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Audit, Taxation

CA Uttam Prakash Agarwal

CA Uttam Prakash Agarwal, born in Sumerpur District Pali in Rajasthan, having initial education in Abu road, Rajasthan was the President of ICAI for 2009-10 and was instrumental in introducing the youthful and energetic brand image of ICAI. Practising as a Chartered Accountant for 27 years with proven adroitness in taxation, assurance, arbitration and advisory services. President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for the year 2009-10 , Vice President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for the year 2008-09 , Elected to the Central Council of ICAI for two consecutive terms (2004-07 & 2007-10), Member of the Committee on Quality Control of SAFA, an apex body of SAARC , Technical Advisor on the Small & Medium Practices Committee of IFAC Member of the executive committee of premier Chamber of Commerce the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) , Chairman of the Western India Regional Council (WIRC) for 2000-01 , Treasurer of WIRC for 1997-98 , Chairman of the Committee for Members in Industry for 2007-08 , Chairman of Research Committee of ICAI for 2007-08 , Chairman of Western Indian Chartered Accountants Students Association for 1996-97 so on and soforth………

Law, Audit

CA.Tanuj Agarwal

CEO, UPACA Gurukul CA.Tanuj Agarwal is the CEO of UPACA Gurukul. He is an analyst of Budgets and Macro Economic Policies for a leading newspaper in India. Has been a ranker throughout as CA student. 29th Rank in CA-PE- I 34th Rank in CA-PE- II 36th Rank in CA-Final 5th Rank in B.Com (Mumbai University) CA.Tanuj Agarwal did his articleship from Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Mumbai. He is also a Law Graduate (General) from the prestigious Government Law College (Mumbai.) He played a key role in creation of the Tata Index Taxonomy, which provides a uniform and comparable way of reporting corporate sustainability initiatives and their impacts. Having worked in the XBRL field for 3 years, he has co-authored an article on ‘ONE INTEGRATED DYNAMIC REPORTING’, which appeared in the inaugural issue of Interactive Business Reporting – the official magazine of XBRL International. He is also a contributor to ‘XBRL: ZERO TO PRO IN TWO DAYS’, a book on XBRL India Mandate. Has worked on end-to-end US GAAP XBRL filings including mapping, tagging and validation activities. He had been Track Program Presenter for 2 sessions at the 24th XBRL International Conference held in Abu Dhabi from March 19-22, 2012. He is a passionate speaker on XBRL, having conducted workshops and spoken at various seminars, branches and study circles of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, across India.

Mercantile Law, General Economics

CA. Prerak Agarwal

An Alumni of St Xavier’s High School. CA Prerak Agarwal has completed his graduation from H.L.Institute of Commerce, Ahmedabad. He is mentor for many aspiring CA’s. He has served as a member of Board of Studies Committee of ICAI for the year 2014-15 and currently is a member of Continuously Professional Education Committee (CPEC) for the year 2015-16.


CA. Urmish Mehta

A Chartered Accountant by qualification, he is the Director at Uttam Agarwal Corporate Advisory Private Limited. Currently heading the XBRL Initiatives at Uttam Agarwal Corporate Advisory Private Limited in relation to Indian GAAP Mandate and Mutual Funds filings in India and Taxonomy Advisory Services. Heading the team of XBRL Professionals to deliver timely XBRL filings to leading corporate houses in India like RELIANCE ADAG, MP BIRLA CORP, DUNCANS, WELSPUN CORP, STAR GROUP, PARLE AGRO, etc. CA Urmish Mehta Ranked 20th in CA-PE-1 Examinations (May 2006). He did his articleship from Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Mumbai. He has been instrumental in creating the Tata Index Taxonomy, which provides an objective and reliable way to report and analyse non financial information. He is a contributor to the book on the XBRL India Mandate – ‘XBRL: ZERO TO PRO IN TWO DAYS’ and has co-authored article on ‘ONE INTEGRATED DYNAMIC REPORTING’, which appeared in the inaugural issue of IBR, the official magazine of XBRL International. He has also contributed various articles in professional and academic magazines on XBRL. He is an avid speaker on XBRL, having spoken at various seminars, workshops and study circles of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and other professional bodies.

