Boutique investment banking firm Avendus has announced the first close of its Future Leaders Fund II with an aggregate commitment of INR 584 Cr ($78.5 Mn).
The category-II AIF registered fund is targeting to raise INR 750 Cr with a green shoe option of INR 500 Cr. The fund has a five year tenure with an option to extend it by another two years.
The fund will be used to invest in privately held, scaled up market leaders/emerging leaders and invest small minority stakes in their businesses. It will primarily focus on companies in the digital, consumption, and financial services segments.
Ritesh Chandra, Managing Partner, Avendus Future Leaders Fund said, “The fund is uniquely positioned to capitalise on the strengths of the Avendus ecosystem and participate in the value creation journey. With unparalleled access to marquee businesses and deep long-standing relationships with entrepreneurs, the fund seeks to invest behind market leaders and emerging leaders in the digital, consumption and financial services segments.”
Established in 1999, Avendus is a financial services firm with an emphasis on differentiated solutions in the areas of investment banking, wealth management, credit solutions, and asset management.
With regards to the profile of the investors, the company said that a majority of the large first fund investors have upsized their investments in the fund and saw participation from several large family offices.
Besides Avendus, venture capitalist firms like Stellaris Venture Partners and Chiratae Ventures, also announced closing of their funds earlier this month.
Aside from this, Freshworks founder Girish Mathrubootham along with Manav Garg, Shubham Gupta, Avinash Raghava also launched their own fund — the Together Fund — with an initial corpus of $85 Mn to back SaaS offering startups.