Tihir Sarkar’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, along with private equity and restructuring transactions.

He has extensive experience acting for multinational corporates and sovereign wealth funds on their international investments and is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the emerging markets.

Tihir joined the firm in 2003 from Slaughter and May and became a partner in 2007.

Notable Experience

  • Tronox Holdings plc in its acquisition from Eramet S.A. of TiZir Titanium & Iron AS and its Norwegian production facility that upgrades ilmenite to produce high-grade titanium slag and high-purity pig iron for approximately $300 million.

  • Thales in its €4 billion public takeover of Gemalto and its pending divestment of its General Purpose Hardware Security Module business to Entrust Datacard.

  • Fimalac, French billionaire Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière’s holding company, in its acquisition of Jellyfish, a London-based digital ad agency.

  • A number of sovereign wealth funds on some of their most high-profile global international investments:

    • A leading sovereign wealth fund in an acquisition by its subsidiary of a 25.1% stake in Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML) from Adani Transmission Limited and for a shareholder subordinated debt investment in AEML.
    • A leading sovereign wealth fund in connection with its participation in a consortium with EQT Fund Management S.à.r.l. and other renowned institutional investors, in exclusive negotiations to acquire Nestlé Skin Health, a leading global skincare company, for $10 billion.
    • A leading sovereign wealth fund on in its acquisition, as part of a consortium, of a 61% stake in National Grid’s gas distribution business.

  • Credit Suisse Asset Management with respect to asset management divestments and their emerging market asset management platform.

  • American Express, as 50% shareholder of Amex Global Business Travel, its joint venture with a Certares-backed financial sponsor consortium, in its £400 million takeover of Hogg Robinson plcAmerican.

  • TPG in its acquisition of the wholesale trading, institutional sales, and franchise businesses of Vishal Retail Limited, the first significant distressed asset buyout in India.

  • Warid Telecom in the merger of Warid and Mobilink, the largest merger in the mobile telecommunications sector in Pakistan.

  • Helios Investment Partners in connection with the formation of its private equity fund, Helios Investors II, and in connection with a number of investments in Africa.

  • SR Technics in its $1.67 billion leveraged buyout by a consortium of three investors from the United Arab Emirates made up of Mubadala Development, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, and Istithmar.

  • ArcelorMittal on a number of transactions including its $810 million acquisition of London Mining Brasil from London Mining plc; and in its simultaneous $40.5 million acquisition of an 80% stake in Adriana Resources’ planned port facility located in the Third District of the City of Mangaratiba.

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