IFLR India M&A Forum 2018

September 6, 2018, Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai


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9.00 Registration

9.35 Welcome Remarks

9.45 Indian Market: review and forecast
  • Deal flow for the past 12 months
  • Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code Update; M&A and Private Equity Activity
  • Legal and regulatory update: India and international considerations

Mohit Saraf, senior partner, L&L Partners  ( moderator )
Manisha Girotra
, CEO, Moelis & Company
Rajeev Gupta
, founder & director, Arpwood Capital
Nilanjan Sinha
, head - Legal, India and South East Asia, ICICI Bank 
Shantanu Nalavadi
, managing director, India RF Piramal Enterprises
Nidhi Parekh,
senior vice president - IB/CMO Legal, Citigroup

10.35 How the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code will dictate M&A in India

  • How will the IBC and domestic consolidation affect M&A trends in India in 2018?
  • What progress been made in the past 12 months, and what have been the teething issues concerning the IBC?
  • The availability of stressed corporate assets and how it will lead to M&A opportunities - structures and trends
  • How will the IBC affect overseas investors?

Cyril Shroff, managing partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas ( moderator )
Aarti Raghavan , vice president investor relations and corporate finance, Vedanta
Shuva Mandal,
group general counsel, Tata Sons
Mohit Batra
, executive director, ICICI Venture
Sudarshan Ramakrishnan
, managing director, Goldman Sachs
L. Viswanathan
, partner (chair - finance, projects & bankruptcy), Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

11.25 Networking and coffee break

11.40 Sector Focus: Tech M&A

  • Why has tech M&A in India picked up in 2018?
  • Trends and opportunities, including mid-sized startup M&As on the rise
  • AI, blockchain and other areas/sectors strategic investors are looking into
  • What do potential acquirers need to be aware of- increased competition from PE firms and strategic buyers
  • What are the aspects of the proposed data protection framework and how will this affect businesses in the region?

Mohit Saraf , senior partner, L&L Partners ( moderator )
Attreyi Mukherjee, senior corporate counsel, Tata Industries
Shankar Jadhav
, head of strategy legal commercial, BSE India
Tarun Mathur
, commercial counsel India (global legal), Huntsman International
Amber Gupta
, head - legal and company secretary, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance
Pankaj Naik
, executive director and co-head, Digital & Technology, Avendus Capital

12.30 Cross border M&A: domestic focus, consolidation and more

  • Outlook of 2018 so far, including big-ticket acquisitions and consolidations
  • Why has outbound M&A declined in the past year?
  • Why has there been a focus on domestic markets in 2017-2018? Will this trend continue in the year ahead? 
  • Is there a need for further consolidation in certain sectors to boost M&A transactions in the region? (For example, Reliance and Aircel)

Vikas Dawra , group president & global head, investment banking, Yes Securities ( moderator )
Christopher Krishnamoorthy , senior general manager, group legal, Mahindra & Mahindra
Raj Shroff,
director, Aarayaa
Abhinav Surana,
senior legal counsel, Tata Sons

13.20 Networking lunch

14.10 Navigating the healthcare market in India

  • Challenges that the sector has been facing, including regulatory clampdown and pricing pressures
  • What are the key considerations and markets to look out for when investing in this sector?
  • Anti-Corruption risks in healthcare deals, recent enforcement trends, and key steps to mitigate risk
  • Discussion of trends in cybersecurity and data privacy issues and protection of health and other personal data
  • Private equity buyouts exits in the Indian healthcare sector via M&As

Geoffrey Burgess, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton ( moderator )
Tapan Pati, director and senior legal counsel, Johnson & Johnson
Shantanu Mukherjee,
legal head, APAC and Japan,  Lupin
Vivek Mittal
, regional counsel – Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Indian sub-continent, Danaher Dx Companies

15.00 The state of private equity in India

  • Deal trends and opportunities for PE investors in 2018-2019 – investments, exits, fundraising
  • Preferred investment mode – controlling or minority interest, JV, club deals, public market investments, etc.
  • Trending areas such as infrastructure assets and large buyouts/distressed opportunities
  • Trending sectors: consumer, e-commerce, startups, financial services
  • Regulatory and market developments impacting investment

Uday Walia , partner, S&R Associates ( moderator )
Bhavna Thakur , head of capital markets, Everstone Capital
Vivek Chhachhi , partner, CX Partners
Himanshu Dodeja
, managing director, Blackstone India

15.50 Networking and coffee break

16.05 The shifting Indian tax landscape

  • Updates and changes to the tax landscape in India, and what impact this has on doing business in India and the M&A landscape
  • What are the developments and teething issues surrounding the GST regime?
  • How will the adoption of new laws incorporating BEPS plan agenda and GAAR affect multinationals operating in India?

Nipun Mudaliar, associate and legal counsel, Deutsche Bank ( moderator )
Kiran Nisar , general manager taxation, Maersk
Sukhpreet Pal Bhullar
, AM - Finance, Ascendas Firstspace Development
Nitin Bhuwania
, AVP- legal, Piramal Capital & Housing Finance

16.55 End of conference

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