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AZB, Khaitan double-team Reliance as Link Legal + SAM assist Den Networks on yet another $311m Jio payday [UPDATE-2]

Reliance Industries is buying 66% of Den Networks via a primary investment via preferential issue of Rs 2,045 crore and a secondary purchase of Rs 245 crore from the company’s promoters, according to reports.

Link Legal India Law Services acted for Den Networks and its promoters, led by partner Anuj Trivedi and supported by partner Milind Jha, and senior associates Kashish Arora and Sanya Haider.

AZB & Partners acted for Reliance Industries and Jio as transaction counsel.

Khaitan & Co acted for Reliance Industries and Jio on due diligence aspects. The core transaction team consisted of partner Haigreve Khaitan, executive director Sudhir Bassi, partner Arindam Ghosh, partner Rahul Dutt, senior associate Arpita Anand and associate Tanish Gupta with assistance from the following on due diligence of Den and subsidiaries. Also assisting were litigation partners Sanjeev Kapoor and Gaurav Juneja, and partner Abhishek Sinha, as well as litigation principal associates Kaushalya Shetty, Bhaskar Banerji, Rony Oommen John, and indirect tax principal associate Ayush Mehrotra. They were assisted by senior associates Tarang Shashishekhar, Avantika Govil, Shrey Agarwal and Tushaar Talwar, and associates Akshay Sharma, Anubhuti Sinha, Rhea Jha, Shivani Jha, Varun Yadav and Bharat Gupta Phalguni Bhalla, and associate Yamini Kumar.

Update 19 October 2018: Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas also acted for Den Networks alongside Link Legal, led by partners Raghubir Menon and Prashant Gupta, with principal associate Gaurav Dayal.

Update 22 October 2018: Full Khaitan deal team now included.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai office also acted for Goldman Sachs, an existing investor in Den Networks, led by partner Mithun V Thanks and principal associate Neety Thakkar.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Trilegal handled the contemporaneous Reliance acquisition of Hathway Cable & Datacom for $399m, we had reported earlier today.

This deal report is based on a firm's press release and may be only partially complete. Some firms or names of advisers may be therefore be missing.

Click here if you are working with a law firm that has not been credited for this deal, and we will update the report promptly.

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Like +22 Object -0 Goofup 19 Oct 18, 16:30  interesting  top rated
Neither did SAM represent DEN nor did they represent Reliance. Can you recheck which 'party' were they representing.
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Like +0 Object -9 kianganz 19 Oct 18, 16:32
This was officially confirmed by the firm - I think they assisted Den behind-the-scenes.
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Like +26 Object -0 Pumpkin 19 Oct 18, 23:30  interesting  top rated
The SE intimations filed by the company do not mention GS as a party to any of the transaction documents. The intimation simply states that GS's existing agreements are being terminated. May be 3 partners and 2 PAs of SAM were acting opposite each other on a termination letter! In the hush hush to claim credit, SAM has just made a fool of itself.
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Like +28 Object -0 Insider 19 Oct 18, 22:01  interesting  top rated
Certain agreements between the company and GS which Amarchand had helped draft 3-4 years back were being terminated consequent to the current transaction. Apparently, Sam provided a draft of termination letter for terminating this existing agreement. Other than this ancillary and consequential action, they had nothing to do with the current transaction.
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Like +6 Object -0 Guest 20 Oct 18, 17:35  interesting
What was GS' IRR on this investment?
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Like +5 Object -0 Guest 22 Oct 18, 10:39  interesting
Anyone....?
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Like +1 Object -4 L&L equity partner 22 Oct 18, 06:54
Surprising to not see Luthra’s name on any of the big ticket deals recently. I hear that’s because they have been conflicted and unlike most of the firms like CAM (we know which deal), they have a rigid conflicts policy with zero tolerance towards Chinese wall.

Kian, can you confirm?
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Like +2 Object -0 Vastu 22 Oct 18, 15:07
Nothing like that. Just the ill-effects of changing their logo.
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Like +1 Object -0 John Doe 22 Oct 18, 21:36
Conflict with whom? Pray tell?
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Like +0 Object -0 Harvey Sphincter 22 Oct 18, 22:33
Those on the 9th floor and those on the 1st floor.
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Like +5 Object -1 Hehaa 22 Oct 18, 21:14
Khaitan has the best diligence practice. Unlike other firms.
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Like +16 Object -0 #shamesam 22 Oct 18, 22:55  interesting  top rated
The reporting of this transaction and how various firms have reacted to get mileage from this mega deal has made me realise the following:

(a) Kian simply goes by firms statement, there is no inclination to verify facts before publishing. Sorry Kian, you may not agree but I think most readers will agree.

(b) SAM has reached a new low by trying to eat into credit for a transaction in which they were not even involved. More so people like RM and Prashant should not allow their names to be used for such low class publicity stunt. Image wise this stunt will do more harm than good. #shamesam

(c) Khaitan team: The number of guys you have listed is equal to the strength of a boutique firm.Give credit where it's due- there is a difference between deal team and extension list (without numbers) ;)

(d) massive respect for AZB. Those actually working on the deal realise that it was a Link Legal and AZB who toiled very hard on the transaction. AZB guys will be very disappointed to not find their names here where every other firm is working on Kaddu katega sab main batega logic and listing out every person even remotely connected to the deal.
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Like +1 Object -0 #Bro 23 Oct 18, 09:50
Don’t know the backdround / scene at target between Link Legal and SAM, but comment on Khaitan isn’t fair. RIL’s own release mentions Khaitan ahead of any other legal advisor.
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Like +0 Object -0 #shamesam 23 Oct 18, 13:57
I did not mean to take away any credit from Khaitan - I just thought that the list of people listed was a tad lengthy.
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Like +0 Object -0 Lexpert 23 Oct 18, 10:47
"Khaitan & Co acted for Reliance Industries and Jio on due diligence aspects. The core transaction team consisted of partner Haigreve Khaitan, executive director Sudhir Bassi, partner Arindam Ghosh, partner Rahul Dutt, senior associate Arpita Anand and associate Tanish Gupta with assistance from the following on due diligence of Den and subsidiaries. Also assisting were litigation partners Sanjeev Kapoor and Gaurav Juneja, and partner Abhishek Sinha, as well as litigation principal associates Kaushalya Shetty, Bhaskar Banerji, Rony Oommen John, and indirect tax principal associate Ayush Mehrotra. They were assisted by senior associates Tarang Shashishekhar, Avantika Govil, Shrey Agarwal and Tushaar Talwar, and associates Akshay Sharma, Anubhuti Sinha, Rhea Jha, Shivani Jha, Varun Yadav and Bharat Gupta Phalguni Bhalla, and associate Yamini Kumar."

You need these many folks for a due diligence? I can understand the associates - what about the de facto managing partner and various senior partners? Unbelievable!!!
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Like +12 Object -1 WBC 23 Oct 18, 14:51  interesting
Link Legal's Delhi office is doing well these days in M&A deals. Kudos.
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Like +1 Object -0 Deal 24 Oct 18, 02:07
Looks like whole of KCO including 7-8 partners did the DD on Den!
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