Avinash Kenakre


Avinash Kenkare is a private equity professional with over 20 years of successful investing experience. He focusses on fund raising, fund management, identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, monitoring and value addition efforts.

Prior to founding Somerset Indus Capital Partners LLC, Avinash was a Managing Partner of Somerset Healthcare Advisors, LLC, and worked for Health Evolution Partners, a $500 million US based healthcare focused private equity fund, co-leading their efforts in investing in life sciences companies primarily in the US.  He joined DLJ Investment Banking in 1998 and DLJ Merchant Banking in 1999. Since joining the Merchant Banking group, he concentrated on DLJMB’s healthcare initiatives, working on most of DLJMBP III’s healthcare transactions, including Warner Chilcott, Accellent, Nycomed, Kinetic Concepts, and Thiemann. He also worked for The Carlyle Group in New York focused on Carlyle’s healthcare investments. He served as a Director of Nycomed Pharma, BioPartners, Next Pharma Technologies, Accellent Corporation and Focus Diagnostics. And, prior to DLJ, he ran CASI, Inc., an engineering consulting company.

He graduated from Howard University magna cum laude in 1982 and Lehigh University in 1984 and received an MBA with Distinction from Wharton in 1998.