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The latest deals involving Indian companies and law firms.

29 June 2010
Litigation

LuthraLuthra-Vijay-SondhiIPL (Indian Premier League) broadcasters Sony Entertainment Television yesterday filed a Rs 147 crore recovery suit in the Bombay High Court through Luthra & Luthra against the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and its media rights licensee World Sports Group (WSG).

23 June 2010
Private equity / VC Khaitan & Co has advised on the setting up of two domestic venture capital (VC) funds iPro Capital Private Equity Trust and Subhkam Growth Fund, with each planning to raise approximately Rs 100 crores in various sectors under their maiden schemes.
18 June 2010
Litigation

raavan-stillNaik Paranjpe & Co has successfully restrained the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) from preventing the release of the film Raavan in Karnataka after it won a rare favourable interim order from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for clients Reliance Big Entertainment yesterday evening.

15 June 2010
Corporate M&A

pieMnAAZB & Partners was the busiest Indian M&A firm in the months of April and May advising on a total of seven takeovers, followed by Trilegal and Amarchand Mangaldas but foreign firms picked up by far the greatest slice of Indian M&A mega-value deals benefiting from increasing Indian outbound activity.

14 June 2010
Corporate M&A

spicejet-by-vm2827Amarchand Mangaldas Bangalore advised Kalanithi Maran on his Rs 740 crore purchase of Link Legal-advised low-cost carrier SpiceJet from two sellers, which were represented by AZB Mumbai and Naveen Goel Law Offices in Delhi.

04 June 2010
Litigation Heinz India led by Lall Lahiri Salhotra (LLS) has won a trademark infringement case against PepsiCo, which was advised by Singh & Singh Advocates before the Delhi High Court over the use of Pepsi's trademarked tagline, "Rehydrate, Replenish and Recharge".
01 June 2010
Capital Markets

stock_exchange_chartAmarchand Mangaldas was the busiest IPO law firm in Legally India's 2009-10 financial year (FY) league table by far but the newer practices Luthra & Luthra, S&R Associates, AZB & Partners and Khaitan & Co have managed to keep pace in bank advisory work bagging nearly as many instructions.

27 May 2010
Litigation Bhasin & Co managing partner Lalit Bhasin has represented the National Aviation Company of India (NACIL) in the Delhi High Court, which has ordered an injunction of the Air India employees' strike solving the two-day deadlock.
27 May 2010
Corporate M&A

car-electric-reva-by-revanorgeKhaitan & Co has advised India's largest utility vehicle maker in acquiring Bangalore electric car manufacturer REVA Electric Car Company, which was advised by Trilegal.

27 May 2010
Real estate Crawford Bayley sold 350,000 square foot of client Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Company (BDMC)'s real estate complex in Parel to Khaitan & Co client Axis Bank for around $170m.
27 May 2010
Corporate M&A Khaitan & Co has acted opposite PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the sale of Blue Star's 24 per cent-owned ventilation subsidiary to Swedish company Systemair AB.
24 May 2010
Litigation

air-indiaMulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe and a UK firm are representing Air India's insurance underwriters in compensating victims of the Air India air disaster, potentially handling claims running to Rs 400 crore ($85m).

24 May 2010
Corporate M&A

pills-by-blmurchCrawford Bayley, Luthra & Luthra and Baker & McKenzie and Stephenson Harwood have advised on the $3.7bn takeover of Piramal Healthcare by US pharma major Abbott Laboratories.

21 May 2010
Capital Markets

miningLuthra & Luthra and DLA Piper have won two out of two government disinvestment tenders this week for consultancy Engineers India Ltd (EIL) and the world's largest coal producer Coal India Ltd, defeating firms such as Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners-Clifford Chance, Crawford Bayley and S&R Associates in a competitive tender.

21 May 2010
Private equity / VC Young private equity boutique Sand Hill Counsel has closed two private equity (PE) deals in the education sector for US-based venture capital firm Foundation Capital opposite AZB & Partners, J Sagar Associates (JSA) and Wadia Ghandy.
20 May 2010
Corporate M&A

ICICI-Bank-HQ-Bandra-Kurla-Complex-MumbaiAmarchand Mangaldas is advising ICICI Bank on its takeover of Bank of Rajasthan (BoR), whose promoter Pravin Kumar Tayal is represented by Paras Kuhad Associates, in a stock deal that envisages a share exchange ratio of 25 ICICI shares for 118 BoR shares.

