M&A LAB BHARTI – ZAIN Deal Dissection Dissected by – Team M&A Arun Scaria Ajay Singh Solanki Sambhav Ranka Nishchal Joshipura Siddharth Shah Nishith Desai Associates Legal & Tax Counseling Worldwide This M&A Lab is a copyright of Nishith Desai Associates. Although every effort has been made to provide accurate information in this M&A Lab, we cannot represent or guarantee that the content of this M&A Lab is appropriate and hence this information is not a substitute for professional advice. The facts and figures mentioned in this M&A Lab have been obtained from publicly available sources such as newspaper reports, websites, etc. and Nishith Desai Associates does not vouch for the accuracy of the same. The authors and the firm expressly disclaim all and any liability to any person who has read this lab, or otherwise, in respect of anything, and of consequences of anything done, or omitted to be done by any such person in reliance upon the contents of this lab. Mumbai Silicon Valley New Delhi Bangalore Basel Singapore May 17, 2010
M&A Lab Bharti-Zain Deal 2 ©Nishith Desai Associates About Nishith Desai Associates Nishith Desai Associates (“ NDA ”) is a research oriented international law firm with offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Basel, Singapore and USA. The firm specializes in providing strategic legal and business solutions coupled with industry expertise. Core practice areas of the firm include mergers and acquisitions, competition law, structuring and advising on outbound & inbound investments, private equity investments and fund formation, international tax, globalisation, intellectual property and dispute resolution. From an industry perspective, the firm has practice groups which have developed significant expertise relating to various industries including but not limited to banking and financial services, insurance, IT, BPO and telecom, pharma and life sciences, media and entertainment, real estate, infrastructure and education sectors. NDA is differentiated by the quality of its team that comprises lawyers and professionals, with multiple qualifications in business management, chartered accountancy, medical surgery, engineering and company secretaryship. NDA also has the distinction of being the first Indian law firm to be licensed to practice Indian law by the State Bar of California and the Attorney General of Singapore. NDA has been awarded as the ‘Firm of the Year’ for IT, Media & Telecommunications at the IFLR Asialaw India Awards, 2010. NDA has been ranked highest on ‘Quality’ in the 2009 Financial Times-RSG Consulting survey of Indian law firms. NDA has been included in the Asian Legal Business Watchlist as one of the ‘Top 10 firms to watch in 2009’ in the Asia Pacific region. It has also been named one of the top law firms in India for IT, Media & Telecommunications, Taxation and Venture Capital & Private Equity by the India Business Law Journal. NDA was honored with the Indian Law Firm of the Year 2000 and Asian Law Firm of the Year (Pro Bono) 2001 awards by the International Financial Law Review, a Euromoney publication. In an Asia survey conducted by
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