White & Case advised on six transactions awarded 'best deals 2011' by Global Trade Review magazine. According to the magazine, the winning projects highlight excellence across the trade, export and commodity finance markets.
Awards were given for the following deals:
Barzan: advised Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil on the US$10.3 billion Barzan Gas Project, the largest single financing project ever undertaken in the State of Qatar.
Hispasat: advised BBVA, BNP Paribas and US-Exim on the corporate financing of Hispasat, a leading satellite operator which included a US$109 million credit facility guaranteed by US-Exim and a US$69 million credit facility with credit support from COFACE.
Metinvest: advised Deutsche Bank as the arranger in connection with a US$850 million pre-export finance facility for the Ukranian steel producer Metinvest.
RusVinyl: advised RusVinyl on the €1.1 billion project to construct and operate a polyvinyl chloride plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia.
Santos: represented Santos Ltd on the US$1.2 billion Export Credit Agency backed corporate financing for the Gladstone LNG project in Australia, to process coal seam gas into liquefied natural gas, as a cleaner energy source.
Ubungo Tanzania: advised HSBC on the US$103.7m export credit agency-backed facility in connection with the construction of a 100MW gas-fired power plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city and economic hub.
"Advising on landmark projects like these requires significant project management and reflects our place as an elite global project finance firm," said Philip Stopford, partner and head of White & Case's Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Practice in Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "Our practice's reach, coupled with the expertise of our lawyers, enables us to respond and advise on transactions anywhere in the world."