Foundation Holdings, a strategic global investment firm, has been created to enhance operational value for companies and IPOs in the healthcare, education and consumer sectors. Over the next five years the firm aims to invest around US$275 million across these sectors in India, fifty percent of the firms total US$550mn planned investments.
Heading the newly-created firm will be Founder and Chief Executive Officer Abhishek Sharma, who helped to lead IPOs for Amanat Holdings (listed at AED2.5 billion) and Al Noor Hospitals (voted best IPO transaction in the MENA region in 2013) on the Dubai Financial Market and London Stock Exchange respectively.
“We strongly believe the healthcare, education and consumer sectors will drive human capital, innovation and transformational opportunities for today’s youth across India and the GCC. Over fifty percent of the firm’s total planned investments will be deployed in India across these sectors in the next five years with a combined deal size of US$275mn.
“The majority of planned investments are also in partnership with family businesses who account for 70-80% of all large businesses in India.” said Sharma, a former financial analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers.
“The GCC and India are compelling markets for companies in these sectors, with exponential growth above par with the likes of the United States and Europe. Over one hundred merger and acquisition transactions, valued at US$27bn, recently took place in these sectors in India and the GCC alone. The Indian healthcare delivery market alone is expected to grow from US$75bn in 2015 to US$153bn in 2020. Combined, the Indian and GCC markets offer a US$ 4 trillion ecosystem, providing tremendous investment opportunities.
“These are the largest and fastest growing sectors in India and the GCC, and we’re entering a golden age. We are looking for the brilliant and motivated entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team with a clear vision of what they want to build and how they will create and transform our key markets,” he continued.
Joining Sharma will be a heavyweight Board of Directors and a high profile, influential advisory board who will offer strategic insight and specific sector knowledge. Investors and board members also include several of the world’s leading healthcare, education and consumer companies, in addition to prestigious family offices.