Binoy R. V. Meghraj, Chairman
Binoy has over two and a half decades of experience in the finance industry. He is the Executive Vice Chairman of Meghraj Group, and is responsible for the Group’s strategy, investment banking advisory business and new business initiatives. He is the Chairman of Meghraj Capital. He has extensive experience of advising Japanese companies on overseas M&A. Binoy is based between Dubai and Tokyo. He has an Honours Degree in Commerce and Accounting from the University of Birmingham, and an MBA with distinction from London Business School.
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 four 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 sixteen 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.
Jai Singh, Managing Director, UK & US
Jai has over two and a half decades of experience in international investment banking, capital markets and corporate advisory. In his career as a Managing Director and senior banking advisor he has had responsibility for European, US, Middle Eastern and Indian clients in the energy, consumer, retail, industrial, media and private equity sectors, focusing particularly on cross-border transactions. He was formerly with Compass Partners Advisors and with Citigroup in London and New York. Jai holds dual degrees from The Wharton School of Business and College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.
Pratul Jain, Managing Director, Kenya
Pratul has over two decades 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 previous 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 over two decades of investment banking experience in Japan and the USA 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. Sozo holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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 a decade and a half 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. Kiriga holds a BSc in Economics from the University of London.
Chandrakant Shah, Director, UK
Chandrakant has over a decade and a half 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.
Deepak Haria, Senior Advisor
Deepak advises businesses in the UK, Asia and Africa, and mentors early stage Fintech and startup ventures. He has also dealt with central banks and regulators in many markets. Deepak was a partner with Deloitte and Andersen in the UK for 21 years, where his roles included Global Relationships & India Services Group Leader and India Financial Services Practice Leader. He is a Fellow of the ICAEW, and a Fellow of the International Compliance Association. He holds a first class honours degree from the London School of Economics.