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Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL) To Acquire 51% Stake In Designers Shantanu & Nikhil's Apparel Brand Finesse For Around Rs 60 Crore

Wazir acted as the exclusive advisor to Shantanu & Nikhil on this deal. Finesse International Design is primarily engaged in the business of bespoke occasion and ceremonial contemporary apparel for men and women under the brand name ‘Shantanu & Nikhil’.

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Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL), a leading fashion company in India, has announced acquisition of 51 per cent stake in Finesse International Design Private Limited, a company primarily engaged in the business of bespoke occasion and ceremonial contemporary apparel for men and women under the brand name ‘Shantanu & Nikhil’.

The acquisition of 51 per cent equity stake of Finesse will be done through combination of primary equity infusion and secondary share purchase by way of signing of Share Subscription and Purchase Agreement and Shareholders’ Agreement with Finesse and its shareholders. The completion of proposed acquisition is subject to necessary approvals and customary closing conditions, ABRFL said in a filing with the stock exchanges.

“Indian consumers are increasingly seeking contemporary India inspired designer wear in their wardrobes which combines the best of modern fashion with Indian traditions. Brand ‘Shantanu & Nikhil’ is the finest representation of this design philosophy. We are delighted to work with Shantanu & Nikhil to not just grow the existing couture business but also launch new prêt lines to extend the appeal and reach of this fashion across more consumer and market segments. Indian ethnic wear is a large segment in Indian fashion market and we have identified it as an important growth opportunity for ABFRL. This partnership will further deepen our presence in this important and fast-growing segment and strengthen our leadership position in the overall branded apparel market,” ABFRL managing director Ashish Dikshit said.

“This is the beginning of a new era in affordable luxury. Shantanu & Nikhil along with ABFRL embarks on a pathbreaking new journey of retail in India. It will be another creative chapter in our lives where the dreams of every Indian wearing a Shantanu & Nikhil will now come true. A strategic joint venture of this sort is perhaps only the first of its kind where fashion meets business and one that will redefine the Indian fashion landscape. With this unique collaboration, India shall now be the new playground for accessible designer wear in its truest form,” said designers Shantanu Mehra & Nikhil Mehra. 

Wazir Advisors who acted as an exclusive advisor to Shantanu & Nikhil in the deal, in a statement, said, " Our role is to create customised solutions for founders, shareholders and/or management teams to maximise value as well as achieve business goals. This transaction marks yet another milestone in our singular commitment to our clients in the consumer products and retail space."

ABFRL owns leading brands such as Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly and Peter England in its portfolio. The company also owns value fashion store brand Pantaloons. In 2016, the company had acquired global clothing brand Forever 21 in the Indian market for $26 million.

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