1. Julius Baer acquisition of DSP Merrill Lynch’s India ops gets CCI nod

Julius Baer acquisition of DSP Merrill Lynch’s India ops gets CCI nod

The CCI’s order came after DSPML and JB executed an LPA in January, as part of the acquisition of DSP’s wealth management and lending businesses and trust services in the country

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 22, 2015 12:14 AM

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the proposed acquisition of DSP Merrill Lynch’s (DSPML) wealth management business in India by the Zurich-based Julius Baer (JB) Group. The commission’s order came after DSPML and JB executed a local purchase agreement (LPA) in January, as part of the acquisition of DSP’s wealth management and lending businesses and trust services in the country.

As per the agreement, the proposed combination “involves a series of inter-connected and inter-dependent steps”, which involves acquisition of 100% shares of Merrill Lynch Wealth Advisors (MLWA) by JB and transfer of the wealth management lending business of DSP Merrill Lynch Capital to Bank of America Securities (India) (BASIL) followed by the transfer of 100% share capital of BASIL to MLWA.

JB is a Swiss private banking group which manages assets worth $297 billion through its presence in more than 20 countries.

In 2012, Bank of America Corp agreed to sell its overseas wealth management operations to JB through a part-cash and part-equity deal. The merger is expected to be complete with transfer of Merrill Lynch’s businesses in France and India to JB.

The CCI observed that DSPML and JB are not engaged directly or indirectly in providing similar services in India. It also concluded DSPML holds insignificant market share in the domestic market.

Since JB has no presence in India, “the proposed combination is not likely to have an appreciable adverse effect on competition in India in any of the relevant market(s)”, the order said.

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    Ashok Kumar
    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:34 am
    R/Sir ,I have purchased DSP Merrill Lynch India T.I.G.E.R Fund - Growth Regular in 2007-2008 , of Rs 50,000/- now i wanted to close the account in need of money.Kindly guide me the procedure as anable to search on internet.The details as follows. Ac/Folio No. 1415287, PAN No. AALPV 2757N , Name : Ashok Kumar Verma, Present Address, Flat No-2, B1, Opp. DPS School , Sec 11C,Faridabad Haryana Pin 121005,Mno. 9466000349,Email:
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