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Insider trading: One trade, multiple consequences

Published on January 29, 2020 by Jayraj Gohil and Preeti Rai

The increased incidence of insider trading makes it critical that public companies and their employees be aware of compliance systems in place to keep a check on this illegal practice. Insider trading can be explained as the buying or selling of a publicly traded company’s stock by someone who has access to non-public material information about that stock. In this article, we discuss the laws/sanctions and recent trends relating to insider trading, and potential solutions to minimise risk, specifically in the US.

Insider trading has a significant negative impact on stock markets and companies. It is, therefore, vital to regulate this practice, for the following reasons:

To prevent individuals and organisations from making misappropriations and deriving unfair advantage

To stabilise markets

It is also important to look at the consequences of insider trading. Allegations of insider trading against an officer, director or other employee of a company may cause significant damage to the company’s reputation, and subsequently trying to defend the company could be expensive and distract the workforce.

Insider trading, if proved, attracts the following penalties:

  • Individuals: Civil penalties ranging from three times the profits made/loss avoided and criminal fines up to USD5,000,000 (including a prison sentence of up to 20 years)

  • Companies: Criminal fines up to USD25,000,000 and civil penalties

It is widely agreed that the effect of insider trading is worse than that of any other crime related to securities transactions. Insider trading could also lead to macro risks, such as crashing the respective stock market.

The following chart illustrates the number of SEC enforcement actions relating to insider trading:

We see that the SEC’s standalone enforcement actions have risen in the past three years. Total enforcement actions have grown by more than 13% from 2016 to 2018. This has likely led to increased urgency to meet compliance requirements.

Most companies are looking to reduce the incidence of insider trading. We believe the following measures have proven to be effective:

  • Imposing criminal, prophylactic and civil/administrative penalties

  • Placing trade restrictions for a stipulated period of time; for example, prior to corporate announcements or buybacks

  • Placing special trade restrictions on individuals with access to insider information

  • Requiring trade pre-clearance for making a trade; this can be used to determine and restrict any unfair trade practice on the basis of frequency and regulations

  • Conducting insider trading awareness programmes

  • Creating information barriers and access controls

Acuity Knowledge Partners is an influential player in the global market, providing compliance expertise and a wide scope of other services. We have a pool of subject-matter experts in the compliance function. In line with US federal laws, we help clients prevent insider trading through services such as the following:

  • Broker statement review, to obtain a holistic view of an employee’s trades and trading pattern

  • Email surveillance, including checking for inappropriate exchanges of the firm’s confidential and key information

  • Post-trade surveillance to examine each trade according to a set of rules, to monitor any incongruous trading or trading configuration

The following is a checklist for those with access to insider information to consider before making an investment decision or proceeding with a trade:

  • Is the information substantial?

  • Is this information something an investor would consider important in making an investment decision?

  • Would you, as an investor, take this information into account when determining whether to buy or sell?

  • If generally disclosed, would this information affect the security’s market price?

  • To whom has this information been provided, and is the information non-public?

  • Has the information been effectively converted to the marketplace?

It is, therefore, important to encourage employees to approach the compliance and legal departments before they embark on activity where such information is involved. In conclusion, insider trading is an activity that could lead to a loss of investor confidence, unrealistic stock prices, and high rates of inflation, and it is an avoidable one.

References:

https://www.supermicro.com/about/policies/Insider_Trading_Policy.pdf

https://www.sec.gov/files/enforcement-annual-report-2018.pdf

https://www.sec.gov/files/enforcement-annual-report-2017.pdf


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About the Authors

Delivery Manager, Compliance Operations

Jayraj Gohil has over 10+ years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including State Street Global Advisors and Goldman Sachs. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on compliance reviews of marketing/advertising materials. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is part of the central compliance team and specializing in marketing material review. Jayraj is an MBA from Global Academy of Technology, Bengaluru (VTU).

Senior Associate, Compliance Operations

Preeti Rai has overall 4 years of experience in compliance & banking operations, having worked for various firms including State Street Global Advisors and Northern Trust her expertise spans across Compliance, Policy monitoring and Risk surveillance . At Acuity she is responsible for monitoring Code of Ethics for a client. Preeti has completed her Masters in Commerce from Christ University, Bengaluru

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Benjamin Tharmaratnam

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Analyst

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Akshay Verma

Senior Associate

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Sudhir Shetty

Delivery Manager

Sudhir has over 13 years of experience working with leading global organizations in the credit-rating and commercial-lending domains. Currently, he is part of a commercial-lending team that works with a large European bank on covenant validation, financial spreading and the drafting of credit-risk scores and credit reviews. Prior to this, he supported the commercial-lending team of a large UK-based bank and was responsible for communicating with the origination teams, writing annual and interim credit reviews, responding to risk queries and performing post-credit-sanction formalities. Prior to joining Acuity, Sudhir worked for a leading rating company and supported the US public-finance domain, both in his individual capacity and in the capacity of a team lead. Sudhir holds a Master in Commerce from Mumbai University, an MBA (finance) from SIES (Mumbai) and an Accounting Technician degree from ICAI.

Dulith Perera

Analyst

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Mohit Choudhary

Delivery Lead

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Mathew Joseph

Senior Associate

Mathew is an investment compliance specialist with 5+ years of experience primarily in post trade monitoring and performance reporting. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is part of post trade compliance services. He hold Masters of Business Administration Degree.

Shreya

Senior Associate

Shreya is a Senior Associate in Acuity Knowledge Partners supporting consulting & corporate clients across sectors, including technologies, financial services, industrial manufacturing, FMCG, among others. She has a more than 7 years of rich experience in business advisory & consulting, project management and client handling/management

She also attended several technology oriented international conferences including Cloud Expo Asia, RSA Conference, DevOps India Summit, Forgerock Identity Day and many others

Shreya is a Certified PMP (Project Management Professional) accredited by the PMI (Project Management Institute). She holds a MBA degree in International Business from University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (Dehradun)

Anurag Sharma

Delivery Lead

Anurag Sharma has a 6+ years of experience working across various roles in the Investment Banking team at and Acuity Knowledge Partners and Verity Knowledge Solutions. Currently, he supports the Financial Institutions Group team of a bulge bracket investment bank based out of the U.S., in deal originations and executions. He currently leads the FIG team at Acuity and is responsible for client delivery and management. He holds a B.Tech. from National Institute of Warangal.

Hiruni Abeywickrama

Senior Associate

Hiruni Abeywickrama has over 4 years of experience in investment research and finance. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she is part of the Fixed Income and Credit Research team in the Investment Research division, with exposure to multiple sectors in the Nordic and US markets. She is a CIMA (UK) Passed Finalist and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management (first-class honours) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London and an MBA from the University of Colombo.

Lourdeena Kudaliyanage

Delivery Manager, CFA

Lourdeena Kudaliyanage has over 12 years of experience in investment research. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she is part of the Fixed Income and Credit Research team in the Investment Research division, currently supporting a European client. During her tenure at Acuity, Lourdeena has worked for leading buy side and sell side firms covering multiple sectors, focusing primarily on frontier and emerging markets, with expertise in thematic and company research. She is a CFA charterholder and holds a BSc Econ (Hon.) and MSc in Financial Management from the University of London.

Saket Khandeliya

Delivery Manager

More than 10 years of experience in credit research and with Acuity Knowledge Partners. During this tenure I have worked on financial modelling, con call summary writing, detailed risk rating report writing (including financial analysis, peer and industry analysis), and presenting stressed credits in the review meeting. For past five years working closely with a portfolio management team of an equipment finance department. I have done MBA from Alliance Business University Bangalore and bachelor's in commerce from APS University Rewa (M.P.)

Laksh Arora

Delivery Manager

Laksh is management post-graduate with over 7 years of experience in Fixed Income Research. He has experience in building and maintaining credit models, credit report writing, capital structure and covenant analysis. Laksh holds Post Graduate Management Diploma (Finance), CFA Level 3 Candidate and Bachelor in Technology (Computer Science).

Neha Singh Jadeja

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Neha is a senior editor at Acuity Knowledge Partners and has been with the firm for 9 years. She is responsible for editing global research reports on various asset classes, including economics, FX, fixed income, credit and rates.

She has a total of 15 years’ experience in writing and editing financial content, having previously worked at Thomson Reuters India, where she led the sell-side Investment Research News Team.

Neha holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Media Studies and a BA in Media Studies, Psychology and English.

Lakshya Saxena

Delivery Lead

Lakshya has 6+ years of work experience in commercial lending and valuation. He has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners for over a year, working closely with the Leveraged Lending and Counterparty Portfolio Management teams supporting the US and UK operations of one of the largest European investment banks. He is responsible for preparing comprehensive credit models and reviews of large and mid-size corporates, preparing internal rating models and conducting residual recovery value analysis of the corporates covered.

Lakshya has worked with two of the big four audit firms and one of the largest analytics firms in the fields of advisory and valuation, with responsibilities ranging from creating standardised templates for audit procedures to performing complex valuations of securities for financial reporting requirements. He holds an MBA from the National Institute of Financial Management (under the Ministry of Finance of the government of India).

Kavita Kumar

Analyst

Kavita has over 2 years of experience in investment compliance at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Currently working in post trade monitoring. She has done her Masters in Ramaiah College, Bangalore.

