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Proprietary desk is an emerging area in the investment management domain. Increasingly various participants such as banks, brokers, corporations, other financial institutions, and foreign investors are participating in the Indian equity market via proprietary desk to take advantage of the superior return potential of Indian markets.

The mandate of a proprietary desk is to invest money from a company’s own balance sheet and generate an absolute return from the equity market that should be better than the return from fixed-income instruments. There are various structures and strategies, including cash and derivatives used to generated superior risk-adjusted return.

This has the potential to offer enormous career opportunities for budding professionals. To understand more about careers in India in proprietary desk, listen in to this webinar. Biswarup Mohapatra, Head, Equity Proprietary Desk, Mirae Asset Capital Markets India Pvt. Ltd., will discuss competencies, career paths, and more.

Learning outcomes:

  • Proprietary desk overview in India
  • Career opportunities for CFA® charterholders and candidates
  • Roles and entry requirements
  • Competencies required and potential career paths


This is the archived version of a live webinar that took place on 28 November 2019

About the Speaker(s)

Biswarup Mohapatra
Biswarup Mohapatra CFA

Biswarup Mohapatra has more than 10 years’ experience in the finance and investment field with special focus on equity investments. He currently heads the equity proprietary desk at Mirae Asset Capital Markets, focusing on generating absolute return by investing in primary and secondary equity markets in India. Prior to this role, he was fund manager at Future Generali India Life Insurance Co. Ltd. managing ULIP and non-ULIP funds with an objective of generating superior risk-adjusted returns compared to the benchmark index.

In his current role he follows a bottom-up approach for stock selection. His key skills include macroeconomics, sector analysis, valuations, and financial modeling. More details about him can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/biswarup-mohapatra-cfa-babaa28

Biharilal Deora
Biharilal Deora CFA, CIPM

Biharilal Deora is a director at Abakkus Asset Manager LLP, an India-focused asset management company. His investment expertise spans a broad array of asset classes. Prior to joining Abakkus, Mr. Deora was managing corporate, family office, and university clients. He began his career as a financial analyst at leading financial services firms, such as Credit Suisse and Fidelity Investments. Mr. Deora holds a master’s degree in commerce from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University.
He is a top-ranking chartered accountant and a certified financial planner. Mr. Deora serves as a director on the board of CFA Society India and is a visiting faculty member for advanced finance programs.