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Goldman Sachs veteran Prashant Khemka to start own India fund

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New company, White Oak Capital, will start operations by August

The fund manager who set up Group Inc’s India-focused fund in 2006 is set to start one of his own after managing money at the US bank for more than 17 years. Prashant Khemka, who oversaw $5.3 billion in emerging-market assets until his departure in April, plans to launch two long-only, absolute-return funds for investing in Indian shares. An eight-member team is being assembled and the new company, named White Oak Capital, will start operations by August, the 45-year-old said in a phone interview.


“The Indian market is home ground for me and it is always good to play with a home advantage,” he said.


Khemka is seeking to raise money at a time when the gap between elevated Indian asset prices and anemic earnings growth has spurred brokerages including UBS Group AG to warn about unfettered optimism in Asia’s fourth-largest stock market. The and National Stock Exchange’s Nifty50 gauges have hit record highs this year, making local shares more expensive than a benchmark of developing


“Valuations have to be seen based on where we are in the cycle, and in my view the chance of above trend-line growth is higher than a chance of it falling below,” Khemka said. Investors are more concerned about global uncertainties, such as the political situation in developed markets, than India-specific problems, he said.


Khemka started his career at Goldman Sachs’ US business in 2000. He went to Mumbai six years later to set up the business. The $2.4 billion Portfolio has returned 17.5 per cent annually over the past five years, beating 76 per cent of its peers. 


 The S&P Dollex-30 Index, the dollar-linked version of the Sensex, has risen 10 per cent a year in the same period.


The two funds will invest in shares of up to 40 companies across sectors, Khemka said. The funds are less likely to invest in commodity, telecom and state-run companies, he said.


Domestic and have this year poured a combined $12.5 billion into local shares, even the impact of a single nationwide goods and services tax remains to be seen. The is up 17 per cent this year, the region’s best performer after Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index and the Philippines Stock Exchange PSEi gauge.


The tax, to be introduced on July 1, is projected to boost government revenue and improve the ease of doing business in the world’s largest democracy by getting rid of a web of levies divided among various city, state and federal governments.


“There’s lot of interest from foreign investors in Indian equities now as their expectations about the pace of reforms have gone up after the decision on the goods and services tax,” Khemka said. “They’re looking at it as the biggest reform of this century in

Goldman Sachs veteran Prashant Khemka to start own India fund

New company, White Oak Capital, will start operations by August

New company, White Oak Capital, will start operations by August

The fund manager who set up Group Inc’s India-focused fund in 2006 is set to start one of his own after managing money at the US bank for more than 17 years. Prashant Khemka, who oversaw $5.3 billion in emerging-market assets until his departure in April, plans to launch two long-only, absolute-return funds for investing in Indian shares. An eight-member team is being assembled and the new company, named White Oak Capital, will start operations by August, the 45-year-old said in a phone interview.


“The Indian market is home ground for me and it is always good to play with a home advantage,” he said.


Khemka is seeking to raise money at a time when the gap between elevated Indian asset prices and anemic earnings growth has spurred brokerages including UBS Group AG to warn about unfettered optimism in Asia’s fourth-largest stock market. The and National Stock Exchange’s Nifty50 gauges have hit record highs this year, making local shares more expensive than a benchmark of developing


“Valuations have to be seen based on where we are in the cycle, and in my view the chance of above trend-line growth is higher than a chance of it falling below,” Khemka said. Investors are more concerned about global uncertainties, such as the political situation in developed markets, than India-specific problems, he said.


Khemka started his career at Goldman Sachs’ US business in 2000. He went to Mumbai six years later to set up the business. The $2.4 billion Portfolio has returned 17.5 per cent annually over the past five years, beating 76 per cent of its peers. 


 The S&P Dollex-30 Index, the dollar-linked version of the Sensex, has risen 10 per cent a year in the same period.


The two funds will invest in shares of up to 40 companies across sectors, Khemka said. The funds are less likely to invest in commodity, telecom and state-run companies, he said.


Domestic and have this year poured a combined $12.5 billion into local shares, even the impact of a single nationwide goods and services tax remains to be seen. The is up 17 per cent this year, the region’s best performer after Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index and the Philippines Stock Exchange PSEi gauge.


The tax, to be introduced on July 1, is projected to boost government revenue and improve the ease of doing business in the world’s largest democracy by getting rid of a web of levies divided among various city, state and federal governments.


“There’s lot of interest from foreign investors in Indian equities now as their expectations about the pace of reforms have gone up after the decision on the goods and services tax,” Khemka said. “They’re looking at it as the biggest reform of this century in

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