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May 28, 2007

"PE deal sizes set to grow": Goldman Sachs India CEO

Economic Times has an interview with L. Brooks Entwistle, Head of Goldman Sachs India.
So far, private equity deals have been small in nature, but we see larger transactions on the horizon as investors start to partner with Indian corporates to realise global ambitions.

...Acquisition financing is a core part of what we do, and we can provide that financing in a number of ways depending on the client and the situation. We commit our balance sheet, we syndicate financing, provide private equity and underwrite public market financing. Very few firms can do all of these things. By getting this mix right, we are delivering superior client service and by adding more value. It is a part of our commitment as a financier, advisor and investor.

How much has Goldman already invested through the private equity route? A year ago, you had put a figure of $1 billion on possible investments.

The $1 billion we referred to early last year was a 2-3 year target and we are already over half the way there in terms of private equity deployed and put to work in India. I think that the pace of investment will only accelerate.

Arun Natarajan is the Founder & CEO of Venture Intelligence, the leading provider of information and networking services to the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India. View free samples of Venture Intelligence newsletters and reports.