In a captivating and informative conversation on the NewsX A-List series, Uday Pratap Singh sat down with Adhiraj Mehra and Drishti Pahwa, the dynamic duo behind AMDP Advisors, to discuss their remarkable journey in the world of investment banking, the significance of ethical practices in their work, and the promising sectors poised for growth in 2023.
AMDP Advisors, a boutique investment bank founded by Adhiraj Mehra and Drishti Pahwa, has gained significant prominence within the financial sector. Their clientele includes a diverse range of investors, comprising private equity funds, venture capitalists, early-stage funds, high-net-worth individuals (HNIs), and prominent family business conglomerates, both in India and on the international stage. This interview delves into their entrepreneurial journey, their commitment to ethical banking, and the exciting sectors that are expected to flourish in the Indian market in 2023.
Adhiraj Mehra, one of the co-founders of AMDP Advisors, shared insights into the company’s name and philosophy: “AMDP, as it stands for Adhiraj Mehra, Drishti Pahwa, the company is named after us, and the simple reason you never do anything unethical when your name is involved, at least we try to.” This emphasis on ethics underscores the core principles upon which AMDP Advisors has been built.
Headquartered in Delhi, AMDP Advisors prides itself on its sector-agnostic approach. They engage with a wide spectrum of industries, ranging from the fundamental, such as agriculture, to the cutting-edge, like the Metaverse space within the AEC industry. Their investment thesis is anchored in necessity-based businesses, collaborating with ethical promoters, and, significantly, endorsing profitable business models that are poised for sustained growth.
Drishti Pahwa illuminated the crucial role of investment bankers, likening them to the steadfast shoulders upon which the weight of intricate deals rests: “The I-banker does all the dirty work. You know, all the difficult things which investors and promoters cannot talk about directly. Those are the things that we have to communicate.” She underscored that the role of an investment banker transcends the mere creation of business plans and pitch decks, extending into a deep understanding of investors’ mindsets and the skill to harmonize their vision with that of the company.
Adhiraj Mehra added his perspective on the evolving landscape of investments, highlighting a return to fundamental business principles in the post-Covid era: “I’m very happy that things have moved back to the traditional form of business. Again, the wave has come where investors are looking at profitable business models.” This shift has been facilitated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s transformative initiatives, which have made Indian entrepreneurs more appealing to global investors. Foreign investors are increasingly seeking collaborations with Indian companies, marking a significant transformation in the investment landscape.
When queried about the sectors and companies that demand attention in 2023, Adhiraj Mehra offered a comprehensive list. Among the highlights were untapped markets like sports and consumer tech, innovative enterprises such as InstaAstro, and traditional ventures exemplified by Devdutt Foods. He also touched upon the contemporary buzzword, the Metaverse, emphasizing a tangible Metaverse company op
In the end, Drishti Pahwa sharing invaluable advice for aspiring investment bankers. She underscored the necessity for patience, as deal-making can be intricate and time-consuming, and the importance of blending IQ and EQ to comprehend the complexities of investors’ decisions.
The interview with Adhiraj Mehra and Drishti Pahwa of AMDP Advisors provided deep insights into the realm of investment banking, ethical practices, and the exciting opportunities and challenges facing India’s financial sector in 2023. Their steadfast commitment to ethical banking and their diverse portfolio render them influential players in India’s ever-evolving financial landscape. As the financial sector continues to evolve, their innovative approach and unwavering ethics set a formidable example for the industry as a whole.
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