Sullivan Advises on $1.7 billion 2014 Cocobod Financing

Press Release
September 16, 2014

London, UK; September 16, 2014 – Law firm Sullivan has advised Deutsche Bank, as documentation agent, and on behalf of the syndicate lenders in the annual Pre-Export Receivables-Backed Trade Finance Facility for the Ghana Cocoa Board (“Cocobod”) for $1.7 billion. The deal signed on Thursday 11th September, 2014.

The proceeds of the Facility will be utilized to assist Cocobod in meeting its financing needs for the 2014/2015 cocoa crop. The facility was signed on time and for an oversubscribed amount.

Geoffrey Wynne, head of the Trade & Export Finance Group and Sullivan’s London office, commented: “We are delighted to advise on this significant annual financing; which has gone ahead despite challenging market conditions which are the result of a combination of sanctions and concerns with regards to financing in any emerging market.”

Geoffrey Wynne led the Sullivan team advising Deutsche Bank, supported by London Associate Sam Fowler-Holmes. 

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