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The latest deals involving Indian companies and law firms.

17 November 2017
Capital Markets

“The Rs 1,157-crore initial public offer (IPO) of Godrej Agrovet (GAVL) was subscribed 51.84 times times on the final day of bidding process”, reported The Economic Times. GAVL is a diversified, research & development focused agri-business company with operations across five business verticals of animal feed, crop protection, oil palm, dairy, and poultry and processed foods. The initial public offering opened for subscription on October 4th and closed on October 6th, with a price band of Rs 450-460 per share.

10 November 2017
Corporate M&A

Torrent Pharma, the flagship company of the Torrent Group, have announced their acquisition of the domestic formulations business of Unichem Laboratories, one of India's oldest and largest pharma companies, for about Rs 3,600 crores (around $556m), through a business transfer agreement, as reported by The Economic Times and Business Standard.

10 November 2017
Private equity / VC

Mumbai-based online lending startup Kissht, operated by OnEMi Technology Solutions has raised Rs 67 crore (USD 10 million) led by China’s Fosun International along with existing investors, venture capital firm Endiya Partners and early-stage investor Ventureast, as reported by VC Circle.

09 November 2017
Corporate M&A

"The board of Tata Chemicals Ltd has approved the sale of its non-bulk phosphatic business to IRC Agrochemicals for Rs 375 crore," reported Mint.

08 November 2017
Litigation

“State-owned Andhra Bank has dragged Housing Development & Infrastructure to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in an insolvency petition because the Mumbai-based real estate developer failed to pay back Rs 55 crore invested by the bank in the company's non-convertible debentures (NCDs),” reported The Economic Times

08 November 2017
Finance

Dutch development bank, FMO has raised close to Rs 200 crore (approximately $30.5 million) in debt through subscription of non-convertible debentures issued by renewable energy firm Azure Power India, as reported by Mint.

08 November 2017
Real estate

“Kotak Realty Fund, a part of Kotak Investment Advisors, has invested Rs. 240 crore in an under-construction shopping mall in Chennai and Rs. 80 crore in an ongoing office project in Mumbai from its $250 million offshore fund,” reported Livemint. Both the deals have been funded through debt financing by the issue of listed, secured, non-convertible, redeemable debentures by C&J Corporate Park, a group entity of National India Bullion Refinery to Kotak Realty.

07 November 2017
Corporate M&A

Infradigital Technologies, a company promoted by Eros Labs, is reported to have sold its business undertaking engaged in the business of production and distribution of spiritual, devotional and religious audio-visual content and literature to Innertech Media Solutions, a portfolio company of Times Internet Limited. The business division was transferred as a going concern on a slump sale basis.

06 November 2017
Private equity / VC

“Mid-market private equity firm Gaja Capital and global PE buyout specialist KKR have jointly led a Rs 980-crore investment in Avendus Capital, as the domestic financial services firm looks to scale up its asset management and newly-launched credit businesses,” reported the Economic Times.

01 November 2017
Private equity / VC

Online lending startup Ziploan, operated by Delhi-based Blue Jay Finlease, has raised Rs 20 crores (around $3m) in a funding round led by Matrix Partners India along with existing investors Whiteboard Capital, Waterbridge Ventures, Capital 18 Managing Director Sarabvir Singh & GrowX Projects as reported by VC Circle and The Economic Times.

27 October 2017
Private equity / VC

Online insurance selling platform Policybazaar, which is operated by ETechAces Marketing and Consulting, has raised Rs 515 crore ($79 million) in a Series E funding round, as reported by VC Circle.

26 October 2017
Corporate M&A

Tags: J. Sagar Associates (JSA)PepsiCo India Holdings (PepsiCo) has sold its franchise rights for the State of Odisha and parts of Madhya Pradesh to Varun Beverages Limited (“VBL”), PepsiCo’s largest bottler in India and the flagship company of the R K Jaipuria Group, as reported by Money Control and Business Standard. VBL will now be a franchisee for PepsiCo products across 18 states and 2 union territories in the country.

24 October 2017
Corporate M&A

Engineering giant, Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) has entered into a definitive agreement with UK-based subsidiary of Colfax Group, ESAB Holdings, to sell 100% stake of its wholly owned unlisted subsidiary EWAC Alloys, for a total consideration of Rs. 522 crores ($80.6m) as reported by Livemint & Moneycontol. The transaction is a part of L&T group’s strategy to divest from their non-core business and is expected to be completed within 60 days from the date of execution of the share purchase agreement.

24 October 2017
Capital Markets

“Cash management company CMS Info Systems has filed preliminary papers with markets regulator Sebi to raise about Rs1,000-1,200 crore through its initial share-sale offering. The company’s initial public offer (IPO) is a pure offer for sale.” reported Livemint and Moneycontrol. CMS Info Systems, fully owned by Baring Private Equity Asia, provides cash management services, which include ATM services, and cash delivery and pick-up. Existing shareholders would sell 44.4 million equity shares, resulting in a 30% stake dilution on a post-issue basis.

13 October 2017
Corporate M&A

Auto-ancilliary major Precision Camshafts (PCL) has announced its acquisition of 95% stake in Nashik-based precision component maker MEMCO Engineering for an undisclosed amount, as reported by The Economic Times and VCCircle.

12 October 2017
Corporate M&A

Rajaram Legal advised and acted for Lenskart Solutions and was led by Mumbai-based founding partner Archana Rajaram and senior associate Prasad Subramanyan.

