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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Porter Hedges Expands Energy Practice with New Office in Oklahoma City Led by Partner C. Ray Lees

Porter Hedges has expanded its energy practice with the opening of a new office in Oklahoma City led by partner C. Ray Lees. Mr. Lees’ practice focuses on upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions including mergers, acquisitions & divestitures, joint ventures, finance, and real estate. He joins Porter Hedges along with of counsel Kendra D. Streeter and associates John H. Edwards and David K. Gannaway.

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Shearman & Sterling Advises Arrangers in $725 Million Acquisition Financing of Grocery Outlet by Hellman & Friedman

Shearman & Sterling advised Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Jefferies Finance LLC as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in connection with a $725 million financing, comprising of a $450 million first lien term loan facility, a $75 million revolving credit facility and a $200 million second lien term loan facility, related to the acquisition of Grocery Outlet Inc. by Hellman & Friedman LLC.

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Stephenson Harwood advises on $2.5 billion development deal in Oman

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised on a large scale real estate and tourism development project in Oman.

The Omagine project, which will cost approximately 2.5 billion US dollars to develop, was agreed with the Ministry of Tourism for the government of Oman and Omagine LLC. The project team from Stephenson Harwood’s Dubai office advised Omagine LLC, which will design, build, own and operate the mixed use ‘integrated tourism complex’ under a special royal decree which allows non-Omani citizens to buy and own real estate in Oman which is connected to a tourism development. The development agreement was signed on October 2, 2014.

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