Author Bestselling book “HOOKED”.
Nir Eyal writes, consults and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir as “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology”. Nir has founded two tech companies since 2003 and taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, which won the ‘Marketing Book of the Year’ award from 800 CEO Read. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing frequently appears in TechCrunch, Inc, The Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today.
Director KPMG India
Vikas is currently working as Director – Valuations with KPMG India. He has around 15 years of experience in Corporate advisory and valuations across diverse industries.His stints include strategic advisory at Ernst & Young India Private Limited, Corporate & Strategic Advisory at the Murugappa Group. 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 and intangibles valuation. He is an alumuns of ICAI.
Partner Stellaris Venture
Rahul Chowdhri is an experienced venture capitalist. He is a partner at Stellaris Venture Partners. Before that, he was a Partner at Helion. He had been part of Helion investment team since 2007. His focus areas included ecommerce, edu-tech and consumer sectors. He was closely involved with investments in Bigbasket, Simplilearn, Livspace, Shopclues, Mysmartprice, Toppr at Helion. Prior to Helion, Rahul has had 9 years of experience working for companies like Microsoft, marketRx, i2 technologies and BCG. He holds an MBA degree from IIM, Calcutta and B. Tech. from IIT, Kanpur.
Director Duff & Phelps India
Santosh is a part of national management of India office. He is responsible for overseeing key engagements, relationships and strategic initiatives for the Indian operations. Santosh has more than 15 years of experience in valuation and financial advisory services. In the last 15 years, Santosh has managed and has provided a range of financial advisory services including Due Diligence, Valuation, IFRS & USGAAP assignments, Business Plan Review, M&A, Internal Audit, Accounting Assistance and Risk Advisory services. Santosh has managed and executed a range of financial advisory engagements for Agri industry, Automobile, Consumer Durables, e-Commerce, Hospitality & leisure, Infrastructure, IT & ITeS, Logistics, Manufacturing, Media, Natural Resources, Petro-chemicals, Pharma & Healthcare, Power, Refineries, Real estate, Telecom & Textiles. He has provided financial advisory to clients for purposes such as financing, project finance, mergers & acquisitions, negotiations, settlement of disputes, strategic assessment, accounting and tax reporting etc. He was heading the Financial Instrument Valuation practice in American Appraisal India earlier and used to chair the Complex Financial Instruments Valuation committee in AA, a global initiative taken by the firm to grow this particular service line. He was South India Valuation leader in Deloitte and was part of the founding team in Grant Thornton Bangalore. He has been a speaker at several seminars/ workshops, including those organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Was an International Key Note speaker in a conference on Business Valuation organized by RICS in London. Santosh’s prior work experience includes stints with Grant Thornton and Deloitte.
Coo CoreOne Technologies
Ishan began his career in big data analytics in Chicago and moved to Wall Street to work in sales and trading for Deutsche Bank. Ishan is currently COO at CoreOne Technologies, a Markit company where he has gained extensive experience as an agent of change in successfully transforming and exiting global businesses. He was part of the core team that successfully sold CoreOne on behalf of Symphony Technology Group, a strategic PE fund. He has expertise in driving successful business turnarounds by implementing comprehensive financial management and operational structures that are aligned with organizational goals. Ishan is passionate about the Indian entrepreneurial eco-system and he is mentor and board advisor to several start-up firms as well as an active angel investor. Ishan holds MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School.
Director Deloitte India
Kapil is a director in the Valuation Services group of Deloitte based in the Bangalore office. In his current capacity, Kapil is responsible for the overall management of the South India valuation practice. Kapil has over 10 years of experience in corporate restructurings, business modelling, business intelligence and transaction support through valuation analysis. Kapil also has significant experience in financial modelling, business plan creation and development, strategy development and commercial due diligence. In addition, he has extensive experience in executing business enterprise valuations, high-court merger valuations and purchase price allocation exercises for various regulatory purposes including IFRS, SFAS, IGAAP and Income Tax. As part of his career, Kapil drove several pioneering valuation thought leaderships including Brand Valuations in the Indian Premier League and Celebrity Brand Valuations, both of which received significant media attention. Prior to joining the firm, Kapil worked with Duff & Phelps, Grant Thornton and KPMG. Kapil is a regular contributor on media and training platforms such as Yourstory.com and VC Circle as an expert in the valuation domain. Kapil holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Managing Director Duff & Phelps, Singapore
Srividya is the managing director of Duff & Phelps Singapore Pte Ltd. She set up American Appraisal Singapore operations in 2012, which later got acquired by Duff & Phelps, the largest global independent valuation advisory firm. She has over 19 years of experience in valuations, M&A, corporate finance and management consulting. She has advised numerous companies on valuations for the purposes of transaction, restructuring, taxation, financial reporting, dispute resolution and financing. She is a member of the Institute of Valuers & Appraisers of Singapore (IVAS) Council as well as the IVAS Professional Development Committee. She is an empaneled valuer with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) for their IP Financing Scheme. Prior to joining American Appraisal, Srividya was the Partner and Practice Leader – Valuations at Grant Thornton India. She established their valuation practice in 2004. Under her leadership, the practice grew to one of the largest, at a national level. Srividya has also worked with Baring Communications Equity Asia (BCEA), a private equity fund in Singapore, part of the ING-Barings group and with A.F. Ferguson & Co (part of Deloitte) earlier in her career. Srividya has advised several global and Asian clients across a variety of sectors such as technology, life sciences, manufacturing, consumer products, energy & resources etc. Srividya has published various articles on valuation, PE/VC and M&A, and has been interviewed by several television channels, newspapers and magazines. She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. Srividya is a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (equivalent to MBA). She is also a Graduate of the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India and has a Bachelor of Commerce.
Partner Ernst & Young , Singapore
Andre has more than 18 years of experience in all aspect of valuations and is part of the Ernst & Young Global Valuations Discussion Group for financial reporting and a member of the Valuation Sub-committee of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) Financial Reporting Committee. He is also a member of the Working Committee with Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) on accreditation framework for valuers. He speaks regularly in seminars and conferences on valuations and has written various articles on this topic. Andre has acted as an expert in the Courts of Singapore as well as arbitration proceedings. He is a Chartered Accountant with ISCA and a Fellow with CPA Australia. – A selection of Andre’s notable seminar experience include: – Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and W orld Intellectual Property joint seminar: Intellectual Property Management for C-Suite (Singapore) – Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP) and Multimedia University Malaysia joint workshop: Intellectual Property – Creation, Management and Commercialization (Malaysia) – The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) – Brand Seminar: Building Your Brand A Pixel at a Time (Singapore) – France-Singapore Patent Symposium, where Andre moderated the case study on the valuation of a mock IP asset – CPA Australia Financial Reporting Standards Forum – Fair value measurement – ISCA Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) Seminar – Institute of Valuers and Appraisers of Singapore (IVAS) Business Valuation Conference .
Director Duff & Phelps, Singapore
Ashish is a Director providing M&A advisory services to his clients with regards their Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) transactions, Purchase Price Allocation (PPA) exercises, asset impairment reviews and other financial reporting valuations. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Ashish was with PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore for 8 and ½ years in their valuation practice and has advised leading corporates as well as private equity players in the M&A and reporting requirements. Previously, he has around 9 years of work experience in India having worked both in the telecom industry – Escotel Mobile (now Idea Cellular) and Bharti Airtel – as well as with M&A advisors – Lazard and Deloitte. Ashish has worked on deals across borders as well as across varies industries including telecom, precision manufacturing, consumer & retail, food & beverage, healthcare, power generation and infrastructure. He has advised several companies including ST Telemedia, Singapore Airlines, Fraser & Neave, ST Engineering, Amtek Engineering, Qatar Telecom (now Ooredoo) in their M&A, IP valuation and financial reporting valuation requirements. He has also advised various private equity players such as Standard Chartered, CVC, KKR, Affinity Equity Partners, Blackstone, CMIA, Zana, Prudential in their financial reporting as well as portfolio valuation requirements. Some of the key transactions he has advised on in the recent past include advisory for a leading south east Asian airline for potential acquisitions in the region, advisory for a leading conglomerate with regards divestment of its beverage business, advisory to a leading bank with regards divestment of its stake in an F&B and real estate conglomerate. He was previously involved in various successful M&A deals in India and Singapore which include sale of a medical aesthetics company (Singapore), Bharti Airtel’s acquisition of Spice Mobile Calcutta (India), and Baxter’s acquisition of Wockhardt’s IV fluid business (India). Ashish is an Honors graduate in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India. He received his Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from Amity Business School, NOIDA, India.
