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Dato’ Kunal Chahl

Managing Director Investment Banking – SEA


Kunal has 19 years of experience in international law, investment banking and investment management within the South-East Asian region. As a corporate lawyer in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Kunal specialized in cross-border M&A, structured finance, private equity and capital markets transactions.

Prior to joining Avista, Kunal was a senior member of the management team at Hera Capital Partners, where he lead proprietary growth capital investments in consumer-tech and consumer-retail businesses within the South-East Asian region.

Prior to Hera Capital Partners, Kunal was a Managing Director at Stormharbour’s Singapore office, during which he advised on, structured and executed several Asian cross-border private equity, structured credit and M&A transactions. Prior to Stormharbour Kunal joined Merrill Lynch International Bank as a Director of Investments where he delivered institutional asset management solutions to large corporations, sovereign wealth funds and family offices across South-East Asia. He also has decade of experience in legal practise

Kunal is qualified as a Barrister-at-Law (England & Wales) after graduating with an undergraduate degree in law from the London School of Economics, and a master’s degree in banking and finance law from King’s College London. Kunal is also a qualified Advocate & Solicitor in Malaysia, having been admitted to the High Court of Malaya.

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