CCI Approves Joint Acquisition of Uttam Galva Metallics Limited and Uttam Value Steel Limited by CarVal Funds and Nithia

On June 3, 2019, CCI approved the proposed joint acquisition of up to 100% of the total issued and paid up share capital of each of Uttam Galva Metallics Limited (‘UGML’) and Uttam Value Steel Limited (‘UVSL’) by CVI CVF IV Master Fund II LP, CVI AA Master Fund II LP, CVI AV Master Fund II LP, CVIC Master Fund LP, Carval GCF Master Fund II LP, CarVal GCF Lux Securities S. à r. l., CVI AA Lux Securities S. à r. l., CVI AV Lux Securities S. à r. l., CVI CVF IV Lux Securities S. à r. l., CVIC Lux Securities Trading S. à r. l (collectively, referred to as ‘Carval Funds’)  and Nithia Capital Resources Advisors LLP (including Mr. Jai Saraf) (‘Nithia’) (‘Proposed Combination’).[1] The notice for the proposed acquisition was filed pursuant to resolution plans submitted by Carval Funds and Nithia in relation the insolvency proceedings initiated under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 for corporate insolvency resolution process of UGML and UVSL.

Carval Funds are global investment funds managed by CarVal Investors, LLC (‘Carval’), a global investment fund manager that invests in distressed securities belonging to various sectors, globally. Carval has a minor, non-control conferring 0.7% investment in Tata Steel BSL Limited, as a result of conversion of debt investment. Nithia is engaged in providing advisory services in relation to, inter alia, distressed companies globally, and is not currently present in India either directly or indirectly. UGML is a public company incorporated in India, engaged in the business of manufacture of hot metal/pig iron and UVSL is a public company, engaged in the business of manufacture and sale of finished flat carbon steel products.

CCI approved the Proposed Combination given that it did not change the competition dynamics in any market in India and is thus not likely to result in AAEC in any of the markets in India.

[1] Combination Registration No. C-2019/04/659

Published In:Inter Alia Special Edition- Competition Law - August 2019 [ English
Date: August 7, 2019