Indirect Tax, Auditing

CA Mahesh Gour

CA Mahesh Gour is an eminent faculty of Indirect Taxation and Auditing. He has been teaching tax laws to the students of various levels for past six years. More than 10,000 students of CA, CMA and CS Final, have benefitted from his extraordinary teaching skills. Students have always appreciated his insights and teaching methods and have regarded him as a Great Motivator. Currently, he is a visiting faculty at various institutes in Mumbai and at WIRC of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).In 2008, CA Mahesh Gour was honoured with the title of Master Mind and Memory Guru for his outstanding skills of memorizing. He is the first and the only Professor in the field who uses his unique method of Mnemonics and Memory Technique while teaching. And this is exemplary, when he made a 10th STD student memorize CA Final book with page numbers in mere 4 days. A PhD holder in Management of Taxation, MBA in Finance, CCA, DBA (Auditing), LLB*, CFM and ADFM.


Dr. Sneha Gour

Ms.Sneha Gour is a Post-graduate in Philosophy from Mumbai University and a double Gold Medalist at graduate and post-graduate level. With pleasing personality and ace oratory, Ms. Gour is herself a motivator and a counselor and believes that the education of a person not only depends on the quality of teaching as well as the institution, but it is also very much influenced by one’s environment. And to provide and create a good environment and to motivate people to keep moving, Ms. Gour is whole-heartedly devoted to achieve this goal. With excellent leadership quality and her management skills Ms. Gour is leading the Foundation towards achieving its vision.

Economics, Audit, Strategic Managemen

Dr. Sudarshan Batra

He has handled NAAC related work at Madhav University at Mount Abu in Rajasthan as Head of MUCI. He is available for an appropriate position at UPACA immediately to handle any law paper & other academic, research, employability enhancement training programs. I’ve recently authored 2 e’books: DONALD TRUMP: CHECKS & IMBALANCES, BEEF BAN IN INDIA- CONFLICTING PERSPECTIVES


CA. Amit Rajpurohit

A Journalist by profession, along with being an independent Filmmaker, a poet, a writer, a consultant, a motivator and an ace speaker, Mr. Rajpurohit is a leader with an influential personality. He has delivered more than 200 seminars on self-motivation, ornamented with his strong vocabulary and speech that has made the audience spell-bound.

Information Technology & Strategic Management

Prof. Om Trivedi

He has qualified the Executive Program for Sales and Marketing (EPSM) course of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) in 2010. He has done research and projects in areas like competition studies, value creation and competitive advantages. Also he is and has : Consultant business head- HEP of Trinity Press (Formerly Macmillan India’s Higher Education Program) Played an instrumental role in the acquisition of Macmillan India’s Higher Education Program by LPPL under the brand name Trinity Press. Launched Carvinowledge Press (CNP India) in December 2008 and established it as one of the most popular brands in CA/CS/CMA book publishing. Worked with Thomson Learning as Regional Head (East India, Bangladesh and Bhutan), with Macmillan as Commissioning Editor and with Tata McGraw-Hills as Acquisitions Editor-SEM. Also acted in the capacity of a consultant and business advisor on book publishing, content development, instructional design, case study development, instructor’s resources and copyright matters to several companies like Macmillan, Vikas Publishing, Excel Books, Firewall Media and Taxmann. Books and Articles: Understanding Strategic Management Generic Skills for Professionals Exploring Information Technology ‘The need to understand strategy as a subject’, Himalayan Journal, 2012. Specialties: Starting up new ventures, Profit centre management, Turnaround experience in publishing, Acquisition of authors and imprints.

Accounts,Cost Accounting & Financial Management

CA. Manoj Gupta

CA Manoj Gupta well qualified who cleared CA Final in his first attempt. He is optimistic, sincere and aspires to excel in Finance Professna. His endeavour is to contribute and upgrade the professional domain. Qualified in the year 2008 ; CA Manojji has been in teaching filed for subtsantial period. He has been Visiting faculty in ICAI & ICSI, Bombay Chartered Accountant Association for Financial Management. He has taught in Mumbai Sydenham College.

