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The latest deals involving Indian companies and law firms.

28 August 2017
Litigation

NUJS Kolkata 2015 alumni Jay Sayta, who reports on India’s gambling laws on his website glaws.in, and The Wire, are facing E-Cool Gaming Solutions' criminal defamation case in far-flung Mizoram for Sayta's story reporting on a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) audit of the complainant, reported Medianama.

28 August 2017
Corporate M&A

Engineering major, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has entered into a definitive agreement for the divestment of its entire stake in its unlisted and wholly owned subsidiary L&T Cutting Tools, to IMC International Metalworking Companies BV, owned by the Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway Inc. for Rs. 174 cr ($27.18 million USD) as reported by Business Standard, Livemint and others

25 August 2017
Corporate M&A

"International Finance Corp (IFC), the private-sector investment arm of the World Bank, will sell its entire 7.5% stake in Analjit Singh-led Max Group’s healthcare business for Rs 423 crore ($65.3 million)," reported VCCircle.

22 August 2017
Litigation

A Delhi district court today heard the appeal of publishing house Juggernaut against an order restraining it from publishing the book “Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev”.

22 August 2017
Corporate M&A

"Mars Food, part of Mars Inc said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Connecticut-based Preferred Brands International, known for its ready-to-heat Indian and Asian food products sold primarily under brand Tasty Bite," reported The Hindu Businessline.

21 August 2017
Private equity / VC

"Non-banking finance company Five Star Business Finance has raised Rs 333 crores (about $50 million) in its Series C round led by Norwest Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. Existing investors including a fund managed by Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia and Matrix Partners also participated in the round. The round saw Five Star raising Rs 318 crores through primary infusion with about Rs 15 crores coming in via a secondary sale of shares," reported the Economic Times.

21 August 2017
Capital Markets

“State-owned reinsurance company General Insurance Corp. of India (GIC) filed the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) for its initial public offering (IPO). The IPO will see a total stake dilution of 14.22%, according to the DRHP available on the website of one of the investment banks managing the share sale,” reported Mint.

18 August 2017
Corporate M&A

"Dollar Industries Limited announced an equal joint venture with Pepe Jeans Europe BV. Pepe London would pump in ₹36 crore worth of equity as its contribution over four years," reported The Hindu.

18 August 2017
Private equity / VC

"Milestone Commercial Advantage Fund made its first investment in June in The Capital, a commercial building in Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex," reported the Economic Times.

17 August 2017
Private equity / VC

"Green Visor Capital announces follow-on investments in Flutterwave and Simpl, two emerging payments companies targeting commerce in Africa and India, respectively," according to News Wire.

10 August 2017
Private equity / VC

Khaitan & Co Bangalore partner Ganesh Prasad with associate partner Vinay Joy, principal associate Arun Scaria and senior associate Sanjay Khan Nagra represented Indian Singapore-headquartered e-commerce Flipkart on the $2.5bn investment.

31 July 2017
Private equity / VC

"Budget hotels chain FabHotels has raised $25 million in a Series B funding round led by Goldman Sachs, a top company executive said. Accel Partners, an existing investor in FabHotels, also participated in the round," reported Mint.

28 July 2017
Corporate M&A

"Axis Bank Ltd on Thursday announced the acquisition of Snapdeal-owned mobile wallet FreeCharge in a Rs385 crore all-cash deal, strengthening its position in the payments space," reported Mint.

27 July 2017
Corporate M&A

"Global private equity (PE) firm Carlyle Group has emerged as the front runner for GE Capital Corp’s stake in SBI Card, the credit card joint venture between the US-based company and India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI). Carlyle has emerged as the front runner for GE Capital’s stake in SBI Cards for somewhere around $325 million. The board of SBI settled upon the final bidder in a meeting. Carlyle has pipped Warburg Pincus and Credit Saison and emerged as the final bidder though the deal is not closed yet,” reported Mint.

