Board of Directors

Our Board consists of Industry experts who have constantly provided strategic direction to the company.

Ajay Garg

Ajay Garg

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Ajay Garg

Managing Director

Ajay Garg is the founder of Equirus Capital. Ajay is a veteran investment banker, with over 22 years of experience in Investment Banking. He is acknowledged as being amongst the top deal makers in the country. He started his career with DSP Merrill Lynch where he was involved with several landmark deals during his stint there between 1996–2002. Prior to setting up Equirus in 2007, he was the group CEO of a leading investment bank which he co founded. Ajay holds a first degree in engineering and is a post graduate in management from IIM, Ahmedabad. Ajay can be reached at ajay@equirus.com

Mr. Rajiv Agarwal

Rajiv Agarwal

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Rajiv Agarwal

Rajiv Agarwal is currently associated with the private equity set-up of Rare Enterprises ("Rare") as a Principal. Rare enterprises is and asset management firm owned by Mr. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.

He started his career with Accenture in 1993 and spent 12 years consulting with over 70+ organizations in India, Europe, South East Asia and Middle East. During this period he has worked in diverse industries such as Airlines, Biotechnology, Chemicals, Engineering and Construction, Iron and Steel, Pharmaceuticals and Oil & Gas. Rajiv joined Rare Enterprises in 2005 to assist Mr. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala with his investments in sectors such sectors such as education and healthcare, digital media, oil & gas, healthcare and biotechnology. Rajiv is a B. Tech-Chemical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University. Rajiv currently holds Directorship with Aptech Ltd., Care Hospitals, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., John Energy and Concord Biotech.

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Ajit Deshmukh

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Ajit Deshmukh

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

Ajit Deshmukh has over 25 years of management and leadership experience. He has been associated with Equirus in leading the technology space and had played a leadership role in cross border Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and fund raising for technology companies in IT industry & Investment Banking industry. He also heads the digital practise where we work with new age tech driven startups on their seed, growth capital, and M&A requirements. Prior to joining Equirus he was the founder of Wizarth Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm that offered financial advisory service to cross boarder M&A transactions.

Mr. Deshmukh has been working with founders of IT companies and CEOs of High growth companies in their Inorganic Initiatives. He brings in an unique combination of understanding of Technology, Business, Entrepreneurship allowing him to be an Advisor of choice for several companies. He has successfully handled Technology leadership positions at Citigroup and US Dept. of Defence. Ajit has nearly 15 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur in IT and Financial services. He is a Post Graduate from NCST and BE in Electronics from Mumbai University. Ajit can be reached at ajit.deshmukh@equirus.com

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Harsh Dugar

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Harsh Dugar


Harsh Dugar is the Head of the Wholesale Banking Division at The Federal Bank Ltd. He joined Federal Bank in 2016, after completing 20 years in Corporate Banking, HDFC Bank.

Dugar brings along a significantly rich expertise in the field of Corporate Banking which spans across various Verticals and Geographies. His scope of work extends Pan India with complete responsibility on various aspects under Corporate, Institutional and Commercial Banking.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Accounting & Finance from the University of Calcutta as a University Topper. He is a qualified CWA with All India Rank holding and holds a Gold Medal in CFA along with an All India Rank . He was also a part time faculty with ICFAI Business School, Kolkata during his initial career.

Management Team

The Management team at Equirus has brought with it superior domain knowledge, market understanding and strong client and investor/lender relationships.

Ajay Garg

Ajay Garg

Managing Director

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Ajay Garg

Managing Director

Ajay Garg is the founder of Equirus Capital. Ajay is a veteran investment banker, with over 22 years of experience in Investment Banking. He is acknowledged as being amongst the top deal makers in the country. He started his career with DSP Merrill Lynch where he was involved with several landmark deals during his stint there between 1996–2002. Prior to setting up Equirus in 2007, he was the group CEO of a leading investment bank which he co founded. Ajay holds a first degree in engineering and is a post graduate in management from IIM, Ahmedabad. Ajay can be reached at ajay@equirus.com

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Ajit Deshmukh

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

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Ajit Deshmukh

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

Ajit Deshmukh has over 25 years of management and leadership experience. He has been associated with Equirus in leading the technology space and had played a leadership role in cross border Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and fund raising for technology companies in IT industry & Investment Banking industry. He also heads the digital practise where we work with new age tech driven startups on their seed, growth capital, and M&A requirements. Prior to joining Equirus he was the founder of Wizarth Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm that offered financial advisory service to cross boarder M&A transactions.

