PEOPLE

Alpha Alternatives was set up by financial services industry professionals who have had extensive experience across various organizations and across business functions. Our partners bring diverse experience working at leading global & domestic firms across financial services, consulting, operating companies and entrepreneurial ventures.

We have a team of over 100+ professionals who bring wide experience working at Indian and international investment banks and hedge funds like Edelweiss, ICICI, Kotak, MCX, Credit Suisse, UBS, Nomura, CLSA, MSCI, Elliot, DE Shaw; CA firms like KPMG, Lodha; large corporates such as Idea, Essar, Aditya Birla, Future Group, Cedar consulting etc.; as well as strong academic backgrounds including MBA from IIMA, IIMB, FMS, other Indian management colleges and top international B-schools, CA rank holders, commerce graduates from Mumbai University, Delhi University etc. and engineers from IITD, IITM and other leading Indian engineering colleges.

Platform Partners

Naresh Kothari

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Naresh is the Managing Partner of AA. He has a stellar track record of over 23 years across investment banking, capital markets, asset management & proprietary investing. He was President at Edelweiss before he founded AA. Over the years he has developed strong relationships with corporates, public and private investment firms, and family offices. He has an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad (1995)

Mrugank Paranjape

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Mrugank is Senior Platform Partner & COO at AA. He brings over 30 years experience in diverse roles across various functions such as Business Head, Operations & Technology across Transaction Banking, Asset Management, Stock Broking & Retail Banking. He was MD & CEO of Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) & Board of Director. Previously he held several leadership positions with Deutsche Bank, ICICI Pru AMC, IndiaInfoline, ING Baring and Citibank. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay & IIM Ahmedabad

Prashant Mohanraj

Prashant is a Platform Partner at AA leading the Equity business. He has 18 yrs experience across MNCs, large banks & investment boutiques in trading & capital markets. He runs the equity trading desk across derivatives, special situations, long/short & quant strategies and is responsible for portfolio allocation & risk management. Previously he ran the prop trading desks at Quant Capital, Edelweiss & Kotak Securities. Prashant is an engineer from VJTI & MBA from IIM Ahmedabad (2000

Mudit Singhania

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Mudit is a Platform Partner at AA and leads the Commodity business. He has 13+ years of experience in commodity market, portfolio allocation, risk management and consistent return generation & has developed deep insights into agri commodity cycles & cropping patterns. He has established extensive relationships with adatias in mandis, warehousing agencies & other parties across the value chain & drives the physical procurement of commodities. He Previously worked at Edelweiss where he was instrumental in conceptualizing and setting up the Agri-commodity desk

Shreyans Mehta

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Shreyans is a Platform Partner at AA and has been part of the core team since inception. He has experience of over 10 years across large Indian corporates in Finance and Corporate Strategy. He has played multiple roles over the years at AA. Currently, he heads the Finance vertical at AA and leads the capital raising from banks. He is also responsible for strategy implementation at the firm level. Shreyans is a B.Com from Narsee Monjee, CA rank-holder and MBA from ESCP Europe, Paris (2013)

Ashim Sahni

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Ashim is a Platform Partner at AA, and heads the Quant business. He has experience of 7 years across private equity and institutional asset management in India and overseas. He has been part of the core team at Alpha Alternatives, and managed a $1bn Canadian corporate pension fund portfolio. He has previously worked at multiple European private equity firms. Ashim has completed his engineering from IIT Delhi and MBA from ESCP Europe, Paris (2011)

Kaushal Biyani

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Kaushal is a Platform Partner at AA and oversees the operations at the group level, as well as runs the Structured Credit business. He has 12 years experience at Essar Group and EY in corporate M&A, structuring and deal advisory. He successfully led the negotiation and implementation of one of India’s largest FDI transactions and the biggest delisting in India’s Corporate history. Kaushal is a B.Com from Narsee Monjee and CA rank-holder.

Entrepreneur Partners

Aashish Pitale

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Sankalp Singh

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Sankalp heads the Currency trading desk under FICC business at AA. He has over 15 years experience in global markets, managing Absolute Return strategies. Previously he founded and managed his own proprietary trading firm, AceGama Advisors. Prior to that he was Head of Currency Options Trading & Senior Portfolio Manager at FX Concepts, a $14 billion NY-based hedge fund. He is a Dual-degree B.Sc. Finance-Economics from Wharton School & Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania.

