Simpson Thacher Represents Underwriters in $500 Million Debt Offering by Wal-Mart

The Firm recently represented Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, RBS Securities Inc. and other underwriters in connection with a $500 million offering of debt securities by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The offering closed on October 22, 2014.

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Freshfields advises on US$408m Country Garden rights issue

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised a consortium of underwriters on a rights issue and related finance facilities from Country Garden Holdings Company Limited. Country Garden is a Hong Kong listed company and one of the leading real estate developers in mainland China.

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Davis Polk Advises PepsiCo, Inc. on Its $500 Million Notes Offering

Davis Polk advised PepsiCo, Inc. on its registered offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.25% senior notes due 2044. Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated acted as joint book-running managers for the offering.

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WFW advises ING Bank on US$340 million loan facility for Euronav

Watson, Farley & Williams (“WFW”), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that it has advised ING Bank N.V. (“ING”) as sole bookrunner and facility agent for a syndicate of banks on a US$340 million loan facility made available to Euronav NV (“Euronav”).

The facility is comprised of a US$192m term loan facility and a revolving credit facility of up to US$148m. Euronav plans to use the funds to refinance four Suezmax tanker vessels, finance the acquisition of four very large crude carrier tankers from Maersk and for general corporate purposes. The ships financed under the facility are registered on Belgian, Greek and French flags.

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Simpson Thacher Represents Deutsche Bank, Crédit Agricole, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and The Royal Bank of Scotland in US$500 Million Debt Offering by Korea Land & Housing Corporation

The Firm recently represented Deutsche Bank, Crédit Agricole, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and The Royal Bank of Scotland as underwriters’ counsel (and sole international counsel) in connection with the offering by Korea Land & Housing Corporation of its US$500 million 1.875% Senior Unsecured Notes due August 2, 2017, issued under its US$1 billion Global Medium Term Notes Program (the “Program”). The offering was conducted in reliance upon Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Firm also recently acted as dealers’ counsel (and sole international counsel) in the establishment of the Program, where Deutsche Bank acted as the arranger.

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Milbank Represents Initial Purchasers in $1 Billion of Notes Offerings by Pemex

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP represented international banks acting as initial purchasers in offerings of two series of notes issued by Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) guaranteed by the US Export-Import Bank.

The bank group for each offering of notes consisted of BNP Paribas, Citigroup and Santander. A series of $500 million floating-rate notes due 2025 was priced with an interest rate of three-month LIBOR plus 35 basis points. A second series of $500 million fixed-rate notes due 2025 was priced with an interest rate of 2.378% per annum.

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Herbert Smith Freehills advises on the first wind farm project financing to reach financial close in the Philippines

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Energy Development Corporation (EDC) on its US$315 million financing of the 150 MW Burgos Wind Farm Project (Burgos).

Burgos is the largest wind farm developed in the Philippines to date and the financing represents not only the first international project financing of a wind farm project in the Philippines to reach financial close but also the first time that the Feed in Tariff (FiT) recently introduced by the Philippines Government has been banked.

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IHS Inc. $2 Billion Credit Facilities

Davis Polk advised IHS Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries in connection with a $1.3 billion unsecured revolving credit facility and $700 million unsecured term loan credit facility with Bank of America, N.A. as administrative agent and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as syndication agent. The facilities will be used for general corporate purposes.

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NewLink Genetics Signs $1 Billion Deal with Genentech for Cancer Drug Research and Development

Cooley advised NewLink Genetics Corporation in its negotiations with Genentech that resulted in an exclusive worldwide license agreement for the development of NLG919, NewLink’s cancer immunotherapy. The agreement also calls for NewLink and Genentech to engage in a research collaboration for the discovery of next generation IDO/TDO compounds, which represent potential breakthrough approaches to cancer therapy.

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