Supplement | HBS Case Collection | March 2008

Patel Food and Chemicals Private Limited (C)

by Felda Hardymon and Ann Leamon


Alok Patel, the founder and chairman of a Gujarat-based, privately held edible oils processor, is considering long-term liquidity opportunities for the company and its investors. He could list the company on one of the Indian exchanges, opt for a trade sale, or acquire a struggling French oils processor and after some consolidation, exit via a listing on the New York or London exchanges. Each options presents personal and professional benefits and disadvantages.

Keywords: Financial Liquidity; Financial Management; Mergers and Acquisitions; Going Public; Opportunities; Chemical Industry; Food and Beverage Industry; Gujarat;


Hardymon, Felda, and Ann Leamon. "Patel Food and Chemicals Private Limited (C)." Harvard Business School Supplement 808-144, March 2008.