Global Reach For more than 50 years, Hughes Hubbard’s Paris office has been the hub of the firm’s work in Europe, representing some of the world’s largest companies in complex matters. Most of our Paris attorneys’ work is confidential, but all of the firm’s practices thrive in Europe and around the world. With victories in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 2023 saw important, global successes for our clients.

Two Wins at the French Supreme Court

The French Court of Cassation – France’s highest level of appeal – upheld an investment award for Hughes Hubbard’s dual national client and, in a different case, did the same for a Saudi client of the firm.

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Enforcement Resolved for Major Chinese Company

Hughes Hubbard represented a major Chinese company in an investigation by the Asian Development Bank into alleged fraud on an ADB-financed project. Hughes Hubbard helped the company obtain a sanction shorter than the recommended minimum period of debarment and meet all post-sanction conditions for reinstatement as an ADB-eligible contractor.

Republic Airways’ Nearly $300M Aircraft Loan

Hughes Hubbard advised the regional airline Republic Airways on a loan agreement with Agência Especial de Financiamento Industrial S.A. – FINAME, a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social, for up to 14 new Embraer 175LR aircraft, with a total lending commitment of up to $293,250,000.

Multi-Million Dollar Arbitration for Guinea

Hughes Hubbard represents the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in an appeal of an judgment of the District Court for the District of Columbia for the confirmation of a foreign arbitral award issued against it. The matter is pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Griffin and Bain in Rolls-Royce Deal

Hughes Hubbard represented Griffin Global Asset Management and Bain Capital Special Situations in the acquisition of 17 new technology Rolls-Royce widebody engines. The engines will be owned by a newly formed standalone entity and used as spares by the Rolls-Royce global customer base.

Malian Cotton Provider’s Euro Loan

Hughes Hubbard guided a group of banks led by Banque de Développement du Mali in negotiation and documentation of a €240 million commodity financing facility for Compagnie Malienne pour le Développement des Textiles, the Malian state-controlled company that produces and exports Mali's cotton.

JOST Acquires Crenlo do Brasil

Hughes Hubbard represented JOST, a leading global manufacturer of modules and components for commercial vehicles, in its acquisition of Crenlo do Brasil Engenharia de Cabines from Angeles Equity Partners. Through the acquisition, JOST will gain access to the Brazilian off-highway and agricultural machinery market, one of the biggest agricultural markets worldwide.

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Taisei’s L.A., Washington, D.C. and Atlanta Property Deals

Hughes Hubbard represented Taisei Corporation – a Japanese construction, civil engineering and real estate development company – in acquiring a partial ownership interest in a building and redevelopment project in Los Angeles, as well as in acquiring a mixed-use office and retail building in Washington, D.C. and a mixed-use Class A office, retail and residential building in Atlanta.

€205 Million Note Financing for Affordable Housing

Hughes Hubbard advised financial institution Caisse Régionale de Refinancement Hypothécaire (CRRH-UEMOA), through the CRRH West Africa Impact Affordable Housing Trust, on a €205 million capital markets and loan financing with a guaranty from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.

Griffin Pushes Warehouse Facility to $2 Billion

Hughes Hubbard advised Griffin Global Asset Management, and borrowers Palisade Aviation Holdings Warehouse, Ltd. and Palisade Aviation Holdings Warehouse, LLC, on an amendment, extension and upsizing transaction for its senior secured financing facility. The deal – which doubled the initial facility that closed in 2021 – included the addition of banking partners Citibank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, as well as an additional commitment from Bank of Montreal. The upsizing of the facility is expected to provide Griffin with the final bridge before it accesses the capital markets.

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Successful Conclusion to Westwater Arbitration

Hughes Hubbard represented Westwater Resources in a successful arbitration against the Republic of Turkey before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. The case stemmed from Turkey's revocation of uranium mining licenses held by the company's Turkish subsidiary, Adur Madencilik.

GDA Finances Majority Stake in Access Medical Laboratories

Hughes Hubbard advised Mexico's Grupo de Diagnóstico Aries in the financing of its acquisition of a majority stake in Florida-based Access Medical Laboratories.

Talc-Related Chapter 11 for Imerys Subsidiaries

Hughes Hubbard is representing Imerys S.A., a French multibillion-dollar mining company, in connection with the 2019 Chapter 11 filing by its three indirect subsidiaries to address their historic talc-related liabilities in the U.S.

West Africa Cotton Ginnery’s International Financing

Hughes Hubbard's Paris team represented West African cotton company Société d'Égrenage de Coton (SODECO) in negotiating and documenting a €90 million pre-export financing.

Firm Advises Griffin on $700M Unsecured Notes Offerings

Hughes Hubbard represented Griffin Global Asset Management on a senior unsecured notes offering and subsequent add-on totaling $700 million.

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Arajet’s Aircraft Leasing Deal with Bank of China

Hughes Hubbard represented Dominican airline Arajet in a leasing and pre-delivery payment financing deal with Bank of China Aviation for three new aircraft.

Financing for Ivorian Cocoa Exporter

Hughes Hubbard advised EBI SA, a French subsidiary of pan-African banking conglomerate Ecobank, in the negotiation of a commodity financing facility for cocoa producer Kineden Commodities.

Addem Capital in Complex Tax Restructuring

Hughes Hubbard represented Mexico-based private credit fund Addem Capital in a complex cross-border tax restructuring.

AURELIUS Acquires HAECO Cabin Solutions

Hughes Hubbard advised globally active alternative investment firm AURELIUS on the acquisition by its portfolio company, ZIM Aircraft Seating, of HAECO Cabin Solutions. The acquisition will make ZIM the fourth largest aircraft seat vendor in the world.

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SKY Aircraft Leasing Deal for Arajet

Hughes Hubbard represented Dominican airline Arajet in a lease transaction for two used Boeing aircraft with SKY Leasing.

U.S. National’s Arbitration Victory

Hughes Hubbard client and U.S. national Edmond Khudyan obtained the annulment with costs of an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes arbitration award in favor of the Republic of Armenia.

DASI’s 50% Sale to Marubeni Corporation

Hughes Hubbard represented leading global aircraft inventory support provider DASI in the sale of 50% of the outstanding ownership of DASI, LLC to Marubeni Corporation – a publicly traded Japanese company that is one of the world's largest trading and investment conglomerates – alongside related joint venture arrangements. The transaction saw minority investor Fortress Investment Group exit its investment in DASI.

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Sucres & Denrées’ Pre-Financing Facility in Côte d'Ivoire’s Cocoa Sector

Hughes Hubbard assisted French commodities firm Sucres & Denrées Côte d'Ivoire SA in its pre-financing facility for cooperatives and local suppliers in the Ivory Coast’s cocoa sector.