Binesh Balan (Arkstons Advisory) – BS 2020’s Most Innovative Entrepreneur to Watch

In this highly competitive world, we are surrounded by two kinds of entrepreneurs—leader is to inspire others and bring out the best in them and others who ultimately fail to execute their approach. Today’s Entrepreneur has to balance the team’s needs, stay relevant with industry, fulfill customers’ demands and achieve the defined goal. One such experienced, forward-thinking entrepreneur is Mr. Binesh Balan.

Retaining a rich experience of more than a decade in the Investment Banking industry, Mr. Balan brings in exemplary expertise across diversified areas including M&A, private equity & venture capital deals, and project finance.  He specializes in equity and debt syndication fundraising assignments, market entry strategies; JV’s, strategic tie-ups, and management consultancy specialized in GCC, Asian, and European markets.

“In a booming deal market, many corporates spend a vast amount of their time answering ‘if’ deals need to be initiated, whereas the focus should be on ‘when’ and ‘how’ to initiate and execute those deals to accelerate growth and create maximum sustainable value,” asserts Mr. Binesh Balan.

The Entrepreneurial Journey

Arkstons Advisory was incorporated in the year 2016 in Bahrain and in the year 2017 in London and an associate firm Oakcapita Advisory LLP in India in the year 2015 by Mr. Binesh Balan – Founder and Executive Director of Arkstons Advisory and Oakcapita Advisory.

Around the globe, most banks are slowly shrinking their operations significantly and to bridge the gap left by these giant banks, boutique investment banks are making an appearance and coming to the rescue. In such times, a customer needs seamless investment banking advisory services seeking in-depth strategic, investing, and financial expertise. This vacuum has formed because of the complex structure, large deal sizes, and uncertainty in regulating approvals which affect the execution risk highly and hence, investment banks are becoming the necessary pillar to support customers on these large transactions while also being aware of the current situation. The boutique M&A advisory firms run by Mr. Balan on which clients can rely for loyalty and the firm offers in-depth strategic, investing and financial expertise.

Mr. Balan has strategically opened offices in London and Bahrain, also there are numerous operational centers in the Middle East, Western Europe, and Southeast Asia. He has diversified company’s structure which specializes in cross-border M&A, capital raises advisory, joint venture advisory across major sectors and geographies. The company serves Manufacturing, Automobile, Industrial, Consumer Products, Real Estate, Retail, Pharmaceutical, and Healthcare among others. Till date, the Firms has served over a hundred clients in around fifty countries.

Unparalleled and Specialized Expertise

Mr. Balan has established Arkstons Advisory and Oakcapita Advisory as a leading firm in the finance and strategy space. He has ensured his company helps organizations solve critical issues and create opportunities to scale up growth and business. The Firm proffers a variety of strategic advisory solutions in due diligence, capital raising, equity offerings, debt syndications, and derivatives, ensuring exceptional services via its specialized investment banking solutions covering sell-side, buy-side, corporate restructuring, JV structuring or ad-hoc Consultancy engagements. Mr. Balan believes that there are certain key changes that could improve the industry platform.

Mr. Balan is constantly striving to position the company uniquely in the globalized market backed by its exceptional performance and unique services, hence gaining an edge over the competitors and surviving the big challenge.

Global Recognitions and Awards

Through the course of time, Mr. Balan’s firm have performed exceptionally and raised the benchmark in the Investment Banking space and has bagged numerous awards in their respective regions.

  • -Boutique Advisory Firm of the Year - 2020, at CorporateLiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2020
  • -Best Boutique M&A Advisory Firm in India - 2019, at M&A awards by Acquisition International
  • -Outstanding Debt and Equity Firm of the Year - 2019, at Corporate Excellence Awards 2019, by AI Global Media
  • -Excellence Award at Asian Arab Awards 2019 by Asian Arab Chambers of Commerce (AACC) in association with the Indian Economic Trade Organisation (IETO)

New Horizons

Mr. Balan is absorbed in unlocking new pathways by incorporating his expertise with customized digital-based solutions. He is ensuring that clients do not face any problem and with digital solutions, the process would become smoother for implementation and execution. By embracing the latest technology, he is steadily reducing the cost, time while streamlining the processes in a systematic manner to improve global collaborations and garner more deals.

Mr. Balan firmly believes in incorporating new technology to move forward and thereby, improve global collaborations, deliver data-driven insights, reduce costs, time and streamline the processes in a detail life cycle.

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