Prior to co founding Iron Pillar in January 2016, Sameer was an investment banker for 15 years, all with Citigroup. Iron Pillar is a venture capital fund focused on filling the gap for "mid stage" technology investments in India. It backs proven and visionary technology companies in the consumer and enterprise space post Series A. It actively partners with entrepreneurs and early stage investors to help companies by leveraging extensive experience in India, the US, China and SE Asia. The 6 person Iron Pillar team has 17 years of average experience and complementary skill sets in venture investing, M&A, operations and technology.
Sameer’s investment banking experience spans a wide spectrum of transactions across M&A, Equity / Debt Capital Markets and Private Equity Advisory. He was a Managing Director at Citi since 2010 and helped build market-leading franchises in M&A in India and Technology in India and globally. For the last 2 years, Sameer was responsible for leading Citi’s investment banking coverage for Private Equity and Industrials/Conglomerate clients throughout Southeast Asia. Prior to relocating to Singapore in January 2014, Sameer was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Citi in India, based in Mumbai. In that role, Sameer provided M&A leadership for Citi’s banking franchise in India. He was involved in the origination and execution of advisory transactions across all sectors, with a focus on large, cross-border deals including several Technology deals. Sameer led many landmark transactions in his 5.5 years in Mumbai, during which Citi was a consistent leader in the Indian M&A market.
Previously, Sameer spent 6 years in Technology investment banking in New York. He visited India regularly and worked on several market-shaping M&A deals, IPOs and Leveraged Buyouts in the US-India corridor. Sameer was also selected to spend a year working with the Co-Heads and COO of Citi Global Investment Banking on management and strategic initiatives. Sameer joined Salomon Smith Barney in New York in 2001. His prior experience from 1996 to 1999 was in strategy consulting at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, based in Washington, DC. Sameer has a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Middlebury College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude).