DOWN ROUNDS ARE COMING - ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DILUTION ADJUSTMENTS

Introduction

The standstill of global economic activity and consequent market downturn caused by the Covid-19 outbreak has delivered a double whammy of capital scarcity and significant valuation correction across several asset classes. Many Indian companies will be in the race to restructure business and/or raise capital, unfortunately, at reduced enterprise valuations.

For businesses with existing venture capital and private equity investors, the looming slew of ‘down rounds’ will trigger anti-dilution rights attaching to convertible securities held by their existing shareholders.

Anti-dilution adjustments are self-executing rights that offer protection from value erosion in the form of reduction of conversion price of securities, translating into a proportional increase in the number of equity shares issuable to the investor on conversion.
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PRIVATE EQUITY IN A COVID-19 WORLD - ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC ON PE INVESTMENTS IN INDIA Blog

As the global tally of COVID-19 cases rises steadily, the pandemic has proven to be an unprecedented public health emergency of our time. With nations enforcing social distancing, lockdowns and travel restrictions, the global economy has witnessed a drastic downturn. Closer to home, in India, RBI has warned of a growth slowdown, and the capital markets have slumped. Private equity investments in the country have taken a hit, and the pandemic has caused investors to reassess new and existing investments.

Given the likely economic aftermath of COVID-19, key issues that have come to the forefront are: (a) whether COVID-19 constitutes ‘material adverse effect’ or ‘material adverse change’ (hereinafter, referred to as “MAE”) under existing agreements; and (b) with the economic uncertainty in the backdrop, the manner in which price or value of new deals can be accurately determined, going forward. This post sheds light on the abovementioned issues and chalks out ways to redress the same.
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Evolving Private Equity Trends in India – Buyout Transactions

INTRODUCTION

Private equity (PE) transactions in India conventionally comprised minority investments in Indian companies. However, maturing market conditions and an increasingly favourable regulatory landscape have been providing tailwinds to PE firms to undertake buyout transactions. Many PE firms investing in India have gained significant experience to deal with the governance and regulatory risks that Indian markets pose. This enables them to leverage their expertise from running businesses globally to managing businesses in India.
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