Finance deals round-up

Allen & Overy

(Vikki Greatorex) represented ABN Amro Bank, Citibank and ING as joint lead arrangers on the financing of the €1.1bn (£733.6m) acquisition of Mobiltel by a consortium of funds. The deal, financed by €450m (£300.1m) of equity and €650m (£433.5m) of acquisition debt, represents the largest bank financing in Bulgaria. Haarmann Hemmelrath and Linklaters advised the equity consortium.

Linklaters (Jeremy Gewirtz) acted for the mandated lead arrangers on the $700m (£377m) project financing of four LNG ships for charter to the RasGas liquefied natural gas project in Qatar. Johnson Stokes & Master advised the borrowers, while Latham & Watkins acted for RasGas.

Latham & Watkins (Michael Immordino) and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo (Roberto Cera) represented Italian motorway operator Autostrade Group in its €10bn (£6.67bn) global medium-term note programme and the €6.5bn (£4.34bn) first issue of notes, which closed on 9 June. It is the third Autostrade deal the firms have been involved in during the past two years.

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood (Mark Walsh) acted for Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and ANZ Securities as underwriters on the issue of global bonds for Pearson, the owner of the Financial Times and Penguin Books. The issue happened in two tranches, involving $350m (£188.5m) of guaranteed senior notes due in 2009 and $400m (£215.4m) of guaranteed senior notes due in 2014. Morgan Lewis & Bockius advised Pearson.

Garrigues (Jose Guardo) advised ACF, Caja Navarra and Calyon as commercial lenders and XL Capital Assurance on the structured financing of a new Spanish motorway linking Logrono and Pamplona. Uría & Menéndez acted for the European Investment Bank.

Clifford Chance (Mark Campbell) represented Barclays Leveraged Finance on the sale of the infection control business of SSL to Regent Medical, a new surgical glove company created by Apax Partners. The deal involved senior debt of £112.5m and mezzanine debt of £25m. Linklaters acted for Apax.