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A leading full-service investment bank in India

Leadership Team

Kotak Investment Banking is led by a highly experienced team of professionals who have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the industry.

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Kotak Investment Banking is a subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited, one of India's leading banking and financial services organizations with a consolidated net worth of Rs. 22,153 crore (approx US$ 3.5 billion) as on March 31, 2015.

Kotak Investment Banking is a leading full-service investment bank in India, offering integrated solutions encompassing high-quality financial advisory services and financing solutions. Our services include Equity and Debt Capital Market issuances, M&A Advisory, Private Equity Advisory and Infrastructure Advisory & Fund Mobilization. As a specialist Indian investment bank, our aim is to offer our expertise and strategic advice on all India-related transactions:

  • by India (assisting Indian companies on their growth, investment and strategic plans) and
  • of India (advising international companies seeking to enter or diversify in the Indian market)

Our key strengths include:

  • A solid reputation for unmatched advisory services and deal execution skills, which is reflected in our consistent leadership on the league tables for both Equity offerings and M&A transactions
  • An in-depth understanding of the local market and intimate knowledge of industry verticals through dedicated sector experts
  • Our values focused on maintaining the highest ethical standards and our approach in always keeping our clients’ interests first
  • The ability to leverage the Group’s products, intellectual capital, relationships and wide-ranging experience to customize innovative solutions for our clients
  • Strong relationships with all the leading business houses in India cultivated through several years of client servicing
Kotak Investment Banking affiliates in USA and UK were the first Indian owned companies to register with FINRA (formerly NASD) in the US and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK. The firm is also a member of the National Stock Exchange of India, wherein it executes, clears and settles cash, futures and options transactions for clients.

Leadership Team

KVS Manian
President – Corporate, Institutional & Investment Banking
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.

KVS Manian heads Corporate, Institutional & Investment Banking at Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd since April 2014. Manian is building a high-quality corporate franchise that offers integrated corporate and investment banking solutions. Prior to this, Manian was President – Consumer Banking, where he steered the bank from a single branch to over 600 branches and more than 1,000 ATMs across the country in a span of 10 years. Manian played a crucial role in Kotak's journey from a NBFC to a bank. The end-to-end execution of the project within the planned time frame is testimony to Manian's ability to focus on every small detail, without losing sight of the big picture. Manian is part of the Bank's Operating Management Committee (OMANCOM) that drives and oversees Kotak Mahindra Group's growth charter. Throughout his two decade long association with the Group, he has been instrumental in setting up and metamorphosing many business divisions into success stories. Manian is an electrical engineer from IIT (BHU) - Varanasi, Post Graduate in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and a Cost and Works Accountant.
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S Ramesh
Managing Director & CEO
Kotak Investment Banking

S Ramesh is Managing Director & CEO, Kotak Investment Banking. Ramesh joined the Kotak Mahindra Group in 1995. Over a career spanning more than two decades, Ramesh is a respected and influential figure in the investment banking industry in India and has formed strong relationships with leading corporates and key regulators. Prior to being appointed MD & CEO, Ramesh was Joint Managing Director of Kotak Investment Banking. Under his leadership, Kotak Investment Banking has established and reinforced its standing as a pioneer and leader in the Indian equity capital markets. Ramesh has been closely involved in key initiatives that have contributed to the development of the Indian capital markets and has worked on a number of landmark initiatives and product innovations. Ramesh has extensive experience in equity financing – encompassing private equity and public markets. He has been involved in diverse transactions across a wide range of situations and complexities. As the head of the equity financing business at Kotak Investment Banking, he is credited with building the franchise of the firm and guiding it to a position of strength.
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Sourav Mallik
Joint Managing Director

Sourav Mallik is Joint Managing Director, Kotak Investment Banking and also heads the Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Practice. Sourav is a specialist in M&A Advisory, Deal Structuring, Restructuring, Valuations, Joint Ventures and India Entry services. Sourav started his career in 1995 and joined the Kotak Mahindra Group in 1999. During his career as an investment banker, he has advised a wide range of clients on their growth strategies, M&A and restructuring plans. He is also very familiar with the regulatory framework for M&A (including cross-border M&A). Sourav was a member of the SEBI's Takeover Regulations Advisory Committee, which recommended a new set of Takeover Regulations for Indian listed companies in 2010. Sourav's outbound M&A expertise has been built by liaising with international investment banks across Japan, Europe, the UK and the US and he is currently working on many initiatives covering these geographies. Sourav brings to bear a multi-disciplinary background, being an Engineer (IIT, Delhi) and MBA (IIM, Ahmedabad) with an M&A and Advisory services experience of over 20 years in investment banking.
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V Jayasankar
Senior Executive Director & Head of Equity Capital Markets

Jayasankar has been with the Kotak Mahindra Group for close to 20 years. Over the last two decades, he has worked in diverse areas within the investment bank encompassing Capital Markets, Private Equity and M&A. Jayasankar has advised a number of marquee clients, been involved in landmark Disinvestment / PSU deals and has also advised several marquee private equity and buy-out funds helping them identify and invest in some of India’s leading corporates as well as advising on divestures. As the Head of Equity Capital Markets, Jayasankar has worked on several pioneering and industry-defining transactions that have helped strengthen Kotak Investment Banking’s leadership position in the industry. Jayasankar is an Engineer (IIT, Madras) and MBA (IIM, Bangalore) with total work experience of nearly 25 years in financial advisory services.
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Pankaj Kalra
Senior Executive Director

Pankaj Kalra joined Kotak Investment Banking in 2013 as Senior Executive Director. Pankaj is responsible for leading coverage across a number of sectors including large corporates, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, infrastructure and telecom/media. In addition, he also leads the Financial Sponsors Group (FSG) spearheading transactions involving leading private equity and hedge funds. Pankaj is a highly experienced banker and has close to 2½ decades of investment banking experience in India and globally, advising on M&A and capital market transactions across a wide range of industries. Pankaj joined Kotak from Credit Suisse Securities India where he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division. Pankaj is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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