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Alok Sama, SoftBank Group International

Alok Sama, President & CFO SoftBank Group International
Source: SoftBank Group International

Alok Sama is president & CFO of SoftBank Group International, and oversees the core finance, tax and investor relations functions for SoftBank in connection with its international activities. He is also responsible for corporate development and M&A for SoftBank Group.

At SoftBank, he led the announced $59 billion merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, the $34 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings Plc, the $10 billion disposition of SoftBank's stake in Alibaba Group Holding, the $8.6 billion sale of Supercell Oy to Tencent Holdings, the restructuring of SoftBank's holding in Yahoo Japan, and multiple growth capital investments across technology verticals.

He is currently a director of ARM Holdings, Fortress Investment Group, SoftBank Group Capital, SoftBank Energy, Brightstar Corp and Baer Capital Partners.

Alok has over 30 years of investment banking, capital market and investment experience in New York, London and Hong Kong. Alok was formerly a senior managing director at Morgan Stanley. While at Morgan Stanley, he led the firms communications practice in Europe and the TMT practice in the Asia-Pacific region. He also established Morgan Stanley's capital markets business in Asia, and the investment banking practice in India. His experience includes M&A advisory, IPOs, restructuring and financing transactions for clients in North America, Europe and Asia. Clients include NTL/Virgin Media, Vodafone, Colt Communications, Orange, China Unicom, Korea Telecom, Singapore Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Blackstone, Providence, General Motors, Exxon, Procter & Gamble, Bank of China, Reliance Industries and Tata Group, among others.

Alok also co-founded Baer Capital Partners, an alternative asset management firm focused on India with over $300 million in assets, in partnership with the Baer family and Dubai Holdings.

He is a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council, and a former Chairman of the London Chapter of the Young President's Organization (YPO).

Alok holds a MBA (with distinction) in finance from the Wharton School and a BA (honors, gold medalist) degree in mathematics from St. Stephen's College.