R Balakrishnan
IPOs & Merchant Bankers

Where do investors stand in an IPO?

“…regulator’s inspection showed that the details of the promoters as mentioned in the IPO document were different from the ones filed with the Reserve Bank of India.”

“…the merchant banker had not even verified the plant and machinery of the companies, the issues of which they had managed…”

“… (in) one IPO, the regulator found out that the post-issue...

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Lessons from Singur

A dozen years in a country’s economic history make a lot of difference. In 1996, Ratan Tata gave up a lonely battle to get the group back into the aviation business. His proposed venture with Singapore Airlines was scuttled by dirty politics, dubious policies and business rivalry. Then, neither industry associations nor fellow industrialists supported the Tatas, despite their historical claim...

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Heads I Buy, Tails You Sell

Readers may recall a passing mention in my column last fortnight of companies that dilute the stakes of existing shareholders by issuing fresh equity. If media reports are accurate, it is the opposite action (companies offering to buy back shares) that is likely to attract investors’ attention. Buyback activity has increased sharply, from about $200 million a year ago to more than $1.1 billion...

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