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India sees PE, M&A deals worth $52 bn so far this year

Private equity investments as well as merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in the country have witnessed consistent growth so far this year, as deals worth over $52 billion have been announced in this space. According to data compiled by research firm VCCEdge, the total private equity investments till September this year stood at $7.18 billion, while M&A activity for the first three quarters of 2010 reached at $45.1 billion. In the month of September the total M&A deal value amounted to $11.7 billion. Though the M&A activity in September noticed a drop on a quarter-on-quarter basis, but has quadrupled from last year’s level, the report said. The most active sectors in terms of deal value was energy, which saw deals worth $4.6 billion, followed by healthcare ($1.8 billion) and industrials ($1.7 billion), and materials ($1.6 billion). […]

Carlyle Group betting patience pays for India investment

US private equity giant Carlyle Group is betting patience will be rewarded in an Indian market where global players have had to content themselves almost exclusively with deals for minority stakes. India's family-run and entrepreneur-driven firms have long been reluctant to sell out, preferring instead to raise money by going public or through bank borrowings. Private equity firms have adapted their strategies by providing growth capital or investing in companies that are already listed. “We don't have a 'runs on the board' approach. We are quite happy to sit on the sidelines and wait for the right deal,” said Devinjit Singh, a managing director at Carlyle. “And if we get the right deal, we go hard after it and are willing to put substantial capital behind it,” he told Reuters in an interview. […]

Barclays acquires 12.75% stake in Intelenet unit, SKR BPO

Intelenet Global Services P. Ltd. Announced that Barlcays has acquired a 12.75 % stake in SKR BPO Services, the holding company of Intelenet Global Services. Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley were bankers for this deal. Susir Kumar, Intelenet Managing Director and CEO remarked, “Barclays has always been and will continue to be a 'Stellar Partner' for Intelenet. We are pleased to again welcome Barclays as a shareholder and are grateful to them for their unwavering support.” He further added – “this deal goes onto demonstrate the trust and the exemplary working relationship between both the organisations over the last 6 years.” […]