Tata Communications has hired Standard Chartered bank to advise it as it considers a bid for CWW.
Heading the team of financial advisers is Topsy Mathew, the Mumbai-based managing director of the bank’s corporate advisory division.
In 2010, Mathew led StanChart to number three for deals in India, beating takeover king Goldman Sachs.
In the 36 year old’s portfolio is Bharti Airtel, which he advised on its $10.7bn purchase of Zain Telecom’s African mobile arm – the second-biggest overseas acquisition by an Indian company.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Mathew headed the corporate finance team at Credit Suisse.
Tata’s London-based adviser on the CWW deal is Amer Baig, who is also advising Cove on its $1.6bn offer from Shell.
BarCap’s Will Peters and Rothschild’s Jeremy Boardman are advising CWW.