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The latest deals involving Indian companies and law firms.

image Exclusive: Amarchand Mangaldas and AZB & Partners advised on Tata Power’s $450m (Rs 2,000 crore) hybrid bond, which is the first such issue denominated in US Dollars by an Indian corporate.

K Law and Vaish Associates have advised on the Rs 100 crore ($22.5m) pre-IPO private equity investment by Avigo into Super Religare Laboratories.

Amarchand Mangaldas has taken an early lead in the 2011 Indian first quarter project finance rankings, racking up higher deal values than both Link Legal and last year’s busiest firm Luthra & Luthra combined, followed by Trilegal and Fox Mandal.

image Vaish Associates Advocates and Dua Associates’ Amarchand Mangaldas partner lateral hire have advised on German tyre manufacturer Continental AG’s full buy-out of Indian Modi Tyres.

Breaking: Amarchand Mangaldas Bangalore, Luthra & Luthra and Clifford Chance have led on Petronas International’s $2.1bn exit of Vedanta Resources-part-owned Cairn India, according to lawyers on the deal.

MnA-pie_lrgExclusive: AZB & Partners, Khaitan & Co and Desai & Diwanji have topped mergermarket’s M&A league table by volume, each having recorded 11 deals in the first three months of 2011.

image ALMT Legal advised UK food services firm Compass Group on its acquisition of two companies, one of which was advised by SNG & Partners.

Exclusive: Amarchand Mangaldas has lost ground in its lead over Luthra & Luthra and surprise performer AZB & Partners in the initial public offering (IPO) league tables for the 2010-11 financial year, while DLA Piper came from nowhere to top the rankings of foreign firms ahead of Dorsey & Whitney and Jones Day.

image J Sagar Associates (JSA) has advised New York-based advertising company Interpublic Group on its joint venture (JV) with India’s digital media enterprise Interactive Avenues, which drafted in a niche Mumbai firm for launching Reprise Media in India.

J Sagar Associates has advised chemical manufacturers Rhodia Group on its slump sale acquisition of Gujarat-incorporated PI Industries, which hired Delhi firm Neo Juris.

power-line-by_abooth202 Amarchand Delhi on the demerger of power company into two businesses after Alstom and Schneider $429m buy last year.

IndusLaw has advised Bangalore-based IT consulting company ASM Technologies on its complete buy-out of US company Abacus Business Solutions which had drafted in Californian firm Pacific Law Group in an all-cash purchase.

stock_exchange_chart Exclusive: Against a background of slowing markets in qualified institutional placements (QIPs), Amarchand Mangaldas has retained a strong lead in Legally India’s QIP league table for the 2010-2011 fiscal despite its deal volume dropping by half, while Luthra & Luthra and Crawford Bayley scaled ahead of Khaitan & Co and AZB & Partners.

image Luthra & Luthra has advised Indian multiplex owner PVR Cinemas on its collaboration with Canadian entertainment technology company IMAX Corporation to install and maintain state-of-the-art IMAX theatre systems, which was advised by Agarwal Jetley & Company.

MMB Legal advised education company Teamlease Services on its Rs 100 crore ($22.6m) fundraising ICICI Venture and Gaja Capital, advised by Wadia Ghandy Bangalore and DSK Legal in Mumbai.

Amarchand Mangaldas and P&A Law Offices have advised on the buy-out of Mumbai-based Smartlink Network’s cabling systems business Digilink by French company Schneider Electricals for Rs 503 crore ($115m).

Crawford Bayley & Co has advised construction company CNH Global NV on the full buy-out of Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T’s) stake in joint venture partnership L&T-CASE Equipment for around Rs 200 crore ($45m).

Khaitan & Co, Platinum Partners and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised on a majority stake acquisition of Mumbai-based agrochemicals company Devidayal Sales by Japanese Arysta LifeScience.

Khaitan & Co and Trilegal have advised on US-based International Paper’s 53 per cent acquisition of Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills (APPM) for $247m in cash along with $62m as seller’s non-compete fee.

AZB & Partners’ Mumbai and Delhi offices advised on both sides of the financial services joint venture between India’s largest private sector enterprise Reliance Industries and US investment group D E Shaw with Debevoise & Plimpton and Covington & Burling.

AZB & Partners, J Sagar Associates (JSA) and Sullivan & Cromwell have advised on Goldman Sachs’s complete acquisition of Indian asset management company Benchmark Asset for a reported Rs 130 crore to expand its foothold in the six trillion rupee Indian fund management industry.

Khaitan & Co advised longstanding clients Leighton International in divesting its its stake in Oriental Pathways to target infrastructure development activities with joint venture partner Welspun, which in December of last year bought a 35 per cent stake of Leighton’s Indian unit for Rs 470 crore.

AZB & Partners, Desai & Diwanji, J Sagar Associates (JSA), Khaitan & Co and Japanese law firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu have advised on Hero Investments’ acquisition of Honda Motors’s 26 per cent stake in joint venture Hero Honda Motors for $851 million.

Khaitan & Co and Chitale Law Associates have advised on a $19m private equity infusion in Mumbai-based aroma chemicals manufacturer Privi Organics by Standard Chartered.

Amarchand Mangaldas and AZB & Partners have advised on Tata-owned Indian Hotels’ minority stake sale in subsidiary Roots Corporation to Singapore-based Omega TC Holdings for Rs 150 crore.

hospital_by_boliston Exclusive: DSK Legal and Juris Corp through senior counsel Janak Dwarkadas have filed a winding-up petition in the Bombay High Court against pharma company Wockhardt, which is represented by Majmudar & Co and senior counsel Rohit Kapadia.

AZB & Partners, Kochhar & Co, Trilegal, Zeus Law Associates, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have advised on public listed Vishal Retail’s slump sale to private equity (PE) firm TPG and the Shriram Group for Rs 70 crore.

AZB & Partners and Norton Rose’s African merger partner have advised India’s Essar Group on its majority stake take-over of Zimbabwe’s state-owned steel unit Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (ZISCO) for $750m.

Amarchand Mangaldas, Khaitan & Co and Japanese law firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune have advised on Asia’s largest life insurance company Nippon Life Insurance Co buying $680m (Rs 3,062 crore) or 26 per cent in Reliance Insurance, marking it the largest ever foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Indian insurance sector.

Vaish Associates Advocates and Desai & Diwanji have advised on the complete buy-out of Premier Tissues (India) Limited by Avantha Group’s Ballarpur Industries for Rs 42 crore ($9.3m).

road-works-digger India Law Services (ILS) and Laware Associates, which was set up in 2007 by a Nalsar Hyderabad graduate, have advised on two National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) expressway and toll road projects of nearly Rs 3,000 crore ($660m).

hot_steel Shearman & Sterling, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Salans, Linklaters and Clifford Chance have advised on Tata Steel’s sale of Teesside Cast Products’s (TCP’s) assets to Thailand’s largest steel producer Sahaviriya Steel for $469m.

Vaish Associates Advocates has advised wind turbine manufacturer Enercon for the supply of wind turbines and associated facilities worth $198m to CLP India for the development of two greenfield energy projects in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Kochhar & Co and AZB & Partners have advised venture capital firms New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Headland Capital respectively on their Rs 70 crore equity investment in mobile value added services (VAS) provider ValueFirst Messaging.

AZB & Partners and Amarchand Mangaldas have advised on GVK Airport Holdings’ 13.5 per cent stake acquisition of Bid Services’ shares in Mumbai International Airport to become the largest shareholder in the consortium of airport operators.

Luthra & Luthra has advised Kohlapar-based Ratnakar Bank in raising Rs 720 crore ($160m) of equity funding from institutional investors and a private equity (PE) consortium including US-based Cartica Capital, which drafted in Khaitan & Co.

India Law Services (ILS) has acted as lenders' legal counsel on three external commercial borrowings (ECB) and loan structurings of Reliance Power worth around $50m of for the second phase development of its Uttar Pradesh-based 1,200 MW Rosa Power project.

ILS advised Axis Bank, Allahabad Bank and Syndicate Bank on the execution of three different loan agreements as well as conversion of existing Rupee term loans into foreign currency loans to enable Rosa Power Supply to reach full-capacity power generation.

ILS Mumbai-based partner Tushar Desai led the transaction for the lender consortium while the borrower Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG)-owned Reliance Power acted through its in-house legal team.

Desai told Legally India: “The Axis Bank Ltd and Allahabad Bank granted such foreign currency loans through their respective Hong Kong branches, Syndicate Bank did so from its London branch.

“While the first transaction of Axis Bank Ltd.,(for $20m), was signed in October 2010, the other two were with Allahabad Bank ($15m) and Syndicate Bank ($15m) were signed in January 2011. In this case individual facility agreements were executed with each of the ECB lenders and other finance documents were executed for inclusion of the ECB Lenders as part of the consortium.”

According to the Economic Times the Rosa plant recently hit 105 per cent of its power generation capacity last month.

Kochhar & Co has won state-owned gas and transmission company GAIL’s contract for rendering of legal services over other co-bidders and qualifiers of technical round such as Amarchand Mangaldas, Trilegal, Singhania & Partners, Fox Mandal and APJ – SLG, said the firm.

Delhi firm LexCounsel has advised longstanding clients venture capital (VC) fund LeapStart Trust on its third portfolio investment with a a 26 per cent stake in English e-learning group Liqvid eLearning after a prior focus on technology and hospitality sectors.

