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Morris Street Advisors has a robust and successful Media & Entertainment business. Our services include – Format acquisition, licensing, distribution, production and representing large studios and independents in the region.

MSA was the exclusive partner of Lionsgate Entertainment Corp [NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B] in India and SAARC for licensing, distribution and remakes among other strategic ventures. This partnership lasted 8 years and ended with Lionsgate opening its own office in the country. MSA has carried forward this success with multiple licensing and format deals with large studios across the globe.

MSA has been instrumental in bringing various formats into India, including-Hollywood Squares (CBS), The Farm (DRG), Wheel Of Fortune(CBS). We have also engineered the remake of Warrior (Brothers) got Lionsgate [NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B]. We are currently working on a variety of shows, movies and remakes of big Hollywood Studios to bring into India.

MSA continues to expand its presence in media & entertainment and has recently expanded into the Middle East with a joint venture with Banader Gulf Company The company also acts as an advisor to foreign studios and distribution houses and raises capital specifically for the Media & Entertainment industry.

Our Media Partners

  • “Tollywood Squares” an adaptation of CBS Studios’ “Hollywood Squares”

  • “Brothers” a remake of “Warrior” Produced by Dharma Productions, Lionsgate Films and Endemol India

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Morris Street Advisors provides Investment Banking, Advisory, Merchant Banking and Representative Services to funds, governments and corporations. We work in the areas of Fund Management, Private Equity, Capital Raising (Debt & Equity), Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Licensing. MSA advised Sycamore Venture’s India focused IndiaSTAR Private Equity Fund. The exit strategy of the fund was devised and implemented by the team. MSA also has its proprietary fund which invests in startups and early stage Indian companies, the most recent one being RepairEasy.

Our Featured Clients

Cross border transaction are our specialty and we excel at bringing new businesses and ideas into India

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Morris Street


Morris Street Advisors is a merchant bank with three lines of businesses
  • Investment Banking & Capital Markets
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Commodities
We provide strategic advice to many globally based medium and large companies on their India strategy across various industries. We also take a strategic partnership stake in ventures. The company is an expert in the licensing business and has executed multiple deals in the space of media & entertainment and retail brands. The expertise of the company in this domain has led to long lasting relations with some of the biggest companies in the world.  
MSA is led by a global team experienced in running multi billion Dollar businesses. The team is experienced in closing deals across the globe, including the USA and EU.  The team carries forward this success with MSA from its headquarters in Delhi and representative offices in New York and Los Angeles. The team has considerable experience in financial management, trading, infrastructure financing and managing distressed assets/funds. It continues to grow these businesses globally.

The team’s enviable network and its in depth understanding of international business sets the company ahead of its competitors.

Our Team



    Mr. Robert Knox is the Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder of Cornerstone Equity Investors, L.L.C., a New York-based private equity firm. The investment principals of Cornerstone have funded more than 100 companies through middle market buyouts and expansion financing since 1984.

    Cornerstone and its predecessor firm have provided financing to a large number of successful companies including Dell Computer, Health Management Associates, Linear Technology, Micron Technology, International Manufacturing Services, Inc., Team Health Corporation and True Temper, Inc. Prior to the formation of Cornerstone Equity Investors, Mr. Knox was Chairman of Prudential Equity Investors Inc., the private equity arm of Prudential Insurance Company of America.

    Mr. Knox conceived, designed and executed private equity partnership investment strategy for Prudential Insurance in 1981. This program, with over $600 million of committed capital, was one of the largest institutional private equity funds of its kind. Mr. Knox has also served on the boards of more than 25 public and private companies and not-for profit institutions.

    He is the Lead Director of Health Management Associates (NYSE). He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Boston University from where he did his MBA & B.A

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    CEO and Managing Director

    Mr. Rohit Tiwari has been in the investment, capital markets and finance industry for over 25 years

    Past Experience

    • Co-Owner, Managing Director and CEO of AUM Capital Market Pvt. Ltd. AUM Capital is a mid-sized investment bank and broker dealer with a pan India presence. Mr. Tiwari took over the firm at its infancy and grew it to being a premier financial organization in India.