Aashish is an Entrepreneur Partner at AA leading the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities business. He has 23 yrs experience across fixed income, institutional sales and derivatives structuring. He set up and ran FICC Structuring business for Standard Chartered across South Asia and Middle East, and has held senior positions at JPMorgan, driving their Relative Value strategy, and at ICICI as Head of Fixed Income Research. Aashish is an engineer from VJTI and MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj.

Suresh Maheswari

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Suresh is an Entrepreneur Partner at AA driving the structured credit business. He brings 28+ years of experience in the Indian equity and debt capital markets, having structured various solutions for large Indian corporates and PSU banks. Suresh is a FCA, ICMA and B.Com (Hons)

Vineet Sachdeva

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Vineet is an Entrepreneur Partner at AA driving the systematic equity investing business (Elysium). He brings 25+ years of experience in quantitative investments, early stage venture and private equity. He is also an active board member and key stakeholder in several social impact businesses. He previously co-headed the alternative investing business at DE Shaw, and prior to that worked with IDFC Private Equity, JumpStartUp and Citibank. Vineet is MBA from IIM Lucknow and BA Economics from DU

Senior Team Members

Kabir Late

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Kabir heads the Options Trading desk in the Equity business at AA. He brings over 10 years of experience in the Indian financial markets having helped scale up proprietary trading desks at multiple financial organisations.  Kabir has a keen interest in derivatives and is part of the Options Trading team at AA.  Prior to joining the firm, Kabir co-founded a payments-focussed fintech start up and headed its technology function

Aman Dwivedi

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Aman drives the Fundamental Equity desk in the Equity business at AA. He brings over 16 years of experience in the Indian financial markets across diverse roles in the Indian credit and equity markets. He has previously worked at JP Morgan, Kotak and Ambit across advisory and buyside. He holds B. Tech in Metallurgical engineering from IIT Madras and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad

Sankaranarayanan Krishnan

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Sankar is part of the Systematic Fundamental Equities desk at AA. He has over 7 years experience in quantitative equity research. Previously he worked as a senior quantitative researcher at Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI), creating factor and ESG-based investment solutions for global institutional investors, and earlier headed Quantitative Investment Strategies department at Indxx, a boutique financial services firm. Sankar is an engineer from NIT Nagpur and MBA from IIM Indore.

Neha Saraf

Neha is a part of the Capital Raising team at AA. She brings an experience of over 10 years across Institutional Equities and Real Estate. Previously she worked at Edelweiss Financial Services, and later at a real estate firm where she was responsible for planning and marketing of all residential projects. Neha is MBA Finance from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.

Prashant Punjani

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15+ years of experience in capital raising across private equity and investment banks globally. He is responsible for investor relations and capital raising at Alpha Alternatives. Previously worked in New York with Houlihan Lokey, JP Morgan, HT Capital and MG Capital

MBA, City University of New York (Baruch College); CA ; B.Com (R.A. Podar College)

Mayank Varshney

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Mayank heads the Accounts, Taxation and Compliance operations at AA. He has over 9 years of experience in working in various BFSI verticals such as NBFC, Investment Banking, Fixed Income and Institutional Broking etc. Prior to AA, he worked at Quant Capital, part of Reliance Capital and Avista Advisory, an Associate of Houlihan Lokey. He is a Chartered Accountant by qualification.

Mayank Bhagat

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Mayank heads the commodity physical trading desk at Alpha Alternatives. He is responsible for commodity procurement / sales facilitation and logistics management. He brings 11+ years of experience in Indian Commodity and equity markets. Mayank was previously part of prop trading desk at Edelweiss. He is an M.Com. and MBA from Mumbai University

Pankaj Nagar

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Pankaj heads the commodity credit solutions at Alpha Alternatives. He brings 20+ years of experience in banking and finance with roles in relationship management, products, structuring, business development, strategy and execution. He previously worked at Edelweiss, Standard Chartered and ICICI Bank. Pankaj is MBA from IIT Bombay and B.E Electrical from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology

Ramsingh Chouhan

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Ramsingh heads the agri commodity processing and distribution business at Alpha Alternatives. He brings 20+ years of experience in physical commodity processing, operations, logistics and warehousing. He led an entrepreneurial venture setting up the entire warehousing business for Kalyx Warehousing, and previously worked at NCMSL and Cargill.

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