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A view from: Leif Zierz

A view from: Leif Zierz

India stands out as new M&A destination


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With a renewed focus on M&A, investors are looking for opportunities that strategically fit within their portfolio. As they do so, they are turning to new markets and technologies for inspiration.

India’s M&A activity has seen strong domestic growth, and the country’s economic revival, the budget reforms and the pipeline of regulatory changes and developments in the works are transforming India into a viable M&A market. Plus, the country’s fast growing consumer markets offers attractive growth opportunities for investors that are lacking opportunities in their home markets. However, India remains a tough place for doing deals.

Coverage and availability of information on companies are often patchy. In addition, many completed deals are the result of local relationships and deep understanding of regional operations of potential targets. For many investors unfamiliar with India’s complex, fragmented process, issues arise with compliance, tax, historical information and cultural differences.

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