Cost Accounting & Financial Management

CA. Dani Khandelwal

Prof. Dani Khandelwal is an International Cost Consultant. His teaching skills are comparable to none. Prof.Dani Khandelwal is Asia continent wide renowned faculty for CA IPCC – Costing & Financial mgmt., Final Level- Costing & Operational Research Subject.

Accounts, Costing & FM, Adv. Accounts

CA. Praveen Kantariya

More than three decades ago,a young man qualified himself as a Chartered accountant having a dream of serving the society with his innovative idea, is none other C.A Pravin Kantaria. It was the year 1975 when the Nobal profession of Teaching for catering to the needs has of the students.

Buss. Law, Ethics & Comm.

CA. Aveesh Mohnot

After completion of Chartered Accountancy, co-promoted a start-up to market high-end instant coffee (of Columbian origin) in India. Associate Director at Uttam Abuwala & Co (Mumbai). Chartered Accountant The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Passed Final in November 2015. POST GRADUATE IN INVESTMENT AND FINANCIAL ANALYSIS, GUJARAT UNIVERSITY BACHELOR OF COMMMERCE, AHMEDABAD University.

Taxation, Accounts, Adv. Accounts

CA. Gautam Bishnu

16 year experience in teaching Coaching students of Chartered Accountancy since 2007, Impariting coaching to students of company Secretary since 2004. Coaching students of XI & XII SINCE 2000. Served as a Guest Lecturer Of BCA(computer based Accounting ) at the prestigious cottoan college , Guwahati in 2007 & 2008.

Law, Auditing & Assurance

CA. Sanidhya Saraf

Article at sahni Natrajan and Bahl, New Dehli for 9 month. Served remaning tenure at CA pranayBewari&Associates Guwahati. Exposure in internal Audit of Clients like Dominoz, Maruti, Future Group, Canon, IBM.

Information Technology

Davendra Jha

Professor and Area Chairperson, Informatiation Technology, Program coordinator –MCA Chair person –AACSB

Strategic Management

CA. Rashi Agarwal

Pass out C.A FINAL in 2012 Teaching at professional level.Full day courses completation lecture on Direct tax & Indirect tax.Regular Faculty of Company Law ,Strategic Management & Income Tax. Actively participate in various activities in school & college .Sucessfully completed certificate course of forensic Accounting and fraud prevention programme conducted by intitute of ICAI Successfully completed certification course of concurrent Audit conducted by institute of ICAI.


CA. Rajgopal Sanghi

Practicining as C.A in own firm named R.K Sanghi and Associate. Core areas of practice are tax Audit s Under Income Tax Act ,1961 & System Implementations . Helped in implementing Accounting Procedure for some renowned companies in Nagpur during first time implementation of ERP.

Buss. Law, Ethics & Comm.

CA. Abhay Rathi

All India 41st merit in CA PE –II Exam. License holder of AMFI advisors module held by NCFM. Genral Insurance Exam held by IRDA cleared with flying color.

CPT – Accounts, IPCC – Costing, IT & SM

CA. Vivek Sundarpal Panwar

4 Year Experience in Organizations UPACA Gurukul ,Vasai Branch of WIRC,institute of Chartered Accountants of India,Young Professional Academy .Insititute of computer Accounts .Expertise Subjects :- Costing, Financial Mangement , Information Technology ,Accounts & ISCA Succesfully accomplished GMSC ITT And Orientation Courses from ICAI.


CA. Aniruddh Gupta

C.S Executive 2001, CA final 2005, L.L.B in 2005 C.M.A 2010.


Prof. Nimeet Piti

C.A year of passing 2011, C.S Year of passing 2011. Been teaching costing with the WIRC of ICAI, CUFFE PARADE , SINCE 2016

General Economics

Prof. Nilam Goradiya

M.COM from Karnataka open university in 2013 with 90%. Master in Business Administration (HRM) from (ICFAI) IN 2012. 7 Year Experience as a Commerce & Economics professor.

Mercantile Law

Prof. Hardik Goradiya

Master in law from Mumbai University in 2015. 11 year Experience as a commerce & law professor.