27 July 2017
Private equity / VC

"Online pharmacy and healthcare services start-up 1mg Technologies Pvt. Ltd has raised $15 million in a funding round led by global healthcare-focused fund HBM Healthcare Investments AG, to launch predictive healthcare and corporate wellness products. The series C round also saw participation from existing investors Maverick Capital Ventures, Sequoia India, Omidyar Network and Kae Capital," reported Mint.

27 July 2017
Corporate M&A

Automotive insurtech company Roadzen Inc. has acquired the India operations of assistance services company AXA-Assistance India by acquiring 100% equity stake in AXA Assistance India Private Limited from its sole shareholder Inter Partner Assistance SA in a cross border transaction.

26 July 2017
Corporate M&A

Indian insurance company Global Insurance Services Brokers Private Limited and its promoters Prabodh Thakker and Sunita Thakker have acquired the entire stake of 26% of Aon Holdings BV in their Indian insurance JV broking company, Aon Global Insurance Brokers Private Limited, for an undisclosed amount, as reported by The Economic Times and The Insurance Insider. Post the acquisition, the name of the company has been changed to Global Insurance Brokers Private Limited.

24 July 2017
Capital Markets

"SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd on Monday filed the draft red herring prospectus for its initial public offering (IPO), joining several other insurance companies headed for the stock market. In an offer for sale, SBI and BNP Paribas will sell 80 million and 40 million shares respectively, amounting to a combined 12% stake. SBI Life is not raising any primary capital. The IPO could see SBI Life raise more than $1 billion (about Rs6,500 crore), a Bloomberg story quoted bankers as saying," reported Mint.

21 July 2017
Private equity / VC

"KKR, one of the largest PE investors in the world, signed a definitive agreement on Monday to invest $200 million for a 49% stake in Radiant Life Care," reported the Economic Times.

20 July 2017
Private equity / VC

"Trade financing company Vayana Network, which recently split from parent company Vayana (VPL), has raised $4 Million (about Rs 26 crore) from venture capital firms IDG Ventures India and Jungle Ventures," reported Indian CEO.

14 July 2017
Litigation

Service tax law firm JK Mittal & Co's founder JK Mittal won an order in the Delhi high court exempting lawyers from government action in case of non-observance of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act 2017, reported News18.

14 July 2017
Litigation

“In a major setback to the US- based fast food chain McDonald's in India, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) today restored its estranged partner Vikram Bakshi as the Managing Director of Connaught Plaza Restaurant Ltd. The tribunal has said the meeting of Connaught Plaza Restaurants Ltd (CPRL) of August 6, 2013 in which Bakshi was removed as MD of the company was illegal, unjust and malafide,” reported the PTI.

13 July 2017
Finance

"GMR Goa International Airports Limited (GGIAL), subsdiary of GMR Airports has today, successfully executed a debt facility arrangement for the development of the greenfield project at Mopa in north Goa by signing a common loan agreement with Axis Bank. The bank will provide the company with Rs 1330 crore," reported the Economic Times. 

10 July 2017
Litigation

"After fighting for over three decades for a share in ancestral properties, three branches of the Singhania family told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that they had amicably settled the dispute by honouring and implementing the decision of the arbitrator who had in 2008 divided the assets in three parts. 

07 July 2017
Corporate M&A

The Vodafone-Idea mega-merger has gifted five Indian law firms a $10bn+ deal values in the first half of 2017 in league tables, according to data collated by analytics firm mergermarket.

07 July 2017
Capital Markets

"The initial public offer (IPO) of Eris Lifesciences was subscribed 3.27 times on the last day of the public offer and book running lead managers to the offer are Axis Capital, Citigroup Global Markets India and Credit Suisse Securities (India)," reported Economic Times.

06 July 2017
Corporate M&A

"Online tutoring firm BYJU’s has announced the acquisition of TutorVista and Edurite from Pearson. It said these acquisitions will help it expand in newer markets as well as create a diverse product portfolio," reported Your Story.

