Ashwath Rau

Ashwath Rau
Office:
AZB House, Peninsula Corporate Park
Ganpatrao Kadam Marg
Lower Parel
400 013
City:
Mumbai
Country:
India

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Corporate: Merger & Acquisition

Ashwath Rau is a senior partner of AZB & Partners. With over 18 years of experience, Ashwath has been globally recognised by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500: Asia Pacific, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading M&A, private equity and funds practitioner. In the 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners: Asia-Pacific, Ashwath is recognised as a “skilful negotiator who brings to bear great knowledge of the law as well as the ability to think creatively”. Notably, in 2016 The Economic Times recognised Ashwath as one of India’s top 40 business leaders and hailed him as a “M&A lawyer par excellence”. He has also been included in the Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters) 2016 list of 40 under 40 top lawyers in Asia, and was recommended for M&A by the 2017 R&G India Report.

Ashwath has extensive experience in M&A, private equity, joint ventures, financial regulatory, investment funds and asset management, corporate governance, and general corporate advisory. He has a wealth of experience structuring complex investment and exit transactions across a range of sectors, notably including media and technology. Ashwath is highly regarded for advising on general corporate matters and M&A transactions and is also considered an expert in high-end private equity mandates.

Ashwath has advised on multiple marquee and large transactions, including the recent mega merger of six banks with the State Bank of India to create a global top 50 bank; the  41 billion global merger of Lafarge and Holcim; Kotak Mahindra Bank’s $2.4 billion acquisition through the merger of ING Vysya Bank; and Bain Capital’s $1 billion investment in Genpact.

WWL says: Ashwath Rau comes highly recommended by sources for his impressive M&A experience where he regularly handles high-value transactions.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Corporate: Corporate Governance

Ashwath Rau is a senior partner of AZB & Partners. With over 18 years of experience, Ashwath has been globally recognised by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500: Asia Pacific, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading M&A, private equity and funds practitioner. In the 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners: Asia-Pacific, Ashwath is recognised as a “skilful negotiator who brings to bear great knowledge of the law as well as the ability to think creatively”. Notably, in 2016 The Economic Times recognised Ashwath as one of India’s top 40 business leaders and hailed him as a “M&A lawyer par excellence”. He has also been included in the Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters) 2016 list of 40 under 40 top lawyers in Asia, and was recommended for M&A by the 2017 R&G India Report.

Ashwath has extensive experience in M&A, private equity, joint ventures, financial regulatory, investment funds and asset management, corporate governance, and general corporate advisory. He has a wealth of experience structuring complex investment and exit transactions across a range of sectors, notably including media and technology. Ashwath is highly regarded for advising on general corporate matters and M&A transactions and is also considered an expert in high-end private equity mandates.

Ashwath has advised on multiple marquee and large transactions, including the recent mega merger of six banks with the State Bank of India to create a global top 50 bank; the  41 billion global merger of Lafarge and Holcim; Kotak Mahindra Bank’s $2.4 billion acquisition through the merger of ING Vysya Bank; and Bain Capital’s $1 billion investment in Genpact.

WWL says: Ashwath Rau is “very well regarded” in the Indian market for his strong corporate expertise.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Private Funds: Formation

Ashwath, who has over 19 years of experience, is a senior partner at AZB & Partners and co-heads its funds practice. He has handled complex transactions (M&A, private equity and funds) involving innovative solution-oriented structuring, interaction with regulators and a multidisciplinary approach to advice, taking into account and balancing commercial, legal, regulatory and tax considerations.

Ashwath is recognised globally by Chambers & PartnersThe Legal 500: Asia Pacific Legal and IFLR1000 as a leading corporate/M&A and private equity/funds practitioner in India. Chambers has rated him in Band 1 for both corporate/M&A and private equity.

The Economic Times in 2016 recognised Ashwath as one of India’s top 40 business leaders and hailed him as a “M&A lawyer par excellence”. He also made it into the Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters) 2016 list of 40 under 40 top lawyers in Asia and India Business Law Journal’s List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers”.

Key funds he has advised on include: the Macquarie SBI infrastructure fund of US$2 billion, set up as a joint venture between SBI, Macquarie (Australia) and IFC (Washington); IDFC’s India infrastructure fund and India infrastructure fund II; the creation of UTI mutual fund through the split of India’s largest mutual fund, Unit Trust of India, involving a special legislation passed by the Indian Parliament; multiple stressed asset platforms including Edelweiss – CDPQ, Bain Piramal and Aditya Birla – Varde; and the Dolma Impact Fund I, Nepal’s first private equity fund.

WWL says: Ashwath Rau is "a big name" in India and is widely regarded as a go-to lawyer for sophisticated fund formation advice.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Private Funds which can be purchased from our Shop.

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