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Vinay Shandal is the head of the Canadian Principal Investors and Private Equity practice and helps to lead BCG’s efforts on the shareholder activism topic as a core member of the Corporate Development practice area.  He is also a core member of the People & Organization and Financial Institutions practices. 

Since joining BCG in 2009, Vinay has worked with clients in North America and Europe on transaction support, strategy, value creation and operating model topics across investment organizations (pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and private equity, infrastructure and real estate funds) and financial services and public sector organizations.  Recent mandates have focused on digital strategy, big data and analytics, pricing, activism support, and regulatory strategy.

Vinay is also a core member of BCG’s Centre for Canada’s Future. In that role, he helps move Canada forward by providing insight and expertise on the country’s most important issues. The centre also aims to convene leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to work together to achieve impact.

Before he joined the firm, Vinay practiced law for several years in the New York offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. His legal experience includes both private and public company mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, and investments in a range of industries.

Vinay is a board member of Capitalize 4 Kids, a nonprofit that aims to solve the toughest challenges in children's brain and mental health.

Areas of Expertise

  • Shareholder activism
  • Commercial banking
  • Personal banking
  • Private equity
  • Operating models in financial services
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Social impact (or social sector)
  • Corporate development and finance
  • M&A and divestitures
  • Public sector


  • Master of laws, Cambridge University
  • Bachelor of laws, McGill University
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