Someera Khokhar | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Someera Khokhar
Someera Khokhar

Someera Khokhar

Partner, New York

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“Someera Khokhar is ‘top notch’.”

The Legal 500 US 2014

Overview

Someera F. Khokhar is one of eight partners on the Firm’s global partnership committee and also serves on its strategic growth council.

Someera is a project and asset finance partner and has advised lenders, borrowers and sponsors on financings and restructurings in the infrastructure, equipment leasing, shipping, rail, aviation and renewable energy sectors.

Someera transaction experience includes secured debt transactions, US Export-Import Bank and other export credit agency-supported financings, revolving credit facilities, letter of credit facilities, asset-based structured financings, warehouse facilities, pre-delivery financings, securitizations, cross-border leveraged operating lease financings, and tax-based leasing structures.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • Solicitor of England and Wales

Education

  • The College of Law, London
  • LLB, University of Southampton

Languages

  • English

Experience

Methanol Plant Acquisition

Representation of a joint venture party in its acquisition and financing of a greenfield methanol production facility in Beaumont, Texas.

Financing of the FPSO OSX-2 vessel

Ongoing representation of the lead arrangers in the initial financing and the restructuring of the FPSO OSX-2 (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) vessel, which is sponsored by OSX Leasing Group B.V., with a total project cost of US$1.1 billion. This deal was selected as "Americas Oil & Gas Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International and as "Latin American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year" by Project Finance.

Representing a bidder in the Ni Americas Auction

Representation of the second-place bidder in the auction to acquire Ni Americas, a water company with municipal potable and wastewater systems in South Carolina, Texas, and Florida.

Representing Banco Itaú BBA S.A. and Banco do Brasil S.A.

Representation of Banco Itaú BBA S.A. and Banco do Brasil S.A. as lenders in connection with a US$342 million bridge loan facility and an additional US$450 million amendment to finance the construction of six ultra-deepwater drillships (Copacabana, Grumari, Ipanema, Leblon, Leme and Marambaia) each owned by a special purpose company incorporated in The Netherlands. Upon completion, the drillships will be chartered by Petrobras for operation in Brazilian waters.

Representing GMR Group in sale of interest in InterGen N.V.

Representation of GMR Group in the sale of its 50 percent interest in InterGen N.V. for an equity value in excess of US$1.2 billion, a transaction involving the US, UK, the Netherlands, Mexico, the Philippines and Australia. This transaction was named "Infrastructure Deal of the Year" by India Business Law Journal and as "International Energy Deal of the Year" by The M&A Advisor.

Representing underwriters and purchaser for purchase of PetroRig IIl

Representation of the underwriters and initial purchaser in connection with a Rule 144A/Regulation S issuance by RDS Ultra-Deepwater, Ltd. of US$270 million to purchase PetroRig III, a sixth generation ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig on a long-term charter contract with PEMEX Exploración y Producción. This transaction was awarded 2010 Latin American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine.

Representing Avianca in its export credit supported financings

Ongoing representation of Avianca in its export credit-supported financing for more than 70 Airbus aircraft and the restructuring of the ECA-supported fleet of AviancaTaca Holding. She has represented Avianca in all of its ECA-supported aircraft financings since 2007, and White & Case has been their designated underwriters’ counsel on their IPO and subsequent bond issuances. Ms. Khokhar developed the innovative transaction structure for the initial ECA financing that involved English, New York and Panamanian laws and was awarded "Debt Deal of the Year — South America" by Jane's Transport Finance.

Publications

  • Open for Investment: How Mexico is Paving the Way for Infrastructure Investors, November 2014, (co-author with Vicente Corta Fernández, Sean Goldstein and José Ignacio Segura Alonso)

Awards & Recognition

Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 US 2014

Project Finance – United States

Global Citizenship Grand Prize, 2013

Someera led the White & Case team that won The American Lawyer's first ever Global Citizenship Grand Prize for its Fighting Human Trafficking Initiative. The Initiative couples representation of human trafficking victims and support for leading anti-trafficking NGOs with efforts to bring about systemic change in the ways human trafficking cases are prosecuted, and the protection which countries offer to their domestic workers.