The DAI Magister team is led by seasoned practitioners and an exceptionally talented execution team.

We are a one-firm firm united by a shared set of core values.

Victor Basta

Victor Basta CEO

Victor has advised on over 130 transactions across 30 years, and helped found and build three successful corporate finance firms in the process. His orientation has always been towards sell-side financings and M&A, where experience and creativity can yield real additional value to investors and founders of later stage growth companies.

At DAI Magister, Victor has handled a large number of the firm’s transactions personally. He has clear views on a range of issues affecting the tech industry today, and has shared them regularly on CNN, the FT and the Economist amongst others.

Prior to founding DAI Magister, Victor was founder and managing partner of Arma Partners LLP; global co-head of Broadview prior to its sale to Jefferies, and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. He received an MBA from the Columbia Business School, and a combined Masters and BA in International Affairs from Columbia University.

When not negotiating deals, Victor is an avid chess player (once ranked in the top 15 in the US), a reference collector of 1960’s vintage rock posters, and an enthusiastic and improving skier and diver.

Julien Deconinck

Julien Deconinck Managing Director


Julien Deconinck has 17 years experience in Corporate Finance, advised on 60+ M&A transactions representing an aggregate value of more than EUR 40 billion. He is the founder of Clermount, a London-based equity raising boutique focused on mission-driven tech companies having raised $450m in VC and growth capital across 20+ transactions.

Divij Ruparelia

Divij Ruparelia Principal


Divij Ruparelia has over 17 years of investment experience with a focus on raising capital, direct investing, and building large ventures. He was most recently a senior member of the DAI Capital team where he was responsible for the group’s capital advisory and venture investment portfolio. Divij was previously a founding executive of Afrimax, the Pan African TMT venture, for which he raised nearly $250m in Equity financing.

Shiv Sama - DAI Magister

Shiv Sama Vice President


Shiv Sama has 10+ years of experience working on Technology deals for UK, US, European and African clients across Fintech, Software, Internet and Hardware / Semiconductors subsectors with a focus on sellside M&A and late stage growth equity fundraising. He was most recently a Vice President at Magister prior to its merger with DAI Capital.

Corey Karaka - DAI Magister

Corey Karaka Vice President


Corey Karaka has over 9 years’ experience of investment banking, M&A and capital raising from working at Goldman Sachs and Vivo Energy in energy, infrastructure and tech-enabled sectors. More recently, at DAI Capital, he worked on capital advisory and venture investments in frontier and emerging markets.

Benoit Taconet

Benoit Taconet Senior Advisor


Benoit has been a digital entrepreneur since 2004. He co-founded Adiscos, one of the first professional training company that used web technology to deploy the services of 1000+ professional trainers to teach new skills to 4,000+ employees /year. Benoit also co-founded Drivy, the C2C collaborative car rental european leader that was sold to Getaround in April 2019 for $300 million. He graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC)

Chin Jian Lee

Chin Jian Lee Associate


Chin Jian Lee has more than 5 years of M&A and Capital Raising experience. He was involved in a number of international sell-side transactions already and also worked on a number of African deals, namely the investment into Cellulant, led by TPG’s Rise Fund and investment into CloudFactory, led by FTV Capital. Lee is an Associate at DAI Magister.

Oliver Warren

Oliver Warren Analyst


Oliver Warren joined DAI Magister after completing a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors in Physics from the University of Bristol. During his time at Magister he has worked on multiple deals including Tandem Bank’s £60m recapitalization. Oliver is an Analyst at DAI Magister.

Omar Makkawy

Omar Makkawy Analyst


Omar has over 7 years of experience working in Finance. Prior to joining DAI Magister, he worked in both buy and sell side in wealth management and equity research roles. Omar is an Analyst at DAI Magister and a CFA® charterholder.