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Pills n pills Khaitan & Co and Baker & McKenzie again advised leading global injectable generic drugs maker Hospira and its Indian subsidiary Hospira Healthcare India (HHI) in its Rs 1100 crore ($200m) acquisition of Chennai-based global pharma major Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals’ penicillin and penem making facility and research & development business. Orchid was advised by Amarchand Mangaldas and Latham & Watkins.

Verus' Jay Parikh Verus advised India-based leading global wind-power company and longstanding client Suzlon Energy (Suzlon) in the Rs 160 crore ($40m) sale of its 58 MW wind-farm Suzlon Engitech to an undisclosed purchaser, which was advised by Desai & Diwanji.

Wireless Exclusive: Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB with international firms Jones Day and Penningtons advised Bharti Airtel on its $165m purchase of Qualcomm 4G spectrum licences in India, according to several sources close to the deal.

Thomas Cook flies awayAZB & Partners and international law firm Shearman & Sterling advised a Canadian financial holdings company’s investment subsidiary Fairbridge Capital in its purchase of 76.81 per cent equity for Rs 817 crore ($150m) in British holiday maker Thomas Cook Group’s (TCG) Indian subsidiary Thomas Cook India (TCIL). TCG was advised by Trilegal with international best friend law firm Allen & Overy.

clip_image001J Sagar Associates (JSA) and international law firm DLA Piper advised Dutch pension services provider APG Strategic Real Estate pool Netherlands in its Rs 650 crore ($123m) investment in leading Indian hotel chain Lemon Tree Hotels and its subsidiary Fleur Hotels which were advised by AZB & Partners.

linkedin-iconFox Mandal Bangalore instructed by US law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR) advised business and professional networking website LinkedIn on its Rs 632 crore ($118m) acquisition of presentation sharing service Slideshare which was advised by US law firm Fenwick & West LLP.

Bharucha & Partners advised Axis Bank that sold 25 per cent of its shares in Axis Asset Management to Amarchand Mangaldas-advised Schroders.

J Sagar Associates advised TVS Logistics Services, opposite AZB & Partners’ Mumbai and Delhi offices that respectively advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on its first round of funding and Goldman Sachs on its second investment into the Indian logistics company that has plans to aggressively expand abroad.

Bombay Stock Exchange AZB & Partners advised Nasdaq-listed information technology services company iGate Corp in its Rs 1,400 crore ($271m) voluntary delisting of its Mumbai-based unit Patni computer systems, which was jointly advised by Wadia Ghandy and international law firm Hogan Lovells.

M&A league table Amarchand Mangaldas and Luthra & Luthra have each racked up over $10bn worth of deals to top the M&A Indian mergermarket league table for the first quarter of 2012, displacing 2011 first quarter (Q1) frontrunner AZB & Partners.

image Amarchand Mangaldas’ Bangalore office advised Japan’s largest non-life insurer Mitsui Sumitomo in its Rs 2,731 crore ($530m) purchase of 26 per cent in the joint venture (JV) of Indian insurer Max India and US insurer New York Life Insurance, which were respectively advised by AZB & Partners and Paul Weiss, and Platinum Partners and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Akila Agrawal Amarchand Mangaldas scored a first-time mandate for Japanese conglomerate NEC Corporation in assisting Davis Polk & Wardwell in its $449m (Rs 2280 crore) acquisition of US telecoms company Convergys Corporation’s information management (IM) business.

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