Thursday, January 18, 2007

BankMuscat buys stake in domestic brokerage Mangal Keshav

Oman’s largest listed company, BankMuscat, is buying 43% stake in brokerage firm Mangal Keshav for an undisclosed sum. This acquisition makes BankMuscat the single-largest investor in the Indian financial services and securities sector from the Sultanate. The financial due diligence on behalf of BankMuscat was done by PriceWaterhouse Coopers India, while the legal due diligence was done by Amarchand Mangaldas. The transaction is expected to be completed in first quarter of 2007.

The Mangal Keshav Group was set up in 1939 and is one of the oldest brokerage houses in India. It is present in securities trading, commodities trading, insurance broking and IPO / mutual fund distribution space. The group is one of the top 20 brokers in the country by market share and is a member of all leading equity and commodity exchanges. It is also a member of the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange and has an office in Dubai.

As per Morgan Stanley research, the Indian equity markets is seeing one of the strongest rallies and trading volumes are expected to double to $3.2 trn in 2010 from about $1.6 trn currently. Morgan Stanley projects the Indian brokerage business to grow to $3.9 bn by 2015. Several leading international banks such as Citigroup, BNP, ABN-AMRO, etc. have announced their foray in the securities business in India.

Read the article in Business Standard.

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