S. Sriniwasan (Srini) has been with the Kotak Group since 1993 and currently heads Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank.
Srini established one of India’s first Real Estate funds in 2005 and steered the growth of the business since its launch to USD 2.2 billion (funds raised till date). Srini also oversees Kotak Private Equity, Kotak Infrastructure Funds, Kotak Special Situations Fund, Kotak Listed Strategies, Investment Advisory and Kotak Cherry. Overall, KIAL has raised about USD 4.66 billion in funds across these 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.
Prior to setting up the alternative asset management business for the Group, he was a part of Kotak’s investment banking joint venture with Goldman Sachs since inception in 1995. As co-head of Kotak Investment Banking till 2005, 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 Co-chairman 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. He is a Member of the Executive Committee at the Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (IVCA) and a Member of the Private Credit Council at EMPEA.
Srini holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University and an MBA from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad.