He has experience and expertise in several local and international transactions in private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, inbound and outbound investments, debt financing, general corporate and transaction advisory matters. He has advised global funds, financial institutions, family offices, promoters and corporates across healthcare, technology, financial services and fin-tech, auto components, agri-biz and social impact sectors.
Manav has a particular expertise in impact and social investing in India and has also worked extensively with foundations and philanthropic organisations in grant making and patient capital social sector investing.
Manav also has expertise and experience in investment funds and has assisted in setting up several Alternative Investment Funds across Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3 in India.
Manav has been consistently ranked by Chambers & Partners and is currently ranked in for Private Equity and in Corporate M&A with the 2021 Guide stating that “Manav Nagaraj handles a full range of private equity and venture capital deals, across sectors such as finance, healthcare and food. A source describes him as “a tremendous support on transactions, who gives very pragmatic and invaluable commercial counsel and guidance.” The Guide also states that “Viewed as “extremely thorough and professional” by clients, Manav Nagaraj can bring his knowledge of venture capital and investment structuring to bear on corporate matters. A previous edition has stated that “He does not raise small and irrelevant points, only commercially worthy points.” “Manav gives 100% of his time and energy in supporting us in all transactions. He is very proactive and sticks to timelines.”
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Amansa Capital and Jungle Ventures – Advised Amansa and Jungle in the Series E investment of USD 125 million in Fintech Blue Solutions Private Limited.
Winter Capital – Advised Winter Capital in its investment into Moneyview as part of the USD 75 million funding round.
Garagepreneurs Internet Private Limited (Slice) – Advised Slice (one of the unicorn in the fintech space) on a USD 220 plus million fundraising. The transaction involved both primary investment as well as multiple secondary transactions and involved drafting and negotiation of transaction documents with multiple investors (both existing and new investors).
Lightrock – Advised Lightrock group in its exit from Lithium Urban Technologies
Vogo Automotive – Advised Vogo Automotive and its founders in the sale of 100% of the company to Chalo
Smartshift Logistics Solutions Private Limited (Porter) – Advised Porter on a USD 100 million fundraising. The transaction involved drafting and negotiation of transaction documents with multiple investors (both existing and new investors) and other stakeholders.
Lightrock – Advised Lightrock as part of the USD 270 million fund raise by Dunzo Digital
Asia Impact Investment– Advised Asia Impact Investment as part of the USD 60 million investment round in Agri Tech firm Arya.ag.
Lightrock – Advised Lightrock in the Series B fund raise of approximately Rs 1000 cr in CredAvenue.
Quona Capital– Advised Quona Capital in its investment in Rupifi.
Alpha Wave (Falcon Edge)- Acted for Alpha Wave (Falcon Edge) for its investment in Esco Global and in its investment in Classplus.
Nabler – Advised the promoters of Nabler in the sale of 100% of the company to Brainlabs UK
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Bar council of Karnataka
B.A, LL.B (Hons), National Law School of India, Bangalore
Band 3 Lawyer for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity by Chambers and Partners 2022
Leading Lawyers for Corporate & M&A at the Legal Era Awards, 2022
Among the Top 100 Lawyers in the Forbes, India, Legal Powerlist, 2021
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