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Alibaba leads $2.55 bn bid for Chinese retailer Intime

January 10, 2017 | Reuters

E-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and the founder of Intime Retail Group Co Ltd have jointly bid to take the Chinese department store operator private for HK$19.79 billion ($2.55 billion), the partners said on Tuesday.

McDonald's sells most of China, Hong Kong business to CITIC, Carlyle for $2.1 bn

January 09, 2017 | Reuters

McDonald's Corp has agreed to sell the bulk of its China and Hong Kong business to state-backed conglomerate CITIC Ltd and Carlyle Group LP for up to $2.1 billion, seeking to expand rapidly without using much of its own capital.

Logistics firm Stellar buys majority stake in Kelvin Cold Chain; Ambit Pragma partially exits

January 09, 2017 | Joseph Rai

Stellar Value Chain Solutions Pvt Ltd, a third-party logistics company floated last year by former chief of Kishore Biyani-led Future Supply Chains Solutions Ltd, on Monday said it has acquired a majority stake in cold chain firm Kelvin Cold Chain.

Everstone-backed OmniActive buys majority stake in fragrance maker Indfrag

January 09, 2017 | Debjyoti Roy

Mumbai-based nutraceuticals ingredients company OmniActive Health Technologies Ltd has acquired a majority stake in fragrance and specialty chemical manufacturer Indfrag Ltd.

PropTiger, Housing set to merge; deal to be inked this week

January 09, 2017 | TEAM VCC

Online property broker PropTiger and SoftBank-funded realty portal Housing.com are in the final leg of talks to ink a merger that may be announced as early as this week, two persons aware of the development told Techcircle.

Aurobindo Pharma to buy Portugal's Generis Farmaceutica for $142 mn

January 07, 2017 | Joseph Rai

Drugmaker Aurobindo Pharma Ltd said on Saturday that it has agreed to acquire Portugal-based pharmaceuticals products and supplier Generis Farmaceutica SA from private equity firm Magnum Capital Partners for €135 million (Rs 969 crore or $142 million) in an all cash deal.

China's SAIC plans to acquire GM’s Gujarat car plant

January 06, 2017 | Reuters

A subsidiary of China's top carmaker SAIC Motor Corp plans to acquire certain General Motors manufacturing assets in India, a filing with the country's competition watchdog showed on Friday.

Tatas-owned Jaguar Land Rover buys stake in car technology firm CloudCar

January 06, 2017 | Reuters

Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said on Friday it was buying a minority stake in connected car technology firm CloudCar, as automakers seek out new partnerships and investments to build high-tech models.

Exclusive: Bank of Baroda kicks off process to find strategic investor for cards biz

January 06, 2017 | Bruhadeeswaran R

Credit card company Bobcards Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Baroda, has kickstarted the process of finding a strategic investor as it eyes new capabilities and business lines to expand the business. 

SRS Group puts multiplex business on the block

January 06, 2017 | Debjyoti Roy

Diversified consumer services firm SRS Ltd has decided to put its multiplex business on the block to trim debt and has appointed a banker to scout for potential buyers, according to a media report.

Sovereign funds spent $82 bn globally last year; infra, realty hot picks

January 06, 2017 | Reuters

Qatar's purchase of a stake in Russian oil company Rosneft last month crowned a year of mega-acquisitions by sovereign investors in 2016, with total deal value rising 22 percent to $82 billion whilst the number of transactions held steady.

Mahindras exit JV with auto components maker Sona Group

January 05, 2017 | Debjyoti Roy

Auto-to-software conglomerate Mahindra Group has exited a joint venture it had formed with auto components maker Sona Group nearly two decades ago.

Freshdesk marks seventh acquisition, buys Pipemonk

January 05, 2017 | Disha Sharma

Cloud-based customer engagement software Freshdesk Inc. has acquired software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup Pipemonk for an undisclosed amount.

Exclusive: Dr Lal PathLabs set to acquire Ahmedabad-based diagnostics firm

January 04, 2017 | Joseph Rai, Bruhadeeswaran R & Ranjani Raghavan

Dr Lal PathLabs Ltd, India's first diagnostics chain to go public, has emerged as the frontrunner to acquire an Ahmedabad-based firm as it seeks to make inroads in the country’s western region, two people close to the development told VCCircle.

Billion-dollar deals push M&As in India to new high; PE & VC investments flounder

January 02, 2017 | TEAM VCC

Dealmakers remained busy through the fag end of 2016 as a string of billion-dollar transactions pushed mergers & acquisitions (M&A) to a record high, even though private investors tightened their purse strings.

All that happened in the PE/VC and M&A space in the week gone by

January 02, 2017 | Keshav Sunkara

Private equity firm TA Associates invested about $25.5 million in drugmaker Shilpa Medicare in one of the top funding deals during the week gone by.

DH Law Associates to merge with Link Legal

January 02, 2017 | Maulik Vyas

Mid-sized law firms Link Legal India Law Services and DH Law Associates are merging to create a national-level firm.

Fairfax gets RBI nod to buy 51% stake in Catholic Syrian Bank

December 30, 2016 | Reuters

A unit of Canadian investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd received preliminary regulatory approval to buy a 51 percent stake in Catholic Syrian Bank, the chairman of the Indian lender said on Friday.

Zydus Cadila acquires six brands from Merck

December 29, 2016 | Joseph Rai

Drugmaker Cadila Healthcare, which operates under the brand Zydus Cadila, said it has acquired six brands from global drug giant Merck for an undisclosed amount as the company seeks to strengthen its portfolio in the therapeutic segment.

Cash-rich Japanese firms may drive overseas deals as China faces curbs

December 28, 2016 | Reuters

Japan Inc may become a more important force in dealmaking next year as its cashed-up companies seek to buy growth prospects elsewhere in the world and as Beijing's crackdown on capital outflows prevents some Chinese companies from making foreign acquisitions, bankers and lawyers said.

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