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The latest deals involving Indian companies and law firms.

16 April 2013
Private equity / VC

BBQBMR’s latest recruit, Amit Khansaheb, seals second deal at consultancy’s legal arm.

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.

11 April 2013
Corporate M&A

Fox Mandal advised US-based GAVIS Pharmaceuticals in its Rs 73.75 crore ($13.6m) brownfield investment in Bangalore-based pharma company Wintac, which was advised by J Sagar Associates (JSA).

04 April 2013
Deals in brief

DealsBig project M&A in the project space with Desai & Diwanji and Amarchand, while a project finance take-out scheme keeps Dhir busy.

28 March 2013
Private equity / VC

Vaish Associates and Crawford Bayley advised Delhi-based liquor firm Globus Spirits in raising Rs 70 crore ($13m) from Templeton Strategic Emerging Markets Fund IV LDC (TSEM) which was advised by BMR Legal's new hire from Desai & Diwanji.

26 March 2013
Deals in brief

image6 deals spanning private equity and high finance with Amarchand, AZB, Lexygen, Luthra, KSP, SNG…

22 March 2013
Deals in brief

Case, disposedDua Associates v Saikrishna in trademarks; PXV, Desai & Diwanji in PE.

20 March 2013
Private equity / VC

Rajani Associates advised brokerage house Motilal Oswal Private Equity (MOPE) which invested Rs 35 crore ($6.4m) in concrete blocks maker Magicrete Building Solutions, which was advised by Luthra & Luthra.

Rajani Associates founding partner Prem Rajani with partner Poorvi Sanjanwala, senior associate Karishma Jumani and associate Nishtha Mehta acted for MOPE which invested the amount through its funds India Business Excellence Fund IIA and India Business Excellence Fund II, according to a Rajani press release.

Luthra & Luthra Mumbai partner Bikash Jhawar with managing associate Amit Shetye and senior associate Rohan Shah acted for Magicrete, which was incorporated in 2008.

Magicrete is India’s largest maker of autoclaved aerated blocks, which are replacing red bricks in construction across India, according to the Economic Times and Deal Curry.

19 March 2013
Deals in brief

Recent deal & case highlights: The Bombay high court ordered the producer of Bollywood film Knockout to pay Rs 1.5 crore ($275,760) for copyright infringement of 20th Century Fox’s Hollywood movie Phonebooth, represented by Neolegal Associates. Plus Khaitan, Wadia Ghandy, Dhir & Dhir and more...

18 March 2013
Corporate M&A

J Sagar Associates (JSA) and DLA Piper advised multinational certification services firm Bureau Veritas (BV), which will buy Indian and middle-eastern industrial-testing firm Sievert.

Sievert was advised by AZB & Partners Bangalore partner Srinath Dasari, senior associate Nanditha Gopal, and associate Veena Ganesh.

JSA Mumbai partner Sandeep Mehta with associates Aarti Iyer and Adil Ladha, and DLA Piper Middle East regional managing partner Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout, legal director Diwakar Agarwal and associate Zara Merali acted for BV which will likely complete the acquisition in May 2013, according to its press release.

Sievert reported revenue of $33m in 2012, according to BV, and is engaged in the testing, inspection and certification using non-destructive technique businesses in India and the Middle East.

15 March 2013
Capital Markets

Khaitan & Co and Herbert Smith Freehills advised the ministry of finance in the Rs 11,470 crore ($2.1bn) disinvestment of 9.5 per cent in India’s largest thermal power producer NTPC through an offer for sale.

11 March 2013
Deals in brief

We know what Desai & Diwanji, HSA Advocates, I&S Associates, AZB & Partners, Fox Mandal and KS Partners and others did this month.

06 March 2013
Capital Markets

Allen & Overy (A&O) acted for Bharti Airtel, which issued bonds for the first time ever in a heavily oversubscribed offer for $1bn. Axon Partners and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy advised the underwriters.

04 March 2013
Private equity / VC

Tatva Legal advised micro-financier Grameen Financial Services (GFSPL), which received Rs 37.5 crore ($6.8m) of funding from US-based Creation Investments that was advised by J Sagar Associates (JSA).

