Thursday, June 14, 2007

Reliance Cap bitten by the Investment Banking bug

The growth in the Indian Investment Banking field continues to lure more players .

Reliance Capital, having a presence in asset management, retail broking and insurance businesses in the country, now intends to start an investment bank in partnership with a foreign player, reported the Economic Times. Reliance Capital’s vice-chairman Amitabh Jhunjhunwala is said to be overseeing the initiative.

Bear Sterns and Paine Webber are some of the names floating around who could partner Relaince Capital in this venture.

Investment bankers from rival firms believe Reliance Capital can have a significant presence in the investment banking business, given the fact that it holds minority stakes in various companies across sectors, which could lead to securing fund-raising mandates of these companies.

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