«SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES Patrick Ang Rajah & Tann LLP Patrick is currently the Deputy Managing Partner of the firm, and Head of the firm’s Regional ...»
India Outbound Investment Forum 2012
July 5 2012 • Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Rajah & Tann LLP
Patrick is currently the Deputy Managing Partner of the firm, and Head of the firm’s Regional Practices. He was
previously the Head of the firm’s Business Finance & Insolvency practice group.
He has 23 year experience handling contentious and non-contentious matters. His recent high profile cases
include representing the liquidators of Lehman Brothers Singapore and the Asia Pacific entities of Nortel Networks.
He has also acted in disputes (both in Court and before international arbitral tribunals) arising from or relate to M&A transactions in Asia involving cross border issues. In this aspect, he has represented corporate from Singapore, Malaysia, India, China, Japan and Indonesia, and also from the US and Europe.
He has been consistently recognised as a leading lawyer internationally, in Asia and in Singapore in his field in consecutive years by Asian Legal Business Legal, Who’s Who Singapore, AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, Asia Law & Practice, Asialaw Profiles, International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Euromoney Guide To The World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, International Financial Law Review 1000, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers.
Sanjay Bhandarkar Rothschild Sanjay Bhandarkar heads Rothschild’s operations in India. He has over 20 years experience in Investment banking.
During his career with Rothschild, Sanjay has advised on a variety of corporate finance transactions including the Government of India on the 3G and BWA auctions; Aircel on the sale of its towers business to GTL; Suzlon on its debt restructuring discussions with international lenders, shareholders of MTR Foods on its sale to Orkla; Intermet Europe to Sakthi Auto; Azure Solutions Limited UK on its acquisition by Subex Systems Limited India; GVK-South African consortium on its bid for Mumbai airport privatisation; Indian Lenders on restructuring and sale of Dabhol Power Company, India’s largest and most complex restructuring; Indian Lenders on sale of Daewoo car assets;
AXA on its life insurance joint venture with the Bharti Group; the Government of Karnataka on the privatisation of electricity distribution companies; the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited on pre-privatisation matters; ONGC on its bid for Enron’s upstream assets in India; the Aditya Birla Group on acquisition of the Nifty Copper mine in Australia; National Grid on its bid for the Tale transmission facility; the Sri Lankan government on the financial evaluation of bids received from international power developers to build the 180 MW Kelanitissa project.
As head of the firm’s Calgary office and Torys’ Oil and Gas Practice, Ron is active in Canada’s booming natural resource sector. He has represented foreign and domestic companies with respect to joint venture arrangements to develop Canadian oil sands and major gas projects, including PTT Exploration and Production Public Company in its US$2.28 billion acquisition of a 40% partnership interest in Statoil Canada Partnership; UTS Energy in its C$1.5 billion plan of arrangement with Total E&P Canada; Husky Oil China on matters pertaining to Husky’s joint ventures with China National Offshore Oil Corporation; Enerplus Resources Fund in its cross-border acquisition of a working interest in certain areas in the Marcellus shale natural gas play; and he acted for Husky Oil in its contract with Seadrill to provide a deep-water semi-submersible drilling rig for use in China’s offshore waters.
He has successfully closed transaction in Sectors such as Resources, Infrastructure, Financial services, TMT etc.
Prior to joining Macquarie, Gaurav worked with Nomura, Lehman, Rothschild and Arthur Andersen.
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIESand its joint venture companies. As President, within Avantha, he also leads the Avantha Group initiatives for Governance, Risk, Legal and Secretarial, in addition to his responsibilities in CG.
Gaurav has anchored strategic responsibility for sectors and businesses in domestic and global platforms and has been appointed to National & International leadership roles; In 2003, he was responsible for KPMG receiving an award for “The Deal of the year in Emerging Markets” 2003 for the Punjab Tractors transaction. He has a successful transaction record with Voltas (Tata Group), India Foils (Vedanta Group), CMC, Indo Tech Transformers, Alcan, Take Solutions, Endurance Technologies amongst many others.
Gaurav’ role at Religare Capital Markets Ltd as a Managing Director encompasses responsibility to build & develop Investment Banking Strategy, Senior Sponsor Coverage, Corporate Finance and Global M&A alliances.
Prior to joining Daiwa as Managing Director – Investment Banking, he was the Head of Infrastructure and Construction Sector at Enam. As an Investment Banker he has also worked with Taib Bank and India Securities Limited. While he was part of India’s early power generation company in the private sector – Essar Power Limited, he also headed Banking Relationships for Essar group, a US$ 10 Bn resources to shipping conglomerate.
Brijesh has strong relationships with Indian corporate houses at decision maker’s level. Additionally, he has received media recognition for innovative methods used in marketing offers.
Pat regularly acts for issuers, financial advisers and potential acquirors in structuring acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations, including takeover bids, arrangements, privately negotiated acquisitions and going-private transactions. She also regularly acts for issuers and investment dealers in structuring international, cross-border and domestic public and private financings of equity, debt and other securities, and in the design of enhanced or new financial products and services.
As an authority on corporate and M&A transactions in Canada, she is frequently sought after for domestic and international business conferences, having authored numerous articles in these areas. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she has taught a course for many years on Mergers & Acquisitions, and she is also now teaching a hands-on course on M&A to practicing lawyers and businessmen registered in the Graduate Professional L.L.M. programme. Pat also advises on Canada/India educational opportunities as a member of Osgoode Hall Law School’s South Asian Advisory Council.
