Binoy R. V. Meghraj, Chairman
Binoy has two decades of experience in the finance industry, and is a founder of Meghraj Capital. He is the Executive Vice Chairman of Meghraj Group. He focuses on the Group’s strategy, investment banking advisory businesses and new business initiatives. Binoy is based between Dubai and Tokyo, where he has been advising large Japanese companies on overseas acquisitions and partnerships.
Madabhushi Soundararajan, Country Managing Director, Kenya
Madabhushi Soundararajan (“Soundy”) has primary board responsibility for client relationships and business development. He also provides strong leadership to the Kenyan team and its commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and governance. Soundy’s illustrious banking career spans 4 decades, his particular strengths being in finance and corporate credit, initially in India with State Bank of India and then Standard Chartered Bank. Soundy has worked in Kenya since 1988 and prior to joining Meghraj in 2012, Soundy was Managing Director of CFC Bank, Kenya, a position he held until 2008. Soundy advises a number of clients with a particular focus on financial services, wealth and investment management. He serves on several large company boards.
Chandrashekar Iyer, Managing Director, India
Chandrashekar has over two decades of experience working in the infrastructure sector. Chandrashekar’s engagement experience includes advising governments, utilities, regulators and private sector clients across 16 states in India. Previously he worked with Reliance Industries in the Vice Chairman’s office, CRISIL Advisory Services and PwC’s Energy & Utilities Advisory Group covering power, gas and renewable energy. He has Bachelors in Engineering (Metallurgy) and Masters of Business Administration (Finance) from M.S. University, India and is also a Member of Council of Chartered Financial Analysts, India.
Pratul Jain, Managing Director, Kenya
Pratul has over 18 years of investment banking experience, focusing on origination, structuring and execution of M&A and private equity transactions. He has previously worked with various international groups including Tata Group of India, Ernst & Young and KPMG. His recent roles included as Head of Strategy and M&A of Ruia Group, where he was responsible for the group\'s expansion in Europe, and as head of a leading investment banking team in India. Pratul graduated as an Engineer from the National Institute of Technology, India and holds an MBA from Poona University, India.
Sozo Imamura, Managing Director, Japan
Sozo has 16 years of investment banking experience in Japan and the US with a focus on cross-border M&A and partner search transactions. He is a specialist in the TMT sector. He was previously founder and CEO of Tokyo Advisory Group, an independent investment banking firm, before which Sozo was a Senior Banker at Mizuho Securities and Deutsche Securities in Tokyo and New York.
Jeffrey Goodman, Managing Director, US
Jeff has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, private equity and cross border transactions. He was co-founder of a US venture capital fund, operating between Atlanta and London, and advised on investments in the Middle East, particularly Abu Dhabi. He was Managing Director at Seaport Securities, New York working on M&A and capital raising and VP at UBS, Tennessee in wealth management. Jeff has a BA in Economics from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from Vanderbilt University and holds Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses from FINRA.
Aziz Mutvalli, Director & Chief Financial Officer, India
Aziz has more than three decades of experience in accounts, tax and treasury functions. He heads the Finance and Accounts team and is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He has previously worked with Pidilite and IVP.
Kiriga Kunyiha, Head of M&A Advisory, Kenya
Kiriga has over 12 years of experience in private equity, focusing on origination, structuring, negotiating, execution and value creation in private equity transactions. He previously worked with The Abraaj Group and Aureos Capital in Kenya. He has actively participated in a variety of investments in East Africa for the Acacia Fund, Aureos East Africa Fund and Aureos Africa Fund. He has been involved in M&A for portfolio companies.
Abhinay Rao, Director, India
Abhinay has over 11 years of experience in financial services, including M&A, joint ventures, private equity syndication and debt financing. He has led a number of cross-border M&A transactions. He has previously worked for India Advisory Partners in India and UK, and Zurich Financial and CIBC World Markets in the US. He has a BSc in Industrial Management from Purdue University, an MBA from University of Southern California and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Chandrakant Shah, Director, UK
Chandrakant has over 13 years of experience in investment banking with a focus on cross-border M&A between Europe and Asia. He previously worked for DC Advisory (a subsidiary of Daiwa Securities), Nomura and Citibank. Chandrakant was a founding partner of an investment banking firm advising small companies on raising growth capital. He holds an MEng in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Warwick and an MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking from ICMA Centre, part of the University of Reading and Henley Business School.