Mr. Deshmukh has been working with founders of IT companies and CEOs of High growth companies in their Inorganic Initiatives. He brings in an unique combination of understanding of Technology, Business, Entrepreneurship allowing him to be an Advisor of choice for several companies. He has successfully handled Technology leadership positions at Citigroup and US Dept. of Defence. Ajit has nearly 15 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur in IT and Financial services. He is a Post Graduate from NCST and BE in Electronics from Mumbai University. Ajit can be reached at ajit.deshmukh@equirus.com

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Donald D’Souza

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

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Donald D’Souza

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

Donald D'Souza is the Managing Director & Co-Head of Investment Banking at Equirus. He has been leading the BFSI space and driving the New Initiatives for the company. He comes with more than 25 years of experience in Investment banking. Prior to Equirus he was associated with HDFC Bank as Head of Equity Capital Markets in its Investment Banking division. He had held key positions at IIFL, Kotak, CLSA and JM Financial. He has worked with some of India's leading corporates and private equity groups and has expertise in most equity products in Investment Banking. Donald is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad (1995) batch. He can be reached at donald.dsouza@equirus.com

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Venkatraghavan S.

Managing Director & Head - Equity Capital Markets

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Venkatraghavan S.

Managing Director & Head - Equity Capital Markets

Mr. Venkatraghavan S. leads the Equity Capital Markets vertical. He has been working in the Investment Banking space for over 23 years, managing Capital Markets and M&A transactions across sectors.

Prior to Equirus, he was associated with IDFC Bank as Managing Director & Head – ECM. During his 15-year stint at IDFC’s Investment Banking practice (and in SSKI, before it was acquired by IDFC), he has successfully led many leading company IPOs & QIPs. He also had a stint with SBI Capital Markets for over 7 years advising on M&A and Advisory transactions. Venkatraghavan is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad (1996) Batch and IIT, Madras. He can be reached at venkat.s@equirus.com

Some of the Key Transactions:
IPOs, FPOs, QIPs, OFS, Rights: having started the Capital Markets practice in SSKI, has led all the transactions including 37 IPOs (including 1 of an Infrastructure Investment Trust), 4 FPOs, 2 Rights, 5 OFS and 43 QIPs.

During the tenure with SBI Capital Markets, his major completed assignments included advising the Government in the divestment of VSNL, and advising Sterlite in their successful bid for Hindustan Zinc Limited (including managing the ensuing Open Offer).

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Bhavesh A. Shah

Managing Director, Consumer & Healthcare Banking

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Bhavesh A. Shah

Managing Director, Consumer & Healthcare Banking

Bhavesh has an experience of over 22 years in Investment Banking and has been focussed on deal origination and execution across sectors. Bhavesh joined Equirus Capital from Avener Capital where he was the CEO to set up the investment banking business. Prior to that, Bhavesh was with JM Financial group for over 20 years. As a Managing Director – Investment Banking at JM Financial, he headed the Financial Sponsor Group and co-headed the Emerging Clients Division. He has been closely involved and instrumental in originating and closing some of the significant and marquee deals in the Indian private equity and capital markets. In 2006, he was with Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong, for a brief period covering the private equity investors in the Asia Pacific region. Bhavesh is a CFA charter holder from ICFAI, India, as well as from the CFA Institute, Virginia, USA. He can be reached at bhavesh.shah@equirus.com

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Satish Kumar

Head of Equities

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Satish Kumar

Head of Equities

Satish Kumar is the Head of Equities at Equirus Securities. He has over 16 years of experience in Equity Research, widely covering the Metals and Mining, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Cement, Chemicals and Capital goods sector. Prior to Equirus he was associated with CIMB Securities as Head of India Research. He closely worked as a part of the critical member for India business strategy team at CIMB. Before CIMB, he was Director – Research with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Satish has also held position of a lead Analyst during his stint with Standard Chartered Securities & Nomura Securities covering broad spectrum of sectors.
Satish is an alumnus of IIM Kolkatta and an Engineering Graduate. He can be reached at satish.kumar@equirus.com

