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DLA Piper advises Iberdrola on AUD893 million takeover

Global law firm DLA Piper has advised Spanish utility giant Iberdrola on its AUD893 million takeover of Infigen Energy (ASX:IFN).

This acquisition allows Iberdrola to establish a beachhead in Australia via acquiring one of the country’s most significant renewable energy companies, strongly complementing its Port Augusta hybrid farm project approved in January 2020, and positioning it to participate in the significant expected growth in the Australian renewable market.

DLA Piper’s cross-border, cross-practice team was led by Inigo Gomez-Jordana in Spain and James Stewart in Australia, supported by partners Tom Fotheringham and Lyndon Masters, as well as special counsel Roger Hawkins and solicitor Tarrant Sewell.

The DLA Piper team was able to support Iberdrola through the complexities of the Foreign Investment Review Board approval process, recently amended due to the COVID-19 disruption, and expedited an approval within weeks.

Inigo Gomez-Jordana and James Stewart noted: “We are delighted that our client Iberdrola has successfully completed the takeover of Infigen Energy. Our team was perfectly placed to advise our client on this cross-border transaction, particularly relating to strategies to address a competing bidder and obtaining Foreign Investment Review Board approval. This is a fantastic result for Iberdrola, and we are excited to see them expand into the Australian market.”

Dentons advises on ACS Group’s €500 million NEU-CP Program

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has advised Spanish-based multinational construction group, Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A. (ACS), on the renewal of its €500 million Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU-CP) Program. The NEU-CP program is registered with the Central Bank of France, with the involvement of BNP Paribas, BRED Banque Populaire, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank N.V. and Natixis, as dealers for the Notes.

Headquartered in Madrid, the ACS Group is a worldwide leader in construction and services. It is currently the only non-financial issuer with a NEU-CP Program registered with the Central Bank of France.

Dentons’ Capital Markets group in Madrid advised ACS on all aspects of the transaction. Partner Ignacio Corujo led and coordinated the transaction with the support of junior associate Ana Artola.

Ignacio Corujo joined Dentons in January this year to establish and lead the Capital Markets group in Spain. In addition to this most recent deal for ACS, he has closed several high-value debt capital markets deals since his move, including most notably, Grupo Cajamar’s €1 billion issuance of mortgage bonds, as well as Sacyr’s renewal of its €500 million EMTN Program.

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Latham & Watkins advises Aernnova on its TLB Refinancing

Aernnova, a major aero structures company and portfolio company of TowerBrook Capital Partners, Peninsula Capital and Torreal, has completed a covenant-lite refinancing consisting of a €490 million term loan B and a €100 million revolving credit facility, proceeds of which will be used for long term refinancing, potential investment through organic growth, international expansion, acquisitions and working capital.

Aernnova, which has a global presence and is head-quartered in Spain, designs, manufactures, and supplies aero structures and components including fuselage sections, tail assembly, and wing structures to major aircraft manufacturers. TowerBrook Capital Partners, a global investment management firm, is a strategic investor in Aernnova.

Latham & Watkins acted for Aernova and its shareholders, including TowerBrook Capital Partners, in the transaction with a team led by Madrid corporate partner Ignacio Gomez-Sancha, London finance partner Charles Armstrong, and Madrid finance partner Fernando Colomina; assistance was provided by London finance associates John Hutton, Michael Spurritt, and Chen Yang Sia, and Madrid finance associates Pablo Alarcon, and law clerk Claudia Mencia. Tax advice was provided by Madrid partner Jordi Dominguez and counsel Ivan Rabanillo, with London partner Karl Mah and associate Alexandra Liu also advising.

Pinsent Masons advises WElink on 133 MW Puerto Real 1 sale

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised WElink Group, a leading international provider of renewable energy and low-carbon construction solutions, on its sale of the 133 MW Puerto Real 1 project in Spain.

Asset manager Capital Dynamics acquired a 100% equity stake in the project through its subsidiary Clean Energy Infrastructure business located in Cadiz, southern Spain.

The project site is located in Cadiz province in the Spanish southern region of Andalusia, and the solar farm is scheduled to start commercial operations in the first quarter of 2021. Once operational, the Puerto Real 1 project is estimated to reduce greenhouse emissions by over 175,000 metric tons– the equivalent of emissions produced by 38,000 passenger vehicles driven for a year or the electricity to power almost 30,000 homes for a year. Over the lifetime of the project, the site will employ up to 300 workers, many from the local area.

Pablo Dorronsoro, Head of Energy at Pinsent Masons Madrid office who led the sale, explained, “It’s been a pleasure for us to have supported WElink on this strategic transaction in the Spanish market. This transaction represents the relevance of Spanish renewables for the international investors and the growing interest within such an active market.”

Andrew Dodge, Director of Investments and Transactions Europe at WElink, commented that, “Puerto Real is a significant transaction for WELink as it represents a key milestone in the Spanish market as a subsidy free project. The performance of Pinsent Masons Madrid team has been exemplary especially in light of the significant restrictions imposed by the global pandemic. Their commitment, hard work and resourcefulness was instrumental in ensuring this transaction completed just prior to the lockdown.”

The Pinsent Masons Madrid team advised WElink in all related matters of the project, including: (i) preparing and updating due diligence report, (ii) regulatory advice necessary for the development of the project and the project agreements, (iii) interconnection agreement and incorporation of EIG; (iv) expropriation procedures, (v) real estate matters. The firm also advised WElink in its previous acquisition of the project from Ansasol, and its development until RTBS.

Partner Pablo Dorronsoro led the transaction working closely with Partner Idoya Arteagabeitia; Senior Associates Marta Salazar and Gabriela Camuñas; Associates Javier Alagón, Olimpia Ortega and Mar Cabrera and Lawyer Pedro Gila.