Buy and Sell Unlisted Shares, Pre-IPO Shares and ESOPs

We aim to lower the entry barriers to Private Equity investments and make them easily accessible via our platform.


Altius is India’s leading platform which facilitates buying and selling of Unlisted, Pre-IPO and privately held shares. We ensure liquidity for our clients by providing a two-way (buy & sell) quote on all investments on our platform, fostering trust and transparency

Unlisted Companies

Invest in Industry Leaders with an established track record and profitability. These companies are already on different stages of an IPO track.

Start Up Investing

Invest in disruptive, new-age growth stage startups at lower minimums. Invest alongside venture capital and private equity funds.

ESOP Shareholders & Existing Investors

Unlock the value of your equity and diversify your holdings. Get exits from ESOPs in startups at attractive market valuations.


About us

We believe in enabling access to alternative sources of investments at lower entry barriers to private equity investments.

For investors We curate investment opportunities in companies at reasonable valuations which are on the verge of an IPO leading to massive value unlocking. Investments are backed by thorough research and sound investment thesis, with a time bound exit plan.
For ESOP Shareholder and Existing Investor We assist them to liquidate their shares even if they are not publicly traded by creating a platform where we find the right buyers and sellers for the best prices.

25+ Years of experience

More than 15,000 deals

300 crores plus transaction Value

Over 8,000 clients served

Real Time Execution

Best in Class execution speed - Offer Note to Deal execution (transfer of funds and shares) happens within 24 hours

Best prices in the industry

We provide a buy-sell quote on every trade. Huge client base and massive volumes help us to provide best rates in the industry

Guided Simplified Process

Over the years our best in class process has been simplified. Additionally, our associates will hand hold you through every step of the way

Trusted Brand

We are regularly featured in top media outlets like Economic Times, Financial Express, Moneycontrol. Also read our verified client reviews on Google

In depth Research & Analysis

Our analysts are adept at finding investment opportunities and back those up with fundamental and industry analysis.

No Hidden/Service Charges

We charge no brokerage / commission / service charges on our sale or purchase transactions.

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  • What are unlisted shares?

    Equity shares of a company that are not yet listed on the Stock Exchanges like BSE, NSE, MSEI, etc. are called unlisted equity shares.

  • Existing stakeholders, promoters or employees who have equity shares of an unlisted company and early investors who wish to get value of their investment. We create a platform for people to sell their ESOP shares to us at attractive valuations, creating liquidity for companies.

  • Pre-IPO shares are of companies who are up for an Initial Public Offering, for listing the company on a Stock Exchange. An IPO event is recognised as unlocking true value out of a company’s share as it is available for everyone to buy and sell on an exchange.

  • To know more about the process of how investments in unlisted shares work (click on link)

    1. Reasonable Valuations Unlisted/Pre IPO trade a certain discount to their listed comparables and thus generate superior returns
    2. Preferred Access Invest with VCs and Private Equity Funds in companies which are not otherwise available to retail investors
    3. Diversification Get access to sectors/geographies which are not currently present in the listed markets (Eg. Startup space, Gaming Industry, IPL via CSK etc)
  • Investing in unlisted shares limits liquidity and transparency as they aren’t traded on public exchanges, making it hard for investors to assess a company's financial performance.

    Altius addresses these challenges by providing comprehensive information on its platform, enhancing accessibility and mitigating risks associated with unlisted investments.

  • It depends on an investor’s investment goals, risk tolerance, and market conditions. Although listed companies offer better liquidity, unlisted companies give opportunities for high returns, especially in startups.

    • Liquidity Risk: Since the shares are not traded on an exchange, they are subject to liquidity risk.
    • Niche Market: The market for unlisted shares is relatively smaller than the one on a stock exchange.
    1. Altius is the market leader in the unlisted space and has been covered in leading publications (Click on link) (ET, Financial Express, Forbes etc).
    2. We are the preferred partners for Reliance Securities, Karvy, Edelweiss and have worked with most other leading wealth management firms in the past.
    3. We also provide an option of escrow services to our clients and have ICICI and HDFC Bank stand as our guarantors of executions.
  • Yes, most shares are transferable through the DEMAT process. Some private companies might be transferred through physical mode as well.

  • As of April 1, 2019, the transfer of shares in physical form for public limited companies has been discontinued. However, the transfer of unlisted shares remains permissible.

    Ensuring the proper transfer of physical shares of unlisted companies involves completing necessary documentation, including share transfer forms, paying stamp duty, and verifying signatures for authenticity and legality.

  • Yes, unlisted companies can distribute dividends to shareholders, subject to the company’s dividend policies and profitability.

  • Some of our notable exits in the last decade include:

    • Tata Technologies (7X Returns in 2.5 years)
    • ICICI Lombard (9.7X in 5years)
    • BSE Ltd. (8.9X in 5.5 years)
    We always recommend our clients to invest in long term for sustainable wealth building.

  • We have been active in unlisted space for the last 20 years. You can click here for a detailed table on our past investments and exits.

  • The time frame varies from company to company and in what stage of business the company is in. 2-5 years is considered an average timeframe for investments in unlisted shares. If the company does not come up for an IPO, the investor can sell the shares in the active grey market. We actively provide a two-way quote in most of the stocks we deal in.

  • Yes, FPIs or Foreign Portfolio Investors can invest in unlisted securities as set by SEBI.

  • These are a few ways in which Unlisted Shares can be valued:

    • Discounted Cash Flow Method: Estimates present value by projecting future cash flows for an investment.
    • Relative Valuation Model: Compares a company's value to competitors or industry peers for financial assessment.
    • Market value: Reflects the price the asset would fetch in the market, influenced by buyer and seller dynamics.

  • Income Tax on Trading (Click on link) in unlisted shares is similar to the tax treatment of other capital assets (Click on link). The following are the income tax rates on the sale of unlisted shares of a Domestic Company or Foreign Company.

    1. STCG (Short Term Capital Gains): Stocks held for less than 24 months | Profits are taxed as per the investor's tax slab for the year.
    2. LTCG (Long Term Capital Gains): Stocks held for over 24 months | Profits are taxed at 20% with indexation.
    3. In the case of a Non-Resident, LTCG on Unlisted Stock is 10% without Indexation.

  • No, Securities Transaction Tax or STT are not applicable to transactions involving unlisted shares. It is only levied on transactions that are executed on recognized stock exchanges in India. Unlisted shares are traded through private transactions.

  • Depending on their income sources and filing requirements, tax filers can use ITR-2 or ITR-3 forms to file ITR on income earned from unlisted shares.

  • Yes, Unlisted shares need to be declared in ITR or Income Tax Return, complying with tax laws and regulations. Additional details you need to provide:

    1. Opening balance as on start of financial year. (say, April 1st 2023)
    2. Unlisted shares acquired during the year: Date of purchase, face value of shares, purchase price per share.
    3. Unlisted shares sold during the year and the amount received
    4. Closing balance as on Year-end. (March 31st, 2024)

  • We are not a registered Investment Advisor and we do not recommend to buy/hold/sell any shares. Please consult your financial advisor before investing.

  • Minimum investment for unlisted shares is Rs. 10,000.

  • The Zerodha demat account cannot be used to buy unlisted securities. However, it can be used to hold unlisted securities electronically if they are available in the depository.

Chennai Office

19/10, Guru Vappa Chetty Street, Chintadripet, Chennai - 600002

Dubai Office

2701, Executive Tower G, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE

Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Office

54-19-25/1, Flat no.101, Sai Residency, Nelson Mandela Park Road, LIC Colony, Vijayawada (Urban), Andhra Pradesh - 520008