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Indian Alternative Investment Story :
A growth story foretold

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News Corp VCCircle India Limited Partners Summit 2018:
A growth story foretold

India is likely to be the fastest growing economy in the world in 2018 beating China, the World Bank recently said in its Global Economic Prospects report. Several leading global institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and ratings agency Moody’s, too, have given India a thumbs on its economic outlook.

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Day1 / Tue, Feb 20


8:00am – 09:30am

Breakfast Briefing session

(By invitation; closed door session)


08:30am – 09:30am

Registration & Networking


09:40am – 09:45am

Opening Address by Jonathan Wright: Global Managing Director, Dow Jones & Co.

From a $30 million in the mid-nineties to close to $5 billion at the end of 2005 and $23 billion at the end of 2017, alternative investments have seen a phenomenal growth in India. Importantly, the investors have held hands of hundreds of young and adolescent Indian companies and helped them bloom while reaping in handsome returns themselves. Though companies backed by private equity and venture capital funds are known to have shown higher growth, provided more jobs and paid more taxes than their non-funded peers in the past decade, alternative investments still remain on the fringes of the larger corporate ecosystem. Lack of industry benchmarks, performance data, a structured policy framework with regards to registration, accreditation and taxation are some of the many factors which, if addressed, will help the industry scale newer heights. What will it take to build an all-encompassing, enabling environment for AIF industry in India?

Vishal Mahadevia, Managing Director, Co-Head of India, Warburg Pincus India
Manish Kejriwal, Managing Partner, Kedaara Capital
Sanjay Kukreja, Partner, ChrysCapital
Paddy Sinha, Managing Partner, Tata Opportunities Fund
Manav Bansal, CIO, Neev Fund (SBICaps)
Sanjay Gujral, Regional Managing Director, L Catterton Asia (Moderator)

09:45am – 10:30am

Alternative Investments in India – A Fast Evolving Landscape

Led by Gopal Srinivasan, Chairman & MD, TVS Capital, Chairman, IVCA
Moderator – Jaideep Mehta, CEO, News Corp VCCircle

10:30am – 11:10am

Curtain Raiser & Panel: Growth of AIFs in India


11:10am – 11:30am

Networking Break

Investors were spoilt for choice when it came to exits in 2017. The year saw a record listing of private companies on the Indian bourses. Besides the government’s divestment drive, it was primarily PE investors who led the IPO boom by pushing their portfolio companies to list and in the process, exited with over $1.8 billion in their pockets. But IPOs contributed less than 15% to the total exits last year. The rest, totalling around $9.7 billion, came in from outside of capital markets, and secondary and strategic deals. Does this address the long-standing taint on India that it is a difficult market to exit?

Niren Shah, Managing Director, Norwest India
Akhil Awasthi, Managing Partner, Tata Capital Growth Fund
Bhavna Thakur, MD and Head of Capital Markets Everstone Capital
Rahul Bhasin, Managing Partner, Baring Private Equity Partners India
P. Krishnan, Managing Partner, EAM Business, Spark Capital
Sudhir Sethi, Founder, Chairman, IDG Ventures India
Arpan Sheth, Partner, Bain & Company (Moderator)

11:30am – 12:15pm

Exits Galore


12:15pm – 12:45pm

Keynote Session on ‘Trends Shaping Indian Private Equity’
Amit Dixit, Senior MD and Head of PE, Blackstone India


12:45pm – 01:45pm

Networking Lunch


01:45pm – 02:15pm

Fireside Chat – Renuka Ramnath, Founder, CEO and MD, Multiples Alternate Asset Management
Archana Shukla, Editor-in-Chief, News Corp VCCircle

The Bankruptcy & Insolvency Code and the National Company Law Tribunal were steps in the direct direction by the government besieged with the rising sea of stressed assets worth more than $150 billion. To cash in on this huge opportunity, a lot of investors thronged to the shores, some cast their net in the troubled waters, but no prizes in the basket yet. What are the challenges that are keeping investors from making good catches on the stressed assets front?

Shantanu Nalavadi, Managing Director, India Resurgence Fund (India RF)
Koushik Chatterjee, Group Executive Director, Tata Steel
Harish Chander, Executive Vice President, Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd
Parth Gandhi, Senior Partner and Managing Director, AION India Investment Advisors Private Limited
Sharad Bhatia, Managing Director, Multiples Alternate Asset Management
Krishnava Dutt, Managing Partner, Argus Partners (Moderator)

02:15pm – 03:00pm

The Stress in “Stressed Assets”

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03:00pm – 03:15pm

Networking Break

Prashant Purker, Managing Director & CEO and Co-head, Private Equity, ICICI Venture Funds Management Co. Ltd.
Mohit Batra, Executive Director, ICICI Venture Funds Management Co. Ltd.
Kalpesh Kikani, Managing Director & Senior Partner, AION Capital
Promeet Ghosh, Managing Director, Temasek Holdings
Jaideep Mehta, CEO, News Corp VCCircle (Moderator)

03:15pm – 04:00pm

Asset Class Diversification in AIFs – Hits and Misses

Strong macro fundamentals notwithstanding, there is a widespread view among investors that valuations in India are inexplicably high. There is a growing concern that the market is overheated and a rationalisation is the need of the hour. How are investors reconciling with the contradiction of immense growth potential and high valuations in the Indian market?

