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Red Fort plans $600-m infrastructure fund

After infusing money into real estate projects, Red Fort Capital Advisors is now planning a new infrastructure fund with corpus in excess of $600 million by 2008-end. Red Fort Capital – which manages three active funds under its aegis including an offshore and a domestic fund for Indian real estate market, as well as a hedge fund for listed Indian entities – is already in talks with some of its existing investors for floating the new fund, which would invest in infrastructure projects in the country. It may also rope in new investors to the proposed fund. “The new fund is likely to be over $600 million and will focus on projects such as ports and power, amongst others. In fact, some of our existing investors approached us for a fund in the infrastructure, a sector whose risk profile is very different than the real estate segment. Globally, the returns for infrastructure projects are in teens whereas in India it averages at about 20 per cent,” Mr Subhash Bedi, Director and Partner, Red Fort Capital Advisors, told Business Line. […]

Swan Telecom to sell 26% stake to foreign firms

Swan Telecom, which has received licences to operate mobile phone services in 13 out of the 22 telecom circles in India, is in talks with foreign companies for diluting 26 per cent of its equity for around $470 million. “Arrangements are being worked out for selling a 26 per cent stake in the company,” said Shahid U Balwa, managing director, Swan Telecom. The talks are happening considering a total equity value of the company around $1.8 billion. Including debt, the company's enterprise value is pegged around $2.2 billion. Meanwhile, real estate major Unitech's talks to sell 26 per cent stake in its mobile operations have picked up pace, with the company holding several rounds of talks with three international players for the deal this week. The company holds the licences through several unlisted subsidiaries. […]

Greycells to acquire 26% stake in Access Atlantech

Mumbai based BSE listed, Greycells, that operates EMDI vocational institutes in India and middle-east announced its acquisition of 26% stake in another Media and Entertainment vocational education company: AAT. According to FICCI Pwc 2007, Indian Media and Entertainment industry is growing at a CAGR of 24% and will be Rs. 51900 cr by 2010. Currently 4 of the top 10 career aspirants choose Media and Entertainment. Also the gross enrolment in higher studies is expected to double to 12% in a decade from the present 7%. This presents a great opportunity to vocational education specialists like Greycells and AAT. Both the institutes, at present, have combined student strength of 1800. They have aggressive plans to increase to 10,000 levels in next couple of years. […]