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Shuweihat 2 IWPP set for bridge compromise

03 November 2008

The underwriters for the Shuweihat 2 independent water and power project - BayernLB, Calyon and Natixis – have invoked a material adverse change clause (MAC) and are negotiating a compromise with sponsors Suez and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). Although the use of the MAC clause would allow the banks to walk away from the financing, with the threat of litigation, the banks are keen to do a deal to protect relationships and reputations.

The emerging compromise is a bridge loan to start construction funded by the banks but with joint and several guarantees from Suez and ADWEA, in effect short-term corporate debt. The financial adviser to ADWEA, HSBC, is central to the efforts at putting together the compromise.

An earlier solution that the leads floated involved the banks syndicating as much of the $2.6 billion long-term debt as possible,...

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