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Latham Advises Carlyle in INR 4,000 Crore Investment in PNB Housing Finance

June 3, 2021
Carlyle to acquire controlling stake in India’s fourth largest housing finance company.

Latham & Watkins advised Pluto Investments S.a.r.l., an affiliated entity of Carlyle Asia Partners IV, L.P. and Carlyle Asia Partners V, L.P. (together, Carlyle), alongside AZB & Partners, in a INR 4,000 crore investment in PNB Housing Finance Limited, one of the largest housing finance companies in India. The key objective of the capital raise is to augment capital adequacy, reduce gearing and accelerate growth with a focus on retail housing.

As part of this transaction, Salisbury Investments Pvt. Ltd., the family investment vehicle of Aditya Puri, Senior Advisor for Carlyle in Asia and the former CEO & Managing Director of HDFC Bank, will also invest in the capital raise. Aditya Puri is expected to be nominated to the PNB Housing Finance Board as a Carlyle nominee Director in due course.

Established in 1988, PNB Housing Finance is the fourth largest housing finance company in India in terms of Loan Assets (INR 62,255 crore as of March 31, 2021), and the second largest in deposits (INR 17,129 crore as of March 31, 2021). Carlyle has deep experience in investing in the financial services sector, both in India and globally, and said “the substantial additional investment reflects Carlyle’s strong commitment to India as a core market.”

The deal team was led by Hong Kong partner Simon Cooke with associate Bonnie Tse.