OUR TEAM

The Kotak Realty Fund team comprises seasoned professionals with a unique blend and depth of expertise in real estate, real estate private equity, financial advisory services, capital markets and financial markets. These critical skillsets help in deal origination, structuring, execution and exits.

As one of the most experienced and stable teams in the industry, the fund management team at Kotak Realty Fund possesses a comprehensive understanding of the Indian market, deep knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework, and strong relationships within the industry and the broader financial community.

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S. Sriniwasan

Managing Director

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Vikas Chimakurthy

Senior Executive Director

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Raj Shah

Associate Director

S. Sriniwasan Managing Director

S. Sriniwasan (Srini) heads Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank, since January 2017.

Srini has played a crucial role in setting up and building the Alternate Assets business at KIAL. He established one of India’s first real estate funds in 2005 and steered the growth of the business since its launch. Srini also oversees Kotak Private Equity, Kotak Infrastructure Funds, Kotak Special Opportunities Fund and Kotak Listed Equities. Overall, Srini manages about US$ 2.7 billion in AUM across asset classes.

As one of the earliest fund managers to raise and invest capital in India, Srini has introduced significant financing, financial structuring and negotiating skills in the alternate assets industry.

Under Srini’s leadership, Kotak Realty Fund has scaled up to over US$1.49 billion in AUM, making it one of the largest real estate funds in India, and has successfully established a strong track record of profitable exits from investments.

As one of the earliest fund managers to raise and invest capital in India’s alternate assets space, Srini has introduced significant financing, financial structuring and negotiating skills in the industry.

Srini joined the Kotak Mahindra Group in January 1993. He was a part of Kotak’s investment banking joint venture with Goldman Sachs from inception in 1995, and was also co-head of Kotak Investment Banking till 2005. At Kotak Investment Banking, Srini advised leading domestic and international companies on capital raising, M&A and strategic divestitures.

Srini is a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) committee for policy initiatives on Foreign Direct Investment and REITs and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) subcommittee on Capital Markets. He also serves as Chairman for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), South Asia Valuation Professional Group Board. He is also a Board member of Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Limited (APREA) India Chapter and a member of the Governing Council of Global Real Estate Institute (GRI) – India Chapter.

Srini holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Delhi University and an MBA from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad.

Reach Srini
E-mail: srini.wasan@kotak.com

Vikas Chimakurthy Senior Executive Director

Vikas Chimakurthy joined the Kotak Mahindra Group in 1999 and has over 21 years of work experience in the financial services industry. He is a part of the core leadership team at Kotak Realty Fund.

Vikas moved to Kotak Realty Fund in 2007. He is a Senior Executive Director at Kotak Realty Fund where he oversees investments across all realty segments. Vikas has led several investments and exits.

Prior to Kotak Realty Fund, Vikas was with Kotak Investment Banking where he headed the real estate and energy sector verticals. Having set up coverage of the realty sector for Kotak Investment Banking, he led key transactions such as the initial public offerings of DLF, Puravankara and Sobha Developers, private equity fundraise for Mantri Developers and Divyasree Developers and several M&A transactions across sectors such as energy, telecom, technology, media and chemicals.

Vikas has also worked at Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong) in 2004 as part of a secondment from Kotak Investment Banking.

Vikas holds a Bachelor's degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, and an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University.

Reach Vikas
E-mail: vikas.chimakurthy@kotak.com

Raj Shah Associate Director

Raj Shah joined Kotak Realty Fund in October 2007 and has over 11 years of work experience in the financial services industry.

At Kotak Realty Fund, Raj has gained considerable experience in investment underwriting and monitoring the fund investments.

Prior to Kotak, Raj worked at JM Financial Consultants Ltd. in the investment banking team covering the real estate sector and with KPMG, in their assurance division.

Raj is a certified Chartered Accountant by qualification and has also cleared the second level of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA) programme.

Reach Raj
E-mail: raj.shah@kotak.com

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Sonu Jalan

Associate Director

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Rahul Deshpande

Associate Director – Asset Management

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Rohit Nanda

Vice President

Sonu Jalan Associate Director

Sonu Jalan joined the Kotak Mahindra Group in 2006 and has over 12 years of professional experience.

