Team

Rajesh Kakkar

Rajesh Kakkar

Strategic Advisor

Mayank Nayak

President |
Arvind Kumar

Arvind Kumar

Sr. Vice President

Sujit Nene

Vice President |

Rajesh Kakkar Strategic Advisor

Rajesh Kakkar has over 35 years of experience in Corporate Strategy, Strategic Planning, Business Development and as Chief Executive. He is a Management Graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and is a B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

He was the Chief Executive – Global Strategic Technologies Ltd. where he handled JK Group’s initiative in the Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security space. He created several new business areas like UAV and security laminates and strategic alliances with several global companies. He also executed the acquisition and integration of Delopt a high-tech aerospace and defence electronics company.

He started his career in sales and marketing with Grindwell Norton Ltd. in diverse industrial products like abrasives, refractories and performance materials. His years with ICI India Ltd. included Explosives where he created and fructified a new business opportunity in a ‘commodity’ market.

As Vice President – Strategic Planning & Business Development with the Samtel group, his role included strategic planning, environment scanning and implementation. He drove Samtel’s acquisition of Thales’ CRT unit in Germany, a relatively rare example of an Indian company taking over a high tech company in a developed country and becoming an Indian MNC. He was responsible for the group’s foray into avionics and defense displays. Samtel’s joint venture with the India’s major aircraft maker, HAL marked a new landmark in this business. He formed a joint venture with Thales to expand Samtel’s defense business to the global market.

Mayank Nayak President

Corporate Advisory & Early-Stage Investments

Mayank has over 15 years of experience in Investment Banking, Portfolio Management and Research &
Analytics. He has worked with Brand Capital (Times Group), Resurgent India, Bank of America and
Sutherland Global before joining Steer Advisors. He also co-founded Sunstone Capital, a boutique
investment banking firm with a focus on consumer facing and tech-enabled businesses.

Over years, Mayank has advised several companies from Technology, Consumer, Packaging and Logistics
industries and at Steer, he spearheads the startup advisory practice.

Mayank holds an MBA from IBS, Hyderabad and earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications
from DAVV, Indore.

Mayank is a certified scuba diver and likes to read and play tennis in his spare time.

Arvind Kumar Sr. Vice President

Arvind has 12 years of work experience in Investment Banking, Private Equity, and Equity research.

Prior to joining Steer, he worked with a Healthcare Fund – Fulcrum PE where he was involved in portfolio management of two domestic formulation companies, one diagnostic company, one Consumer healthcare, and two consumer companies across two funds. He worked closely with the senior management in the fundraising activities of portfolio companies. He was instrumental in a fundraiser for a domestic formulation investee company has worked closely with the company on operational turnaround over a period of 1.5 years.

In his Investment banking career spanning 8 years, he has worked on many Healthcare, Consumer & Industrial transactions and has a good understanding of the healthcare delivery space and domestic formulations.

Arvind holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Indore and is an electrical and electronics engineer from the University of Madras.

Sujit Nene Vice President

Sujit’s experience includes both Investment Banking and Private Equity / Venture Capital investments.

Over the past 15 years, he has worked in the areas of investment analysis, investment terms, business development in Bonanza Corporate Solutions Pvt Ltd and Sidbi Venture Capital Ltd. He has dealt with many corporate(s) in various sectors such as I.T. Real Estate, Auto ancillary, Retail and Logistics.

Sujit has accomplished his MMS (Finance) from LalaLajpat Rai Institute of Management, Mumbai University after graduating in BE (Instrumentation) from Vidyavardhini’s College of Engineering & Technology, Mumbai University, Mumbai.

Bakan Shah

Bakan Shah

Asst. Vice President

Prashanti Shivalenka

Asst. Vice President

Srivatsan Muralidharan

Asst. Vice President |
Rachit Kothari

Rachit Kothari

Sr. Associate

Bakan Shah Asst. Vice President

Bakan’s responsibility includes assisting corporate on Fund Raising through Private Equity, Venture Capital, Structure Debt & M&A.

Bakan holds 9 years of experience of Business Development.

