About Us

The world of business is highly competitive, and hence even the smallest of hiccups mostly prove to be expensive. And once the pressure builds up, these hiccups prove difficult to solve, even with professional help.

We are Decifer (previously Finadvantage); a tech-powered advisory firm that makes things simple, as well as affordable for you. Whether your problems be related to accounting, process improvement, due diligence, tax, startup growth, or have to do with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) or American Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), we have your back.

We take new challenges head on. No matter whether you’re a startup that needs consultation in matters of conceptualization, or achieving growth; or you're a large business facing issues with tech-enabled compliance and expansion, we have the expertise and the know-how you need.

Our team comprises an experienced advisory panel armed with talent and wisdom honed by service at the Big 4. Our solutions are responsive, and are customised to the personality of your company, after exhaustive, systematic analysis of your need. The best of our talent make sure to engineer these solutions so they’re the most practical, budget-friendly workarounds possible.

Since our founding in 2013, with offices in both Bangalore and Hyderabad, we've become one of the most preferred advisory firms outside of the Big 4, thanks to our dedicated and growing team of over 60 professionals, and our streamlined approach to business solutions. We’ve expanded our reach to Delhi and Mumbai as well, over the past couple of years.

Our Team

Our Leaders

 

Hitesh Shah

Hitesh, one of the co-founders of Decifer, brings to the table over 12 years of service at KPMG and in the IT/ITES, Manufacturing, Private equity and Real Estate sectors. He has extensive experience providing audit and advisory services to a number of businesses according to the Indian GAAP, IFRS, and US GAAP. Some of the companies he's advised include Metro Cash&Carry, SAP, GE entities in India, and Siemens companies in India. He is currently a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


 

Amith Shah

Having rendered audit and advisory services with KPMG to clients from IT/ITES, Private Equity and Financial services for more than a decade, Amit heads the Accounting Advisory team at Decifer. He has also been extensively involved in the preparation of training material for the US GAAP, the IFRS and the Indian GAAP. He's also been extensively involved as an instructor in these programs. Presently, he is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


 

Sundeep Mittal

Sundeep has, for more than a decade, provided assurance and advisory services that include customized improvement-based solutions to large corporates in the IT/ITES and manufacturing sectors. Some of the companies he's advised include Microsoft, Wipro, Mindtree, SAP, Mahindra Holidays, Danieli, Gati, Broadridge, and Tech Mahindra, to name a few. He also worked as the Associate Director and Location leader for KPMG's Accounting Advisory Services (AAS) at Hyderabad. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


 

Parimal Rao

Parimal has over 16 years of experience in direct taxes and transfer pricing, which has helped him provide valued assistance with FEMA, International Employee movement, and Business valuation. He's served at PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 7 years, and has also had the experience of handling Singaporean and Malaysian tax issues. Parimal is currently an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


 

Suhasini Sampath Kumar

Suhasini has over 10 years of experience with KPMG, and has specialized in CFO services for IT/ITES, E-commerce, Private Equity, and Venture Capitalist Funding corporations. She was instrumental in winning and servicing the Fulcrum assignment for KPMG, and was involved in the preparation of hundreds of financial statements in the IFRS and US GAAP. She is a designated Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India.


Our Management

 

Gopal Sharma

Gopal has over a decade of experience with KPMG, Erst & Young, and Danieli specializing in Consulting and Controllership services, managing the finance function of companies primarily related to Manufacturing and Infrastructure. He is a qualified Bachelor of Commerce and is presently designated as the Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the body that regulates the accounting and audit profession in India. Gopal enjoys finding anomalies in financial documents, but apart from work, he has the rare hobby of philately and is also a tech enthusiast.


 

Suja Nair

After graduating as a Chartered Accountant, Suja went on to get a diploma in IFRS from ACCA. She has over 6 years of experience in core accounting at TVS Motors and Hindustan Unilever Limited. Suja is fascinated with startups, and the roles that CFOs play at startups. Her hobbies include listening to contemporary Indian classical music, reading, watching sitcoms, and learning about new technology too.


 

Dheeraj M. Bafna

Dheeraj is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has over 3 years of experience in the Indian Accounting and Auditing standards. He is an avid bicycle enthusiast, enjoys the occasional trek, and loves spending his time with animals, especially dogs. He loves swimming, and it has been a swimmer ever since he was in school.


 

B. Abhishek Jain

Abhishek, a qualified Chartered Accountant, has over 3 years of experience in the Indian Accounting and Auditing standards. He enjoys spending his free time reading, watching documentaries and cooking shows. He loves listening to classical Indian and Western music as well. He enjoys learning new things, and currently has taken to the language of Japanese


Latest News

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