R. Laxman

R. Laxman has been associated with the Kotak Mahindra Group for over two decades. Currently, he is Director and part of the senior leadership team at Kotak Private Equity Group (KPEG), having joined the team in 2009. Laxman specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Advisory to automobile and general engineering companies. He has successfully advised several large business groups in India and has led cross-border acquisitions for Indian and global clients in Europe and China. His experience and domain insights add strategic value in identifying and nurturing the potential of regional players to become global winners.

Before joining KPEG, he was associated with Kotak Investment Banking for 10 years. Earlier, Laxman headed Kotak Mahindra Bank's car finance business in the western region. Prior to that, he was associated with the company's corporate lease and hire-purchase business.

Laxman completed his Masters in Business Management, specializing in Finance, from the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai. In addition, he is a qualified Cost and Works Accountant from the Institute of Costs and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI).

Reach Laxman E-mail: r.laxman@kotak.com

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Through Research, Rigour and Relationships
Since 2005, we at Kotak Private Equity have helped discover, grow and create value formid-size Indian businesses across growthsectors. As part of the Kotak Mahindra Group, we combine our strength of understanding the local environment with international best practices in people, processes and research.

Given the experience and network of relationships built over the past two decades, our understanding of the Indian entrepreneur's mindset provides us with a significant advantage in the Indian investment environment. With a founding team that virtually pioneered the Indian Private Equity Industry, we are disciplined investors focused on long-term value creation and growth. Kotak Private Equity partners outstanding promoters and leadership teams to help create scale across industries.

Identifying Opportunities Ahead of the Curve
Through intensive research, we identify macro-economic trends and opportunities early. Our team has successfully identified sectors and companies much ahead of the curve, helping us invest conservatively and exit profitably while partnering companiesin tapping growth opportunities and evolving into industry leaders. Kotak Private Equity has often been the first to invest in India�s sunrise sectors such as Life Sciences & Healthcare, Media & Entertainment, Retail, Quick Service Restaurants, Business Process Outsourcing and Internet driven businesses.

Participating in India�s Entrepreneurial Growth Story
With the backing of the Kotak Mahindra Group ,one of India�s leading and highly respected diversified financial services institutions, Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited, focuses on managing the Alternate Assets business of the Group. While the Kotak Mahindra Group has been associated with private equity investments since 1997, to bring a sharper focus to the group's Alternate Assets strategy, Kotak Mahindra Bank initiated its first structured third party private equity fund in early 2005.

Since then, the Alternate Assets business of the Group has raised USD 1.5 billion for management across two asset classes namely - Private Equity & Realty Funds, both led by independent investment teams. In 2013, KIAL launched an Infrastructure Fund in collaboration with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Japan and Brookfield Asset Management of Canada.