IFR India CM Roundtable 2010: Participants
Sunandan Chaudhuri, SBICAP Securities
Sunandan Chaudhuri is the economist at SBICAP Securities. Prior to his current position, he worked in the financial services group of Tata Consultancy Services, followed by a stint at Fair Isaac Corporation, the analytics company. Chaudhuri is a contributor to financial dailies on issues spanning the Indian economy and macroeconomic policymaking.
Raman Uberoi, CRISIL
Raman Uberoi is senior director, ratings at CRISIL, India’s leading ratings, research, risk and policy advisory company and a subsidiary of Standard & Poor’s. Uberoi joined CRISIL in 1992. Heading the ratings group, he is responsible for rating entities in the manufacturing, infrastructure, financial, SME and structured finance sectors. His key responsibilities include formulating business strategies, managing client relationships, and ensuring quality and consistency of ratings. As a member of CRISIL’s rating committee, Uberoi is closely involved in benchmarking entities on key risk parameters and assigning ratings to these entities. Exposure to emerging capital markets globally has also contributed to his robust knowledge base.
Rakesh Singh, Rothschild
Rakesh Singh joined Rothschild in 2009 and has over 16 years of experience in capital markets in India. He is focused on structured and leveraged finance. Prior to joining Rothschild, he worked at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Standard Chartered Bank. Immediately prior to joining Rothschild, he was managing director in Morgan Stanley’s strategic finance group responsible for making principal investments in India in growth companies via mezzanine instruments and convertibles. At Merrill, he led successful capital raisings for ICICI and advised leading Indian business houses on acquisition financing opportunities.
Kishore Kumar, HDFC Bank
Kishore Kumar is the country head, investment banking at HDFC BANK, one of the fastest-growing private-sector banks in India. Debt and equity origination, domestic and international placement and syndication through public and private routes, M&A advisory, and capital market intermediation are Kumar’s key functions in his current assignment. Kumar has been with the bank for more than 12 years, in charge of key functions in wholesale banking. He has also pioneered and spearheaded the microfinance foray of the bank. Prior to joining HDFC BANK, Kumar worked for the State Bank of India group for two decades with a variety of assignments in India plus stints in Los Angeles and in SBI Capital Markets, the merchant banking wing of SBI. He also has strong experience in rural and SME banking.
Kalpesh Kikani, ICICI Bank
Kalpesh Kikani is senior general manager and head of investment and commercial banking at ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank. Kikani started his career with the ICICI Group in 1995, working mainly in corporate and investment banking. He was a founding member of ICICI’s strategic business unit for investments in the oil and gas sector. He was also part of a team which set-up the first relationship team for all ICICI Group companies, cross-selling all banking products to the top 100 companies in India. In 2001, he was involved in creating a market for distressed debt in India and was a founding director in ARCIL, India’s first asset reconstruction company. He continues to be involved in the distressed debt sector in India and is a key member of the Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR) Committee in India. In 2003-2004 he moved to London to set up ICICI Bank UK’s corporate and investment banking business in Europe focusing on advising and investing in cross-border M&A. He is now based in Mumbai.
Nirav Dalal, Yes Bank
Nirav Dalal is managing director, debt capital markets at Yes Bank. The DCM group was formed in 2005 with a vision of creating a buoyant domestic debt franchise with deep-rooted knowledge of underlying market dynamics, coupled with strong distribution and structuring capabilities. Dalal is responsible for developing and executing mandates for the DCM businesses spanning origination, structuring, distribution, secondary trading and investment management. He is also responsible for providing overall business direction for the DCM group in line with the economic environment and the bank’s strategy.
Prakash Subramanian, Standard Chartered Bank
Prakash Subramanian heads up Standard Chartered Bank’s capital markets business for South Asia. The product suite includes fixed-income, loan syndications (onshore and offshore), securitisation, foreign currency convertible bonds, G3 bonds, hybrid/mezzanine capital, and structured financing. His career has spanned over 21 years. Subramanian started his career with Tata Electric in 1986. He joined Grindlays Bank in 1989 and in a span of three years moved up to head the capital market liabilities division. In 1992, he joined Trans Arabian Investment Bank (TAIB) in Bahrain, to handle the FII operations for TAIB in India. He was also instrumental in launching an offshore fund in the Middle East for Investments into India. In 1996, he moved to TAIB Bank’s Indian operations in Bangalore. He moved back to ANZ Grindlays Bank in 1996 to set up the institutional sales and distribution desk.