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Aisha De Sequeira, 48

Co-country head and head of investment banking, India, Morgan Stanley

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Few understand the investment sentiments of private equity investors, pension funds and strategic buyers like Sequeira, who has spent 23 years at Morgan Stanley. It is hardly a surprise then that under her guidance, Morgan Stanley topped the mergers and acquisitions advisory league table in 2017. The $23 billion merger between Idea Cellular and Vodafone India was one of the key reasons for the top slot. For Sequeira, things will continue to be exciting as India’s IPO pipeline has become stronger and several large ticket M&A transactions are in the offing.