ABOUT US

Overview

Quest is a growing boutique investment bank providing complete array of services to small and mid-market companies. We offer independent advice and customized solutions on private equity fund raising, M&A and loan syndication. With a dedicated and experienced team, Quest brings together a rich experience in handling a variety of transactions.

Leadership Team

 

Dhiren Kothary

Founder & CEO

Key Team Members

Kalpana Sah

Senior Vice President
Pharma Desk

Abhijeet Shah

Senior Vice President
Debt Advisory

Vilas Darji

Senior Vice President
Debt Advisory

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DHIREN KOTHARY

Founder & CEO

Dhiren is the founder and CEO of Quest with more than 25 years of extensive experience in Financial Advisory Services. He is an investment-banking veteran with the knack of successfully executing mid-market equity, debt and M&A transactions. Having been keenly involved in the Investment Banking industry since the 1990’s, Dhiren has the expertise to conclude complex transactions requiring a nuanced perspective of the client’s business. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, his deep understanding of taxation, structuring and financial analysis from the perspective of banking and capital markets helps him provide the optimal solution and right investment banking advice to clients. His business acumen, along with his bottom-up approach in understanding the client’s business together with the possible macro environment impact, helps him advise on the client’s growth strategy. This has also made him the trusted advisor to entrepreneurs over the last several years.

Dhiren believes in being client focused rather than transaction focused, thereby helping clients unlock their business potential and reap rich dividends. With his vast experience, he is a guiding force leading the Quest team towards achieving the Company’s goals.

 

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KASHINATH PALEKAR

Head, Debt Advisory

 

Mr. Palekar has put in more than 39 years of successful service in State Bank of India and retired as Top Executive Grade Scale VI(TEGSVI). During his career as a banker, he held positions as Branch Managers/ AGMs of large branches, Regional Manager of a Region (Controller) and the Dy. General Manager of a Module (Controller). He has rich experience in banking as well as non-banking verticals. He facilitates Debt Syndication in Quest.
He has also served as a Consultant in Nucleus Software Exports Ltd.
He is a Commerce Graduate of University of Mumbai and a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (CAIIB).
He is also the holder of Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Advising.

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VILAS DARJI

Senior Vice President, Debt Advisory

 

Vilas has been associated with Quest for more than a decade. Over this period, he has worked on various assignments including IPO advisory, Private Equity, Corporate Restructuring and Debt Syndication etc. He has been integrally involved in IPO of Nitin Fire and subsequent advisory for divestment of subsidiary; Private Equity Syndication for GSP Crop Science and Acquisition finance for Kellton Tech Solutions including few other Structured Finance transactions. His experience throughout the lifecycle of transactions and relationships helps us attain quicker turnaround. Prior to Quest, Vilas has worked as a Research Associate with Integrascreen Services. He holds a Post graduate Degree in Management with specialization in Finance from University of Mumbai
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ABHIJEET SHAH

Senior Vice President, Debt Advisory

 

Abhijeet, a Chartered Accountant, has more than 10 years of experience in debt syndication and more than 4 years in Audit & Taxation. His understanding of the banking operations & products and his hands on approach in structuring various transactions & in dealing with the Banks/FIs helps us in obtaining timely sanctions from the Lenders. His experience in debt raising and strong banking relationships gives us an edge while dealing with Banks and Financial Institutions.

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NIRAJ BIYANI

Senior Vice President, Equity and M&A Advisory

 

Niraj has more than 10 years of rich experience in Investment Banking. Prior to joining Quest, he worked with IL&FS Investsmart in Investment Banking and NBFC division evaluating equity proposals and advising clients on public and private equity fund raise as well as appraising projects and sanctioning loans. He is able to use his expertise of both debt and equity fund raising, to provide different dimensions and novel solutions to our clients’ funding requirements. He is a Management Post Graduate from NMIMS, Mumbai and Certified Financial Manager from Centre for Financial Management.

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KALPANA SAH

Senior Vice President, Pharma Desk

 

Kalpana heads Quest’s Pharma desk. She is a Chartered Accountant with more than 24 years of
experience, of which over 14 years were in the Pharma industry and 10 years in Audit & Taxation. In her
most recent stint, Kalpana was the CEO of Pharmasync Consultancy Services, a Pharmaceutical
Regulatory Consultancy Services company where she advised Indian and global clients on selecting and
developing products for the regulated markets, guiding the client through the various stages of Product
Identification, Product Development, Clinical Trials, Bio-equivalents, Regulatory Processes, Tech
Transfers and ANDA / MA filings in the overseas markets. Her knowledge and expertise in the sector has
helped her develop excellent relationships with Pharma companies across the globe.
Amongst her recent achievements, she headed a CNS brand deal between MSN and Abbott.
She was also part of the team which recently closed the PIPE deal for Lyka
Laboratories, a listed entity.

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AARTI RAGHAVAN

President, Investment Banking

 

Aarti heads Quest’s Equity and M&A Advisory practice. She has over 14 years of experience and has closed over $10 billion worth of investment banking transactions. Having worked in Investment Banking both in New York and Mumbai, she brings a global understanding of how equity and M&A transactions are done. In her recent stint with SBI Capital Markets, she has worked on equity transactions across various sectors including Auto, BFSI Consumer, Power and Infrastructure, with clients ranging from Tata Group to the Government of India. Prior to this, Aarti was with Citigroup Global Markets, New York as a part of the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) Investment Banking team, working on Equity, Debt and M&A deals in the Insurance and Asset Management space.
Aarti completed her MBA from Stern School of Business, New York University and is a merit-ranked Chartered Accountant. She is also a qualified Cost Accountant and Company Secretary.

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