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Partner in the General Corporate Practice at the Mumbai Office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Yashojit has experience in managing mergers, acquisitions, foreign investments and private equity transactions. He regularly advises international and domestic clients on inbound investments into India and outbound investments from India. Yashojit has also been named as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by Legal 500 for transactions relating to investment funds. He can be reached at yashojit.mitra@cyrilshroff.com

Mergers are compared to marriages. As a union of companies, they require patience and understanding, but they also involve a large amount of paperwork. Mergers, like marriages, can flourish with the right synergies, but if there are differences between the entities, the arrangement can often collapse. The recent breakdown of the Snapdeal – Flipkart transaction, can provide a useful context to understand the reasons for the success/failure of M&A transactions.

The success of a deal depends on the companies, the individuals, the business climate, as well as the different regulators involved in the transaction. A few common reasons for deals breaking down are – valuation differences, different expectations between the parties involved, regulatory roadblocks or a lack of consensus regarding the exit horizons.

While these are reasons general to any corporate transaction, there are some requirements specific to M&A deals that must be met in order for the deal to survive.

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