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Harneys advises Goldman Sachs on US$613,000,000 debt issuance

7 May 2014

Acting as British Virgin Islands counsel to Goldman Sachs and its English law counsel Slaughter & May in connection with the US$613,000,000 refinancing of three sets of notes secured against put options written by Danone SA over the shares of a Cyprus joint venture company. The refinancing was achieved through new note issuances by, and debt financing provided to, three British Virgin Islands issuers incorporated as restricted purpose companies (RPCs). The refinancing involved complex escrow mechanics and required the amendment and restatement of the memorandum and articles of association of the BVI Issuers to accommodate the refinancing in the objects clauses of the RPCs. Colin Riegels led a global team from Harneys on the transaction assisted by Indira Birkwood in London and Ellie Crespi in Hong Kong.