With tens of millions of policyholders and a share of 66% of latest premium collections in a crowded insurance coverage market, LIC is a family identify, managing belongings of greater than $450 billion.
The federal government is scrambling to record the insurance coverage behemoth by March, in an train set to be India’s largest IPO, at a possible $12 billion. As many as 16 international and home funding banks not too long ago bid to deal with it.
However high regulation companies that may usually be eager on such big-ticket IPOs to spice up their credibility in authorities circles are hesitant to advise New Delhi, as their groups are stretched by the company IPO growth, 5 regulation agency companions informed Reuters.
“Most huge regulation companies in India are overburdened with IPO work,” stated Nitin Potdar, an M&A accomplice at high Indian regulation agency J. Sagar Associates. “And the LIC IPO would wish actual huge groups of skilled attorneys.”
LIC’s huge measurement and sophisticated enterprise construction and merchandise make it a “nightmare” for attorneys to draft the prospectus, he added.
The unappealing charges are one other dampener, stated regulation agency companions, who spoke on situation of anonymity to keep away from authorities reprisals.
The finance ministry, which is dealing with the IPO course of, didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Thursday is the deadline for the regulation companies to submit bids.
Refinitiv knowledge exhibits India has about $6 billion price of IPOs within the pipeline.
After food-delivery big Zomato’s $1.2 billion IPO in July, digital funds agency Paytm and ride-hailing big Ola are eyeing market debuts, protecting attorneys busy and their money registers ringing.
In an embarrassing episode, the federal government has twice revised its supply to draw regulation companies for the LIC IPO.
In early September, after an preliminary lacklustre response, New Delhi restricted the timeline of the companies’ IPO work to 3 years.
Main companies, resembling Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Khaitan & Co, would usually be eager on a authorities IPO of this measurement, however didn’t bid within the first tender, sources conscious of the matter stated.
The three companies didn’t reply to queries from Reuters.
Authorities officers additionally not too long ago known as just a few high regulation companies and nudged them to affix in IPO work, stated three regulation agency companions accustomed to the discussions.
This week, the federal government eased its payment cost timetables, to supply 50% cost after the draft IPO prospectus is filed.
However the IPO work on LIC is expansive and sophisticated, the regulation agency companions stated, which makes them even much less eager.
Legislation companies should deal with 36 duties on the federal government’s to-do record for LIC, from drafting the IPO papers, and fielding regulators’ queries to reviewing company governance and pending litigation, and analysing dangers.
The quantity of labor wanted could be as a lot as for 5 non-public IPO offers, and nonetheless “it will not be remunerative,” stated one high accomplice in an Indian regulation agency.