Amit Thakur, Finance Expert in New York, NY, United States
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Amit Thakur

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
June 18, 2019

Amit is a highly successful, and sought-out financial advisor in M&A, debt and equity raising, and strategic finance deals totaling $35 billion. He established Standard Chartered's U.S. M&A business, and led Morgan Stanley's Indian FIG group, advising and mentoring companies, ranging from startups to MNCs, globally. Amit now independently advises a broad spectrum of clients on critical financial and business development initiatives.

Career Highlights

Managing Partner
Amax Capital
Head of US M&A
Standard Chartered Bank

Education Highlights

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree
XLRI Xavier School of Management
Bachelor of Engineering Degree
Birla Institute of Technology

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

Co-founder | CEO | CFO

2021 - PRESENT
GetAugie Inc.
  • Built a startup that creates a credit card-centered platform for broadening access to the financial services system by making it possible for millions of people to develop a credit history using a record of bills they already pay.
  • Established end-to-end product platform with network, processor, and issuing partners. In addition, structured the operations platform, including customer acquisition, onboarding, balance sheet management, and funding.
  • Created the financial management, banking, and treasury systems for the startup that will be effective at all scales in which the organization operates.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Operations, Product Development, Treasury, Accounting, Financial Management, Contract, Human Resources (HR)

Managing Partner

2018 - PRESENT
Amax Capital
  • Provided independent advisory on financial management, capital raising and M&A transactions to clients and transactions in the $20 million to $500 million range.
  • Engaged by clients to raise capital for an enterprise software startup ($20 million), a cross-border management buy-in in the infrastructure industry ($60 million), and the acquisition of a US home products company in bankruptcy ($220 million.).
  • Assisted clients through the complete deal lifecycle - creation of marketing documents, modeling, due diligence, setting deal strategy, negotiation and closing.
  • Advised clients on market entry and alliances across the globe, including the key international markets of Japan and India.
  • Invested in and mentored startups in the eCommerce, business services, and capital equipment distribution spaces.
Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Partnerships, Financial Advisory, Capital Raising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Financial Modeling, Private Equity, Equity Raises, Fund Formation, Fundraising, Pitch Deck Consultant, Capital Formation Strategy, Investment Capital Raising, Pitch Decks, Strategy, CFO, Startups, Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, COO, Structuring of Funds, Real Estate

Head of US M&A

2009 - 2018
Standard Chartered Bank
  • Set up the US M&A business for the bank focused on cross-border M&A and capital raising, including hiring and building out a team of five bankers.
  • Advised clients on all aspects of their strategic initiatives related to the Americas including valuation, management and board presentations, marketing to investors, as well as negotiation and documentation.
  • Joined six other members to start the South Asian M&A and leveraged finance business in an earlier sting with the bank. In the first full year of operations, the group topped the league table for cross-border M&A.
  • Created bespoke structured debt solutions and financed multiple event-driven transactions including a $350 million real estate backed transaction and a $95 million mid-market cross-border acquisition.
  • Created and participated on M&A and financing deals in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa in the technology, business services, industrials, consumer and mining sectors.
  • Worked with top Asian and multi-national names including Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services, the Sterling Group, Amcor, the Mahindra Group and the Birla Group.
  • Engaged on several mandates including the $100 million sale of non-ferrous ore mine in Africa, $500 million capital raise for a new mobility company, and the $125 million carve-out and sale of a public specialty financial service company's Asian processing division.
Focus areas: Cross-border M&A, Private Placements, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Financial Modeling, Private Equity, Equity Raises, Fund Formation, Fundraising, Pitch Deck Consultant, Capital Raising, Capital Formation Strategy, Investment Capital Raising, Pitch Decks, Strategy, Startups, Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Structuring of Funds, Real Estate

Executive Director of Investment Banking

2008 - 2009
Morgan Stanley
  • Led the firm's financial institution coverage practice for the Indian market.
  • Provided coverage for engineering, auto and auto component clients for the firm.
  • Provided clients the perspective from and access to the firm's global advisory and financing platform during the challenging period of the global financial crisis of 2008-2009.
  • Created new relationships for the firm in both financial institutions as well as industrial spaces.
Focus areas: Financial Institutions, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Financial Modeling, Private Equity, Equity Raises, Fundraising, Pitch Deck Consultant, Capital Raising, Investment Capital Raising, Pitch Decks, Forecasting, Structuring of Funds

Investment Banking Associate

2000 - 2003
ICICI Securities
  • Provided support to the firm's M&A advisory business focused on mid-market deals.
  • Oversaw and specialized in government privatization buy-side advisory counseling prominent clients in India on deals in the hospitality and metals industries.
  • Negotiated certain financial arrangements of the deals (call and put, post-closing adjustments) that became market standard for privatization transactions in the market.
  • Rotated and gained experience of equity capital market and bond trading.
Focus areas: Equities, Fixed Income, Privatization, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Financial Modeling, Equity Raises, Fundraising, Pitch Deck Consultant, Capital Raising, Pitch Decks, Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections
1998 - 2000

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Finance and Marketing

XLRI Xavier School of Management - Jamshedpur, India

1994 - 1998

Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Birla Institute of Technology - Ranchi, India


FINRA Series 79, 24, 63



Capital Raising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Project Finance, Private Equity, Structuring of Funds, Equity Raises, Fundraising, Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Accounting, Fund Formation, Capital Formation Strategy, CFO, Financial Advisory, Cross-border M&A, Equity Capital, Financial Management

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Data & Analysis Software

Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Factset

Industry Expertise

Capital Markets, Technology, Automotive, Industrials, Hospitality, Real Estate, Consumer Finance, Consumer Products, Debt Capital Markets, Financial Institutions

Geographic Expertise

United States, India, Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, China


Private Placements, Debt Financing, Strategic Planning, Partnerships, Corporate Development, Financial Analysis, Structured Finance, Negotiation, Pitch Books, Structured Products, Pitch Deck Consultant, Pitch Decks, Strategy, Startups, Capital Planning & Investment Control, Metals & Mining, Strategic Partnerships, Travel, Investment Capital Raising, COO, Privatization, Fixed Income, Equities, Teasers, Investment Analysis, Financial Investment Structuring, IRR, Modeling, Presentations, Operations, Product Development, Treasury, Contract, Human Resources (HR)

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