Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Raymond James to buy out Indian partner ASK Investment Financial Consultants from ASK-Raymond James JV

US brokerage Raymond James Financial, Inc. may buy out the stake of its Indian partner, ASK Investment Financial Consultants. Competition in India's investment banking market has heated up dramatically, and foreign securities houses are now scrapping joint ventures to chase deals by themselves.

Last month, Morgan Stanley said it would spend a net $425 mn to split from its Indian partner, JM Financial. Merrill Lynch agreed to pay $500 mn to lift its stake in its DSP Merrill Lynch joint venture to 90% from 40% in December 2005. Goldman Sachs announced plans last year to set up its own Indian investment banking and securities business after selling its stakes in two joint ventures to partner Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Read The Economic Times article.

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