Enabling entrepreneurs who are making the world carbon-free

Ostara Advisors is India’s first specialist investment banking firm focused on Electric Mobility and Sustainability.

We provide Fundraising and M&A solutions to companies and investors. We work with founders and investors who have a unique vision around building sustainable businesses.

We have built India’s best sector-focused global investor network for mobility and energy businesses, powered by our subject-matter expertise and thought-leadership in these sectors. We bring decades of experience in executing capital-raising strategies and crafting business combinations to drive win-win M&A outcomes for our clients.

The name is symbolic of the ‘dawn’ of sustainability in traditional industries and a growing focus on ‘lightening the carbon footprint’ across businesses

Focus Areas

OEM

Battery & Powertrain

Charging Networks & Technology

Financing Solutions

Fleets & Shared Mobility

Autonomous & Connected Mobility

Distribution & Aftermarket Solutions

Cold Chain & Supply Chain Solutions

New Materials & Sustainability

Recycling Technologies

Hydrogen & Renewable Energy

Decarbonization & Energy Storage

Industrial IoT & Automation

Energy Efficiency

Zero Waste Manufacturing

Smart Buildings

Driving Principles

We deliver results for our clients. We work with a long-term perspective supporting clients through multiple growth stages. We were the first investment bank to bring global mobility & sustainability focused investors into India. We are also known for bringing first-time strategic investors to our clients.

We provide unbiased advice rooted in our extensive domain knowledge and backed by our data driven approach. Our clients trust us to provide honest guidance and prioritize the client’s interests above all else.
We believe in thinking out of the box. Positioning these new-age businesses require breaking traditional Investment banking constructs. We bring a fresh perspective to each fundraise process, backed by our domain expertise and global investor network.
We are committed to being leaders in driving the transition to a sustainable economy. We actively identify innovative and impactful investment opportunities that align with our vision of a cleaner, greener future. Our clients rely on us for our domain expertise and thought leadership.

Advisory Board

Shailesh Vickram Singh

Climate Entrepreneur
& Investor
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R. 'Shanx' Ravisankar

Industry Expert – Financial Technology
and Cloud Solutions
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Subrat Panda

Investment
Banker
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Vasudha Madhavan

Marquee deals

Vasudha Madhavan

Founder & CEO

Vasudha is the founder of Ostara Advisors (formerly Dhruva Advisors) and is one of the first investment bankers in India to specialise in Electric Mobility, having advised clients in this space since 2017. She made her all-India M&A League Table debut in the top 20 in October 2018.

Vasudha has over 20 years of experience in Corporate & Investment Banking; with leading organizations like Citibank and ICICI Bank, as well as in boutique investment banking, based in Mumbai and Bangalore. Vasudha is responsible for having set up and expanded the ‘Private Equity & Hedge Fund’ coverage vertical for Citibank, India. She has also been part of Citibank’s Risk Management team for mid-size corporates, managing the bank’s lending decisions to a portfolio of companies in ITES, auto components, facilities management services, logistics, diversified manufacturing etc.

Vasudha is also a mentor at Aspire for Her, a unique organisation that enables women to join and stay in the workforce, through campus engagement, mentorships and skilling workshops. Their vision is to impact 1 million+ women and add $5B to India’s GDP through increased participation of women in the workforce by 2025.

Vasudha earned her MBA in Finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India and her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, India. She is also a certified Advanced Scuba Diver and enjoys photography, having held several solo and group exhibitions of her work.

Mukund Ranganathan

Partner

Marquee deals

Mukund Ranganathan

Partner

Mukund is a seasoned investment banker with 27 years of experience in advising companies on M&A and capital raising transactions. He has served most recently as Joint Managing Director at Motilal Oswal Investment Banking, where he worked from June 2014 to January 2021. During his career, he has facilitated over 70 strategic financial transactions including Motherson Sumi’s acquisition of PKC Group (Finland), sale of Aurangabad Electricals to Mahindra CIE, Siemens’ sale of Bangalore Airport, sale of Spicejet, Aegis’ acquisition of PeopleSupport (USA), sale of Air Deccan among others. Mukund has extensive experience in raising private equity funding as well as in the capital markets including IPOs, follow-on offerings, GDRs and ADRs for L&T Finance, Indostar, Dixon Technologies, Bharat Financial Inclusion, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro, GAIL, etc.

