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HFW Wins TXF Commodity Finance Deal Of The Year For Sustainability-Linked Facility

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has won TXF's Commodity Finance Deal of the Year for its role advising Geneva-based coffee company Sucafina on a US$500 million sustainability-linked senior secured borrowing base facility.

The novel facility includes a series of sustainability-related Key Performance Indicators, including increasing the number of certified farmers and reducing the carbon footprint and deforestation in coffee-producing countries.

The two-year revolving credit facility was significantly oversubscribed and subsequently upsized from an initial US$400 million, with commitments received from a globally diverse group of 16 European, American and Asian banks, led by ING Bank.

The facility includes two extension options of up to one year, and refinanced four existing facilities of the group, including a US$300 million senior secured borrowing base facility.

HFW acted as international, English and Swiss counsel to Sucafina. The firm's team was led by Olivier Bazin, with support from Anne-Marie Pearce, Natalie Lake and Alix Bosson.

Olivier Bazin, Partner, HFW Geneva:

"We were delighted to partner with Sucafina on this complex refinancing involving six obligors, multiple tranches, currencies, and new security in 11 jurisdictions. This is the flagship trade finance facility of the group and is also remarkable in terms of digitisation, and progress towards reduced carbon emissions and deforestation. Our specialised commodity finance team, located in the commodity trading hubs of Geneva, London and Singapore, is perfectly placed to serve global groups such as Sucafina."

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About HFW

HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and shipping sectors. The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.

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