Non-performing assets (NPA), a euphemism for soured loans, have been weighing on Indian banks’ balance sheets for the past few years. The NPAs—which now hover around $150 billion—have crimped bank lending across sectors. This, in turn, has slowed new investments by the private sector and hurt overall economic growth.


July 25, 2018 | Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai
09.00am - 10.00am Registration & Networking
10.00am - 10.15amOpening address by
  • Jaideep Mehta - CEO, NewsCorp VCCircle
10.15am - 10.50am Panel Discussion I: One year of IBC—Taking Stock
Several provisions in the IBC have been criticised by bankers, investors and company promoters. Should these provisions be amended? How effective is the IBC in resolving NPAs? Also, how are ARCs faring since the IBC was rolled out? What difficulties are the ARCs facing and how can they tackle those issues?
  • Parth Gandhi - Managing Partner, AION Capital
  • Uday Bhansali - President Financial Advisory, Deloitte India
  • Anurag Das - Head, Blackstone India Stressed Assets Platform & CEO-Designate, IARC
  • S Salee - Chief General Manager (Stressed Assets Management), SBI
  • Bikash Jhawar - Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
  • Mohit Saraf - Senior Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices (Moderator)
10.50am - 11.10am Networking Break
11.10am - 11.40am Fireside Chat on Navigating the resolution process

  • Bikash Jhawar - Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
  • Rajiv Chandak - Partner – Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Deloitte India (Interviewee)
  • Ranjani R - Assistant Editor, News Corp VCCircle (Interviewer)
11.40am - 12.15pm Fireside Chat on Project Sashakt – A new approach to expedite resolutions
  • Supratim Sarkar - EVP & Group Head (PA & SF), SBI Capital Markets (Interviewee)
  • R K Bansal - MD & CEO, Edelweiss ARC (Interviewee)
  • Jaideep Mehta - CEO, News Corp VCCircle (Interviewer)
12.15pm - 01.05pm Panel Discussion II - Stressed assets investment opportunities and way forward
The segment has been drawing interest from many global investors as a large number of cases are getting referred to the National Company Law Tribunal. How do global investors perceive this segment? What are the rewards and opportunities for them? How successful are the investments through Partnerships?
  • Venkattu Srinivasan - Group Head of Asset Reconstruction & Structured Credit and Member of Executive Board, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited
  • Sharad Bhatia - Managing Director, Multiples Alternate Asset Management
  • Sumit Khanna - Partner & National Head Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Deloitte India
  • Amit Agarwal - Head-Stressed Assets Strategy, Edelweiss ARC
  • Apurva Jayant - Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
  • Mohit Saraf - Senior Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices (Moderator)
01.05pm - 01.15pm Closing Keynote

  • Shalil Gupta - CBO, News Corp VCCircle
01.15pm onwards Networking Lunch

02:30pm Close of Conference


Parth Gandhi

Managing Partner, AION Capital

Parth Gandhi is Senior Partner and Managing Director at AION India Investment Advisors Private Limited. Prior to that Mr. Gandhi was President of Private Equity at ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Limited. At ICICI Venture Mr. Gandhi was responsible for establishing the strategic partnership with Apollo and in developing AION Investment strategy.

Mr. Gandhi brings nearly two decades of investing experience in India. Over the course of his career, Mr. Gandhi has invested in multiple Indian as well as international companies. His investments have been in listed and unlisted companies in the form of equity, mezzanine and senior debt. Mr. Gandhi currently serves on the board of Aion Capital Partners, Aion Capital Management, Clix Capital and Clix Finance. Also in the past he has served on the boards of Varun Beverages, RJ Corp, Geometric Software Service Ltd and Mahindra Retail Pvt Ltd. In addition to his investment activities, Mr. Gandhi is a charter member of TiE Global (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and an active member of The Explorers Club and ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India). In previous jobs Mr. Gandhi was a Managing Director at Navigator Capital Advisors Limited and prior to that was a Consultant with Ernst and Young. Mr. Gandhi has an MBA from Michigan State University and a BE from University of Mumbai.

Mohit Saraf

Senior Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

Mohit heads the Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices at the Firm. With over 20 years of experience across sectors & industries, he has advised major global and Indian companies.

