Nidhi Chawla

Director, Avendus Wealth Management
Joined on

20 September 2011


Products & Advisory


IIM, Bangalore


Watching movies and baking

What drew you to Avendus?

I joined the Avendus Wealth Management practice when it was a year old. The idea of being a part of a growing organization excited me. I was working at another Wealth Management firm when the opportunity came up. Having heard a lot of positive feedback about the leadership team and culture at Avendus along with an exciting role, drew me to the firm.

What has your journey in Avendus been like? How would you describe your role at the firm?

I began my journey with the firm in 2012 as a Manager. Over the course of my career with Avendus, I have worked across multiple domains from Mutual Fund Research and Advisory to Alternate Products. The AUM in the Wealth Management practice has increased significantly and I have grown along with the firm to lead the Private Markets team. Our team is responsible for curating investment opportunities in unlisted companies. We have worked with several PE/VC funds to help raise money by bringing in some cutting edge and unique product ideas like Consumer based VC (Fireside), Venture Debt fund (Alteria Capital) amongst others. Our diligence and product curation approach is widely appreciated by clients and it has been fantastic to be a part of this journey.

How has Avendus empowered you to succeed?

The firm allows you to take charge and own your work in every way. I remember a time when I worked on onboarding a relatively new fund for distribution. It was a difficult case, but the support the firm gave me along with the passion I brought to the table, enabled us to convince the Investment committee and senior leaders. This project ended up being a huge success and is a testament of how the firm gives you opportunities and supports you along the way. Even though this was early in my career, the ownership entrusted, and the success achieved will always remain close to my heart.

What do you like most about the firm’s culture?

One thing I love about the culture here is, embracing differences. I feel extremely comfortable in voicing my opinion and have never thought/think twice before sharing my point of view, irrespective of the stakeholder I am dealing with. The leadership team is always willing to listen and backs suggestions that have a potential of adding value to our clients.
In addition, the drive and passion to be excellent is something that motivates me to put my best foot forward every day. Excellence is ingrained in all that we do and pushes us beyond our boundaries to add value to our clients. Our clients appreciate us for the deep diligence and the thought leadership that we bring to the table. 

What is your advice to people seeking opportunities at Avendus? 

If hard work, passion and excellence motivates you, Avendus is the right place for you. Expect a challenging, fast paced but a fun-filled and cutting-edge environment; we don’t settle at mediocre so bring your A-GAME!

What do you like doing when you are not at work?

Watching movies from around the world (in different languages) and baking (Nutella Cookies are my claim to fame!). Of course, this is subject to me getting some free time from my toddler


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