The emergence of global corporate champions from India

India has proven to be one of the most acquisitive countries in Asia; it's also a nation that investors continue to show strong interest in, explains Shirish Apte, Citi's Asia-Pacific CEO.
Shirish Apte
Shirish Apte

The last decade in Asia has thrown up many interesting stories but one that underlines the growing importance of this region is the emergence of Asian corporate champions. These domestic champions have ventured overseas through transformational transactions to become true global champions.

Nowhere has this been more evident than in India. Companies such as Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Hindalco and Bharti Telecom, among others, have made acquisitions in the past few years that have put them on the global map. These, and other transactions from Asia into Europe, have set benchmarks in their industries.

In the first year of this decade, outbound Indian MA was around $5 billion. Things picked up in the second...

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