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Banking, Finance and Financial Services

Our team adds value to financing transactions entered into by our clients, where we are able to use our banking and finance expertise to assist in devising suitable deal structures.

The group's strength is underpinned by the experience, expertise and background of its members, which have consolidated a solid reputation advising foreign banks, export credit agencies and international financial institutions in connection with lending transactions, syndications, and structuring of secured or unsecured facilities. Practice leader Cristian Lina has worked as in-house counsel for ABN AMRO in Romania, supporting both the banking and the securities and corporate finance businesses of the group, and prior to founding Lina & Guia he has been a co-founder of the niche banking firm Dumitrescu and Lina and partner and head of banking and finance in Hayhurst Robinson and subsequently in CMS Cameron McKenna. Coming to complete this profile, Adrian Iordache has built a strong financing experience in representing borrowers in some of the largest real estate financing projects in Romania.

Our lawyers advised a large number of reputable international and local banks, either on specific assignments or as day-to-day external counsel on commercial or regulatory issues, including for leading market players in connection with bilateral or syndicated lending transactions, implementation of derivative instruments and other matters, as well as for international and regional multilateral development institutions. In the last years some of the members of this practice group have acted in connection with drafting the standard lending documentation of leading local and international banks, including one of the largest UK based banking and financial services organization, a leading Dutch financial institution, an Austria based banking group (and also one of the largest CEE banking groups) etc. Our client base includes some of the largest financial services companies worldwide.

Our lawyers have advised in relation to capital markets issues, where they have acted for global custodians such as the largest bank in the United States, a NY based financial institution and one of the largest France based banking groups. The firm has also has advised a leading Czech investment firm in relation to the listing on the Vienna Stock Exchange of warrants linked to shares in Romanian Property Fund and the premium Edinburgh based financial institution with respect to bonds offerings, regulatory matters and in drafting their standard investment services agreements.

Members of our team have also acted in connection with debt or equity investments by international financial institutions in banks, other financial institutions (mortgage and consumer loans providers) or insurance companies.

Our lawyers also have extensive experience in lending transactions, having assisted:

On lender's side:

  • A worldwide leading UK based banking and financial services institution in relation to the US$ 135,000,000 financing of an international ion exchange resins producer;
  • One of the largest European multilateral development banks in the project financing for the redesign and construction of renewed barge terminal facilities for Constanta Port;
  • A leading Dutch banking group in a basket of 20 (separate) syndicated loans to the Romanian electricity generation companies;
  • A leading Dutch banking group, as arranger and facility agent, in connection with two (separate) syndicated credit facilities to Romanian gas distribution companies;
  • One of the largest US based financial services group, as arranger and facility agent, in connection with sovereign guaranteed syndicated credit facilities to the Romanian Airline Company;
  • A UK governmental authority in supporting loan facilities, for which Deutsche Bank acted as arranger, to a Romanian government ministry;
  • An Italian bank on ECA and sovereign guaranteed facilities for equipment supply to the Romanian railway;
  • A leading Canadian Bank in its financing of an international company in connection with security and undertakings offered by Romanian subsidiaries of that company;
  • An Austrian banking group in financing a state-owned Romanian electricity supplier and distributor and its subsidiaries (on a cash-flow basis) for the implementation of an integrated management information system.

On borrower's side:

  • A Japanese consortium in the syndicated €175m ECA financing of its rehabilitation of a combined heat and power generation plant (for which BNP Paribas acted as arranger and facility agent);
  • A Czech based real estate investor in the syndicated project financing for an office development in Central Bucharest;
  • A local real estate developer in connection with financings of real estate projects;
  • The real estate developer in one of the largest real estate project financings in Romania to date.
  • A French retail group in connection with a loan from Societe Generale.