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Ashurst Morris Crisp's Milan office (Riccardo Agostinelli) advised Banca Intesa on its e123.5m (£86.2m) acquisition financing for a majority stake in cosmetics manufacturer Intercos Italia. The purchaser, Dafe, was represented by Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, while Intercos was advised in-house.
Herbert Smith (Jane Borrows) acted for Lehman Brothers as arranger and co-lead manager on the issue of £1.5bn of multicurrency floating-rate notes by Lothian Mortgages. The notes are backed by residential flexible mortgages originated by Standard Life Bank. It is the first time Herbert Smith has advised Lehman Brothers on a mortgage-backed securitisation.
Slaughter and May (Stephen Cooke) advised Cazenove as underwriter on the £82m placing and open offer for the mezzanine finance provider Intermediate Capital Group.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison (Mark Bergman, Ian Putnam, John Connon, Heather White) represented EMI Group on a high-yield offering of senior notes, upsized from e300m (£209.4m) to e425m (£296.7m). The notes are due in 2013.
Simmons & Simmons' London and Rotterdam offices (Christopher Lewis, Harm van Berkum) advised Home Credit Finance as originator in the first rated securitisation in the Czech Republic. The transaction involved a structure using multiple Dutch special-purpose vehicles, enabling Home Credit Finance to securitise its portfolio of credit card receivables. Brzobohaty Broz & Honsa acted as Czech counsel to Home Credit Finance.
Chadbourne & Parke (Nabil Khodadad) represented Société Générale in a $181m (£108.4m) airline lease-financing transaction for two Boeing 767 aircraft. The purchase financing is partially guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and the borrower will lease both aircraft to Uzbekistan Airways.