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Danuta de Vries (née Rychlicka)
is 'highly professional and an excellent communicator'
Legal 500 2020, Next Generation Partner

Overview

Danuta de Vries is counsel in the Banking & Finance practice of the London office. Danuta has extensive experience acting for banks, financial institutions and a variety of borrowing entities on a broad range of domestic and international finance transactions, particularly in the areas of project finance, export finance, real estate finance and asset based lending. Her project finance work focuses on mining and minerals sector. She has vast experience working in emerging market jurisdictions, including in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. She is a member of the firm’s Africa group which provides support to clients with an interest in African jurisdictions.

Danuta joined Mayer Brown in 2007. While at Mayer Brown she has completed client secondments at the legal department of Fortis Bank (currently BNP Paribas), Prime Brokerage/Equity Finance legal team at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank and most recently, Real Estate Finance and Project & Export Finance teams at HSBC Bank plc where she worked on a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, including financings supported by various Export Credit Agencies.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Polish

Experience

Mining

  • Advised lenders (including EBRD) in relation to a USD 150 million project financing of the Öksüt gold mine located in Turkey.
  • Advised a group of ECAs (including UFK, Finnvera and Asian ECAs) and commercial lenders on a USD 2.5 billion project financing for Cobre Panama copper project in Panama, including advising on the structure of existing streaming arrangement.
  • Represented lenders in relation to a USD 100 million debt facility for construction and development of a gold and copper project in Liberia, supported by a guarantee from ECIC – London Mines & Money Development Funding Deal of the Year 2013.
  • Represented the sponsor and borrower in a UFK-supported project financing for the construction and development of a tin and tungsten project in Devon, United Kingdom – Project Finance International EMEA Mining and Minerals Deal of the Year 2013.
  • Advised lenders in relation to a USD 75 million project financing relating to a lead/zinc mine located in North Macedonia, including advice on the structure and transfer of a streaming arrangement.
  • Represented the arranger and lender in relation to a USD 45 million loan facility to a Namibian mining company to finance/refinance the purchase of mining equipment for a mining project in Namibia.
  • Advised a gold exploration and development company in connection with a USD100 million project financing and a royalty agreement relating to a gold project in Senegal.
  • Advised finance parties in relation to a USD 225 million revolving credit facility for the Dundee Precious Metals secured with mining assets in Bulgaria, Armenia and Namibia.
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders (including EDC) on the project financing of a gold mine in Russia.
  • Advised a State-owned shareholder in the project company on the project financing of a copper-gold mining project in Mongolia.
  • Advised the US government and Afghanistan Ministry of Mines on the development of the mining industry in Afghanistan (with an estimated resource of up to US$1 trillion), with particular emphasis on the tendering process, model mining agreements and suitability of the mining laws.
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders (including a number of European Development Banks) on the project financing for the Kwale mineral sands project in Kenya.
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders (including EBRD) in relation to a USD 260 million term loan facilities for the acquisition of chrome mining and processing companies in Kazakhstan.
  • Represented the sponsor in relation to a debt and royalty financing of re-development of a Hemerdon tin and tungsten mine in Devon, the United Kingdom.
  • Represented the sponsor in relation to a corporate facility for a Canadian listed company operating a gold mine in Egypt.

Export credit finance

  • Advised a lender in relation to a Finnvera supported facilities for a Brazilian paper producer, exporter and recycler to finance the purchase by the borrower of certain Finnish industrial equipment.
  • Advised a lender on a multi-sourced ECA framework agreement (and FEC supported facility issued thereunder) with a Brazilian borrower.
  • Advised a group of ECAs (including UFK, Finnvera, KEXIM and K-sure) and commercial lenders on a USD 2.5 billion project financing for Cobre Panama copper project in Panama.
  • Advised a lender in relation to an EKN guaranteed credit facility (including assignment of loans to SEK) for a sovereign borrower to finance the purchase of Swedish local transport vehicles.
  • Advised lenders on a buyer credit facilities supported by BPI France and SACE for a buyer in Mexico to finance the purchase of certain equipment and development of a plant in Mexico.
  • Represented lenders in relation to ECIC supported USD 100 million debt facility for construction and development of a gold and copper project in Liberia.
  • Represented the sponsor and borrower in a UFK supported project financing for the construction and development of a tin and tungsten project in the United Kingdom.
  • Advised a lender in relation to KEXIM and K-sure supported syndicated facility to finance construction costs of LNG carriers.

Education

The College of Law, London, European Young Lawyers Scheme

University of Poznan, Poland, Master of Law degree

Admissions

  • England and Wales
  • Poland

Activities

  • European Lawyers Association
  • Listed as a 'Next Generation Partner' for Emerging Markets and 'key lawyer' for Emerging Markets and Mining. (Legal 500 2023);
  • Listed as a 'Next Generation Partner' and 'key lawyer' for Emerging Markets. Counsel Danuta De Vries and senior associate Emma Sturt are known for project and export finance work. (Legal 500 2022);
  • Listed as a 'Next Generation Partner' and 'key lawyer' for Emerging Markets. Counsel Danuta De Vries and export finance associate Emma Sturt also play key roles in the practice. (Legal 500 2021);
  • Next Generation Lawyer and listed under 'Other key lawyers' 'Newly promoted counsel Danuta De Vries is 'highly professional and an excellent communicator'' (Legal 500 2020 Emerging Markets);
  • Next Generation Lawyer and rising star (Legal 500 2018 Emerging Markets);
  • Ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer in emerging markets (Legal 500 2017); ... and senior associate Danuta de Vries are "all very commercial and experienced in the mining sector" Legal 500 2017.
  • Recommended by Legal 500 2015.