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The daughter of Goa loses her battle with cancer in NY

Panaji: Aisha de Sequeira, the daughter of Goa and Morgan Stanley India co-country head and head of its investment banking group, died in New York on Thursday. She was 50.

“Sadly, my wife Aisha de Sequeira passed away early this morning in New York. She was a great person who was warm and loving. She enjoyed spending time with her sons Nathan (9), Alexander (9) and Erasmo (11),” said her husband Roy de Souza, the founder of Zedo, in a Facebook post.

Sequeira, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017 and was also testing a revolutionary treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, recently led Morgan Stanley to close the deals for Google and Facebook to buy stakes in Reliance Jio platform.

According to Fortune India, during Sequeira’s tenure, Morgan Stanley raised over USD 20 billion of capital for clients in India, moving to the second spot in equity capital markets with an 11.6 percent market share during the six months ended June 2020, as per MS.

Other deals in which she played a key advisory role are the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular and the recent first REIT deal for the Blackstone Group-backed Embassy Group.

Born and raised in Goa, she was the grand-daughter of Dr Jack de Sequeria, the president of the United Goans Party. Her father too was a member of the parliament and owned the local Coca-Cola bottling factory.

Recently in an interview with a business magazine, she had said that after she was diagnosed with cancer, she preferred to continue to work since it helped her not think about the disease all the time.

“Saddened by the passing away of Daughter of Goa Aisha De Sequeira. She was Fortune India’s one of the Most Powerful Women of India & Head of Morgan Stanley in India. My condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace”, former Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat tweeted.

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