Tatva Legal Bangalore senior associate Bhargava KS and manager Raghunath Ananthapur with assistance from partner Manav Nagaraj acted for Bangalore-headquartered GFSPL.

J Sagar Associates Delhi partner Lalit Kumar with associates Zain Pandit, John MA and Bharati Joshi acted for the social venture fund Creation Investments Capital Management.

Existing investors Microventures and Incofin also invested in this third round, according to the company's press release, raising a total of Rs 53.2 crore ($9.6m).

28 February 2013
Corporate M&A

Pharma

Breaking: Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and DSK Legal advised old-client Strides Arcolab in the $1.6bn+ sale of its injectables subsidiary Agila Specialties to Nasdaq-listed generic drugs-maker Mylan Inc.

22 February 2013
Capital Markets

Axon Partners advised the Delhi-based Jaypee group’s Jaiprakash Power Ventures (JPVL) in its Rs 950 crore ($175m) qualified institutional placement (QIP) of 12 per cent shares.

21 February 2013
Finance

Fox Mandal advised state-owned power financer Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) in extending Rs 8,775 crore ($1.6bn) to the NTPC and Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) joint venture Nabhinagar Super Thermal Power Project.

Fox Mandal Delhi banking and finance partner Rajesh Sehgal with senior associate Rahul Tyagi and associate Bhupendra Verma acted for REC. NTPC and BSEB were advised in-house.

21 February 2013
Private equity / VC

Majmudar & Partners and US law firm Kim Law Advisors advised San Francisco’s Burill & Company in its Rs 54 crore ($10m) primary and secondary investment in the Trilegal-advised Bangalore-based Strand Life Sciences, including buying out its lead investors WestBridge Capital and Ascent Capital. WestBridge was advised by AZB & Partners.

Majmudar Bangalore partner N Raja Sujith acted for Burill which is a diversified global financial services firm focussed on the life sciences sector.

Trilegal Bangalore partner Kosturi Ghosh acted for Strand in what Biospectrum Asia reported was a series B financing by Burill.

AZB & Partners Bangalore partner Srinath Dasari acted for WestBridge – a series A lead investor in Strand, which according to Startup Central had picked up a 20 per cent stake in the company for a reported $1.9m in 2002.

19 February 2013
Corporate M&A

AZB & Partners advised India-focused infrastructure fund Macquarie SBI in its Rs 206 crore ($40m) buy of 74 per cent equity in the GMR group’s road project GMR Jadcherla Expressways (GJEL). GMR was advised by Link Legal.

AZB & Partners Mumbai co-founding partner Bahram Vakil, with senior associate Qais Jamal, acted for Macquarie SBI, which expanded its road portfolio. Macquarie SBI had two years ago invested in GMR infrastructure’s airport subsidiary, as reported in Mint at the time.

Link Legal Delhi corporate partner Anand Srivastava and senior associate Milind Jha acted for the GMR group, which is operating the Farukhnagar-Jadcherla highway in Andhra Pradesh under a concession agreement signed with the National Highway Authority of India, according to a GMR press release.

14 February 2013
Corporate M&A

Khaitan & Co advised the British ITE group’s Cyprus-based subsidiary Airgate in its Rs 122 crore (£14m) buy of a 28.3 per cent stake in event management company Asian Business Exhibition and Conferences (ABEC), which was advised by AZB & Partners.

Khaitan & Co Delhi corporate partner Bharat Anand and direct tax executive director Daksha Baxi acted for Airgate, which bought the stake from Qatar’s investment bank Qinvest.

AZB & Partners Mumbai partner Shameek Chaudhuri acted for ABEC which runs 19 exhibitions across 11 vertical markets including construction, architecture, design, education, lifestyle, real estate, and oil & gas.

14 February 2013
Corporate M&A

IndusLaw’s Hyderabad office advised Kaizen Private Equity, which with German publishing giant Bertelsmann invested $4m (Rs 22 crore) in AuthorGen Technologies, that was advised by Dua Associates in Mumbai.

AuthorGen’s majority shareholder Educomp, which will become a minority shareholder after the sale, was represented by Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi partner Kalpataru Tripathy and senior associate Promode Murugavelu.

Dua Mumbai partner Vinod Joseph, senior associate Sugandha Kamal and associate Dhrupad Vaghani assisted AuthorGen and its founder Harman Singh.

IndusLaw Hyderabad partner Satya Sree Akella and associates Basava Rao and Kaustuv Banerjee acted for Kaizen.

AuthorGen is involved in providing online classes to teachers with its flagship product WizIQ, reported Mint.

13 February 2013
Corporate M&A

AZB & Partners advised business process outsourcing firm Genpact in its buy of India-based healthcare payer industry service provider Felix Software Solutions, which was advised by US attorney Cyrus Kashef.

AZB & Partners Delhi partner Vinati Kastia with senior associates Bharat Bahadur and Daksh Trivedi acted for Felix. Felix was bought by Genpact as part of its purchase of the US-based Jawood, which had sub-contracted Felix, according to the Financial Express.

The healthcare payer industry is seeing enormous growth due to regulatory changes, including creation of health insurance exchanges, and the development of alternative risk and payment models, stated a report in the Economic Times.

13 February 2013
Corporate M&A

Sino-Singaporean joint venture law firm Dacheng Wong Alliance’s India practice advised on Singaporean e-waste company Enviro-Hub Holdings' (EHH) Rs 110 crore ($20m) sale of its subsidiary to Indian IT company Cerebra Integrated Technologies.

Former Lexygen Singapore partner Yang Yen Thaw alongside fellow Dacheng India co-head and managing principal Aloysius Wee, and senior associate Richa Chaturvedi acted for the Bangalore-based Cerebra, which bought EHH's wholly-owned Singaporean subsidiary Cimelia Resource Recovery.

Consultancy firm Grant Thornton India advised on the financial aspects of the deal. Yang Yen Thaw said no Indian firms acted on the deal.

With this deal Cerebra would become one of the first global Indian multinational companies in the area of electronics and electrical equipment (WEEE) waste, an industry estimated at around $20 billion currently, according to Business Standard.

11 February 2013
Corporate M&A

AZB & Partners advised British travel major Thomas Cook’s erstwhile Indian subsidiary in buying a 74 per cent stake in upcoming Indian staffing company Ikya Human Capital Solutions for Rs 256 crore ($47.6m). Ikya was advised by Amarchand Mangaldas.

AZB & Partners Mumbai partner Ashwin Ramanathan with senior associates Nandish Vyas and Bhavi Sanghvi acted for Thomas Cook (India) and Canadian investment company Fairbridge Capital which had acquired the Indian subsidiary from the UK’s Thomas Cook PLC in May last year.

This, according to the Economic Times, was Fairbridge’s first acquisition after the Thomas Cook buy.

Amarchand Mangaldas Bangalore partner Reeba Chacko with principal associate Akshay Bhat acted for Ikya.

The deal marks the complete exit of venture capital fund India Equity Partners from Ikya, reported VCCircle. India Equity Partners had bought a 59 per cent stake in the Bangalore-based staffing firm since 2008.

08 February 2013
Private equity / VC

Exclusive: Lexygen advised India-focused private equity (PE) fund Zephyr Peacock India and Singapore-based PE fund Credence Partners in their Rs 90 crore ($17m) joint investment in Singapore-based logistics company 20Cube. 20Cube was advised by Singapore law firm Alliance LLC. 

Lexygen partner Prashant Kataria with associates Amit Vyas, Vishnu Chandran and Aayushi Sharma acted for Zephyr and Credence on Indian law, as well as on leading the global due diligence assisted by Singapore law firm LawAsia senior associate Vincent Bu and Australian law firm Holding Redlich partner Darren Pereira.

The documentation was headed by Singapore law firm Kelvin Chia Partnership partner Andrew Lai.

Alliance LLC director Stanley Gan acted for the Chennai-headquartered international transportation and contract logistics provider 20Cube which has a presence in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Australia, UAE and Uganda.

Zephyr and Credence will pick up a minority stake in 20Cube, and Mint reported that this 12th investment by Zephyr into India, was its first ever in the logistics sector.