Ms. Mehra has an extensive background working in the Indian markets and her experience includes advising foreign investors in formation of joint ventures in India and/or acquiring stakes in Indian companies; advising private equity investors on the most viable investment options in India vis-à-vis foreign investment guidelines; advising Indian companies in forming joint ventures and acquiring stakes in overseas companies; and advising Indian and foreign investors in acquiring government equity in public sector undertakings, including advice on key issues related to status of government companies and implications of change in status.
Ms. Mehra’s capital markets experience includes assistance in initial public offerings, follow-on public offerings, rights offerings, and private placements, representing issuers and investment banks, advising in connection with Securities Exchange Board of India Rules and Regulations and assistance in Rule 144A and Regulation S transactions by Indian companies.
Prior to relocating to India in 2010, Rajiv was a member of Citi’s Asia Pacific Leveraged & Acquisition Finance Team where he led a number of deal teams that provided financing commitments for acquisitions for leading corporations and private equity firms in the region including ASEAN, China, Taiwan, Korea and India. These included a number of notable and landmark transactions such as the GBP3.7 Billion financing for Tata Steel’s acquisition of Corus Group in 2007 as well as the refinancing of Tata Motors Bridge Facility for the acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover in 2009, both of which were executed in challenging market conditions. In addition, Rajiv led the Citi team that committed a US$14.0 billion acquisition debt facility for Essar Group’s bid for Hutchison Essar which remains the largest ever underwriting commitment for the region.
He was a member of IDFC team, which handled various advisory assignments, entrusted to IDFC by Ministry of Surface Transport and National Highways Authority of India which included drafting of Model Concession Agreement for Toll Roads (below Rs. 100 crore), advising NHAI on bidding processes for various projects.
He was a member of IDFC team, which worked on various assignments including, Corporatisation of Ennore Port, advising corporates for bidding for the transmission projects, Government of Kerala assignment which involves review of existing legal and regulatory framework for the road sector in the State of Kerala and suggest changes, amendments necessary for development of road sector through private participation.
With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Pathak has been actively assisting our clients in the Indian market or Indian clients with business needs outside India. He has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, dispositions, privatizations, joint ventures, licensing, infrastructure development, as well as private equity and structured finance transactions.
Mr. Pathak handles transactions across the board in India. He is currently working on transactions in the TMT, retail, financial services, infrastructure and real estate development sectors.
Mr. Pathak graduated from law school (B.A. (Hons. in Jurisprudence)) from Oxford University in 1984 (M.A., 1989) and received his LL.M from the University of Virginia in 1985. He previously earned his B.A. (Hons.) and M.A.
degrees from the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Prakash’s main focus is on international commercial arbitration and on commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation work and has appeared in a broad spectrum of contentious matters before various arbitral tribunals, as well as the High Court and Court of Appeal of Singapore. He has also acted in a number of significant and landmark cases in the areas of shareholders’ disputes, commercial, contractual and tortious disputes, defamation, restitutionary claims, insolvency litigation and propertyrelated disputes. Many of the disputes he has handled have arisen or have been connected with the Indian market.
Sudipta’s area of expertise includes cross-border banking and finance and international Mergers & Acquisition. He has diverse experience and has represented both international and domestic clients in a variety of cross-border acquisition financing and corporate transactions.
Sudipta has routinely led and supervised multi-jurisdictional and multi-departmental teams in acquisition transactions out of India and London. Prior to joining Luthra & Luthra, Sudipta practiced out of London with a magic circle firm. Sudipta has acted on and advised in a variety of bilateral, club and syndicated transactions in challenging emerging economies (like India, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq and Bulgaria) and across diverse sectors (such as telecom, steel, real estate, media and power).
Sudipta has structured, negotiated and closed several cross-border transactions as local lead counsel in India.
He has extensive experience in structuring Joint Ventures, formulating entry and investment strategies and
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIESacquisitions for international clients. Equally, he has routinely advised domestic clients in overseas acquisitions and joint ventures. He has been currently involved in structuring overseas funding strategies for domestic clients, where he combines his international experience in financing transactions with emerging markets expertise in M&A transactions.
With over 30 years of experience, she has successfully led in-house legal teams in complex joint ventures, cross border acquisitions, PE investments, financing arrangements and international commercial arrangements, providing high-end litigation strategy as well as legal advice and counsel. As Company Secretary, she was responsible for the conduct of Board and shareholder meetings of listed and closely held group companies, legal, corporate and regulatory compliances and preserving the highest standards of transparency and governance.
Clients of Mr. Saraf include Arcelor Mittal, Abbott Laboratories, United Spirits, Kingfisher Airlines, CapitaLand, Moser Baer, AXA SA (France), Sesa Goa, Roca Corporation Empresarial, Sistema, Mylan, DLF, Blackstone, DE Shaw, Great Offshore, One Equity, Lehman Brothers, Oman Investment, Merill Lynch, Kliener Perkins, Avenue Capital, Qatar Investments, Abu Dhabi Investments, and Istithmar, among others.
His experience includes leveraged buyouts, equity and M&A transactions in the sector. Prior to investment banking, Pramo began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, following which he attended Harvard Business School.
Mr. Vasani has over 3 decades of experience at a senior management level in successfully managing the in-house legal departments of large corporations with international operations. He is reputed for having the most diverse corporate legal experience, ranging from Mergers and Acquisitions to handling high-profile litigations.