DEAL OF THE MONTH - February 2020



NAME:
Zomato’s acquisition of Uber Eats India business

LAW FIRM: AZB & Partners, Advaita Legal, Samvad Partners, Trilegal

LAWYERS: 

AZB & Partners - Ashwath Rau, Jasmin Karkhanis, Samir Gandhi, Hemangini Dadwal, Bharat Budholia, Nohid Nooreyezdan, Veena Gopalakrishnan and Aditya Singh Chandel

Advaita Legal - Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Samvad Partners - Aparna Ravi, Ashwini Vittalachar and Arjun Krishnan

Trilegal - Rohan Ghosh Roy and Nisha Kaur Uberoi

JURISDICTION: India

PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate and M&A

INDUSTRY SECTORS: Consumer goods and services, Technology and telecommunications

Zomato’s acquisition of Uber Eats India business is our deal of the month for February.

Indian online food delivery platform Zomato has acquired the country’s operations of Uber Eats in exchange for 9.99 percent of the Indian start-up.

This acquisition is aimed at cutting losses at the Uber’s food delivery business in India that has been a drag on the company’s earnings. For Zomato, the move will also help consolidate the market and puts it ahead of its arch-rival Swiggy. With the acquisition going through, Uber Eats will cease to exist as a separate brand locally and users on its platform will be redirected to Zomato’s app. The combined entity of Zomato and Uber Eats India is expected to corner more than a 50-55% market in terms of the number and value of orders.

The buyout results from Zomato’s latest fundraising led by existing investor Ant Financial, an Alibaba affiliate, which pumped in $150 million at a current $3 billion valuation.