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The Next Wave of Economic Downturn

Published on February 26, 2020 by Amit Kumar Mishra

Recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of economic contraction, has been the talk of the town in recent weeks. Although inevitable in an economic cycle, there is a lot of commotion this time around, as there are visible signs of one approaching, unlike in 2008, when most economists failed to forecast a downturn.

Why we think the US will face a recession?

Is the threat of recession real, given the US employment rate is at a record high, stock markets are making new highs and showing strong support at lower levels, home prices are at an all-time high and the US dollar is strengthening against foreign currencies? We present some factors below that we believe substantiate our fears:

The IMF’s World Economic Outlook update issued on January 20, 2020 further lowered the 2019 forecast for US growth to 2.3% from 2.6% (as per the July 2019 update). The IMF expects it to fall further to 2.0% in 2020. The Fund also forecasts global growth of 2.9% in 2019, the weakest since 2009, and 3.3% in 2020.

The overvaluation of stock markets is another indication of an impending correction. The S&P 500’s cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings (CAPE) ratio (calculated as the S&P 500's current price divided by the 10-year moving average of inflation-adjusted earnings) is hovering around 30x, c.75% higher than the historical mean of c.17x.

Bond markets have already sent an SOS in the form of an inverted yield curve in the US between May to October 2019, similar to the yield curve in pre-recession 2007. An inverted yield curve indicates that long-term yields are falling below short-term yields, reflecting market concern about the future. Similar kinks in the curve were witnessed before each of the seven recessions since 1950.

Fig.1: Short-term interest rates exceeded long-term rates in 2019, for the first time since 2008 (Source: OECD)

More than two-thirds of the financial crises in recent decades were preceded by a boom-bust cycle in housing prices. The OECD housing prices index indicates that US housing prices are now c.20% higher than they were at their peak during the property bubble in 2006-07.

Fig.2: The OECD housing price indicator (base year: 2015)

After the 2008 economic crisis, the Fed used an unorthodox monetary policy known as quantitative easing (QE) to sustain the recovery. However, as a result, the Fed’s total assets grew significantly, to USD4.5tn in 2017 from USD925bn in 2008. This injected unprecedented excess liquidity into the economy, raising US asset prices to record levels.

Gold is considered to be a safe-haven investment that witnesses growth during turbulent times. Robin Sacredfire once said that, “In times of recession it's not wise to argue about the price of gold”. Gold prices spiked in just four months, to USD1,550/oz in October 2019 from USD1,300/oz in July 2019. In January 2020, again Gold prices rose sharply breaching $1,600 ceiling after a gap of seven years.

The Business Confidence Index (BCI), an indicator of business sentiment, touched below 100 in May 2019 and has been on a negative trend since then, indicating fears about future performance. The US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) shrank to 47.2% in December 2019, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The December reading was the lowest in the past decade (since June 2009, when it reached 46.3%). A reading below 50 indicates that the manufacturing sector is contracting. Jobs in the sector are dwindling, despite the US unemployment rate falling to its lowest level in half a century.

What could trigger another recession?

A recession could be triggered by factors such as business errors, a change in government policies, uncontrollable inflation, or a credit crunch. The last recession, in 2008, was the fallout of sub-prime loans and their securitisation, which created a bubble in the real estate market. US housing prices then plummeted, hitting the banks and directly impacting employment and industries related to the financial sector. The next recession could be more of an outcome of self-inflicted events, such as the US-China trade war, geopolitical tensions or military exercises and/or social unrest that could have far-reaching effects.

For the past several months, the US economy has been weighed down by prolonged policy uncertainty, strained trade relations, and heightened political tensions. The biggest drag on international trade and the global economy has been the US-China trade war, which started in January 2018 with the Trump administration imposing tariffs on imports of goods, including solar panels, washing machines, steel, and aluminium from all countries. China imposed retaliatory tariffs on the import of US goods, targeting crude oil and American-made automobiles. This has not only reduced the trade between the US and China, but also impacted economies such as Japan, Germany, and Britain. Germany narrowly avoided a recession, recording 0.5% growth on an annual basis in the third quarter of 2019, after its economy shrank in the second quarter. Phase one of US China trade deal signed on January 15th, 2020 is being seen as more of a ceasefire than a truce. While on one hand it puts European and other exporters to China at disadvantage, a sceptic may have reservations on whether China will buy as much as agreed. France’s recently introduced tech tax (the Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, or GAFA) tax, which imposes a 3% tax on revenue earned by digital services firms that meet certain revenue thresholds, is increasing tensions between the US and France.

Geopolitical developments – be it the South China Sea dispute, China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threats from North Korea, US sanctions on Iran or the US’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty - a Cold War-era treaty signed by the US and the Soviet Union in 1987) – have kept markets fearful for the past several months.

As the BRI expands in scope, it is expected to impose a form of economic imperialism that gives China substantial leverage over other countries. There is, therefore, fear of a shift in the balance of power in favour of China, prompting other countries to take action. On the other hand, in November 2018, the US fully re-imposed its sanctions on Iran that had been lifted or waived under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In response, Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, which could lead to substantial supply delays and higher shipping costs. Iran’s seizing of a British tanker, attacks on ships and shooting down of a US drone have only made matters worse.

Tension between US and Iran may have de-escalated after Iran’s retaliation to US’s action of killing their top military leader by launching more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting US bases in Iraq, but it has brought back fears of a cross border war in people’s mind.

Conclusion

The trade war and a breakdown in international economic diplomacy could prompt businesses around the world to hold back on spending and sit on their money until the uncertainty passes. This may lead to further market declines and job losses, causing US consumers to be more cautious. The negative sentiment could lead to a wave of bankruptcies as highly leveraged corporates find it difficult to service their debt. Considering that little cushion is left to reduce interest rates further and the US’s sovereign debt is scaling record levels, Federal policy may prove ineffective to provide relief. Although there is a big “if” in the factors listed above, we believe the chances of a significant economic slowdown in 2020-21 are high.

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Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Amit has over 8 years of experience in leading teams in the Financial Reporting, Investment Research and Consulting, and Commercial Lending domains. His expertise spans SEC reporting, regulatory reporting, credit appraisal, investment research report writing and mutual fund rating.

At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he is part of the Commercial Lending team, focusing on analysing companies in diverse sectors such as oil and gas, commercial and industrial, not-for-profit and business services. Amit holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from Ishan Institute of Management & Technology, Greater Noida, and a B.Com from Gorakhpur University.

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Longaijing Ning

Associate, CCP PE-MSPEA

Longaijing Ning is an associate of PE team at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Beijing Office. She is experienced in conducting industry and company research on both qualitative and quantitative basis. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Longaijing gained experience in buy-side research. Longaijing holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Peking University, and a Master’s degree in investment research from University of London.

Ashwin Jose

Senior Associate, Investment Research

Ashwin has about 6 years of experience in buy side/sell side equity research and is currently working on the transportation sector at Acuity. He holds an MBA in Finance and is a commerce graduate.”

Gunjan Upadhyay

Delivery Lead

Gunjan Upadhyay has over 9 years of experience in market and business research domain. She works as Consumer Products & Retail market subject matter expert. Gunjan has been actively assisting leading Private Equity firms and Consumer team of Management Consulting client. Gunjan holds an MBA in Finance and a Master’s degree in Economics.

Preeti Rai

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

Dipender Thapa

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Dipender Thapa has 12 years of experience in investment research and commercial lending. In his 8+ years at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has managed several credit research and commercial lending teams. He is an expert in the financial institutions group (FIG) sector – covering banks, insurance companies, funds, and sovereigns – and has conducted analyst training sessions at Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Bangalore and Colombo delivery centers.

He has set up two new commercial lending accounts in the past three years. He currently oversees a commercial lending analyst team supporting one of the largest investment banks in Europe in managing its FIG loan portfolio.

