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Equirus hires Veda Corp’s Abhishek Gupta to head healthcare vertical

Mumbai-based investment bank Equirus Capital Pvt. Ltd has appointed Veda Corporate Advisors Pvt. Ltd’s Abhishek Gupta as a director.

“The healthcare space has seen lot of traction over the past two years, especially in the mid-market segment and with Abhishek coming on board, Equirus will become a dominant player in this segment,” said Ajit Deshmukh, head, investment banking, and managing director, Equirus Capital.

Gupta, an 18-year industry veteran, will head the investment bank’s healthcare and pharmaceuticals vertical, Equirus said in a statement. Besides healthcare, Gupta has dabbled in the manufacturing, infrastructure, dairy, food and restaurants sectors.

According to VCCEdge, the data and research platform of News Corp VCCircle, the healthcare space in India has so far seen 21 private investments and 38 merger and acquisition deals valued at $415.7 million and $692.3 million, respectively, this year.

Gupta holds an engineering degree from IIT Roorkee, a master’s degree in business administration from IIT Kharagpur and a diploma in corporate law. In the early days of his career, he was associated with EY, ICICI Bank and Larsen & Toubro.

Equirus Capital, which was founded in 2007, has handled over 119 transactions across merger and acquisition, capital raising and repeat business deals with marquee clients, the statement said.

It has also launched a portfolio management service, which will focus on a niche segment of clients through tailor-made portfolios, Ajay Garg, founder and managing director at Equirus, had told VCCircle earlier this year.

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