Strategic Management

Dr. Madhulika Bhargava

Doctorate in commerce from JRN Rajasthan vidhyapeeth Udaipur , Master in philosophy (business Administration),Master in Commerce from MLSU 10 year experience in teaching.

General Economics , Statistics

Prof. Rupesh Sujanani

B.A, M.A, BED, M.B.A 7 Year experience in teaching line.

Financial Management

CA. Ankur Agarwal


Mathematics, Statistics

CA. Ankur Agarwal

BSc Mathematics / MCA


CA. Ramesh Nagjibhai Thakkar

M.Com / LLB / DTP / DLP / ACA / ACS / GCWA


CA. Sumit Sarda


Buss. Law

CS Avinash Jha


Law , Audit

CA Ankit Baser

B.Com / CA

Indirect Tax

CA Nihalchand Jain

B.Com / CA

Accounts , Adv. Accounts , Financial Reporting

Professor Chetan Sharma

B.Com / CA Pursuing

Accounts , Costing, Adv. Accounts

Professor Hardik Yogesh Mehta

B.Com / M.Com / CA Inter


Professor Mamta Ramesh Devre



Professor Mittal Amrelia

B.Com / CS Pursuing


Professor Vikram Singh

B.Com / MA / M.Com Pursuing


Professor Vikrant Pratap

CMA Inter / CS Exe

Costing, Capital Market, SFM

CA Sanjeev Mittal



CA Rahul Sutar


Financial Management

Professor Raj Shah

B.Com / M.Com / PGDFM / CS / CA (IPCC) / LLB Pursuing

Law , Audit

CA Swaroopa Harjule


Mr. M. Ramanatha Sivaraman

I.A.S (Retired) served as Union Revenue Secretary, India. Mr.Sivaraman has an experience of 40 years as a Member of the IndianAdministrative Service. Mr. Sivaraman joined I.A.S., in the state cadre ofMadhya Pradesh on May 21, 1962. He worked in various Departmentsof State of Madhya Pradesh and the Central Government. He has heldimportant positions at variou responsible levels in the Department ofFinance, Planning, Commission, Economic....

Director General, CAG of India

Mr. K. P. Shashidharan

Qualified Civil Services Examination and joined the Indian Audit and Accounts Service in 1982.M.Sc. from LondonSchool of Economics, University of London,UKManagement Development Program, IIM, Bangalore.His international experience includes assignments with UN Organizations UNHCR, FAO, IAEA &INTOSAI. He is a Guest Faculty to IIMs, LBSNAAI, Administrative Staff College and other premier management institutions and addressed LSE students and European business forum.

IAS - National Econimics & Financial Inclusion

Dr. Aruna Sharma

Dr.Aruna Sharma is the Additonal Chief Secretary for Rural Development and Social Justice, Government of Madhya Pradesh. She joined Indian Administrative Service in 1982 and has held many important positions like : District Collector, Director General of Doordarshan, Managing Director of Diary Federation. Her educational qualifications include BSc (Maths/Science), MA (English Literature), MSc (Development Studies from Bath University, UK). Dr. Sharma also holds a PhD. in Development Economics from Delhi University

Antony Cyriac

Additional Economic Adviser at Govt. of India New Delhi, Delhi, India

Non-official Director at State Bank of India.
Associate Professor at GD Goenka World Institute.

Dr. Girish Ahuja

Dr. Girish Ahuja did his graduation and post-graduation from Shri Ram College of Commerce and was a position holder. He got his Ph.D from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. He has been teaching Direct Taxes to students at various levels for more than 35 years. He is a fellow of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and was placed in the merit list of both Intermediate and Final Examinations of the Institute. He is a senior Faculty member of Shri Ram College of Commerce (Delhi University) and visiting faculty member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). He had been nominated by the Government to the Central Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India for two terms. He is a member of Fiscal Law Committee of ICAI and Editorial Board of ICSI. He is also on the Board of Directors of many companies and has a vast and rich experience in the field of finance and taxation.

