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11 July 2013
Corporate M&A

M&A: Biggest slice, or rest of the pie?AZB & Partners dropped off data provider Merger Market’s half-yearly (H1) M&A league table despite reporting 21 deals – the highest among India’s top ten law firms.

01 July 2013
Corporate M&A

Desai & Diwanji advised auto parts maker Amtek Auto, which bought 51.2 per cent in the Jamshedpur-based JMT Auto for Rs 110 crore ($18.4m), according to VCCircle. JMT Auto was advised by Amicus.

Desai & Diwanji Gurgaon-based partner Raghav Mathur assisted by senior associates Nikhil Sachdeva and Jinni Sinha with associates Amanjot Malhi, Nakul Batra and Nitya Chadha acted for Amtek. The company made an open offer to purchase an additional 26 per cent equity in JMT for Rs 55.6 crore.

Amicus co-founding partner Shivi Agarwal acted for JMT, which had revenues of over Rs 300 crore on 31 March, according to the Economic Times. Amtek is backed by funds ChrysCapital and Warburg Pincus, and ChrysCapital also holds 30.5 per cent in JMT, according to VCCircle.

27 June 2013
Corporate M&A

Vaish Associates advised pre-school network Brainworks Learning Systems and its investor Kusumbala Investments in selling out for Rs 5 crore ($824,810) to pre-school network Tree House Education & Accessories. Tree House was advised by Wadia Ghandy.

Vaish Associates Mumbai corporate and banking partner Sandhya Iyer with senior associate Yatin Narang and associate Ishita Roy acted for Brainworks which, according to Business Standard, has 13 self-operated and 51 franchisee centres all over India.

Wadia Ghandy Ahmedabad partner Tanvish Bhatt with senior associate Shreya Desai acted for Tree House which will now have 450 centres across India, reported the paper.

26 June 2013
Corporate M&A

HydrocarbonAmarchand Mangaldas advised Videocon Hydrocarbon Holdings (VHHL) on the Indian leg of the $2.475bn (Rs 14,827 crore) sale of its 10 per cent stake in a Mozambique gas field in Brazil.

25 June 2013
Corporate M&A

IndusLaw advised the founders of Redbus and its early investors Helion, Inventus and Seed Fund, in selling out the online bus-ticketing service for $100m (Rs 597 crore) to the Ibibo Group, which is a joint venture of South African Media giant Naspers and Chinese internet company Tencent.

Amarchand Mumbai partners Vandana Shroff and Ajay Joseph acted for the Ibibo Group, which owns online travel aggregators Goibibo and TravelBoutiqueOnline.

IndusLaw Bangalore partner Suneeth Katarki with associates Basava Rao, Rashi Saraf, and Sherill Pal acted for the Bangalore-based Pilani Softlabs’ founders Phanindra Sama and Charan Padmaraju and the other investors in the buy-out of the seven-year old company.

In 2012 RedBus earned Rs 350 crore selling tickets over Rs 600 crore on more than 10,000 bus routes, according to Mint.

20 June 2013
Corporate M&A

Amarchand Mangaldas advised State Bank of India (SBI), SBI Trustee and SBI AMC in buying Japan’s second-largest brokerage group Daiwa Security Group’s Daiwa Mutual Fund. Daiwa was advised by AZB & Partners. SBI will buy the Japanese fund for more than Rs 1.3 crore ($220,000), reports Mint.

Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai corporate partners Ashwath Rau and Aysswarya Murthi acted for the buyers, which will acquire Daiwa’s sponsorship, trusteeship and management.AZB & Partners Mumbai partner Alka Nalavadi and associate Rushabh Maniar acted for Daiwa Asset Management Company’s Indian and Japanese arms and Daiwa Trustee Company.

Daiwai Mutual Fund is selling out to SBI because it wants to cut costs and jobs outside Japan, and because India poses regulatory uncertainties, waning retail investor interest in equity markets, wafer-thin margins and a highly competitive environment, reported the Times of India.

13 June 2013
Corporate M&A

TyresAmarchand Delhi, Jones Day Cleveland and Sullivan Cromwell London acted on Gurgaon’s Apollo Tyres $2.5bn takeover of Ohio-based Cooper.

05 June 2013
Corporate M&A

Desai Diwanji, Freshfields, Linklaters, TTA sold German machining company to India auto maker

30 May 2013
Corporate M&A

 waxw1cdiKhaitan & Co and Davis & Gilbert advised Japanese media giant Dentsu and its Indian subsidiary in picking up 80 per cent stake in Indian digital agency Webchutney. Webchutney was advised by SA Partners.

28 May 2013
Corporate M&A

wealth managementTrilegal advised British multinational bank Standard Chartered in buying out US investment bank Morgan Stanley’s Indian private wealth management unit. Morgan Stanley was advised by Amarchand Mangaldas.

25 April 2013
Corporate M&A

Jet AirwaysSenior counsel Harish Salve got stuck into novel transactional law with ELP, Gagrats, Amarchand and DLA.

15 April 2013
Corporate M&A

PDS & Associates and DLA Piper advised Indian conglomerate PCM Group in its €36m (Rs 255 crore) acquisition of German international railway equipment conglomerate Rail One whose shareholders were advised by Hogan Lovells.

PDS & Associates Mumbai partner Sajid Mohamed, with DLA Piper Germany partner Benjamin Parameswaran and counsel Isaschar Nicolaysen and a raft of other DLA partners acted for the Siliguri-based Indian private company in acquiring the 118-year old German giant.

Hogan Lovells Berlin-based partner Jörg Meissner acted for Rail One shareholders. The €150m company with plants in Germany, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain and South Korea was acquired for €36m reported the Economic Times.

Linklaters partner Dr Eva Reudelhuber acted for the banks for the sellers.

11 April 2013
Corporate M&A

Q1 M&A: In terrible shape AZB & Partners did the greatest number of deals (13) in the first quarter of this year, according to the mergermarket M&A deal rankings.