Ishwinder Singh, CFA, Finance Expert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ishwinder Singh, CFA

Finance Expert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Member since May 12, 2019
Ishwinder is an accomplished investment banking and private equity professional with 12 years of experience working on international projects. He managed the $250 million principal investment portfolio of a prominent listed UAE-based investment banking firm. Prior to that, he provided M&A and valuation advisory services to global clients at Ernst & Young. Ishwinder also writes about investment and technology.
Ishwinder is now available for hire

Career Highlights

Education

Select Certifications

  • CFA Institute

Industry Expertise

Software Expertise

Other Expertise

Employment

  • SVP/Head of Principal Investments

    2012 - 2020
    The National Investor
    • Managed the $30 million debt restructuring of a large four-star hotel.
    • Led the acquisition of a 50% stake of a regional food and beverage company for $150 million, and drove the expansion of supermarket, F&B, catering, and FM operations through organic growth and acquisitions.
    • Led turnaround initiatives for a family entertainment center resulting in a 30% increase in revenue and return to profitability in two years, enabling the first shareholder dividend distribution.
    • Delivered returns over a short time horizon via expense rationalization and revenue growth through bolt-on acquisition of struggling competitors, leading to an eventual exit through private placement.
    • Led regional bolt-on acquisitions to accelerate the growth of a leading global advisory firm focused on hospitality, retail, and real estate.
    • Created and led turnaround strategies for a struggling hotel, enhancing cash flow generation and improving margins before stepping in and serving as the general manager overseeing 170 employees and ensuring the achievement of financial targets.
    • Managed a $50 million private equity fund with investments across the MENA and India. Led successful exits of portfolio companies through IPO and private placement. Other responsibilities included LP reporting and periodic valuations.
    • Managed an $80 million portfolio of commercial real estate assets with responsibilities that included conducting detailed returns analysis, sourcing and managing tenants, and negotiating leases.
    • Created and managed a $30 million fixed income portfolio to generate steady recurring income while preparing detailed investment policies and guidelines to manage execution and risk.
    Focus areas: Private Equity, Corporate Restructuring, Portfolio Management, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Assistant Manager

    2008 - 2012
    Ernst & Young
    • Spearheaded the $70 million sale of controlling equity stake in an aluminum panels manufacturer.
    • Managed the search and acquisition of a K-12 school by a leading international operator.
    • Conducted the valuation of a large regional chain of entertainment centers with assets in ten countries.
    • Conducted valuation of a MENA-based chain of hardware retail stores owned by a European private equity firm.
    • Managed the debt restructuring of a leading glass manufacturing facility, including helping with liquidity management and building 13-week cash flow forecasts.
    • Managed the debt restructuring of $100 million steel fabrication facilities in India and the UAE.
    • Prepared a feasibility study for USD $200 million polypropylene board manufacturer–assisted in securing funding from banks and the parent company.
    • Prepared a feasibility study of $50 million dry and cold storage facilities and assisted in successful bank financing.
    • Conducted valuation of leading regional distributor of luxury German automobiles.
    • Managed a $100+ million debt raise for the construction of a shopping mall and office tower in South Asia.
    Focus areas: Business Planning, Financial Restructuring, Feasibility Studies, Valuation Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Other Experience

  • Robo-advisor Industry Portfolio Risk: Efficiency or Corner-cutting? (Publication)
    Robo-advisor investing uses algorithms (instead of humans) for portfolio selection and rebalancing. Its affordable ways have opened up wealth management options to the masses, but its means of quantifying risk need more sophistication and tailoring to individual circumstances.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and Strategy
    2006 - 2008
    Indian Institute of Management - India
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    2002 - 2006
    University of Delhi - India

Certifications

  • CFA
    JUNE 2009 - PRESENT
    CFA Institute

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