This deal marks this year’s second investment in a logistics company, according to the Economic Times, which yesterday reported that India’s logistics market is estimated at over $100bn with a growth rate of 20 per cent. According to ET, General Atlantic’s $104m investment in Fourcee Infrastructure in January 2012, was one of the largest PE investment in two years.

07 February 2013
Capital Markets

AZB & Partners advised oil and gas conglomerate Reliance Industries on the issuance of Rs 4,300 crore ($800m) of 5.875 per cent senior perpetual notes.

05 February 2013
Deals in brief

M&A and financings from the last three weeks starring Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners, J Sagar Associates (JSA), HSA Advocates, Khaitan & Co, Talwar Thakore & Associates, and Khaitan Sud & Partners.

25 January 2013
Corporate M&A

AZB & Partners advised the Dabur India promoters, the Burman Family, which picked up around Rs 50 crore ($9m) stake in DMI Finance, which was advised by start-up Amicus Advocates & Solicitors.

18 January 2013
Private equity / VC

Luthra & Luthra advised India’s largest pre-schools’ operator Tree House Education and Accessories in preferentially allotting its equity shares for Rs 81.25 crore ($15m) to Aditya Birla Private Equity – Sunrise Fund (ABPESF) and Omidyar Network (ON) Mauritius and warrants to promoters, which were advised in-house.

17 January 2013
Corporate M&A

Amarchand Mangaldas topped the 2012 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) India rankings released by data provider mergermarket, in terms of advising on the biggest value M&As in 2012. In terms of the total number of M&A deals advised on, Amarchand was runners up to third-time leader Desai & Diwanji.

17 January 2013
Private equity / VC

Phoenix Legal advised old-client real estate company Ramprastha group in Cyprus-incorporated investor Clearwater Capital Partners’ (CCP) Rs 100 crore ($18m) investment into it. CCP was advised by J Sagar Associates (JSA).

16 January 2013
Projects

Road worksExclusive: Amarchand Mangaldas has held fort as project finance leader for the second consecutive year since replacing Luthra & Luthra in 2011 at the top of the top 10, according to data provided by Dealogic. 10 front-runners this year produced less than half of the total projects revenue docketed in 2011.

16 January 2013
Corporate M&A

Khaitan & Co and Clifford Chance advised Chinese textile machinery manufacturing company Jiangsu Jinsheng in its CHF 500m or Rs 2,940 crore ($537m) buy of the textile components business of Swiss engineering company Oerlikon which was advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

14 January 2013
Deals in brief

imageAmarchand Mangaldas acts on a hoard of financings, while Luthra & Luthra sticks to the markets. Also in this deal round-up: JSA, Crawford, Tatva, AZB, Kochhar, Desai & Diwanji, Trilegal, Linklaters, Clifford Chance, Jones Day, Allen & Overy, Milbank, and other foreign firms..

21 December 2012
Private equity / VC

DSK Legal advised India Value Fund Advisors’ (IVFA) trustee IVF Trustee Company in its Rs 1000 crore ($181m) investment in Bangalore-based Manipal Health Enterprises which was advised by Tatva Legal.

21 December 2012
Deals in brief

J Sagar Associates (JSA) advised online classifieds business Info Edge in its private equity investment, and German glass maker Gerresheimer Glas GmbH in its acquisition, for the second-time this year.

Info Edge invested Rs 5 crore ($9,06,455) for a 25 per cent stake in portal Happily Unmarried, while Gerresheimer bought a 75 per cent stake in Delhi-based pharmaceutical plastics-maker Triveni Polymers which was advised by Desai & Diwanji and BMR Advisors. Happily Unmarried was advised in-house.

JSA Gurgaon partner Rohitashwa Prasad with senior associate Abhishek Shinde acted for Info Edge, as they had done on its Rs 35 crore investment in Canvera Digital Technologies in September.

Mumbai partners Vikram Raghani and Anish Mashruwala, with senior associates Anand Lakra and associates Bir Bahadur S Sachar and Delna Aga acted for Gerresheimer, as they had in May on its 70 per cent acquisition in Neutral Glass, before Mashruwala was made partner.

