Isle of Man: Indian Businesses Top List Of Overseas Companies Taking The Isle Of Man Route To London Listing
Last Updated: 22 May 2008

Cains is a leading adviser to Indian companies

The continued trend amongst Indian businesses to incorporate in the Isle of Man whilst raising funds via a listing on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM), was highlighted by leading offshore legal adviser, Cains, during a visit to India last week.

Of the 15 non-UK countries that host AIM 100 companies, the Isle of Man continues to lead by number (12)1 and combined market capitalisation (£4586.92m)2, supporting the Isle of Manís growing reputation as the preferred jurisdiction for overseas companies listing in London.

Indian companies feature prominently as Indiaís strong economic growth has propelled the country to the top of this list; Indian companies incorporated in the Isle of Man and listed on AIM represent a significant proportion of the Isle of Manís AIM total with a combined market capitalisation of over £2.2billion. There has also been a significant increase in Indian companies using the Isle of Man as a tax effective platform for global expansion plans.

Cains plays a prominent role in the listing process. The firm is the number one legal adviser to Isle of Man companies listing on exchanges around the world and to the AIM 100 by combined client market capitalisation (£4409 million)3 and number of clients (8)4.

Cainsí lawyers work closely with London and Indian-based advisors to support Indian companies and investment funds in their flotations and M&A activity. The firmís Indian clients are involved in a broad range of industry sectors including real estate, utilities and media, with recent examples of Indian companies routing through the Isle of Man including KSK Power Ventur Plc, Unitech Corporate Parks Plc, Promethean India, Dhir India Investments and DQ Entertainment plc.

Speaking on a visit to Mumbai, as part of the business delegation accompanying the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Daniel Mackelden, head of Cains' City of London office, said:

"We are very excited about our supporting role in the continued drive by ambitious Indian companies to sustain their growth and development through a London flotation.

"The preference for the Isle of Man is demonstrated by a long line of high quality Indian businesses which has firmly established the Isle of Man as an effective platform for raising money and conducting global business within a tax efficient corporate structure.

"Our professional London-trained and specialist offshore lawyers have the specific regional experience to advise these companies. We view India as a key element in our plans for growth. Despite the recent uncertainties in the capital markets, we are currently working on four India related projects which hope to list in the next few months."

Mike Edwards, a director of Cains and head of the firmís Asia-Pacific regional office, adds:

"Indian businesses have benefited from the Isle of Manís tax neutral environment as well as the access to the London market afforded by the Isle of Manís proximity to the UK. Indian companies have also gained confidence from the knowledge that the Isle of Man meets the highest international fiscal standards and been impressed by the positive attitude of the authorities, which sees the incorporation process completed in less than 48 hours.

"We are proud of Cainsí strong track record in effecting international transactions for our Indian clients and aim to continue to provide an excellent level of service to them in partnership with the Isle of Manís unbeatable jurisdictional offering".

"Our commitment to servicing the Indian and wider Asian client base extends to the opening of our Singapore office. We anticipate that this physical presence in the region will enhance our ability to meet the requirements of clients in the Indian market and support our plans for further expansion and development in Asia-Pacific".

Footnotes

1. Morningstar Overseas AIM Report 14th March 2008

2. Morningstar Overseas AIM Report 14th March 2008

3. Morningstar AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, February 2008

4. Morningstar AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, February 2008

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