The firm of former AZB & Partners CEO Abhijit Joshi, Veritas Legal, has advised German specialty chemicals company Evonik on its acquisition of Mumbai-based catalyst supplier Monarch Catalyst, which was advised by J Sagar Associates (JSA) partner Sandeep Mehta.

The value of the purchase of the family owned company founded in 1973 was not disclosed. It is expected to close in the first half of 2015, reported Mint.

wcug12jeJ Sagar Associates (JSA) advised Reliance Infra on its Rs 819 crore ($130m) acquisition of 18 per cent stake in Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering which was advised by K Law and Crawford Bayley.

Induslaw represented Olacabs, which must fast be turning into one of its most high-profile and valuable clients, in a $200m takeover of TaxiForSure.

M&AAmarchand maintained its standing as India’s clear M&A leader topping the annual chart for the third year in a row.

Tweet Bharucha & Partners advised social media giant Twitter on its first acquisition in India, in its $30m buy of missed-call marketing platform ZipDial Mobile Solutions, which was advised by AZB & Partners.

Amarchand Mangaldas and K&L Gates advised US-based Par Pharmaceuticals and its wholly-owned Indian subsidiary Par Formulations on its acquisition of Chennai-based Ethics Biolabs, which was advised by HSB Partners.

Amarchand Delhi partners Amit Kumar and Arvind Sharma, principal associate designate Janani Sekhar and senior associate Ananda Malhotra acted for Par Pharmaceuticals.

HSB partners TK Bhaskar and Varun Sriram with associate Anantha Krishnan Iyer acted for Ethics Biolabs and its selling promoters. Ethics conducts “bioavailability, bioequivalence, pharmacokinetic and clinical end point studies for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies”, started an Amarchand press release. The value of the deal, which closed on 14 January, was confidential.

Rajani Singhania & Partners acted for online financial services marketplace Apna Paisa Marketing and Services and its promoters in its merger with Trilegal-advised Casa Capital Management, which is a financial services holding company.

Rajani Singhania Mumbai partner Preeti Balwani, with senior associate Swati Rout and associate Varun Shah acted for Apna Paisa, while Trilegal Mumbai partner Ashwyn Misra and associate Saswat Subasit acted for Casa Capital.

Casa will take a stake in Apna Paisa, while the Apna Paisa promoters will take compulsorily convertible preference shares of the equity share capital of the merged Apna and Casa entity, which is expected to complete within the next 18 months.

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