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Bhavin Shah joins Equirus - Equirus Capital sets up Institutional Equities business

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4th Feb 2010
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Mumbai, 4th February 2010: Equirus Capital, is starting institutional equities business via Equirus Securities with Bhavin Shah at the helm. Bhavin Shah will be operations for Equirus Securities as its CEO with the objective of setting up the business. Post its notable performance in mergers and acquisitions and private equity advisory, Equirus Capital has entered the Capital Markets business through an experienced team.

"We are delighted to welcome Bhavin Shah to Equirus Capital. With his appointment, we are in a stronger position to deliver on our objective of becoming a full-service investment bank," said Mr. Abhay Bhalerao, Director, Equirus Capital.

"Having worked for world's leading technology and financial services firms over last two decades, I am very excited to be part of a young company that has an opportunity to build one of the leading Investment Banks in India, said Mr. Bhavin Shah, CEO, Equirus Securities. "As India continues to move along the path of economic development, there is bound to be an emergence of many new winners among legion of mid and small companies. For Institutional Investors, the process of identifying these winners will be very rewarding but also quite challenging. Equirus Securities aspires to be the facilitator to this process and establish itself as one of the leading Institutional Equity franchises in India.”

Also, speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ajay Garg, MD, Equirus Capital said, "We are very fortunate to have an acknowledged opinion maker and leader like Bhavin to be part of the core leadership team at Equirus, which is passionate about building an institution”

Bhavin Shah is a highly recalled and well-known name, not just among institutional Investors but also among companies in Asia Pacific. He made his name for insightful industry and company research and for calling some of the multi-year inflection points in technology sector. During his career, Bhavin achieved top rankings consistently in multiple categories of technology sector including an outstanding record of seven consecutive years of number one ranking.

Over last decade and half, Bhavin has built a very solid reputation globally as a equity research professional. He is not just known for quality of his research but also for bringing innovation and fresh ideas to the field of Equity research. Bhavin was probably the first analyst on sell-side to introduce a LONG-SHORT model stock portfolio and has demonstrated his stock picking skills by identifying several multi-year winners on relative & absolute basis through this framework. Bhavin has introduced and popularized the use of several valuation measures in equity research across Asia and took the lead in using US GAAP equivalent earnings to properly account for employee bonus dilution.

Prior to joining Equirus Securities, between 2002 and 2009, Bhavin worked as Managing Director and head of Asia-Pacific technology research as well as the global sector leader for Technology at JPMorgan. Bhavin also worked as Head of Asia Technology Research at Credit Suisse where he worked from 1996 to 2002. Over last 14 years, Bhavin has covered a cross section of companies in Technology Sector ranging from software, services, Hardware as well as Semiconductors. Both at Credit Suisse and JP Morgan, Bhavin was instrumental role in establishing research methodologies that result in improved productivity and quality of the research product resulting in rapid improvement in research rankings for the respective firms.

Bhavin has completed his MBA education (economics and finance) with Beta Gamma Sigma honors at the University of Chicago. He also holds an MS (electrical and computer engineering) degree from the University of California.

About Equirus Capital Pvt Ltd: Equirus Capital Pvt Ltd founded in 2007 is a boutique investment bank operating in mid-market segment with presence in Bangalore & Mumbai in India and in New York & London internationally. Equirus Capital Pvt Ltd is also registered as a Category I Merchant Banker by the SEBI, offering advisory services for all Capital Markets related products – IPOs, FPOs, QIPs, Buybacks, Rights issues along with services like M&A advisory, Private Equity fund raising, Capital Market and Structured finance solutions to businesses. With a team size of over 20 experienced bankers, has done 23 transaction is last 2 years. For more detail log on to: www.equirus.com.

For more information please contact: Tabassum Khan (9819027649) from Tatva Public Relation

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