ICICI Venture
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ICICI Venture is one of India’s oldest, largest and most diversified alternative asset managers with a historical AUM since 2002 of over USD 4.25 billion across 4 business verticals. This includes USD 1.7 billion in its Private Equity vertical (comprising 4 funds raised since 2002), USD 1.1 billion in its Special Situations vertical through AION (in a strategic partnership with Apollo Global Management, USA), USD 843 million in its Infrastructure vertical through Resurgent Power Ventures (a power platform which is co-sponsored by ICICI Venture and Tata Power) and USD 675 million in real estate (comprising 3 funds raised since 2005). ICICI Venture transformed itself from one of India’s largest VC players in the 1990s to its current status as one of India’s most diversified alternative asset managers and one of the largest homegrown players in this space. ICICI Venture is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICICI Bank, the largest private sector financial services group in India.

Neev Fund

Economic Development Partner

Neev fund is the outcome of a partnership between SBI and UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and is an infrastructure private equity fund focussed on creating sustainable development. The fund’s mandate is to invest in eight low income/developing states in India (viz. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) with a focus on infrastructure sub-sectors such as renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, hydro, bio-mass energy, etc.), agricultural supply chain (e.g. warehouses, cold storages etc.), healthcare, education, urban infrastructure (e.g. water and sanitation, solid waste management etc.), and roads. The fund works on the principle of “double bottom-line” proposing to raise resources to make available capital assistance to portfolio entities, so as to achieve long-term capital appreciation while promoting developmental objectives.
Spark Capital Advisors (India) Private Limited
Associate Partner

Spark Capital is one of India’s leading mid-market, full-service Investment Banks. Having our genesis from the south in 2001 and now having a pan-India presence, we offer services encompassing Investment Banking, Institutional Equities, Fixed Income Advisory and Wealth Advisory. Our key differentiator is the ability to offer services that benefit from an amalgam of the experience of our founding members and the contemporary thinking of our young leadership team. Our core values of integrity; putting customers first; and seeking partnerships that are mutually beneficial, help us build sustainable, long-term relationships with clients. Our services include equity and debt capital raising in private and public markets; M&A advisory; research-led public-market stock ideation; and customised wealth advisory solutions. Sectors where we have built considerable domain strength and transaction experiences are BFSI, Healthcare, Consumer, Technology, Infrastructure and Industrials. Our commitment to staying the course with respect to our core values; our strong entrepreneurial culture; an ability to attract and retain high quality talent; and our gradual expansion of markets and services has served as cornerstones of our evolution. Over the past three years, we have advised on over 31 deals aggregating to USD 2.2 billion; scaled up research coverage to over 200 listed stocks; and rapidly grown assets-under-advice on the back of above-market performance of client portfolios.

Argus Partners

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The Firm
Argus Partners is an Indian law firm with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata. Innovative thought leadership and ability to build lasting relationship with all stakeholders are the key drivers of the Firm. The professionals of the Firm are business lawyers, who understand business and financial issues that help in identifying real risks and provide practical legal solutions to drive the growth of the clients’ business.

The Firm is a result of the merger of two firms. In 2012 the firm Argus Partners merged with an existing Mumbai headquartered firm, Udwadia & Udeshi, which was established in 1997. The merged firm was renamed ‘Udwadia Udeshi & Argus Partners’. In 2015 along with the change in the name of the Firm to ‘Argus Partners’, the Partners adopted the Firm’s immutable core values of integrity, quality & respect, which stand as the cornerstone of the Firm in all its dealings.

The Firm has built a formidable reputation for its consistent high performance. The Firm, the Partners and associates have a rich domestic and international experience and have been recognised and awarded by several publications. Presence across India gives the Firm a distinct advantage in serving its clientele that includes industry and business leaders in all segments of the market.

The People
At Argus Partners each and every professional is encouraged to adopt a holistic approach while analyzing any issue to provide the best possible commercially feasible advice. Understanding of commercial, financial and accounting issues are also developed through regular training sessions and guidance of external experts. We encourage and regularly train our lawyers on leadership skills and entrepreneurial abilities.

