leadership

The leadership team at Avendus has a unique combination of financial advisory, investing and operating experience across industries. Individually, each of them has established a successful track record at other leading organizations, prior to joining Avendus.

Members of Avendus' leadership team leverage each others' cross-product and cross-vertical capabilities to offer clients differentiated solutions. The team also spends significant time coaching the next generation of leaders, to ensure Avendus maintains depth of talent to support its growth initiatives.

  • management
  • financial advisory
  • wealth management

Ranu Vohra Co-founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Ranu heads Avendus and is responsible for its overall growth. He has spent the last eighteen years in the Indian financial services industry, concluding several marquee transactions in Investment Banking and Private Equity. He is based out of Mumbai.

Prior to co-founding Avendus, Ranu worked with a Tampa (USA) based technology and media investment bank, Communications Equity Associates (CEA), and Hinduja Finance, a diversified financial services firm.

He holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi and a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

Gaurav Deepak Co-founder and Managing Director

Gaurav spearheads Avendus' flagship Financial Advisory business and leads the firm's international operations. He has worked on several large and complex engagements in M&A, Private Equity Syndication, Equity Capital Markets and Fixed Income. He has more than seventeen years of global Investment Banking experience. He is based out of Mumbai.

Prior to co-founding Avendus, Gaurav worked with ICICI, a leading Indian financial services firm.

He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.

Kaushal AggarwalCo-founder and Managing Director

Kaushal co-heads the Financial Advisory business and leads the firm's Structured Finance operations. He has over seventeen years of global investment banking experience. He is based out of Mumbai.

Prior to co-founding Avendus, Kaushal worked with Kotak Mahindra, a leading Indian financial services firm.

He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

George MitraChief Executive Officer, Wealth Management

George plays a pivotal role in growing Avendus Wealth Management with his out of the box ideas and innovative wealth solutions.

Prior to joining Avendus, George worked with Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management where he headed the North India business. He has an overall combined experience of twenty years in Corporate Finance and Wealth Management.

George has an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and a BE in Instrumentation and Electronics from Jadavpur University.

Gaurav DeepakCo-founder and Managing Director

Gaurav spearheads Avendus' flagship Financial Advisory business and leads the firm's international operations. He has worked on several large and complex engagements in M&A, Private Equity Syndication, Equity Capital Markets and Fixed Income. He has more than seventeen years of global Investment Banking experience. He is based out of Mumbai.

Prior to co-founding Avendus, Gaurav worked with ICICI, a leading Indian financial services firm.

He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.

Aashish BhindeExecutive Director & Head – Digital and Technology

Aashish leads the Digital & Technology practice which has rapidly grown to become the leading investment banking franchise in that space. Aashish was also instrumental in setting up the firm's London office and driving its growth strategy in Europe.

He has over twenty years of experience across Investment Banking, Private Equity and Operations.Prior to joining Avendus, Aashish headed the India office of VIEW Group, a Boston headquartered Private Equity fund, and worked at Colgate Palmolive.

He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and a BE from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.

Preet Mohan SinghExecutive Director and Head – Industrials Group

Preet heads the Industrials Group at Avendus and is based out of Mumbai. With over seventeen years of experience in managing clients across infrastructure ancillary, and automotive businesses, he brings to the table proven expertise in managing complex transactions across the industrial space.

Preet worked with KPMG, where he led the automotive vertical.

He holds an MBA in Finance from Panjab University.

Amit SinghExecutive Director, Head IT and Co-head Outsourcing

Amit co-heads the IT & Outsourcing Group. Amit has been instrumental in crafting Avendus' leadership in this sector with more than fifteen deal closures in the last five years. Amit has over sixteen years of experience in Investment Banking and the IT Services industry. Amit is based out of Bangalore.

Amit worked with Cambridge Technology Partners and PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to joining Avendus.

He holds an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneswar and a BE from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.

Ritesh ChandraExecutive Director and Head - Consumer, FIG and Business Services Group

Ritesh heads the Consumer, FIG and Business Services Group. He has over 20 years of experience in executing M&A, PE and structured financing transactions.

Ritesh has extensive experience on transactions in consumer products, financial services and media. He worked with Credit Suisse prior to joining Avendus.

