Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (NNDKP) acted as legal advisor for the syndicate of banks granting a financing facility worth EUR 347 million to Swiss-based Ameropa Group. The syndicate of banks was composed of Banca Comerciala Romana SA (BCR) and Raiffeisen Bank SA as joint Initial Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners, together with ING Bank N.V. Amsterdam – Bucharest Branch and UniCredit Bank S.A., as Mandated Lead Arrangers. BCR acted also as the Documentation, Facility & Security Agent.
NNDKP provided advice on all legal aspects related to the financing, including structuring together with the Arranger a complex set of ancillary and accordion facilities, negotiation and signing of the finance documents.
The syndicated facility will be used by Ameropa Group’s Romanian entities (Azomures, the largest Romanian fertilizers producer, Ameropa Grains SA, the largest grain originator, and Chimpex, market leader in port operations) to finance their working capital needs and thus consolidate Ameropa’s strategic operations in Romania. The deal was significant due to its unique structuring, allowing Ameropa Group to access additional funding of up to €104 million, in line with the increase of the prices of grains and fertilizers.
Valentin Voinescu, Partner, Banking and Finance Practice, NNDKP: “We are glad to have assisted once again the syndicate of banks in a new round of financing granted to Ameropa Group and to continue to contribute, indirectly, to the development of the Group’s operations on the Romanian market. The support of some of the most important credit institutions on the local market in this project was fundamental and reaffirms their commitment towards the agri-business sector in Romania.”
The NNDKP team advising the syndicate of banks was coordinated by Valentin Voinescu, Partner, Banking and Finance Practice, and included Alexandru Ciambur, Senior Associate, and Catalina Dan, Associate, within the same practice.
NNDKP’s Banking & Finance team has constantly been involved in complex projects concerning corporate finance, project finance, acquisitions of financial institutions and international and local companies, or public sector finance. Over the past years, the members of the team were involved in financing transactions amounting to more than EUR 5 billion in sectors such as agribusiness, energy, real estate, infrastructure, FMCG, production or technology.
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen is a promoter of business law in Romania with more than 30 years of experience, independently acknowledged as a pioneer of the Romanian legal market. NNDKP offers full-service and integrated legal and tax advice to companies from diverse industry sectors. For the past three decades, NNDKP lawyers have provided expertise in landmark deals and projects in Romania, contributing to the evolution of the Romanian business environment, including in innovative and niche economic sectors that involved both international corporations and local entrepreneurs.
NNDKP represents Romania in some of the most prestigious international professional alliances – Lex Mundi, World Services Group, International Attorneys Club – and is a founding member of SEE Legal. The firm is constantly top ranked in all practice areas by the renowned international guides Chambers & Partners, Legal500 and IFLR 1000.
NNDKP is a 6-time winner of the much-coveted “Romania Law Firm of the Year” award at the Chambers Europe Awards gala, in 2022, 2021, 2017, 2013, 2012 and 2009.