Saurabh Bhat, an enterprising and high achieving veteran of the Indian financial services sector has joined Venus India Asset-Finance Private Limited as its CEO and a member of the board of directors.
Prior to joining Venus, he was the CEO and Director at Ambit Finvest Limited, an NBFC which was part of the Ambit Group and which focused on structured lending in mid-market and SME space. At Ambit, Saurabh was instrumental in growing the asset book through several structured transactions, launching the debt syndication business for Ambit as well widening the liability profile for the NBFC through banking and other capital market limits.
Prior to joining Ambit, Saurabh was the Senior President & Managing Director - Development and Sustainable Banking (DSB) at YES Bank and part of the Management Committee of YES Bank.
He has over 17 years of experience in various capacities in leading organizations like Calyon Bank, Citibank, Rabobank, and ICICI Limited.
Saurabh is also a Visiting Faculty at premier MBA Institutions including IIM Lucknow and XLRI Jamshedpur. Saurabh holds an MBA Degree in Finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur, a B.Tech (Chemical) from IIT Bombay and M.S from University of Wyoming, USA.
Venus Capital founder and CEO, Vik Mehrotra says, “We are excited to have an experienced and results oriented professional like Saurabh join the NBFC as its CEO who will help take the firm to the next level.”
Venus India Asset-Finance Private Limited is the investment vehicle through which the Venus India Structured Finance Fund invests in the Indian market
Venus has global reach with local knowledge. Venus has been investing in India, since 1994 and is one of the earliest FII’s. Over the years, Venus has invested over a $1B in India and is recognized for its low risk strategies.