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Nexus Ventures, Speciale Invest, Blume Ventures and Innoven Capital win APEX'21 Venture Capital Awards

Press Release Nexus Venture Partners, Speciale Invest, Blume Ventures and Innoven Capital were voted the top Venture Capital investors in India during 2020. The Venture Intelligence “Awards for Private Equity Excellence” (APEX) is dedicated to celebrating the best that the Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital industry has to offer. The APEX Awardees are selected based on both Self Nomination by the participating PE-VC firms as well as "crowd sourced" nominations and voting from the Limited Partner, PE-VC and advisory communities. (The main criteria are Exit Track Record, New Fund Raises & Follow-on Funding Rounds for Portfolio Companies). Suvir Sujan, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Nexus Venture Partners said “While we are honored to receive this award, it is the vision and execution of the exceptional entrepreneurs we back that deserve the lion's share of the credit.” “Over the past decade, we have witnessed the evolution of the Indian technology entrepreneur a

Warburg Pincus, India Alternatives, Multiples PE and Tata Capital win APEX'21 Private Equity Awards

Press Release Warburg Pincus, India Alternatives, Multiples PE and Tata Capital Healthcare Fund were voted the top Private Equity investors in India during 2020. The Venture Intelligence “Awards for Private Equity Excellence” (APEX) is dedicated to celebrating the best that the Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital industry has to offer.      The APEX Awardees are selected based on both Self Nomination by the participating PE-VC firms as well as "crowd sourced" nominations and voting from the Limited Partner, PE-VC and advisory communities. (The main criteria are Exit Track Record, New Fund Raises & Follow-on Funding Rounds for Portfolio Companies). Vishal Mahadevia, Managing Director and Head of India, Warburg Pincus , said “We thank Venture Intelligence for this acknowledgement. In the midst of a challenging time globally, the Indian PE landscape continues to expand actively, supporting talented entrepreneurs build solid businesses.” “Warburg Pincus too has been p

ChrysCapital, Motilal Oswal PE & Sequoia named PE-VC Firms of the Decade

Press Release ChrysCapital, Motilal Oswal Private Equity and Sequoia Capital India have been named the top Private Equity & Venture Capital investors in India during the last decade, as part of Venture Intelligence’s APEX Awards. The Venture Intelligence “Awards for Private Equity Excellence” (APEX) is dedicated to celebrating the best that the Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital industry has to offer.  While ChrysCapital won the “Private Equity Investor of the Decade” award, Motilal Oswal Private Equity was feted as India’s “Growth Capital Investor of the Decade”. The Indian arm of the storied Silicon Valley VC firm, Sequoia Capital, was named the country’s “Venture Capital Investor of the Decade”. The APEX Awardees are selected based on both Self Nomination by the participating PE-VC firms as well as "crowd sourced" nominations and voting from the Limited Partner, PE-VC and advisory communities. (The main criteria were Exit Track Record, New Fund Raises & Fo

Private Equity investments spike 85% to $11.9 B in Q1’21

Press Release Private Equity - Venture Capital firms invested over $11.9 Billion (across 188 deals) in the first 3 months of 2021, representing an increase of about 85% compared to the same period in 2020, shows data from  Venture Intelligence , a research service focused on private company financials, transactions and their valuations. (Jan-March 2020, the last pre-pandemic quarter, had recorded PE-VC investments of $6.5 Billion across 238 deals.) The value of investments in Q1'21 was also over 58% higher compared to the immediate previous quarter (which saw $7.5 Billion being invested across 231 deals). Deal volumes in the period however dipped 21% compared to Q1'20 and down 19% compared to the previous quarter, the Venture Intelligence data showed. (Note: These figures include Venture Capital investments, but exclude PE investments in Real Estate).  The appetite for investing in high scale technology startups gathered further momentum in Q1’21, led by the over $400 million r

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COVID-19: Turning Point for Online Pharma With the rapid advancement of the internet and movement of businesses online, it was only time before the pharmaceutical retail industry also joined the bandwagon. The pharmaceutical retail industry which has long been popular among investors also started to venture into providing online services ( Online Pharma ). This was due to the increased demand and tech-savvy clientele who preferred to order from the comfort of their homes. So, it was only natural that the Online Pharma sector bloomed during the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown.  Online Pharma is high in demand due to better discounts, convenience, greater anonymity, accessibility in remote locations, easy home delivery, etc. These features have made it the preferable option over community brick and mortar pharmacies during the pandemic. This article explores the current regulatory regime surrounding Online Pharma and the opportunities in India that it presents for investors. O

iLink Digital acquires majority stake in Salesforce consulting firm Dazeworks

Press Release iLink Digital, a global software solution provider and systems integrator, recently announced its acquisition of majority stake in Dazeworks, a Platinum Consulting Partner with Salesforce offering development, implementation, and architectural guidance to SMBs and large enterprises across verticals. SA Global Advisors, a leading M&A advisory firm to companies in the Digital and Technology ecosystem is pleased to announce another successful transaction, serving as an exclusive advisor to iLink in this acquisition process.  Commenting on the acquisition, iLink Group CEO Sree Balaji said, “iLink Digital is focusing on growth acceleration this year. SA was able to leverage their deep experience in this sector and identify a strong Salesforce specialised company for us to partner with and enter expand our Salesforce footprint, as part of our inorganic strategy. In our journey with SA as our advisor and partner, we find their M&A process, reach and business alignment in

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IBC Moratorium to Apply to Cheque Bouncing Cases The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on March 1, 2021 held that the criminal proceedings against cheque bouncing under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881 (‘ NI Act’ ) shall remain stayed against the company during the period of moratorium applicable to insolvency proceedings of any company. The proceedings would however continue against the directors and other officials of the company who are made accused in cheque bouncing proceedings.   Section 14 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016  (‘IBC’ ) specifies that when an order declaring moratorium is passed, the institution of suits or continuation of pending suits or proceedings against the corporate debtor including execution of any judgement, decree or order in any court of law, tribunal, or arbitration panel would be prohibited.   The Supreme Court passed the above directions in  P. Mohanraj & Ors. v. M/S. Shah Brothers Ispat Pvt. Ltd. ,   modifying the legal po

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Unconditional Stay on Arbitral Awards Unconditional stay on enforcement of arbitral awards has yet again become a reality in India.   A.    Background Indian arbitration law, contained in the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (the “ Act ”), provided for an automatic stay on enforcement of the arbitral award once a challenge against the award was entertained by the Court under Section 34 of the Act.   The automatic stay on enforcement was heavily criticized, as it defeated the whole objective of expeditious adjudication of disputes by arbitration. The Indian Courts often took years to arrive at a final decision in the proceedings under Section 34 of the Act, challenging the award, which final decision was again subject to an appeal under Section 37 of the Act.   The legal position qua automatic stay of the award was changed by the Arbitration and Conciliation Amendment Act, 2015 (the “ Amended Act, 2015 ”), which stipulated that a stay on enforcement could only be availed by a part

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Charging Infrastructure: Final Building Block For Electric Mobility? Rapid economic development coupled with a never-ending surge to save travel time has resulted in widespread adoption of automobiles throughout the globe. The first combustion engine was invented in the late 19th century and there was no turning back after that. While combustion engines have helped human beings develop at an exponential rate, they have also adversely contributed to global warming. India, along with various other countries, has signed and ratified the Paris Agreement to limit global warming in the interest of climate change. This has led to the Indian Government effecting various methods to decrease India’s CO2 emissions. Some initiatives were by adopting stricter emission norms for combustion engines, promoting electric vehicles ( EVs ) by giving a host of incentives to manufacturers and end-customers etc. Initially, EVs were plagued with various issues such as less range, mediocre performance, lack of

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AGRITECH STARTUPS: REIMAGINING AGRICULTURE WITH DATA Agriculture can be referred to as one of the oldest and primary occupations in human history and is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India’s population. Even though most people in India depend upon agriculture sector, its contribution to the GDP of the country is not significant. In fact, its year-by-year contribution in the GDP of India since independence has gradually decreased. This could be attributed to various challenges faced by the sector such as dependency on monsoon for irrigation, lack of knowledge in relation to time of sowing and quality of seeds, soil erosion, outdated farming practices etc. Unlike other sectors, agriculture has been left behind when it comes to making use of the latest technologies. In this article, we will discuss the emergence of data-driven startups who are using artificial intelligence ( AI ) to script a change in this sector. These startups use AI to integrate technology with agri