Monday, January 8, 2007

Top investment banks back out of DLF issue

Two of the book running lead managers (BRLM), involved in the mega-IPO of real estate behemoth DLF have backed out of managing the issue. Enam Financial Services and JM Morgan Stanley seemed to disagree over valuations of the company with the DLF management, and have withdrawn from managing the issue. They have been replaced Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Equities, as per the revised prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Nimish Kampani, CMD, JM Morgan Stanley, also happens to be a member of the SEBI’s capital markets committee.

Kotak Mahindra Capital and DSP Merrill Lynch have been retained as the global coordinators for the issue, so have been Citigroup, ICICI Securities and UBS AG as the other book-running lead managers for the issue. SBI Capital Markets is the co-book runner for the IPO.

This is the second time in which investment banks have backed out of an IPO. Earlier, during the IPO of low-cost airline operator Deccan Aviation, the BRLMs SBI Capital Markets, JP Morgan and ABN-AMRO Rothschild had backed off, citing differences over valuation. The issue was finally handled by Enam Financial Services and ICICI Securities.

Read the Business Standard article.

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