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Snapdeal sale to Flipkart: Credit Suisse convincing minority shareholders

The deal between Snapdeal and Flipkart could mark the biggest acquisition in Indian e-commerce space

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


Investment Credit Suisse is reaching out to minority shareholders of to build a consensus on the sale of the e-commerce platform to a larger rival,

According to sources, Credit Suisse, which is advising on the proposed deal, is reaching out to smaller shareholders to get them on board for the

The beleaguered firm has a number of investors including PremjiInvest, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Ratan Tata, Foxconn, Temasek and BlackRock among others.

Emails sent to and Credit Suisse did not elicit any response.

PremjiInvest -- the personal investment arm of chairman Azim Premji and a minority investor in Snapdeal -- had written to the company seeking greater clarity on the deal terms. It has also called for equal treatment of shareholders for payouts from the deal.

It has been previously reported that early investors, Nexus Venture Partners (NVP) and Kalaari -- who also have Board representation -- could receive payouts worth over $150 million once the deal is closed.

Snapdeal's largest investor, SoftBank has been proactively mediating the sale for the past few months. The Japanese investment firm has already succeeded in getting Board members to agree to the said sale and a term sheet for due diligence with has been signed.

Snapdeal's Board has representation from Snapdeal founders (Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal), SoftBank, NVP and Kalaari Capital.

The due diligence process is expected to be completed by month-end or early July.

The deal between Snapdeal and Flipkart, if completed, would mark the biggest in the Indian e-commerce space.

One of the leading contenders in the Indian e-commerce space, Snapdeal has seen its fortunes failing amid strong competition from Amazon and

Compared to a valuation of about $6.5 billion in February 2016, the sale to Flipkart could see Snapdeal being valued at about $1 billion.

SoftBank has already written off over $1 billion on the valuation of its investment in Snapdeal.

First Published: Fri, June 23 2017. 23:31 IST