He has been recommended as one of Asia’s top 25 M&A lawyers; and was honored by ALB HOT 100 as one of the top performing lawyers. He has been awarded the ‘Shaurya Chakra’ (a national peacetime gallantry award by the Indian President, Mr. R. Venkatraman); and is also a recipient of various national & international awards and has been consistently ranked as a Band 1 M&A lawyer in Who’s Who Business Lawyers, Chambers Asia Leading Lawyers, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Practical Law Company.

Chambers & Partners describes him as “a dream lawyer for corporate transactions because he balances the legal and commercial aspects of a transaction”. IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate lists him as Leading Lawyer in Banking, Energy & Infrastructure, Project Development, M&A and Project Finance; while Asialaw lists Mohit, as a Leading Lawyer for Corporate M&A and Project Finance.

The RSG 2015 Report recognizes him as ‘Recommended by Clients’ for Corporate / M&A. Additionally, he has over 50 publications in various national & international journals and magazines like Financial Worldwide, Finance Yearbook by PLC, Economic Times, Business Standard, Financial Express, Powerline, Tele.net, India Infrastructure, India Business Law Journal and SIAC Yearbook.

He is also a visiting faculty at various law & management schools in India and is a regular speaker at various conferences.

Venkattu Srinivasan

Group Head of Asset Reconstruction & Structured Credit and Member of Executive Board, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

Sharad Bhatia

Managing Director, Multiples Alternate Asset Management

Sharad is a chemical engineer with a postgraduate degree in business management. He also attended the AMP at Insead, France.

Sharad has over 39 years of experience in the financial services industry, including the last 18 years in the area of distressed debt. He worked in various capacities with ICICI group, Kotak Mahindra group and Axis Bank and is presently in charge of investments in stressed assets at Multiples Alternate Asset Management Private Ltd. Before joining Multiples, he served as President-Stressed Assets at Axis Bank and as CEO at Phoenix ARC Private Limited, the ARC promoted by Kotak group.

He has served on the Boards of several leading corporates and is a regular speaker on issues relating to distressed debt and asset reconstruction.

Anurag Das

Head Stressed Assets Platform, Blackstone India & CEO-Designate, IARC

Mr. Das specializes in distressed and special situations investments, with a particular focus on Indian insolvency law and resolution. He has led secondary and private investments in some of the most complex global insolvencies across jurisdictions in North America, Europe, South Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. His experience since 1994 spans a range of industries across the capital structure of companies undergoing rescue, restructuring, turnarounds, and liquidation.

Earlier, Mr. Das was managing partner of Rain Tree Capital, an Asia-Pacific distressed investment specialist. Prior to Rain Tree, he was a managing director at King Street, a US$ 20+ billion AUM distressed and credit specialist, where he established and led the firm’s Asia-Pacific investment office in Singapore. Earlier, he worked on distressed, private credit, high yield and special situations, and mezzanine and Debtor-in-Possession investments with King Street and Perry Capital in New York, and Bain Capital Credit in Boston. He has also worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in SE Asia and India, and in distressed private equity and restructuring with GE Capital in India and the US.

Mr. Das has addressed distressed debt, insolvency, credit and turnaround industry events organized by Euromoney, INSOL, Citibank, CII, Assocham, etc. in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and India, and been a guest lecturer at Singapore Management University and the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women. He is an occasional expert columnist for Mint and CFO India, has submitted commentary and given expert testimony before the Indian Parliamentary Committees on the IBC and FRDI bills, guest lectured at a judicial colloquium, and serves on the Board of Governors of INSOL India.

Mr. Das received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BA Honors in PPE from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.Sc. Honors in Physics from the University of Delhi.

Sumit Khanna

Partner & National Head Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Deloitte India

Sumit Khanna joined Deloitte India as Head of Corporate Finance and Restructuring in February 2015. Sumit leads the Insolvency practice and is actively involved in overall execution of engagements. He was part of committee formed to develop regulation for Insolvency Process by Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Sumit has the experience of personally leading coverage of multiple sectors such as Metals & Mining - Natural Resources, Energy & Utilities and Consumer Market. Prior to joining Deloitte, he worked with PwC, Morgan Stanley India Company Private Limited and HSBC.

Sumit has a Master’s degree in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.