Sudhir Variyar, Managing Director, Multiples Alternate Asset Management
Avnish Bajaj, Founder & Managing Partner, Matrix Partners
Shashank Singh, Partner & India Head, Apax Partners
Jayanta Basu, Managing Partner, CX Partners
Vishal Tulsyan, CEO and MD, Motilal Oswal Private Equity
Prasad Gadkari, Head Investment Strategy & Policy, NIIF
Rishi Aswani, Director, Duff & Phelps (Moderator)

04:00pm – 04:40pm

Valuation Woes – Is the market overheated?


04:40pm – 04:45pm

Close of Day I


06:30pm onwards

VCCircle Awards 2018

Gala Night followed by cocktails, networking & dinner


Day 2 / Wed, Feb 21


8:30am – 10:00am

Registration, Breakfast and Networking


10:00am – 10:15am

Welcome Address – Jaideep Mehta, CEO, News Corp VCCircle

Beginning with GST to the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Code, the constitution of National Company Law Tribunal and the massive bank recapitalisation exercise, the Narendra Modi government ushered in some ambitious structural economic reforms in 2017. While these had little impact on economic growth facing the headwinds of demonetization, high cost of capital, the weakening rupee and the teething problems of GST, market pundits are hoping the benefits of these reforms will begin to bear fruit in 2018. The uptrend in fundraising, a record number of new funds and fund managers, increased liquidity are already pointing towards the building of a strong sentiment in the alternative investments industry. Is this the beginning of a fresh growth cycle?

Saurabh Mukherjea, CEO, Ambit Capital
Amitabh Chaudhry, MD & CEO, HDFC Standard Life Insurance
Sujan Hajra, Chief Economist, Executive Director, Institutional Equity, Anand Rathi Securities
Shankar Narayanan, Managing Director and Co-Head, Carlyle Asia Growth Partners
Anjali Bansal
Rishi Aswani, Director, Duff & Phelps (Moderator)

10:15am – 11:00am

Gauging Investment Scenario Amidst Strong Macro-Economic Fundamentals


11:00am – 11:20am

Special address by Sumeet Kaur Kapoor Chief General Manager, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)


11:20am – 11:50pm

Networking Break

Finance minister Arun Jaitely famously said last year that India’s infrastructure doesn’t match its ambitions. While infrastructure has been a big focus area for the NDA government, 2017 turned out to be a challenging year for the industry. Last year, output growth nearly halved in comparison with 2016 and the issue of loan defaults continued to plague the sector. But these adversities turned out to be a good opportunity for deal makers. Sovereign wealth funds and global PE firms struck quite a few sweet deals in the year. What big opportunities await the core sector investors in 2018?

M.K. Sinha, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, IDFC Alternatives
Virender Pankaj, Chief Executive – Wholesale Finance & Group Head – Sell Down, L&T Financial Services
Yeshwanth M Kini, CEO-India, KAUP Capital
Kailash Vaswani, Deputy CFO, ReNew Power Ventures
Vineetha MG, Partner, Samvad Partners (Moderator)

11:50pm – 12:35pm

Infrastructure Sector — Opportunities in Adversities


12:35pm – 02:00pm

Networking lunch

Private equity investments in real estate, amounting to $4.2 billion, were a high point in 2017. Accounting for all the top five deals, commercial real estate continued to be the focus are for private equity investors. The dynamics for the entire sector, however, is set to change with the introduction of Real Estate Regulation and Development Act. The reforms ushered in by the Act – which include stipulations such as mandatory registrations and prior approvals before the launch of a project, and 70% proceeds in an escrow account, among others – require changes in the way deals are structured and investment formats formalised. What are the advantages and hurdles investors and developers will be faced with on account of RERA?

Amit Bhagat, CEO and Managing Director, ASK Property Investment Advisors
Vikas Chimakurthy, Director, Kotak Realty Fund
Sharad Mittal, Director & Head Real Estate Fund, Motilal Oswal Real Estate Investment Advisors
Puneet Bhatia, Director and Head Real Estate, Mirae Asset Global Investments
Arpito Mukerji, Principal, Apollo Global Management

02:00pm – 02:45pm

RERA – A Boon or Bane for Real Estate

India is known to be the home to the largest number of small and mid-sized companies in the world. A large section among these is on the lookout for committed capital that will help them break out of constrained growth environment and scale up meaningfully. There are several success stories of private equity firms lending a helping hand to such companies and making handsome returns in the process. It is, however, a challenge to pick the right bets from among the large pool of such companies. Should PE firms have sector specific strategies or a diversified approach is a safer route while traversing through the large mid-market landscape?

