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Amarchand Mangaldas advised realty giant DLF on India’s first commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) issue to raise Rs 3,500 crore this fiscal.

Axon Partners LLP and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy jointly advised the lead book runners and lead managers in Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV issuing $1bn and €750m of notes, with Allen & Overy (A&O) advised Bharti Airtel and the Dutch issue on Dutch and US laws.

Axon co-founding partner Abhimanyu Bhandari with associates Kajal Bhimani and Prashant Kumar advised on Indian law with Milbank Singapore partner Naomi Ishikawa with senior associate Adrian Yeo and associate Leroy Langeveld.

A&O Hong Kong partner Amit Singh with associates Garrick Merlo and Vivian Chow acted for the issuer.

The book runners were Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Standard Chartered Bank, JP Morgan Securities PLC and Bank of America-Merril Lynch, reported Mint and others.

The same firms had also acted on Bharti's Dutch $1bn dollar bond issue one year ago, followed by a €750m bond in December 2013.

Luthra & Luthra and Perkins Coie acted for the Government of India in the first-of-its-kind central public sector enterprise (CPSE) exchange traded fund (ETF), which offered stakes in 10 public sector undertakings (PSUs) through a mutual fund structure.

KoovsKhaitan & Co advised Indian online fashion shop Koovs on its Rs 224.5 cr listing on the London Stock Exchange’s smaller cousin, with English law firms Osborne Clarke, Foot Anstey and Macfarlanes.

Oil rigAmarchand Mangaldas Delhi office is acting for exploration giant Cairn India, which is buying back up to 14.98% of its equity share capital for $930m (Rs 5,725 crore) from the open market through stock exchanges.

PDS & Associates has acted for steel maker Mukand Limited in its Rs 160 crore rights issue, which was filed with the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) last week. Board approval was granted in June.

PDS Mumbai partner Sajid Mohamed advised Mukand, assisted by principal Abhishek Misra who had joined the firm two months ago from SA Partners – a start-up he set up in 2010. PDS & Associates is the corporate advisory arm of PDS Legal, which specialises in tax advisory. Both firms work closely with Ernst & Young (E&Y).

Amarchand Mangaldas is advising publishers of the Hindustan Times HT Media on its Rs 25 crore buyback of 2.05 per cent of its shares, which commenced on 3 June and will be open latest until 13 May 2014.

Amarchand Delhi partner Inder Mohan Singh, principal associate designate Kunal Mehra and senior associate Aayush Kapoor are acting for the media house.

They are advising HT Media on various transaction related issues from time to time and have drafted the public announcement, various notifications with the stock exchanges and the regulator, and documentation, according to a statement from the firm.

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company is the manager to the buyback. Amarchand had acted on the media company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2005.

neggrid3Amarchand for Adani Ports, Khaitan & Co and Jones Day step up for the banks.

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