Mukund has earlier worked for 9 years at Edelweiss Financial Services and started his career in 1996 with a 9-year stint at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Ranganathan holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (1994) and a PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1996).

Shailesh Vickram Singh

Climate Entrepreneur and Investor

Shailesh Vickram Singh is founder of GoMassive, which is sponsor of Climate Angels Fund – a sustainability focussed VC fund which invests in the area of Agriculture, Mobility, Clean energy, Waste (plastics / water / sanitation) and sustainable built environment. It has made 13 investments so far in Climate Tech.  
 
He is also trustee of Massive Earth Foundation – a non profit which is running accelerators for UNEP (LowCarbon.earth), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and many other corporates.
 
Prior to starting Massive, Shailesh, with 20 years of investing experience, was an executive director with SeedFund ($54 mn fund), an early stage marquee  VC fund in India, Before SeedFund, Shailesh was  MD of a PE Fund ($170 mn). 
 
Shailesh is a regular speaker and has written extensively on Agriculture, Farmer income, Economics, Venture capital and entrepreneurship. Some of the notable events where Shailesh has been a speaker 
 
  • Financial Times Investing for Good, Hong Kong, 
  • UN regional Climate summit- Bangkok, 
  • SWITCH Asia Clear Air Summit Bangkok, 
  • ANDE Summit (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs), 
  • United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi, 
  • UNEP High level Dialogue series, Delhi, 
  • multiple events at Assocham, CII conferences, and at leading Institutes in India ( IIT Delhi, IIM Lucknow, IIT Kharagpur among others).
 
Shailesh’s articles are regularly published at leading newspapers of India including Economic Times, Times of India, YourStory, Inc42, Swarajya Magazine, MoneyControl etc and he is a regular feature at on various TV shows including  CNBC Awaaz, News24 etc on issues related to on Climate Investing, Venture capital and Entrepreneurship.
 
Shailesh has done his MBA from IIM Lucknow and B.Tech from GB Pant Univ.

R. 'Shanx' Ravisankar

Industry Expert – Financial Technology and Cloud Solutions

Shanx is a founding member and former CEO of Oracle Financial Services Software, (formerly known as i-flex Solutions, the company was acquired by Oracle in 2006). Shanx retired in 2011 as the Chief Operating Officer, Oracle Financial Services Global Business Unit (FSGBU). As a technology leader, he has also been profiled in leading trade and industry publications. In 2008, Shanx was selected as one of the 50 Outstanding Asian American business leaders. This accolade celebrates Asian business leaders and recognizes their pivotal roles in Corporate America. Shanx is an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and has an MBA in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

Subrat Panda

Investment Banker

Subrat Panda is a veteran investment banker with over 20 years of experience in leading Capital Market transactions. His specialities include Public offerings (initial and follow-on), QIP issuances, equity rights issuances, open offers, private equity, debt capital markets, due diligence, corporate finance, financial modelling, valuations and investor interactions. He is currently Director at Motilal Oswal Investment Banking in Mumbai. Prior to this, he was VP, Capital Markets at Tata Capital. He started his career with SBI Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of India’s largest bank where he headed the Equity Capital Markets team in Mumbai. He has extensive experience in advising large and medium companies in the Financials, Infrastructure and Energy sectors on domestic and international fund-raising and M&A strategies. Early in his career, he was also on a special assignment to State Bank of India (SBI) to set up their online banking platform. Subrat earned his MBA in Finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur and completed his B.Tech (Electrical Engg.) from College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar. Subrat enjoys mountaineering in the Himalayas in his leisure time.

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