19 May 2010
Capital Markets Amarchand Mangaldas, Crawford Bayley and Luthra & Luthra, and young firms Axon Partners LLP, Link Legal and S&R Associates, are bidding for the role of legal advisor to the government in the disinvestment of state-owned Engineers India Limited (EIL) which is set to happen through a follow-on public offer in July.
18 May 2010
Corporate M&A Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Trilegal have advised Godrej Consumer on its buy-out of Sara Lee Corporation's stake in the companies' Indian joint venture (JV) for €185m ($234m).
14 May 2010
Corporate M&A Dewey & LeBoeuf and Linklaters have respectively advised India's largest mining company Vedanta Resources in its agreement to acquire zinc assets from mining giant Anglo American for $1.34bn in order to make it the world's largest zinc producer and to create a sizeable presence in Europe and Africa.  
13 May 2010
Litigation Naik Paranjpe and Company led by managing partner Ameet Naik has won a favourable order for clients Filmkraft and Adlabs against a suit filed in a munsif court that sought to restrain the release of the movie Kites.
13 May 2010
Corporate M&A Luthra & Luthra has acted for the State Bank of India led consortium of 22 banks and financial institutions for a $2.08 billion syndicated rupee debt deal for a Tata Steel project at Jamshedpur.
11 May 2010
Projects Mumbai projects boutique India Law Services (ILS) has advised the lender consortium of bankers in three project finance transactions opposite Trilegal, one in-house counsel and Delhi-based Hammurabi & Solomon acting for the borrower companies.
07 May 2010
Private equity / VC AZB & Partners and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have reprised their joint roles for private equity house KKR in its Rs 750 crore ($166m) investment in Amarchand Mangaldas-advised Dalmia Cement.
06 May 2010
Corporate M&A Delhi firm LexCounsel has advised on a joint venture (JV) agreement between public listed education service provider Educomp Solutions Limited (ESL) and Lavasa Corporation to set up four educational institutes to benefit from investment opportunities in the booming education sector.
06 May 2010
Projects Luthra & Luthra has acted for an IDBI-led consortium of banks and financial institutions in the financing of $50m coal mine project of GVK Coal (Tokisud) Company in Jharkhand.
30 April 2010
Finance

London-banks-rbsBristol-headquartered TLT has bagged the advice for a syndicate of Indian banks on a $110m dollar loan to Indus Gas alongside Amarchand Mangaldas, with the regional UK firm benefiting from its niche banking pitch.

29 April 2010
Private equity / VC Universal Legal has advised two microfinance institutions in Chennai and Hyderabad on private equity capital raisings with AZB & Partners and Trilegal acting for the investor companies.  
23 April 2010
Projects Luthra & Luthra advised a consortium of 10 banks and financial institutions led by Axis Bank in the project financing of a $585m power project in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra, constructed by GMR Energy subsidiary EEL.
21 April 2010
Capital Markets

Offshore rigAmarchand Mangaldas, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Talwar Thakore & Associates and its best friend Linklaters are advising India's second largest power sector company Essar Energy in its plans to raise $2.5bn (Rs 11,000 crores) in a maiden listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

20 April 2010
Finance

iphone_by-Gonzalo-Baeza_hernandezJ Sagar Associates (JSA) and Trilegal have completed mobile phone operator Aircel's Rs 2,000 crore ($449m) commercial paper fundraising to part-finance the telecom operator's upcoming 3G licence auction.

16 April 2010
Capital Markets

Bombay-stock-exchange-tickerAmarchand Mangaldas picked up almost one third of 33 initial public offering (IPO) mandates in the first quarter of 2010, while Crawford Bayley, J Sagar Associates (JSA), Luthra & Luthra and Khaitan & Co together bagged another 40 per cent of instructions.

15 April 2010
Capital Markets Kaden Boriss Legal LLP has bid for the due diligence and documentation work in the privatisation of Kuwait Airways Company along with consortium members Al Oula Law and Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy on 10 April in Kuwait.
13 April 2010
Corporate M&A

M&A League  tablesAZB & Partners has shot to the top of the mergermarket M&A league table by acting on seven out of eight of the largest M&A deals in the first three months of 2010. Desai & Diwanji and Amarchand Mangaldas respectively came in at second and third place by number of deals done.

