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RCom-Sistema M&A is easier said than done; and ultimately one has to exit

Jun 16, 2015    

The talks between Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications (RCom) and Russia's Sistema Shyam Teleservices on a possible merger are being touted as a win-win move (assuming valuations are agreed) for both parties. While the merger is supposed to give Sistema, which lost all but one of its licences in the 2G scam, a wider footprint in India, RComs access to the latter's CDMA spectrum will help it launch 4G LTE services.However, the deal will be tough to pull off for a variety of reasons. And even if it is signed, sealed and delivered six months down the line, there is no guarantee it will work. Her...

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