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MEET OUR TEAM

The Stratford House teams brings together some of the most experienced private equity fund investors in India who have managed over 60 funds and invested in over 20 funds.

Alagappan “Muru” Murugappan

Managing Partner

Muru has been investing in Indian assets for over 20 years. Prior to founding Stratford House, he was with CDC in London as Managing Director, Head of the Asia Funds business. He has also held senior roles in private equity and investment banking, based locally in India, including a stint at Actis, heading the infrastructure fund at UTI Capital, serving on the Board of ICICI Securities and heading the Indian operations of Cazenove whilst based both in the UK and in India.

He holds a masters degree in Law from Cambridge University.

JM Trivedi

Independent Member of the Advisory Committee

JM has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry, including over 20 years in private equity. JM currently serves on the Boards of Spring Energy and Hemas Holdings and is a Board trustee with Coro India. Previously he was the Head of South Asia for Actis, having worked with them for 20 years starting whilst the business was still within CDC. With Actis, he led a number of successful investments, most notably Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, UTI Bank, Sterling Hospital, Paras Pharmaceuticals, AVTEC, and IDFC.JM is a chemical engineer from IIT, Bombay, and holds a Diploma in Finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India.

JM is a chemical engineer from IIT, Bombay, and holds a Diploma in Finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India.

Piyush Jhawar

Partner

Piyush has led fund and direct investments in India and other markets for over 10 years. Prior to founding Stratford House, Piyush was Portfolio Director with CDC working with Asian funds and co-investments in Asia and Africa. Previously he was with UTI Capital, where he worked with Muru, and was responsible for private capital infrastructure investments in India. Piyush started his career in investment banking with Axis Bank, India.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calcutta and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Prachi Deedwania

Principal

Prachi is experienced in fund and direct investments and previously worked with CDC Asia Funds team and a Namibia based growth equity fund. She started her career with Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking division in India working on M&A, Debt and Equity Capital financing deals across various sectors. Prachi was part of the spun out team from CDC.

Prachi holds an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Sonia Lalwani

Associate

Sonia brings experience in research and analysis of Indian Companies from her prior work on buy-side equity with Pareto Capital and Purnartha Investment Advisers. She started her career as a Statutory Auditor with BSR & Co LLP, a member firm of KPMG.

Sonia holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Indira Ghandi National Open University and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India.