Sonu joined Kotak Realty Fund in 2011. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at Kotak Investment Banking, covering the Financial Sponsors Group and the Alternate Energy practice. At Kotak Investment Banking, Sonu has worked on a wide range of sectors including, among others, renewable energy, healthcare, financial services, and industrials and was involved in marquee transactions such as the US$ 104 million growth equity raise by Apollo Hospitals from Apax Partners, US$ 175 million equity raise by Mahindra & Mahindra from Goldman Sachs PIA, US$ 175 million buyout of Sigma Electric by Goldman Sachs PIA and US$ 50 million growth equity investment in Magma Fincorp by KKR.

Sonu is a Chartered Accountant and has cleared all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA) program.

Reach Sonu
E-mail: sonu.jalan@kotak.com

Rahul Deshpande Associate Director – Asset Management

Rahul Deshpande joined Kotak Realty Fund in September 2015 and is a real estate professional with over 17 years of valuable experience in real estate investments, project management, construction management, techno-commercial operations and team management.

Prior to joining Kotak, Rahul worked with Landmark Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

Prior to Landmark, Rahul has worked with Milestone Capital Advisors Ltd., Mumbai, as Vice President – Real Estate Investment Management; Prozone Enterprise Pvt. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Provogue India Ltd. & a Joint Venture with Liberty International, UK), Mumbai as General Manager – Projects; and Gherzi Eastern Ltd., Mumbai, as Project Manager/Coordinator.

Rahul holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Construction Engineering from Mumbai University. He has also completed his Diploma in Fabrication Technology & Erection Engineering from Mumbai as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Advance Construction Management (PGDACM) from NICMAR, Pune.

Reach Rahul
E-mail: rahul.d@kotak.com

Rohit Nanda Vice President

Rohit Nanda has been with Kotak Investment Advisors Ltd (KIAL) since November 2007 and joined Kotak Realty Fund in February 2013. He has over a decade of work experience in the private equity/venture capital industry.

Rohit's work experience covers the complete gamut of the private equity industry: starting from fund raising from HNIs, Pension Funds, Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) and Fund of Funds to investments, deal monitoring and exits. At KIAL, Rohit has also worked in investor relations and was instrumental in new technology implementation and streamlining & automating reporting to investors. He also conceptualized and developed the online reporting platform for investors of KIAL.

Prior to joining Kotak, Rohit worked with an investment bank advising clients in the technology, engineering and infrastructure sectors on private equity fund raising. He has also worked with Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd., a venture capital fund, handling investments in the IT/ ITES sectors.

Rohit has written a research article titled 'Managerial Compensation in the New Age: Creating a Partnership for Value Creation'. The article was published in a compilation titled 'Achieving Competitive Advantage through People'.

Rohit is a Chartered Accountant, LLB and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. He has cleared all 3 levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA) programme.

Reach Rohit
E-mail: rohit.nanda@kotak.com

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Saurabh Gupta

Associate

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Souvik Saha

Associate

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Rohan Nisar

Associate

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Souvik Saha Associate

Souvik Saha joined Kotak Realty Fund in 2016 and has over 2 years of work experience in the investment banking industry.

Prior to joining Kotak, Souvik worked with Deutsche Bank in the Structured Credit team, specializing in distressed portfolio investments and special situations financing. Souvik also completed his summer internship at Deutsche Bank, where he worked with the Equity Capital Markets and Corporate Broking Teams.

Souvik holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics & Telecommunication from Jadavpur University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He has also cleared the second level of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA) programme.

Reach Souvik
E-mail: souvik.saha@kotak.com

Saurabh Gupta Associate - Asset Management

Saurabh Gupta joined Kotak Realty Fund in March 2017 and has over 9 years of experience in the real estate investments, investment banking and research.

Prior to joining Kotak, Saurabh worked with Essel Finance, Knight Frank and Citi Group in various capacities.

Saurabh holds a Bachelor's of Technology (B.Tech) degree in Electronics & Communication from NIT Allahabad and a MBA degree from NMIMS, Mumbai. He has also cleared the second level of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA) programme as well as both the levels of Financial Risk Manager (GARP, USA) programme.

