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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
Kotak Investment Banking

Sourav Sourav Mallik is Joint Managing Director, Kotak Investment Banking and heads the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory practice Sourav joined Kotak Mahindra Group in 1999. He is a specialist in M&A Advisory, Deal Structuring, Restructuring and Valuations, for both domestic and cross border transactions. Some of the landmark deals that Sourav has spearheaded include ING Vysya's merger with Kotak Mahindra Bank and subsequent divestment of stake by ING, Tech Mahindra's acquisition of Satyam and subsequent consolidation/buyback, divestment of Star Health, merger-demerger of Birlasoft & KPIT Technologies to create two independently controlled listed entities, global merger of CIE Automotives international forging business with M&M's various auto component businesses. He has also advised many Indian and multinational companies on open offers, buybacks and delisting offers, including Infosys' multiple buybacks, S&P's conditional open offer for Crisil and iGate's delisting of Patni.
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V Jayasankar
Senior Executive Director & Head of Equity Capital Markets

V Jayasankar is Senior Executive Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at Kotak Investment Banking. Jayasankar has been with Kotak Mahindra Group for 25 years. He has worked in diverse areas within investment bank encompassing Capital Markets, Private Equity, and M&A. Jayasankar has advised and raised equity finance for several companies belonging to marquee conglomerate groups such as Aditya Birla, Godrej, HDFC, Mahindra & Mahindra, State Bank, Tata, among others. Jayasankar has been instrumental in Kotak Investment Banking establishing leadership role in ECM business across IPOs, follow-ons and blocks. During Fiscal Year 2018, Kotak Investment Baking helped its clients raise over a record Rs.1 lakh crore through Equity Capital Market transactions, representing 50% of all Equity Offerings during that year. (Source: Prime Database)
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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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