Trilegal advised the merchant bankers, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited, CLSA India Private Limited, and IIFL Securities Limited, on the initial public offering (IPO) by Sula Vineyards Limited (“Sula”) of equity shares, which comprised an offer for sale aggregating to INR 9,603.49 million by the promoter, investors, and other shareholders. This was the first public offering by a pure-play wine business in India. The IPO served as a platform for partial exits by its existing investors, and added another scrip to the alco-bev sector on Indian bourses for public investment.
Sula is India’s largest wine producer and seller and has been a consistent market leader in the Indian wine industry in terms of sales volume and total revenue. With wineries situated in Maharashtra and Karnataka, Sula produces 56 different labels of wine. It also imports and distributes 21 international labels, comprising vodka, wine and brandy, including Beluga and Le Grand Noir.
Sula is one of the first companies to file an offer document post notification of the detailed valuation disclosure norms by SEBI. The transaction also involved advisory on matters pertaining to exchange control, marketing restrictions, and corporate governance. It was also one of the first deals to have successfully obtained an exemption from SEBI from disclosure of certain promoter group members, post the notification of a stringent framework by SEBI in this regard.
The Trilegal team advising on the deal was led by Partner, Richa Choudhary, and comprised Senior Associates, Avanti Kale and Maitreya Rajurkar, and Associates, Sanya Chaudhari, Aayush Khandelwal, Aman Bahl and Urmil Shah.
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