Ironwood Capital Partners is a Private Equity General Partner incorporated to manage dedicated country funds for Sri Lanka. The Fund will give Sri Lankan firms access to much needed capital for growth and expansion, as well as leverage managerial, operational and strategic know-how along with access to regional networks to benefit those companies.
Meet the Team
Steven’s private equity career has spanned 20 years, of which the last 7 years were as a Partner in Actis, a leading emerging markets private equity player. He has significant experience across all deal types including expansions, MBOs, MBIs, start-ups and led the development of buy-out markets in both India and Sri Lanka. Steven has participated in multiple private equity fund raises over a 15-year period, raising $4.5 Billion. His detailed track record includes $320 Million invested in 40 businesses over a 20-year period. His Sri Lankan track record includes building and developing a high-quality General Partner team and investing more than $39 Million across a range of businesses. Today, Steven is CEO of Hemas Holdings PLC and a Non-Executive Director at CIC Holdings. He has a BSc in Economics from Queens University Belfast, is a qualified Accountant, and has a Master’s in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Mayank Parekh is the Founder & CEO of M Venture Partners and M Capital Management, a “Seed” venture capital company based in Singapore focused on Southeast Asia and India. Prior to launching MVP and MCM, Mayank was the Founder of Grange Partners, the brand of a proprietary private investment family office that made investments in the mid-cap and small-cap sectors across Southeast Asia, USA, and Sri Lanka. With a ~15-year investment track record (and over 40 angel, venture capital, and private investments), his sector experience includes Financial Services, Healthcare, Education, Telecom, F&B / Retail, and Consumer IoT/Tech. Prior to establishing Grange Partners, he was Partner & Managing Director at Southern Capital Group, a pan-Asian mid-cap leveraged buyout fund. Formerly, Mayank spent close to a dozen years at McKinsey & Company, where he departed as Managing Partner of the Singapore office. He also helmed McKinsey’s Corporate Finance group in Southeast Asia. Out of close to 30 years of professional experience, Mayank has spent about 24 years in the Asia-Pacific region. During this time, he has built a broad network of industry leaders, business owners, professional executives, advisors, family offices, and financial sponsors. Mayank earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and his BA with Distinction from Hamilton College.
Hiran has 12 years of experience in investment banking and strategy consulting with Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, and York Street Partners. More recently at York Street Partners – a Sri Lanka focused boutique investment bank – he has been the lead advisor on several large foreign Private Equity transactions in Sri Lanka. During his time at Goldman Sachs, Hiran worked on transactions with several top tier Private Equity firms including TPG, Apax, Investcorp and Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area. He has executed several billion dollars’ worth of M&A transactions in Europe. At McKinsey, Hiran advised the CEOs and Boards of some of the Top 5 banks in the Middle East on their most important strategic transactions. He led the day-to-day teams and focused his work on the areas of corporate strategy, organisation structure, and new business development. Hiran received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MEng (Hons) from the University of Oxford.