Dr. M Mathisekaran

I am Dr. M Mathisekaran, presently working as director general LabourBureau, Government of India at Chandigarh. Initially worked as Assistant Prof.of Economics for 3 years. Joined Indian Economic Service in 1981. Held posts invarious Central Govt. Organisations, State Govt. Organisation. Worked asGeneral manager(Vigilance) in FCI for 2.5 years. Worked as Chief VigilanceOfficer in Port Trust. Worked as Deputy Director, Director and EconomicAdviser in the Forward Markets Commission at different spells of time. Heldthe post of Member, Forward Markets Commission, Govt. of India, Mumbaifor more than 3 years. During my tenure as Director, I was involved in researchworks and monitoring & Evaluation of central Government sponsoredprograms meant for social economic development. Worked with Governmentof Tamilnadu as Director Evaluation and Applied Research (2.5 years).

Narayan Singh Rao

Entrepreneur! Alumni IIT Roorkee& IIM Ahmedabad. Technology | Research | Consulting @ TheIndianIris.comThe Indian Iris Indian Institute of Management, AhmedabadGautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Dr. Rashmi M Oza

B.Sc. LL.M. (Gold Medalist),Ph.D. PGD(HR) Mumbai
CIEDHU (France), PGD (Human Rights) – Sweden
Reader, Department of Law, University of Mumbai, Fort Campus, Chairperson, Human Rights Action Group (India).

IAS - Excise & Customs

Mr. S. Rajkumar

IAS - Excise & Customs

International Taxation

CA. T. P. Oswal

TP Ostwal is a Senior Partner in TP Ostwal Associates LLP chartered accountants and is based in Mumbai, having more than three decades inpractice. He is a Final Rank holder.He is a member of the newly constituted Sub Committee on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries by United Nations and was also a part of the previous Sub Committee for the first edition of United Nations TP Manual. He has been a member of several committees set up by Government, Ministry of Finance,CBDT, OECD and other associations.He is a visiting professor at Vienna University Austria for teaching International tax for LLM studies. He has addressed and presented several papers at National and International Conferences on variety of subjects.HE has been the first vice President of the Executive committee IFA-NETHERLANDS and a Chairman of IFA India.He has been adjudged as 11 th in the top 50 Tax Professionals in the world for the year 2006 07 by Tax-Business magazine of UK in Nov 2006.Is author of Black Money Act 2015 publication by Bombay Chartered Accountants society apart from other books .Director of public and multinational companies in india such as J P MORGANAMC p ltd ,Oberoi reality ltd, Intas Pharma ltd .Member of advisory board ofSuper Max Holdings Mauritius ltd.Regular speaker in most Indian and international conferences on cross border taxation issues.

Currency and Commodity Exchange

Mr. Saurav Arora

Currency and Commodity Exchange

Capital Markets

CA. S. P. Tulsian

“Work hard, do good and lead a modest, simple life” that’s the philosophy of SP Tulsian. Astaunch karmayogi, Tulsian is a name to reckon with in the Indian investors fraternity.A commerce and a law graduate from Bombay University, Mr. Tulsian is also a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary. He was awarded with PODAR RATNA Award byR.A.Podar College, Mumbai, in the year 2010, which has been conferred to only 50 Podarites,since its existence of over 72 years .Armed with academics and an acute sense of logic, SP Tulsian is a much sought after fundamental analyst today!Mr. Tulsian started investing in the stock market since 1975 and at that time, according to him,the need to earn some pocket money was what led him to the path of stock market investment.Investing and advising on stock markets has been his passion and way of life for the past 40years. Presently he is providing timely and apt investment advice on www.sptulsian.com, of which Mr. Tulsian is the Editor and CEO.His quotes on the sugar, cement, oil & gas sectors, regulatory policy issues and Reliance Groups are often considered to be the last word. The media and investors rely on his advise, which is seen and considered as unbiased, true, forthwith, free and frank and in the best interests of the stock market investors, as also is often quoted in the leading financial newspapers and journals,like The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Economic Times, Nav Bharat Times, Business Standard,Times of India, Forbes India, Financial Express, Mint etc.

