TagTakeover Regulations

Dissecting the L&T-Mindtree Takeover Battle

Hostile takeovers are rare in India; there have been only a handful of occurrences over the last few decades. Hence, the announcement by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) yesterday that it intends to launch a takeover of Mindtree set the Indian corporate scene abuzz because the promoters and management of Mindtree have sought to aggressively resist L&T’s attempts. It is billed as the first...

Negating Negative Covenants: A Deterrence to Private Equity Investment in India?

[Shuchita Goel is a V year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at National Law University Delhi] The Indian corporate landscape is dominated by firms with concentrated ownership, where the controlling shareholders (also known as promoters) play an all-pervasive role in corporate governance.[1] Parties in control of a corporation are in a position to extract private benefits of control that do not accrue...

SEBI’s Considerations for Granting Exemption from a Takeover Offer (Batliboi)

[Prateek Surisetti is a V Year B.A. LL.B. student at NALSAR University of Law]  I write to analyze an Order (dated 5 July 2018) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), which exempted a proposed acquirer from complying with regulation 3 of the SEBI (Substantial Acquisitions and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 (the “Takeover Regulations”). The Order sheds light on the particular...

Analysing Some Insider Trading Implications For M&A Transactions

[Priya Garg is a 5th year student at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata] Consequences of Creating the Due Diligence Exception to the Bar on the Communication of UPSI For the first time, under regulation 3 of the SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015 (“PIT, 2015”), communication of unpublished price sensitive information (“UPSI”) per se has...

Proposed New Regulatory Framework for Delisting Companies

[Manal Shah a 4th year student pursuing B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) with specialization in Corporate Law from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi] Introduction The delisting process is presently regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Delisting of Equity Shares) Regulations, 2009 (‘Delisting Regulations’). The Securities and Exchange Board of India (‘SEBI’) on 26 July...

Analysis of ‘Bulk Deal’ under the SEBI Takeover Code

[Tanmay Purohit and Mayank Sen are 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) students at School of Law, Raffles University, Neemrana (Rajasthan)] The Securities Appellate Tribunal (“SAT”) on 28 May 2018, while deciding on appeals against several orders of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) in Tarun Jiwarajka v. Securities and Exchange Board of India, undertook a comprehensive interpretation...

SEBI on “Control”: Financing vs. Acquisition

Background and Context Under the SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 and its previous version of 1997, it is possible for a person to trigger the mandatory takeover offer requirement even without acquiring a single share in the company. This is because the person may be in “control” of the company as defined in the Takeover Regulations, which is determined...

Papers on Comparative Corporate Law and Governance in Asia

Hostile Takeover Regimes in Asia: A Comparative Approach, which I have co-authored with Wai Yee Wan. The abstract is as follows: “The market for corporate control (operating through hostile takeovers) acts as a key corporate governance mechanism to discipline corporate managers. However, the process and substance of regulating hostile takeovers differs remarkably among various jurisdictions...

Scope of Exemptions from Open Offer in case of Foreign Merger Transactions

[Supreme Waskar & Sumit Agrawal are lawyers from Suvan Law Advisors. Views are personal.] The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) in its recent informal guidance dated October 30, 2017 in the matter of Linde India Limited (“LIL”) has held that ‘review of merger process’ by ‘competent authorities’ will not exempt the proposed merger from the obligation to make an open offer under...

Private Equity Investors as Promoters in an Initial Public Offer

[Guest post by Rashmi Ramanath, who is a 5th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat] The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of SKS Microfinance was a first of its kind. It was for the first time that a group of four venture capitalists led by Sequoia Capital India were named as promoters to an issue. Vikram Akula, one of the company’s founders, owned a 6% stake in the...

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