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India, Vietnam to jointly pitch for BP assets: report

India and Vietnam will jointly pitch for taking over the energy assets of British energy giant BP in the Southeast Asian country, the Press Trust of India reported Thursday. India's flagship explorer ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), backed by public sector company Oil India Ltd and Vietnam's national oil firm PetroVietnam, will make a joint bid for BP's 35 percent stake in a Vietnamese offshore gas block, the news agency said, quoting Indian Oil Minister Murli Deora. Under its contract with Vietnam, BP has to give first preference to existing partners in the block, the agency said. OVL has a 45 percent stake in the gas block, while PetroVietnam holds the remaining 20 percent. BP's asset sale — to help pay for damages stemming from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster — presents an investment opportunity for energy-hungry India as the country looks to obtain more fuel supplies for its fast-growing economy. […]

Dubai headquartered private equity Evolvence Capital planning India fund at $400 million

Evolvence Capital announced Thursday that it was planning to launch another India fund for a number of selected investments. According to the Dubai headquartered private equity company, it is planning to launch the fund named “Evolvence India Fund II” in the country and will raise the money from both institutional investors and high net worth clients globally. The announcement further outlined that the fund will be utilized for particular chosen investments in the mid-market growth capital division for the Indian private equity market and will be undertaken via both joint and direct investments. Evolvence’s latest fund is the third in a line of funds the Arabian company has launched geared for India. Its introductory fund was undertaken back in 2007 with the launch of Evolvence India Fund I that was about 250 million dollars. The company’s second fund was launched in the year 2008 and was named the Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund meant to support investments in the life sciences and healthcare sector. Further more, the fund will target diversified growth and will comprise a fund of funds at the 400 million dollars and will also target investments in high quality PE fund managers and already well grounded entrepreneurs in the country. […]

Lakshmi Vilas Bank eyes ailing Citi NBFC

Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB), the south-based, old private sector lender, is in talks with Citigroup to acquire CitiFinancial Consumer Finance India, the struggling non-banking finance company which gives retail loans to low-income borrowers. LVB has hired investment bank JM Financial to carry out due diligence of CitiFinancial, which has a `9,000-crore balance sheet, 116 branches and close to 1,600 employees. “It’s an interesting move for a conservative mid-sized bank which has stayed away from acquisitions,” said a person familiar with the proposal. The LVB board recently cleared a proposal to float a wholly-owned housing finance subsidiary. This new outfit intends to acquire CitiFinancial. A Citi spokesperson declined to comment. CitiFinancial is part of Citi Holdings, which houses the non-core businesses of the global banking and financial services group. Citicorp, meanwhile, controls core divisions such as Citibank, the investment banking arm Citigroup Global Markets and the private equity arm CVC. In early 2009, Citi took a decision to identify non-core businesses which would be hived off over time. […]

JSW Steel may sell about 14% stake to Japan's JFE for $1 billion

Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Steel may sell about 14 per cent stake to Japan's JFE for Rs 4,700 crore to cut the company's debt. “Talks between the two companies for stake sale have more or less concluded. JSW Steel may sell around 14 per cent stake to JFE,” a source in the know of the development said. An announcement on stake sale by the company is expected next week. JSW Steel's Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Jindal is to make an “important announcement” on July 27 after its quarterly results, the company said today. The country's largest private steel producer by domestic capacity had yesterday informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that the company would consider a share sale to “a strategic investor” to raise long-term funds. […]