Banking on India

Roughing it in Mumbai, Goldman Sachs builds a record-breaking, dealmaking team

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Vikram Chima (left) and Vinit Sarawgi (wearing glasses) handle financial accounting and audit management reporting in the Financial Controller Division of the Goldman Sachs Mumbai office.

Like most popular managers, L. Brooks Entwistle, head of Goldman Sachs India, maintains an open-door policy. Entwistle admits, however, that this accessibility hasn't always been by choice. "When your entire office is a hotel room packed with desks, you can't help getting to know your colleagues," he says.

He laughs at the memory now, but those cramped quarters served as the unlikely launching pad for the investment bank's billion-dollar bet on India. Entwistle's version of sightseeing in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is a tour of the old Goldman outposts in India's financial hub. First stop, suite 1034 at the Hilton--down the hall...

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