Saurabh has extensive experience in fundraising and M&A having completed 9+ transactions primarily focusing on tech, consumer, and financial services. Saurabh’s interlacing experience across corporate finance, consulting, and general management enables him to visualize the big picture ahead of most people. As a freelancer, Saurabh likes helping clients in navigating through strategic situations to achieve favorable outcomes.
Managed equity investments of clients in Indian equities following long-only strategy across sectors and scale.
Led investment strategy development, research, and stock selection.
Developed operational procedures for portfolio construction, risk mitigation, and continuous tracking of performance and operations.
Achieved first-year (2018-19) portfolio performance of 26% (>15% better than the benchmark index).
Correctly predicted the reversal in interest rate cycles that benefited the financial institutions.
Focus areas: Equity Investment, Investing
2015 - 2017
Served as part of the leadership team that incubated the used car auctions business.
Led the complete product development from scratch including interfaces for buyers, sellers, and employees.
Built a great team for all functions including sales, operations, tech, product, HR, and finance.
Contributed to the acquisition of zigwheels.com.
Assisted in the fundraising of the parent entity CarDekho from Google Capital.
Focus areas: Team Management, Operations Analytics, Sales, Product Management
Associate Vice President
2012 - 2015
Signal Hill (Now known as DC Advisory)
Executed several fundraises and M&A transactions for clients in the internet and software/SaaS sectors.
Worked as an associate on Series B fundraising for Lenskart, the largest eye-wear eCommerce player in India from Unilazer (Ronnie Screwvala). This deal was completed during a funding slowdown.
Contributed as an associate on fundraising for FirstCry, a leading omnichannel baby products retailer from Vertex Ventures; Vizury, a performance marketing company; and RateGain, fast-growing travel & hospitality saas company from TA Associates.
Worked as an associate on the sale of Gaadi.com, a leading online auto player owned by Naspers to CarDekho.
Focus areas: Capital Raising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
2011 - 2012
Researched investment banking fee pool in the Indian financial market and projected the growth for the same.
Advised clients on profitable business models for investment banking activities in India.
Advised a client on a potential minority investment in an exchange.
Regularly summarized key trends in the financial industry for the leadership of several clients.
Assisted consultants with queries on financial institutions.
Focus areas: Banking & Finance
2010 - 2010
Worked as an analyst on the public issue of Standard Chartered Bank in India, the QIP (private placement) for IndusInd Bank, and several pitches for public issuance and debt placements.
Analyzed the impact of changes in regulations by the regulator on share buybacks.
Identified opportunities for generating business from prospective clients looking for share buybacks.