Prior to Joining Steer, Bakan was working as a Gujarat Head in Ajmera Associates Ltd – (A Equity Broking firm) doing business development in Retail & corporate segment. He has also worked with Crisil Limited as a Business development Officer for Rating Product.

Bakan holds a CFA degree from ICFAI University (2005-2008). He is bachelor of commerce from Gujarat University (2002-2005)

Prashanti Shivalenka Asst. Vice President

Prashanti’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fund raising through Private Equity, M&A and Structured Debt.

Prashanti has worked with international teams in diverse organisations, including internships concentrating in fields such as Research, Software Development, and Corporate Finance.

Prior to joining Steer, Prashanti was interning at a boutique M&A firm called Argyll Partners in London and have completed a year-long research internship at ICRISAT (a UN-funded international agriculture research centre) and Queensland University of Technology.

Prashanti has a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from the University of London – Birkbeck College and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad.

Srivatsan Muralidharan Asst. Vice President

Srivatsan’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fund raising through Private Equity, M&A and Structured Debt.

Prior to joining Steer, Srivatsan was a part of a boutique investment banking firm for 6 years. He was actively involved in Equity and Transaction advisory across sectors such as Infrastructure, IT, Renewable and logistics. His area of focus included Business & Risk Analysis, Strategic Planning, Assisting in Due Diligence Activities, Deal Structuring, Valuations and preparation of deal documents: Pitchdeck, Information Memorandum etc.

Srivatsan has done his FRM from Global Association of Risk Professional (USA) and has a Diploma in International Banking from Indian Institute of Banking & Finance. He is a graduate in commerce from SIES College of Commerce & Economics.

Rachit Kothari Sr. Associate

Rachit’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fund raising through Private Equity, M&A and Structured Debt.

Prior to joining steer, Rachit has around 2 years of experience in the Corporate Finance and Private Equity industry and an internship with a sell-side institutional equity research firm to cover the Sugar sector
He has completed a PGDM from N L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research specializing in finance and graduated with Bachelors’s in Financial markets from K. C College

Anshini Lakhiani

Sr. Associate |
Preetish Mohan - Associate

Preetish Mohan

Associate
Sonal Jain - Analyst

Sonal Jain

Associate
Kajal Parmar

Kajal Parmar

Associate

Anshini Lakhiani Sr. Associate

Prior to joining Steer, Anshini has around 4 years of experience working with a boutique Investment Bank and a Merchant Banker advising clients for Private Equity funding, Valuations and Project Finance. She had advised companies from Pharma, Packaging, Solar industries.

Anshini has completed her MBA in Finance from MIT School of Management (Pune University) after graduating in commerce from H.L Institute of Commerce (Ahmedabad).

Preetish Mohan Associate

Preetish’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fundraising through Private Equity, M&A, and Structured Debt.

Prior to joining Steer, he had interned with Hitachi Lift India Pvt. Ltd. in the Accounts and Finance department. Apart from this, he has also interned in the green energy space with KNP Arises where my responsibilities included gathering clients and setting up and facilitating remote operations. He has done his Bachelor’s from Lucknow University, Lucknow, and an

Preetish Mohan - Associate

Preetish’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fund raising through Private Equity, M&A and Structured Debt.

MBA in Finance from SP Jain Global.

Sonal Jain Associate

Sonal’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fundraising through Private Equity, M&A, and Structured Debt.

Prior to joining Steer Advisors, she assisted in the operations of my Family Business for a year.

Previously she held a position at Dhruva Advisors as a Research Analyst for 7 months in the Transfer Pricing division. She has also worked at an accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in their Tax and regulatory Services Business Unit. During her tenure at PwC, she dealt with several Indian-Listed logistics companies.

Sonal graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Management Studies from Mumbai University specializing in Finance.

Kajal Parmar Associate

Kajal’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fund raising through Private Equity, M&A and Structured Debt.

Prior to joining Steer, I did my internship in the Private Equity department of an Investment Banker based in Mumbai. My role involved assisting in preparation of Information Memorandum, research notes and collaborating with incubators.
I completed my MBA in Finance from IES Management College, Mumbai and graduation in commerce from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics.