Thursday, March 15, 2007

JP Morgan in talks with Enam for strategic alliance; may buy stake in the latter

Vallabh Bhansali-controlled Enam Financial Consultants, one of the leading home-grown investment banks in India, is learnt to be in talks with JP Morgan for a strategic alliance, and might also include acquisition of equity in Enam, with talks being at an advanced stage.

Lehman Brothers, which had also expressed interest in Enam earlier, is learnt to be out of the race, making JP Morgan the sole candidate for a strategic tie-up. JP Morgan was looking at buying 50 % stake in Enam. JP Morgan had ended its joint venture with ICICI Securities in the late nineties, and has not been very active in the Indian capital market since then.

While JP Morgan is among the top five players in the institutional broking business in India, Enam is a major player in investment banking and in the equity capital market. With its network of over 5000 dedicated franchisees, Enam mobilizes approximately 25% of all funds raised in the Indian equity markets. It is also one of the largest underwriters in India. The company also provides investment banking, corporate advisory, equity, debt and capital market services to companies and institutions.

Read more in the article in Business Standard.

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