M Amarnath Rao

Delivery Lead

Amarnath carries a total work experience of 10 years. Currently working as an investment compliance specialist in post trade & pre-trade monitoring. He has worked for various firms including Thomson Reuters & Capgemini. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is working as a Delivery lead supporting both post & pre-trade compliance services. He is a BBM graduate in Finance from Garden City college, Bangalore.

Anamika Deshwal

Delivery Lead

Anamika Deshwal is a part of Acuity Knowledge Partners - PE & Consulting team, wherein she has worked on projects for numerous clients across sectors including technology, financial services and payments. Her functional expertise includes strategic research, company profiling, competitor analysis & benchmarking, besides GTM market studies. Anamika holds a PGDM in Business Analytics from IMT Ghaziabad and BE in Electronics and Communication from Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh.

Govardhanagiri Prem Sai

Analyst

Govardhanagiri Prem Sai is an analyst with a year experience in the commercial lending division at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He is currently part of team of a team undertaking financial spreading and covenant monitoring for a US based bank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a PG certificate in finance

Raja Sekhar

Delivery Manager

Raja Sekhar is a Delivery Manager in the Technology Practice within the Private Equity and Consulting Group at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has over eight years of experience in working with strategy teams of Fortune 500 companies. Currently, he supports Strategy and insights team of a large Fortune 300 FinTech corporation headquartered in the US. Raja has extensive experience in assisting Venture capitalists and Innovation arms of FTSE100 corporations in identifying disruptive startups and supporting digital transformation agendas. He holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree from BITS-Pilani.

Darshan Rao

Analyst

Darshan Rao is an Investment Compliance professional with 1+ year of experience in post trade guideline monitoring. He adept at logical monitoring of investment guidelines in Sentinel. He holds M.com in Finance and Accounting from Bangalore University.

Ayman Nuhuman

Delivery Lead

Ayman Nuhuman has over 14 years of work experience including two years in commercial lending. He is currently part of the IBOR transition team for leading European bank. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was part of a boutique consulting firm in Sri Lanka. Ayman has exposure in Management Accounting and Auditing from one of the Big four audit firms in the Sri Lanka. Ayman is Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and has completed Level I examination of the Chartered Financial Analyst examination.

Rohan Verma

Delivery Lead

Rohan is aligned with Acuity’s Strategy Research and Consulting team with over 5 years of experience in project execution and delivery of financial, valuation and strategy related projects for the Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Corporate clients.

He specializes in strategy development, deal structuring, financial analysis, DCF Valuation, trading comps, transaction comps, and financial modelling, and has in the past supported the deal structuring and corporate finance teams of various clients including the Big 4 firms. He has also proactively worked on various strategy and technology consulting assignments including a feasibility study for a Big 4 client pertaining to emerging technologies.

Ankit Lakhotia

Delivery Lead

Ankit is a Delivery Lead in the Debt Capital Markets practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. With more than 5 years of experience, he has expertise in working with investment banks, providing support on daily/weekly market updates, preparing pitch books, pricing updates, and capital structure analysis. He supports the global DCM team of a major European investment bank and has developed good understanding of the investment grade markets across US and Europe.

Ankit holds a MBA in Finance from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai and earned his B.Tech.(CSE) from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida. He has also cleared Level II of the CFA Program (USA).

Akshat Mehrotra

Delivery Manager

Akshat has been working in Debt Capital Markets domain since past six years and has more than eight years of work experience. He carries rich exposure of working in Investment Grade, Leverage Finance and FIG businesses with origination as well as Syndicate teams. Over the years, he has worked on RFPs, pitch books, capital structure, sustainable finance projects, bond pricing, market commentary etc. Prior to his current role, he was working with Royal Bank of Scotland, where he focused on the leverage finance business for European corporate clients. He has also worked with a financial research firm, where he prepared credit research, risk assessment strategic pitches for a US conglomerate. He was also part of a project at client location, Goldman Sachs for a regulatory project – DoddFrank

Akshat holds a PGDM from Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai and earned his B.Tech (Computer Science) from UPTU.

Nikita Chhabra

Senior Associate, Investment Banking

Nikita Chhabra is a part of the Investment Banking team at Acuity and currently works for a prominent boutique investment bank in the US. She has a total work experience of over 6 years and has rich exposure working on a variety of research and analysis assignments serving clients ranging from top asset managers, PE firms to bulge bracket investment banks.

Nikita holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Nishanth Neeli

Delivery Lead

Nishanth Neeli has over 7 years of experience in investment compliance with a prior working experience at Goldman Sachs. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is responsible for process supervisory, coding and post trade management support of Investment Compliance Services. Nishanth has done his Masters in Actuarial Science from Bharatidasan University.

Bijaya Das

Delivery Lead

Bijaya is an investment compliance specialist with 7 years of experience primarily in post trade monitoring and performance reporting. She has worked for various firms including State Street, Northern Trust and Ernst & Young. At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is working as a supervisor supporting post trade compliance services. She has done her PGDBM in Finance from Jain University, Bangalore.

Manisha Baid

Assistant Director

Manisha is part of the Commercial Lending Projects and Transition team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has over 13 years of experience in transitioning and leading teams and projects for commercial and investment banking clients. Prior to Acuity, she worked as an equity capital market analyst at Goldman Sachs and as an offshore investment banking analyst for Bear Stearns. She holds an MBA in Finance from MDI, Gurgaon and a Bachelors in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi

Kiran Kumar

Associate Director

Kiran has been with the firm since November 2009 and overall 15+ years of experience in IB offshoring. His responsibilities include managing one of the large IB engagement and relationship, coordinating with staffers and bankers on new initiatives and services, soliciting feedback, working with teams to identify and improve efficiencies and productivity, training team members on complex and value-added analysis, and implementing industry best practices in the Acuity team for IB Analytics.

Rajkumar Bodduna

Analyst, Compliance

Raj is an Investment Guidelines Professional with 2+ years of experience in Coding, Monitoring, Reporting, and Testing in Compliance Systems. He is adept at logical coding and monitoring of investment guidelines in Sentinel. He holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing.

Anup Dhanuka

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Anup Dhanuka has eight years of experience in equity research, supporting both buy-side and sell-side clients. He has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners for five years and has worked with buy-side fund managers in the consumer, real estate and healthcare sectors. In his current role, he supports a buy-side fund manager with coverage of real estate and healthcare stocks in the MENA region. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from T.A.Pai Management Institute in Manipal, India.

Dilshani Amarasinghe

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Dilshani Amarasinghe has over 6 years of experience in commercial lending and currently works as a Delivery Lead attached to the Commercial Lending Division at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She supports the Commodities, Food and Agriculture sector of a leading European bank, undertaking the validation and monitoring of covenants, financial spreading and performing risk ratings. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she worked as an Assistant Relationship Manager attached to the SME credit sector in a Sri Lankan bank. Dilshani is an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). She holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Economics (MFE) and a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Physical Science) from the University of Colombo.

Sharmila Thambawita

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Sharmila Thambawita has over 10 years of work experience including 3 years in Commercial Lending. Currently she is a Delivery Lead, overlooking a team of analysts responsible for the Structured Export Finance sector of a leading European based bank. Prior to this, she has served diverse client engagements in both the equity and fixed income verticals. Sharmila is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

Arjun R D

Data Scientist, Data Science Operations

Arjun R D has over six years of experience in providing data analytics for financial services firms. His areas of expertise cover product analytics, sales and marketing analytics, campaign measurement, secondary research, statistical modelling and data visualization. At Acuity, Arjun provides product analytics, business intelligence and bespoke reporting solutions to a leading US bank. Previously, he provided analytical solutions to the sales and marketing practice of a leading asset management firm with over USD3tn in assets. He holds a master’s degree in Management specializing in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering specializing in Computer Science.

Surbhi Choudhary

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Surbhi is a Delivery Lead, with more than 4 years of experience in the Commercial Lending division at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She is currently part of the Transport and Logistics sector team undertaking covenant monitoring and validation, financial spreading and commentary, performing risk ratings for a leading European based bank. She has also supported a US based bank within the same vertical. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and a Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.)
Shefali

Delivery Lead

Shefali is a Delivery Lead in the Strategy, Research and Consulting team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has more than five years of experience in the field of natural gas and LNG market as well as, LNG shipping research and consulting. She has experience including natural gas and shipping demand and supply forecasting, consulting, and maritime and natural gas sector research and advisory. She has published a number of globally acclaimed LNG sector reports and contributed to leading industry magazines and journals. She holds a BSc degree in Economics and Business Management from University of London and diploma in economics from University of London.
Sankar Raghukumaran

Associate, Investment Banking

Sankar Raghukumaran has about 3 years of experience with the IB team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Currently he supports one of the mid-market investment banks based out of the U.S. Sankar gained experience in areas of M&A, Equity Capital Markets (ECM) and Debt Capital Markets (DCM). Recently he is supporting the bank on their European operations in prospecting as well as pitching activities for various sectors such as Technology, Industrials and Consumer. Sankar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Honours) and a Master’s in Business Administration (focusing in Finance), both from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL), India.

Revathy Purushotaman

Senior Associate, Commercial Lending

Revathy is Senior Analyst in Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Commercial Lending team. She has significant experience in the real estate sector. Revathy has more than 5 years of experience in credit underwriting, asset management, due diligence and ad hoc research, among others.

She holds an MBA in Finance from MG University, Kerala.