05 July 2017
Litigation

“A Mumbai magistrate’s court on Tuesday admitted a Rs 500 crore criminal defamation suit, filed by R Venkataramanan, a trustee at Tata Trusts, against ousted Tata Sons Ltd chairman Cyrus Mistry and his family investment firms. Venkataramanan filed the defamation complaint in his personal capacity on 7 June through the law firm MZM Legal, citing allegations that Mistry made against him in an email he wrote to Tata Sons directors and Tata Trusts trustees on 25 October. The allegations pertained to some transactions at AirAsia India, Tata Sons’ joint venture with AirAsia Bhd,” reported Mint.

03 July 2017
Capital Markets

"The initial public offering of Central Depository Services Ltd (CDSL) received bids for 170 times the number of shares on sale, making it the most attractive IPO in nearly 12 years. The public offering of 24.83 million shares – excluding the anchor investors’ portion – got bids for nearly 52 million shares, stock-exchange data showed at the end of bidding on Wednesday. This translates into bids worth Rs 62,653 crore ($9.7 billion)," reported VC Circle.

30 June 2017
Litigation

The Prevention of Money Laundering appellate tribunal set aside penalties imposed on 15 banks, in 2013, by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) for alleged failure to prevent money laundering as revealed in a purported expose by news media Cobrapost.

30 June 2017
Private equity / VC

"OneAssist Consumer Solutions – which provides protection for credit cards, smartphones and payment cards in case of loss or theft – has raised Rs 118 crore ($18 million) in its series-C round of financing, as per documents filed with the Registrar of Companies. The round was led by existing investors Sequoia Capital India along with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and New York-based insurance provider Assurant. The round also marks the entry of new investor, UK-based Moonstone Investments," reported the Economic Times.

28 June 2017
Corporate M&A

Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited, manufacturers of diesel engines, gensets and agricultural pumpsets, have entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake of 76% in La-Gajjar Machineries Pvt. Ltd., the maker of Varuna and Raindrop brands of electric pumps, as reported by Livemint.

27 June 2017
Capital Markets

Tata Steel on Friday sold its entire 2.9 per cent stake in Tata Motors to Tata Sons through a block deal on the BSE. A block deal of 8.35 crore shares was executed at an average price of Rs 452.80 a share. At that price, the deal size stood at Rs 3,780.88 crore. Last week, the Tata group had said to reduce cross-holdings, Tata Sons, the holding company of the $103-billion Tata group, will acquire Tata Steel’s 2.85 per cent share in Tata Motors on or after June 23. After the stake buy, Tata Sons’ holding in Tata Motors will increase to 31.06 per cent from the current 28.2 per cent.

22 June 2017
Private equity / VC

“Zee Entertainment Enterprises picked up about 12.5 % stake in Bengaluru-based Tagos Design Innovations,” reported Inc42.

20 June 2017
Capital Markets

“The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) today raised Rs 200 crore by selling 10-year bonds, becoming the first civic body to tap money from this route in 14 years. Proceeds from the issue, raised at a coupon of 7.59 per cent and oversubscribed six times, will be used for a Rs 2,300-crore water project,” reported PTI.

16 June 2017
Corporate M&A

Intertape, the Canadian packaging company with executive headquarters in Sarasota County, announced Thursday it is making a “greenfield” investment in Capstone Polyweave Private Limited, which plans to build a $30 million manufacturing facility in Karoli, India. Capstone’s shareholders also own and operate Delhi-based Airtrax Polymers Private Limited, which manufactures and sells woven products that are used in the building and construction industry. Airtrax posted $11 million in revenues for the year ended March 31.

15 June 2017
Corporate M&A

Ostro Energy is in the process of acquiring a 49% stake in a 60 MW NTPC Project in the state of Rajasthan. Suzlon will be responsible for the project commissioning, expectedly by September 2017.

15 June 2017
Private equity / VC

Fast food chain Wow! Momo today said it has raised Rs 44 crore in Series B funding from venture capital firm Lighthouse Funds and angel investor group Indian Angel Network (IAN). The latest round of funding led by Lighthouse Funds, which invests in mid-market consumer-driven firms, values the company at Rs 230 crore, the Kolkata-based firm said in a statement. Besides, it also provided “a highly profitable” exit to the tune of Rs 10 crore to some of the IAN investors who decided to sell their shares partly/completely to Lighthouse, it added.