Juris Corp and Tatva Legal have advised on private equity fund BanayanTree Growth Capital’s minority stake investment in oil, gas and power services company Dee Development Engineers.

Phoenix Legal and Hogan Lovells’ Japanese office have advised advised Japan’s Sojitz Corporation on its joint venture with South Indian business conglomerate Archean Group top operate a marine chemicals plant in India.

Oil Industry. AZB & Partners, Talwar Thakore & Associates, Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Vinson & Elkins have advised on oil major British Petroleum’s (BP) record acquisition of 30 per cent of 23 oil and gas production sharing contracts (including the KG D6 block) operated by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for a consideration of $7.2bn (Rs 32,500 crore).

Luthra & Luthra has advised a Power Finance Corporation-led consortium of 27 lenders to fund KSK Mahanadi’s Rs 16,190 crore power project in the state of Chhattisgarh.

Amarchand and MMB Legal with London firms Nabarro and Taylor Wessing on complex deal between Infrastructure India and Guggenheim involving AIM fundraising and two asset acquisitions.

imageExclusive: Test prep company Career Launcher takes on Rs 50 crore private equity cash for school chain.

image ALMT Legal partner Hitesh Jain advised the organising company of Canadian crooner Bryan Adams’ India tour that kicked off in Mumbai and Pune last weekend.

road-works-digger Exclusive: R&A Legal, S&R Associates, Latham & Watkins, Spanish firm Uria Menendez and India Law Services have advised on the internal restructuring of Spanish infrastructure company Grupo Isolux Corsan’s investments into an Indian Rs 4,518 crore ($997m) road project.

imageExclusive: Delhi-based intellectual property (IP) boutique IP Gurus has acted for the manufacturers of Rubik’s Cubes resulting in police arrests of four alleged counterfeit cube puzzle sellers.

Vaish Associates has advised Pune-based Infospectrum on the sale of its outsourced product development (OPD) business to Persistent Systems, advised in-house by its company secretary and legal head.

Crawford Bayley & Co has advised Clariant Chemicals on Rs 240 crore ($53m) real estate transaction involving the sale of its Mumbai-suburban factory premises to Kalpataru Builders-owned Ananta Landmarks, which hired Mumbai law firm Federal & Rashmikant as legal counsels.

Luthra & Luthra and DLA Piper have bagged the 12,500 crore ($2.75bn) follow-on share sale of ONGC, beating five other law firms in a competitive tender, with Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi winning the mandate for the bankers.

pills-by-blmurch Clifford Chance joined hands with J Sagar Associates (JSA) and AZB & Partners to jointly advise Bayer Healthcare on its JV with Cadila Healthcare.

piePE AZB & Partners was the busiest private equity legal advisor of 2010 ahead of ALMT Legal and Indus Law tied in second place followed by DSK Legal and Tatva Legal. Amarchand Mangaldas and Trilegal came in fourth and fifth places respectively, according to a volume-based league table by data provider Venture Intelligence.

Exclusive: PXV Law Partners and Indus Law Advocates have advised on Rs 15 crore venture capital investment in a start up Glocal Hospital by private equity firms Sequoia Capital and Elevar Equity to develop health care facilities in rural West Bengal.

image Trilegal and Link Legal have advised power producer Caparo Energy’s $ 1.28bn contract for supply of wind power projects equipment with India’s largest turbine manufacturers Suzlon India.

Hemant Sahai Associates (HSA) acted as sole legal advisor on a micro finance investment by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in Delhi-based organisation Invest India Micro Pension Services Private Limited (IIMPS) raising roughly $1m for retirement pension plans and other savings.

J Sagar Associates (JSA) acted for private equity firm BTS Investment Advisors on its Rs 36 crore ($7.9m) investment in car rental company Carzonrent which was advised by Amarchand Mangaldas.

Exclusive: Majmudar & Co and Desai & Diwanji have advised on the 50 per cent stake sale of Rolta India’s shares in joint venture company Shaw Rolta Limited to partner Stone & Webster for an aggregate $35.5m in consideration.

transportation engineering Exclusive: Luthra & Luthra has maintained its lead in the project finance domain as the top Indian and second-ranked law firm globally by deal volumes. Amarchand Mangaldas, S J Law Advocates, India Law Services and AZB & Partners followed up in the domestic rankings, where 163 projects worth $81.4bn were completed in India in 2010, according to data provider Dealogic.

Majmudar & Co, Dua Associates and J Sagar Associates (JSA) have advised on the $12m venture capital investment by Reliance Venture Asset Management and GE Oil and Gas in renewable energy firm AllGreen Energy for its first biomass project in Tamil Nadu.

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