Davis Polk and Links win lead roles on Rio Tinto bond issue

Davis Polk & Wardwell has advised a group of major securities companies on an SEC-registered offering of $2bn of notes by Rio Tinto Finance (USA).

Cecil Quillen
Cecil Quillen

The US firm advised JPMorgan Securities, Deutsche Bank Securities, RBS Securities, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets and SG Americas Securities as joint bookrunners and representatives of the underwriters on the deal.

The offering consisted of $700m of 2.5 per cent notes due in 2016, $1bn of 4.125 per cent notes due in 2021 and a reopening in an aggregate principal amount of $300m of its 5.2 per cent notes due in 2040.

Davis Polk London-based corporate partner Nigel Wilson led on the deal with partner John Paton, also based in London, providing tax advice.

Linklaters acted as UK and US counsel to Rio Tinto with London partner Cecil Quillen leading. Banking partner James Darcy at Allens Arthur Robinson gave Australian advice to the company.

Rio Tinto Finance (USA) is a finance company of the Rio Tinto Group, which is a global leader in mining and the processing of mineral resources.

The group has businesses in Australia, North and South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa, and its major products include aluminium, copper, diamonds, coal and uranium energy, gold, industrial minerals and iron ore.