Ritesh holds an MBA from FMS, Delhi and a BE from the University of Delhi.

Puneet ShivamExecutive Director, Head - US, and Co-Head - Business Process Outsourcing Group

Puneet heads the US operations and is based out of New York. Puneet is responsible for building the Avendus brand in North America. He has over twenty years of experience in Financial Services and Consulting.

Puneet was Head of Management Consulting at Inductis, a boutique management consulting firm prior to joining Avendus.

Puneet holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, an MTech in Engineering Management and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Kaushal AggarwalCo-founder and Managing Director

Kaushal co-heads the Financial Advisory business and leads the firm's Structured Finance operations. He has over seventeen years of global investment banking experience. He is based out of Mumbai.

Prior to co-founding Avendus, Kaushal worked with Kotak Mahindra, a leading Indian financial services firm.

He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

Navneet SinghExecutive Director and Head – Infrastructure Group

Navneet heads the Infrastructure Group, and is based out of Mumbai. He has more than twenty years of experience in the areas of Infrastructure Finance, Institutional Equities and Funds Management.

Prior to joining Avendus, he worked with ICICI Bank as the Deputy General Manager with the Project Finance Group involved in infrastructure financing. Prior to joining ICICI Bank in 2004, Navneet was a Vice President, Equity Research with ICICI Securities.

He holds an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

George MitraChief Executive Officer

Avendus Wealth Management

George plays a pivotal role in growing Avendus Wealth Management with his out of the box ideas and innovative wealth solutions.

Prior to joining Avendus, George worked with Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management where he headed the North India business. He has an overall combined experience of twenty years in Corporate Finance and Wealth Management.

George has an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and a BE in Instrumentation and Electronics from Jadavpur University.

Zarksis GotlaExecutive Director

Avendus Wealth Management

Zarksis is part of the senior management team at Avendus Wealth Management and has helped tremendously in growing the franchise.

Prior to joining Avendus, Zarksis worked with Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management where he spent over 5 years as a key resource and team leader at Mumbai. He was previously with BNP Paribas Wealth Management.

Zarksis is a qualified chartered accountant and has over 20 years experience spanning Wealth management and Investment Banking.

Arvind BansalHead Products

Avendus Wealth Management

Arvind is a part of the senior management team at Avendus Wealth and is responsible for the firm's product capabilities in equity, fixed income and real estate asset classes.

Arvind has over seventeen years experience wealth and asset management. Prior to Avendus he was with Ocean Dial, a boutique asset management firm. Prior to that, Arvind was the CIO for multi manager business of ING Mutual Fund and also worked with KPMG and Prudential ICICI.

Arvind is an engineer from IIT Delhi and an MBA from ISB Hyderabad

Nikhil KapadiaDirector,

Avendus Wealth Management

Nikhil has over twenty five years of experience in the financial services industry. He is based out of Mumbai.

In his prior roles, he headed DSP Merrill Lynch's and later Deutsche Bank India's Private Wealth Management franchises. While at Deutsche Bank, he was also a member of the Asia-Pacific Committee of its Private Wealth Management division based in Singapore.

He holds a Masters in Management Studies from the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai and is an alumnus of London Business School.

Kartik KiniChief Administrative Officer

Avendus Wealth Management

Kartik is responsible for the operations management, compliance, IT initiatives, and strategic partnerships for the Wealth Management business. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, mostly within the Wealth Management space. Kartik is based out of Mumbai.

Prior to joining Avendus, Kartik was a senior resource in the India country management team at Deutsche Bank. He was also part of the core teams that were instrumental in setting up the wealth management platforms at Deutsche Bank and DSP Merrill Lynch.

He is a Chartered Accountant certified by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

Rajini KodialamDirector

Avendus Wealth Management

Rajini is a Co-founder and Managing Director of Focus Financial Partners, a leading New York based international partnership of independent wealth management firms.

She is a management expert with proficiency in organizational structure and effectiveness, and is responsible for identifying high-quality Registered Investment Advisors and broker teams to join the partnership. Prior to founding Focus, she worked at American Express and McKinsey & Company in New York.

She holds a MBA from Columbia Business School, New York, a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a BA from Delhi University, India.