Norton Rose (Vincent Keaveny) advised Deutsche Bank on the securitisations of Portuguese consumer loans and leases. In the first transaction the portfolio of loans was securitised in a special purpose Portuguese fund, which issued units to an Irish special purpose company, which then issued e150m (£95.2m) notes, due 2012. In the second transaction the portfolio was also securitised into a special purpose vehicle, which issued units into an Irish special purpose company, which then issued e100m (£63.5m) notes, due 2012. Portuguese advice by F Castelo Branco P Rebelo de Sousa & Associados. Matheson Ormsby Prentice advised on Irish law.
Watson Farley & Williams (Andrew Wettern) advised Exmar and MOL on the financing of a LNG carrier. Arranger Halifax Bank of Scotland advised by Norton Rose (Alistair MacRae).
Allen & Overy (Peter Hockless, Luc Rentmeesters) advised Merrill Lynch International as arranger of a senior financing for the acquisition of French real estate company GA SA by a number of investors led by Deutsche Bank Real Estate. Deutsche Bank advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Antoine Vignial).