Vikram Desai


Vikram Desai

CPPIB India Advisors Private Limited

Vikram Desai (39) is Director of CPPIB India Advisors Private Limited, the Indian Advisor to the Toronto-based Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), which invests C$269 billion of assets of the Canada Pension Plan on behalf of over 18 million Canadian contributors and beneficiaries.

 Vikram joins CPPIB from VSG Capital Advisors, where we was responsible for launching CPPIB’s Mumbai office and building CPPIB’s India business by originating, evaluating, negotiating, and structuring transactions across asset classes.  He has been closely involved in the Canada Pension Plan’s investment commitments of over $1.4BN in India - including CPPIB’s investment into Kotak Mahindra Bank, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited (the unlisted roads/infrastructure subsidiary of Larsen and Toubro Ltd), the formation of CPPIB’s real estate joint ventures with Piramal Enterprises (residential) and the Shapoorji Pallonji Group (commercial), fund investments and numerous co-investments alongside CPPIB’s local General Partner’s.

 Prior to CPPIB/VSG, Vikram served as Managing Director / Managing Member of the Sparta Group LLC, a private investment office where he invested globally across asset classes and in individual securities, delivering investment returns in the top decile of comparably sized endowments and foundations with capital of over $500MM.

 Vikram’s 15+ years of global investment and transaction experience includes private equity investing at San-Francisco based FFL Partners, and Mergers & Acquisitions at the CSFB Technology Group, where he executed transactions in excess of $25BN.

Vikram is a BBA graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a Mumbai native.

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