Cipla takeover: Torrent Pharma is gearing up to take over Cipla. Here’s why it’s a tightrope walk.


If Torrent Pharma were to acquire Cipla, which is 2.5 times its size in sales, it would be a bold move. While the acquisition would catapult Torrent to the top of the heap in the domestic market and make it the second-largest Indian pharma company in terms of revenue, financing the deal and integration can pose a litany of challenges.

A historic takeover in the Indian pharmaceutical sector is on the cards. A company that was seen as one of India’s strongest and identified as the country’s pride is at the centre of frenetic moves. Built arduously over nine decades, Cipla founders, the Hamied family, are seeking out buyers. The frontrunner in the race is Ahmedabad-based Torrent Pharmaceuticals, part of the power-to-pharmaceuticals group run by brothers Sudhir Mehta and Samir

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