Director RSM, Singapore
josephine is a Chartered Accountant, Singapore as well as an International Certified Valuation Specialist (ICVS). She has more than 8 years of experience in the area of financial advisory services. Prior to joining RSMCA she was a Director with the Valuations team at KPMG Corporate Finance in Singapore. Josephine has broad experience advising on a range of corporate finance assignments. She has completed over 250 assignments including enterprise valuations, intangible assets and intellectual property valuations, purchase price allocations, impairment, employee stock options, expert witness reports, mergers and acquisitions as well as transaction advisory services. Her industry expertise includes healthcare, telecommunications, real estate, financial services, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, consumer goods and logistics. Her regional experience spans across China, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and South Korea. She has also performed numerous valuation review of various investments held by large sovereign wealth funds and private equity funds in the energy, logistics, education, technology and real estate sector.
Director Deloitte Singapore
Anil has over 7 years of Valuation experience and prior to it, 9 years of public accounting. His experience span across the valuation of multiple assets class such as Businesses, Intellectual Properties, Derivatives, Structured Products, Alternative Investment, etc. He has also worked with client on strategy, financial risk management, financial modelling and financial due diligence projects. Further, he has significant experience in supporting to private equity and hedge fund managers on valuation matters. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Fellow Chartered Accountant of India and Financial Risk Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Mumbai.
Partner KPMG Singapore
Jamesy has close to 20 years of experience providing corporate finance advisory services to clients in the region advising on debt and equity financing, business and intellectual property valuation for investment decisions, trade transactions and M&A, restructuring and financial reporting. Jamesy has also been involved with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) as part of its IP Finance Working Committee relating to the Singapore IP Competency Framework and as a business consultant under IPOS’ SCOPE IP programme. Prior to KPMG, Jamesy was with the Commodity Structured Finance team at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and an investment house under the San Miguel group of the Philippines. Jamesy holds a Master of Business Administration from IESE Business School in Spain and a Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.
Partner Grant Thornton India
Raja leads the Private Equity Advisory Initiative for the Firm and covers sectors like Technology, Media and Financial Services Sector within Corporate Finance. Raja focuses on various aspects of deal making starting from deal origination and ideation, preliminary deal analysis, due diligence (financial and commercial), valuation, deal negotiation and advise on deal agreements. He also advises clients on post deal integration matters and ideation of exits for Private Equity Funds. Raja has advised and led more than 240+ deals over the past decade of transaction advisory experience and has worked with corporates (India and multinational) as well as leading Private Equity Funds. Raja spent close to 14 years in one of the large accounting and advisory firms and had co-founded the transaction advisory practice.
Partner, Deloitte Haskins & Sells
Anil is a Partner with the Deloitte Tax group. He has over fifteen years of experience in the taxation department and has been seconded to the London office of Deloitte where he has obtained international work experience. Anil has worked with the Deloitte M&A Tax and Global Oil and Gas Tax team whilst on secondment in London. He specialises in matters under the direct tax laws which have been in force in India, including international taxation. Anil has also been involved in conducting tax due diligence and tax structuring assignments of various clients including listed companies in India and has been providing tax structuring advise to several upstream companies in India with regard to their outbound investments.
Partner BDO India
Samir is a Partner with BDO - Transaction Advisory Services. He has provided services across the deal continuum, though mainly focused on due diligence reviews. He has worked in the field of financial due diligence for last 16 years. Prior to joining BDO, he was a partner with due diligence practice of PwC for 6 years. Having worked across a range of sectors and transactions with values ranging from $2 million to $2 billion, he has significant experience in terms of nature and complexity of transaction & diligences. He has carried out more than 300+ due diligences to date. Samir also has significant experience in cross border deals and has worked in Canada for 2 years.
