Rohit Shiralkar

Director, London

Rohit Shiralkar

Director, London

“The combination of the firm’s focused strategy and ability to attract the best talent from both a sector and execution perspective, has underpinned Arma’s success”

Joined Arma Partners in 2014. Previously worked for Capital Strategy Corporate Finance, a technology M&A advisory boutique in London and began his career in investment banking with Lehman Brothers in London. He has also previously worked in engineering roles in the US, Japan and India. Rohit holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

On joining Arma

I had been working in the tech M&A field prior to Arma, and being in the same industry, had been aware of Arma’s growth. Arma had witnessed strong growth from 2010 to 2014 and had broken away from the pack to become the leading tech M&A advisor in Europe. 2014 in particular had been a stellar year for the firm, and they had done a number of landmark deals in European tech that year. That is when I realised that if I wanted to make a career in tech M&A in Europe, Arma was the place to be. After meeting with the people here, talking to them about deals that they had done and their vision for the future, it was clear that this was the ideal platform for someone like me and I wanted to be a part of the growth journey that Arma was on.

Technology

Arma’s strategy in terms of the sectors, type of clients and the size of deals it has chosen to focus on has been a key driver of its success. This is of course only made possible by attracting and retaining people of the highest calibre which includes those with sector expertise as well as execution skills. We have a number of people that have honed their skills at bulge-bracket investment banks who joined Arma because of the attractiveness of the platform. At the same time, we have people from consulting and industry backgrounds. The vision of the Partners has been key in driving the strategy of the firm and making sure we hire the right talent.

Who we work with

Working across a wide range of companies in terms of sizes and geographies, and across sectors and themes within tech is what makes it really interesting. As software is eating the world, every company is becoming more and more tech-enabled, giving rise to newer business models that did not even exist a few years ago. The pace of change in this sector is incredible, and this means that the clients you work with are changing and reinventing themselves all the time in order to stay competitive. What this means for a banker like me is that you are constantly working with different companies that are presented with different challenges. For example, you might be working with a large, mature, diversified publicly listed technology company at one moment while at the same time advising a founder-owned cool start-up that is experiencing breakout growth. Our ability to be flexible and adapt to the situation is what makes us unique.