Clifford Chance advises COFCO on successful closing of US$2.8 billion acquisitions of 51% of Noble Agri and 51% of Nidera

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised COFCO Corporation on the closing of two concurrent global acquisitions, being 51% of Noble Agri Limited for an initial purchase price of US$1.5 billion and 51% of Nidera Capital B.V. for approximately US$1.3 billion. Both Noble Agri and Nidera acquisitions became wholly unconditional on 30 September and were completed and settled on 14 October.

Noble Agri, which was the global agricultural platform of the Singapore listed Noble Group, mainly engages in the origination, storage, processing, transportation, distribution and trading of grain and oilseeds, soft commodities and sugar by originating from low-cost producing regions such as Brazil, Argentina and the Black Sea region, and supplying to markets with high demand such as China, India and Middle East.

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Allen & Overy advises on one of the biggest Philippines outbound acquisitions

Allen & Overy has advised Emperador Inc, a subsidiary of Alliance Global Group Inc., one of the largest Philippines conglomerates, on its acquisition of Whyte & Mackay Group from United Spirits Limited, a company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, for an enterprise value of approximately GBP430 million.

Emperador’s purchase of Whyte & Mackay ranks as one of the biggest overseas acquisitions by a Philippine company in recent years. The transaction was the result of a competitive auction process arising from a UK competition enquiry and subsequent ruling following Diageo PLC’s acquisition of a significant stake in United Spirits in 2013.

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Milbank Advises Lion Group in US$1.2B Aircraft Engine Purchase, Support and Maintenance Agreement with CFM International

In a noteworthy Asian aviation transaction, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP acted as international counsel to Indonesia-based Lion Group in its $1.2 billion purchase of 124 jet engines from aircraft engine maker CFM International. The deal includes development of a multimillion-dollar maintenance facility and implementation of a long-term engine parts and repair consultancy.

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Norton Rose Fulbright advises on US$225 million financing to a $1.25 billion infrastructure investment joint venture between energy-focused private equity leader First Reserve and oilfield services giant Petrofac

Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright advised Natixis Singapore Branch as sole mandated lead arranger and underwriter on a US$225 million limited recourse project financing facility to finance two floating production facilities for PetroFirst Infrastructure Limited, a joint venture between energy-focused private equity leader First Reserve and oilfield services giant Petrofac. The joint venture, announced on 26 June 2014, will deploy $1.25 billion of equity capital both in purchasing a number of existing floating production, storage and offloading assets from Petrofac’s Integrated Energy Services (IES) sector, as well as in new infrastructure projects.

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White & Case Advises on Innovative US$1.5 Billion Sukuk Issuance by the Republic of Indonesia

Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised the Joint Lead Managers on the issuance by the Republic of Indonesia of US$1.5 billion, 4.35 percent Sukuk due 2024.

“This transaction represents an important innovation in the way that sovereigns can issue Sukuk to fund public infrastructure development projects,” said UAE-based partner Shibeer Ahmed who, together with fellow Singapore-based partner, Kaya Proudian, led the White & Case team which advised on the issuance. “The reaction from the market demonstrates the strong investor interest in the Republic’s capital markets issuances.”

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Milbank Advises PT Adaro Indonesia on a US$1B Syndicated Loan

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP advised PT Adaro Indonesia on its US$1,000,000 loan facility from a consortium of lenders including ANZ, BTMU, CIMB, Citi, CTBC, DBS, HSBC, ING Bank, Maybank, Mizuho Bank, OCBC, SMBC, Standard Chartered Bank and UOB. The loan will be used to refinance existing indebtedness of the company.

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