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The Ariston Group consists of a team comprising of highly skilled and experienced Investment Bankers, Management Consultants, Project Finance & Structured Finance Experts and Fund Managers.

Key Team Members

RAM KHANNA, Managing Director

Ram Khanna, a first generation entrepreneur, is the Founder and Managing Director of Ariston Capital Services Pvt. Ltd. Ram also played a pivotal role in the setting up of the Investment Banking practice. He has been responsible for deal origination and negotiation on terms & conditions with the Private Equity Funds on behalf of his clients. His roster of clients include private ports, logistics companies, port operators, manufacturing companies and players in the power generation sector. Apart from fund raising, he has been actively involved in advising his clients on corporate and financial restructuring, strategic alliances, business development and marketing strategies. Apart from fund raising, he has been actively involved in advising his clients on corporate and financial restructuring, strategic alliances, business development and marketing strategies. He started the Treasury Advisory practice over four years ago for some of the large corporate houses in India. On the Asset Management side, his core specialisation lies in strategic development and risk management. He continues to advise VHNI's & Corporate Treasuries on capital allocation and capital raising structures. Since graduating in Economics from the University of Texas , Ram has gained experience in the IT and financial services sector in both, India and the US.


SUNIL TANDON, Managing Director

Sunil is the Director and co-Promoter of the Ariston Group of Companies and is responsible for strategic advice in corporate development. A former Indian Administrative Service Officer, he has held senior positions in state and central governments, including Secretary to the Union Minister of State for Finance. His specialized areas of experience include setting up of large infrastructure projects (Airports, Railways, Expressways, Special Economic Zones), Project Management and Project Finance, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions and Public Administration, Public Private Partnership. and advising Corporates on risk mitigation strategies for large projects. He also advises Corporates on organization development strategies and HR issues. Mr.Tandon has worked as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in some of the best infrastructure companies/Projects in India. He has been credited with initializing and successfully implementing several large Public Private Partnership Projects in India. With over 30 years of work experience in the private sector and in the government, Mr. Tandon's experience spans the entire spectrum from policy formulation to implementation of policy. Mr. Tandon has worked in Government of India and with the State Governments of Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Orissa advising them on Public-Private Partnerships. He has also served as Deputy Secretary/Director in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He has also worked with other governments, such as UK, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Czech and Slovak republics and others. He has worked with CDC (UK), DANIDA, NORAD, SIDA, Ministry of Development Co-operation (Netherlands), Multilateral organizations like IFC and ADB and International FIs/Banks like KFW, ABN Amro, HSBC and Deutsche Bank, Stanchart Grindlays and others. He has excellent contacts and good working relationships with key government officials and multilateral and private sector communities. He has presented papers in national and international seminars for promoting PPP projects. He has a Masters in Business Administration, from Strathclyde Business School , UK with specialization in Financial Management


MONIKA BHATKHANDE, Chief Executive Officer

Monika is the CEO for the Ariston Group and is responsible for its day-to-day operations. She also plays a key role in business development and strategic initiatives. She joined Ariston at its nascent stage and has been instrumental in growing the company and streamlining operations. Prior to joining Ariston, she has worked both in the European Union and in India. In Europe she has assisted in Public Affairs and Government Relations campaigns for global majors such as Microsoft, Nike, Merck Vaccines, Hoffman La-Roche and the Vaccine Fund. In India she has handled communication strategies and investor relations for clients including SKF India, Novartis, Monsanto, Zydus Cadila. Her forte lies in strategic communications. After graduating with honours in Economics from St. Xavier's (Mumbai University), she has Mastered in Business Communications in Brussels.


Austin J. Newton, Vice President - Technology

Austin heads the Technology practice at the Ariston Group and manages Special Projects covering system design and risk management. Austin was previously Vice President Quantitative Design with the California based Money Management Group (MMG). At MMG, Austin was involved with creating distributed testing platforms for trading strategies. He has also worked with Logical Information Machines, Inc., a leading software provider for sophisticated historical market research.


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