Ambika Kalyankar

Senior Associate, Commercial Lending

Ambika has 5 years of experience in financial services and commercial lending. She joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in October 2018 as Senior Associate and is part of the Commercial Real Estate team, underwriting US and UKCRE loans and CMBS deals. Previously, she worked in Genpact.

Ambika holds an MBA in Finance from PES Institute Technology, Bangalore.

Ayush Kumar

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Ayush is part of the Strategic Initiatives Team responsible for creating BEAT products. He has over 12 years of experience in supporting investment and commercial banks. At Acuity, he is the product owner of commercial lending pods, overseeing the development of lending products such as CovenantPulse and CreditReport Pulse. He previously worked with Ernst & Young.

Mohit Sachdeva

Delivery Lead, IB

Mohit is a delivery lead in the Rating Advisory practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has expertise working with investment banks, providing support on rating for corporates, banks and NBFCs covering indicative rating analysis, debt headroom assessments, market update, ratings pitch, credit positioning and benchmarking. He supports the global rating advisory of a major European investment bank.

Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked as a Rating Analyst at CRISIL Ratings, where he was involved in conducting rating analysis of mid-size corporates across different industries. He holds Post Graduate Diploma in Management from International Management Institute, New Delhi and Bachelors in Technology (Mechanical) from NIT Jalandhar.

Anustup Ghosh Dastidar

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Anustup has over 12 years of overall work experience including 10 years in Commercial Lending. He has worked in Diversified Lending team undertaking tasks like covenant validation & monitoring, financial spreading & commentary and performing risk raters for a leading European based bank. Currently he is part of the Structured Export Finance team. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked in a couple of multinational companies where his primary responsibility was preparation of credit review reports for corporates. He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration (Finance specialization).

Rahul Wadhawan

Delivery Lead, PE and Strategic Research

Rahul Wadhawan has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners (Acuity) for five years and has in-depth business research experience. In his current role, he provides support on pilot projects, rapid research work, report writing and database research.

He also worked in Acuity’s Costa Rica office for more than two years, supporting a rapid research division. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Apeejay School of Management and a B.com(P) degree from the University of Delhi.

Anurag

Delivery Manager

Anurag has over 12 years of experience in the financial services and banking domains in managing commercial credit portfolios and writing reports such as thematic credit, credit rating, annual review and counterparty risk reports. His key responsibilities at Acuity include managing a credit portfolio for a US-based regional bank. Prior to joining Acuity in 2019, Anurag worked as a manager with a large US bank.

Mohak Mantri

Associate Director, Commercial lending

Mohak is part of the Commercial Lending Projects and Transition team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has over 13 years of experience in transitioning global projects and leading operations teams for wholesale lending, leasing operations, treasury services and consumer banking functions. Mohak is dual Six Sigma Green Belt certified and has expertise in consulting projects across operations and risk-based control testing and monitoring. He holds an MBA in International Business Strategy from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi.

Vidhi Bhamra

Data Analyst, Data Science Operations

Vidhi Bhamra has over 4 years of experience in data analysis and visualization services across Financial Services, Healthcare and Retail industries. At Acuity, she providers data analytics, business intelligence and visualization support to a leading US-based investment management firm. Prior to joining Acuity, she worked as a Senior Data Analyst for a niche knowledge services firm in India. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics.

Subhajeet Kumar Roy

Senior Data Analyst, Data Science Operations

Subhajeet Kumar Roy has over 6 years of experience in data analytics across Financial Services, FMCG and Healthcare industries. He has worked extensively in business Intelligence mandates and has applied statistical methodologies to deliver critical outcomes. At Acuity, he provides business intelligence and visualization support to a leading US-based investment management firm. Prior to joining Acuity, he has worked with a Big Four accounting firm and a tier-1 consulting firm in their data analytics operations.

Thanusha Rajapakshe

Assistant Director, CFA, ACA

Thanusha has been a part of the Acuity Forensic Analysis team for 9 years, and has 14 years of total work experience. She currently supports a Europe-based asset manager in providing forensic support, and provide quality-control support on deliverables of team members in preparing accounting diagnostic reports for various industries, including banks, NBFI, insurance, energy, automotive, and technology. Prior to joining Acuity, she worked as an Assistant Manager at the Department of Professional Practice (DPP) at KPMG, where she was engaged in IFRS-related advisory services and IFRS conversion projects. During her tenure at KPMG, she has also worked at the tax and regulatory division and the auditing division, where she was exposed to an array of industries, including banking and finance, insurance, manufacturing and trading, and logistics. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, a CFA Charter holder, and currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at the Postgraduate Institute of Management affiliated to Sri Jayawardenepura University.

Fawas Ahamed

Assistant Director, ACA, ACMA (UK), ACCA (UK)

Fawas has been a part of the Acuity Forensic Analysis team for 8 years, and has 13 years of total work experience. He is knowledgeable in forensic analysis, investment research (with focus on quality of earnings), and auditing, and is well versed on corporate governance best practices and the UK combined code. Currently at Acuity he works as Senior Forensic Analyst engaged in preparing and supervising accounting diagnostic reports and their updates, supervising forensic-lite reviews, and providing forensic accounting support for clients looking to short stocks. Fawas started his career at Ernst and Young, where he was Executive in charge of statutory audits at the time of leaving. He is an Associate member of CA Sri Lanka, an Associate member of ACCA (UK), an Associate member of CIMA (UK) and has completed level II of the CFA examination.

Ramesh Dharanipathy

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Ramesh Dharanipathy has over 12 years of experience in investment research. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked as an Investment Analyst in a hedge fund. Ramesh holds a Bachelor of Engineering and MBA degrees from Indian universities.

Ghanshyam Bhambhani

Delivery Manager

Ghanshyam is a Delivery Manager in the Technology Practice within the Private Equity and Consulting Group at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has over seven years of experience of working with strategy teams of Fortune 500 companies. Currently, he supports senior strategy staffers of the Capital Markets solutions team of a US headquartered Fortune-500 Fintech Corporation. Ghanshyam previously worked at Bain, where he assisted clients across industries, in strategy formulation – ranging from market entry, product portfolio revamping, competition monitoring and white space identification to cost cutting. He holds an MBA in marketing from IBS Hyderabad and Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) from the University of Rajasthan

Rashmi Gupta

Senior Associate, Consulting

Rashmi has been associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners (Acuity) since 2018 and has around four years of experience in the business research and consulting domains. She has extensive experience in working across industries, on products ranging from company and industry benchmarking reports to deep-dive market opportunity assessment studies.

Prior to her role at Acuity, she was associated with a renowned executive research firm based in Gurgaon, India, supporting consultants globally in their business development initiatives. During her tenure there, she worked primarily with the Leadership Consulting team, providing research on white papers, thought leadership on talent strategy and related products. Rashmi holds an MBA from Coventry University, UK, and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from University of Delhi, India.

Deepak Chaturvedi

Data Scientist, Data Science Operations

Deepak Chaturvedi has over 7 years of experience in financial services and banking domain in managing credit card portfolios, designing and analyzing marketing campaigns, providing analytics solutions for US credit cards, US retail stores, consumer banking analytics and enhancing customer experience. His key responsibilities at Acuity include developing and implementing analytic solutions and business intelligence dashboards for our financial services clients. Prior to joining Acuity in 2019, Deepak worked as a senior business analyst with a tier-1 global bank.

Nimit Sharma

Assistant Director, IR

Nimit has been a part of Acuity Knowledge Partners Investment Research team for over 9 years. His core expertise in extensive financial modelling and research writing spanned through several industries including Financials, Energy, TMT, Consumer, Healthcare, Industrial Waste, and Paper & Packaging. At present, he is responsible for setting up new teams, managing existing teams and projects, assuring quality of services, taking client feedback, and providing subject matter expertise.

He holds an MBA in Finance from Institute of Management Technology, India. He has completed training in Foundations in Responsible Investment from PRI Academy, and holds Certificates of Excellence in Six Sigma discipline and Minto Pyramid writing practice.

Trishan Ravihansa

Sr. Associate , Commercial Lending

Trishan is a Senior Associate attached to the Commercial Lending division at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He is currently part of the Commodities, Food & Agriculture sector undertaking covenant monitoring and validation, financial spreading and performing risk raters for a leading European based bank. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was a management trainee attached to the Financial Reporting division of a Sri Lankan bank. He also gained exposure from a global audit firm in spheres of corporate taxation and transaction services related advisory.

He is a passed finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and currently studying for Chartered Financial Analyst Level II examination.

Sayoni Ghosh

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

I have over 8 years of experience in commercial lending domain having experience in credit appraisal, credit validation, real estate mortgage underwriting, asset summary report writing. I have been associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners since January’2017 and currently part of a team handling covenant monitoring of a US based bank. My responsibilities involve spreading financial statements, covenant monitoring, validation and analysis of ratios according to requirement in agreements.

Prior to joining Acuity, I have worked in commercial mortgage underwriting firm with base in US real estate markets. I hold PGDM in Finance from IAMT, Ghaziabad and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Calcutta University.

Chamathka Fonseka

Senior Associate, Commercial Lending

Chamathka is a Senior Associate attached to the Commercial Lending division at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She is currently part of the Transport & Logistics sector, handling a team of analysts, executing credit reviews, covenant monitoring & validation, financial spreading and performing risk raters for a leading European based bank. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, she was a Credit Analyst attached to the Corporate and Investment Bank Department of an US-based Global Investment Bank (local office).