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Ankur Maheshwari

Chief Executive Officer - Equirus Wealth Management

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Ankur Maheshwari

Chief Executive Officer - Equirus Wealth Management

Ankur has around 17 years of total experience, large part of which has been in the Wealth Management arena. Ankur carries with him rich experience in Investments Research, Advisory & Product verticals. He has also spent significant time in leading large sales team and building & scaling HNI & Mass Affluent Wealth Business. Prior to Equirus, Ankur was associated with Citibank for over a decade as Senior VP and National Head – Investments Sales. Ankur is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta. He completed B. Tech from Institute of Engineering & Technology, Lucknow. Ankur can be reached at ankur.maheshwari@equirus.com

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Munish Aggarwal

Director

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Munish Aggarwal

Director

Munish Aggarwal has over 14 years of work experience in investment banking and capital markets across India and South East Asia. Munish anchors the industry practice in Industrials and building materials and has led multiple marquee transactions. Prior to Equirus, he was working with JPMorgan India across the India and South East Asian region. He is a B.Tech in Textile Technology and MBA finance from Symbiosis, Pune. Munish can be reached at munish@equirus.com

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Viraj Mehta

Managing Director & Fund Manager

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Viraj Mehta

Managing Director & Fund Manager – Equirus PMS

Viraj Mehta has over 11 years of experience in the field of investing with an excellent and proven track record. The Equirus Long Horizon fund (ELHF) is one of the best performing funds since its launch in October 2016. Viraj was selected by Wall Street Journal (WSJ) as part of “Asia’s Master Stock Picker” series for India. He had been part of the award winning fund management team at Franklin Templeton Investments managing an AUM of ~US$ 6bn. Viraj had also been the lead analyst for managing the small companies fund at Franklin Templeton Investments. He is a MBA from MDI, Gurgaon & Chemical Engineer from Nirma Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad. Viraj can be reached at viraj.mehta@equirus.com

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Ashutosh Tiwari

Director & Head of Research

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Ashutosh Tiwari

Director & Head of Research

Ashutosh has over 10 years of experience in Equity research and 3 years in manufacturing. He was ranked No. 1 for Earning estimates in Auto Sector at Thomson Star Mine Analyst awards 2015. Prior to Investment banking, he has worked with Hindustan Zinc as Mining Engineer. He has done his B-Tech in Mining from IIT BHU and MBA from NMIMS. Ashutosh can be reached at ashutosh@equirus.com

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Vishad Turakhia

Head of Sales – Institutional Equities

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Vishad Turakhia

Head of Sales – Institutional Equities

Vishad has over 10 years of experience in Institutional Sales and Research. He was Instrumental in setting up the Institutional Sales Desk at his previous organization. Currently servicing FIIs based in Asia Pacific region along with Domestic Mutual Funds & Insurance companies. He has done his BMS & MBA from Mumbai University. Vishad can be reached at vishad.turakhia@equirus.com.

Mr. Nirav Shah

Vinay Pai

Head – Fixed Income

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Vinay Pai

Head – Fixed Income

Vinay Pai is Head – Fixed Income at Equirus Capital. He has over 28 years of experience in Financial Services industry and specialises in Fixed Income Markets, Intermediation, Origination, Distribution, Prior to Equirus, he was associated with Edelweiss,. In his earlier stint with the Exchanges MSC SX & BSE, he has been instrumental in setting up the Debt Segment at the exchange, OTC Reporting & Settlement Platform, and have represented the exchanges for COBOSAC Committee for Bond market Development. Vinay can be reached at vinay.pai@equirus.com

Investment Banking Team

The Investment banking team has an excellent track record in closing complex transactions across sectors.

Ajay Garg

Ajit Deshmukh

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

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Ajit Deshmukh

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

Ajit Deshmukh has over 25 years of management and leadership experience. He has been associated with Equirus in leading the technology space and had played a leadership role in cross border Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and fund raising for technology companies in IT industry & Investment Banking industry. He also heads the digital practise where we work with new age tech driven startups on their seed, growth capital, and M&A requirements. Prior to joining Equirus he was the founder of Wizarth Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm that offered financial advisory service to cross boarder M&A transactions.

