Unithos Business Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Vikas has around 20 years of experience in corporate advisory and valuations across diverse industries. His stints include valuation advisory at KPMG, strategic advisory at Ernst & Young India Private Limited, Corporate & Strategic Advisory at the Murugappa Group.
During his consulting career, Vikas has worked across industry sectors including auto ancillary, Engineering, manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals and information technology. Vikas has extensive experience in valuations of businesses, equity and brands and has advised a wide range of clients on merger swap ratios, joint venture situations, valuation advice to boards for divestitures or acquisitions, valuations for group consolidations, regulatory valuations, valuations for business restructuring, portfolio valuations, brands and other intangibles valuation.
His key clients include ABB, DMG, Bosch, MAN, Ashok Leyland Group, GMR Group, Rane Group, BGR Energy, SICAL, Aurobindo Pharma, Wheels India, Samsung, Accel Frontline, TechMahindra, Mithra Group, Sagar Cements, etc. He has supported joint valuation discussions between JV partners for issue of shares or transfer of stakes. He has assisted clients like Ashok Leyland, DMG, Rane Group, Mahindra Group, BGR Energy, Ichikoh, Harita Group, Apotex Pharmaceuticals, Toyota Tsusho.
Sathya Ramanathan, Director - Technology Investment Banking, EY LLP
Experienced and trusted advisor to technology companies, both established and emerging, in Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) & Capital raise matters.
Sathya has 11 years of work in Corporate Finance and Strategy areas, he acquired and demonstrated highly specialized skills in M&A and Capital Raise activities while advising and assisting Private Equity, Private, and Listed company clients. In addition to his skills in Strategy and Finance, he also possesses a deep understanding of the technology sector in the Software Products, Services and Infrastructure areas.
Cross-border M&A – both Sell side and Buy side
Capital Raising and Private placements
Corporate Finance and Valuations
Technology Sector (Software Services, Products and Infrastructure)
Mentoring and People Management
BE – Mechanical, College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai
IIM Cancutta – PGDM
Revathy Ashok, Angel Investor – IAN, Co-Founder Strategy Garage
Revathy Ashok is the Co-Founder of Strategy Garage a strategy and growth consulting firm for start ups, mid and early stage companies, helping them build value and scale. She is an active Angel Investor, a member of the Indian Angel Network and LetsVenture investing platforms with investments in over 15 start ups such as Druva, Jigsee(exited), Pikkol, Wishberry, Xprime, Stelae, Saahas etc. and works closely with her investee companies on strategy, growth and governance.
Previously as Managing Director, Tishman Speyer, PE Fund (USD 53 Bn AUM), she set up the India operations, oversaw investments of USD 150 Mn over four years. During her tenure with Syntel, a US based Nasdaq listed IT services company as worldwide CFO, the company saw rapid growth and increase in market cap from USD 600 Mn to USD 1.2 Bn.
Revathy is a Member on Boards of several leading giants in the country listed or public limited such as Welspun, Quess Corporation, and also Chair of the Audit Committee in Astra Zeneca, ADC, Microland, Shell–MRPL, Sansera and on the Advisory Boards of start ups.
Recently Inc 42, named her as one of the leading women angel investors in the country. In 2011, Revathy was nominated by CII as one of the top women achievers in Business in South India and is a gold medalist from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.