She is a an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) an Affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), currently reading for a Master’s degree (Economics) in the University of Sri Jayawardenepura.

Wayomi Hemantha (CFA)

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Wayomi has over 10 years of work experience including 7 years in Commercial Lending. Currently she is a Delivery Manager, overlooking a team of analysts responsible for carrying out credit reviews, risk raters, covenant validation and monitoring for the TMT sector of a leading European based bank. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she worked as a Relationship Manager in the Corporate Banking division of a leading a multinational bank. Wayomi is a CFA Charterholder and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). She also holds a Master’s degree (Distinction) from the University of West London and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance Special) from the University of Colombo

Ashutosh Gupta

Delivery manager

Ashutosh has 14 years of total work experience in sales enablement and operations management, with expertise in proposal and bid management. In his current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he is supporting the RFP/RFI/DDQ processes for the banking sector. Prior to this, he was part of the Sales Enablement team at BNY Mellon India Operations. He holds a Master of Marketing Management from Pune University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business management with dual specialization in Services and Marketing Management.

Pankhuri Goyal

Associate, DEP Investment Baking

Pankhuri Goyal is part of investment banking team and has over 5 years of work experience in IB support. She has worked on various Investment Banking tasks including company / industry research, detailed company profiles, case studies, benchmarking, valuations, peer analysis among others. She holds experience in multiple sectors such as Consumer/Retail, FIG, Healthcare, and Industrials.

Prior to joining Acuity, she worked with Cians Analytics in their private equity & consulting team and also worked with EY in their RMS team.

She holds a Post Graduate Program in Management with specialization in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

 
Laura Rajapakse

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Laura is a Delivery Lead of the Commercial Lending team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She was previously attached to the corporate finance team of a leading local apparel company for 7+ years. She holds a BBA (International Business and Management) from Northwood University, USA and MBA (Finance) from Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.

Shivam Gupta

Senior Associate, IB

Shivam has around 5 years of work experience in Acuity investment banking analytics team. He has expertise in Debt capital markets (DCM) domain and provides support on weekly bond market updates, market commentary, covenant comparison, debt maturity profiles, league tables, benchmarking exercises and case studies. He supports the DCM teams of a major European investment bank and has developed good understanding of the investment grade and high yield markets on European Markets.Shivam had done MBA in Financial Markets from GGSIPU University and holds a bachelor’s degree in B.A. (Hons) Business Economics from Delhi University

Saurabh Mahajan

Delivery Manager, IB

Saurabh Mahajan is associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners since 2011 and has experience working with investment bankers across the globe. An expert in Debt capital markets (DCM) and M&A, Saurabh has supported clients on a wide range of products such as Market updates and commentary, capital structure analysis, case studies, valuation, pitch books, company and debt profiles, restructuring and distressed debt, to list a few. He also possesses significant exposure to European markets, having worked with regional clients over the years. Saurabh holds a bachelor’s degree in Technology (B.Tech) from Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, GGSIPU University and PGDM from Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi.

Sreehari Tamaraparani

Delivery Manager, Fund Marketing Services

Sreehari Tamaraparani is a Delivery Manager within the Fund Marketing Services line of business at Acuity Knowledge Partners.

Sreehari has 10 years of sales enablement experience with team management, writing compelling business proposals and content management within the financial services industry. Prior to joining Acuity, he worked at J.P. Morgan as an RFP Writer within the Investor Services line of business. Prior to his stint at J.P. Morgan, Sreehari worked as a Proposal Manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch within the Global Transaction Services line of business.

Sreehari holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Bangalore University, India and a Post Graduate Certificate in International Business from St. Mary’s University, London, U.K

Prasanna Kumar

Associate Director, Investment Banking

Prasanna Kumar has over 16 years of experience in global capital marketsInvestment Banking and Investment Research. His responsibilities include managing one of the IB engagements and relationship, coordinating with staffers and bankers on new initiatives and services, soliciting feedback, working with teams to identify and improve efficiencies and productivity, training team members on complex and value-added analysis, and implementing industry best practices in the Acuity team for IB Analytics.

Prior to taking up the dedicated role with the account in 2014, Prasanna was working as part of Projects and Transition team gained experience in business development and equity research (financial modeling, report writing, relative valuation and precedent transaction analysis, and economic and sector research)

Shiba Kumar Khuntia

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Shiba Kumar Khuntia is part of the Investment Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has spent more than four years in his current role covering the U.S. Industrial Machinery at Acuity Knowledge Partners and currently supports sell-side clients with research assignments including industry research, economic research, thematic reports, and earnings reviews. He holds an MBA in Finance from Rizvi Institute of Management, Mumbai.

Usman Khan

Delivery Manager, IB

Usman has 5 years of experience in the investment banking and financial advisory sector, and currently serves as a Delivery Manager in a large UK-focused investment banking client account. Prior to joining Acuity, he served as an analyst in the capital structure advisory team at HSBC’s investment banking division. He has worked on a variety of corporate finance mandates, apart from typical M&A work, including dividend policy and credit ratings advisory services for clients in life-sciences, commodities, infrastructure, industrial, and services sectors. He is an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (Class of 2015) and a commerce graduate from the University of Delhi (Class of 2012).

Harshmeen Kaur

Associate, Investment Banking

Harshmeen is an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has good exposure working with investment banks, providing support on precedent transaction comps, trading comps, valuation models, preparing strip profiles and company profiles. She supports global teams of a major European investment bank and has developed good understanding of the corporate finance markets across the EMEA and Asia.

Harshmeen holds an MBA in Finance with specialization in Investment Banking from Chitkara University, Rajpura and completed her B.Sc. (Medical) from Punjabi University, Patiala. She is passionate about dancing and has actively participated in various cultural activities at organizational level.

Piyush Thakur

Assistant Director

Piyush has been with Acuity since 2006 and has experience working on a variety of research and analysis assignments serving Private Equity clients, and has rich exposure to multiple investment philosophies including control investing, distressed-debt, direct lending, credits and loans, real estate, oil & gas among others.

He has extensive experience working on assignments covering the entire life cycle of a private equity investment including target screening, comprehensive financial models, LBO models, waterfall & recovery analysis, sensitivity and scenario building, valuation, portfolio monitoring and similar assignments for clients

Piyush is a qualified Chartered Accountant from ICAI, India and a Bachelor of Commerce

Jarmanjeet Singh

Associate Director

Jarmanjeet Singh has ~15 years of experience supporting various investment banking clients at Acuity Knowledge Partners. In his current role, he is responsible for managing mid-market IB and boutique advisory clients. Jarmanjeet has a keen interest and understanding of Oil & Gas sector and have been regularly working with niche O&G advisors and bankers. He leads teams that work very closely with the senior bankers on live mandates including debt advisory, capital raising and M&A activities. In his prior role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked with a US based bulge bracket investment bank where he led sector teams of EMEA region. Jarmanjeet holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from Symbiosis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Hons.) from Delhi University

Deepika Khullar

Delivery Lead

Deepika Khullar has over 7 years of experience in research and consulting industry. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she is a part of the Investment Banking division, currently supporting clients in the Middle East region across areas such as industry and business research and capital markets. During her tenure at Acuity, Deepika has worked with leading investment banks across the US, Middle East and Asia. Her expertise lies in the area of originations support, preparing industry focused-reports, Thematics, IMs etc and has a good understanding of and Islamic finance. She holds a B.Com (Hon.) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and an MBA with a specialization in Finance from Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute Of Management.

Mohit Jain

Delivery Manager

Mohit Jain is associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners since 2011 and has worked with clients of diversified geographies in investment banking domain during the tenure including North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East. An expert in financial modelling and valuations, Mohit has strong experience working across sectors including TMT, Real Estate, FIG, Consumer and O&G among others. With hands on experience in the M&A domain, he has supported clients on a wide range of products such as financial modelling, case studies, industry research, transactions, comps, pitch books, profiles and deal origination, to list a few. He also possesses significant exposure to Middle East markets and Islamic Finance industry, having worked with regional clients over the years. Mohit holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University and an MBA from IILM, New Delhi.

Gopal Venkatesh

Assistant Director, Compliance

Gopal Venkatesh has over 12 years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs. His expertise spans across the Investment compliance and Change Management. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is responsible for management support of Investment Compliance Services. Gopal has done his MBA from Bangalore University.

Sidharth Suresh Nair

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Sidharth has over 6 years of experience in investment banking and advisory services. He joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in Jul'18 and currently leads a team catering to a boutique advisory firm in the European technology sector. He has previously worked with HSBC Investment Banking ​in multiple coverage and product teams across geographies, and was a key member of several landmark M&A and IPO transactions. Sidharth holds an MBA in Finance from Symbiosis University, Pune and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science & Engineering from NIT Calicut.

Binsanlal P J

Delivery Manager, Specialised Solutions

Binsanlal is currently a delivery manager at Acuity Knowledge Partners, with more than 10 years’ experience. He is responsible for preparing macroeconomic outlook reports, credit strategy outlooks, thematic and foreign exchange research reports and writing fund performance commentaries for management discussion and analysis. In his previous assignments, he monitored macroeconomic and policy developments, analysed economies, performed data analysis and interpretation, forecasted and model building, prepared economic and thematic reports, dashboards, and newsletters, and managed research teams and projects. Binsanlal holds a Master’s degree in economics from Madras Christian College and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Mahatma Gandhi University.

