Mergers & Acquisitions / Joint Ventures
Being one of the leading mergers and acquisition practice in India, we advise on public and private M&A, demergers, joint ventures and restructuring across various sectors on both, domestic and cross-border transactions. We are focused on being commercial and solution oriented – for this we like to walk in your shoes and understand your business. We look at an M&A deal holistically and provide fulsome services right from strategizing and preparing for the deal, structuring the deal, negotiating, and drafting transaction documents and assist in deal closure.
How we help
- Dedicated team of senior M&A lawyers, leading tax practitioners, and a team of company secretaries.
- We conduct legal and tax due diligences and assist clients in the due diligence process.
- We assist in structuring a transaction from the conceptual stage s and in drafting/reviewing transaction documents, negotiation, execution and achieving closure.
- Dedicated transaction support team for handling all corporate secretarial matters relating to the closing of the transaction and post-acquisition support.
What laws to look at for a cross-border M&A deal?
Cross-border M&A in India is governed by Indian foreign exchange laws (primarily, the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 and the Indian FDI Policy read with the Foreign Exchange Management (Non-debt Instrument) Rules, 2019). Indian foreign exchange laws prescribe certain conditions such as sectoral caps, pricing guidelines and restrictions in relation to downstream. These conditions need to be carefully analysed while executing a cross-border M&A deal.
In India, public listed companies are governed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Therefore, any acquisition involving a public listed company in India involves a plethora of SEBI regulations.
When should you connect with us?
We recommend reaching out to us as early as possible and ideally at the stage when a transaction is still being conceptualised. It is best to have lawyers on board from the start to help structure the deal and freeze points and concepts at the term sheet stage. This helps in reducing the time to negotiate and execute transaction documents. In the absence of a term sheet or if thought better by you, you can reach out to us at any stage of the deal – we are experienced and have the requisite expertise to jump on as and when required.
Can you handle transactions involving overseas elements?
We have assisted many of our clients in relation to their various investments and acquisitions overseas. We have a strong network/association of law firms in Asia and the rest of the world, who we collaborate on various matters in different jurisdictions. If you are looking for lawyers/law firms in other parts of the world, we can assist you in connecting with them.