Keerthivarman Balasubramaniam

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Keerthivarman holds a Masters in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing. Has over 10 years of professional experience covering the US commercial real estate sector, with more than six years in Acuity Knowledge Partners. Before joining Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Kipling team, Keerthi has worked with BlackRock and Accenture. Keerthi has been part of the Kipling RECM team since its inception. Is currently associated with the RECM team as Business Analyst, working directly with the client on technical support related to on-going business requirements.

Harsha Modha

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Harsha Modha has nine years of experience in equity research. As a delivery manager at Acuity, she supports a client with research on the automotive and transportation industry. Her responsibilities include quality assurance, workflow management and maintaining the client relationship. Prior to joining Acuity, she worked at Guggenheim Transparent Value, Mumbai. She holds an MBA from ICFAI Business School (IBS), Mumbai.

Tong Chen

Senior Associate, IB

Tong Chen has associated with Acuity's for around 4 years supporting US-based investment banks’ Asia Pacific division. Currently the team leader of one IBD team, duties including financial analysis, company profile, industry research, IPO and bond issuance materials preparation, peers benchmarking, etc. Bachelor of Statistics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, and Master of Finance from Hult International Business School (San Francisco Campus)

Zahin Mohammed

Associate, FMS

Zahin Mohammed has over 4+ years of experience in the financial services industry. His expertise areas include investment banking, writing market commentaries, attribution reports and client reporting. In his current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he provides support in fund marketing services for the asset management industry. Zahin holds an MBA in Finance from Vellore Institute of Technology.

Achini Udugama

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Achini is Delivery Lead at Acuity Knowledge Partners’ commercial lending team in the Colombo Office. She has over 6 years of onshore experience in corporate lending. Prior to this, she was part of the corporate banking team for a local bank in Sri Lanka. She has a Master of Economics and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sandani Fernando

Associate, FMS

Sandani Fernando is currently part of the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She supports and contributes to digital marketing strategies for clients, handles marketing collateral projects for finance-related content and periodically updates and maintains digital marketing assets. She has over two years of experience in content management, marketing production, finance and capital markets. Sandani holds a degree in business management and finance. She is a CIMA passed finalist and is currently preparing for her master’s degree in Business Administration.

Shamila Deen

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Shamila Deen has over 12 years of banking experience in corporate lending. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she supported the local arm of a leading international bank; an Islamic bank in Doha, Qatar; and a local commercial bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She holds a BBA from Northwood University of Michigan, USA, and an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA, UK.

Supuni Dharmasena

Analyst, Commercial Lending

Supuni Dharmasena is an analyst with over a year of work experience in supporting the Commercial Lending team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Her responsibilities involve writing credit reports, covenant monitoring and risk rating.

She is a CIMA Passed Finalist and a CFA Level I candidate.

Manish Mohan Raj

Delivery Manager, Forensic Compliance

Manish is the delivery manager and subject matter expert for the forensic compliance practice. He has over 8 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners he worked as an associate with Goldman Sachs - GSAM Compliance. He was part of the global forensics team and was part of the marketing and portfolio management compliance team. Manish was also part of the controls management team for the asset & wealth management team at JP Morgan and was part of the HSBC KYC remediation team for multiple lines of business.

Mahima Sahney

Delivery Lead, Compliance

Mahima Sahney has over 9+ years of experience in compliance and Investment banking having worked for firms including Ameriprise Financial. Her expertise spans across compliance and risk sector, focusing on compliance reviews of Electronic Communication. At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is part of the central compliance team and specializes in Electronic Communication review. Mahima is a post graduate (Masters of commerce) and hold a degree from Bundelkhand University Jhansi.

Gaurav Sharma

Delivery Manager,Private Equity and Consulting

Gaurav Sharma has over 11 years of experience across various leading research firm. He works as an Oil & Gas (O&G) subject matter expert based out of India. Gaurav has worked closely with strategy teams of O&G supermajors and Oil Field Service companies, as well as with energy team of one of the leading management consulting firm. He is an MBA from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies and also holds a BE degree in Mechanical.

Yashas Gilganchi

Senior Associate, Investment Research

Yashas has about 5 years of experience in investment research and capital markets. In his 6+ months experience in Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has been working on the real estate sector as a Senior Associate. He is proficient in financial modelling, understanding and interpreting debt issuance term sheets, assessing changes in capital structure and its impact on cost of capital and understanding evolution of capital under Solvency II regulations. Yashas holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Majors in Corporate Finance and minors in Macroeconomics).

Khushboo Periwal

Senior Associate, Investment Research

Khushboo has over 2 years of experience in equity research on various sectors. She has recently joined Acuity Knowledge Partners and is working in Real Estate sector as Senior Associate. As an equity research analyst she has worked in US and Australian markets and is proficient in modelling, forecasting and valuation. Khushboo holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Finance) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Information Technology).

Archana Anumula

Assistant Director, Quantitative Services

Archana Anumula has more than 12 years of experience in economic research. She is proficient in writing country-specific economic reports and short notes on macroeconomic releases and in building and maintaining large databases, among others. She has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners since 2011, and currently manages the Economics Research Support team that carries out sell-side research for a global investment banking firm. She is adept in managing accounts, teams, and pilot projects. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Archana was at the Research division at UBS ISC (Cognizant) and Infosys BPM.

Archana Anumula holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Economics from Bangalore University, India.

Ankita Mohanty

Associate, Business Research, Consulting Practice

Ankita Mohanty has over four years of experience in secondary research, database management, report writing, company profiling and data analysis. At Acuity, she works for a client in the mining and metals industry, with special focus on analyzing ‘iron ore’ as a commodity across CIS countries, Middle East and China. Prior to Acuity, she worked with Universal Data Solution, SNP Infra Research and Infoedge India Ltd. Ankita is a B. Tech from Biju Patnaik University.

Abhishek Modi

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Abhishek Modi is a CFA charter holder with 6 years of experience in equity research. Currently, is a Delivery Manager at Acuity Knowledge Partners and is proficient in semiconductor industry where responsibilities include supervise all the deliverables closely including quality assurance, workflow management and client relationship and provide the technical know-how to team in case of any support.

Paramjit Ahluwalia

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Paramjit has over 12 years of experience in the investment banking domain. He has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners since 2012, actively assisting boutique and leading investment banks with company profiles, pitchbooks, financial models, capital structure analysis, precedent transactions and comparable analysis, operational and financial benchmarking, case studies, and other ad hoc projects. He also has extensive experience in supporting multiple industry teams, including consumer discretionary, telecom, pharmaceutical, mining, oil and gas, and agriculture, across geographies.

Paramjit holds an MBA from Symbiosis International University, Pune.

Hiral Rupani

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Hiral Rupani has 8 years of experience in commercial lending, credit recovery and NAV reconciliations. In her 3+years of experience at Acuity Knowledge Partners, she has worked with one of the largest UK based banks. She is an expert in the UK and the US Private Equity Sector and has core competency in building the borrowing base from scratch –that helps the credit risk team evaluate investors’ credit worthiness. She has also worked on many new-to-bank and ad hoc cases helping the origination team build and maintain solid relationship with clients.

Ruochen Shen

Analyst, CPB

Ruochen Shen is an Analyst of IB team at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Beijing office. She is proficient in conducting industry and company research on both qualitative and quantitative basis. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Ruochen worked in commercial banking industry and was responsible for Intermediary Business Management. Ruochen holds a BSc in Economics from Tianjin University of Science and Technology, China, a MSc in Finance from Renmin University of China, and a MSc in Applied Economics from University of Bath, UK.