11 October 2017
Capital Markets

Indiabulls Ventures Ltd, the financial services arm of the Indiabulls Group, approved raising Rs 2,000 crore (USD 305 million) either through rights issue of shares, to meet the funding requirements and to support future growth of consumer finance and assets reconstruction businesses carried out by the Company, through its subsidiary companies, as reported by The Economic Times and Livemint

11 October 2017
Corporate M&A

Chemicals company BASF India has sold its leather chemicals business to Stahl India Private Limited for Rs. 197.63 crores (USD 30.35 million) through a slump sale, as reported by Livemint and Business Standard.

11 October 2017
Corporate M&A

Realty firm Embassy Group has entered into a joint-venture of about Rs 900 crores with US-based Taurus Investment Holdings in an SPV called Winterfell Realty Private Limited, to develop commercial projects, including an IT/ITES SEZ, encompassing 2.5 million square feet on a 10-acre land parcel as part of Phase III of the Technopark SEZ in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala as reported by Livemint and The Economic Times.

10 October 2017
Capital Markets

“CMM Infraprojects is coming out with an initial public offering (IPO) of 45,45,000 equity shares of face value of Rs 10 each for cash at a fixed price of Rs 40.00 per equity share.The shares will be listed on Emerge Platform of NSE. The share is priced 4 times higher to its face value of Rs 10,” reported Finalaya. The issue opened on September 29th and closed on October 4th and it was a 100% book-built issue.

10 October 2017
Private equity / VC

“Private equity firm IDFC Alternatives has invested Rs 75 crore ($11 million) for a minority stake in ASG Eye Hospitals,” reported VCCircle.

09 October 2017
Litigation

The Supreme Court directed the Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL) to pay Rs 1100 crores as refund to L&T subsidiary Nabha Power (NPL), relieving NPL from a potential loss of Rs 8000 crore over the next 22 years.

07 October 2017
Projects

AZB & Partners partner Gautam Saha and partner Pallavi Meena, with associates Pragya Sood and Ayan Das have acted for Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

07 October 2017
Corporate M&A

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) aquired 100% in 9X Media Private Limited (and its subsidiaries) from Rivendell PE LLC / New Silk Route Partners and other shareholders of 9x Media Private Limited. The deal was valued at Rs 160 crore, reported VC Circle and others.

06 October 2017
Corporate M&A

Massive Vodafone-IDEA merger continues causing quakes in league tables half a year after having been announced...

06 October 2017
Corporate M&A

One does wonder whether all the Playboy publicity generated by Hefner’s death late last month would have positively affected valuations...

06 October 2017
Corporate M&A

Hyderabad-based Itelligence India Software Solutions Private Limited, a subsidiary of Germany’s itelligence AG, acquired 100% of Hyderabad-based Vcentric Technologies Private Limited for an undisclosed amount. Vcentric had revenues of around Rs 72 crore and profits of Rs 1.59 crore in 2015-16, according to VCCircle.

26 September 2017
Litigation

McDonald’s India has approached the Delhi high court seeking to enforce a 13 September London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) partial award to appoint experts to value and sell estranged former managing director Vikram Bakshi's stake in the North and Eastern India local franchise of the fast food giant, reported Mint, the Economic Times and others.

21 September 2017
Private equity / VC

"Budget-hotel tech company Treebo has raised Series C funding of $34 million led by Hong-Kong based investment firms Ward Ferry Management and Karst Peak Capital. Existing investors SAIF Partners, Bertelsmann India Investments and Matrix Partners also participated in the round," reported Your Story.

12 September 2017
Private equity / VC

"B9 Beverages Pvt. Ltd has raised around $8 million from venture capital fund Sequoia Capital India Advisors, said Ankur Jain, founder of the company that sells the popular Bira 91 craft beer. With the latest round of funding from Sequoia Capital, B9 Beverages has so far raised around $30 million," reported Mint.

11 September 2017
Corporate M&A

Realty Major DLF Limited has entered into an agreement to sell a stake of 33.34% in its rental arm, DLF Cyber City Developers Limited (DCCDL) to Reco Diamond Private Limited, an affiliate of the Singapore sovereign wealth fund, GIC Group, in a multi-stage transaction for an aggregate value of US$ 1.9 billion, as reported by VCCircle and Business Standard.

08 September 2017
Corporate M&A

"Monsanto is selling its branded cotton seeds business in India to Hyderabad-based Tierra Agrotech, although the US biotechnology major would remain invested in farming segments such as corn seeds, crop protection, vegetables and Bollgard II technologies," reported the Economic Times.

04 September 2017
Corporate M&A

“A stake sale by DLF Ltd’s promoters to an affiliate of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte Ltd will see capital infusion of nearly Rs 13,000 crore into India’s largest property developer,” reported Mint.

30 August 2017
Corporate M&A

Smaaash Entertainment, a gaming and entertainment company co-owned by Sachin Tendulkar has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 100% stake in bluO entertainment, PVR's JV with Thailand-based Major Cineplex Group, B, through a cash acquisition deal for Rs 86 crores ($13.46 million), as reported by Livemint.

29 August 2017
Corporate M&A

ASDA Media & Entertainment Private Limited (ASDA), an INDASDA Group entity, has acquired a significant stake in Moshe's Fine Foods Private Limited from South Asia Gastronomy (Mauritius) Enterprises LLC, a food and beverage portfolio company and platform of private equity firm, New Silk Route, as reported by The Economic Times and Deal Street Asia.

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.