Stressed Assets Investment Summit / Speakers

Jaspal Bindra, Executive Chairman, The Centrum Group

Mr. Jaspal Bindra is the Executive Chairman of The Centrum Group – a leading domestic integrated financial services group. He is a seasoned Banker with a successful global MNC career of over 30 years. He was previously the Asia-Pacific Head of Standard Chartered Bank and has also worked with Bank of America & UBS. He has vast expertise in all areas of banking including Treasury, Capital markets, Investment Banking and Consumer Banking.

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Sandeep Upadhyay, Managing Director - Infrastructure Advisory, Centrum Capital Limited

Sandeep Upadhyay joined Centrum Capital Limited in June 2008 and is currently serving as Managing Director of Infrastructure Practise at Centrum Capital Limited. As a senior Coverage Banker he is responsible for covering the Stressed asset resolution apart from leading Investment Banking initiatives across core sectors like Transportation, Logistics, Energy & Utilities space.

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Partha Dey, Sr. General Manager, ICICI Bank

Mr. Partha Dey serves as a Senior General Manager at ICICI Bank and has more than two decades of professional experience. He currently holds multiple responsibilities and one among them entail resolution of stressed assets. As part of the same, he has been closely involved in implementing a diverse array of resolution mechanisms over the last few years entailing both recapitalizations and business restructurings.

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Anurag Das, MD & CEO, IARC

Ravi Chachra, MD, Eight Capital

Eshwar Karra, CEO - Special Situations Fund, Kotak Investment Advisors

Eshwar joined the Kotak Mahindra Group in 2000 and brings with him over two decades of Financial Services experience. He is part of the core leadership team at Kotak Investment Advisors Ltd.

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Krishnava Dutt, Managing Partner, Argus Partners

Krishnava Dutt’s experience encompasses the entire repertoire of corporate commercial practice including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking and finance and commercial disputes. 

Krishnava has closely worked with several large corporate groups, investors, private equity funds and renowned banks and financial institutions. He has also worked closely with both the government at the centre and state governments in India while advising on several transactions including disinvestments of public sector undertakings and framing of policies. Clients have deeply appreciated his strong financial, accounting and business acumen, which helps in providing a well-rounded commercially prudent legal advice to clients. 

Krishnava has been identified by India Business Law Journal as one of India’s top 100 lawyers and is mentioned amongst the India A-List lawyers of 2017. Describing him as “a sharp, distinctive individual who has made the most of the booming Indian infrastructure market” RSG Consulting (London) has identified Krishnava as being amongst the leading second generation of Indian corporate lawyers. Chambers and Partners has identified Krishnava as a leading lawyer in India. 

Krishnava serves as an independent director on the board of directors and committees (including as Audit Committee Chairman) of several internationally reputed listed companies. 

Krishnava started his legal career at Calcutta High Court. After a short stint at the high court, he joined ICICI Bank in Mumbai where he gained several years of experience in handling transactions involving stressed assets and the international banking sector. He joined Amarchand Mangaldas in 2005 and was made partner in 2007. He retired from Amarchand Mangaldas in June 2009.

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Aditya Khanna, Founder, MD and CEO, ART Special Situations Finance

Aditya Khanna is a financial entrepreneur with a rich experience of more than 14 years in global portfolio management, value investing and structured finance. Aditya has founded ART Special Situations Finance (ASSF) with an objective of restructuring and revitalizing stressed companies in India. ASSF is an RBI-Registered NBFC and primarily focuses on corporate-level events related to Insolvency, Liability management and/or Recapitalization.

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Rakshat Kapoor, Partner – Private Debt, Centrum Alternatives

Rakshat Kapoor has over 18 years of experience in structured credit. He is responsible for the overall strategy and investments in the credit business. Prior to joining Centrum, he was with Nomura Securities where he worked in Private Credit, Debt Capital Markets and Investment Banking Divisions. Prior to that, he was with Deutsche Bank’s structured credit investments and ICICI Bank’s structured finance team. He has worked on turnaround situations & restructurings, distressed debt and private equity. He has led investments across industries – infrastructure, cement, industrials, manufacturing, textiles, oil & gas and telecom and his experience includes origination and providing customized financial solutions across the capital structure. Rakshat received his Chartered Accountancy from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Delhi University.

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Kalpesh Kikani, Sr. Managing Partner, AION Capital

Mr. Kalpesh Kikani is Managing Director and Senior Partner at AION Capital, a strategic partnership between Apollo Global and ICICI Group.

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Nirav Pujara, Partner - Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Deloitte India

Nirav Pujara is a Partner with Deloitte India and part of the Corporate Finance & Restructuring practice. He has over 17+ years of experience in delivering Business Consulting, Risk Advisory, Restructuring services and Operational turnaround advisory services to corporates across industries.

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Sumit Khanna, Partner & Head, Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Deloitte India

Sumit leads Deloitte’s Corporate Finance and Restructuring practice in India. He has led the India team supporting the Resolution Professional on several large insolvency engagements such as Bhushan Steel, Binani Cement, Lanco Infratech, Aircel Cellular, etc. and manages the overall operations of the corporate debtor and the sale of the business through eliciting of compliant Resolution Plans

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Sunil Varma Marri, Executive Vice President - Investment Banking and Head - Energy & Utilities, Centrum Capital Limited

Sunil heads the investment banking practice for the Energy, Utilities and Airports sectors at Centrum Capital Limited. In the last three years, he has played a key role in fund raise and M&A initiatives for several clients including stressed companies.

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Manish Jain, Managing Director, SSG Advisors

Mr. Jain, MD – Head of India at SSG Advisors, has over 17 years of experience in the investment industry with significant knowledge and track record in special situations investments across sectors. He’s been instrumental in helping SSG grow its investment footprint in India during the last 4 years.

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Jayant Saran, Partner – Forensic, Deloitte India

Jayant leads Forensic Technology and Discovery at Deloitte in India. He has over 19 years of experience in technology, Investigations, Anti-bribery and corruption, fraud management, forensic technology and regulatory compliance. He has worked across industry sectors with primary focus on financial services, IT/ ITES, consumer markets and manufacturing industries. Jayant has assisted clients with has assisted companies with matters related to cybercrime, bribery and corruption investigations, litigation support through e-discovery, dispute resolution and responding to regulatory enquiries.

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Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and Managing Director, Essar Ports Ltd

Mr. Rajiv Agarwal is the CEO and Managing Director of Essar Ports Ltd, one of the largest private port companies in the country. Mr. Agarwal is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience and has held leadership position in industries like Ports, Shipping, Telecom, Retail and Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO).

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Kaustubh Kulkarni, Group Head - M&A and Strategic Financing, JSW Steel Ltd

Kaustubh Kulkarni is the Group Head - M&A and Strategic Financing at JSW Steel Ltd. He is responsible for leading M&A, managing the strategic financing requirements of the Group, Treasury Risk management and also handling banking relationships.

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Apurva Jayant, Partner, L&L Law Offices

Apurva’s practice focuses primarily on rendering advice on Private Equity, M&A transactions including distressed M&A (carried out under the Indian Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code). She assists Indian and international investors as well as target companies with structuring and documenting acquisition and divestment transactions, across various sectors and in the listed as well as unlisted space.

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Bikash Jhawar, Partner, L&L Law Offices

Bikash’s practice focuses primarily on rendering corporate legal advisory, and assisting clients undertaking investments, Joint Ventures and M&A activities in India, or Indian clients looking at similar activities offshore.

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Ravindra Rao, , Executive Director & CEO, Reliance ARC