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Allen & Overy advises Japanese export credit agencies and commercial lenders on USD1.4 billion Pre-Export Finance Facility

Allen & Overy has advised the Japanese export credit agencies and a syndicate of commercial banks on a USD1.4 billion pre-export finance facility to CSN Mineração S.A, one of Brazil’s largest mining companies. Citibank, N.A., Tokyo Branch and BNP Paribas (acting through its Tokyo Branch) acted as joint coordinators for the export credit agencies.

The facility comprises of a USD980 million tranche to be provided by Japan Bank for International Cooperation and a USD 420 million Nippon Export and Investment Insurance covered tranche from the syndicate of commercial lenders, BNP Paribas (acting through its Tokyo Branch), Citibank, N.A., Tokyo Branch, Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, Tokyo Branch, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Tokyo Branch, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, New York Branch. 

CSN Mineração S.A is Brazil’s second largest exporter of iron ore. The facility will primarily be used to finance the capital expenditure for the construction of an iron ore ‘pellet feed’ production plant. Pellet feed is an essential raw material for low-carbon steelmaking by way of electric furnaces.

Matthias Voss, Tokyo managing partner commented: “This transaction exemplifies A&O’s premier mining financing practice. Natural resources in emerging markets will play a key role in energy transition and decarbonisation. Further, it demonstrates our ability to leverage our global network and our strong practice in Latin America, allowing us to advise Japanese and foreign financiers on their strategic and significant financings in the region”.

The A&O team comprised of Matthias Voss (Partner, Tokyo), Hitomi Komachi (Partner, Tokyo), Adam McNeill (Associate, Tokyo), Mercy Hadfield (Associate, London) and Harry O’Donohue (Trainee, Tokyo). New York law advice was provided by Bruno Soares (Partner, Sao Paolo), Andre Teixeira (Senior Counsel, Sao Paolo), Alexandra De Padua (Partner, New York) and Daniel Resnick (Associate, New York). Specialist advice on sanctions and anti-corruption issues was provided by Ken Rivlin (Partner, New York) and Nick Ognibene (Associate, Boston).

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