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Asia's Richest Banker Spots a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

  • Sovereign wealth and pension funds also interested, Kotak says
  • Bankruptcy court process, deep discounts are key attractions
Uday Kotak
Uday KotakPhotographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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For India, it’s a $207 billion mess, a pile-up of bad loans years in the making that’s dragging on growth. For the nation’s wealthiest banker, it’s the kind of opportunity that very rarely presents itself.

What has billionaire Uday Kotak salivating is the government’s attempt to finally draw a line under delinquent loans, with recent steps to overhaul India’s bankruptcy laws and recapitalize state-owned banks. The moves are intended to lift a burden from the country’s banks and encourage them to accelerate lending, supporting economic growth.