Pramod Padhy

Delivery Manager, CCP

Pramod Padhy joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2015 and is a part of the company’s Private Equity and Consulting Division. His current role involves managing a fund-of-funds/alternative investment client and providing research support to a solar energy fund. He is primarily responsible to supervise all the deliverables closely including quality assurance, workflow management and client relationship and provide the technical know-how to team in case of any support. Overall, Pramod has over a decade experience in working on financial research and consulting projects that includes experience in writing various reports and case studies at industry/company level and preparing commentaries on asset classes including equity, fixed income, commodity etc. In his previous roles, he also gained exposure to pitch book, financial spreading, trading and transaction comps and other syndicated research. Pramod holds a PGEM from IMT Ghaziabad, Bachelors in Law and CFA L1 Candidate.

Zhen Zhao

Delivery Manager, IB

Zhen Zhao has 7 years of experience, with over 5 years associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners supporting US-based investment banks’ Asia Pacific division. He is currently responsible for overseeing two IBD teams, new staff training, team coaching, client communication, workflow monitoring, trouble shooting, work quality check and more. Zhen is a bachelor of accounting and master of applied finance from university of Adelaide, Australia.

Rajarshi Maulik

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Rajarshi Maulik has 13 years of experience in commercial lending, investment banking and equity research. In his 6+ years at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked with some of the largest investments banks in Europe. He is an expert in the UK housing sector and part of the commercial lending team at Bangalore delivery center.

Avinash Saxena

Delivery Manager, Consulting Practice

Avinash Saxena has over 8 years of work experience in consulting, market research, and project management. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked with Capgemini, Infosys, and Persistent Systems. His expertise areas include business & operational strategy, emerging technologies, innovation for financial services sector - particularly banking, payments, and FinTechs. He has also authored several though leadership pieces such as World Retail Banking Reports and World FinTech Reports. Currently, he is working as a strategic consultant for one of the leading global financial solutions provider firm. Avinash has done MBA from NMIMS Mumbai and B.Tech. from VNIT Nagpur.

Sajid Kachhi

Delivery Manager, Compliance

Sajid Kachhi has over 12+ years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including HSBC and Goldman Sachs. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on portfolio compliance. Sajid has done his graduation in Business Management from Bengaluru University.

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy has over 14 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate (CRE). He currently co-leads CRE client engagement based out of US and is actively involved in client management, training and quality control of deliverables. He holds a MBA (Finance) and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Rajeev Hota

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Rajeev Kumar Hota has over 14 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Underwriting. He currently leads CRE client engagement based out of US and is actively involved in client management, training and quality control of deliverables. He also represents himself as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in CRE at various client meetings and conferences. He holds an MBA (Finance) and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Tianyang Li

Consulting Analyst

Tianyang Li is Consulting Analyst at Acuity Knowledge Partners Beijing office. He is experienced in conducting consulting analysis of high-tech industries, including Fintech, New materials, and Biomedicine, covering macro trends, industry situations, and company research. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Tianyang worked in the Commercial Bank industry and has experience as an intern in Public Fund. He has strong research and risk expertise with multi-language, analytical, and operational capabilities. Tianyang holds a Bachelor of English Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University, China, and a Master of Business Management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Ruwani Kapuge

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Ruwani Kapuge has over 14 years of work experience in strategic planning and investment research. Currently works in the Fixed Income and Credit Research team, supporting a European sell-side client. Holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (Finance) and Master in Business Administration, and is a CIMA (UK) associate member.

Anitha Revanna

Sr. Associate, Compliance Operations

Anitha has 6+ years of experience in Marketing Compliance. She has previously worked with State Street Global Advisors. Her expertise spans across compliance and risk sector, focusing on compliance reviews of marketing/advertising materials and social media contents. At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is part of the central compliance team and specializes in marketing material review and social media reviews. Anitha is an MBA graduate from RV Institute of Management, Bangalore University.

Wilfred Peter

Delivery Manager, Compliance Operations

Wilfred Peter has over 11+ years of experience in compliance and Investment banking having worked for firms including State Street Global Advisors and HSBC. His expertise spans across compliance and risk sector, focusing on compliance reviews of marketing/advertising materials and social media contents. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is part of the central compliance team and specializes in marketing material review and social media reviews. Wilfred is a graduate (Bachelors of commerce) and hold a degree from St Joseph’s College of Commerce Bengaluru.

Sachith Vijayaraghavan

Senior Associate, Compliance Operations

Sachith Vijayaraghavan has 7 years of experience in compliance and has completed 5 years with Acuity Knowledge Partners. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on compliance reviews of marketing/advertising materials and Email Surveillance. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is part of the central compliance team and specializing in marketing material review. Sachith is an MBA from Bharathiyar University.

Jingrong Ma

Analyst, SPDP/BR-BMK

Jingrong Ma is a part of Consulting Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Beijing Branch. She is proficient in consulting analysis of emerging industries such as Pharmaceutical, Banking, and Automotive covering macro trend, industry situation and company research. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, Jingrong worked in commercial banking industry and served with multinational Global 300 clients. Her work combines strong research and analytical expertise with multi-language, analytical, and operational capabilities. Jingrong holds a BSc in Economics with Accountancy from University of East Anglia, UK, and a MSc in Economics and Finance from University of Bath, UK.

Chayanika Perera

Delivery Lead, Quants

Chayanika has over 10 years of experience in equity valuation, financial modeling, and industry research. She is currently supporting a leading Europe-based multinational banking and financial services corporation in analyzing macroeconomic environment for fund performance. Chayanika is an Associate Member of CIMA UK and is currently reading for a Masters in Financial Economics from University of Colombo.

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

Aradhna Chaudhry

Delivery Lead, Acuity Knowledge Partners

A Level II CFA candidate, Aradhna Chaudhry is a member of the Investment Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has nearly five years of work experience and currently supports buy-side clients on financial models, recommendation reports, earnings reports, and thematic notes. Aradhna also holds a Bachelor in Science (Chemistry) degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Mitalee Jain

Analyst, Fund Marketing Services

Mitalee Jain has experience in the consultant database space. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she supports fund marketing services for the asset management industry. She holds a Master of Science in Finance from IESEG School of Management, Paris, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Jain University, Bangalore .

Varad Sharma

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Varad Sharma is a part of Investment Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has around four years of work experience and currently supports sell-side clients with research assignments including thematic reports, economic updates, data research, and earnings review. Varad holds Post Graduate Diploma in Management with specialization in Finance from Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad and Bachelor in Engineering (Mechanical) from University of Pune.

Swati Gera

Senior Associate

Swati Gera has 5 years of experience in Anti Money Laundering(AML) Analytics and Compliance reporting, having previously worked for Infosys. Her expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on AML and know your customer (KYC). At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is responsible for KYC/AML support to Compliance Services. Swati has done her engineering from Lingayas University, Faridabad.

Xiaoyu Zhang

Analyst, Consulting Practice

Xiaoyu Zhang is Consulting Analyst serving Beijing office of Acuity Knowledge Partners. She is proficient in consulting analysis of retail, consumer goods and TMT industries covering macro trend, industry situation and company research. Her work is highly recognized by clients for high quality production and solid experience in manipulating a considerable amount of databases. She has outstanding interdisciplinary ability with a Bachelor of Arts (World History) of Peking University, China and a Master of Science (Marketing) of University of Manchester, UK.

Avinash Kumar

Associate Director, Investment Research

Avinash Kumar has over 11 years of work experience in investment research. He currently leads multiple client engagements and is actively involved in training, quality control of deliverables, and client discussions. He is also a part of Projects and Transitions team and is responsible for handling various fixed income pilots and projects. He holds an MBA (Finance) and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Jeetendra Prakash

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Jeetendra Prakash has over 9 years of experience in investment research with a focus on corporates and banks. He currently supports a large European buy-side client. The work involves building REIT models, NPL analysis, fair market value reports and theme-based research. He holds an MBA (Finance) and a bachelor of commerce.

