Dhruv's worked on successful M&A and fundraises worth $500+ million with a focus on clean energy, infrastructure, real estate, and food/agricultural projects across India, the Middle East, and Africa. He is an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus with eight years of experience in corporate and project finance, project development, bid advisory, and startup consulting. Dhruv enjoys the sheer variety of assignments and the flexibility that come with freelancing.
Advised 50+ clients across clean energy, real estate, healthtech, food, fintech, and logistics sectors among others. As a firm, raised more than $5M in funding (debt and early stage equity) for five clients.
Secured $500,000 in debt financing for a clean energy startup by preparing a project report, loan documentation, and financial projections.
Created detailed sector report to support a $300 million fund raised by leading PE seeking to list it as a REIT.
Prepared an investor presentation and business plan for a US-based innovative drug delivery company for pre-Series A funding round of $5 million.
Performed intangible asset valuation for a group of K-12 schools as part of their successful debt financing process worth $2 million.
Built detailed financial models for the World Bank for monitoring the performance of India's power distribution companies with revenues over $5 billion.
Formulated the business plan for a food/agriculture startup entering the fruits business with $1 million in seed capital.
Carried out feasibility study of entering the senior living real estate market for an Indian developer.
Currently advising a leading international fitness chain raising $1 million angel round for expansion of its India operations.
Led the end-to-end project development for a $3 million solar power project. Was responsible for all activities right from bid submission to financial closure to successful design and commissioning of the project. The project provides electricity to over 1,500 homes in five nearby villages.
Handled project financing activities (contract analysis, financial analysis, modeling, documentation) for a $15 million wind power project in Karnataka. Phase 1 ($3 million) was successfully commissioned and the balance is under implementation.
Provided project financing support (contract analysis, financial analysis, modeling, documentation) for a $50 million solar power project in Nigeria. The agreement was signed with the government and the project is now under implementation.
Performed due diligence, contract drafting, and negotiation for M&A of a coal power project in India, advising on the sell-side. The transaction was completed successfully (the approximate deal size was $15 million).
Built financial model and analyzed contract for client's tariff dispute with the state electricity board. The claim was settled in favor of the client (the approximate deal size was $3 million).
Carried out financial feasibility and detailed costing of real estate investments (residential/commercial/mixed use) for submission to investors.
Performed financial modeling and debt structuring for a client participating in a competitive bid for Dubai’s first IPP (Independent Power Project) with a project cost of $500 million.
Built a detailed financial model and performed contract review for the first district cooling project financed on a non-recourse basis in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with a project cost of $160 million.
Carried out due diligence, valuation, term sheet drafting and financial modeling for sale of coal power project in India (sell side) with a project cost of $50 million.
Handled the contractual and financial analysis for the extension of a concession agreement for IWPP (independent water & power project) in Qatar.
Analyzed the contract structure and financial projections of IPP with a methane extraction plant as part of the Rwandan government's private-public partnership (PPP) initiative.
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Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance
2008 - 2010
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad - Ahmedabad, India
Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
2004 - 2008
Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology - Hyderabad, India
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