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DIPAM seeks bids for transaction advisor for IDBI Bank strategic disinvestment, last date July 13

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The department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM) Tuesday issued a request for proposal for appointing transaction advisor for strategic disinvestment and transfer of management control in Limited.

Among several criteria listed for eligibility, bidders should have completed at least one transaction of strategic disinvestment, strategic sale or merger and acquisition of Rs 5000 crore or more in size, between April 2016 and March, 2021. The last date for submissions is July 13.

The professional financial consulting firm, investment banker, merchant banker, financial institution or bank bidding for the contract, should have at least five years’ experience in providing advisory service in such transactions.

“The Transaction Advisor (TA) will be required to undertake tasks related to all aspects of the proposed strategic disinvestment culminating into successful completion of the transaction and would, inter alia include but not limited to advising and assisting government of India on modalities of disinvestment and the timing,” the department said as it set out terms of reference for the advisor in the RFP.

The advisor would recommend the need for other intermediaries required for the process of sale or disinvestment, help in identification and selection of the same with proper terms of reference, prepare documents such as the Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM), Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM), Request for Proposal (RFP), Confidentiality Agreement et al.

It will also structure the transaction, organize roadshows, suggest measures to fetch optimum value, position of the strategic sale, invite and evaluate bids, assist and professionally guide during the negotiations with prospective buyers, draw up the sale or other agreements and advise on post-sale matters on a continuous basis.

DIPAM has barred a person or company owning more than 50% equity interest in the merchant banker or controls the merchant bankers, from participating in the competitive process for acquisition of IDBI Bank.

“For clarity, parent entity cannot participate in transaction process in case the selected bidder is subsidiary of an existing retail bank.

In case the interested Transaction Advisor is a subsidiary of an existing retail bank, they need to provide documentation explaining firewall or Chinese-wall structure to maintain confidentiality and conflict of interest.

DIPAM has also barred public sector banks cannot participate as bidders for acquisition of IDBI Bank in the transaction process. Subsidiaries of IDBI Bank – IDBI Capital Markets – cannot participate as bidders for transaction advisors.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had given an in-principle approval for the strategic divestment of IDBI Bank in May this year. The extent of shareholding to be divested by the Indian government and Life Insurance Corporation of India will be decided at the time of structuring of transaction in consultation with Reserve Bank of India, it had said.

IDBI Bank is classified as a private sector bank by RBI with government shareholding at 45.48%, LIC of India shareholding at 49.24% and non-promoter shareholding at 5.29%.

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