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Mayer Brown Advises Bank of Nova Scotia in Dominican Republic Airports Deal

17 October 2008
17 October 2008 − Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, advised The Bank of Nova Scotia in connection with the establishment of a $350 million syndicated credit facility for an affiliate of Advent International. Proceeds of the credit facility provided a portion of the financing used by the affiliate to acquire the operator of six airports in the Dominican Republic.

The Mayer Brown deal team led by partner Douglas A. Doetsch included associate Stephanie Roark and foreign associate Cinthia R. Rodriguez Silva, with support from associate Brian Green and counsel Richard C. Cummings.

Mayer Brown has represented The Bank of Nova Scotia in numerous past high-profile deals. Last year, the firm represented the bank in extending a MXP$1.6 billion term loan and MXP$271 million revolving loan to Grupo Gayosso in Mexico, the largest funeral services company in the country. Mayer Brown also advised the bank in a $35 million project financing to develop, construct and operate three hydroelectric generating facilities in different states of Mexico.

In addition, Mayer Brown represented The Bank of Nova Scotia and RBTT Merchant Bank as lead arrangers in financing the $370 million tender offer and acquisition of the Caribbean regional operations of Courts plc by Regal Forest Holdings, a subsidiary of the Siman Group, in El Salvador. This acquisition was one of the largest and most complex in the history of the Caribbean.

Established in 1991, Mayer Brown’s Latin America Practice is one of the most active in the region. The firm advises U.S. and European companies and financial institutions with business interests in the region, as well as a wide range of corporations and financial institutions headquartered in Latin America. An office in São Paulo was established in January 2008 to better serve clients’ needs in the region.

Recent work in Latin America includes: the award-winning project refinancing and securitization of revenue flows from the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru, which was named the “Latin American Project Bond Deal of the Year 2007” by Project Finance magazine; and advising in a Euro-Peso three tranche debt offering for a principal amount of MXP$2.8 billion for Aeroinvest, which owns a majority interest in Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, the owner and operator of13 airports in Mexico.

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