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AEQUO Advises the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) on a Financing Package to OTP Leasing

23/ 07/ 2019
  AEQUO has acted as Ukrainian law counsel to the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), one of the largest development finance funds worldwide, on granting of a financing package to OTP Leasing LLC, the leading Ukrainian leasing company. The deal included a senior loan of USD 10 million, contracted in May 2019, and an additional financing of EUR 5 million in June 2019. The EFSE provides sustainable funding to micro and small enterprises, helping them to grow, generate additional income, and create employment, as well as to low-income families, assisting them in the improvement of their housing conditions. The loans will be directed to financing leasing transactions with Ukrainian MSEs which are engaged in agriculture, livestock and agro-processing or have their main business operations in rural areas (agribusiness). AEQUOs team comprised associate Olesia Mashtaler and counsel Bohdan Dmukhovskyy, who worked under supervision of Yulia Kyrpa, partner and head of Banking and Finance of the firm. AEQUO team assisted EFSE in preparing and negotiating the transaction documentation and issued legal opinion in EFSE’s favor to confirm the validity and enforceability of the transaction and supporting documents. We are honored to be chosen as the EFSE’s advisor once again in a short time. This demonstrates the client’s confidence in Aequo’s exceptional services and deep understanding of financial matters, as well as strong industry expertise in agribusiness. We believe in the further success of the project and look forward to our fruitful cooperation with the Fund, comments Yulia Kyrpa. About the firm AEQUO is an advanced industry-focused Ukrainian law firm made up of highly qualified, internationally recommended lawyers who work proactively to help their clients reach their business goals. Backed up by solid industry expertise and a thorough understanding of business we develop innovative strategies and provide efficient solutions to the most complex and challenging matters. AEQUO provides integrated legal support in areas such as antitrust and competition, banking and finance law, intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, litigation and international arbitration, and capital markets. The list of AEQUO’s representative clients includes leading Ukrainian and international companies and organizations, such as Agroprosperis, Apax Partners, Apollo, Bunge, DuPont, EBRD, European Commission, Google, Inditex Group, NCH Capital, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Samsung Electronics, Sandvik, Synthon, Tetra Laval, Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund, UniCredit Group, Vodafone Ukraine etc. AEQUO has been named the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year in Ukraine by IFLR Europe Awards 2018, Law Firm of the Year in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS by The Lawyer European Awards 2017 and one of the most innovative law firms in Europe according to the FT Innovative Lawyers 2015-2018.

AEQUO has acted as Ukrainian law counsel to the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), one of the largest development finance funds worldwide, on granting of a financing package to OTP Leasing LLC, the leading Ukrainian leasing company. The deal included a senior loan of USD 10 million, contracted in May 2019, and an additional financing of EUR 5 million in June 2019.

The EFSE provides sustainable funding to micro and small enterprises, helping them to grow, generate additional income, and create employment, as well as to low-income families, assisting them in the improvement of their housing conditions.

The loans will be directed to financing leasing transactions with Ukrainian MSEs which are engaged in agriculture, livestock and agro-processing or have their main business operations in rural areas (agribusiness).

AEQUO’s team comprised associate Olesia Mashtaler and counsel Bohdan Dmukhovskyy, who worked under supervision of Yulia Kyrpa, partner and head of Banking and Finance of the firm. AEQUO team assisted EFSE in preparing and negotiating the transaction documentation and issued legal opinion in EFSE’s favor to confirm the validity and enforceability of the transaction and supporting documents.

“We are honored to be chosen as the EFSE’s advisor once again in a short time. This demonstrates the client’s confidence in Aequo’s exceptional services and deep understanding of financial matters, as well as strong industry expertise in agribusiness. We believe in the further success of the project and look forward to our fruitful cooperation with the Fund”, comments Yulia Kyrpa.

About the firm

AEQUO is an advanced industry-focused Ukrainian law firm made up of highly qualified, internationally recommended lawyers who work proactively to help their clients reach their business goals. Backed up by solid industry expertise and a thorough understanding of business we develop innovative strategies and provide efficient solutions to the most complex and challenging matters.

AEQUO provides integrated legal support in areas such as antitrust and competition, banking and finance law, intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, litigation and international arbitration, and capital markets.

The list of AEQUO’s representative clients includes leading Ukrainian and international companies and organizations, such as Agroprosperis, Apax Partners, Apollo, Bunge, DuPont, EBRD, European Commission, Google, Inditex Group, NCH Capital, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Samsung Electronics, Sandvik, Synthon, Tetra Laval, Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund, UniCredit Group, Vodafone Ukraine etc.

AEQUO has been named the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year in Ukraine by IFLR Europe Awards 2018, Law Firm of the Year in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS by The Lawyer European Awards 2017 and one of the most innovative law firms in Europe according to the FT Innovative Lawyers 2015-2018.

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