Kotak Private Equity Group's investment activities are led by its core team consisting of Nitin Deshmukh, K.V. Ramakrishna and R. Laxman who collectively have over 50 years of a long and successful track record in the private equity industry. Nitin and Ramakrishna have known each other for more than 19 years, since starting their careers in 1989 and 1995 respectively at ICICI Venture and have worked together for a large part of their professional careers. When Nitin founded Kotak Private Equity Group in 2005, Ramakrishna, who was then with Carlyle Asia Venture Partners, joined him to form the founding investment team and initiate the first Growth Equity Fund. Laxman joined Nitin and Ramakrishna in 2009 after over 15 years with the Kotak Mahindra Group. Laxman had spent over 10 years in Investment Banking in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice bringing in critical skill sets of enabling acquisitions, deal structuring and negotiations.