Mr. Deshmukh has been working with founders of IT companies and CEOs of High growth companies in their Inorganic Initiatives. He brings in an unique combination of understanding of Technology, Business, Entrepreneurship allowing him to be an Advisor of choice for several companies. He has successfully handled Technology leadership positions at Citigroup and US Dept. of Defence. Ajit has nearly 15 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur in IT and Financial services. He is a Post Graduate from NCST and BE in Electronics from Mumbai University. Ajit can be reached at ajit.deshmukh@equirus.com

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Donald D’Souza

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

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Donald D’Souza

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

Donald D'Souza is the Managing Director & Co-Head of Investment Banking at Equirus. He has been leading the BFSI space and driving the New Initiatives for the company. He comes with more than 25 years of experience in Investment banking. Prior to Equirus he was associated with HDFC Bank as Head of Equity Capital Markets in its Investment Banking division. He had held key positions at IIFL, Kotak, CLSA and JM Financial. He has worked with some of India's leading corporates and private equity groups and has expertise in most equity products in Investment Banking. Donald is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad (1995) batch. He can be reached at donald.dsouza@equirus.com

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Bhavesh A. Shah

Managing Director, Consumer & Healthcare Banking

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Bhavesh A. Shah

Managing Director, Consumer & Healthcare Banking

Bhavesh has an experience of over 22 years in Investment Banking and has been focussed on deal origination and execution across sectors. Bhavesh joined Equirus Capital from Avener Capital where he was the CEO to set up the investment banking business. Prior to that, Bhavesh was with JM Financial group for over 20 years. As a Managing Director – Investment Banking at JM Financial, he headed the Financial Sponsor Group and co-headed the Emerging Clients Division. He has been closely involved and instrumental in originating and closing some of the significant and marquee deals in the Indian private equity and capital markets. In 2006, he was with Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong, for a brief period covering the private equity investors in the Asia Pacific region. Bhavesh is a CFA charter holder from ICFAI, India, as well as from the CFA Institute, Virginia, USA. He can be reached at bhavesh.shah@equirus.com

Sandeep Gogia

Sandeep Gogia

Director

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Sandeep Gogia

Director

Sandeep has over 15 years of Technology & Management experience across Investment banking, Manufacturing & Education. Prior to Equirus, he was associated with ICICI Corporate Business Group. Sandeep has successfully closed multiple cross border M&A transactions in the IT space. He is a B.Tech in Textile Technology from NIT and a MBA in Banking & Finance from Nanyang Business School, Singapore. Sandeep can be reached at sandeep.gogia@equirus.com

Mr. Nirav Shah

Nirav Shah

Director

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Nirav Shah

Director

Nirav has over 13 years of experience in Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Banking. He has experience of working on equity transactions in the Financial Services space across segments like Banks, NBFCs and HFCs. He is a CFA from ICFAI University and Commerce Graduate from N. M. College, Mumbai. Nirav can be reached at nirav.shah@equirus.com

Mr. Nirav Shah

Vinay Pai

Head – Fixed Income

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Vinay Pai

Head – Fixed Income

Vinay Pai is Head – Fixed Income at Equirus Capital. He has over 28 years of experience in Financial Services industry and specialises in Fixed Income Markets, Intermediation, Origination, Distribution, Prior to Equirus, he was associated with Edelweiss,. In his earlier stint with the Exchanges MSC SX & BSE, he has been instrumental in setting up the Debt Segment at the exchange, OTC Reporting & Settlement Platform, and have represented the exchanges for COBOSAC Committee for Bond market Development. Vinay can be reached at vinay.pai@equirus.com

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Munish Aggarwal

Director

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Munish Aggarwal

Director

Munish Aggarwal has over 14 years of work experience in investment banking and capital markets across India and South East Asia. Munish anchors the industry practice in Industrials and building materials and has led multiple marquee transactions. Prior to Equirus, he was working with JPMorgan India across the India and South East Asian region. He is a B.Tech in Textile Technology and MBA finance from Symbiosis, Pune. Munish can be reached at munish@equirus.com

Structured Finance Team

The structured Finance Team has strong track record in successful execution of transactions

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Vinay Pai

Head – Fixed Income

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Vinay Pai

Head – Fixed Income

Vinay Pai is Head – Fixed Income at Equirus Capital. He has over 28 years of experience in Financial Services industry and specialises in Fixed Income Markets, Intermediation, Origination, Distribution, Prior to Equirus, he was associated with Edelweiss,. In his earlier stint with the Exchanges MSC SX & BSE, he has been instrumental in setting up the Debt Segment at the exchange, OTC Reporting & Settlement Platform, and have represented the exchanges for COBOSAC Committee for Bond market Development. Vinay can be reached at vinay.pai@equirus.com

Capital Market

The team has seasoned professionals with expertise in handling Capital Market transactions across sectors.