Stamp Duty & Property

CA. Vimal Punamiya

Practicing C.A. for last 39 years as Partner of M/s. VIMAL PUNMIYA & CO.and with the help of 25 Assistants attending to nearly 1000 Resident and Non-Resident Clients in various areas i.e. Taxation, Audit, Company law, R.B.I.,Service Tax, Vat, Co-OP. Society, Stamp Duty, Registration and other Matters relating to Properties, Appeals, Search Seizure Matters etc.Attached to nearly 100 Companies, Trust, Firms as Advisor, Director, Auditor or Trustee.

Internal Audit

CA. Nagesh Pinge

CA. Nagesh Pinge is a Chartered Accountant and a Law Graduate from India.CA. Pinge is the Chief Internal Auditor of Tata Motors Limited. Tata Motors Limited isIndia’s largest automobile company.In a career spanning 29 years, Mr Pinge has worked with many Organizations of repute suchas ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries Ltd, Deutsche Bank of Germany and JSW Group.Mr. Pinge’s major tenure has been with ICICI Bank for 14 years where he was managing ateam of 100-plus internal auditors. He was also the Chief Risk Officer of ICICI Bank.Mr. Pinge has created a unique “Shutter up and Shutter down” index for the retail storeswhich runs from a hand held terminal.Currently he is the Director, NKGSb.

Project Financing

CA. Anshul Khetan

Project Financing

Mergers & Acquisitions

CA. D. K. Surana

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mutual Funds Expert

CA. Sunil Singhania

CA. Sunil B. Singhania, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer ofEquity Investments and Fund Manager at Reliance Capital AssetManagement Limited. Prior to this, Mr. Singhania served as theDirector of Research and Institutional Sales at Advani ShareBrokers Private Limited. He was involved in equity derivatives atthe firm. Mr. Singhania was at the firm from 1997 to 2003. Prior tothat, he was the President at Motisons Securities Private Limitedfrom 1994 to 1997. Mr. Singhania was instrumental in setting upthe firm's broking business and NSE trading membership. He wasalso involved in developing systems at the firm. Mr. Singhaniawas the Promoter of The Association of NSE Members of India.He sits on the Standards & Practice Council of the CFA Institute.Mr. Singhania holds the CA, CFA, AND FCA designations. Hereceived a B.Com. degree in Commerce from Narsee MonjeeCollege, University of Mumbai in 1988.

Prateesh Nair

Founder and Managing Director at PKSBE ( Prahlad kakkar School of Branding and Entrepreneurship). Armed with an MBA in Marketing and a certification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). Over the past 14 years, Pratish has mentored over two lakh corporate professionals, creative artists, leaders, techies and Ceo’s to reach beyond themselves.

Priya Menon

Founder and Director Marketing Communications and Outreach at PKSBE (Prahlad kakkar School of Branding and Entrepreneurship). With an MBA in Marketing under her belt, she is an accomplished entrepreneur, life coach and celebrity talent manager. Her story is every entrepreneur’s dream. She started her own corporate training company, over 15 years ago, specializing in leadership skills, CEO coaching and behavioral programs for top multinationals in India. Her passion and flair for Marketing earned her key projects in Infosys, Wipro, Godrej, Dell, Siemens, Deloitte, Cap Gemini, Volkswagen and JP Morgan to name a few.

Vinay Mahajan

CEO at Plethora Advisory Ltd.
Plethora Advisory Ltd.
ACIIA, Germany

Salil Desai

Founder and CEO at Phenomyx
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Visiting Scientist (Greater Boston Area)
Director Of Engineering, Bayesian Diagnostics

Om Trivedi

He has qualified the Executive Program for Sales and Marketing (EPSM) course of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) in 2010. He has done research and projects in areas like competition studies, value creation and competitive advantages.

Nelson Lacey

Mr. Nelson, Ph.D., CFA. (Director Examination,CAIA) He is a professor of finance at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. He served as the Chairman of the Finance and Operations Management Department from 1994 through 2006. Professor Nelson’s academic work has led to over 50 publications in finance and economics. He has been with the CAIA Association, USA since inception.

Liz Lacey

Ms. Liz Lacy who also got 25 yrs of rich experience in finance sector, she worked as an asset manager for a multi-family financial serving institutions headquartered near Washington DC.