13 June 2017
Private equity / VC

“Awfis Space Solutions, a start-up that provides shared workspaces, has raised $20 million from Sequoia Capital India to fund its expansion plans.” reported Mint.

12 June 2017
Corporate M&A

“Paint manufacturer Berger Paints India Ltd has completed the acquisition of specialty coatings maker Saboo Coatings Pvt. Ltd, it said in a stock-exchange filing on Tuesday. It acquired Saboo Coatings’ shares for Rs 81.77 crore”, reported VCCircle.

09 June 2017
Corporate M&A

“Drug firm Strides Shasun today said it has inked a pact with Vivimed Labs to set up two joint venture firms,” reported PTI.

06 June 2017
Capital Markets

The CLIENT:: State Bank of India (SBI);; is planning to raise Rs 15,000 crore in capital through a qualified institutional placement (QIP) of 54.4 crore equity shares, reported Bloomberg Quint.

02 June 2017
Corporate M&A

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Inc, a leading Japanese pharmaceuticals manufacturing company, has announced a proposal to acquire an additional 20% stake from its joint venture partner, Claris Lifesciences Limited for a consideration of about Rs 128.9 crores (US$20 million) in its existing Indian joint venture, Otsuka Pharmaceutical India Private Limited, as reported by Business Standard.

01 June 2017
Private equity / VC

Angel Investors, The Chennai Angels and Lets Venture have made an investment of Rs. 3 crores in Pre Series A Funding in Netree E-services Pvt. Ltd, engaged in creating a retailer oriented networking platform, as reported by Business Standard.

31 May 2017
Litigation

“Police will book five men including a tourist guide for alleged gang-rape of an American woman at a five-star hotel in Delhi in March,” reported the Hindustan Times in December adding, “The woman has said the tourist guide befriended her while showing her tourist spots in Delhi and adjoining states. The woman said on the night of the incident, he entered her room with four of his friends, also related to the travel agency, on the pretext of discussing their next day’s journey route plan. They had drinks in the room after which the tourist guide forced himself on her, she said. The others also took turns to rape her before leaving the room, said a source familiar with the complaint. The traumatised woman went back to the US shortly after the alleged gang-rape, the complaint read.”

30 May 2017
Corporate M&A

VPC GmbH has acquired 50% controlling stake in Encotec Energy (India) Pvt. Ltd for an approximate value of Rs. 14.43 crores (€2 million). Encotec offers operation management for power plants, supply of photovoltaic systems and trading of Chinese power plant spare parts.

30 May 2017
Litigation

“Producer Allu Arvind of Geetha Arts on Thursday sought the injunction against the release of Sushant Singh Rajput starrer ‘Raabta’, which is slated to hit the screens on June 9, over copyright infringement. Arvind claims the story of ‘Raabta’ is very similar to his Telugu film ‘Magadheera’,” reported Zoom TV.

29 May 2017
Private equity / VC

“Private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC part-exited Capital First Ltd by selling a 25% stake in the non-banking financial company (NBFC) through open market transactions on Wednesday, according to a stock exchange filing. Cloverdell Investment Ltd, an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, sold the stake to marquee global and domestic investors, including Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC,” reported Mint.

26 May 2017
Capital Markets

The President of India recently sold 10.19% of shares in HUDCO for Rs 1,209 crores ($188m) in an IPO in India and concurrent private placements outside the country (including a Rule 144A offering in the United States), as reported by The Times of India.

25 May 2017
Corporate M&A

Mswipe Technologies Private Limited, a mobile point of sale (POS) service provider, is to acquire the offline merchant-acquisition point-of-sale (POS) vertical business of PayU Payments Private Limited, as reported by Medianama and others.

25 May 2017
Litigation

Phoenix Legal and senior counsel Ramji Srinivasan won for Arnab Goswami’s new TV news venture Republic in the Delhi high court, after the India Today Group withdrew its writ that we had first reported yesterday, which challenged Republic for allegedly violating the telecom law to gain unprecedented TV ratings (TRP).

