MuraliA law firm started seven months ago by a Kerala advocate and two ex-senior associates from Amarchand Mangaldas and Trilegal, have acted opposite J Sagar Associates (JSA) and DLA Piper to advise on the takeover of a Kerala-based vocational training company by a German services giant.

ydc0jzcmSeven years after advising India’s largest realtor DLF in its $250m buy of Aman resorts, Luthra & Luthra advised DLF in selling Aman back to its owner Adrian Zecha for $358m (Rs 1,600 crore).

The four firms advised on the National Stock Exchange’s acquisition of Computer Age Management Services, which is valued at up to Rs 1,500 crore.

Facebook likes Little EyeJ Sagar Associates (JSA) won the mandate to represent long-standing client Facebook on its first Indian acquisition, in its buy of Bangalore-based mobile software analytics company Little Eye Labs for around $15m, which was advised by a local CA firm.

PizzaVichar Partners advised the world’s third-largest pizza chain Papa John’s in selling a majority stake in its Indian franchisee OM Pizza & Eats to Avan Projects, which was advised by Advani & Co.

Vaish Associates advised Japanese drug company Rohto Pharmaceutical in buying 40 per cent stake in Deep Care Health which was advised by Mundkur Law Partners.

Vaish Gurgaon partner Hitender Mehta with principal associate Akshay Saxena and senior associate Pratyush Khurana acted for Rohto, which bought the stake for Rs 15.33 crore after a September 2013 Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval, according to the Press Information Bureau.

Mundkur managing partner Ramanand Mundkur partner acted for Deep which forms a joint venture with Rohto to manufacture and deal in prescription and over-the-counter ophthalmological drugs.

Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai corporate partners Ashwath Rau and Aysswarya Murthi acted for the Macquarie Group in the sale of its 50 per cent holding in Religare Macquarie Wealth Management to joint venture partner Religare Enterprises, which was advised by Vaish Associates corporate and banking partner Sandhya Iyer.

The JV exit was signed on 29 August and closed on 26 November 2013 [VCCircle]. Religare is a long-loyal client of Vaish, while Macquarie has used a number of Indian firms in the past, though Amarchand had set up the Religare JV for the Australian banking giant between 2007 and 2008.

BurgerLuthra & Luthra advised Indian private equity and real estate firm Everstone Capital in its joint venture with international fast food giant Burger King.

Chennai law firm Vichar Partners advised Chennai-based auto parts manufacturer Susira Industries in its sale to the Japanese Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha, which was advised by Bangalore law firm Crestlaw Partners.

Vichar partner Chitra Narayan with associate Raj Jabakh acted for Susira, according to an email from Vichar, which will now operate as Usui Susira – a 100 per cent subsidiary of Usui Japan.

Crestlaw partners Ravitej Rao and Sundar Raman acted for Usui.

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