Founder and CEO at HSA Advisory, Independent Investment Bank for Financial Services

London, United Kingdom


With over 10 years of experience in investment banking, I founded HSA Advisory in November 2023 to provide tailored and strategic solutions to clients in the financial services sector. HSA Advisory is a boutique firm that specializes in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and strategic decisions, leveraging my MBA credentials and my domain expertise. I have successfully executed multiple deals involving buy side, sell side, and capital raise across Europe and the Middle East, delivering value-added outcomes and exceeding client expectations. I also have strong communication and relationship-building skills to enable smooth transaction executions. I am passionate about creating value and impact for clients in the financial services sector, and I am always looking for new opportunities and challenges. Outside work, I have keen interest in cricket and lead a team of cricket club based in East London, that I founded in 2016.

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 10 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Banks Consumer Finance Diversified Financial Services Insurance


Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Target Sourcing, Bolt-on acquisitions, Capital Raising, Exit Strategy, M&A Marketing Materials, Financial Modeling, Company Valuation, Corporate Development, Buy-Side M&A

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Bloomberg, Microsoft Office, Capital IQ

Languages: English, Hindi

Work Experience

HSA Advisory

Founder and CEO



- Now

Launched in November 2023, focussing on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and strategic decisions. Prior to HSA Advisory, Himanshu had c.12 years of investment banking experience in advising clients on complex and strategic transactions across Europe incl. UK, and Middle East. Himanshu has successfully executed multiple deals involving buy side, sell side, fairness opinion and capital raise.

Hannam & Partners

Investment Banker - M&A Financial Institutions Group (FIG)



- 1/10/2023

• Full scale auction process liaising with 10+ investors on its c.£30m capital raise for a UK based SME lender • Led the charge in preparation of a comprehensive wealth management report, covering M&A considerations/ drivers


Investment Banker - M&A Financial Institutions Group (FIG)



- 31/1/2023

• Financial advisor to FNZ on its bi-lateral acquisition of New Access, Swiss private banking technology firm - Responsible for bottom-up operational model and fundamental valuation using DCF and relative methodology - Continual liaising with the client’s multiple stakeholders, sell side and other advisors for a period of 3-4 months • Advised a European bank on the acquisition of a bank from Single Resolution Board under the framework of BRRD - Extensive review of potential targets enabling us to act at short notice and execute transaction in less than a week • Sell side advisory on the sale of a closed book portfolio for a European insurer, which got postponed


Investment Banker - M&A Financial Institutions Group (FIG)



- 31/8/2021

Key transactions experience • Financial advisor to First Abu Dhabi bank (FAB), largest UAE bank on the acquisition of Bank Audi Egypt - Drafted a thorough business plan/ financial projections, in coordination with FAB Egypt CEO/ management - Carried out detailed valuation using DDM and regression integrating synergy analysis/ cost of capital build-up • Financial advisor to sponsors on the potential acquisition of the UK insurer - Conducted comprehensive IRR analysis and valuation of individual regional entities with an aim to carve out UK - Carried out valuation/ capital analysis on the Danish entity in response to an RFP • Fairness opinion on European insurer’s acquisition of Asian NL insurer by conducting fundamental DDM valuation • Led valuation and solvency discussions with various clients for potential sale of European insurer’s Swiss division • Financing (c.€2.0bn equity/ debt) on European insurer's failed bid for the acquisition of Dutch insurer


Investment Associate



- 30/4/2018

• Participated in all aspects of the investment process, including identifying new investment opportunities, detailed due diligence, financial modeling & LBO valuation and presenting investment recommendations internally • Tracks P&C insurers based out of Bermuda, London and US on a regular basis to look out for an ideal acquisition Selected Transactions Experience: • Potential multi-billion dollar acquisition of a global P&C insurer operating in both insurance and reinsurance - Developed LBO model to gauge potential returns and crafted presentation materials, in coordination with bankers - Assessed the probable impact of November 2017 Republican US tax reforms on the attractiveness of transaction • £150mn failed acquisition of an unlisted UK life insurer - Prepared due diligence materials detailing business and financial considerations to validate transaction rationale - Evaluated financing structure, risk & capital management, asset returns, asset management synergies and business growth of the insurer to formulate bidding amount satisfying fund’s return requirements

Nomura International plc

Investment Banker - M&A Financial Institutions Group (FIG)



- 30/6/2016

• Strong financial modeling skills including Dividend Discount Model (DDM), Gordon Growth and merger models • Drafted marketing pitch books and client presentations primarily for top UK insurance companies Selected Transactions Experience: • Advised Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Europe (ANDIE), subsidiary of one of Asia’s largest insurer, MS&AD Holdings on its £105mn acquisition of Insure The Box Ltd, UK’s largest telematics car insurance provider - Conducted preliminary valuation analysis using DCF and was in-charge of preparing presentation materials - Managed virtual data room by being sole point contact on questions pertaining to it throughout the transaction • Proposed IPO of couple of UK insurers operating in niche segments of life insurance market - Gained deep knowledge and good understanding of bulk purchase annuities (BPA) market • Advised Borse Dubai on the £1.4bn sell down of its entire 17.4% stake in London Stock Exchange (LSE)

Nomura International plc

Investment Banker - Debt Capital Markets (DCM)



- 31/7/2014

• Advised European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) on the issuance of a new long 10yr benchmark bond - Liaised with EFSF, mandated banks and internal legal & compliance departments to drive the issuance process - Gathered investor feedback based on actual order book and suggested order book in request for proposal (RFP) • Carried out detailed analysis of top 10 issuer’s funding to predict the issuance pipeline across the maturity curve • Provided comprehensive analysis to Nomura’s Tokyo team on US$ debt market and issuer’s funding programs

Nomura India Private Limited

IAG Analyst - AeJ TMT and EMEA DCM SSA



- 28/2/2014

• Prepared client presentations, briefing memos, investor profiles and indicative term sheets for client meetings • Emerged as one of the top performer in IAG and bagged the permanent mobility award to Nomura International plc • Attained the highest score (in a batch of 24) in the investment banking analyst training program by Adkins Matchett & Toy (AMT) including accounting fundamentals, financial statement analysis, financial modeling and valuation


Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow



- 31/12/2011

• Master in subjects including Corporate Valuation, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Finance, Private Equity, Commercial Banking etc. • Winner, Third prize in IIM Lucknow ‘s flagship finance event involving trading, financial modeling & forecasting • Winner, Third prize in the case study competition involving identification of entry level strategy for a technology startup

Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon III



- 31/12/2010

Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology



- 31/12/2009

• Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology with subjects including Programming in C, Operating Systems, Computer Graphics etc. • Conceptualized and organized an event leading to 20% media coverage in Innovision’07, NSIT's inter-college technical festival • Indigenously designed and conducted two innovative casual events which attracted huge audiences and participation as part of Event Organizer in Resonanz’07, NSIT's intra-college cultural festival

Bal Mandir Sr. Sec. School



- 31/12/2005

• Ranked 1 (out of 231 school students) across all subjects in CBSE Std. XII board examinations, 2005 • Ranked 3 (out of 415 school students) across all subjects in CBSE Std. X board examinations, 2003 • Awarded scholarship and Certificate of Merit by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for outstanding performance in CBSE Std. XII and X board respectively • Conducted practice sessions and organized matches for the Junior Cricket Team and assisted coach in the selection of team as an Assistant Coach of Junior Cricket Team, 2001-2002

Licenses / Certificates

CFA Institute, USA

CFA Level III Candidate

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