Promoted in 2018 with the vision “to enable edupreneurs achieve their maximum potential”, LoEstro Advisors Llp is a boutique consulting firm that specialises in advisory, fundraising and organisational restructuring (Mergers & Acquisitions) services. Headquartered in Hyderabad, LoEstro presently caters to clients operating in education, healthcare and retail verticals across the country.
Within a short span of time since its inception, LoEstro has already advised over 25 clients in the education sector on strategy, fundraising and M&As.
“Keeping with our organisational vision, during the last two years, we have helped several clients in the education sector to achieve growth and expansion, structuring and operational efficiency through our carefully customised advisory services. Moreover, we have successfully executed fundraising and M&A transactions to the tune of over Rs 2000 crore for clients in the preschool, K-12, and ed-tech segments,” says Rakesh Gupta, managing partner, LoEstro Advisors.
Accomplished leadership team
LoEstro’s top management team includes highly accomplished professionals with a combined work experience of over five decades in diverse sectors.
Rakesh Gupta, Managing partner
A Computer Science graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur and an MBA alumna of the International School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, Rakesh has over 15 years’ experience in consulting, fundraising and M&As of which 8 years in the education sector. Prior to heading LoEstro, he has worked with McKinsey and Company, Gurgaon.
Richa Sahu, Partner
An engineering graduate of IET, Lucknow and an MBA alum of the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, Richa is a seasoned education sector professional with over 13 years of experience in consulting, technology and education.
Praveen Kumar Jallan, Partner
A fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Praveen has over 16 years’ experience in the areas of advisory, auditing and accounting. Prior to LoEstro, Praveen has worked with highly reputed accounting firms S.R. Batliboi & Co. (member firm of Ernst & Young) and Walker Chandiok & Co LLP (member firm of Grant Thornton).
Sumit Handa, Partner
With a B.Tech qualification from NIT, Kurukshetra topped with an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Sumit has close to two decades’ leadership experience in marketing, sales, operations and new business development in education and FMCG sectors.
Strong focus on innovation
With innovation at the heart of its offerings, LoEstro is focused on devising ingenious tools and processes to help educational institutions effectively and efficiently manage their operations such as balanced score card for goal setting and action planning, budgeting tools for operational efficiency, entity structures for effective business, operations among others.
Moreover, believing that unprecedented times call for novel measures, LoEstro has been proactively anticipating and addressing customer needs and concerns in the wake of the disruptive Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.
“We have held seminars and discussions with education leaders to prepare them early for the potential disruption caused to learning, institution operations and financials. On the financial side, we have been working with banks and financial institutions to ensure faster disbursement of working capital loans to educational institutions impacted by Covid-19. On the learning and operations side we have created a set of SOPs for schools to follow in the post-Covid era,” says Rakesh.
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“Rakesh and Team have been an integral part of our journey since inception. They have advised us on key strategic matters, helped us raise capital, manage investor relationships. The team brings in a unique blend of operations, advisory and fundraise experience in education space which is quite unparalleled.
— Jaideep Gupta, founder-CEO, Univariety
Rakesh has excellent experience of investing in and running new and existing schools in India. He and team are our “go to” people for education in India.
— Charles Robinson, group business development director, International School Partnerships, UK