Srinidhii Sreeram

Analyst

Srinidhii is an Analyst at Acuity Knowledge Partners Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division. She works for a US-based client and provides support on various marketing materials, including competitive snapshots, commentaries, and pitch books. She is a CFA level III candidate and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Honours) from the University of Madras.

Vishnu Menon

Analyst

Vishnu is currently an Analyst in the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division. His areas of expertise include financial markets and International relations and geopolitics. Vishnu holds a Master’s Degree in International Finance and Economics from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Aiswarya Unnithan

Senior Associate

Aiswarya has over four years of total work experience in the financial services industry. She is part of the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, providing support in writing market commentaries, letter to shareholders reports, attribution reports, and updating marketing material. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she was Portfolio Control Analyst in the asset management division of a US firm. She is a Level III candidate of the CFA program and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance).

Anisha Shangari

Senior Associate, Compliance Ops

Anisha Shangari has 5 years of experience in compliance/anti-fraud, having previously worked for American Express. Her expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on know your customer (KYC) and fraud management. At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is responsible for KYC/AML support to Compliance Services. Anisha has done her Masters in Mathematics from University Of Delhi.

Vinod Kavali

Delivery Manager, Compliance Operations

Vinod Kavali has over 10+ years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including Dell and Goldman Sachs. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on know your customer (KYC) and risk management. Vinod has done his graduation in Commerce from University of Madras.

Swati Gera

Senior Associate, CMPLNC_ANA

Swati Gera has 5 years of experience in Anti Money Laundering(AML) Analytics and Compliance reporting, having previously worked for Infosys. Her expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on AML and know your customer (KYC). At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is responsible for KYC/AML support to Compliance Services. Swati has done her engineering from Lingayas University, Faridabad.

Manjunath Pola

Delivery Manager, KYC

Manjunath Pola has over 10+ years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including Thomson Reuters and Deutsche Bank . His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on know your customer (KYC) and risk management. Manjunath has done his MBA in Finance and Marketing from Bangalore University

Raghavendran Vijendran

Assistant Director Quantitative Services

An MBA graduate with 14 years of experience in Index Operations, Data management, Client Servicing, and Portfolio Analytics. Has been with MA Knowledge Services for the past 9 years, supporting a global benchmark index provider in portfolio analytical and client service group engagements. Previously, worked with Fidelity and Reuters.

Mrutyunjay Panigrahi

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Mrutyunjay Panigrahi is part of the Investment Banking division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, attached to the Energy & Natural Resources sector. He has spent more than 10 years at Acuity Knowledge Partners and currently leads a team catering to a leading global investment bank. He holds an MBA in Finance from Utkal University.

Suren Weerasekera

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Suren currently supervises an engagement for a leading Europe-based multinational banking and financial services corporation in covenant monitoring and credit rating process. Previously worked as an offshore analyst for a leading US-based multinational financial services firm and provided support in equity valuation, financial analysis, and financial modeling.

Suren holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting and Finance) from Massey University, New Zealand. He is also an ACCA UK member.

Ying Ye

Compliance and Consulting Analyst

Ying Ye is Compliance and Consulting Analyst, responsible for executing new pilots for the compliance business in our Acuity Knowledge Partners Beijing office. She has solid experience serving on the front line, cooperating with the global compliance team and contributing to several cross-border compliance projects. Prior to compliance, Ying supported clients in the consulting industry. Her work combines strong research and risk expertise with multi-language, analytical, and operational capabilities. Ying holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sun Yat-sen University, China, and a Master of Arts from King’s College London, UK.

Sujatha Shetty

Delivery Lead, Investment Banking

Sujatha Shetty has over 9 years of experience in the financial reporting, market risks, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) domains. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, she worked with J.P.Morgan and Deutsche Bank in the fund accounting and investment banking divisions, respectively. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she is Delivery Lead, responsible for providing support to a US-based mid-market investment banking client in M&A research and analysis. She has completed Level II of the CFA examination and holds a Bachelor of Business Management.

Deshitha Amarasinghe

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Deshitha is a Delivery Lead at Acuity Knowledge Partners Commercial Lending team in the Colombo office. He has over 3 years of experience at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Earlier, he supported a sell-side investment bank by carrying out rating assessments, creating pitch books (involving issuer/sovereign analysis of credit profiles, among other factors), and performing other fixed income-related tasks. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from University of London, UK.

Jayraj Gohil

Delivery Lead, Compliance Operations

Jayraj Gohil has over 8 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).

Shenuk Alles

Senior Associate

Shenuk is part of Fund Marketing Services (FMS) at Acuity Knowledge Partners, where he focuses on the implementation of various digital marketing strategies for clients. He has over 12 years of experience in digital marketing and publishing, content management, business analysis, and client services. Additionally, he has experience in the application and execution of W3C standards, web design and applications, and web accessibility guidelines. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was Web Production Officer at a leading international bank. Shenuk holds a Bachelor of Science (Business Information Systems and Management) and a Certificate in Telecommunication.

Naveen Katakam

Delivery Manager, Fund Marketing Services

Naveen Katakam, CFA, has over 11 years of experience in commentary writing, RFP creation/writing, and regulatory/client reporting. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he supports fund marketing services for the asset management industry. He holds a Master in Business Administration from Bangalore University.

Divya Jain

Analyst, Fund Marketing Services

Divya Jain has extensive experience in the Consultant Database space and in RFP creation. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she supports fund marketing services for the asset management industry. She holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor of Commerce from Jain University.

Tanya Raj

Assistant Director, Forensic Compliance

Tanya heads Forensic Compliance practice. She has nearly 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she worked at Goldman Sachs as Vice President; GSAM Compliance as team manager - Bangalore, line compliance officer for the India businesses, and lead for forensic and marketing compliance initiatives. Tanya has also handled marketing strategy and communications at GSAM and market research at Thomson Financial. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) from Bangalore University.

Sadeera Wijesuriya

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Sadeera Wijesuriya is part of the Commercial Lending division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, and is attached to the Energy team. His current responsibilities involve assessing the creditworthiness of corporate clients, covenant monitoring, and performing risk raters. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was part of the Commercial Banking team for a multinational European Bank in Dubai, UAE. He holds over 10 years of onshore experience in managing corporate client portfolios. Sadeera holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Shashike Weerapura

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Shashike Weerapura is part of the Commercial Lending division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, attached to the Energy team. His responsibilities involve writing credit reports, covenant monitoring, and performing risk raters.

He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from University of Derby.

He has over 10 years of work experience, handling portfolios with customers in various sectors, in the field of commercial lending both locally and internationally. This includes relationship management, loan structuring, credit evaluation, and risk management.

Devin Kandage

Analyst

Devin is part of the Quantitative Services team. He supports a benchmark index provider, conducting research on emerging market bond liquidity. He also contributes to Acuity Knowledge Partners’ data science projects and is a python trainer. He has experience in the entire process of data analysis, from extraction, cleanup and organization, to analysis. He has a first class degree in Economics and Finance and is a Level II candidate in the CFA program.

Anupama Sharma

Delivery Manager, Corporate and Consulting

Anupama Sharma has over 8 years of experience in research and consulting domain. She has been associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners since 2011 and has been actively assisting investing firms. In her current role, she has been providing analytical and research solutions to Private Equity clients. She has extensive experience across business environment and investment opportunity analysis. She also holds experience in market research and database creation. Anupama is an MBA from Bangalore University.

Harshwardhan Khandelwal

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Harshwardhan Khandelwal has over 10 years of work experience in investment research, with a focus on financial institutions, sovereigns and supranational entities. He currently supports a large European buy-side client. The process involves performing fundamental and technical analyses of issuers and discussions with the client’s rating committee. He is also actively involved in training, quality control of deliverables, and other client discussions. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Ankit Agarwal

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Ankit Agarwal has over 5 years of experience in investment research with a focus on sovereigns and corporates. He currently supports a large European buy-side client. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration (Finance) and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance).

