White & Case Advises Bank Syndicate on €500 Million Sustainability-Linked Debut Bond Issue by Berlin Hyp

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Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised the joint lead managers Commerzbank, Crédit Agricole, DZ BANK AG, HSBC and LBBW and the co-lead manager Bankhause Lampe on the issuance of the debut Sustainability-linked bond issue by Berlin Hyp in the aggregate principal amount of €500 million.

The notes have a term of ten years, an initial fixed coupon of 0.375% (the Original Rate of Interest) and a denomination of €100,000. The notes are admitted to trading on the regulated markets of the Berlin Stock Exchange and the Luxembourg Exchange.

The terms and conditions of the notes include a coupon step-up mechanism linked to a company-wide sustainability goal, which is the achievement of a 40 percent reduction in CO2 across Berlin Hype's entire loans portfolio by the end of 2030. If such reduction is not achieved, the Original Rate of Interest will be increased by 25 basis points for the last interest period prior to maturity.

With this issuance, Berlin Hyp is the first financial institution to directly link its sustainability and climate targets to its refinancing.

The White & Case team in Frankfurt which advises on the transaction comprised partner Karsten Wöckener and associates Philipp Kronenbitter and Daniel Gillenkirch.

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