People: IDFC First Bank Ltd (IDFB.NS)
19 Jul 2019
Mr. V. Vaidyanathan is Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Director of the Company. Mr. V. Vaidyanathan founded Capital First Ltd by first acquiring an equity stake in an existing NBFC, and then executing a Management Buyout (MBO) by securing an equity backing of Rs. 810 crores in 2012 from PE Warburg Pincus. The MBO included (a) buyout of majority and minority shareholders through Open Offer to public; (b) Fresh capital raise of Rs. 100 crores into the company; (c) Reconstitution of the Board of Directors (d) Change of business from wholesale to retail lending; (e) Creation of a new brand "Capital First". He believes that financing India's 50 mn MSMEs and India's emerging middle class, with a differentiated model based on new technology platforms, offers a unique opportunity in India. As part of this belief, on acquiring control of the management, he exited legacy businesses of Real estate financing, Foreign Exchange, Braking, Investment management and instead transformed the company into a large retail financing institution with operations in more than 225 locations across India.
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