| |December 20205VOL 3 · ISSUE 10 -1 · DECEMBER - 2020While the impact of the pandemic has been a dead weight on mergers (M&A) and acquisitions in the first nine months of 2020, the equity capital markets (ECM) in India elucidate a different story. When India recorded 776 M&A deals worth $44.8 billion ­ down from previous two fiscals, the country's capital markets have run up considerably after March's crash. A report by Refinitiv Deals Intelligence, which suggests that Indian investment banks generated underwriting fees worth $260 million through ECM deals ­ an almost 100 percent YoY increase, is a strong testament. The lion share of credit goes to the tech powered capital market solutions providers, who have been a great influence towards elevating the financial literacy in the country and engendering new, informed investors. For instance, Groww ­ a tech-powered fast-growing investment platform, had come up with a pan-India financial education initiative `Ab India Karega Invest', and subsequently was rewarded handsomely with a $30 million (Rs.220 crore) in Series C funding in September. En route to the future, capital market solutions providers will be looking forward to pursuing the same path they have been on over the last few years ­ increasing financial literacy in the country. In the process, it's certainly imperative to adhere to the global trend of embracing agile and experience-centric capital market and asset management solutions. The futuristic technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) are also playing a pivotal role in democratizing investments, opening a cost-effective avenue. AI indeed holds massive potential not only in the form of futurifying decision making, stress testing, conversational user interface, and algorithmic trading, but also towards client servicing and support. Coming up with the issue of `10 Most Recommended Capital Market Solutions Providers ­ 2020' is all the more important due to the same reasons. Do let us know your thoughts.Sujith Vasudevan,Managing EditorIt's Time to Democratize InvestmentOffice Editorial queries editor@cioinsiderindia.comAdvertising Queriessales@cioinsiderindia.comBangaloreTel 080 46441103 To subscribeVisit www.cioinsiderindia.com/subscribe/ or send email to: subscription@cioinsiderindia.comCover price is Rs 150 per issueAshok KumarSales & MarketingGarima AnandGroup Art DirectorMagendran PerumalCirculation ManagerEditorial TeamShiwani PrakashSaroop KPVaishnavi PradeepRajan Sarma Lakshmi GCIOInsiderNo. 124, 2nd Floor, Surya Chambers, Old Airport Road, Murugheshpalya, Bangalore-560017Mohana KrishnanS.SivasankarVisualizerPublisher & EditorManaging EditorAlok ChaturvediSujith VasudevanPrinted and published by Alok Chaturvedi on Behalf of SiliconMedia Technologies Pvt Ltd and Printed at Precision Fototype Services at Sri Sabari Shopping Complex, 24 Residency Road Bangalore-560025 and Published at No. 124, 2nd Floor, Surya Chambers, Old Airport Road, Murugeshpalya, Bangalore-560017.Copyright © 2020 SiliconMedia Technologies Pvt Ltd, All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of any text, photography or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the magazine and accordingly, no liability is assumed by the publisher.Editorial
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