25 May 2017
Private equity / VC

“Domestic air-conditioning major Voltas today said it has formed an equal joint venture with Turkish company Ardutch BV to introduce the Beko brand of home appliances in the Indian market. The joint venture will have an equity capital of USD 100 million and will set up a manufacturing plant in the country, it said in a statement,” reported DNA.

24 May 2017
Litigation

We understand that law firm Phoenix Legal is defending journalist Arnab Goswami’s freshly launched news channel Republic TV in the Delhi high court, against news channel TV Today’s writ that alleges that Republic is violating telecom law to gain unprecedented television ratings (TRP).

23 May 2017
Private equity / VC

“Paytm has raised $1.4 billion from SoftBank Group Corp. in the largest funding round by a single investor in India, making the digital payments firm the Japanese company’s biggest bet in India’s start-up ecosystem. The deal includes $400 million worth of shares that SoftBank will buy largely from Paytm’s early investor SAIF Partners in a secondary transaction, and a minor stake from founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, according to two persons close to the development,” reported Mint.

22 May 2017
Private equity / VC

“E-commerce logistics services provider Delhivery has raised $30 million from Chinese conglomerate Fosun International. This additional investment is a part of the $100 Mn funding the company raised in March from The Carlyle Group, as indicated by ETTech. The company currently services 800 cities, 9000 pin codes with a network of 12 fulfilment centres. Delhivery claims it fulfils 10 million shipments a month,” reported Medianama.

16 May 2017
Private equity / VC

“In the largest private equity deal in the logistics space, the Canadian pension fund manager Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and IndoSpace, promoted by PE firm Everstone and US-based Realterm, have entered into a three-step deal which would entail an investment of $1.3 billion (Rs 8,320 crore), most of which will come from the CPPIB,” reported Business Standard

15 May 2017
Corporate M&A

“Media baron Subash Chandra-led Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd has decided to acquire an 80% stake in tech startup Margo Networks Pvt. Ltd for Rs 75 crore ($11.5 million),” reported VC Circle.

15 May 2017
Litigation

Advocate Kartik Seth warned the Hindustan Times (HT) of criminal defamation charges that he would press against the newspaper for reporting that a battery of expensive senior advocates had been briefed in the case of Seth’s client, who is a government employee.

10 May 2017
Litigation

Amity Law School Noida student Paras Jain’s November 2015 win against cosmetic company Emami was turned around by the Delhi state consumer commission, which has sent his case back to the lower rung for fresh hearing.

09 May 2017
Corporate M&A

dated: now“Kia Motors, a minority-owned subsidiary of Korean auto major Hyundai Motor Company, is likely to set up a manufacturing facilty in Andhra Pradesh with an investment worth Rs 10,300 crore. The car manufacturing facility, a first for Andhra Pradesh, will involve two phases with a cumulative investment of $1.6 billion, or Rs 10,300 crore, with first phase of investment amounting to about Rs 6,000 crore,” reported the Hindustan Times.

09 May 2017
Litigation

Pamasis Law Chambers won for the producers of Hindi movie Sarkar 3 in the Bombay high court under Justice Gautam Patel, who ruled against granting an injunction over the movie’s release.

03 May 2017
Corporate M&A

“Canadian Private equity firm Clairvest Group and a consortium of investors have officially announced that they have acquired a majority stake in Head Infotech, the company that operates leading rummy website Ace2three for around $73.7 million (approximately Rs. 474 crores),” reported Glaws.

03 May 2017
Litigation

“The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to pay Rs 55 lakh as compensation to an Indian Air Force pilot who was injured in a MiG-21 crash in 2005. While the government will pay Rs 5 lakh, the state-run aeronautics firm will have to shell out Rs 50 lakh to Wing Commander Sanjeet Singh Kaila within four weeks,” reported PTI.

27 April 2017
Litigation

“Arms dealer Abhishek Verma, his wife and others were discharged by special court on Wednesday in a CBI case involving alleged payments to some officials to influence the defence ministry to keep a German firm out of the government’s blacklist. Special CBI Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna also discharged Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Verma in a money laundering case filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the matter.” reported the Times of India.

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