Equity Capital Markets
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The capital formation process offers many different avenues for companies seeking to access leading investors and raise growth capital. Our team has significant domain expertise across the full spectrum of equity products including Initial Public Offerings, Publicly Marketed Follow-on Offerings, Confidentially Marketed Follow-on Offerings, Registered Directs, and Convertible Debt Offerings.
Equity Capital Markets Team
Senior Managing Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets
Rahul Chaudhary is the Head of Equity Capital Markets at SVB Leerink and has successfully led the team for almost a decade. Since joining the firm, Mr. Chaudhary has led the execution of over 450 bookrun offerings, including more than 100 IPO’s.
Prior to joining the firm in 2009, Mr. Chaudhary was an integral part of Merrill Lynch’s ECM group, where he focused on origination and execution of healthcare equity and equity-linked transactions. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in 2004 in the Investment Banking group focusing on the consumer sector where he worked on a variety of equity, debt and M&A assignments.
Mr. Chaudhary earned a B.A. in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Prasanth Burri Rao-Kathi
Senior Managing Director, Equity Linked Capital Markets
Prasanth “Burri” Rao-Kathi is a Senior Managing Director at SVB Leerink and leads the firm’s Convertibles business.
Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Mr. Rao-Kathi was the Head of Equity-Linked (Convertibles) Origination in the Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Rao-Kathi joined the ECM group at Merrill Lynch in 1999 and worked on a number of Merrill Lynch’s landmark convertible innovations over the last 15 years including: Contingent Conversion, Contingent Payment, Bond Hedges, HiPrs, Collateralization, Simultaneous Bond and Stock Repurchases, and Prepaid Forwards in conjunction with new issues. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Rao-Kathi worked in Fixed Income Swaps Marketing and Trading and Corporate Finance/ Mergers and Acquisitions at J.P. Morgan.
Mr. Rao-Kathi is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Georgetown University with double majors in Finance and International Business and a minor in English. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets
Jack Bannister is a Managing Director on the Equity Capital Markets team at SVB Leerink. He partners with healthcare and life sciences companies to raise capital and position them for success in the public markets.
Mr. Bannister joined the firm in 2021 from Goldman Sachs where he served as Vice President of the Healthcare Equity Capital Markets team. Mr. Bannister began his career as an Equity Analyst with T. Rowe Price in Baltimore.
Mr. Bannister holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.