Desai & Diwanji Delhi partner Amit Khansaheb and BMR Advisors associate Rohit Berry acted for Triveni Polymers.

Info Edge, which owns job portal Naukri and real estate portal 99 acres, has bought optional fully convertible cumulative redeemable preference shares of Happily Unmarried, to expand its online business through this website, according to Medianama

Gerresheimer is looking to double its revenues in emerging markets, like India, from EUR 100 million in 2010 to EUR 200 million in 2013, and achieved emerging market revenues of about EUR 140 million last year, according to Business Standard.

20 December 2012
Capital Markets

AZB & Partners advised veteran client diversified technology and manufacturing major Honeywell Asia Pacific in its Rs 130 crore ($25m) sale of 6.24 per cent stake in its subsidiary Honeywell Automation India in an offer for sale through the stock exchange (OFS).

Amarchand Mangaldas and Herbert Smith Freehills advised Deutsche Equities India which was the stock broker for the OFS.

AZB & Partners Delhi co-founding partner Ajay Bahl with partner Anil Kasturi and senior associate Aparna Mehra acted for Honeywell with which Bahl’s relationship dates back to the early 1990s, he told Legally India.

Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai capital markets partners Yash Asher and Gaurav Gupte acted for Deutsche Equities India, with Herbert Smith Freehills Singapore counsel Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan.

Honeywell offloaded 5,51,333 shares as part of this OFS, to bring down the promoters’ holding to 75 per cent as per SEBI’s directive on minimum public shareholding, according to Money Control.

20 December 2012
Corporate M&A

DSK Legal, with German law firm Luther LLP, advised Switzerland-based road construction equipment maker Ammann group in its Rs 280 crore ($51m) buy of 70 per cent equity in Gujarat’s Apollo group’s road-equipment business. Apollo was advised by Desai & Diwanji.

DSK Legal Mumbai partners Raksha Kothari and Nirav Shah with associates Karuna Thapa, Gaurav Mistry and Malabika Boruah, and Luther Frankfurt partner Jorg Sommer acted for Ammann which will form a 70:30 construction equipment joint venture (JV) with Apollo Earthmovers, according to DSK Legal.

Desai & Diwanji Mumbai partner Vihang Virkar with associate partner Aneesh Gupte acted for the Apollo Group.

The newly formed road-construction equipment JV – Apollo Construction Equipment (ACEL) - is valued at Rs 400 crore and Apollo group’s asphalt plants and the paver business will be transferred to ACEL on a slump sale basis, according to VC Circle.

17 December 2012
Deals in brief

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13 December 2012
Corporate M&A

Amarchand Mangaldas, with Jones Day, advised healthcare BPO Apollo Health Street (AHSL) and its promoters in selling out for Rs 1000 crore ($184m) to US-headquartered BPO Sutherland Global Services (SGS). SGS was advised by S&R Associates and Latham & Watkins.

Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai managing partner Cyril Shroff with Bangalore corporate partner Reeba Chacko, and Jones Day Ohio counsel Deepak Reddy acted for AHSL and its shareholders Apollo Hospitals, Maxwell, Eliza Holdings and Healthcare Investments.

Apollo Hospitals holds 40 per cent in AHSL and the rest of the shareholders are private equity investors. AHSL has 150 clients in India, according to Reuters.

S&R Associates Delhi partners Rajat Sethi and Venkatesh Vijayaraghavan, with associates Radhika Iyer, Dhruv Nath, Radhika Agrawal and Lakshmi Pradeep, and Latham & Watkins Silicon Valley partner Tony Richmond acted for SGS, which belongs to multinational conglomerate Sutherland group.

SGS is one of the largest independent BPOs in the world with over 30,000 employees globally, according to the DNA.

Sutherland outbid BPO Genpact to buy AHSL, reported The Hindu.

11 December 2012
Corporate M&A

chemistry Chennai-based start-up Vichar Partners has advised Sree Ramcides Chemicals on its Yen 1,495 million (Rs 98 crore) acquisition by Japanese company SDS Biotech KK, which was advised by Alliance Legal and Jones Day.