Vipul Gupta

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Vipul Gupta has over 10 years of experience in credit analysis, financial modelling, leveraged lending, industry coverage and onshore client-facing roles. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he leads a specialized leveraged lending credit analysis team covering diverse industries. Vipul holds a MBA from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and a Bachelor in Engineering from Maharshi Dayanand University, Haryana.

Nipun Mehra

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Nipun Mehra has around six years of experience in the financial services sector, particularly in corporate banking, including experience in corporate credit analysis, market research, credit support and sanctions. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he is part of the Credit Analysis and Research team that has a specialized focus on large corporate leveraged lending customers. Nipun holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Lancaster University, UK.

Subha Herath

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Subha Herath has over 12 years of work experience in strategy, corporate finance, risk management and investment research, with a focus on the financial, sovereign and real-estate sectors. She currently works with the Fixed Income team in Colombo and supports a large European buy-side client. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences and is an Associate Member of CIMA. She is also a CFA Level III candidate.

Harshwardhan Khandelwal

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Harshwardhan Khandelwal has over 10 years of work experience in investment research, with a focus on financial institutions, sovereigns and supranational entities. He currently supports a large European buy-side client. He is also actively involved in training, quality control of deliverables, and other client discussions. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Binayak Ransingh

Delivery Lead

Binayak Ransingh is an Energy & Utilities practice lead in Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Private Equity & Consulting vertical. He has over five years of experience in the power and utilities sector, helping clients with various consulting and business research projects involving market assessment & intelligence, competitive benchmarking, market entry & expansion strategy, technology impact analysis, and business model analysis. Binayak holds an MBA in Power Management and a bachelor’s degree in Power System Engineering.

Miriam Manrique

Director, Country Manager Costa Rica

Miriam has over 16 years of work experience transforming, growing, and leading near-shore specialized finance companies with high levels of client satisfaction and employee engagement; our Costa Rica center has been ranked as a Great Place to Work for nine years consecutively. She is ranked in the Top 100 Business Women in Latin America. A CFA charterholder, she holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Economics, a Certification in Strategy and Innovation, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Suresh Chavali

Delivery Lead, Compliance

Suresh Chavali has over 8 years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including Barclays and Deutsche Bank. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on know your customer (KYC) and risk management. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is responsible for Pre-sales and Product Management support to Compliance Services. Suresh has done his engineering from JNTU Hyderabad.

Kartikeya Arora

Senior Associate, Investment Research

Kartikeya Arora has over 4 years of experience in research and advisory, financial modeling and report writing. During his two and a half year tenure at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Kartikeya has worked in both equity and credit domains, covering companies primarily located in North America and Asia. He is currently working with the Investment Research team tracking the Asian Insurance space.

Chhavi Sharma

Delivery Lead, Business Research

Chhavi Sharma has over 7 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. As part of Acuity Knowledge Partners Corporate and Consulting practice, she is currently working of ad-hoc projects for clients across the globe. Chhavi’s expertise is in secondary research, and she is experienced in preparing company and industry focused reports, newsletters, competitor analysis, country profiling, data gathering, press searches, and other related tasks. She holds a BBA from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and an MBA in Human Resources and Marketing from the Amity Business School.

Shivam Dua

Delivery Manager

Shivam Dua joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2009 and is a part of the firm’s Private Equity and Consulting Vertical. His current role involves managing multiple PE and fund-of-funds clients. Shivam 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 models. Shivam has cleared all three levels of Chartered Financial Analyst exam conducted by the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute (USA). He also holds Master in Science (Finance) from ICFAI University and has done his Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.

Harsha Krishnakumar

Assistant Director, Fund Marketing Services

Harsha Krishnakumar has over 7 years of experience in RFP creation/writing and personal coaching. In his current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he provides support in business development and content strategy for fund marketing services. Prior to this, he was part of the Sales Enablement team at JPMorgan. He holds a Master of Business Administration from ICFAI Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering from Bangalore Institute of Technology.

Lakshmi Krishna

Delivery Manager, Fund Marketing Services

Lakshmi Krishna has over 6 years of experience in commentary writing, RFP creation/writing, and client reporting. In her current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, she provides support in fund marketing services for the asset management industry. She holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Engineering (Information Science and Technology) from Visvesvaraya Technological University.

Supratik Shankar

Assistant Director, Investment Research, CFA

Supratik Shankar is a CFA charterholder with over nine years of experience in equity research, covering the industrials sector. He currently works in the Investment Research division of Acuity Knowledge Partners and supports buy-side clients with research assignments. He is experienced in performing investment thesis validation, spotting secular plays, conducting ESG research, writing thematic reports, and creating financial models.

Supratik holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from SDM Institute for Management Development, India, and a Bachelor of Technology (Electrical) from West Bengal University of Technology, India.

Nivesh Shankar

Delivery Manager, Fund Marketing Services

Nivesh is a Finance and Economics postgraduate with over 7 years of total work experience. He has experience in the capital markets domain, with exposure to investment banking, commentary writing, performance reporting, client reporting, and preparing RFPs/DDQs for mutual funds and ETFs. Nivesh is currently Delivery Manager at Acuity Knowledge Partners, preparing, maintaining, and updating fund marketing material and client reports, such as factsheets, presentations, and brochures. Prior to this, he was Analyst at an investment banking firm, where he was responsible for equity/sector research and company valuations.

Rangana Hettiarachchi

Senior Associate, Digital Marketing

Rangana Hettiarachchi is a Senior Associate at Acuity Knowledge Partners Digital Marketing function with over four years of experience in corporate reporting and content management. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked as Manager, Content Development, at Smart Media (PVT) Ltd. In this role, he had worked with local and international clients on corporate communications strategy development. Rangana holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

Megha Wadhwa

Associate, Compliance

Megha Wadhwa has over 4 years of experience in investment compliance. In her current role she is working as an Associate with Acuity Knowledge Partners supporting Coding & Post Trade Monitoring functions and has previously worked with JP Morgan Chase. She holds MBA degree from IBS Hyderabad and B.Tech from Rajasthan Technical University.

Nachiketa Trivedi

Senior Associate

Nachiketa Trivedi is a senior RFP writer at Acuity Knowledge Partners with over six years of experience in asset management and information technology. Nachiketa, who joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in June 2017, has worked across various asset classes. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was with Invesco Asset Management where coordinated and completed RFIs/RFPs/DDQs for institutional and retail clients based in Asia (ex-Japan, ex-Australia). Prior to that, Nachiketa worked for Infosys in its banking platform Finacle as an Associate Consultant responsible for presales and business development activities. Nachiketa holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Technology (Civil Engineering).

Richa Gambhir

Senior Associate, Corporates and Consulting

Richa Gambhir has over 5 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. As part of Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Corporate and Consulting practice, she is currently handling a media monitoring project for a US-based hedge fund. Richa’s expertise is in secondary research, and she is experienced in preparing company- and industry focused-reports, event updates, newsletters, and other related tasks. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Master’s degree in Business Economics.

Shivani Dogra

Assistant Director, Corporate and Consulting

Shivani works in the Corporate Strategy & Research practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has more than 10 years of experience working on assignments related to strategy formulation, market feasibility, market expansion (buy/build options), business transformation, process/efficiency improvement and related areas. Her recommendations are used by client’s senior management team to prioritize their products and deploy resources accordingly.

Acuity Knowledge Partners works across corporate divisions and helps them manage change, capitalize on opportunities, improve operational efficiency, optimize costs, and increase agility and responsiveness in today’s ever-changing global business environment.

Neha Sharma

Senior Associate, Corporate and Consulting

Neha Sharma has over 6 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in life sciences and healthcare consulting, sales and marketing. She has successfully led and executed a variety of client projects covering competitive intelligence, situation analysis, mapping patient journeys and business development. She has also played an active role in front-end client engagements.

