• About Us

Hedge Finance Limited (HFL) is a Kochi-based non-deposit taking NBFC, registered with the Reserve Bank of India. The company was founded by Mr Alex K Babu in 2011. Over the years, HFL has established itself as a prime lender in Kerala with a wide client base and advanced infrastructure. Its focus is on finance against shares and mutual funds, complementing the business of its parent company, Hedge Equities Ltd. HFL has diversified into loans against property, business loans, and personal loans. The company is a part of the Hedge group of companies, which includes Hedge Equities Ltd (engaged in equity broking) and Hedge Commodities Ltd (commodity broking). The group started its operations in 2008. It provides services in capital markets, wealth management, and other investment products. The Company incorporated on 15th February 2011 vide Certificate of Incorporation No. U65923KL2011PLC027672 issued by the Registrar of Companies, Kerala to carry on the business of lending money either with or without security, carry on the business of hire purchase finance, leasing, gold loan, carry on the business of financiers, but the company shall not do the business of banking within the meaning of Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and subject to the Rules and Regulations issued by the Reserve Bank of India from time to time. The company has obtained Certificate of Commencement of Business on 18th June 2012.


Chairman and Managing Director

Alex K Babu is the Founder, Chairman, and Managing Director of the Hedge Group of Companies. Recognized for his youthful zeal, creativity and business intelligence, Alex believes his role as a business leader is to lead his organization and society through change. In his own words, “Leading change is the skill I’ve worked hardest to acquire. Our company, industry, and business environment is changing all the time, so I marshal my resources and time to keep myself and my organization moving forward.”
At Hedge, Alex endeavours to build a work ethic that strives for Competitive Greatness – a clarion call to every employee to perform at their very best, each and every day. To this end, he has been instrumental in creating an organizational culture of initiative, cooperation, and excellence that repeatedly and forcefully confronts the question, “Why are we doing what we are doing?”


 Whole-time Director

Mr. K P Padmakumar is a Banker with nearly 52 years of experience in India and abroad in Commercial Banking Treasury Management, Capital Markets, Mutual Funds and NBFCs. He is a Graduate in Agriculture and Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers ICAIIBJ. During his 27 years of service in State Bank of India, he had handled many operational assignments including Treasury Manager -ship of “SBI’s Bahrain Offshore Banking Unit and that of Fund Manager of SBI Mutual Fund. In SBI he was managing one of the biggest Mutual Fund Schemes of the country namely “Magnum MultiplierPlus-1,993” with a corpus size of 1300 Cr. He was Chairman of the Federal Bank Ltd for 6 years from 1999 to 2005 and was instrumental in the transformation of the Bank as a tech-sawy vibrant Bank with commanding presence in the Indian Banking Universe.



Mr. Rapheal. P. Thomas is the master mind and the founding father of Al Barary Aluminium and Glass LLC, which was established and is operational since year 1993 from Dubai and Sharjah, U.A.E. Through his endeavouring ability, Al Barary expanded itself being the market leader as the largest qualified Sub-Contractor for building enveloping and glazing works, aluminium and glass fabrication, and installation in Middle East. As a result driven, self-motivated and resourceful, Mr. Rapheal was successful enough to diversify his business venture into different fruitful endeavours, thereby providing guidance with proven ability to develop and strengthen management teams in order to maximize company profitability and efficiency.


Independent Director

Shri P.C John is a post graduate in Chemistry with First Rank in the Kerala University. He has over forty years of wide and varied experience in commercial banking covering credit, treasury, forex, planning etc. He retired from Federal Bank as Executive Director and board member. Apart from Federal Bank he has also served as a director in United Stock Exchange of India and erstwhile Bharath Overseas Bank. He has also served as a member of the core committee constituted by the Govt of Kerala for PSU restructuring.


Independent Director

Mr. Ajit Kumar is a post graduate in Commerce from the University of Calicut and is an associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. He has over 40 years of Banking experience in financial sector and held important positions in SBI and EXIM Bank of India. On retirement from EXIM Bank of India as Chief General Manager, he held the position of Chief Credit Officer for CSB Bank Ltd for the last 4 years till July 2019.