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IT Services – Q1 FY 2018 – Accenture’s Recent M&A History

In our effort to make sense of the IT Services business beyond the visa debate that is pervasive on the airwaves, we wanted to look at a notable powIn our effort to make sense of the IT Services business beyond the visa debate that is pervasive on the airwaves, we wanted to look at a notable powerhouse in the services ... show more

Merisis partnered fintech startup Open raises $250k from PayU India’s Amrish Rau & Jitendra Gupta

Open will launch its platform in August and offer digital banking, bookkeeping, invoicing and other services to micro-entrepreneurs. PayU India CEO Amrish Rau and managing director Jitendra Gupta have together invested $250,000 in Bengaluru-based fintech startup Open, which is set to offer digital banking, bookkeeping, invoicing and other services to micro-entrepreneurs. The capital will be used for branding and expansion of the 12-member team, said Anish Achuthan, who ... show more

Consumer Spotlight Q3 FY 2016 – M&A and Private Equity Perspective on the Consumer Sector in India

Continuing with the initiative of covering the Consumer Sector on a quarterly basis, Merisis Advisors presents – “Consumer Spotlight Q3 FY 2016”. The Newsletter provides commentary on the M&A and Private Equity Perspective on the Consumer Sector in India for Q3 FY2016. ​We studied some interesting trends, useful to both the consumer companies as well as the Investor community. We decided ... show more

Late stage funding dries up for startups

Late-stage money for many startups in the country is drying up, with Series B and C funding down about 25-30 per cent over last year, according to investment banking firm Merisis Advisors. Investors are now instead looking at more early-stage (seed and Series A) investments. “Many of the start-ups have a long gestation period and high burn rate. A shake-down ... show more

ShopClues plans acquisition spree to accelerate expansion

Online shopping platform ShopClues.com is looking to invest close to $50 million in either buying stakes or acquiring as many as eight start-ups to accelerate expansion in India’s fast-growing e-commerce market. The company, which is in the market to raise fresh funds, has kept aside close to $20-25 million in cash for the investments. The acquisitions will be largely stock-driven ... show more

Consumer Spotlight Q2 FY 2017 – M&A and Private Equity Perspective on the Consumer Sector in India

Continuing with the initiative of covering the Consumer Sector on a quarterly basis, Merisis Advisors presents – “Consumer Spotlight Q2 FY 2017”. The Newsletter provides commentary on the M&A and Private Equity Perspective on the Consumer Sector in India for Q2 FY 2017. We studied some interesting trends, useful to both the consumer companies as well as the Investor community. ... show more

Venture capitalists add tough riders to fund-raising pacts

VC investors have chosen to protect their capital through downside protection clauses such as so-called liquidation preference (LP), which comes into play when a firm gets sold. Photo: iStockPhoto   Mumbai: Venture Capital (VC) funds have invested billions of dollars in Indian start-ups in the last two years, often at seemingly outlandish valuations. But as valuations have risen, investors have ensured ... show more

Consumer Spotlight Q2 FY 2016 – M&A and Private Equity Perspective on the Consumer Sector in India

As you are probably aware, Merisis Advisors has a dedicated team focused on fund raising and M&A in the Consumer Sector. Merisis Advisors “Consumer Spotlight” newsletter provides commentary on the M&A and Private Equity perspective on the Consumer Sector in India for Q2 FY2016. We studied some interesting trends, useful to both the consumer companies as well as the Investor ... show more

Role of I-Bankers in Consumer Internet and Enterprise Startups

We get asked this question all the time – so let me try and answer this in as objectively as I can. An investment banker is one who brings cross-functional expertise and experience of working with numerous companies on their problems & strategies to the entire process of fund-raising and M&A. He takes up the role of a project management ... show more

Close to 900 funding deals to be inked in 2015

As many as 890 funding deals are expected to be signed in the telecom, media and technology space (TMT) in India this year, up from 515 deals last year, a Merisis Advisors report says. According to the report, a bulk of these deals (580) is expected to be in the under $1 million category while those above $10 million and ... show more

TMT Bankers in Demand – Increasing Trend of using Investment bankers in Technology Deals

There is an increasing trend of using investment bankers for technology deals in India. This was shared by Fazal Ahad, co-founder Merisis Advisors in a conversation with Stuti Roy of PTI. Merisis Advisors is a leading TMT investment banking advisory firm which has carved a name for itself in a short period of time with iconic client names in this ... show more

How startups can save their employees from the nasty side of M&As

Employees who decide to work for a startup are a different breed. They don’t work just to complete their targets, they work for their company’s growth. This growth in turn translates into their own growth, because at a startup the learning opportunities are immense and success comes quickly when grabbing such opportunities. However, uncertainty always looms large over their jobs ... show more

Kwench to raise $4-5 million, with eye on US market

Employee engagement firm Kwench to raise $4-5 million as it looks to enter the US market and double revenue to Rs.50 crore by March 2016. The company, which expects Rs.100 crore revenue in the next 24 months, will also expand to the UK, Europe and South-East Asia during this period, co-founder Krishnan Madhabushi said. Last month, Kwench received $500,000 as a ... show more

Investment activity in the Technology sector in 2013

Greetings for the day!! As you are probably aware, Merisis Advisors has a dedicated team focused on fund raising and M&A in the Technology sector. As part of our internal intelligence work, we spent time recently in understanding the key investment trends in the Technology sector in 2013 – with the expectation that this would give us a heads up ... show more

Merisis Advisors is now a member of Alliance of International Corporate Advisors (AICA)

Merisis is now member of AICA (www.aoica.com) an integrated global network of middle-market advisory & finance firms and has access to 37 firms across 25 countries. For more information, click here.

Cross Border Expertise

Merisis is now member of AICA (www.aoica.com) an integrated global network of middle-market advisory & finance firms and has access to 37 firms across 25 countries. The synergy with AICA is its Middle-Market Focus – its member firms are committed to middle market companies with enterprise value between US $5MM-$200MM. Merisis is now able to offer its clients a Global Reach – AICA is ... show more

IT Services – Q3 FY 2017 Update – Merisis Advisors

This is the first of our continuing series of newsletters focused on technology services. We began our coverage at a very important inflexion point in the world economy. In 2008, the invisible hand of the market, greed, poor regulations etc. were put to blame – a lot of amorphous, complex, nebulous, anonymous causes were collectively & individually blamed without clear ... show more