IFLR India M&A Forum 2016

14 September 2016, Four Seasons Mumbai


Download the brochure

9:00 Registration and breakfast

9:35 Welcome remarks

9:45 Focus: regulatory developments

  • What are the key legal and regulatory changes to be aware of?
  • Review: deal flow for the past 12 months
  • Hot sectors in the M&A space
  • Outlook: how regulatory changes will impact deals in 2016-2017

Mohit Saraf, senior partner, Luthra & Luthra (Chair)
Pramod Rao, general counsel, India Citibank NA Mumbai
Rajeev Gupta, director, Arpwood Capital 
Bikash Jhawar
, partner, Luthra & Luthra

10.40 Cross-border M&A: trends, opportunities and practical tips

  • Tracking trends in the India M&A landscape and the deal pipeline for 2016-2017
  • Global events affecting India-related cross-border deal flow
  • What is driving the spurt in outbound M&A?
  • Key lessons learnt from past global expansions
  • Factors driving the increase in inbound investment: what foreign investors should be aware of when structuring M&A deals in the region

Sidharth Bhasin, partner, Shearman & Sterling (Chair)
Atanu Sarkar, general counsel, Tech Mahindra
Neeta Sanghavi
, director and head of legal India, Credit Suisse
Christopher Krishnamoorthy,
senior general manager, group legal (head of corporate and M&A), Mahindra & Mahindra

11:30 Networking and coffee break

11:50 Navigating the private equity landscape in India

  • Review: PE investments in SMEs and trending sectors
  • PE investment in e-commerce businesses and start-ups: what you need to be aware of
  • Relaxed FDI policies and how this has affected domestic and foreign investors
  • Deal trends, opportunities for PE investors and exit options

Geoffrey P. Burgess, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton (Chair)
Ajay Candade, principal, Private Equity KKR 
Ajay Vaidya, chief legal and compliance officer, Kotak Mahindra Capital 
Arun Madhu
, general counsel, Nexus Venture Partners  
William Chua
, partner , Debevoise & Plimpton

12:45 Taking advantage of liberalised FDI rules

  • Further liberalisation of FDI rules , and how to invest in the country
  • What further liberalisation in insurance, e-commerce marketplaces and multi-brand food retailing mean for foreign investors
  • Make In India’s impact on the manufacturing sector
  • Industry focuses: e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, retail, real estate and power 

Cyril Shroff, managing partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (Chair)
Samarth Jagnani,
executive director, Morgan Stanley
Shishir Vayttaden,
partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
S. Sriniwasan
, ceo, Kotak Realty Fund

13:35 Networking lunch

14:25 Tax issues to consider when structuring your M&A and PE transactions

  • Navigating issues around the tax regime in India, including best practices in tax efficient structures and special considerations in cross-border deals
  • The GAAR’s impact on reducing tax avoidance in the region
  • How will India’s long-awaited GST affect overseas investors?

Ajay Bahl, managing partner, AZB & Partners (Chair)
Alok Mudra, partner, KPMG
Arbind Modi
, principal chief commissioner of income tax, Delhi, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
Niten Malhan
, managing director, Warburg Pincus India
Gautam Saha
, senior partner, AZB & Partners

15:20 Technology: the growth of e-commerce and startups

  • Changes to the startup, e-commerce and technology landscape in India
  • Legal considerations for investing in early-stage companies
  • Key e-commerce topics including acquisitions, the growth of e-retail, multi-brand enterprise and the marketplace model
  • Startup India: compliance costs and issues, investment incentives, and how to make the most out of the startup bubble

Rajat Sethi, partner, S&R Associates (Chair)
Nidhi Parekh
, senior vice president, Citigroup Global Markets India  
Priyom Sarkar
, senior director, corporate strategy, Viacom18 Media Ambareesh Murty, founder and CEO, Pepperfry.com
Bhavani Rana
, partner, Amadeus Capital Partners
Jinal Shah
, partner, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe

16:10 Coffee and networking

16:25 Best practices in joint venture

  • Analysing the legal trend for establishing and operating joint ventures
  • Key considerations when establishing a joint venture in India
  • How to overcome international joint venture risks
  • Exiting joint ventures in India: deadlock resolution and exit processes

Nishant Parikh, head of corporate practice and partner, Trilegal (Chair)
Anubhav Kapoor, general counsel, Tata Technologies
Chakradhar. V
, head- corporate legal, Godrej Industries
K Selvaraj
, senior director - legal, IDFC Bank
Delano Furtado
, partner, Trilegal

17:20 Close of conference











Supporting Organisations






Media Partners

The magazine

Winter 2019/2020

ESG survey: Fifty shades of green

Environmental, social and governance concerns are no longer an afterthought – but opinions and standards still vary

International briefings

Quick Poll

Is consolidation a good thing for the EU financial sector?

Women in Business Law Group

IFLR's Wibl networking group provides a platform for inclusive debate around fostering female talent in the profession.

Visit its LinkedIn page to find out more, and IFLR's awards page for details on the annual ceremonies.