EMPEA Private Equity Masterclass | Mumbai

December 2, 2019 | Sofitel BKC, Mumbai, India

EMPEA invites interested fund managers to attend the sixth edition of the EMPEA Private Equity Masterclass in Mumbai, India, on Monday, December 2, 2019, presented with the support of Debevoise & Plimpton and in collaboration with IVCA. The Masterclass will precede the AVCJ India Forum on December 3-4, 2019. Whether you are a first-time fund manager, a new investment professional at your firm or an experienced GP with funds in the market, we hope that you can join us for this workshop.


Topics to be covered include:

  • Learning From Experience: How Successful Fund Managers Navigate the Fundraising Cycle;
  • Legal Strategies: Balancing GP Interests and Maintaining Competitive and Marketable Positioning to LPs;
  • LP Seminar – Sourcing and Securing LP Commitments;
  • …and more.


Confirmed panelists include:

Guarav Ahuja
Managing Director

Gaurav Ahuja is a Managing Director with ChrysCapital and has been with the firm since 2004.  He is responsible for the LP Relations and Fund Raising functions at ChrysCapital.  Mr. Ahuja is a member of the Investment Committee and until recently was part of ChrysCapital’s Business Services investment team.  Prior to joining ChrysCapital, he was in the M&A group at Lazard Freres in San Francisco and Merrill Lynch in New York.  Mr. Ahuja received an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Virginia.

Gavin Anderson
Debevoise & Plimpton

Gavin Anderson is based in the Hong Kong office and is a member of the firm’s Investment Funds and Investment Management Group. He has broad experience in advising sponsors and investors on a variety of issues, including fund formation, coinvestment, fund restructurings and carried interest arrangements.

Mr. Anderson earned his B.A. (Hons) from the University of Oxford (Brasenose College) in 2000 and PgDL from the College of Law at Guildford in 2001. He graduated from the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in 2002. Prior to joining Debevoise in 2006, he trained and worked as an associate at an international law firm in London.

Sumesh Girhotra
Private Sector Development Adviser,
UK Department for International Development (DFID)

A seasoned adviser with DFID India, Sumesh has about 15 years of experience in infrastructure finance, advisory, investment funds, responsible PE/VC investments, corporate development and policy reform across sectors. Sumesh brings substantial policy advocacy experience on economic development initiatives such as investment climate reform, making markets work in India’s low income states. Sumesh leads DFID India’s work with several partners – Banks/FIs/Investment Funds – both government and private. Sumesh holds an MBA from SPJIMR, Mumbai and a B.Tech from National Institute of Technology (Kozhikode).

Pallabi Ghosal
AZB & Partners

Pallabi Ghosal, a Partner in the Mumbai office, specializes in investment funds and asset management, financial regulatory and general corporate advisory matters.

Pallabi advises both, institutional as well as first–time fund managers / sponsors, on the formation of investment funds across a variety of sectors and asset classes. She also advises fund managers with structured secondary transactions / buyouts. Pallabi represents investors, such as banks, insurance companies, multilateral institutions and other financial institutions (domestic and international) in relation to investments in India focused funds.

Pallabi has co–authored articles for major publications on an array of topics germane to fund managers, sponsors and investors in the funds space, including articles on fund formation in India, entry routes for foreign investors investing in distressed debt platforms, and regulations governing investment advisers, research analysts, real estate investment trusts and infrastructure investment trusts.

Pallabi serves as a Member on the Committee formed by the Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association to implement the request from SEBI to standardize the private placement memorandum for all Alternative Investment Funds (2018 – Present)

Dominic Goh
HarbourVest Partners Asia) Ltd.

Dominic Goh joined HarbourVest in 2012 and focuses on secondary investments. This includes analyzing, structuring, and monitoring a wide range of secondary transaction types. Dominic was previously at Coller Capital where he evaluated secondary opportunities, and contributed to deal sourcing and fundraising efforts in Asia. Prior to that, he was an investment banking associate at ABN AMRO London in the Financial Institutions Group.

Dominic received a BSc (First Class Honours) in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. Dominic is fluent in Mandarin.

Imran Jafar
Managing Partner
Gaja Capital

Imran is a Managing Partner at Gaja Capital (www.gajacapital.com). Gaja is India’s leading mid-market growth capital firm. Gaja’s aim is to help create India’s next generation of market leaders in sectors such as Education, Consumer, Financial Services and Healthcare.

Imran has 19 years of experience in Private Equity, Pharmaceuticals and Technology services. Prior to Gaja, Imran worked in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility at Dr. Reddy’s and Wipro Technologies.

At Gaja, Imran leads investments in the Education and Consumer clusters. He has been closely involved with Gaja’s investments in Educational Initiatives (Ed-Tech), Kangaroo Kids (Pre-K and K-12), KOOH Sports (Performance Sports), SportzVillage (Youth Sports), EuroKids (Pre-K and K12), John Distilleries (AlcoBev), CL Educate (Supplemental Education) and Indus World Schools (K12).

Imran has post graduate degrees in software engineering from BITS-Pilani and an MBA from IIM-Bangalore.

Snigdha Jain
Associate Director
Kotak Investment Advisors Limited

Snigdha Jain is an Associate Director at Kotak’s Alternative Assets platform and has over 15 years of extensive experience in Business Development. She joined Kotak in 2009 is currently responsible for Fund Raising of all in-house third party funds. She has raised funds across the following asset classes – private equity, real estate, infrastructure, listed strategies and special situations funds. Prior to joining Kotak, she was associated with IL&FS as well as the Marsh & McLennan Group.

Snigdha is a Graduate in Science and a Post Graduate in Business Management. She also holds a diploma in Strategic Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode.

Geoffrey Kittredge
Debevoise & Plimpton

Geoffrey Kittredge, a London-based partner and Chair of Debevoise’s European Private Equity Funds Group, focuses his practice on private investment fund formation. Mr. Kittredge represents a broad range of international private equity and other private investment funds and their sponsors, including buyout, infrastructure, energy, credit, real estate, secondaries, and venture funds, as well as funds of funds.

Resident in Europe since 1999 and in London since 2002, he is a member of the EMPEA Legal & Regulatory Council, and is also a member of the Legal & Accounting Committee of the BVCA. Mr. Kittredge received his B.A. in 1984 from the University of Virginia, his M.B.A. in 1992 from Columbia University in Finance and Business Economics and his J.D. in 1996 from New York University, where he was an Editor of the Law Review.

Tarun Mehta
Aavishkaar Group

Tarun Mehta is a Partner and Head of Funds and Strategy, based out of Mumbai, at the Aavishkaar Group, which is a global pioneer in taking an entrepreneurship-based approach towards development. The Group is focused on developing the impact ecosystem in the continent of Asia and Africa and manages assets in excess of USD1 billion across equity and credit, with 5,000+ employees present across India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Kenya. The Group’s ecosystems include Aavishkaar Capital – pioneer in equity-led impact investing, Arohan – one of India’s largest technology-led financial inclusion platforms, IntelleGrow – specialized lender to small and growing businesses, Tribe – a fintech player, Intellecap – thought leader and advisory business with a focus on sustainability, and Sankalp Forum – one of the world’s largest inclusive development platform. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Triodos Bank, Shell Foundation and Dutch Development Bank (FMO). Prior to joining the Aavishkaar Group, Tarun spent 18 years in private equity and investment banking in the United States, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. Tarun graduated from the University of Virginia where he majored in Accounting and Finance.

Vivaik Sharma
AZB & Partners

Vivaik Sharma, a Partner in the Mumbai office, focuses on investment funds and financial regulatory matters.

Vivaik has advised a wide range of clients including sovereign funds, financial institutions, intergovernmental organizations, family offices and asset managers in relation to both domestic and overseas fund vehicles. He has worked extensively on setting up a wide range of funds including venture capital funds, private equity funds, credit funds, real estate funds, as well as managed-accounts and investment platforms.

Vivaik has assisted industry associations in analyzing and drafting key policies and regulations impacting the alternative investments industry. These include (i) reports for the ‘Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee’, a standing committee constituted by SEBI; and (ii) representations to SEBI on the desired regulatory framework for funds set up in the international financial service center of Gujarat International Finance Tec-city.

He keenly follows developments around tax regime as applicable to funds and has published several articles on fund taxation, foreign portfolio investments, bespoke asset management structures and regulatory developments concerning alternative investment funds.

EMPEA and IVCA members receive complimentary registration with the code MEMBER2019
AVCJ conference attendees can register at the discounted rate of USD150 with the code AVCJ19
Non-members pay USD300.
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