IFLR India M&A Forum 2019

September 17, 2019, The St. Regis Mumbai


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9.15 Registration 

9.50 Welcome Remarks 

10.00 Overview of the Indian M&A landscape
  • How do we see M&A activity shaping up in the next 12 months?
  • Reviewing deal flow over the past 12 months 
  • Analysing the hot sectors in the M&A space 
  • Key legal and regulatory updates to be aware of 
  • The investor’s and market's reaction to the results of the election – a look at M&A activity during election year 
  • Policy changes and how the new government has coordinated with regulators

Vaibhav Kakar, partner, L&L Partners (moderator)
Rajeev Gupta, founding partner, ArpWood Capital Limited 
Manish Jain, managing director – head of India, SSG Advisors
Nishant Sharma, co-founder & partner, Kedaara Capital 

10.50 Progressing with the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

  • Lessons learned from the past 12 months of M&A activity related to the IBC 
  • A look at pre IBC and post IBC 
  • What to do with extremely stressed companies, e.g. non-banking financial companies. Is there an opportunity? Distressed companies: what M&A opportunities arise in terms of assets
Cyril Shroff, managing partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (moderator)
Nikhil Shah
, managing director, Alvarez & Marsal India
Aarti Raghavan, head – mergers & acquisitions, Vedanta
Praveen Thomas
, executive director and senior counsel, SSG Advisors
Nivedita Rao, partner (deputy head – corporate), Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

11:40 Networking and coffee break

12.00 The state of private equity in India

  • Deal trends and opportunities for PE investors in 2019-2020
  • A look at types of investment modes, including controlling or minority interest, public market investments and more
  • PE investment opportunities in distressed assets
  • Preferred routes for exits 
  • Regulatory developments impacting investment
  • Macro trends affecting private equity in India
Rajat Sethi, partner, S&R Associates (moderator)
Himanshu Dodeja, managing director and head of legal, India, Blackstone
Sundareswaran S, executive director, Morgan Stanley
Gautam Narayan
, partner, Apax Partners
Rohan Suri, principal, KKR

12.50 Complexities of cross-border transactions

  • Is India Inc. once again looking to go global?
  • Cross-border M&A opportunities arising from global macro uncertainties
  • Corporate governance challenges and anti-corruption issues in India M&A cross-border activity
  • The pros and cons of joint ventures
  • Key trends for cross-border M&A
Sidharth Bhasin, partner, Shearman & Sterling (moderator)
Mohit Kapoor, group executive vice president & head – legal, RBL Bank
Chandrashekar Iyer, managing director, Meghraj Capital Advisors 
Rohit Kumar
, general counsel, UPL
Varsha Jhawar, head, Alantra India
Ajay Candade, director, private equity, KKR

13:40 Networking Lunch

14.30 A look at the Healthcare industry

  • With the domestic market changing rapidly, what are the key considerations to look out for? 
  • Tapping into new opportunities: from the ageing to the growing population 
  • Coping with pricing pressure and regulation changes in the US 
  • Outbound investments from India into the overseas healthcare sector
  • Mitigating the risks in anti-corruption compliance
Geoffrey Burgess, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton (moderator)
Preeti Balwani, general counsel India, Kraft Heinz 
Vivek Mittal
, regional counsel – Middle East, Turkey, Africa and India sub-continent, Danaher Diagnostics Platform
Amit Thukral
, vice president – legal & compliance, Lupin
Andrew Bab, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

15.20 The rise of shareholders activism
  • Case study: L&T v Mindtree: key learnings from India’s first hostile takeover in the IT sector
  • Takeover regulations to be aware of
  • Issues arising from corporate governance
  • Best practices with on-boarding and operational changes
Krishnava Dutt, managing partner, Argus Partners (moderator)
Parvatheesam Kanchinadham, chief legal officer (corporate & compliance) and company secretary, Tata Steel
Mrinal Chandran, general counsel, India Resurgent Fund
Adity Chaudhury, partner, Argus Partners

16:10 Networking and coffee break

16.25 Dispute resolution in M&A transactions

  • Choosing the appropriate dispute resolution forum for M&As
  • Drafting arbitration agreements in M&A
  • Devising a strategy to handle disputes in M&A – managing pre and post-closing disputes
  • Mitigating the risks of disputes
Krishnayan Sen, partner, Verus, Advocates (moderator)
Sudip Gupta, senior vice president, CLO-Asia, American Tower Corporation
Shantanu Mukherjee, legal head, APAC and Japan, Lupin
Tarun Mathur, commercial counsel India (global legal), Huntsman
Harish Suryavanshi, senior corporate counsel, Tech Mahindra

17.15 Data privacy and the new world of business in M&A

  • Preparing for full implementation of data privacy rules in India 
  • Cross-border data privacy considerations and the effect of GDPR
  • Strengthening your due diligence for data protection 
  • Proposed overhaul for e-commerce sector - developing data protection regulations in the region
Amber Gupta, head legal & company secretary, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance (moderator)
Subhrarag Mukherjee, APJ region lead counsel – communications services business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Lopamudra Road, head - legal, Ola Cabs
Kapil Chaudhary, corporate counsel, India & SAARC, Autodesk

17.55 End of conference 


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