Basil has developed a reputation within the technology community in SE Asia, India and USA for funding, growing and successfully exiting tech and tech related businesses.
Rajeev has over 25 years of global operating and investing experience in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Rajeev founded Basil Partners as a Family Office in 2008 which has invested, and co-invested on behalf of other HNIs and Family Offices, in over 16 high growth IT Services companies. Basil & the co-investors have exited from 6 of these investments at returns of between 2x – 6x.
Prior to Basil Partners, between 2006 and 2008, Rajeev was an Angel Investor in 6 companies via Basil International Investments Ltd. Prior to this, as co-Founder and CEO, Rajeev built Apar Infotech Corp into a USD 78m Enterprise Value company between 1996 and 2003. He raised two rounds of venture capital from Insight Capital and Warburg Pincus Ventures and guided Apar through a merger with Ness Technologies, Inc. in 2003. Rajeev was on the Board of Directors & Executive Management of Ness and, in 2004, was also actively involved in Ness’ IPO (NASDAQ listing). The merger with Ness and subsequent IPO provided excellent returns to both Insight Capital Partners (IRR 89%) and Warburg Pincus (25% IRR). Prior to co-founding Apar, Rajeev worked with IGATE as the Director & Head of Asia Pacific Operations and as a Project Manager in TCS across Mumbai, Singapore, and New Jersey.
Rajeev possesses a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and a Masters in Management Studies from Bombay University.
Soma is CEO of Basil Technology Partners Pte. Ltd. She is a veteran of the Asian private equity market with special focus on knowledge-based industries, including technology and tech enabled services and Secondaries private equity investing. She was instrumental in ideating and structuring the spinout of Basil into an independent GP and Fund.
Prior to Basil, Soma was founding Partner and CEO at a secondaries focused private equity firm in Singapore with USD 500m+ AUM. She was previously a Partner with Credit Suisse Private Equity Asia (CSPEA), and was responsible for originating and advising on opportunities in India and Asia, as well as working on strategic fund-raising related initiatives at CSPEA.
Soma’s major stint prior to CSPEA was with GE Equity, initially as a key member of GE Equity’s India team, and later leading GE Equity’s India private equity initiative. She worked closely with the Asia Pacific business, with a focus on pan Asian transactions which included GE’s marquee and investments in various Technology Services and media companies.
Soma has also spent time at a leading investment bank in India, where she established and led their Financial Sponsors Group. Soma started her career with HSBC and during her 21+ years of covering the Asian financial and private equity space, Soma has originated and managed several investments through their life cycle.
Soma’s deep experience related to value maximization and scaling of growth companies is adding momentum to the Basil portfolio companies while she also brings in institutional best practices for the Basil Teams’ future operations and expansion strategy.
Soma holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Sameer has over 23 years of experience in the IT Industry with focus on Global Business Development, Alliances, Marketing & Analyst Relations and Strategy for IT Products & Services. At Basil Partners, Sameer is involved in working closely with the portfolio companies to help drive their growth strategies, including identifying, screening and carrying out due diligence on potential M&A targets.
Sameer is currently on the Board of Directors of Apar Technologies, Accion Labs, GAVS Technologies and Relevance Lab. He was on the Advisory Board of CIGNEX Datamatics, Endeavour Technologies, Netscribes and Neev Technologies (all successful exits for Basil).
Prior to joining Basil Partners on a dedicated basis, he represented the Basil team at Powerdesk Technologies as Global Director - Sales & Marketing. He was responsible for conceptualizing and launching a patented IT Product to reduce Operational Expenses of Enterprises across Power, Space and IT Security. Prior to this, Sameer was at Ness Technologies where he was responsible for Strategy & Business Development for the UK SBU, Global Pre-sales & as an Offshore Evangelist. Prior to that he was Head, Apar Consulting Solutions Division – Asia-Pac based in Singapore. He has also worked for Parametric Technologies and Wipro Infotech.
Sameer possesses a Bachelor in Engineering (Computers) and a Masters in Management Studies from Mumbai University.
In his capacity as Senior Advisor to Basil, Sanjiv helps in the Financial, Governance and Operations support to the Basil and Basil Portfolio companies, including assistance in M&A.
Prior to his role at Basil, Sanjiv was a Senior VP – Finance and Operations at Ness Global Services Group. He oversaw the controller, treasury, finance and operations at Ness Global Services Group’s businesses in India, the United States, the United Kingdom and in Singapore. Sanjiv had been part of the core team during the integration of Ness and Apar Infotech in 2003-04. Prior to joining Apar Infotech in 2000, Sanjiv was a part of the core team at Sandoz, Novartis and Syngenta. He has worked in various positions relating to Corporate and Divisional Finance, Budgeting and Planning strategies, Supply Chain Management, MIS and M&A exercises over a period of 14 years.
A Cost Accountant, Sanjiv received a Masters in Management Studies degree from Mumbai University.
Richa Dsouza is an investment associate at Basil Technology Partners. She is actively involved in the valuation process of the portfolio companies and is responsible for portfolio quarterly reporting, as well as compliance oversight.
Prior to joining the firm, Richa was a Senior Research Associate at D.A. Davidson where she assisted in the equity research coverage of companies within the Real Estate sector. Prior to D.A. Davidson, Richa worked as a Credit Portfolio Analyst at Citigroup and her role entailed the management and analysis of the Institutional Client Group’s Latin America and Energy sub-portfolios.
Richa graduated from The University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, and is a CFA® charterholder.
Prashant assists in all activities related to finance, accounts, regulatory compliance, audits, treasury and due diligence for acquisitions and valuation.
Prior to Basil, Prashant was involved in Internal Audits & Risk Management for industries such as Retail, Healthcare, Shipping, Hospitality & Telecom.
Prashant is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Treasury Manager and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Baldev is responsible for facilitating cross-selling opportunities in the Basil portfolio. Based out of Mumbai, Baldev actively engages with the portfolio companies to understand their clients and their service offerings. This process aids in the analysis of each company’s existing technology landscape and helps identify potential solutions and partnerships that the other Basil portfolio companies can provide.
In addition to this role, Baldev has also assisted with Sales & Marketing initiatives at Apar Technologies, in the Middle East, since 2016.
Baldev holds a Bachelor in Management Studies (Finance) and a Masters in Business Administration (Marketing) from Mumbai University.