    • Managing Director and Global Head at ING Bank's Linear Equity Derivatives Department (London) - He was responsible for corporate finance and alternative/structured finance solutions for clients, trading and sales. He managed a global team with a multi-billion dollar balance sheet.

    • Global Head of Daiwa Securities Groups' Structured Transactions Group (New York)- Rohit founded the department at Daiwa and managed a global multi-billion, multi- strategy trading, financing, and investments structure. His focus was on leverage finance opportunities for Institutions, Corporate’s, Private Equity Funds, Hedge Funds and Proprietary Trading.

    • Nomura Securities (New York) - worked in various capacities for 11 Years but was predominantly involved in Trading and investing in Emerging markets, and Structured Finance Trading

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  • Nitin Bhatia


    Mr. Nitin Bhatia is responsible for all investment banking activities, including origination and execution. He also overlooks the Media & Entertainment licensing business. Mr. Bhatia is a veteran of the Infrastructure sector with an experience of more than 20 years and working relations with the biggest infrastructure companies.

    Past Experience:

    • Head of the Infrastructure and Industrials sector for the Investment Banking team at Tata Capital

    • Babcock and Brown’s Infrastructure Fund in India - Responsible for origination and investment in the Energy sector (conventional and non-conventional) and the Road sector

    • ABN AMRO Bank - Responsible for origination and execution of transactions with specific focus on Power & Utilities and Private Equity relating to Power companies. He worked closely with an Indian major for raising a global fund for clean energy.

    • SBI Capital Markets - Sub-group head in the M&A group responsible for execution of assignments, reporting to the Group Head. Responsibilities also included origination of mandates.

    • BSES Ltd - Deputy Manager, responsible for achieving financial closure for BSES’ various power projects and identifying new power opportunities for BSES (for both investment and acquisition).

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  • Danish Mir

    Senior Advisor

    Mr. Danish Mir brings more than 20 years of metals & minerals trading experience to the company. He is the COO of Metallica Commodities Corp (MCC). Metallica is a global metals and minerals trader headquartered in New York. The company also undertakes asset development projects and recycles a variety of hazardous wastes.

    Prior to his role at MCC, Mr. Mir worked for large mining and smelting companies in various capacities including production planning, project management and raw materials purchasing, giving him a well-rounded background in the business. Mr. Mir holds a BS in Economics and International Business from New York University.

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  • Siddharth Khandelwal

    Vice President

    Siddharth works on format acquisitions in the Media & Entertainment business and on the execution of investment banking transactions. He is also responsible for generating research reports on various industries. Siddharth has done his BA(H) Economics from Venkateswara College, Delhi University and is a CFA level 2 candidate.

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New Ventures

New Ventures

Blank Slate Technologies (USA) provides the world's most effective learning, memory retention and training tools for Organisations and educational institutions. MSA is their exclusive agent for India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Citiri is a software platform that helps airport owners, operators and their consultants implement an operational readiness and airport transfer/transition process (ORAT). ORAT de-risks airport openings, limits change, and avoids unexpected costs and consequences by enabling methodical, holistic coordination. MSA is the exclusive agent for Citiri in India.

CCT is an early stage wireless deep tech company managed by highly experienced Mobile Industry professionals. The company has developed Inventa, a platform to provide high impact Online-to-Offline (O2O) experiences for Consumer Apps. Inventa uses patent-pending wireless technology for mobile devices.

Morris Street Advisors has a global commodity trading practice in metals, minerals and by-products. MSA is the exclusive representative for Metallica Commodities Corp. (USA) in India. Metallica is a leading commodity trader, mineral asset developer and hazardous waste recycler with a global presence.

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