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“In a deal led by Reliance Jio director Akash Ambani, Reliance Industries today signed an agreement for merging the digital music service Saavn with JioMusic to create a digital media platform with global reach having total value of over $1 billion,” reported PTI.

US-based fund manager, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) along with co-investors have announced the acquisition of Asia’s largest renewable energy firm, Equis Energy through a 100% cash deal, as reported earlier by VC Circle and The Economic Times. The deal is considered to be the the largest renewable energy generation acquisition in history and was completed on January 19, 2018.

Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa-owned Fairfax India Holdings has entered into an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in Kerala-based Catholic Syrian Bank for an estimated Rs 1,200 crores ($186m) through a full equity infusion, as reported by The Economic Times and Mint. The deal, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first half of 2018, paving way for the first acquisition of an Indian bank by a foreign non-banking financial entity.

Emerging food delivery startup, Grab.in, has raised a funding of Rs 9 crores ($1.5m) from SIDBI Venture Capital, the wholly owned subsidiary of SIDBI, as reported by YourStory and MoneyControl. With the current funding, SIDBI will be joining the list of Grab's investors that include Aramex Ventures, Zomato, and Sixth Sense Ventures. The Mumbai-based startup had earlier raised $1 million from Oliphans Capital and independent investor Haresh Chawla in April 2015, while Zomato had invested an undisclosed amount in the startup five months later.

order: 2AZB & Partners advised Fullerton Financial Holdings in the transaction, led by partners Ashwath Rau and Anu Tiwari, senior associate Nirmal Mahtani and associate Rachana Rautray.

J Sagar Associates (JSA) acted as the Indian legal advisors to the Marvell Technology Group in the transaction and was represented by partner Probir Roy Chowdhury along with principal associate Vishnu Nair.

DSK Legal assisted Bharat Forge in the drafting, reviewing, negotiating and revising of the transaction and closing documents and was represented by partner Narendra Dingankar and senior associate Varun Shah.

As reported in a number of publications, Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop One is exploring entering India with the largely untested ultra-fast transportation technology.

The Indian capital markets have a new international king, at least going by law firms and volumes of initial public offerings (IPO), and it’s Sidley Austin, in a league table dominated by a completely new list of firm names after a swathe of some big-name partner moves in the past years.

Khaitan & Co has filed more IPO drafts than any other firm in 2017 just ahead of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, in a market where downward pricing pressures have made it tough across the board.

Symbiosis Pune 2009 alumnus Utpal Kant and RMLNLU Lucknow 2011 alumnus Prashant Kanha started up corporate and litigation firm Sequitur in Noida this month, and helped Pune based backpacking hospitality platform Backpacker Panda raise $1.4m.

Leading investment and financial services firm, Jupiter Capital has recently completed the acquisition of up to 33 lakh shares amounting to nearly 66% of BSE-listed non-banking financial company TRC Financial Services, by way of an open offer to the shareholders and contractual arrangements for an aggregate transaction value of Rs 5.92 crores (around $924,000). The offer price of the fully paid shares of TRC Financial Services was quoted at Rs 18 per share.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) Bangalore-based partner Reeba Chacko led for BigBasket, with partner Akshay Bhat and principal associate S Harish. The firm also acted for the existing investors.

Gurgaon-based upcoming micro-delivery grocery platform has secured Rs 19 crores (around $3m) in a Pre-Series A funding round, led by Unilever Ventures Holdings the investment arm of Unilever PLC, as reported by The Times of India and Mint. The grocery delivery platform had raised around $500k in another Pre-Series A funding round from Blume Ventures and Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group, earlier in August, 2017.

India reversed its trend of death row population spike since last year, with a drop of nearly 27% in the number of prisoners sentenced to death by sessions courts in 2017, according to the second NLU Delhi Death Penalty Report.

Hero Enterprises, led by ex-Hero MotoCorp joint MD Sunil Kant Munjal has acquired 25% of the share capital in Mumbai-based consumer lighting firm Corvi LED Light through an investment of Rs 63 crores (around $10m), as reported by The Economic Times and Business Standard.

Chennai-based NBFC Samunnati Financial Intermediation & Services has raised Rs 150 crores ($23.5m) in a Series-C funding round led by Swiss investment firm responsAbility with participation from existing investors Elevar Equity and Accel Partners, as reported by VCCircle and The Hindu. The investment was done by way of subscription to 100 equity shares and 317,423 compulsory convertible preference shares of Samunnati.

Zerick Dastur Advocates & Solicitors has filed an appeal before the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) challenging the jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) order of last week banning the Big 4 consultancy from auditing work in India.

Itochu Petroleum Co, the Singapore-based subsidiary of Japanese trading company Itochu Corporation has announced the acquisition of 19.7% stake in Aegis Logistics' wholly-owned subsidiary, Hindustan Aegis LPG (HALPG), for INR 239 crores (apporximately $37.8m), as reported by Business Standard and VC Circle in May of last year. In addition to India, Itochu Corporation, the Japanese multinational trading group specialising in oil & gas, metals and other commodities, operates LPG import hubs in Japan and the Philippines.

Senior advocate Harish Salve helped the Delhi high court approve, but not yet notify, a set of new rules which would enable it to impose a staggering and unprecedented amount of costs on litigants filing frivolous cases before it, encourage video-conferencing trials and reduce litigation time in other ways.

The death penalty would stay on Indian statute books for at least another 50 years, predicted a former Chief Justice of India (CJI) in a wide-ranging study of opinions of former apex court judges conducted by NLU Delhi on the death penalty in India.

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