11 December 2012
Corporate M&A

PXV Law Partners advised its old client Aurora Integrated Systems and its promoters in selling out to Tata group’s Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) which was advised by AZB & Partners.

PXV Law Partners partners Deepto Roy and Pingal Khan with associate Namritha Joseph acted for the Bangalore-based Aurora which claims to be India’s leading system integrator offering field tested UAS technology. It started up in March 2011, backed by the Tata group.

AZB & Partners Bangalore partners Vivek Bajaj and Niyatha Srinivasa with associate Vydyanathan L acted for TASL which is the wholly owned aircraft and defense systems subsidiary of Tata Sons.

10 December 2012
Corporate M&A

clip_image001[5]Khaitan & Co, with Herbert Smith Freehills, advised the Japanese Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory (OPF), in co-investing Rs 1050 crore ($193m) in Indian pharma company Claris Lifesciences, to form a joint venture (JV). Claris was advised by AZB & Partners. Japan’s Mitsui & Co, advised by Amarchand Mangladas, was the other investor.

04 December 2012
Deals in brief

The rest of the week's deals in one packageThis week’s instructions starring: Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners, Khaitan & Co, Vaish Associates, Talwar Thakore & Associates, Desai & Diwanji and Khaitan Sud & partners, with Linklaters, Cleary Gotlieb and WongPartnership

01 December 2012
Corporate M&A

Cinema Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi advised cinema chain PVR, which is buying rival chain Cinemax India by acquiring shares from the promoter – who are advised by Wadia Ghandy - and a subsequent open offer valued at around Rs 540 crore ($100m).

30 November 2012
Deals in brief

image Khaitan & Co, Amarchand Mangaldas, J Sagar Associates (JSA), Naik Naik & Co, ALMT Legal, PRA Law Offices and Vaish Associates on some of the week’s top deals.

23 November 2012
Corporate M&A

Fox Mandal advised Japanese tourism and logistics company Nissin Corporation in buying 44 per cent stake in its Indo-Japanese joint venture (JV) Nissin ABC Logistics, from JV partner ABC India. Amarchand Mangaldas advised ABC India.

Fox Mandal Kolkata partner Shourya Mandal acted for Nissin Corporation.

Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi partner Kalpataru Tripathy with principal associate Abhishek Guha, senior associate Saurya Bhattacharya and associate Roopal Banthia acted for ABC India.

22 November 2012
Deals in brief

imageSupporting cast: Yash Raj Films, Gruner+Jahr, MakeMytrip, DLF, Tata, Fidelity, CESC, IFC, Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil, Wells Fargo, Newscorp, CEAT, Dhunseri, Everstone, Mayfield, Linde, GTL, Sintex, Mahindra & Mahindra, DISA. Starring: Amarchand Mangaldas, JSA, AZB, Indus, HSA, Naik, Khaitan & Co and international talent.

09 November 2012
Corporate M&A

United Spirits bottlesBreaking: Platinum Partners and Slaughter and May advised London-based drinks giant Diageo on its overall complete £1.28bn (Rs 11,166 crore) acquisition of Vijay Mallya-promoted United Spirits, which was advised by Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai office, as well as Kanga & Co and Herbert Smith Freehills.

09 November 2012
Corporate M&A

PXV Law Partners, together with its French best friend firm DS Avocats, acted for French $1.9bn agricultural conglomerate Groupe Limagrain that bought Delhi-based vegetable seeds maker Century Seeds, represented by Bangalore firm Narasappa Doraswamy Raja.

PXV stepped up with partners GT Thomas Phillippe and Anuj Sahay and senior associate Shivani Chugh for Groupe Limagrain, which also drew on French firm DS Avocats partner Olivier Monange at home.

DS Avocats had entered into a best friendship with RDA Legal, as PXV was called in 2010.

Narasappa Doraswamy partner Harish Narasappa represented Century Seeds.

According to the Economic Times the French company paid between Rs 140-145 crore ($25-26m) in an all-cash deal, in one of the largest M&A deals in the seeds space.

09 November 2012
Corporate M&A

Exclusive: Desai & Diwanji has acted for Eureka Forbes in its 50:50 joint venture (JV) with Khaitan & Co-advised Waterlogic, which will develop water purification products together over five years, investing $10m (Rs 54 crore).

