Nirav Batavia

CFA | Partner

Lombard, IL 60148

Nirav Batavia

CFA | Partner
Forum Financial Co-Managing Partner Nirav Batavia


Why I Became a Financial Advisor

In 2008, I was managing a hedge fund when a few of my relatives and family friends approached me for advice. They were concerned that the market was dropping and that they would not be able to afford retirement after working and saving diligently for decades. I started helping them during my non-work hours and eventually had a crisis of conscience.

I realized that in helping them, I felt a far greater sense of purpose and impact than I ever felt from my everyday job. I also realized that while I could help them and put them on a better trajectory, I wish they would have spoken to someone like me a decade or two earlier because had they been doing the right things all along, they would have already been on a significantly better path than they were at that time.

That experience made me commit to becoming a fiduciary advisor and serving clients who are just starting out through those well into retirement.




“Money’s greatest intrinsic value — and this can’t be overstated — is its ability to give you control over your time.”


Industrial Work Space With Clock and Ladder


Nirav Batavia serves as Co-Managing Partner of Forum and Co-Director of Forum’s Investment Committee as well as Chief Technology Officer. His 18 years of experience in the financial services industry include five years at Citigroup managing a $1 billion fixed-income portfolio as trader and portfolio manager. He also co-founded an $80 million fixed-income hedge fund in 2008.

Nirav’s experience with entrepreneurial and social media companies includes positions as vice president of interactive marketing and social media specialist for NutshellMail, acquired in 2010 by Constant Contact. He is currently also the CEO of Owl Technologies, a technology service provider for advisors that provides clients with a better and more efficient financial advisory experience. Nirav is a CFA® charterholder. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in finance and from Penn Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Nirav earned his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in entrepreneurship and accounting.

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