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In the first quarter of 2010, there were eight acquisitions by Indian companies in the US and over 16 investments into India by US companies. There was a significant increase in energy related investments such as Essar's acquisition of Trinity Coal for $600 million, IFC's investment in renewable energy company Auro Mira, and Reliance's discussions with Atlas Energy for stake in Marcellus Shale natural gas operations.
While information technology remains the dominant theme for Indian companies acquiring US assets, investments into India from the US were predominantly in the nature of stake purchase rather than mergers or acquisitions. Key transactions included AT&T's purchase of stake in Tech Mahindra and Matheson's acquisition of K-Air Specialty Gases.
Welcome to the second edition of our US-India newsletter, which focuses on key developments and issues affecting foreign direct investments (FDI) and foreign institutional investments (FII) between the US and India. IMaCS Virtus Global Partners, a joint venture between ICRA Management Consulting Services and Virtus Global Partners, offers advisory services to North American companies and funds seeking India related growth and investment opportunities. For more information, please visit www.ivgpartners.com