Partner Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu India Pvt Ltd
Vijaykumar Iyer (Vijay) has been with Deloitte in India for over 25 years and is a currently a partner in their M&A Transaction Services and financial due diligence services. Vijay has over 15 years as a full-time M&A specialist in the field of financial due diligence and has worked on over 370 domestic and cross border transactions across a spectrum of sectors including manufacturing, telecom, media, pharma, real estate, banking and financial services. Vijay has also worked in the UK and Singapore offices of Deloitte and has valuable experience in the fields of financial analysis and transaction support. He is a regular facilitator of training programs for the VC Circle apart from facilitating conducted training programmes conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the Administrative Staff College, Bombay Chartered Accountants’ Society and Flame Management Institute. Vijay is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an associate member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.
Partner, Khaitan & Co
Kalpana is a solicitor and a senior partner at Khaitan & C0’s Mumbai office. Prior to joining Khaitan, she worked at Ashurst’s London office for 10 years. Kalpana is qualified to practise both Indian laws and English laws. While working in London, she played a key role in building Ashurst’s India practice and built a team at Germany, Milan, Paris and Singapore. Kalpana's practice has always been broad based. While the initial focus was driven by energy and projects, her practice has developed with the changing Indian economy to encompass corporate and M&A transactions. Her work can be best described as a combination of traditional corporate work (M&A, joint ventures, etc.) and project work across a range of sectors. Having set up Ashurst’s India practice and since returning to Mumbai in 2008, she specialises in cross border joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions by delivering practical solutions to clients on doing business in India. She is experienced in leading diverse teams in dynamic environments while achieving success in competitive markets. She is focused and has a consultative and collaborative style. She regularly acts for international companies and is recognised in independent guides as one of the leading lawyers. Some of the clients Kalpana has advised include Expedia, Babcock & Wilcox, Eris Lifesciences, KEC international, Mahindra & Mahindra, Visa Steel, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Unocal Corporation, McCain Group, Devidayal Limited, Raychem RPG Limited, Waterlogic plc, etc.
Director Ernst & Young India
Santosh is a Director in the Transaction Tax Services division of Ernst & Young and is based in Bangalore, India. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Licentiate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has over 12 years of experience and more than 8 years in the area of Corporate re-organization, inbound and outbound structuring advisory, conducting tax due diligences, advisory on various M&A activity including buy back, capital reduction etc. ►He has been part of more than hundred tax due diligence exercise in various sectors including IT, hospitality, hotels, catering, auto components and other sectors. ►He has also been part of regulatory, tax, financial and business advisory related to group re-organization and restructuring activity. ►He has handled mergers, de-mergers across seven states in India. ►His experience includes advising on transaction structuring including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructuring, foreign investment consulting, tax due diligence and inbound acquisitions; ►Has experience on restructuring services include realignment and rationalization of organizational structure in tax and regulatory efficient manner. ►Has extensive experience in advising clients in the areas of acquisitions, divestments, mergers, demergers, corporate restructuring, reorganizations, foreign investment consulting/ establishment of joint ventures, international tax (including PE advisory), corporate tax and business re-organization. ►Advised various Private equity players on their transaction and investment structures, withholding tax issues , Tax NOC s etc.
Partner Ernst & Young India
Sandeep Baldava is a Partner in Ernst & Young India’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services and leads this practice across South India. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner & a Certified Information Systems Auditor by qualification with over 17 years of professional experience. He specializes in Forensic & Fraud Investigations, FCPA/Anti Bribery Advisory Services and Anti-Fraud Controls review engagements. He is the core leadership team member of the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (‘FIDS’) practice at EY India and over the last 14 years has led several forensic investigations and FCPA/UKBA/Anti Corruption review engagements for large companies in US, Asia, Europe & Africa. He has developed several white papers and training materials on fraud concepts recent ones being “Role of Directors in Fraud Risk Management" and "Fraud Risks in IT & ITES Industry in India”. He has conducted several training workshops on Forensic Accounting, Fraud Risk Management & Anti Corruption Compliance for Companies and for federal and state enforcement agencies in India. He has delivered presentations at various prestigious international forums on the topics of white collar crime and anti bribery. His articles on tackling white collar crime appear regularly in the print media.
