Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas advised the Blackstone Group (Blackstone) on its investment in two portfolio companies of Indiabulls Real Estate Limited (Indiabulls). This would be the largest private equity investment in the real estate space in India in 2018, with deal value of INR 4750 Crore and aggregate enterprise value of INR 9500 Crore (USD 1.46 billion approx.)
The General Corporate and Competition Law Practices of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas advised Blackstone on transaction strategy, structuring the transaction, conducting legal due diligence, drafting, and negotiating the transaction documents.
The Private Equity transaction team was led by Mr. Raghubir Menon, Regional Practice Head – Mumbai and Mr. Anuj Bhasme, Partner; and included Ms. Neety Thakkar, Senior Associate; Mr. Gaurav Dugar, Senior Associate; Mr. Nishant Sharma, Associate; Ms. Avichal Mathur, Associate; Ms. Sangeetha Ganesh, Associate; and Ms. Rutvi Shrimankar, Associate.
The Real Estate advisory team was led by Ms. Ashoo Gupta, Partner; and included Mr. Daryush Marfatia, Principal Associate; Ms. Mansi Samdani, Associate; Ms. Pallavi Kishore, Associate; and Mr. Siddhanth Jain, Associate.
The Competition Law advisory team was led by Ms. Shweta Shroff Chopra, Partner; and included Ms. Manika Brar, Partner; and Ms. Supritha Prodaturi, Senior Associate.
Mr. Akshay Chudasama, Managing Partner, provided strategic inputs and guidanceon the transaction.
The parties involved in the transaction were The Blackstone Group L.P. (our client); and Indiabulls Real Estate Limited (counter party).
As a part of the transaction, Blackstone would indirectly acquire 50% of the share capital of two portfolio companies of Indiabulls which are engaged in construction and development of real estate projects in India – namely Indiabulls Properties Private Limited (IPPL), and Indiabulls Real Estate Company Private Limited (IRECPL). IPPL and IRECPL own and operate marquee projects of Indiabulls, such as Indiabulls Finance Centre and One Indiabulls Centre in Mumbai.
Other advisors to the transaction were
Advisors to Blackstone: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (international legal counsel); Kirkland and Ellis (FCPA inputs); Ernst and Young (financial due diligence, the direct tax due diligence, and the indirect tax due diligence); Bobby Parikh Associates (transaction structure advisor); ERM (environment law related legal advisor); Synergy (technical due diligence) and MadunGujadhur Chambers (advised SAM & Co. on the Mauritius Law aspects.)
Advisors to Indiabulls: J. Sagar Associates (Indialegal counsel); Pricewater house Coopers (structuring and tax advisor); Ernst and Young (deal advisors); Deloitte (financial due diligence, and tax diligence).
The deal was signed on 23 March, 2018, and closed on 28 March, 2018.
About Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. (SAM & Co.), founded on almost a century of legal achievement, is one of India’s leading full-service law firms. The firm’s mission is to enable business by providing solutions as trusted advisers through excellence, responsiveness, innovation and collaboration. SAM & Co. is known globally for its exceptional practices in mergers & acquisitions, private equity, competition law, insolvency & bankruptcy, dispute resolution, capital markets, banking & finance and projects & infrastructure.
The Firm has a pan-India presence and has been at the helm of major headline transactions and litigations in all sectors, besides advising major multinational corporates on their entry into the Indian market and their business strategy. Currently, the Firm has over 520 lawyers, including 100 Partners, offering legal services through its offices at New Delhi, Mumbai, Gurugram, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai.