About the author

TIMMY KANDHARI

MANAGING DIRECTOR 

Sapphire Professional Services Pvt. Ltd.

timmy.kandhari@sapphire-pro.co.in

Qualifications

Bachelors of Commerce, Punjab University

Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Industry Expertise

  • Entertainment & Media
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • IT/ITES
  • Industrial and
  • Consumer

 EXPERIENCE

Mr Kandhari is the Managing Director and Founder of Sapphire Professional Services Private Limited. Prior to this, he was Executive Director, Corporate Finance & Investment Banking and Leader for the Entertainment and Media Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, India. With more than two decades of experience in investment banking, corporate tax, domestic tax and business advisory services, Timmy started Sapphire Professional Services Private Limited after an early retirement. In entire career span, Mr Kandhari has worked with many multi-national clients from India as well as the United States.

Timmy has advised large domestic and multinational clients in their proposed expansion plans, strategic alliances and joint ventures. Mr Kandhari is also a familiar speaker in several leading entertainment and media events and is a member of the CII National Media and Entertainment Committee. In the past, he has contributed substantially to establishing PwC India’s thought-leadership positioning in this space. He has also played an instrumental role in developing key relationships with nearly all marquee clientele in the E&M and Hospitality & leisure industries in India.

Key Clients worked with include: 

Entertainment & Media

  • Zee Telefilms Ltd.
  • The Turner Corporation
  • Disney
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
  • Bennett Coleman & Co.
  • News Corp. and Star Group
  • HT Media
Industrial Products

  • Havells India
  • Berger Paints
  • Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Bacardi Martini India Ltd.
  • Huhtamaki Oyj
  • Gwalior Chemical Inds. Ltd.
  • Mahindra Group
  • Aditya Birla Group
Telecom

  • Airtel
  • Vodafone
  • Idea
  • Shyam Telecom
  • Videocon
Consumer

  • Hindustan Unilever Limited
  • Dabur
  • Lotus Herbals
  • Tresmode
Healthcare

  • Moolchand Healthcare
  • Mandke Hospital (Now Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital)
Financial Services

  • LIC
  • Nomura Group
  • Aditya Birla Group
  • Mirae Asset

 

Some of the key transactions lead advised by him are as follows: 

  • Lead advised Huhtamaki and Paper Products for their majority acquisition of Webtech Labels.
  • Lead advised Moolchand Healthcare in raising private equity funding of USD 20 million.
  • Lead advisor to Mahindra Group for buying a European automotive gear manufacturer—USD 100 million.
  • Lead advisor to Bacardi for their acquisition of 51% stake in Whitehall brand.
  • Lead advised LIC asset management in divestment of a minority stake to Nomura Group—USD 70 million.
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