Sandeep Ayyappan

Senior Associate

Sandeep is a Senior Associate and subject matter expert for the investment compliance practice. He has over 7 years of experience in financial service industry. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge partners he worked as a senior consultant in Wipro Technologies - Securities & Capital market BA CoE. He was part of the investment compliance and investment book of records team that handled global asset managers. Sandeep was also part of the commodity derivatives trading line of business in the financial service industry.

Amandeep Singh Rekhi

Delivery Manager

Amandeep joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in Feb 2013. During his tenure with Acuity, he has supported and managed several research engagement for diversified clients across varied geographies. He is part of the data analytics, survey programming and end-to-end project management for past 6 years, supporting an industry dedicated employer branding client. Previously, he has supported various market research activities like data collection, quality checking, resource management and cost efficiency for numerous clients.

Prior to Acuity, he has worked with a broking firm, where he was involved in global product arbitrage and identifying the potential opportunity of spread in currencies and metals. Amandeep holds an MBA degree in Finance and Marketing from New Delhi, India and a Bachelor’s degree from Ramjas College, Delhi University, India.

Nikhil Francis

Associate, Investment Banking

Nikhil Francis has over 2.5 years of experience in Investment Banking domain. Currently, he supports the Public Finance team for a U.S. based mid-market investment bank, with a focus on Municipal Finance and Infrastructure - Public Private Partnership(P3) . He holds Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management(PGDFM) and Master’s degree in Commerce with specialization in International Business.

Saswata Mohanty

Assistant Director, Investment Banking

Saswata Mohanty has over 13 years of experience working across different value chain in the Investment Banking domain. Currently, supports Public Finance / Project Finance team, with a focus on Municipal Finance and Infrastructure - Public Private Partnership(P3). He is also responsible for quality check and overall functions of Investment Banking team, for a U.S. based mid-market Investment Bank, in Bangalore. Prior to joining Acuity, he was with Verity Knowledge Solution (affiliate of UBS) for close to 6 years. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance.

Priyadarshini Elumalai

Analyst, Compliance Ops

Priya has 3 years of experience in Investment Compliance and Collateralized loan obligations, having worked with State Street Corporation prior joining Acuity. At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is part of the Investment Compliance team and specializes in post and pre trade monitoring. Priya holds a bachelor's degree in commerce from Bangalore University.

Akanksha Sah

Senior Associate, IB

Akanksha has around 4 years of work experience in Acuity investment banking analytics teams. In her current role, she supports on all types of alternative funding structures analysis to the leading investment bank in PIPE and RD transaction markets. Prior to this, she provided support in various Investment Banking tasks which involved valuation, peer analysis / company screening, company and industry research, case studies, benchmarking among others with focus towards the healthcare sector. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with specialization in Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Harsh Gupta

Assistant Director, IB

Harsh has been with Acuity since 2006 and has experience working with investment bankers across the globe with various sector coverage teams like Fintech, Banks, Industrials, Chemicals, Cleantech, Healthcare as well as Equity Capital Markets teams. He has an extensive experience of supporting bankers on Financial models (LBO, DCF, acc/dil, etc), valuations, PIPE offering, SPAC Research, Capital Market products, industry overviews, and idea/peer/target identification. Harsh is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Anish Chopra

Assistant Director

Anish Chopra has over 14 years of experience in investment banking with Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has significant experience in working on power, infrastructure, consumer, healthcare and TMT sectors. In his current role, he is leading a dedicated team supporting Power, Infrastructure and Utilities Group of a global investment bank. He is responsible for managing the team and delivering diverse analysis required during the entire cycle of a transaction including structuring and preparing compete pitch books. He is actively engaged in client interaction, as well as guiding and training juniors. Previously, he supported a European bulge bracket investment bank. Anish holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from Amity Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Guru Nanak Dev University

Champak Patel

Assistant Director, IR

Champak Patel is a part of investment research vertical at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Gurgaon. He has over 11 years of total work experience in equity research & advisory, financial modeling, generating stock ideas, writing research reports, and presenting investment themes to fund managers. Currently, he leads various equity research engagements supporting clients across sectors and geographies. Champak is an MBA in Finance from Institute for Technology and Management, Mumbai and a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering.

Manish Garg

Assistant Director, Private Equity & Consulting

Manish has over 13 years of experience in financial and investment research, with a focus on real estate and distress debt strategies. He holds extensive experience in managing real estate investment projects across the deal pipeline spanning opportunity screening, due diligence support, portfolio monitoring and ad-hoc research projects. He has played an important role in setting up the real estate delivery teams at Acuity. His core areas of work include account management, client relationship, maintaining control over quality and timeliness of team projects.

His previous experience includes working with a commodity research firm and a real estate thematic fund, where he primarily focussed on precious metals’ research, macro-economic studies, real estate sector research, and analyzing real estate companies.

Manish holds an MBA in Finance from ICFAI University and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Rajasthan University.

Tanika Gupta

Delivery Lead, Investment Banking

Tanika is a delivery lead in the Debt Capital Markets practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has expertise working with investment banks, providing support on weekly bond market updates, bond pricing, covenant comparison, debt maturity profiles, preparing pitch books and capital structure analysis. She supports the global DCM teams of a major European investment bank and has developed good understanding of the investment grade and high yield markets across the US, EMEA and Asia ex-Japan G3 markets.

Tanika holds a MBA in Finance from Jaypee Business School, Noida and earned her B.Com from CSJM University, Kanpur. She is passionate about dancing and has actively participated in various cultural activities at organizational level.

Shreya Kaushal

Analyst, CPB

Shreya has been with Acuity ECM team since June 2020. Her current role requires her to handle assignments for bulge bracket investment banking client team on ECM & Corporate broking projects like industry research, investor targeting, ECM offering related case studies, benchmarking, corporate governance and block updates.

Prior to joining Acuity, she worked as an Audit Associate at Ernst and Young from Aug 2015 – Oct 2016, where she was working parallel with EY US Audit team and was responsible for performing General Audit procedures (Primary and others), preparing audit reports and schedules to be submitted to statutory body (SEC, PCAOB). Shreya holds PG Diploma in Finance from Birla Institute of Management Technology and Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University.

Rohit Sharma

Delivery Manager, CPB

Rohit Sharma has over 11 years of work experience in investment banking. He is leading ECM and Equity Advisory teams for a UK bulge bracket investment bank from past 9 years. He has a strong hold in ECM related work products which are used for corporate broking, deal origination & execution as well equity linked teams.

He has supported multiple senior investment bankers in preparation of investor decks including investor targeting, benchmarking, potential-blocks / stake sale analysis, deal case studies and sell-side research. In addition, he supports onshore Equity Advisory team catering to Utilities, Industrials and NRG sectors in providing strategic advice on matters related to their client’s market impact and communication. Prior to joining Acuity, he worked with a boutique firm for c.2 years where he was responsible in creating and maintaining financial valuation models with in-depth financial statement analysis. Rohit has cleared CFA Level 1 and holds PG Diploma in Financial Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Deepak Garg

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Deepak Garg is part of the Investment Banking division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, attached to the Power, Utilities & Infrastructure sector. He joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in Jan’17 and currently leads a team catering to a leading global investment bank. Previously, he has worked with HSBC-IB for more than 2 years and was actively involved in the origination and execution of M&A & ECM deals. Deepak holds an MBA in Finance from IMT Ghaziabad and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Kurukshetra.

Umamahesh Poreddi

Senior Associate, Investment Banking

Umamahesh Poreddi has 5+ years of experience working across various roles in the Investment Banking team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Currently, he supports the Corporate Banking as well as Mergers and Acquisitions teams of a mid-market investment bank based out of the U.S., in prospecting as well as pitching activities focused on various sectors primarily broad industrials and downstream oil & gas markets. He holds an MBA in Finance from Amrita School of Business.

Ankit Mehrotra

Ankit Mehrotra, Associate Director, Investment Banking

Ankit has over 14 years of experience in Consulting and Research. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has led sector and product-specialist pilot teams in Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance, Syndicated Loans - Capital Markets, Sustainable finance, Restructuring, Debt Advisory, Strategy, Corporate Development and M&A Coverage. With McKinsey and Ernst & Young, he has worked on client engagements related to market entry strategy and competitive positioning.

Ankit holds an MBA with a dual specialization in Finance and Marketing from Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management and earned his B.Com (Hons.) from Delhi University.

Gaurav Jain

Associate Director, Investment Banking

Gaurav Jain over 14 years of experience in investment banking and advisory services. During his tenure with Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked with bulge bracket, regional and boutique banks on multiple sector and coverage teams in US, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Currently, he leads various Investment Banking engagements supporting across Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets teams. Gaurav holds Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and Bachelor in Commerce.

B P Sunil

Associate, Specialised Solutions

Sunil has over 5 years of experience in the structured products space, spanning portfolio management and risk analytics. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked on multiple client engagements, supporting both the sell-side and buy-side functions. He previously worked at Thomson Reuters.

Sunil holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in management from M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology in Bangalore.

