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17 November 2010
Law firms

image Exclusive: Delhi law firm Zeus Law Associates has expanded with a second office in the National Capital Region (NCR) area, opening a branch office in Gurgaon to leverage infrastructure development and SEZ related market opportunities.

17 November 2010
Capital Markets

Khaitan & Co and UK firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have advised on the Global Depository Receipt (GDR) issue of Indian coal-bed methane producer Great Eastern Energy Corporation Limited (GEECL) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) after its listing on London's Alternative Investments Market (AIM) earlier in 2005.

17 November 2010
Law firms

Responding in writing to a question in the Indian parliament law minister Veerappa Moily stated that there were no proposals to allow foreign firms into India.

16 November 2010
Litigation

Khaitan and Partners has acted for long-standing clients Jet Airways in a criminal action instituted against an individual who allegedly siphoned off Rs 2.07 crores from the airline’s account by seeking double refunds on the cancellation of 163 airline tickets.

16 November 2010
Law firms

imageExclusive: Kochhar & Co has lured senior independent litigator J Sivanandaraaj into its Chennai office as a senior partner with the firm putting its faith in Tamil Nadu as the source of India’s future manufacturing miracle.

16 November 2010
Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO)

internet-IT-globe Legal process outsourcing (LPO) company UnitedLex, which is backed by Indian and Silicon Valley venture capital (VC) firms, has acquired Los Angeles-based LPO LawScribe giving it offices in Los Angeles, New York and Gurgaon, reported VCCircle.

12 November 2010
Corporate M&A

image Phoenix Legal and Tatva Legal have advised on the global catering and onboard services provider Gategroup’s 74 per cent stake take-over of India’s leading airline catering company Skygourmet, which is valued at $92m.

11 November 2010
Litigation

Action Replayy Media law specialist Naik Paranjpe & Co has secured exhibition and distribution rights for multi-starrer film Action Replayy by winning a favourable interim order from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against six distributors for allegedly indulging in anti-competitive cartelisation practices.

11 November 2010
Corporate M&A

AZB & Partners and Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi have advised on the world’s largest express shipping company FedEx’s acquisition of Indian logistics services provider AFL Private Limited and its subsidiary Unifreight.

11 November 2010
Corporate M&A

Desai & Diwanji and UK international firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have jointly acted on Indian publicly listed Elecon Engineering’s acquisition of the UK’s Benzler-Radicon group of businesses for £18.4m and other global business arms.

10 November 2010
Law firms

Obama Discussions to allow foreign law firms to operate in India were dropped during US President Barack Obama’s state visit to India, said two US law firm partners who were part of the delegation.

09 November 2010
Litigation

stock_exchange_chart Exclusive: Boutique startup Finsec Law Advisors has been drafted into the long-running MCX Stock Exchange dispute with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) that will again hit the Bombay High Court, alongside Naik Paranjpe & Co and J Sagar Associates (JSA).

08 November 2010
Private equity / VC

AZB & Partners and Economic Laws Practice (ELP) have advised in the private equity investment led by Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) and Cisco in the IT hosting service provider Netmagic Solutions resulting in a 12 per cent equity buy worth Rs 46.5 crore ($10.6m).

02 November 2010
Private equity / VC

Khaitan & Co, Wadia Ghandy, Simmons & Simmons and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have advised on Barclays Bank’s reinvestment in the outsourcing unit Intelenet involving an all-cash acquisition of a 12.75 per cent stake in its holding company SKR BPO Services Private Limited.

01 November 2010
Capital Markets

Crawford Bayley and Dorsey & Whitney have won the mandate to advise public sector undertaking SAIL on its follow-on public offer (FPO) to raise Rs 8,000 crore.

29 October 2010
Finance

Majmudar & Co and UK firm TLT have acted as legal counsel to the lender Punjab National Bank (International) Limited [PNBIL] in two cross-border loans to finance the acquisition and operation of US-based and Indonesian mining groups.