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StandoutFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer88925Working with the Asian Development Bank, the firm structured Asia’s first climate bond. This is the first certified green bond in an emerging market and, with the ADB acting as a credit enhancement guarantor, has opened a way for international investors to fund infrastructure projects; this was previously barred by restrictions on direct lending. The structure has been replicated and will ultimately help countries in southeast Asia narrow the looming funding gap for essential infrastructure projects.
StandoutAllen & Overy88723Acting for the managers, the firm worked with the banks to design a first-of-its kind high yield bond deal for ReNew Power, an Indian renewables company. The firm carefully crafted the swap mechanism to channel funds raised by an offshore special purpose vehicle Neerg back to ReNew while mitigating the risk of currency fluctuations.
StandoutLinklaters88723Advised the Bank of China on the issuance of the first green covered bond, where proceeds will be used to finance projects with a beneficial environmental impact. The bond was issued onshore, with collateralised assets located offshore.
Highly CommendedHogan Lovells78722The firm devised the security structure for Goldman Sachs’ complex “lender of last resort” loan for Red Planet Hotels. The loan enables Red Planet’s growth in so-called frontier markets, and provides greater investment opportunities in jurisdictions that have a higher level of risk.
Highly CommendedHogan Lovells77822The firm worked with Hong Kong regulators to define the regulatory regime for stored value facilities, and have helped several companies, including Tencent, to obtain licences to operate these products. The structure created balances consumer protections while allowing a necessary level of competition for the new financial service. Commended: Mark Parsons.
Highly CommendedLatham & Watkins87722Advised ReNew Power on a new structure to access international capital markets. Lawyers navigated complex Indian regulatory restrictions to design a structure for a back-to-back issuance of Indian rupee denominated “Masala” bonds, and US dollar bonds through an independent offshore special purpose vehicle, Neerg Energy.
CommendedLatham & Watkins77721The firm advised the government of Indonesia on the design and structure of a new onshore bank tranche to finance a third process train in the Tangguh LNG project. The project creates thousands of local jobs and provides greater energy security in the area.
CommendedNorton Rose Fulbright77721The firm designed its client’s winning bid for construction of the 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm in New South Wales, which included the establishment of a micro-grid company and inclusion of community investment options to allow members of the public to invest in the renewable energy project.
CommendedLinklaters68620After the establishment of China’s first Stock Connect programme in 2015, the firm has revised and expanded the legal infrastructure to launch the Shenzen-Hong Kong Stock Connect, enabling mutual market access.
CommendedSidley Austin76720Represented Temasek in its Astrea III bond offering, launching Singapore’s first listed private equity bonds. The bonds represent an important step in the development of Singapore’s bond market.
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