Merrill Lynch ups the ante

Buy-out of Indian JV underlines the country''s growing importance for investment banks.

India's MA league tables witnessed a momentous day yesterday December 8 after rainmaker Hemendra Kothari, sold a controlling interest in DSP Merrill Lynch to his joint venture partner. As a result of the $500 million deal, Merrill Lynch will increase its shareholding in the bank's Indian subsidiary from 40% to 87.73%. This may further rise to 90% pending the completion of a mandatory offer to public shareholders.

The US investment bank has now indicated it...

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