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Who he is
Japan Vyas is an MBA in Finance and a graduate in Commerce and Accountancy by qualification. He brings a holistic and measured approach having worked with promoters and businesses since the past 15 years, across the financial services spectrum in private equity, project and structured finance, corporate banking and credit risk and control. He is amongst the very few private equity professionals in the country who has experienced the entire fund life cycle – from fund raising to creating liquidity events and following it up with a second fund raise. Besides investments, he has an in depth understanding of funds structuring, rupee fund raising, deal structuring and portfolio monitoring.
In his last stint as Director – Investments at IDFC Investment Advisors, he was instrumental in setting up their alternative investment practice and scaling it up to an AUM of Rs. 850 crore over a period of 4 years. He successfully raised and managed two funds investing in private and public equity – Hybrid Infrastructure Portfolio (HIP) in 2009 of Rs. 450 crore focusing on infrastructure opportunities and SPICE fund in 2012 of Rs. 400 crore focusing on consumption and infrastructure opportunities.
Japan has been serving as a Board member / Observer with investee companies, helping with interventions in business development, capital structuring, fund raising and investor relationships. Some of his key investments include One97 Communications, V A Tech Wabag, Ratnakar Bank, NSE, Trent, Indusind Bank among others.
When Japan is not involved with Sixth Sense’s investee companies, he looks for other avenues where he can take risks. Like river rafting in the Ganges and the Zanskar at an altitude of 10,000 feet – without knowing how to swim! Or staying in self pitched tents in sub-zero temperatures on the banks of Tso Moriri, Tso Kar and Pangong. And if that were still not enough, he also admits to being an ardent Manchester United supporter!