Ramakrishna Reddy

Delivery Lead, Specialised Solutions

Ramakrishna has over 6 years of experience in financial services, spanning research and portfolio analytics and risk reporting. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked with multiple clients, supporting them on critical tasks including sector research and outlook publication, performance data monitoring, attribution analysis, and factor-based risk/return analysis.

Ramakrishna holds a master’s degree in management from Christ University and a bachelor’s degree from Aurora’s Technological & Research Institute.

Vikram Kumar R

Delivery Manager, Specialised Solutions

Vikram is a management postgraduate with over 10 years of work experience. At Acuity Knowledge Partners (Acuity), he has worked with two bulge-bracket sell-side clients in managing their bespoke data management, research and publication requirements for US and EMEA securitisation markets. Prior to Acuity, he worked with Accenture Credit Services (formerly Zenta Knowledge Services Pvt Ltd) and Silverskills Pvt Ltd on US commercial lending-related bespoke services.

Vikram completed a Post Graduate Program in Management (Finance and Marketing) at Indus Business Academy and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Loyola College.

Rekha Narasimhan

Senior Associate, Compliance

Rekha Narasimhan has over 10 years of industry experience in the area of Risk and Compliance. Her expertise spans across Anti Money Laundering compliance and Electronic Communication Surveillance. She is associated with Acuity for the last two years. Prior to joining Acuity, she was associated with Goldman Sachs and HCL Capital Market Services. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in finance. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she is part of Corporate and Forensic Compliance team and specializes in Electronic Communication Surveillance.

Asha Rakesh Maniar

Senior Associate, Compliance

Asha Rakesh Maniar has 7+ years of experience in compliance and has been associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners for about a year. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners she worked as a senior analyst with Goldman Sachs – PWM and Forensic compliance. At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is part of the corporate and forensic compliance team where she monitors electronic communication and performs trading surveillance for a client. Asha holds a MBA degree from the ICFAI Business School Hyderabad.

Anshul Kulshrestha

Anshul Kulshrestha, Delivery Manager, PEC

Anshul Kulshrestha joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2012 and has been a part of the firm’s Private Equity and Consulting Vertical since. His current role involves managing multiple PE and fund-of-funds clients.

He has extensive experience across a broad range of private equity and hedge fund services, including fundraising pitchbook, investment due diligence, investment memorandums, fund cash flow modeling, portfolio monitoring and fund revaluation modeling.

Anshul holds Post Graduate in Business Management with a specialization in Finance and Marketing from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

Faisal Riyaz

Assistant Director, IB

Faisal Riyaz manages investment banking teams at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Beijing. He has over 10 years of experience in financial research with a focus on the Chinese capital markets. Faisal is also actively involved in knowledge management and quality control of deliverables. Prior to joining Acuity Beijing, he worked as an analyst for a team supporting a large European investment bank.

Navneet Kumar

Delivery Manager, Business Research

Navneet Kumar joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in April 2010. During his tenure with Acuity, he has supported and managed several research engagement for investment banking and consulting clients across varied geographies. He is part of the consulting practice for past 5 years, supporting an industry dedicated consulting client. Previously, he has supported various investment banking clients in financial & operational analysis, valuation analysis, investment screening and M&A Analysis. Navneet has worked on diverse industries including TMT, Energy and Power, Oil & gas, Retail, and Metal & Mining.

Prior to Acuity, he has worked with a boutique investment-banking firm, where he was involved in identifying the potential opportunity for the existing clients and creating pitch books. Navneet holds an MBA degree in Finance from New Delhi Institute of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Kurukshetra University, India.

Jalaj Jonker

Delivery Manager, Compliance Analytics

Jalaj heads the Compliance Analytics team, with experience in anti-money laundering, customer due diligence, and market abuse prevention. He has worked in the areas of compliance, trading surveillance, and financial crime and information security and risk analytics. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) degree in Electronics and Communication.

Pankaj Jha

Delivery Lead, Compliance

Pankaj Jha has 9 years of experience in compliance and has been associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners for 7 months. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on compliance reviews of marketing/advertising materials, AML and Email Surveillance. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is part of the central compliance team and specializing in marketing material review. Pankaj is a graduate in B.Com (Hons) from Delhi University

Avinash Singh

Delivery Manager, Consulting

Avinash Singh is a Delivery Manager within Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners, and has about 10 years of experience in Private equity and financial services domains. He currently assists on a diverse set of financial and business research projects including target & buyer screening, company valuation, financial statement analysis, debt covenant analysis, trading & transaction comparable, portfolio performance analysis and due diligence, among others

Prior to his role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Avinash worked at a KPO, where his responsibilities largely included supporting investment banks and managing clients and other research engagements. Avinash holds an MBA degree in Finance from Karnataka State University, India and Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Jiwaji University, India.

Sunny Mehta

Assistant Director, Consulting

Sunny started his career with Acuity Knowledge Partners (Acuity) in 2007. During his tenure with Acuity, he has supported and managed several research engagements for consulting, private equity and investment banking clients in a number of geographies.

Sunny has been part of the Consulting practice for the past five years. His current role involves providing support to consulting clients on a wide array of strategic and business research areas, including competitive benchmarking, market opportunity assessment, M&A analysis and strategic evaluation of an investment opportunity. Sunny holds an MBA in Finance from New Delhi Institute of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from University of Delhi, India.

Chetan Anand

Assistant Director, Consulting

Chetan Anand has over eight years of experience in diverse areas, such as consulting research, private equity, and investment research. His expertise spans across several research themes including financial and operational analysis, business strategy, valuation analysis, investment screening, and due diligence studies, among others. At Acuity Knowledge partners, he is a part of Consulting practice, supporting a research engagement for a consulting client.

Prior to Acuity, he worked with a start-up firm, where he was involved in identifying and exploring various investment and financing opportunities for the company. Chetan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.

Jeetendra Prakash

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Jeetendra Prakash has over 10 years of work experience in investment research, with a focus on oil and gas and real estate. He currently supports a large European asset manager. The process involves research on potential acquisitions of real estate assets and also supports a distressed debt fund. In addition, he is also actively involved in training and quality control of deliverables. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Ganesh Hebbar

Delivery Lead, Compliance

Ganesh Hebbar has over 9 years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including Goldman Sachs and Societe Generale. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on know your customer (KYC) and risk management. Ganesh has done his MBA from Ramaiah Institute of Technology Bangalore.

Ritika Sharma

Senior Associate, Commercial Lending

Ritika Sharma has over a decade of experience in credit analysis. Her area of expertise is analysing financial statements of new and existing corporate borrowers to determine their financial strength and creditworthiness in line with bank’s risk policy. Currently, she supports the commercial underwriting team of a US-based bank, focusing on gathering, analysing and evaluating risk exposure data through appropriate risk documentation. She holds an MBA in Finance from Kurukshetra University.

Vivek Mishra

Senior Associate, Business Research

Vivek has over four years of experience in delivering various market research projects by implementing secondary research, market forecasting, and data skills. He is graduated in Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Anand Engineering College, Agra. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he works in Mining & Metals industry, with special focus on analyzing 'Coal’ and 'Uranium' as a commodity across the globe.

Khushboo Agarwal

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Khushboo Agarwal is part of the Commercial Lending team at Acuity Knowledge Partners, primarily responsible for conducting credit reviews for a leading US bank. She has over 8 years of work experience. Prior to Acuity, she worked with a leading credit rating agency in India and was engaged in credit risk rating of large companies, including financial projections and compiling outlook summaries. She has also worked in a leading international bank, supporting the Credit Analysis and Hedge Fund Portfolio Monitoring segments. Khushboo is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

Arjun Prasad

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Arjun has over five years of experience in fixed income research, supporting Europe- and US-based CLO managers by identifying suitable investment opportunities after screening and analysing the credit quality of high-yield European and US issuers. His analysis has helped clients to successfully roll out multiple warehouses. He holds an MBA (Finance) and a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Aditya Arora

Assistant Director, Specialised Solutions

Aditya has over 9 years of experience in securitisation spreads across modelling, valuation, portfolio management and risk analytics. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he is responsible for managing and developing our Structured Finance offerings. Aditya started his career as a Fixed Income Analyst and has a proven record of setting up and up-scaling analyst teams, facilitating knowledge transfer from onshore locations and enabling development of tech solutions. He is an alumnus of BlackRock, Deloitte and UBS. He is a CFA Charterholder and also holds a master's degree in Management and a bachelor's degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management.

Amit Mehndiratta

Delivery Lead, Survey Programming

Amit Mehndiratta is the Delivery Lead in Survey Programming practice with overall experience of 10 years. He has been a part of this organization for last 2.5 years now. He has worked in various domains of market research like Quality Assurance, Client services, Project management, Research and development etc. Amit has previously worked with Toluna India Pvt Ltd and Knowledge Excel Services

Dhruv Gupta

Associate, IB MAP

Dhruv Gupta has over +3 years of experience in Investment Banking and Consulting industry. At Acuity, he is a part of the Investment Banking team with special focus on Technology, Media and Telecom sector. He has prior experience working with KPMG and holds a PGDM in finance from Birla Institute of Technology Management. Dhruv is a CFA level 1 certified professional.”

Abhishek Bhatia

Assistant Director

Abhishek is an Asst. Director with Acuity Knowledge Partners and has over 15 years of experience across multiple service lines, including market research, consulting and data analytics. He is an expert in market research and played a pivotal role in setting up different market research services in Acuity. He is leading multiple client engagements and an expert at setting up and fine-tuning processes, maintaining control over quality and timeliness of projects.