Ajay Garg

Donald D’Souza

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

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Donald D’Souza

Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Banking

Donald D'Souza is the Managing Director & Co-Head of Investment Banking at Equirus. He has been leading the BFSI space and driving the New Initiatives for the company. He comes with more than 25 years of experience in Investment banking. Prior to Equirus he was associated with HDFC Bank as Head of Equity Capital Markets in its Investment Banking division. He had held key positions at IIFL, Kotak, CLSA and JM Financial. He has worked with some of India's leading corporates and private equity groups and has expertise in most equity products in Investment Banking. Donald is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad (1995) batch. He can be reached at donald.dsouza@equirus.com

Ajay Garg

Venkatraghavan S.

Managing Director & Head - Equity Capital Markets

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Venkatraghavan S.

Managing Director & Head - Equity Capital Markets

Mr. Venkatraghavan S. leads the Equity Capital Markets vertical. He has been working in the Investment Banking space for over 23 years, managing Capital Markets and M&A transactions across sectors.

Prior to Equirus, he was associated with IDFC Bank as Managing Director & Head – ECM. During his 15-year stint at IDFC’s Investment Banking practice (and in SSKI, before it was acquired by IDFC), he has successfully led many leading company IPOs & QIPs. He also had a stint with SBI Capital Markets for over 7 years advising on M&A and Advisory transactions. Venkatraghavan is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad (1996) Batch and IIT, Madras. He can be reached at venkat.s@equirus.com

Some of the Key Transactions:
IPOs, FPOs, QIPs, OFS, Rights: having started the Capital Markets practice in SSKI, has led all the transactions including 37 IPOs (including 1 of an Infrastructure Investment Trust), 4 FPOs, 2 Rights, 5 OFS and 43 QIPs.

During the tenure with SBI Capital Markets, his major completed assignments included advising the Government in the divestment of VSNL, and advising Sterlite in their successful bid for Hindustan Zinc Limited (including managing the ensuing Open Offer).

Mrs. Kavita Tanwani

Kavita Tanwani

Vice President

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Kavita Tanwani

Vice President

With over 14 years of rich and diverse experience in Investment Banking, Kavita has been associated with the execution of numerous deals in equity capital markets. She has been part of several landmark transaction in Indian capital markets and have dealt with clients across sectors be it private, public and government. Prior to her current role, Kavita was associated with SBI Capital Markets Limited. She is a post graduate in management from University of Mumbai.

Mr. Ankesh Jain

Ankesh Jain

Associate Vice President

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Ankesh Jain

Associate Vice President

Ankesh Jain has over 6 years of work experience in Capital Markets and Private Equity. Prior to Equirus, he was working with Viacom 18 Media Private limited and Economic Laws Practice. He is an alumni of National University of Advanced Legal Studies and ICSI

Institutional Equities Team

The Institutional equities team has strong expertise in Research and client servicing.

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Satish Kumar

Head of Equities

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Satish Kumar

Head of Equities

Satish Kumar is the Head of Equities at Equirus Securities. He has over 16 years of experience in Equity Research, widely covering the Metals and Mining, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Cement, Chemicals and Capital goods sector. Prior to Equirus he was associated with CIMB Securities as Head of India Research. He closely worked as a part of the critical member for India business strategy team at CIMB. Before CIMB, he was Director – Research with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Satish has also held position of a lead Analyst during his stint with Standard Chartered Securities & Nomura Securities covering broad spectrum of sectors.
Satish is an alumnus of IIM Kolkatta and an Engineering Graduate. He can be reached at satish.kumar@equirus.com

Ashutosh Tiwari

Ashutosh Tiwari

Director & Head of Research

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Ashutosh Tiwari

Director & Head of Research

Ashutosh has over 10 years of experience in Equity research and 3 years in manufacturing. He was ranked No. 1 for Earning estimates in Auto Sector at Thomson Star Mine Analyst awards 2015. Prior to Investment banking, he has worked with Hindustan Zinc as Mining Engineer. He has done his B-Tech in Mining from IIT BHU and MBA from NMIMS. Ashutosh can be reached at ashutosh@equirus.com