08 April 2010
Private equity / VC Khaitan & Co scooped another Blackstone mandate in the private equity house's Rs 225 crore ($51m) investment in newspaper publisher Jagran Media, which was advised by Luthra & Luthra. Simpson Thacher was the international legal counsel to Blackstone.
01 April 2010
Projects Project finance specialist India Law Services (ILS) has advised a consortium of bankers in two project financing transactions of Nagapattinam Energy and Caddie Hotels in the last week of March.
31 March 2010
Corporate M&A

africa-mobile-phone-by_DavidDennisPhotos.comAllen & Overy (A&O) and Indian best friend firm Trilegal have scooped the mandated lead arranger mandate on the closing Bharti Airtel – Zain $9bn merger, alongside AZB & Partners, Herbert Smith and Linklaters.

26 March 2010
Corporate M&A Vaish Associates has advised longstanding clients Religare in the acquisition of healthcare solutions business of Bangalore-based Sobha Renaissance Information Technology (SRIT) for an undisclosed amount.
25 March 2010
Private equity / VC Induslaw and Amarchand Mangaldas represented three funds that investing $10m into Azure Power's solar power technology project.
24 March 2010
Private equity / VC Desai & Diwanji has acted as sole legal adviser on Rs 93.4 crores ($20m) investment by Templeton Strategic Emerging Markets Fund III (TSEMF III) in Shiv-Vani Oil & Gas Exploration Services for a 5.3 per cent stake in the company.
22 March 2010
Corporate M&A

IPL-Chennai-wikipediaSN Gupta & Co has kick-started its sports practice by advising on the $333m (Rs 1,533 crore) buy of the Indian Premier League's (IPL) new Kochi team by the Rendezvous Sports World consortium.

19 March 2010
Private equity / VC

hydroelectric-dam-lake_by_suburbanblokeDavis Polk, J Sagar Associates (JSA), Lexygen and a raft of overseas firms have advised on the Morgan Stanley-led consortium's $425m (Rs 1,900 crore) investment in Indian power company Asian Genco.

17 March 2010
Corporate M&A Naveen Goel Law Offices and Olswang have closed the Rs 250 crore contract negotiations for UK broadcaster SIS Live, which bid for the broadcasting rights to the 2010 Commomwealth Games with Indian public broadcaster Doordarshan and Prasar Bharati.
12 March 2010
Corporate M&A DSK Legal, India Law Alliance and P&A Associates have advised Zicom Electronic Security Systems on restructuring and transferring of business units for Rs 225 crore ($49m) to Schneider Electric.
05 March 2010
Corporate M&A

pills-by-blmurchLuthra & Luthra has advised Abbott Laboratories in its 20 per cent open offer of the Indian subsidiary of Solvay Pharmaceuticals as part of the €5.2bn global acquisition of the Belgium-based pharma company.

03 March 2010
Private equity / VC Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai office and AZB & Partners Delhi have advised on Goldman Sachs's private equity arm $115m investment in conglomerate Max India.
26 February 2010
Private equity / VC Nishith Desai Associates and J Sagar Associates (JSA) have acted for Orbit Corporation and the investors respectively in a Rs 165 crore private equity (PE) investment in Orbit for a township development.   
24 February 2010
Corporate M&A Khaitan & Co is the domestic counsel for Mahindra Forgings Limited and Jones Day Singapore the international legal advisors to the qualified institutional placement (QIP) filed by Mahindra & Mahindra owned forging and auto component company.
18 February 2010
Litigation Naik and Naik has won for Anil Ambani owned Reliance MediaWorks against Ocher Studios, which is promoted by the family of South India film star Rajnikanth, forbidding the studio to create third party rights in the film 'Sultan – The Warrior' under Section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996.
18 February 2010
Corporate M&A Induslaw has acted as sole advisor to education provider Educomp Solutions, which acquired Studyplaces.com from Zaptive Internet Services.
18 February 2010
Private equity / VC Desai & Diwanji and Rajani Associates have advised Motilal Oswal Private Equity Advisers on its Rs 40 crore investment in automobile component maker Minda Industries.
18 February 2010
Corporate M&A

africa-mobile-phone-by_DavidDennisPhotos.comAZB & Partners has been instructed on Bharti Airtel's $10.7bn bid for the African business of Kuwaiti telecoms group Zain, with Herbert Smith and Linklaters scoring the international advisory mandates for the Indian company's third attempt to enter the continent.