Neha holds an MBA in International Business Marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Deepti Kapoor

Senior Associate

Deepti Kapoor is a member of the Consulting and Corporate practice with experience in the research and consulting industry. She has supported private equity funds, financial institutions and stock exchanges on a range of assignments and engagements across sectors.

Deepti’s expertise is in secondary research projects involving comparative performance analysis, data collection, and benchmarking. She holds a Bachelors of Technology.

Aditya Singh

Senior Associate, Consulting and Corporate

Aditya Singh works with the Consulting and Corporate business where he has been engaged in multiple projects related to equity research, sector specific analysis and stock reports. His expertise includes financial and business research along with secondary research.

Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked at a KPO, where his role included providing qualitative research to investment banking clients, analysis of fixed income securities, and other secondary research projects. Aditya holds a Bachelor in Computer Applications (BCA) and an MBA in Finance from University of Lucknow.

Rahul Kajla

Delivery Manager, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Rahul Kajla has over 8 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. He currently works in the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners and supports business management consulting clients in their research assignments. He is experienced in preparing company and industry focused reports, competitor analysis and benchmarking. Rahul holds B.Com (Hons.) from Delhi University and Masters in Finance from ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad.

Mayur Bhakre

Senior Associate, Corporate and Consulting

Mayur Bhakre has over 3 years of experience in Business and Strategy research. As a team member of the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners he supports clients in the FinTech sector. His focus areas include company and industry analysis, competitor profiling, market studies of strategic interests. Prior to Joining Acuity Knowledge Partners he was associated with Deloitte (USI). Mayur holds an MBA from Devi Ahilya University, Indore and a Bachelor’s in life sciences from Jiwaji University, Gwalior.

Rohit Makker

Senior Associate, Investment Banking

Rohit Makker has over 5 years of experience in consulting and research. He currently provides Food and Agriculture research and analysis support to a leading European Bank.

Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was associated with Netscribes where he worked on market sizing, customer satisfaction and industry analysis on consumer goods, food and agriculture sector.

He holds an MBA - Marketing from ITM Mumbai and Bachelors in Business Administration from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya, Indore.

Sonali Pahwa

Delivery Lead, Corporate and Consulting

Sonali Pahwa has over four years of experience in business research and analysis in the private equity/venture capital funds practice. She joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2014 and is currently a part of one of its largest private equity engagements. Her key focus areas include company screening, industry study, macroeconomic analysis, competitor profiling, product benchmarking and portfolio monitoring. She holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Sanyam Bhatia

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Sanyam Bhatia has over 9 years of work experience in Investment Banking, encompassing a number of sectors including Aviation, Industrials, and TMT. His area of expertise includes financial modeling, industry research, and client engagement. Sanyam holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from ICFAI Business School (IBS), Dehradun, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Sudhir Arora

Assistant Director, Presales

Sudhir Arora has over 12 years of experience delivering innovative solutions to Market Research Firms. He has in-depth expertise in quantitative and qualitative market research methodologies across industry sectors. At Acuity Knowledge Partners Sudhir is responsible for pre-sales activities including RFP/RFQ/RFI management, preparing cost estimates and liaising with clients for requirements, and sales support. Sudhir holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management, a Diploma in Civil Engineering and is a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Nuha Hameed

Associate, Commercial Lending

Nuha Hameed is an Associate in the Commercial Lending business at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She is experienced in earning updates, monitoring covenants, and performing risk raters. Nuha is a Passed Finalist from the Chartered Institute of Management (UK) and is a CFA (USA) Level 1 Candidate.

Niranjana Mathur

Senior Associate, Quantitative Services

Niranjana has over 4 years work experience, supporting financial services across different product lines. She is currently a part of the Quantitative Services team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she was an Analyst at Goldman Sachs. She holds a master’s degree in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance.

Gayathri Bodhidasa

Delivery Manager, Fund Marketing Services

Gayathri Bodhidasa works as an RFP writer in the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has over 4 years of experience in asset management, RFP/ RFI compilation, and due diligence, focused on mutual funds. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she worked as a Finance Associate in a leading global conglomerate. Gayathri is an Associate member of CIMA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Psychology.

Aasaf Samoo

Senior Associate, FMS

Aasaf Samoo works in the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, where he provides client support in maintaining consultant databases and writing RFPs. He has over 3 years of experience in Consultant Databases and RFPs. Previously, he was an MIS Analyst at a leading local bank. Aasaf holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business.

Geo Thomas John

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Geo Thomas John has close to 10 years of experience in equity research and has covered multiple sectors including Oil & Gas and Technology. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Equity Research division.

He holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and a B.Tech in Electronics & Communication from University of Kerala.

Irisha Boruah

Delivery Manager, Corporates and Consulting

Irisha Boruah has over 7 years of experience in consulting and research. At Acuity Knowledge Partners as a part of the Business Research, Consulting and Content practice; She supports multiple clients across industries in areas such as media monitoring, content creation, validation, index and market research. Previously, she worked with Dion Global Solutions, supporting clients on business and equity research. Irisha holds B.Com (Hons.) from Calcutta University and Masters in Business from Bangalore University.

Pratap Singh

Associate Director, Private Equity

Pratap Singh leads the Private Equity and Venture Capital practices at Acuity Knowledge Partners, responsible for managing and developing client relationships and overseeing multiple accounts. He has extensive experience in managing direct investments, primary fund investments, FoFs and complex secondary transactions. Over the last 11 years, he has been involved in more than 5,000 PE direct and FoFs deals.

Sameera Singh

Delivery Lead, Corporates & Consulting

Sameera Singh is life sciences practice lead within the corporates and consulting vertical at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has over seven years of work experience in life-sciences consulting, business research, and marketing. She has hands-on experience in strategic projects, such as therapeutic area assessment, competitive intelligence, disease insights, and brand management. Sameera is an MBA (Pharmaceutical Management) gold medalist and holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Alok Aswal

Delivery Manager, Survey Programming

Alok Aswal has 12 years of experience in survey programming using multiple programming tools like Dimensions, Qualtrics, and Decipher. He is also experienced in web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. He is skilled in strategic planning, new business start-ups, market-plan execution, budgeting/finance, customer service, staff training, supervision and mentoring. He has been at Acuity Knowledge Partners for 12 years, now responsible for conceptualizing specific client needs and framing solutions to assist in business development efforts. Alok holds a master’s degree in Computer Applications and a bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Nikunj Shinghal

Senior Associate, Quantitative Services

Nikunj is a part of the Strategy and Benchmark Index team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. The team manages calculation, rebalancing, and various other activities related to strategy and benchmark indices. Prior to joining, he worked at Northern Trust as an analyst. Nikunj has over 4 years of total work experience. He is a FRM charterholder and CFA level II candidate. He also holds PGDM in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Chinmay Pednekar

Delivery Lead, Corporates and Consulting

Chinmay Pednekar has over 5 years of experience in providing advisory and research services for PE/VC funds across Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Healthcare verticals and in particular FinTech. He has extensive experience in working on a variety of projects covering the entire life cycle of a PE/VC fund, including fund raising, industry deep dives, target mapping, due diligence and portfolio monitoring. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners Chinmay worked with Genesis Capital Advisors, a boutique M&A advisory firm. He holds a Bachelors in Financial and Investment Analysis from University of Delhi.

Ayman Nuhuman

Delivery Lead, Quantitative Services

Ayman Nuhuman is a CIMA (UK) Passed Finalist. He has also completed Level I of the CFA program. Ayman has supported the Investment Research vertical at Acuity Knowledge Partners for the past 8 years.

Aditya Jaiswal

Analyst, Quantitative Services

Aditya Jaiswal has over 3 years of experience in equity research. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked at William O’Neil India and Stewart and Mackertich, a front-end wealth management firm. He is an alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, where he studied finance.