He joined Acuity in 2006 and his key focus areas include multiple accounts management, client relationship, providing oversight to the team's day-to-day operations, team staffing as well as training and development. He has extensive experience of working across multiple service lines and an expert at transitioning and implementing processes.

Apart from managing execution teams and client relationships, his responsibilities include scoping, monitoring and escalation management, resource mentoring and planning, trouble shooting and business development.

Abhishek has previously worked with Hewitt Associates and Annik Technologies (now Capgemini)

Devduni Wijesekara

Delivery Manager , Commercial Lending

Devduni Wijesekara is a Delivery Manager in the Commercial Lending team. She has 7 years of banking experience, including corporate credit exposure. Devduni holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Pune and an MBA from the University of Colombo. She also holds banking and finance-related diplomas from the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

Usman Ahmad

Chief Data Scientist

Usman is the Chief Data Scientist at Acuity, responsible for AI/ML strategy and implementation for key client relationships. He joined Acuity in 2018 and has over 10 years of experience in delivering analytical and risk management solutions to global capital markets participants using state-of-the-art platforms. Prior to joining Acuity, Usman worked at Lloyds Bank, Goldman Sachs and UBS in front-office and middle-office functions. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Imperial College London

Deepak Stephen

Head of Data Science Operations

Deepak is the Head of Data Science Operations at Acuity, responsible for overall practice governance, business development and talent management. He has been with the firm for 9 years and has 16 years of experience in delivering cross-functional research and analytics outcomes to global buy-side and sell-side firms. Prior to joining Acuity in 2011, he worked at Genpact, RR Donnelley and Sharekhan (BNP Paribas) in their capital markets businesses. He holds an MBA in Finance from EMPI Business School, New Delhi

Ankit Agrawal

Delivery lead, Investment research

Ankit Agrawal has close to 8 years of experience in fixed income credit research, with a focus on banks and sovereigns. In his time at Acuity, Ankit has worked with three of largest buy sides firms based in Europe and US by helping them make investment decision by preparing detailed credit reviews – including writing opinionated investment notes and building detailed financial models. Currently, he is supporting a UK-based asset manager engaged in sustainable investing and provides opinionated ESG driven credit research notes. Ankit holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance).

Sharmi Basu

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Sharmi Basu is a management post-graduate with over 6 years of work experience in fixed income research with a focus on Telecom, Automobile and Retail sectors. Over the course of this time, she has worked for three European asset manager and one US based hedge fund manager, helping them make investment decision by preparing detailed credit reviews – including detailed forecast based FIC models with opinionated investment notes on corporates. Currently, she is working for a UK-based asset manager engaged in sustainable investing and provides opinionated ESG driven credit research notes. Sharmi holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and a Master of Science (Business).

Tyra De Silva

Analyst, Specialised Solutions

Tyra De Silva is part of the Specialised Solutions team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She supports a benchmark index provider by conducting research on emerging market bond liquidity. She also contributes to various ad-hoc tasks varying from investment research to in-house python projects. She has prior experience in developing economic analyses, financial advising and M&A. Tyra graduated cum laude from The University of Tampa with a degree in Economics and a minor in Finance.

Sriram Kovil

Associate Director, Specialised Solutions

Sriram Kovil leads the Mathematical Modelling sub-group under the Specialised Solutions practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He primarily works with banks and asset managers, providing support for derivatives pricing/valuation, model research/enhancements, financial market risk analysis, model risk management and model validation. He has over 11 years of experience across service lines, including risk analytics, model validation, data analytics, statistical modelling and software development. Sriram holds a master’s degree in Operations Research from Columbia University, with a specialisation in Financial Engineering

Shashank Sharma

Associate, Business Research

Shashank Sharma has over two years of experience in delivering various market research projects by implementing secondary research, market forecasting, and data skills. He holds Master of Business Administration in Oil & Gas Management from University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES). He is graduated in Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from AKTU, Lucknow. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he works in Mining & Metals industry, with special focus on analyzing ‘Nickel’ as a commodity across the globe.

Jitendra Verma

Delivery Lead, Data Analytics

Jitendra Verma has over a decade of experience in market research; at Acuity, his role is versatile ranging from data management to reporting, but primary focus is in marketing analytics engagement. His expertise includes many verticals like Banking, Pharma, Retail, Telecom and IT primarily in predicting consumers’ psychology and brand behavior. He holds bachelor degree in engineering, IT.

Raghu Patale

Delivery Manager, PEC BR

Raghu Patale is a delivery manager in life science & health care practice. He has 10 years of experience in healthcare research as competitive intelligence and strategy consultant. He offers scientific, clinical and commercial insights on pharmaceutical and healthcare requests.

Previous to this, Raghu was Group Manager leading Pharma Practice at Evalueserve. He holds a Master's degree in Pharmaceutical sciences from NIPER

Sonia Gurung

Associate, Business Research

Sonia Gurung has over two years of work experience in secondary research, market forecast, report writing, company profiling and data analysis. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance & Analytics from DIT University and Bachelor of Science in CBZ from D.B.S College Dehradun. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she works in Mining & Metals industry, with special focus on analyzing 'iron ore' as a commodity across the globe.

Pooja Golait

Associate, Equity Research P&T Team

Pooja Golait started her career with Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2018. She currently works with P&T Team. She holds a Post Graduate in Business Management with a specialization in Finance from Christ University, Bangalore. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Computer Science) from NMIMS University, Mumbai.

Sanjiv Singh

Assistant Director

Sanjiv Singh has over 12 years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including J.P. Morgan and AXA . His expertise spans across the Investment compliance and Change Management. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is responsible for management support of Investment Compliance Services. Sanjiv has done his MBA from IIPM Pune.

Vandana Ahuja

Delivery Manager

Vandana Ahuja is part of the Private Equity and Consulting team in Acuity Knowledge Partners, Gurgaon. She has over 9 years of experience in Business research and consulting.

She has diverse experience of working with top consulting companies across various industries and geographies. She has managed and executed various consulting projects involving competitor analysis, industry studies, company profiling, survey analysis and strategic recommendations, trend analysis, verbatim and sentiment analysis. She has managed various consulting clients.

She holds a degree in Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) with specialization in Finance and Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Economics.

The author gratefully acknowledges the valuable contributions from Chhavi Sharma, Pallavi Chatterjee, Dushyant Sharma and Swathi Jayan.

Faahika Fakir

Assistant Director, Fund Marketing Services

Faahika Fakir has 8 years of work experience. At Acuity, she heads delivery of several client accounts. She specialises in digital marketing sectors such as marketing automation, content management, and web analytics, and in account management, client engagement and project management of mid-size to large teams that provide end-to-end support to global asset managers on a variety of digital marketing activities.She holds a Bachelors in Computing and is a qualified Project Management Professional.

Ashok Navaneethan

Delivery Lead , Commercial Lending

Ashok is part of the Commercial Lending team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has over two years of onshore experience in lending, together with experience in finance and accounting. Previously, he was a credit analyst at a local commercial bank. He holds a BABM degree from the Cardiff Metropolitan University and is an Associate Member of CIMA (UK).

Shekhar Mishra

Delivery Manager, Data Analytics

“Shekhar has over 10 years of experience in market research. He is leading multiple client engagements across market research value chain. He is also actively involved in innovation and data analytics endeavors. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners he worked at WNS Global Services. Shekhar holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.”

Nishith Sen

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Nishith Sen has 10 years of work experience. He initially supported Acuity’s Investment Banking vertical, and then moved to Commercial Lending (4 years). He has been part of the RECM team for the past 2 years. Prior to Acuity, he was with Cognizant Technology Solutions for more than a year.

Anithavani Devaraj

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Anithavani Devaraj has been part of Acuity Knowledge Partners’ RECM team since 2015. Prior to this, she spent 4 years at Accenture Credit Services. She has 9 years of experience in commercial real estate cash flow modelling, valuation analysis, lease abstraction, loan origination and detailed loan underwriting.

Aman Singh

Senior Associate, Business Research

Aman Singh, in his current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners supports a global consulting firm by providing qualitative research support. Prior to this, he worked for a consulting firm and was responsible for conducting strategic research for Upstream clients. He holds an Engineering degree in Oil and Gas Upstream operations from University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (class of 2017)

Pranaypushp Shrivastava

Delivery Lead, FMS

Pranay is a fund marketing professional with over six years of experience in the capital markets services industry. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he supervises functional teams supporting RFP/RFI/DDQ and consultant database processes at the keystroke level, and is engaged in implementing efficiency improvements and mentoring. Prior to this, he worked in S&P Global Market Intelligence’s research division, analysing real-time market data on ownership of globally listed companies. Pranay holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Gujarat University, India, and a Master of Business Administration with a specialisation in Finance from Christ University, India.

Megha Rathi

Delivery Lead, FMS

Megha has over eight years of experience in regulatory/client reporting, commentary writing and RFP writing. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she supports fund marketing services for the asset management industry. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Commerce from Pune University.

Charanjit Singh

Head of ESG Research

Charanjit Singh joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in October 2019 as the head of ESG Research. He has more than 20 years of experience in investment research and advisory, with a focus on ESG, climate change and clean energy. Previously, he was a Senior ESG Strategist with HSBC and the co-head of its India Onshore Research Centre. During his tenure of over 11 years at the bank, Charanjit was instrumental in building and leading three sector teams for the bank’s global research business in India.