Senior Director Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu
Mr.Rajiv Sunder is a M&A Transaction Services Senior Diector based out of Bangalore. He leads the TMT industry vertical for transaction services. He has been with Deloitte India for over 19 years. Prior to transitioning to transaction services, he was with the audit practice working on audit engagements of some of the largest Clients of the firm in Bangalore. He has focussed on transaction services for the past seven years and has worked with a wide array of clients (both multi-national companies and large Indian corporate) with a focus on the Technology sector but also on a number of transactions in the consumer business, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. Rajiv has worked on some marque transactions in India and overseas. He has managed large multi-locational engagements and worked equally on a number of cross-border transactions involving Indian Companies looking to acquire overseas businesses and MNC’s investing into India. Since 2012, Rajiv has been managing Deloitte India’sTechnology Fast 50 events, an award program which recognizes the fastest growing companies in the technology sector in India. Rajiv is a Fellow member of the Chartered Accountants of India. He has presented at various forum on M&A and transactions services in specific.
Partner Grant Thornton India
Vidya is a Partner and leads Grant Thornton India Forensics practice. She brings over 15 years of investigations and forensic accounting experience. She has substantial investigative and forensic consulting experience in USA and India. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Vidya was associated as a Partner at a Big Four firm. She is the sole India nominee in the International Who's Who of Arbitration Expert Witnesses 2014. She has represented her clients in various forums including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), ICC Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and several ad-hoc arbitrations in the United States and India.Vidya specializes in large, multinational, complex litigation and investigation assignments, including internal investigations, forensic accounting investigations as well as arbitrations and resolution of post-acquisition purchase price disputes. She has significant experience in leading numerous forensic accounting assignments, anti-corruption and fraud investigations that require the reconstruction of complex financial records, as well as regulatory proceeding matters involving SEC investigations and NASD self-assessments.
He is currently working with KPMG India in the capacity of Director – Corporate Finance. He has vast experience in the field of Valuation for M&A and Intangible Assets. He specialize in advising clients on PE funding, Mergers, JVs and Capital Restructuring. Apurva assists clients in complying with various regulatory valuation requirements. In the past he was also associated with Ernst & Young India as Associate Director. He has done his MBA Finance from Management Development Institute - Gurgaon as well as from ESCP Europe. He is also a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Executive Director Ernst & Young India
Dilip Dusija is an Executive Director in charge of mid-market Private Equity Services with Ernst & Young India(EY). He has worked for more than 14 years as a Transaction Advisory professional, having experience in deal making as well as transaction support, with specialization in Private Equity Services. In the past, he has also worked with professional organizations like BDO India LLP, Axis Bank/Axis Capital, Ernst & Young, RSM & Co (merged with PWC) and KPMG India(audit and assurance). He has end to end experience, from origination till completion of a transaction. In his current role at EY, he plays an active role in networking with Mid-market Private Equity Funds and Promoters of mid-market growth oriented companies and advising them on Private Equity related services which EY offers. He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and in his free time he likes to train for Triathlons and Marathons and coach his ten year old son for Badminton.
Senior Director Deloitte India
Kalpana Jain is a Senior Director at Deloitte India. She has nearly 25 years of experience providing advice and counsel on M&A, financial and commercial due diligence, valuation and fund raising. She expertise in providing credible solutions on matters of disinvestment, privatisation and financial modelling has earned her a formidable reputation in her line of business. She is the co-chairperson of Venture Capital Association of India and speaks regularly with top tier media as well as at prominent industry conferences. She has been recently recognised as one of the 25 Most Talented Woman Professionals of India by CMO Asia & World Brand Congress. She has earned a Masters in Business Economics from the University of Delhi.
Executive Director Grant Thornton
Sumeet combines 7 years of entrepreneurial experience in manufacturing with 8 years of investment banking. He supports clients on strategic & financial advisory, focusing on capital raising and M&A initiatives. His capital raising and M&A advisory experience encompasses a wide spectrum of sectors including Consumer & Retail, Media & Entertainment, Real Estate & Hospitality, Manufacturing, Food Services and Logistics. He has also worked closely with industry organizations such as CII and ASSOCHAM on developing publications around the M&A and funding environment.