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Firm advises BOCOM International on US$200 million sovereign bond offered by Republic of Maldives

14 June 2017
Mayer Brown JSM advised Bank of Communications International Holdings Co. as sole global coordinator of the Republic of Maldives' recent issuance of US$200 million 7.0% notes due 2022.

BOCOM International (BOCMI) is the securities arm of China's fifth-largest bank. The debut US dollar bond issued by the island nation marked the first transaction in which a Chinese investment bank has been the sole lead of an international sovereign bond issuance.

Thomas Kollar, lead partner of the transaction, said: "This transaction is a prime example of the emergence of Chinese investment banks, in this case BOCOMI, and their strength in leading complex deals to the market and delivering for their clients. It was a great transaction for the government, and we were very happy to be a part of such a successful trade."

With deep experience in cross-border international capital and debt markets transactions, the firm previously advised on another landmark sovereign transaction this year, the Government of Mongolia's issuance of US$600 million 8.75% notes due 2024 in March 2017, and other milestone transactions in the country.

The team was led by Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Kollar and included partner Jason T. Elder in Hong Kong.

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    Thomas Kollar
    T +852 2843 4260
    Jason T. Elder
    Partner, Registered Foreign Consultant (New York, USA)
    T +852 2843 2394
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