The practice
The Firm primarily offers its services in the following practice areas:
1. Corporate and M&A
2. Banking and Finance
3. Private Equity
4. Litigation & Arbitration
5. Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring
6. Real Estate
7. Competition
8. Indirect Tax
9. Labour & Employment
10. Financial Regulation Practice
Duff & Phelps
Session Partner

Duff & Phelps is a premier independent advisor with expertise in the areas of valuation, corporate finance, disputes and investigations, compliance and regulatory matters, and other governance-related issues. Our clients include publicly traded and privately held companies, law firms, government entities and investment organizations such as private equity firms and hedge funds. We also advise the world’s leading standard setting bodies on valuation issues and best practices. Duff & Phelps’ nearly 2,500 professionals are located in over 70 offices in 20 countries around the world.

Our team differentiates ourselves in our commitment to question assumptions, be the independent eye, critically analyze facts and tell our clients what they need to know to make sound decisions. Duff & Phelps cuts through complexity and creates clarity for our clients to ensure compliance, reduce risk, overcome emerging challenges and enhance value. William Duff and George Phelps founded Duff & Phelps in 1932 in Chicago because they saw that banks and insurance companies struggling in the Great Depression needed investment research based on rigorous analysis and technical expertise.

Over the years, the firm branched into financial advisory and corporate finance, broadening and deepening our service offering and expertise to assist businesses in industries outside of the banking and insurance sector while maintaining the same commitment to technical expertise. Through acquisition and organic growth Duff & Phelps has developed into the diverse and agile firm it is today, serving more than 5,000 clients each year, including over 50% of the S&P 500, 60% of the Fortune 100, 80% of the Am Law 100 and 70% of the world’s top-tier hedge and private equity funds.
Samvād Partners
Session Partner

Samvād: Partners is a full-service law firm with offices in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. The Firm is committed to providing innovative and quality legal advice to our clients; maintaining the highest levels of professional integrity; and nurturing our lawyers in a work environment that motivates them to achieve and maintain the highest standards.

The majority of our Partners have a rich mix of domestic and international experience – having worked in several international financial centres outside India, including Hong Kong, London, New York and Singapore. We strive to provide our clients with innovative simple solutions to their most complex legal and business challenges in India.

Our people are our strength. Many of our lawyers are acknowledged leaders in their respective fields. We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other Indian law firms in order to ensure that our young lawyers receive the necessary training and supervision to match the Firm’s reputation for high quality and complete responsiveness to our clients.
Bain & Company
Supporting Partner

Bain & Company, founded in 1973 in Boston, is a leading business consulting firm with offices around the world. It helps management teams and boards make the big decisions: on strategy, operations, mergers & acquisitions, technology and organization. Bain consultants have worked with over 5000 major firms across every sector globally and measure their success in terms of their clients’ financial results, focusing on “results, not reports”. Its clients historically have outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500 industrial index by 4:1.

Bain & Company has been rated 11 years in a row as the best consulting firm to work for, by Consulting magazine. Bain ranks #1 on the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, honoring the 50 Best Places to Work in 2017. In India, Bain has served clients since 1995 and formally opened its consulting office in 2006 in Gurgaon near New Delhi, in 2009 in Mumbai and the latest office in Bengaluru in September 2015. It is one of the fastest growing offices within the Bain system of 55 offices across 36 countries.

Bain’s consulting practice in India has worked with clients in sectors including consumer products, retail, apparel, industrial goods and services, infrastructure, healthcare, technology, telecom, financial services, automotive, agriculture and private equity. Their project experience includes growth strategy, M&A/due diligence, post-merger integration, organizational redesign, full potential, market entry, performance improvement and change management. Bain’s robust analytic tool kit and fact‐based approach enables it to deliver innovative and pragmatic strategies that create value. Many of our clients are Indian promoter‐led companies and a number of our clients come back to us for further work, given our results track record.

Bain India is also home to the Bain Capability Center (BCC), set up in 2004 in Gurgaon. The BCC supports Bain case teams across the globe to develop results‐driven strategies, including critical industry analysis and competitive benchmarking.