Reach Saurabh
E-mail: saurabh.s.g@kotak.com

Rohan Nisar Associate

Rohan Nisar joined Kotak Realty Fund in July 2015 and has around 3 years of experience in investment banking and equity research.

Prior to Kotak, Rohan was a part of the investment banking team at Brookfield Financial, covering real estate capital market transactions in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad. He has experience of working on debt, equity and mezzanine transactions in the real estate space.

Rohan has also worked at JP Morgan, as an equity research analyst supporting the EMEA Telecom sector.

Rohan holds a Bachelor's of Technology (B.Tech.) and a Master's of Technology (M.Tech.) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He has also earned his Master's of Science in Management from London Business School (LBS).

Reach Rohan
E-mail: rohan.nisar@kotak.com

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Eklavya Gupta

Associate

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Rama Teja

Associate

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Arpit Khandelwal

Associate

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Eklavya Gupta Associate

Eklavya Gupta joined Kotak in 2016 with 4 years of prior experience in financial services in the areas of investment analysis, sales & trading and M&A.

Prior to Kotak, Eklavya worked with Aditya Birla Group as a leadership associate with experience across retail, aluminium, financial services and cement industries. He has experience across investment management and deal valuation. He did his summer internship from IIM Calcutta at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in fixed income markets. Prior to his MBA, Eklavya had worked with Nomura in credit structuring and valuation and with the investment management team at KPMG.

Eklavya holds a B.Tech degree from Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT), Delhi and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Reach Eklavya
E-mail: eklavya.gupta@kotak.com

Rama Teja Associate

Rama Teja has 5 years of work experience in financial services and joined Kotak Mahindra Group in 2015.

Prior to joining Kotak Realty Fund in 2017, Rama was part of the credit investment team of Kotak Group’s NBFC where he worked on multiple deals for financing commercial and residential real estate projects. As part of this team, he evaluated transaction opportunities adding up to INR 38.45 bn with 24 developers across Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata markets.

Prior to that, Rama was working as Infrastructure Credit Analyst with Axis Bank, underwriting project finance for multiple projects with a cumulative power generation capacity of over 1200 MW and for a cumulative seaport cargo handling capacity of 9.4 mn MTPA.

Rama is a Post Graduate in Management from IIM Ahmedabad and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics from NIT Warangal.

Reach Rama
E-mail: RamaTeja.Yedida@kotak.com

Arpit Khandelwal Associate

Arpit Khandelwal is an analyst at KRFT since December 2016.

Arpit is an analyst at KRFT since December 2016. Before joining KRFT, he worked at EY for three year in their assurance division where he was involved in diverse engagements of multiple industries. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) in Advanced Financial Accounting from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. Arpit is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary and is pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA) program

Reach Arpit
E-mail: arpit.khandelwal@kotak.com

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Harsh Vyas

Associate

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Vishal Parekh

Associate

Harsh Vyas Associate

Harsh Vyas joined Kotak Realty Fund in 2017 and has over 1 year of work experience in the investment banking industry.

Prior to joining Kotak, Harsh worked with Deutsche Bank in the Product Control team, specializing in Emerging Markets - Debt business.

Harsh is a certified Chartered Accountant by qualification and has also cleared the second level of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA) programme.

Reach Harsh
E-mail: harsh.v@kotak.com

Vishal Parekh Associate

Vishal Parekh joined Kotak Realty Fund in 2018 and has over 3.5 years of work experience in the banking and real estate industry.

Prior to joining Kotak, Vishal worked with Yes Bank in the Corporate Finance – Urban Infrastructure Banking team, where he was responsible for managing key relationships, credit evaluation, financial analysis and project due in the real estate sector. He has also worked with JLL, an international property consultant (IPC), as part of the Commercial Transactions team in Mumbai.

Vishal holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics & Telecommunication from Mumbai University and has completed his M.M.S. – Finance from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. He has also cleared all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA) programme.

Reach Vishal
E-mail: vishal.parekh1@kotak.com