Asmit Awasthi

Vishad Turakhia

Director - Sales

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Vishad Turakhia

Director - Sales

Vishad has over 10 years of experience in Institutional Sales and Research. He was Instrumental in setting up the Institutional Sales Desk at his previous organization. Currently servicing FIIs based in Asia Pacific region along with Domestic Mutual Funds & Insurance companies. He has done his BMS & MBA from Mumbai University. Vishad can be reached at vishad.turakhia@equirus.com.

Maulik Patel

Maulik Patel

Director

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Maulik Patel

Director

Maulik has over 10 years of experience across Equity Research in the Oil & Gas and Textile sector. Before entering into Capital Market, he worked for 2 years with Tata Consultancy Services as project leader. He is a Computer Engineer, Post graduate from NMIMS, and has also cleared CFA, USA and FRM examinations.

Dhaval Dama

Dhaval Dama

Director

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Dhaval Dama

Director

Dhaval has over 8 years of experience as an Equity Analyst and has covered wide range of sectors like FMCG, Consumer Durables, Real Estate, Logistics etc. He differentiates his research by giving more focus to primary research. Prior to Equirus he has worked with a Buy side Proprietary fund and also has worked in Corporate Banking. He has completed his MBA in Finance from SIMSR and is a Chemical Engineering graduate.

Rohan Mandora

Rohan Mandora

Vice President - Research

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Rohan Mandora

Vice President - Research

Rohan has over 8 years of experience in sell-side equity research and Banking. He has prior work experience with Yes Bank, ICICI bank and Quant Capital. He is alumni of XLRI, Jamshedpur and has completed his Engineering from DA-IICT.

Depesh Kashyap

Depesh Kashyap

Vice President – Research

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Depesh Kashyap

Vice President – Research

Depesh is a Mid- Caps Analyst at Equirus. He has over 9 years of experience in Equity Research and has been tracking various Mid-Cap companies across sectors. Prior to Equirus, Depesh was associated with HSBC. He is a CFA Charter holder and an MBA from MDI Gurgaon.

Nevil Dedhia

Nevil Dedhia

Director – Sales

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Nevil Dedhia

Director – Sales

Nevil has over 12yrs+ of experience in the Equity markets. In his last assignment at CGS-CIMB, he headed the Sales Team and covered Domestic MF, Insurance, AIF, PMS & International Accounts. He is an B.E. Electronics and MBA Finance.

Nevil can be reached at nevil.dedhia@equirus.com

PMS Team

The PMS team is lead by experienced Fund Manager with proven track record.

Ashim Ranu

Viraj Mehta

Managing Director & Fund Manager

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Viraj Mehta

Managing Director & Fund Manager – Equirus PMS

Viraj Mehta has over 11 years of experience in the field of investing with an excellent and proven track record. The Equirus Long Horizon fund (ELHF) is one of the best performing funds since its launch in October 2016. Viraj was selected by Wall Street Journal (WSJ) as part of “Asia’s Master Stock Picker” series for India. He had been part of the award winning fund management team at Franklin Templeton Investments managing an AUM of ~US$ 6bn. Viraj had also been the lead analyst for managing the small companies fund at Franklin Templeton Investments. He is a MBA from MDI, Gurgaon & Chemical Engineer from Nirma Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad. Viraj can be reached at viraj.mehta@equirus.com

Advisor

Mr. VijayAgrawal N

Vijay Agrawal

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Vijay Agrawal

Advisor

Vijay has over 20 years of experience in Infrastructure, Pharma, Healthcare and IT sector. He is currently associated with Equirus as an Advisor. Mr. Agrawal is a qualified Chartered Accountant and had worked with professional and corporate organization. He has also played a key role in leading key business process re-structuring initiatives along with concluding various successful M & A transactions and fund-raising activities successfully leading to elevated financial gains and enhanced systems parameters. His organizational strengths are being an effective communicator having excellent networking, leadership and negotiation skills with a proven track record of creating new business opportunities providing a strong sup- port system for the accomplishment of organizational goals through a positive work environment and adherence to ethics.

