Blackstone invests Rs 1,750 cr into Future Lifestyle Fashions

Kishore Biyani owned Future Group announced that US-based private equity firm Blackstone will take a 6% stake in its fashion/garments unit, Future Lifestyle Fashions, by investing ₹1,750cr ($250 mln) into Ryka Commercial Ventures Pvt Ltd, the holding company of FLFL, and directly into FLFL. Blackstone joins other groups such as L Catterton, Premji Invest and […]

Amazon slowed investment into India due to protectionism – Wilbur Ross

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today said that e-commerce giant Amazon, one of the biggest foreign investors in India, had scaled down its plans for investments in this country after the government came up with new, protectionist and restrictive ecommerce rules. In what was seen as a nasty blow to the likes of Walmart […]

Vodafone Idea promoters to invest Rs 18,250 cr via rights issue

Vodafone will invest Rs 11,000 cr into its Indian subsidiary Vodafone Idea, while its co-promoter Aditya Birla Group will chip in Rs 7,250 cr, the company said today. In total, Vodafone Idea plans to raise Rs 25,000 cr from all its shareholders by selling shares. In case any of the existing shareholders waives their right […]

GIC buys stake in Provenance’s Four Seasons project in Worli

GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, is acquiring a “significant minority stake” in Provenance Land, said the developer that partners with Canada’s Four Seasons Hotels to run the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai. The investment will be in an entity that owns the property on which the hotel operates, another under-construction Four Seasons branded apartment complex […]

State Bank of Mauritius gets banking license in India; Woori, PPF in queue

State Bank of Mauritius has become the first foreign entity to receive a license to start a bank in India. The bank, along with DBS of Singapore, had received preliminary approval several months ago. It has now received the final banking license on Dec 6, banking sources confirmed. Mauritius, despite being a tiny Island nation […]

Raymond opens Ethiopia factory to cut costs, easy access to US, EU

Textiles and garments brand Raymond inaugurated a garment manufacturing plant in Ethiopia to gain duty-free access to the US and European markets. The plant was set up at a cost of Rs 100 cr and will employ over 2500 people in the first phase. More people will join later, the company said. Ethiopia also gives […]

Venture Capital firms seek validation for Modi’s policies in UP election

Private equity and venture capital firms are largely bullish on India in the context of big economic reforms, but are awaiting the results of the ongoing Uttar Pradesh elections to assess the level of popular support that such policies enjoy, according to a survey by VCCircle. VCCircle, which tracks private investment activity in India, said […]

Infosys invests Rs 14.5 cr in Danish artificial intelligence startup UNSILO

Technology services provider Infosys said it made an investment of 14.92 mln Danish kroners in Danish startup UNSILO from its innovation fund. UNSILO is a Danish artificial intelligence startup founded in 2012 and focus on advanced text analysis. It uses a combination of machine-learning and natural language processing to analyze large quantities of text and […]

Infosys invests TidalScale, provider of simple supercomputing software

Technology provider Infosys said it made investment in TidalScale, a provider of software-defined server. No details about the financial aspects of the investment were made public. TidalScale’s offering, in many ways, is the opposite of virtualization. While virtualization allows you to split a single hardware-based server into several virtual servers, the software-defined server helps combined […]

Huawei starts manufacturing Honor phones in India

China-based Huawei said it will start to manufacture smartphones in India in collaboration with leading Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider, Flex, in October. Starting from first week of October 2016, the Flex manufacturing plant in Chennai will manufacture one of the Honor smartphones models, the company said. The plant will have the capacity to make three million […]

India extends ‘permanent residency’ to foreigners

The Indian Cabinet today approved extending ‘permanent residency’ to foreign investors. So far, one had to be a citizen to be a permanent resident in the country. Others faced hassles such as regular attendance at foreigners registration offices and visa extensions if they were to continue to remain in the country. The present tenure of […]

India’s Lumax opens design center in Taiwan

Lumax Industries, one of the most prominent automotive lights makers in India, opened a design centre in Taiwan to strengthen its in-house design capabilities and facilitate its expansion in South East Asia. “The opening of the Design Centre is seen as a strategic step towards Company’s self-reliance initiatives and making designing- cost competitive. The new […]

Yamaha opens new Rs 1,500-cr manufacturing facility near Chennai

India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. (IYM), the leading two wheeler manufacturer, today inaugurated its third manufacturing facility at the industrial park in Vallam Vadagal situated at the outskirts of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The new factory will be the first in the Yamaha Motor group to have a vendor park in its vicinity. Spread across 177 […]

Private Equity investment in India up 20% in March quarter

Private Equity firms invested about $2,646 million across 124 deals during the quarter ended March 2015, according to early data from Venture Intelligence, a research firm focused on private company financials, transactions and their valuations. The investment amount was 20% higher than that invested in the same period last year ($2,212 million across 132 transactions), […]

Indians spend Rs 45,000 crore/year on overseas education – Survey

In the absence of quality higher education and none of the IITs making to world’s top research institutions, Indian students spend USD 6-7 billion (approx. Rs 45,000 crore) annually in seeking greener pastures in foreign universities with a miniscule number of them choosing to return home, said an ASSOCHAM-Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) joint […]

Indiabulls Asset Mgmt to invest Rs 10,000 cr through real estate funds in 5 years

Just in case you are one of those people who believe that the Indian real estate market still has upside, Indiabulls Asset Management has launched its maiden real estate fund. The Rs 500-cr fund will invest in residential projects in top 5 cities in India. “We plan to scale up our AIF / Co-investment presence […]

Indian investments in foreign assets continues to remain high- Assocham

Tentative global recovery notwithstanding, Indian companies continue to look abroad for greener pastures investing as much as USD 17.6 billion in April-September this fiscal while outward investment in the fiscal 2013-14 was USD 36.9 billion, an ASSOCHAM study has found. Although Indian firms have invested overseas in the first half of the current fiscal, almost […]

Global real estate firm Hines to invest Rs 1,500 cr in Indian market

Hines, the international real estate firm, has launched a new $250 mln investment vehicle known as Hines India Residential along with an international partner for investment into the Indian housing real estate sector. With offices in 115 cities in 18 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $28.2 billion, Hines is one of the largest […]