Norton Rose advises China EXIM Bank on US $255m United Arab Emirates financing

15 October 2010

Norton Rose Group has advised China EXIM Bank on a US$255m financing to Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (“du”). The UAE telecoms operator announced the financing agreement 6 October. It was facilitated by Huawei and backed by the Chinese export credit agency Sinosure.

The credit facility will be used by du to repay an existing US $85 million short-term facility to Huawei a leading telecom solution provider. The remainder will go to purchase telecoms equipment from Huawei for expansion of du’s 3G network.

Nigel Ward banking partner, Beijing commented;

“We are increasingly seeing links growing between China and the Middle East and this telecoms loan facility clearly demonstrates the benefits that come from an ECA financing agreement.”

The Norton Rose LLP Beijing team was led by banking partner Nigel Ward assisted by associates Jonathan Keats and Cui Duan.

Al Tamimi and Company advised China EXIM on the UAE law aspects.

Simmons and Simmons advised du.

For further information please contact:

Lorraine Lee, Regional business development manager

+ 852 3405 2324 lorraine.lee@nortonrose.com