Vijay started his career in April 1997 as an Associate with Mr. S.S.Gupta, Chartered Accountant where he was involved in dealing with the whole gamut of taxation issues from advising clients on tax optimizations, indirect tax implications to representing clients before various appellate authorities. During this stint, he co- authored a book "How To Meet Your Obligation under Service Tax" published by Taxman. In a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Agrawal has achieved several records in his capacity as an accomplished finance professional like starting the Indirect Tax Division of Haribhakti & Co. and building its Indirect Tax Advisory practice. He was involved in multiple M & A transactions and tax advisory services during his stint with one of the Big Four Accounting Firm. He has advised clients in various sectors like Infrastructure, Industrial, Steel, Cement, Hospitals, Hospitality, Technology etc.

Vijay has done his Chartered Accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and is a Commerce graduate from GS College of Commerce and Economics, Nagpur. He also attended a course in Senior Management Programme in Banking, Corporate, Finance, Management, Marketing, Strategy from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

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Deepak Koyande

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Deepak Koyande

Executive Director - Fixed Income

An experienced Fixed Income and Capital Markets professional with over 30 Years of Experience in various reputed organizations including Head – Institutional Sales, Treasury – HDFC Bank Ltd, spanning interests across Capital Markets - Origination, Distribution and Management of Trading Risks, Capital Raising , Advisory Services for Investment Portfolios, Management of Intermediary services Debt Market players, He has also been Trustee of HDFC Bank Employees Provident Fund. Conducted several seminars on “Introduction to Indian debt Market” in Marathi for Treasuries of Cooperative Banks across Maharashtra and on “Effective Management of Investment Portfolio” for Retirement Trusts across India.

Wealth Management Team

Ajay Garg

Ankur Maheshwari

Chief Executive Officer - Equirus Wealth Management

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Ankur Maheshwari

Chief Executive Officer - Equirus Wealth Management

Ankur has total work experience of 16 years, large part of which has been in the Consumer Banking & Wealth Management industry across Sales, Products and Investment Advisory verticals. Prior to setting up Equirus Wealth, he was associated with Citibank for over a decade, where his last assignment was Senior VP and National Head – Investments Sales. He has also worked with JP Morgan, ICICI Bank & Asian Paints in past. He holds a degree in engineering and is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 40 Investment Professionals in the country” in the year 2019 under the “40-under-40 program” conducted by AIWMI (Association of International Wealth Management of India) and IAAIF (Indian Association of Alternate Investments Funds) in partnership with Business World Magazine.

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Rahul Roy Chowdhury

Director

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Rahul Roy Chowdhury

Director

Rahul heads Product vertical & also is co-head for Sales at EWPL. He has total work experience of 12+ years in Wealth Management field, where he has garnered extensive experience in Investments Sales & Advisory. Prior to joining EWPL, he was associated with Citibank as Vice President and Investment Sales Head for Citi @ Work segment. He has also worked with IndusInd Bank & HSBC Global Asset Management in past. He holds a degree in engineering and is an alumnus of IMT Ghaziabad.

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Ankur Punj

Director

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Ankur Punj

Director

Ankur is the Area Director for North and East regions at EWPL. He has over 16 years of experience across Banking, Wealth Management & Insurance industries. Over the last few years, he has been extensively involved in building & driving Consumer Banking and Wealth Management business for Citibank in NCR region across multiple roles. Prior to joining EWPL, he was heading one of the large Citibank Branch in Delhi as the Branch Head.

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Amit Vyas

Vice President

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Amit Vyas

Vice President

Amit is the Area Director for Mumbai region at EWPL. He has 14+ years of work experience across Asset Management Companies, Wealth Management & Banking industry. Prior to joining EWPL, he has worked with HSBC Global Asset Management and was part of the Investment Counselor team of Citibank, advising ultra high net clients on their investment portfolio. He has done his Masters in Business Economics from School of Economics DAVV Indore.

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Devang Kakkad

Vice President

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Devang Kakkad

Vice President

Devang heads Research & Advisory at EWPL. He has 10 years of work experience across Retail Bank Client Segmentation Strategy, Wealth Management and Investment Banking. Prior to joining EWPL, he was associated with Citibank heading their Citigold Wealth Management proposition. He also has rich experience of executing G3 Currency Bond transactions during his stint with JPMorgan. He is an alumnus of Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.