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Channel Capital boosts fintech strategy with new head of investor relations

Channel Capital Advisors has named Bhoomika Kesaria as its new head of investor relations, tasked with driving growth in the firm’s $300m fintech lending strategy.

Channel is a regulated alternative investment fund manager, specialising in fintech, working capital and trade finance investments.

Kesaria (pictured) joins Channel from Lendable, an investor in fintech lending platforms in emerging markets.

She has more than 13 years experience across capital introductions, investor relationship management, private debt, and structured finance and has worked with institutional investors across Asia Pacific, EMEA, and the Americas, including firms such as Goldman Sachs, Northern Arc Capital and IBM.

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Kesaria will be responsible for Channel’s fundraising efforts across all products as well as nurturing the company’s relationships with investors and stakeholders.

She will also spearhead the growth of the firm’s $300m fintech lending strategy, Channel said, which delivers capital to fintech lenders to fund their loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

“She brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience in investor relations, fundraising and structured finance – she will be integral to our efforts to broaden the reach and strength of our relationships with investors,” said Channel chief investment officer Paul Wilson, who Kesaria will report into.

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“Bhoomika joins at a very exciting time for the company. With Channel having recently closed the first tranche of our specialist fintech lending strategy, she will play a key role in overseeing the firm’s capital raising efforts and furthering Channel’s ambitions to help digital platforms provide much-needed finance to SMEs.”

Kesaria added: “I’m excited to join the very talented team at Channel. I resonate with the company’s passion for supporting the sustainable growth of finance across the SME space, enabled by data-driven underwriting and structuring. I look forward to enhancing the firm’s investor relations efforts.”

Since 2014, London-headquartered Channel has deployed more than $9bn of assets across fintech lending and working capital financing, including trade receivables, inventory, and supply chain finance.

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