Anup Rao is a Senior Associate at DAK where he works with business owners to maximize the value of their businesses by leveraging his deep financial acumen, and origination and execution expertise. Altogether, Mr. Rao has over 15 years of investment banking experience.
Prior to joining DAK, Mr. Rao worked at Capstone Headwaters, Poyry Capital and Aquaa Partners in London, originating and executing lower middle market sell-side and buy-side TMT and industrials and energy and infrastructure transactions. Before that, Mr. Rao worked at Standard Chartered Bank, where he focused on large cap ($1bn+) and mid-market cross-border M&A transactions across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
He started his investment banking career at Houlihan Lokey in Los Angeles, specializing in sell-side middle market M&A (mainly within the industrials sector), as well as valuations.
In addition, Mr. Rao leveraged his investment banking experience to enable the rapid growth and development of an innovative M&A and fundraising platform’s customer base and service offering.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Mr. Rao loves to travel and has either lived in or visited six out of seven continents around the world.