CCI approves acquisition of 100% equity in Virtusa by Austin HoldCo, GIC Investor and CPPIB Investor
21 January 2021
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves the proposed acquisition of 100 er cent equity interest and joint control in information technology services provider Virtusa Corporation by Austin HoldCo, GIC Investor and CPPIB Investor.
The proposed combination relates to the acquisition of 100 per cent equity interest and joint control in Virtusa by Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) through Austin HoldCo, Atago Investment Pte Ltd (GIC Investor) and CPP Investment Board Private Holdings (4) Inc (CPPIB Investor).
Austin HoldCo is a company incorporated in Delaware, which was not engaged in any business activity so far. BPEA is an international private equity firm with a focus on private equity investments in Asia.
GIC Investor is wholly-owned by Apstar Investment Pte Ltd, which in turn is wholly-owned by GIC (Ventures) Private Limited. GIC Investor is a special purpose vehicle organised as a private limited company in Singapore that is part of a group of investment holding companies managed by GIC Special Investments Private Limited.
CPPIB Investor is a Canadian corporation and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. It is an investment holding company and invests in a diversified portfolio of assets.
Virtusa is a global information technology services company. Virtusa, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the provision of IT services, including application outsourcing services, business and IT consulting services, technology implementation services, systems integration, digital engineering, cloud solutions etc, in India.
CCI also approved PG Esmeralda’s acquisition of stake in Ecom Express Pvt Ltd.
PG Esmeralda is controlled by investment entities that are ultimately controlled by Partners Group AG or its affiliates. Partners Group is said to be a global private market investment manager, headquartered in Switzerland. It invests in a variety of companies in sectors such as IT and IT enabled services, healthcare, real estate, consumer products, banking and non-banking financial services.
Ecom is a company incorporated in India. It carries on the business of providing third party logistics (3PL) services in India.