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31 August 2010
Law firms

Mumbai Nariman Point Luthra & Luthra has hired DSK Legal associate partner Deepak THM as a private equity and M&A partner in its growing Mumbai office, taking the total headcount to five partners.

30 August 2010
Corporate M&A

oberoi-trident-hotel_by_Humayunn_NA_PeerzaadaAZB & Partners and Khaitan & Co have assisted in Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Rs 1020 crore ($217m) buy today of a 14.12 per cent stake in the Oberoi hotel and resort chain owners.

30 August 2010
Corporate M&A

Khaitan & Co and Majmudar & Co have advised French IT services group Atos Origin in its 100 per cent acquisition of Indian e-payments processing unit Venture Infotek Global for around $99m in order to set-up an integrated Hi-Tech Transactional Services (HTTS) company Atos Wordline in India.

30 August 2010
Private equity / VC

LexCounsel has advised longstanding clients Educomp Solutions on its 67 per cent acquisition of engineering coaching institute Vidya Mandir for Rs 34 crore and venture capital (VC) fund Leapstart Trust on its second portfolio investment into hospitality service provider Bliss Inns.

28 August 2010
Litigation

Khaitan & Co along with London-based marine insurance and admiralty specialist Walton & Morse LLP have settled $ 2.9 m dispute between Sesa Goa and a German Shipping conglomerate following an international maritime arbitration.

27 August 2010
Law firms

books_edu_th_by_hashmilJ Sagar Associates (JSA) Mumbai office has formalised its policies of long-term interships for students and articled clerks by making these subject to regular reviews in an attempt to put shorter internship programmes on an equal footing and attract a greater variety of law students.

27 August 2010
Private equity / VC Private equity (PE) boutique firm Lexygen advised TA Associates in acquiring a nearly 16 per cent stake in Luthra & Luthra's clients Dr Lal PathLabs for Rs 163 crore by picking up half of Sequoia Capital’s stake in the diagnostics and pathology services company.
26 August 2010
Law firms

Delhi-ambassadorKrishnamurthy and Co, which is branded as K Law, has opened up a new Delhi office and moved into a larger Mumbai office, as well as setting up an expansion path in Chennai and commencing construction on a larger Bangalore office.

26 August 2010
Corporate M&A Khaitan & Co and US firm Vinson & Elkins advised Reliance Industries (RIL) in its $1.7bn acquisition of a 40 per cent stake in Pennsylvania-based Atlas Energy in a joint venture for the development of 300,000-acres of natural gas deposits.   
26 August 2010
Capital Markets

power-line-by_abooth202Amarchand Mangaldas and Dorsey & Whitney have won the government's mandate on the $1.8bn follow-on public offer (FPO) by Power Grid Corporation of India.

25 August 2010
Corporate M&A

television-old_by-A3RNishith Desai Associates (NDA) and J Sagar Associates (JSA) have inked a joint venture (JV) between Reliance Broadcast Network and US TV giant CBS Studios International respectively to pave the way for the creation of three new television channels and Reliance group’s foray into the television broadcasting industry.

19 August 2010
Law firms

do-not-enter-signSenior advocate and parliamentarian Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared for the Dua Associates-led group of US firms in the Chennai writ petition against 31 foreign law firms today, asking the court to adjourn until after the Bar Council of India (BCI) would take a decisive stance this weekend.

18 August 2010
Corporate M&A

mine-open-by_cogdogS&R Associates has landed the $9.6bn corporate takeover of long-groomed client Cairns India by UK mining giant Vedanta Resources, which was advised by AZB & Partners as Scottish firm Shepherd and Wedderburn and US firm Latham & Watkins stepped up internationally.

18 August 2010
Capital Markets Latham & Watkins with S&R Associates and Shearman & Sterling with Amarchand Mangaldas' Delhi and Mumbai office presided over the New York initial public offering (IPO) of India's largest online travel agency MakeMyTrip, raising $70m and seeing record first-day trades.
18 August 2010
Capital Markets

miningFoxMandal Little and French international firm Gide Loyrette Nouel won the government's mandate to take Manganese Ore (India) Ltd (MOIL) to its initial public offering (IPO) by putting in the lowest bid-price yet compared to recent disinvestments.

16 August 2010
Law firms Norton Rose has failed to secure a work permit for one of its future trainees and has had to turn away a handful of Indian interns as the legal sector continues to grapple with the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) points-based work permit system.