Globalization has led to an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) across the globe. In the last few years, India has witnessed a substantial growth in the M&A activity.
The coming years are expected to witness a continuing trends of increased M&A activities for both commercial and tax reasons. Further impetus has been provided by the Indian Government’s liberalization policies and regulations for attracting and encouraging foreign investments in India.
M&A is a strategic decision for achieving economies of scale, increased market share, corporate synergies, growth in operations and diversification of business. It also serves as a vehicle for capital investment, shielding against competition, acquiring intellectual property and reducing tax liabilities.
M&A has now become an integral part of the Indian market. Cross border M&A is on the rise as Indian businesses are being viewed as attractive targets for acquisition by foreign entities.
Merger and Acquisitions at L&S
Our team has the knowledge and expertise in dealing with a range of challenges that are posed in a M&A transaction. We have successfully handled a variety of M&A transactions. While structuring M&A deals, the team delivers tailor made, deal oriented practical legal advice that are efficient and viable.
The team assists in every step of a transaction:
Due Diligence: The team has a strong team to undertake due diligence on a comprehensive manner across various industries and businesses.
Structuring: The team advices and formulates a creative and robust structure for M&A of the targeted business in India and abroad. They assist clients on the issues that play a significant role in M&A transactions such as choice of transaction, investments, jurisdictions, etc. The firm advises comprehensively on structuring M&A transactions, considering various laws that come into play and pay special emphasis to matters of financial regulations, foreign exchange regulations, taxation and industry specific regulations.
Contract Drafting, Opinions, Documentation: The team handles the drafting of the transaction documents keeping the objectives and structures in mind. It also assists clients in drafting opinions, side letters, guarantees, options, etc which may be required for transactions.
Negotiations: The team assists the client during negotiations to ensure closure of transaction.
Some of the members of the team specialize in handling private equity transactions. The Indian private equity market is quite unique private equity market and consists of large number of entities requiring assistance. Our professionals have worked on several deals in India and advise on setting up of funds, modes of investment, restructuring and exit strategies. The team also assists and supports established businesses in their expansion strategies by providing holistic solutions.
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