08 November 2012
Corporate M&A

House Exclusive: Udwadia Udeshi & Argus Partners (UUA) have advised Magma Fincorp, which today announced it would acquire home loan portfolios worth more than Rs 1,600 crore from GE Capital India, which was advised by AZB & Partners.

06 November 2012
Corporate M&A

Dominance Platinum Partners with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised UK oil and gas major BG Group on its sale of state-owned Gujarat Gas Company for over Rs 2,400 crore to Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC) subsidiary GSPC Distribution Networks, involving India’s first long form merger control clearance.

30 October 2012
Litigation

LexCounsel with Hariani & Co and Bachubhai Munim & Co advised television news channel Zee News and its executives in its Rs 150 crore defamation cross-claim filed in the Bombay high court against congress MP and Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) owner Naveen Jindal.

Jindal was advised by Khaitan & Co in his Rs 200 crore defamation suit filed in the high court on Thursday against the news channel.

26 October 2012
Deals in brief

Top deals, all in oneAmarchand, Luthra, Khaitan, JSA, AZB, ARA, Rajani, HSA, KSP and Majmudar lead in the latest round-up of intercontinental multi-million dollar deals...

22 October 2012
Private equity / VC

Dua & Associates advised domestic private equity (PE) fund Aditya Birla Sunrise in its Rs 53.5 crore ($10m) investment in fine dining restaurant chain Olive Bar & Kitchen which was advised by Naik & Naik.

15 October 2012
Deals in brief

Top deals, all in oneTrilegal, Amarchand Mangaldas, Singh & Singh, Link Legal, AZB & Partners, Vichar Partners, Universal Legal, Dua Associates, DSK Legal, White & Case, Nishith Desai & Associates, Desai & Diwanji, and more in the latest top instructions for law firms and lawyers…

11 October 2012
Capital Markets

Vaish Associates advised auto-parts maker Amtek India in raising Rs 375 crore ($70mn) through issue of 2.5 per cent foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCB). Linklaters and Trilegal advised the Singapore-incorporated DBS bank which was the guarantor, and the bank’s Indian branch which was the lead manager in the issue.

Vaish Associates Delhi partner Satwinder Singh with principal associates Manish Tully and Sushma Mathur and associate Sougata Kundu acted for Amtek India, which issued FCCB convertible at Rs 103.005 per equity share of the company according to Post Jagran.

Trilegal Mumbai partner Srinivas Parthasarthy with senior associate Anil Choudhary and associates Priyanka Kumar and Smriti Bahety, and Linklaters Singapore counsel Aditya Shroff acted for DBS Bank India and Singapore.

The issue, raised on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), is Amtek’s second round of FCCB-fund raising in less than six months. Vaish Associates also advised the company in the first round in April 2012, when funds worth Rs 650 crore ($130m) were raised on the Singapore Stock Exchange.

09 October 2012
Corporate M&A

Desai & Diwanji advised hospitality group Interglobe hotels, on its multi-million dollar purchase of the issue share capital of steel maker Isha Steel Treatment, which was advised by Wadia Ghandy.

Desai & Dewanji Bombay partners Jai Diwanji and Ruzbeh Mistry, associate partner Sidhharth Mody, senior associate Shakti Singh Champawat and associate Karni Singh acted for the hotel developer, which is a joint venture between conglomerate Interglobe Enterprises and international hotel chain Accor.

Wadia Ghandy Mumbai partner Dhawal Mehta, senior associate Rati Lodha and associate Shruti Manglik acted for Isha Steel Treatment.

05 October 2012
Litigation

Amarchand Mangaldas and senior counsel Gopal Subramanium acted for YSR Congress party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to whom the Supreme Court today denied bail in the money-laundering case against him.

26 September 2012
Deals in brief

Top deals, all in oneThe latest deals in one place: Khaitan for Kingfisher, Heidelberg, Hutchison Whampoa | AMSS for Mitsui, Schneider, Alstom, Siemens, RTL, IDFC | Siemens: AMSS-Jones Day & more.

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