Gopal Jain, Managing Partner, Gaja Capital
Jayanta Banerjee, Managing Partner, ASK Pravi Capital Advisors
Srikrishna Dwaram, Partner, True North
Inderbir Singh, Principal, IFC Asset Management
Akshay Kiran, Managing Director, East India Capital Management
Udai Dhawan, Managing Director & India Head, Standard Chartered Private Equity

02:45pm – 03:30pm

Catch in the middle – Mid-Market Growth Opportunities


03:30pm – 04:00pm

Networking Break

VC funding in India is no more the preserve of venture capital firms as hordes of angel investors and private equity funds have pitched their tents on what was hitherto a venture capital backyard. Is this the reason for a constricted VC play in India or is there more to what meets the eye?

Rajesh Raju, Managing Director, Kalaari Capital
Rehan Yar Khan, General Partner & Founder, Orios Venture Partners
Kaushik Anand, Head of India Investments, CapitalG
Kirill Kozhevnikov, Partner, Managing Director, Insitel/Sistema Asia Fund Advisory
Sanjay Nath, Managing Partner, Blume Ventures

04:00pm – 04:40pm

Risk Capital – Feeling the squeeze

Advisory Board

Founder and Managing Partner

AZB & Partners

Zia Mody

Founder, CEO and MD

Multiples Alternate Asset Management

Renuka Ramnath

Managing Director, Head of Investment Risk and Strategy in the Financial Risk group


Chetan Vig

Managing Partner & Co-founder

Kedaara Capital Investment Managers Limited

Manish Kejriwal

Managing Partner

True North

Vishal Nevatia

Senior Vice President

Portfolio Advisors

Michael Liu

Managing Director & CEO and Co-head, Private Equity

ICICI Venture Funds Management Co. Ltd.

Prashant Purker



Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity

Blackstone India

Amit Dixit



Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)

Hemant G. Contractor


Chairman & Managing Director

TVS Capital Funds

Gopal Srinivasan


Managing Director, Co-Head of India

Warburg Pincus India

Vishal Mahadevia


Group Executive Director

Tata Steel

Koushik Chatterjee


Founder, CEO and Managing Director

Multiples Alternate Asset Management

Renuka Ramnath


Managing Partner

Tata Capital Growth Fund

Akhil Awasthi


Managing Partner

Kedaara Capital

Manish Kejriwal


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  • The year 2016
The year 2016

High valuations saw the likes of Flipkart, Snapdeal, Ola, Zomato and InMobi come under investor scrutiny in 2016 and subject to sharp mark downs by both investors and analysts. The heady run of huge promotional spends, successive rounds of funding at ever-increasing valuations and crazy traffic growth saw a pause. 2016 was indeed a year where startups, mature businesses and fund managers took a moment to reflect on the hubris.

  • Investors

With performance under scrutiny and a slowdown in fund raising, investors started consolidating their investments via mergers, reducing costs by pulling back on past excesses and slashing debt.

  • Private Equity Investments
Private Equity Investments

Big-ticket deals contributed 53% to total private equity investment value in 2016. There were 26 big-ticket deals with a total value of $6.6 billion, compared to 54 deals with a total value of $13.5 billion in 2015.

  • Private Equity Deals
Private Equity Deals

PE deal activity dropped by 25% from a year earlier to 1309 deals. The value of PE transactions, slumped by 44% to around $12.4 billion from $22 billion as compared to the same period last year. The data excludes Real Estate and Venture debt investments.

  • Venture Capital Deals
Venture Capital Deals

Venture capital deals too dropped across stages this year after peaking in 2015 with early stage funding getting significantly hit both by deal activity and value, as investors turned extremely cautious and selective in placing their bets on startups despite adequate funds at their disposal.

  • IT Sector
IT Sector

Information Technology sector continues to attract a dominant share of private equity investments. The sector witnessed some aggressive deal making in 2016 with 766 deals as investors reposed faith on dot coms.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions

Big-ticket deals accounted for only 6% of total M&A deal activity this year, while contributed a whopping 92% to total M&A value disclosed in 2016, on the back of outlier deals.

  • Biggest deal of the year 2017
Biggest deal of the year 2017

The biggest deal of the year came in the energy sector and involved Russian giant Rosneft. The other top deals involved domestic players in sectors such as Financials, Telecommunication and Industrials.


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“We reach a point where we need to show the numbers… If you don’t see returns, it is going to be tough.”

Michael Liu, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Advisors

“About two-three years ago, India was not so attractive to put in allocation but that has changed”

Lucian Wu, Managing Director, HQ Capital

India continues to present a long-term potential for large companies to be built.
However, it always takes time. The gestation period is relatively long;
so investors need to be very patient.”

Chris Loh, Partner, Axiom Asia

Make sure that your fund concept is right, your bar is really high and your entrepreneur
is a guy who passes all the tests that you set. Most importantly it is the
markets which are going to help you give great exits.”

Sandeep Singhal, Co-founder & Managing Director, WestBridge Advisors Pvt Ltd

“Indian investors are yet to get comfortable with the 10-year fund cycles. It will evolve but, in the next three to five years,
I don’t see a lot of domestic capital coming into a typical PE fund structure.”

Vishal Tulsyan, CEO and MD, Motilal Oswal Private Equity

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