17 February 2010
Litigation M Dhruva & Partners, which spun out of J Sagar Associates earlier this month, has acted on its first independent litigation matter opposite Crawford Bayley, directing the arrest of a ship on behalf of its Hong Kong-based client Star Matrix.
16 February 2010
Corporate M&A ALMT Legal in Bangalore and Malaysian law firm Zuraidah Naziha & Fadly advised Indian developer Davanam Constructions and Ascenteus Holdings of Malaysia in their $350m joint venture hotel project.
15 February 2010
Projects FoxMandal Little has acted as lender's counsel on the Rs 2224 crores ($515mn) ONGC Tripura Power Company project finance documentation acting for Power Finance Corporation.

The firm was instructed in September 2009, with Delhi senior partner B N Banerjee, and senior associate Rajesh Sehgal and associate Milli Chatterjee leading the team.

According to a press release from the firm, no other law firms were involved in the transaction.

Sehgal said in the release: "It was challenging, since ONGC being a Navratna company is on the Board of the OTPC. For us it was the first time we had done a deal with ONGC and the captive natural gas based power stations interconnected with the power project."

Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) received Rs 2,224 crore in debt funding from Power Finance Corp (PFC) for its proposed 700 MW power plant at Tripura.
09 February 2010
Corporate M&A Desai & Diwanji and Tatva Legal, with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Richards Butler advised on private equity house Quadrangle Capital and others' $300m investment in India's second largest operator of telecoms towers Tower Vision India.
04 February 2010
Litigation

Alishan NaqveeA divison bench of the Delhi High Court has widened across India its April 2009 judgment that service tax on commercial rentals is ultra vires the Finance Act, in a victory for law firm LexCounsel.

04 February 2010
Projects

Luthra--Luthra-Vijaya-Rao-newLuthra & Luthra has closed the Rs 2400 crores ($521m) GVK Power (Goindwalsahib) project finance fundraising acting for IDBI Bank and a consortium of 12 others as lender's counsel.

Luthra & Luthra's projects team was led by Mumbai partner Vijaya Rao (pictured), assisted by managing associate Bikash Jhawar, and associates Pulkit Sharma and Sneha Jha.

03 February 2010
Corporate M&A Khaitan & Co and Naik Naik & Co have advised multiplex owner INOX Leisure in acquiring  a 43.28 per cent stake of the promoter group of rival multiplex chain Fame India for Rs 66.34 crore.
03 February 2010
Private equity / VC

Call CentreKhaitan & Co has picked up the Indian mandate to advise private equity group Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) on the $440m purchase of legal process outsourcing company CPA Global, alongside a raft of international firms.

03 February 2010
Capital Markets Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai is acting for Oberoi Realty while AZB & Partners Mumbai and Shearman & Sterling Singapore are acting for the underwriters in the Rs 1,500 crore ($325m) initial public offering (IPO) of the Mumbai real estate company, according to the draft prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 18 January 2010.

The book-running lead managers are Kotak Mahindra, Enam Securities, JP Morgan India and Morgan Stanley India.

Amarchand, Luthra & Luthra and Khaitan & Co were leading in Legally India's Q3 2009-10 IPO rankings.
02 February 2010
Corporate M&A

AirplaneMumbai firm Gagrats and Link Legal have advised on the joint venture (JV) between Jet Airways and GMR Hyderabad International Airport and Malaysian Aerospace Engineering.

29 January 2010
Private equity / VC

cables_joshuadavisphotography_comArgus Partners and Nishith Desai Associates have advised on the Rs 200 crore ($43m) sale of Ravin Cables to an Italian cable manufacturer, while ALMT Legal has scored its first mandate for a Reliance fund, which was one of Ravin's shareholders.

28 January 2010
Capital Markets

power-line-by_abooth202Delhi start-up Axon Partners has landed a role next to Crawford Bayley and Linklaters on Jaiprakash Power Venture's surprise $200m (Rs 920 crore) convertible bond issue.

25 January 2010
Private equity / VC

computer-tower-innards_by_A-BelaniMumbai boutique firm Sand Hill Counsel and the Bangalore offices of Induslaw Advocates and Nishith Desai & Associates (NDA) have assisted IT customer support services provider iYogi in raising $15m of venture capital (VC) funding to expand its team of global tech experts.

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