Investment in Cairn India

Cairn retains a ~10% investment in Cairn India Limited which is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India. Cairn India has interests in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.


Cairn has been operating in India since 1996.  In 2007 Cairn listed the Indian part of its business, Cairn India Limited, on the National and Bombay Stock Exchanges of India raising US$2 billion and retaining a 69% holding.

In 2011 Cairn sold 40% of its holding in Cairn India Limited to Vedanta Resources plc, a global natural resources company, for approximately US$5.5 billion, retaining a 22% holding.

In 2012 Cairn sold an aggregate 11.5% holding in Cairn India Limited for a net cash consideration of ~US$1.3bn, retaining a ~10% shareholding.

In January 2014, Cairn received notice from the Income Tax Department of India citing 2012 Retrospective Legislation and requesting information relating to the group reorganisation in 2006. The Income Tax Department provisionally attached the company’s remaining 10% shareholding in CIL, then valued at approximately US$1 billion.

In March 2015 Cairn instructed counsel to file a Notice of Dispute under the UK-India Investment Treaty in order to protect its legal position and shareholder interests having received a draft assessment order from the Indian Income Tax Department on 15 March 2015. 

Cairn continues to be restricted by the Indian Income Tax Department from selling its 10% shareholding in CIL.

Indian tax dispute

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A conference call for investors was held on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at 17.30 GMT.

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