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August 06, 2014

AZB Tops League Table for Legal Advisors to M&A Transactions in H1-2014

Khaitan & Co., Amarchand & Mangaldas complete the Top 3 Most Active Advisors list 
AZB & Partners topped the Venture Intelligence League Tables for Most Active Legal Advisors to M&A transactions for the first six months of 2014 advising 19 qualifying deals (earning 72 points) followed by Khaitan & Co. which advised 17 deals (58 points) and Amarchand & Mangaldas which advised 12 deals (42 points). Other legal advisors who had advised a significant number of M&A deals during H1-2014 included Trilegal (Seven deals, 28 points), ALMT Legal (Six deals, 22 points) and HSA Advocates (Six deals, 20 points).

The Venture Intelligence League Tables, the first such initiative exclusively tracking transactions involving India-based companies, are based on volume of Private Equity and M&A transactions (combined with credits based on fulfilment of criteria) advised by Transaction and Legal Advisory firms.

AZB advised M&A deals during the period included the $930-M acquisition of Dhamra Port by Adani Ports and Reliance Industries’ $675-M acquisition of Network18. Khaitan & Co. advised Japan-based Meiji’s $290 million acquisition of pharma firm Medreich and Dalmia Cement’s $113-M acquisition of Jaypee Group’s stake in Bokaro Cement. Amarchand & Mangaldas advised Ranbaxy Laboratories in its acquisition by Sun Pharma and Adani Ports in its acquisition of Dhamra Port.

Amarchand & Mangaldas topped the table in terms of value of the deals advised, followed by AZB & Partners. Cross-Border firm Shearman & Sterling (which advised Sun Pharma in the Ranbaxy acquisition and the Private Equity consortium including Capital Square Partners and  CX Partners in their $260-M acquisition of Aditya Birla Group BPO firm Minacs) came in next in terms of deals advised by value.

New Entrants to the Venture Intelligence M&A table for Legal Advisors during H1-2014 include  Gandhi & Associates, iCounsel and S Eshwar Consultants. The full league table can be viewed online at

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