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Shaheen  Kanda

Shaheen Kanda

firstAI (formerly Syndicated Loan Direct, Inc.)
CEO and Founder
New York, NY, USA


Founder and CEO – firstAI (2013 – current)

firstAI extracts hard to interpret information from contracts by harnessing the collective intelligence of teams. We work with banks, law firms and any firms that use contracts extensively.

Vice President, Investment Banking - Credit Suisse (2005 – 2013)

Originated leveraged finance transactions for private equity clients in retail, telecom, consumer products, and other industries. Negotiated and structured over 500 transactions with partner banks, law firms, investors and borrowers.

Associate, Investment Banking Portfolio management – Citigroup (2004-2005)

Credit risk assessment and portfolio management responsibilities for the Technology, Media and Telecom portfolio

Senior associate, Portfolio and Valuation – Capital One (2003-2004)

Created valuation models for high risk consumer debt portfolios.

Consultant – Accenture (1998-2001)

Incubated 2 technology companies during the dotcom boom, provided strategic consulting to companies in diverse industries like consumer products and chemicals. 


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001 – 2003)

Master of Science – Major in Engineering, Minor in Finance

University of Mumbai (1996-1998)

Master of Business Administration

University of Mumbai (1992-1996)

Bachelor of Engineering – Chemical Engineering


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