Early and Growth stage funding for SME’s and young companies from Venture Capital (VC) and Private Equity (PE) Investors.
Expertise in cross-border and domestic M&A for mid-size companies.
Business expansion & Financial strategy advice to promoters.
Founder and Managing Director
Dhruva Advisors has been founded by Vasudha Madhavan as a specialist investment banking firm focusing on mid-size companies in Technology & Manufacturing sectors in India and the US. This firm is a logical extension of Vasudha’s wide and deep professional experience of 14 years in Corporate & Investment Banking with leading organizations like Citibank and ICICI Bank, as well as boutique investment banking, based in Mumbai and Bangalore.
Vasudha has handled several marquee client engagements for leading corporate & financial institution clients, in the areas of private equity & debt fund raising, corporate financial strategy and structured finance. She was also responsible for setting up the Private Equity business vertical for Citibank India, as part of the Corporate & Investment Banking team in Mumbai. She has also been part of Citibank’s Risk Management team for mid-size corporates, managing the bank’s lending decisions to a portfolio of companies in ITES, auto components, facilities management services, logistics, diversified manufacturing etc.
Through her career thus far, Vasudha has managed client and investor interactions across India, USA, Singapore, Hongkong, Western Europe, Mauritius etc.
Vasudha earned her MBA in Finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur and her Bachelors degree in Commerce from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She is also a certified Advanced Scuba Diver and enjoys photography, having held several solo and group exhibitions of her work.
Industry Expert – Financial Technology and Cloud Solutions
Shanx is a founding member and former CEO of Oracle Financial Services Software, (formerly known as i-flex Solutions, the company was acquired by Oracle in 2006). Shanx retired in 2011 as the Chief Operating Officer, Oracle Financial Services Global Business Unit (FSGBU). As a technology leader, he has also been profiled in leading trade and industry publications. In 2008, Shanx was selected as one of the 50 Outstanding Asian American business leaders. This accolade celebrates Asian business leaders and recognizes their pivotal roles in Corporate America. Shanx is an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and has an MBA in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.
CEO, Redwood Algorithms
Gautam Munshi is the Founder and CEO of Redwood Algorithms, which provides cutting edge Analytics solutions and creates unique Analytics products to solve marketing and hiring problems in the digital age to companies in India and the US. Before this, Gautam was the head of Production Analytics and one of the founding employees of Marketics Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., an early mover in the emerging area of analytics in 2005 to enable business insights and decisions for global clients including P&G, IBM, Coke etc. During his tenure, Marketics scaled from a startup to a 220-member team with exceptional profitability at 50%+ operating margins with no external capital and subsequently, was sold for $64 million to a NYSE-listed firm, WNS Holdings Ltd. in early 2008. He has also worked with HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank in their retail banking divisions in India. Gautam earned his MBA in Marketing from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi and his BA (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi.
Subrat Panda is a veteran investment banker with over 13 years of experience in leading Capital Market transactions. His specialities include Public offerings (initial and follow-on), QIP issuances, equity rights issuances, open offers, private equity, debt capital markets, due diligence, corporate finance, financial modelling, valuations and investor interactions. He is currently Associate Director at Motilal Oswal Investment Banking in Mumbai. Prior to this, he was VP, Capital Markets at Tata Capital. He started his career with SBI Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of India’s largest bank where he headed the Equity Capital Markets team in Mumbai. He has extensive experience in advising large and medium companies in the Financials, Infrastructure and Energy sectors on domestic and international fund-raising and M&A strategies. Early in his career, he was also on a special assignment to State Bank of India (SBI) to set up their online banking platform. Subrat earned his MBA in Finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur and completed his B.Tech (Electrical Engg.) from College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar. Subrat enjoys mountaineering in the Himalayas in his leisure time.
Industry Expert, Automotive Die-cast Components
P. Sukumaran Menon is the Founder and CEO of 4M Dynamiks, a leading Consultancy in the Foundry business, working with clients in India and Germany. Mr. Menon has over 39 years of industrial experience on the shopfloor, having held Senior Management positions in Sargam Diecastings, G-Plast, Zenith Diecast etc. He providing technical consultancy for tool design, tool manufacture and production of high pressure die castings. He is very well-connected with companies in component manufacturers for automotive & aerospace segments. Mr. Menon is very passionate about Training & Education and conducts various Training programs for corporates. He also heads the Buhler-Alucast Training School in Bangalore. He holds a Degree in Mechanical Engg from Aligarh Muslim University and a Diploma in Tool & Die Making from N.T.T.F, Tellicherry