Sana Ansari

Senior Associate, Corporates and Consulting

Sana Ansari has over 6 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. As part of Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Corporate and Consulting practice, she is currently handling a media monitoring project for a US-based hedge fund. Sana’s expertise is in secondary research, and she is experienced in preparing company- and industry focused-reports, event updates, newsletters, and other related tasks. She holds a BA in Computer Applications from the Jamia Millia Islamia University and an MBA with a specialization in Finance from the Jamia Hamdard University.

Vaibhav Methi

Assistant Director, Strategic & Consulting Research

Vaibhav Methi has 14 years of experience in the financial services sector with exposure into corporate strategy, research, advisory, financial planning & analysis and corporate development. He has handled multiple client engagements across the spectrum from bulge bracket investment banks to PE giants ranging from valuations to industry research. He has deep expertise in account management, team management and new project initiation. Recently, Vaibhav was assisting the CEO on corporate strategy and operational development projects. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked with Oracle Corp in their corporate finance division.

Manish Gupta

Delivery Lead, Compliance_Ops

Manish has over 8 years of experience in investment management industry and specializes in investment management compliance. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he is responsible for successful migration, implementation, ongoing maintenance of global clients’ investment guidelines which includes guideline interpretation, rules coding, testing compliance rules, list update and post trade monitoring. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners Manish worked at AXA, Infostep India and a prominent chartered accountant’s firm. He holds an MBA in Finance and International Business form Kohinoor Business School.

Yojak Khanse

Assistant Director. Fund Marketing Services

Yojak manages RFP teams within Fund Marketing Services (FMS) at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He is responsible for meeting client expectations on deliverables, introducing process improvements, and team coaching/mentoring. Prior to his current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he served in similar capacities at top custody and asset management firms such as J.P. Morgan. Yojak has over 8 years of experience in business development and strategy related roles. He holds an MBA, with dual specialization in Finance and Strategy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Anandita Ray

Delivery Manager, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Anandita Ray has over 7 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. She currently works in the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners and supports clients in the payments and remittance industry with assignments related to growth strategy formulation, go-to-market strategy, market entry and expansion, and competitor analysis and benchmarking. Anandita holds B.Com (Hons.) from Calcutta University and Masters in Finance from Amity University.

Chetali Varshney

Associate, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Chetali Varshney has over 3 years of experience in strategic research and consulting role, covering various sectors including technology, oil and gas, heavy machinery, and automotive. She holds an MBA degree from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and is a mechanical engineer from Maharishi Dayanand University.

Vipul Gupta

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Vipul Gupta has over 10 years of experience in credit analysis, financial modelling, leveraged lending, industry coverage and onshore client-facing roles. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he leads a specialized leveraged lending credit analysis team covering diverse industries. Vipul holds a MBA from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and a Bachelor in Engineering from Maharshi Dayanand University, Haryana.

Somsukla Biswas

Senior Associate, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Somsukla has over 4 years of experience across various corporate and financial sectors, with special focus on Insurance. As a part of the Business Research and Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners; She currently provides insurance research and analysis support to a global management consulting firm in multiple areas including model building, financial analysis, trend analysis, competitive benchmarking, market entry strategies and product segmentation studies. Prior to this, Somsukla performed financial analysis and opportunity identification for multiple companies across industry sectors. She is a post graduate in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Atul Gupta

Delivery Manager, Corporate & Consulting

Atul works in the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has 10 years of experience in the oil & gas sector and executed projects involving oil & gas industry research, corporate finance strategy, market entry & growth strategy, and M&A transactions. He worked and lead research and consulting projects supporting clients on developing results-driven strategies, including oil, gas & LNG market assessment, retail fuels market analysis, fiscal regime & policy recommendations, M&A support, opportunity identification & evaluation, oil & gas valuations, performance & best practices benchmarking, etc. across various geographies.

Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was associated with Deloitte’s Corporate Finance Advisory team and worked on corporate strategy engagements involving M&A support and strategic & general corporate finance advice.

Nitin Sonawane

Delivery Lead, Compliance Ops

Nitin Sonawane is an Investment Guidelines Professional with over 10 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 and SimCorp for Equity, Derivatives, Mutual Fund and Fixed Income. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he works for leading global financial services clients for implementing Investment Guidelines on Sentinel System replacing various in-house legacy systems. Previously Nitin worked for AXA Business Services and served AXA Rosenberg, AXA Investment Managers Paris on various projects for implementing Guidelines Management Systems. He holds an MBA in Finance from University of Pune.

Rahul Thakur

Assistant Director

Rahul has over 10 years of experience in business research and analysis within private equity practice. He joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2007 and currently oversees one of the largest private equity engagements within the company. His key focus areas include account management, client relationship and providing oversight to the teams’ day-to-day deliverables. He has an extensive experience of working on a variety of assignments covering the entire life cycle of a private equity investment including industry deep-dives, trend analysis, portfolio monitoring and similar assignments for clients.

Ambadas Yemul

Delivery Manager – Investment Compliance

Ambadas has over 8 years of experience in guideline monitoring. His expertise includes guideline interpretation, rules coding, list update & post trade monitoring with a good knowledge of UCITS, 1940 Acts & ERISA regulations. Ambadas holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Shivaji University.

Zahoor Bhat

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Zahoor Bhat has over six years of experience in equity research, covering the technology, banking, telecom and cement sectors. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he supports a private equity and asset management team in the GCC with over USD2.5bn worth of assets under management. He covers different asset classes (fixed income, equities, REITs) and has developed different investment strategies to help the client earn the highest return on investment. He previously supported a sell-side client, covering Saudi Arabia’s banking, telecom and cement sectors.

He holds a B.E. (Computers) from Jammu University and an MBA (Finance) from ICFAI Business School, Pune.

Archana Kanojia

Delivery Lead, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Archana Kanojia started her career with Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2010. She currently assists client business development teams with proposal content, requests for proposal/requests for information, due diligence questionnaires, lead generation and consultant databases. Previously, she set up fund databases for funds of funds, analyzing private equity (PE) firms and their funds from an investment standpoint, and extended investment support to PE firms through industry studies, information memoranda and similar activities.

Archana holds a Post Graduate in Business Management with a specialization in Finance and Marketing from New Delhi Institute of Management, Delhi. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (with honors) from Delhi University.

Wayomi Hemantha

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Wayomi is part of the Commercial Lending team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Her responsibilities involve writing credit reports, monitoring covenants, and performing risk raters.

She holds a BBA degree from University of Colombo. Wayomi is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. She has completed all three levels of the CFA examination from CFA Institute, USA and is currently pursuing a MBA from the University of West London, UK.

Zohair Haiderally

Associate Director

Zohair heads Acuity Knowledge Partners Forensic Analysis business, and is responsible for product innovation in the area of quality of earnings, corporate governance, and financial health checks. He has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance.

Shenuk Alles

Associate, Fund Marketing Services

Shenuk is part of Fund Marketing Services (FMS) at Acuity Knowledge Partners, where he focuses on the implementation of varied digital marketing strategies for clients.

He has over 11 years of experience in digital marketing and publishing, content management, business analysis, and client services. Additionally, he has experience in the application and execution of W3C standards, web design and applications, and web accessibility guidelines. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was a Web Production Officer at a leading international bank.

Shenuk holds a Bachelor of Science (Business Information Systems and Management) and a Certificate in Telecommunication.

Mohit Mittal

Associate Director, Investment Research

Mohit Mittal has 10 years of experience in research and advisory, financial modeling, business planning, team management and training. During his eight-year tenure at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Mohit has handled various positions of responsibility and leadership, including managing the Investment Research business for Acuity Knowledge Partners China. He contributes to the company’s automation initiative – Business Excellence and Automation Tools – and currently manages several client delivery teams, in addition to setting up new teams/projects.

