I am passionate about leading clients to success in the dynamic and exciting automotive industry.
Sanjeev serves as Senior Advisor to Lincoln International’s automotive and truck team, advising on automotive deals globally. He also advises Lincoln’s Special Situations Group in the U.S., providing advice to sponsors, shareholders, lenders, management teams, bondholders, creditors and court-approved representatives of financially-stressed and distressed companies.
Sanjeev has 34 years of automotive industry, investment banking and consulting experience, including 20 years at Chrysler Corporation, New Venture Gear (NVG) and Magna International. Throughout his corporate career, Sanjeev has worked with global automakers and auto parts suppliers. At NVG, he developed and launched powertrain products for General Motors, Chrysler, Ford and other automakers, and managed its electric vehicle program. In his 14 years of investment banking practice, he has advised on numerous auto industry M&A and restructuring transactions and acted as industry advisor during the General Motors’ restructuring. He has provided industry analysis to private equity, hedge funds and bond funds.
Most recently, he was a Managing Director with the investment bank, Teneo Capital, leading their global automotive practice. Previously, he served on the Senior Advisory Board at Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC and Chanin Capital Partners.
As an inventor, Sanjeev is listed on six patents, two of which were used in the BMW X5 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. A lightweight composite product concept he invented was used by NASA in Space Shuttle flight STS-175.
Sanjeev earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University. He attended executive development programs in Finance and Marketing at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.
Perspectives featuring Sanjeev Varma
While Automotive Supply Chain Headaches Drag On, Buyers & Sellers Prepare for a Busy Year of Dealmaking in 2022
Automakers and suppliers were forced to cope with unique supply chain challenges in 2021, driving significant disruption to production and resulting in levels of inventory at unseen historic lows. These… Read More
Webinar | Automotive Update 2022: Insights from the TMA Detroit Chapter
On January 11, 2022, Sanjeev Varma, Senior Advisor at Lincoln International, joined automotive experts in TMA Detroit’s virtual panel to share insights on the current automotive M&A environment and industry… Read More
Webinar | Analyzing Automotive Investment Opportunities in a Volatile Environment
On June 4, 2020, experts in the automotive supply sector from Lincoln International and Conway MacKenzie hosted a panel discussion providing valuable insights regarding the current industry outlook and recovery… Read More
What is the New Normal? A Closer Look at Automotive Demand & Supply Chain Impact
In April, U.S. light vehicle sales fell almost 50% year on year and resulted in a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of just 8.6m – significantly lower than any other… Read More
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