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"Niche Consumer Brands Gaining Momentum Post Lockdowns"

Mint has a feature, quoting growth figures from startups like Mamaearth and BoAT, on how some niche FMCG brands are gaining favor among consumers and also investors, post the Covid lockdowns. 
Since June, Saama’s Lilani has begun to evaluate at least one new consumer brand investment every day. “Let me put it this way: in April, a down round was the best-case scenario for consumer brand startups; now, it’s the worst-case scenario for many," he said.  ...That these companies are not only growing rapidly but doing so with higher net margins is helping their cause at a time when investors are demanding better unit economics at startups. Last year, consumer brand startups received $295 million in capital, up from $158 million in 2018, according to data with Venture Intelligence. There are some common themes that are allowing startup brands to thrive. One, they were all relatively well-established in their categories even before the pandemic. Then, their products have now become especia…
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Venture Intelligence recognizes Advisory Firms Supporting PE-VC Transactions

Each year, the Venture Intelligence Awards for Private Equity Excellence (APEX Awards) celebrate the best performing Private Equity & Venture Capital investors in India. It is also clear that the award winning funds as well as other PE-VC investors cannot perform at their best without the key supporting roles played by a host of service providers - including Investment Banks, Corporate Law Firms and other Advisory Firms. Venture Intelligence is pleased to acknowledge the high value added played by the following Advisory Firms towards completing land PE-VC transactions during the last year:
Most Active Startup focused Law Firm - Burgeon Law Most Active Education focused Transaction Advisor  of the Year - DC Advisory
Most Active Healthcare & Life Sciences focused Transaction Advisor  of the Year - Advay Capital
Most Active Technology focused Transaction Advisor of the Year - Avendus Capital
Debutant Investment Advisor of the Year - iDrive Capital Debutant Legal Advisor of the Year - S…

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas tops League Table for Legal Advisors to M&A deals in H1 2020

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) topped the Venture Intelligence League Table for Legal Advisor to M&A Transactions for the half-year ending June 2020. CAM advised M&A deals worth USD 16.9 Billion (across 40 qualifying deals). CAM was followed by AZB & Partners (AZB, USD 9.7 Billion across 28 deals) and Davis Polk & Wardwell (USD 5.7 Billion) in second and third place respectively. Khaitan & Co. (KCO, USD 2.2 Billion across 25 deals) and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM, USD 2 Billion across 6 deals) completed the top five.

The Venture Intelligence League Tables, the first such initiative exclusively tracking transactions involving India-based companies, are based on the value of PE and M&A transactions advised by Financial and Legal Advisory firms.
During the latest quarter, AZB and Davis Polk & Wardwell advised Reliance Industries in theUSD 5.7 Billion strategic investment by Facebook into its communications unit Jio Platforms. CAM advised the USD 2.7 Bill…

AZB tops League Table for Legal Advisors to Private Equity deals in in H1 2020

In a year thus far dominated by the mega investments in Jio Platforms, AZB & Partners (AZB) topped the Venture Intelligence League Table for Legal Advisor to Private Equity Transactions for the half-year ending June 2020. AZB advised deals worth USD 13 Billion (across 41 qualifying deals) during the period. Davis Polk & Wardwell (which advised the multiple Private Equity investments worth USD 9.8 Billion investment in Jio Platforms) and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) (USD 7.7 Billion across 23 deals) took the second and third spot respectively. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (USD 2.9 Billion across 4 deals) and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) (USD 2.5 Billion across 32 deals) completed the top five.

The Venture Intelligence League Tables, the first such initiative exclusively tracking transactions involving India-based companies, are based on the value of PE and M&A transactions advised by Financial and Legal Advisory firms.
AZB and Davis Polk acted as legal advisors to…

Hostile Minority Shareholders - Statutory Squeeze-Out: The Last Resort

Legal Capsule by Veyrah Law
During the early stages of a company’s life, Founders needing funds generally give away equity to multiple small investors – be it their wealthy neighbour, friends, or some angel investors. But, once the company and the business flourish, procuring funds becomes relatively easier. Often Founders may also wish to exit the business by sale of the entire business to a strategic or financial investor. However, such investors may only be interested in acquiring 100% of an operational company once the company has achieved certain size and scale. In such a situation, it would become difficult for Founders to negotiate a 100% acquisition with a potential buyer, with multiple minority shareholders in the picture. If all minority shareholders are on good terms with the Founder, it would be smooth sailing. But, this is rarely the case, since over the years shares of small investors may have been inherited by persons who were not original shareholders, the relations bet…

Facebook-Jio deal propels Morgan Stanley to top spot in League Table for Transaction Advisors to M&A deals in H1'20

Morgan Stanley topped the Venture Intelligence League Table for Transaction Advisor to M&A Deals for the half-year ending June 2020. Morgan Stanley advised the USD 5.7 Billion strategic investment by Facebook into Reliance Industries' telecom arm Jio platforms (among other Private Equity investments in the company). Deloitte (USD 1 Billion across 2 deals) and KPMG (USD 918 million across 2 deals) took the second and third spots respectively. EY (USD 845 million across 5 deals) and Arpwood Capital (which advised Nirma Group's USD 770 million take over of Emami Cement) completed the top five.

The Venture Intelligence League Tables, the first such initiative exclusively tracking transactions involving India-based companies, are based on the value of PE and M&A transactions advised by Financial and Legal Advisory firms.
Among other larger deals in the second quarter of 2020, Avendus and Moelis & Company acted as financial advisors to KKR’s majority stake acquisition i…

Jio deals propel Morgan Stanley to top of League Table for Transaction Advisors to PE deals in H1'20

Morgan Stanley, which advised the recent spate of investments raised by Reliance Industries' telecom platform Jio Platforms (including over $9.8 Billion from Private Equity firms), topped the Venture Intelligence League Table for Transaction Advisor to Private Equity Transactions for the first half of 2020. The PE firms that invested in Jio in H1'20 included KKR, Vista Equity Partners and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. JP Morgan came in second with $700 million (across 2 qualifying deals) followed by Avendus with $655 million (across 9 deals). KPMG ($568 million) and Rothschild ($490 million) completed the top five in H1’20.

The Venture Intelligence League Tables, the first such initiative exclusively tracking transactions involving India-based companies, are based on the value of PE and M&A transactions advised by Financial and Legal Advisory firms.
JP Morgan and Rothschild advised Carlyle's $490 million investment in Piramal Group's pharma business. J…