Hitesh Acharya

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Hitesh has over 12 years of experience in working with leading global organizations in the banking and commercial lending domains. His expertise spans a broad range of analyses, including credit appraisal, leveraged lending, stressed assets, industry reports, cash flow modelling, and client pitch presentations. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has led sector and product-specialist pilot teams in Commercial Lending, focusing on diverse sectors such as real estate, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, transport and logistics, and business services.

Hitesh holds a Masters in Management Studies from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, University of Mumbai, and a B.Com from University of Mumbai.

Maulin Thaker

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Maulin has over 12 years of experience across Equity research, Commercial Lending and Corporate finance/consulting. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he is involved in Pre-sales efforts and special client projects along with thought leadership and marketing initiatives for the commercial lending vertical.

Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Maulin was with an institutional equities team at New York based Brown Brothers Harriman for over 6 years, mainly providing US thematic-strategy research to global buy-side clients. He holds an MBA-Finance from Pace University – New York (USA) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from India.

Harshwardhan Khandelwal

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Harshwardhan Khandelwal has close to 10 years of work experience in investment research, with a focus on financial institutions, sovereigns and supranational entities. He currently supports a large European buy-side client, providing opinion-based credit research (initiation and maintenance) and issuer rating recommendations by performing fundamental and technical analyses of issuers, and analyzing the capital requirements and structure of banks.

Prior to this, he supported the co-branded bottom-up research alongside onshore fixed income strategists for a major European investment bank’s private banking division. He is also actively involved in training, quality control of deliverables, and client discussions. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Rajan Kumar

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Rajan Kumar is responsible for working on end-to-end Equity Capital Markets (ECM) projects, quality reviews, and client interaction. His responsibilities also include executing a wide range of ECM analysis covering support during deal origination and execution stages.

Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Rajan worked with the Investment Banking team at HSBC and JP Morgan Services. He holds am MBA (Finance) from BITS Pilani and an Electrical Engineering degree from Bhagalpur College of Engineering.

Avishek Suman

Associate Director

Avishek Suman manages the Investment Research business in Acuity Knowledge Partners, Beijing. He has close to 15 years of work experience in research, including 10 years in Acuity Knowledge Partners. Prior to assuming this responsibility in Beijing, Avishek served as Delivery Manager for a team supporting the private banking arm of a large bank. He has managed multiple buy-side and sell-side clients in the past.

Ayoma Peiris

Assistant Director Commercial Lending

Ayoma is part of the Commercial Lending team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has over 10 years of experience, prominently in equity and credit research. She previously worked in the Projects and Transition team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she worked as Trader in a local investment bank. Ayoma holds an MBA and is a Fellow Member of ACCA (UK) and an Associate Member of CIMA (UK).

Ramesh Tunga

Assistant Director, Quantitative Services

Ramesh heads Data Management services at Acuity Knowledge Partners, responsible for driving projects on data collection, cleansing, maintenance, analytics and visualization to help asset managers and banks form informed business insights. He has rich experience across different asset classes and multiple service lines, including operations, market research, data analytics, and financial services.

Subhrojyoti Mandal

Associate Director - Commercial Lending

Subhro has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners for over six years. He has 12+ years of extensive experience in credit analysis in the commercial lending, counterparty and credit research space. Subhro manages transition of new clients encompassing the credit analysis function. He has extensive work experience in banking products, process and systems across the lending value chain for global corporate and commercial banks. He holds a Master of Commerce degree from Calcutta University.

Nuwan Jayawardana

Senior Vice President Investment Research

Nuwan is currently in charge of fixed income research delivery at our Colombo office. He is involved in capacity creation, driving revenue growth, profit optimization, and providing overall delivery leadership to the fixed income delivery platform in Sri Lanka. As a Senior Vice President and a member of the Colombo office’s senior management committee, he contributes to the planning and implementation of location-specific strategies and policies. Previously, at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he managed multiple teams, supporting buy- and sell-side clients in the credit and equity domains.

He supported a global investment bank by providing fixed income and credit research covering a portfolio of companies in the telecom and media sectors across key emerging and developed markets, and served the real estate finance team of a leading global investment bank, contributing extensively to modeling, valuation, and investment note writing. Nuwan is a CFA Charterholder and a CIMA Passed Finalist.

Priya Vaidyanathan

Associate Director, Investment Research

Priya has over 17 years of experience in equity research and financial auditing. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she currently manages client relationship and delivery for leading private banks. She has been with the company for over 14 years and has led teams in sell-side and buy-side engagements. She previously worked at Ocwen Financial Services and as an auditor at Deloitte. Priya is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bangalore University.

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Jia Guo

Associate, Credit Research

Jia Guo focuses on credit research delivery that helps investors better understand, estimate and benchmark the fundamental credit risk of China-listed companies at the firm’s Beijing office. He has 7 years’ experience in credit and auditing. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Jia worked at China Business Credit & Guarantee Company and KPMG China.

Jia Guo holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (Honours) from Napier University in the UK.

Eric Swecker

Director - Retail & CPG Analytics, North America

Eric leads the firm’s Retail & CPG Analytics sales organization in North America. He offers 20 years of progressive experience providing leading Retailers and CPG organizations with technology solutions to drive efficiency and productivity.

Prior to his current role, Eric has served in a sales management and business development capacity for leading technology firms; including GE Capital, IBM, Siemens AG, and 3M. He currently lives and works in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

Eric earned his bachelor degree from Tufts University with a double major in Economics and Spanish.

Dr. Paul Chen

Director – Credit Risk Analytics, US

Paul has nearly 20 years of experience spanning roles across risk analytics, consulting and general management. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked as a SVP and Client Initiative Leader at a boutique Risk Consulting firm. In one his previous roles he lead Barclay’s Western Europe Retail Credit Risk Analytics team and was based in London. Prior to that he worked with banks such as Citi and Chase Manhattan. He has also had a short stint in Shanghai where he lead the local office of Opera Solutions (a management consulting firm).

Rajesh Singla

Senior AVP, PE and Strategic Research

Rajesh is a senior member of the Private Equity and Strategic Research practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners and leads strategic projects across funds and portfolio companies of PE clients.

He has over nine years of experience across sectors such as aviation, transport and logistics, consumer goods, and health and fitness; and focuses on target due diligence, industry analysis, opportunity assessment, and portfolio growth strategy.

Vikas Arora

Senior Vice President, Private Equity and Consulting

Vikas has over 14 years of experience in strategy, research and corporate treasury. He joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2006 and oversees one of the largest private equity engagements in Gurgaon. He has played a key role in setting up and scaling this engagement since inception. His key focus areas include account management, client relationship and expansion within the PE firm and their portfolio companies. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Vikas worked with Genpact / GE where he led a team in treasury department. He holds an account technician certificate from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Vikas graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He is six sigma certified from GE.

Gaurav Rulhan

Senior AVP, Investment Research

Gaurav is part of the Investment Research / Credit Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He is responsible for managing an investment research team for a leading asset management company.

He has nearly 10 years of experience in investment research, conducting research for asset managers/private equity firms across all stages of an investment lifecycle. In his previous stint at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he led a team serving distressed opportunity funds of a private equity firm and a team for a bulge bracket investment bank.

Gaurav is a CFA Level III candidate and holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance).

Vimal Tripathi

Senior Vice President, Fund Marketing Services

Vimal is a fund marketing professional with over 11 years of experience in capital markets and the fund marketing industry. He is experienced in project transition, setting up and managing core functional teams supporting preparation of investor reports, marketing materials, RFPs/RFIs, consultant databases, website content management, and MIS reporting. He has worked with several asset managers at Acuity Knowledge Partners to streamline their processes, helping them implement industry best practices and deploy high-performing teams to achieve process efficiencies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

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