Charanjit has been rated in the Asia Money survey amongst the top five analysts in India/ Asia during 2012-15, for his sector coverage. He has been voted in the EXTEL survey during 2010-14 and in 2017 for Climate Change and SRI research. A research report co-authored by Charanjit received the first-runner up prize at the FARSIGHT Awards from London Accord in 2012. Charanjit is also a recipient of Chevening Fellowship from the British Government. He has also been a consultant on assignments funded by DFID, CIDA, and the World Bank.

Archana Shankar

Associate, Compliance

Archana has 4+ years of experience in Investment compliance, having worked with WNS Global services before joining Acuity Knowledge Partners. Her interest lies in the field of Investment mandate monitoring. She completed her MBA in Financial Management from Christ University.

Prachurjya Bharaly

Assistant Director, Investment Banking

Prachurjya has over 13 years of experience in investment banking with Acuity Knowledge Partners. At Acuity, he has led sector and product-specialist pilot teams in Metals & Mining, Real Estate, Debt Capital Markets (DCM) and Rating Advisory. Within DCM and Rating Advisory, he has been instrumental in helping the clients achieve over 30% in annual savings on both regular and adhoc tasks through standardization of the outputs and deployment of our proprietary BEAT tools. Prachurjya holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Mohak Mantri

Associate Director, Commercial Lending

Mohak is part of the Commercial Lending Projects and Transition team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has over 13 years of experience in banking operations in consumer and wholesale lending portfolios across small businesses, middle markets and syndicated and large corporates. Mohak also has expertise in loan operations consulting and operations, and risk-based control testing and monitoring. He holds an MBA in International Business Strategy from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Delhi.

Pankaj Bukalsaria

Associate Director

Pankaj has over fifteen years of experience in investment banking. He oversees multiple client engagements on front office research and analytics support across Corporate Finance / M&A, Capital markets, Restructuring and Debt advisory. He has significant experience in working on Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining, Fintech and FIG sectors. A significant aspect of his work involves white boarding client requirements, proposing solutions and onboarding and managing client relationships. Prior to Acuity, he worked with UBS IB offshore team in India, where he led the set up and transition of Global Energy team for UBS and subsequently went on to lead the Media & Telecom team. A father to two lovely kids, Pankaj is an avid reader and enjoys watching movies in his spare time. He holds an MBA from IMT, Ghaziabad and is a Bachelor of Commerce from the Delhi University.

Rajeev Sinha

Assistant Director, Fund Marketing Services, Acuity Knowledge Partners

Rajeev Sinha is part of the Fund Marketing Services practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. In this role, he is primarily responsible for the management and oversight of dedicated RFP and DDQ teams that work with leading global asset management firms. Rajeev has over 10 years of sales-enablement experience. Prior to joining Acuity, he worked in various roles at J.P. Morgan, including those of a proposal writer and knowledge manager. Rajeev has also worked as an account manager for clients’ dedicated RFP teams at Genpact and Copal Amba. He started his career as a research analyst covering the private equity market at RR Donnelley. Rajeev holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Banaras Hindu University, India, and a Master of Business Administration with a specialisation in finance from ICFAI University, India.

Jalaj Jonker

Delivery Manager, Compliance Analytics

Jalaj heads the Compliance Analytics team, with experience in anti-money laundering, customer due diligence, and market abuse prevention. He has worked in the areas of compliance, trading surveillance, and financial crime and information security and risk analytics. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) degree in Electronics and Communication.

Sudhir Shetty

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Sudhir has over 12 years of experience working with leading global organisations in the credit-rating and commercial-lending domains. Currently, he is part of a commercial-lending team that works with a large European bank on covenant validation, financial spreading and the drafting of credit-risk scores and credit reviews. Prior to this, he supported the commercial-lending team of a large UK-based bank and was responsible for communicating with the origination teams, writing annual and interim credit reviews, responding to risk queries and performing post-credit-sanction formalities. Prior to joining Acuity, Sudhir worked for a leading rating company and supported the US public-finance domain, both in his individual capacity and in the capacity of a team lead. Sudhir holds a Master in Commerce from Mumbai University, an MBA (finance) from SIES (Mumbai) and an Accounting Technician degree from ICAI.

Jarmanjeet Singh

Associate Director

Jarmanjeet Singh has over 14 years of experience supporting various investment banking clients at Acuity Knowledge Partners. In his current role, he is responsible for managing mid-market IB and boutique advisory clients. He leads teams that work very closely with the senior bankers on live mandates including debt advisory, capital raising and M&A activities. In his prior role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked with the US based bulge bracket investment bank where he led sector teams of EMEA region. Jarmanjeet holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from Symbiosis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Hons.) from Delhi University

Sreenath Kesavan

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Sreenath Kesavan is part of the Investment Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has spent more than six years in his current role covering the U.S. steel industry at Acuity Knowledge Partners and currently supports sell-side clients with research assignments including thematic reports, economic updates, data research, and earnings review. He holds an MBA in Finance from ICFAI University, Dehradun.

Ankush Shaw

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Ankush Shaw has 8+ years of experience in investment research with a focus on biopharmaceutical services, healthcare information technology, emerging markets, utilities as well as mutual funds and ETFs. Currently, he is working with a US based sell-side research firm, engaged in detailed financial modeling, news flow tracking and writing opinionated investment notes with a focus on equity research. Previously, he has worked with UK based buy-side firms, and a US based sell-side firm, providing actionable investment insights throughout the overall investment research value chain. He specializes in preparing detailed financial models, writing thematic as well as focused investment notes, tracking key news flow and maintaining databases. Ankush holds Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and Bachelor in Commerce (Hons.) (Finance).

Neha Agrawal

Assistant Director

Neha Agrawal has over 13 years of experience in investment banking and consulting. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she leads various Middle Eastern Investment Banking engagements supporting across Capital Markets, Islamic Finance, Strategy, and proprietary investments. During her tenure with Acuity knowledge partners, has worked with consulting firms, boutique advisory firms and leading investment banks across the US, Middle East and Africa. Previously she worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she handled various roles across the investment banking division. Neha holds an MBA from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and is a Graduate in Science (Hons).

Gopi Krishna

Delivery Lead

Gopi Krishna Tamraparni is a part of Investment Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has over 8 years of experience in research and currently supports a sell-side research client covering U.S. Oil & Gas sector. Gopi holds Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and Bachelors in Mechanical engineering.

Kumail Jillisger

Associate Director, Head of Financial Crimes Compliance

As Head of Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) vertical, Kumail oversees the engagement management and delivery framework for Due Diligence operations, Transaction Monitoring and AML Analytics. He is also responsible to strengthen the vertical by recommending optimal business solution to clients and technology oversight for FCC vertical. Kumail has 25+ years of prolific experience in KYC/AML operations, back office operations, process migration, business analysis and system implementation, process deliveries and team building. He puts strong focus on identifying risk in a process and believes in leveraging his IT know-how for automating operations.

Madhav Garg

Senior Associate, Investment Banking

Madhav Garg has over 5 years of experience working across various roles in the Investment Banking team. Currently, he supports in the debt capital markets team for a U.S. based investment bank, with a focus on issuance and re-issuance of high-yield debt across various sectors. He is CFA Level 2 cleared and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance.

Huan LI

Associate

Huan Li started with Acuity Knowledge Partners since 2016, he focuses on serving consulting clients while also supported private equity and investment banking assignments. He covered different sectors such as consumer, FIGs, Industrials, and TMT, etc. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked at E-house Group, a real estate brokerage and China Minsheng Banking, a commercial bank in China. Huan graduated from Peking University.

Rathnakala Kumaragurunathan

Associate Director, Investment Research

With 12+ years of experience in investment research, Rathnakala currently heads the Training and Knowledge Management function in the Colombo office, responsible for skills development and the in-house continuous education programme. She also oversees 25+ analysts in the Investment Research vertical. She is an active member of the university outreach programme and has been invited a number of times to deliver guest lectures at local universities and professional bodies such as CIMA and ACCA. She invests heavily in junior talent development and takes a systematic approach to building high-performing teams. Rathnakala holds a BSc in Economics and Management from the LSE (UK) and is a respected member of the ACCA (UK), CIMA (UK) and CPA (Australia).

Sharmi Basu

Delivery Lead

Sharmi Basu is a management post-graduate with over 6 years of work experience in fixed income research with a focus on Telecom, Automobile and Retail sectors. Over the course of this time, she has worked for three European asset managers and one US based hedge fund manager, helping them make investment decision by preparing detailed credit reviews – including detailed forecast based FIC models with opinionated investment notes on corporates. Currently, she is working for a UK-based asset manager engaged in sustainable investing and provides opinionated ESG driven credit research notes. Sharmi holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and a Master of Science (Business).

Ankit Agrawal

Delivery Lead

Ankit Agrawal has 7 years of experience in fixed income credit research, with a focus on banks and sovereigns. In his time at Acuity, Ankit has worked with three of largest buy sides firms based in Europe and US by helping them make investment decision by preparing detailed credit reviews – including writing opinionated investment notes and building detailed financial models. Currently, he is supporting a UK-based asset manager engaged in sustainable investing and provides opinionated ESG driven credit research notes. Ankit holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance).

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