Ashvini Chopra
Senior Vice President
Times Group

Ashvini Chopra(TEP) is Senior Vice President at Bennet Coleman. He Heads the Family office and takes care of Succession Planning, Tax planning, Wealth Management, Lifestyle Management, Entity management (for investment companies & Charity Trusts) and advising on Board constitution. Simultaneously, he also works with other families on their Succession and Estate Planning issues and assists with Family Constitutions, formation of trusts and Wills. He has and experience of working with over 100 large and small families for their Estate and Succession requirements. Ashvini has over 25 years of experience of which 8 years have been as an Estate Planning Professional and over 7 years as a Private Banker. Prior to joining private Banking he has been part of capital markets. Prior to joining Times Group he was the founder MD and CEO of Universal Trustees Private Limited (UTPL), a company co-promoted by Dileep Choksi, Pradip Shah with ICICI Group as an investor. At UTPL he was responsible for completely setting up the company from scratch and advised over 100 families with their estate planning requirements. He is a Diploma Holder in Trust & Estate Practice from STEP UK, an MBA in marketing and a commerce graduate. Ashvini is also a member of Family Firms Institute, Inc. USA (FFI) and Family office Exchange. He regularly contributes articles to the STEP Journal and The Practitioner by FFI. He has been a part of the ET Family Business Awards Jury for the 2018 and 2019 editions. Having been a part of the financial services industry in times of fundamental change, he has amassed wide experience across the industry. Right from his first job, when NBFC sector was new to India to the one at Universal Trustees, he has always tried to be in nascent industries. He joined a Mutual fund in 1997 when the mutual fund industry was going through its most tumultuous phase. In 2004 he joined the start-up team of another Mutual Fund which was India’s first focussed debt fund house. After being a part of the mutual fund for four years since the start of its operations and helping the fund to grow to INR 10,000 crores, he moved to ICICI Bank in its International Private Banking Unit. Three years back, Ashvini again made a lateral move by joining a Single Family office. As part of this Family office he has been taking care of transition from the old guard at the Family office and assisting with implementation of modern practices and advances in Family Office functionalities. He also, on a limited basis, continues to advice other families for their Succession and Estate Planning requirements. Recently he has been successfully able to complete a couple of complex and conflictual Succession Planning assignments. In Universal Trustees he was the founder MD who helped it post explosive growth in its offerings and made it one of the premier Estate and Trust Planning & administration institution in India. Prior to Universal Trustees, In ICICI Bank Ashvini was identified with the business growth the bank witnessed in International Private Banking in East Africa and Philippines. He moved as Head of Sales for Private Banking of ICICI Group in the US & later he was put in charge of rejuvenating the private banking team in the UK as Head of Private Clients in UK. He plays an active role in setting up the procedures and systems that in turn help the organisation to hold steady initially and reaps the dividends later on reaching new heights. At Universal Trustees, he made it his mission to make it the first system based trustee company in India and to that end contracted with a global software company to Indianise their existing software for use by UTPL. Ashvini loves meeting people and visiting new cities. A keen reader, he loves reading various genres of books with his favourite authors being Ayn Rand and Issac Asimov.