Bain India strongly believes in supporting the wider community. The firm formed Bain Social Impact India to lead community
initiatives such as collaborating with NGOs to promote child education and drive broad, enduring change. Bain has also published widely read India philanthropy reports since 2010. The attractiveness of the Indian economy to MNCs and foreign investors, combined with the desire of the Indian companies to compete at a global level, will fuel the strong growth aspirations of Bain’s India operations.
Sundaram BNP Paribas Fund Services Limited
Supporting Partner

Sundaram BNP Paribas Fund Services Limited (SBFS) is a joint venture between Sundaram Finance and BNP Paribas Securities Services focusing on the service offering in the area of Mutual Funds and Alternate Investment Funds (Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds etc.) in Indian market since 2009. SBFS has 141 locations in India to service both investors and distributors of the mutual funds managed in capacity as Registrar and Transfer Agent and has operation center in Chennai. SBFS has well equipped off-city site in Madurai which is 450 km away from the primary location, Chennai

Being an ISO 27001 Standard company, SBFS is the first RTA to adhere to ISAE 3402 standards (Type 2 assessment) on the transfer agency service and also has adhered to Tier III data center compliant standards for its primary data center

SBFS is the only player in the industry in India to offer below services for both Mutual Funds and Alternate Investment Funds (AIFs)
1. Transfer Agency
2. Fund Accounting
3. Call Center Solutions
4. Custody (through BNP Paribas Securities Services)

SBFS brings in rich expertise and service excellence through:
1. strong management team with relevant domain expertise
2. risk oriented approach
3. robust quality control measures along with strong audit framework.

Sundaram Finance Ltd., incorporated in 1954 has grown into one of the most trusted financial services groups in India. Today, the activities of the group span savings products like Deposits and Mutual Funds, Car and Commercial Vehicle Finance, Insurance, Home Loans, Software Solutions, Business Process Outsourcing, Tyre Finance, Fleet Cards, Tractor Finance and Mutual Funds/Alternate Investments R&T. Sundaram Finance has a nationwide presence in 580+ Branches.

BNP Paribas Securities Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas Group, is a leading global custodian and securities services provided backed by strength of a universal bank. It provides integrated solutions to all participants in the investment cycle including buy-side, sell-side, corporate and issuers.

Covering over 100 markets with our own offices in 34 countries in 5 continents, the BNP Paribas network is one of the most extensive in the industry. We bring together local insight and a global network to enable clients to maximize their market and investment opportunities worldwide.
Display Partner

Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publications and complimentary research reports. Preqin is an independent business with over 350 staff based in New York, London, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Manila, serving over 60,000 customers in over 90 countries.
Preqin has the most comprehensive and extensive information available on the private equity and venture capital, hedge fund, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources industries, encompassing funds and fundraising, performance, fund managers, institutional investors, deals and fund terms. Leading alternative assets professionals from around the world rely on Preqin’s services daily, and its data and statistics are regularly quoted by the financial press.
Media Partner

Awards Presenting Partner

WeWork is a platform for creators, providing over 200,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. Our global network of workspaces is where companies and people grow together. Whether you need a desk, office suite, or entire HQ, we create environments that increase productivity, innovation, collaboration – helping businesses thrive. WeWork’s members are creators who run the gamut from entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses, to middle-market and Fortune 500 corporations.

The company’s mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living.

WeWork is redefining success as measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. There has been a macro shift toward a new way of work—one focused on a movement towards meaning. WeWork is accelerating this movement.
>200,000 members
>20,000 member companies
212 locations
66 cities
20 countries

Senior management team at WeWork includes Karan Virwani, Co-General Manager and Ryan Bennett, Co-General Manager.
Industry Partner

The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, founded in 2002, is the world leader in alternative investment education. The CAIA Association is best known for the CAIA Charter®, an internationally recognized credential granted upon successful completion of a rigorous two-level exam series, combined with relevant work experience. Earning the CAIA Charter is the gateway to becoming a member of the CAIA Association, a global network of over 9,000 alternative investment leaders located in nearly 90 countries, who have demonstrated a deep and thorough understanding of alternative investing. CAIA also offers the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate Program®, an online course that provides an introduction to the core concepts of alternative investing. Having grown rapidly, the CAIA Association now supports vibrant chapters for its Charter Holder members located in financial centers around the world, produces world class research publications, and sponsors educational and networking events to help the CAIA community keep pace with the industry. CAIA is considered a leading authority and trusted voice for providing perspective on industry trends and developments worldwide.