Monday, December 18, 2006

Reliance Comm dials banks for Hutch deal

Anil Ambani is leaving no stone unturned to acquire the prized 67% stake of Hutchinson Whampoa in Hutch-Essar. As of latest reports, Reliance Communications has tied exclusivity agreements with a number of foreign banks, presumably, Citibank, HSBC, ABN-AMRO and UBS. This means that not only will these banks provide the necessary debt for the transaction, but the agreements will also prevent them from working with any other prospective or existing bidder. This agreement with the said four banks is crucial, as all have expertise in multi-billion dollar cross-border acquisition financing and their experience would have been of enormous use to rivals. RCL is already in talks with private equity funds such as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), Blackstone and Texas Pacific Group for equity financing.

For more, read the following articles The Economic Times, The Financial Express and Business Standard.

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