Al Farwaniya Property Developments’s US$457 million financing for the construction and development of Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi

Clifford Chance advised Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) as part of a consortium of banks on a seven year senior credit dual Islamic and conventional facility to finance the construction and development of Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi.

The consortium of regional and international banks, formed of SCB, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Gulf Bank Kuwait and Noor Bank, provided US$457 million to project developers Al Farwaniya Property Developments. Al Farwaniya Property Developments is a partnership between Agility, Agility affiliate United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC) and National Real Estate Company (NREC). The facility signed in November and is expected to close shortly. The total debt and equity financing stands at US$1.2 billion in total.

Once construction is completed, Reem Mall will offer over 450 retail stores and 85 food and beverage outlets across a 2.9 million sq. ft area. The mall will be located on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island and will feature Snow Park Abu Dhabi.

Clifford Chance advised the consortium of banks with a team led by partner Peter Avery (picture), supported by Senior Associate Jeremy Barker (Financial Markets, Dubai) and Associates Tom Bamford (Financial Markets, Dubai) and Lillian Mirsafavi (Real Estate, Dubai), with Partner Qudeer Latif and Senior Associate Ahmed Choudhry (both Financial Markets, Dubai) advising on the Islamic finance aspects.

Involved fees earner: Peter Avery – Clifford Chance; Jeremy Barker – Clifford Chance; Tom Bamford – Clifford Chance; Qudeer Latif – Clifford Chance; Ahmed Choudhry – Clifford Chance; Lillian Mirsafavi – Clifford Chance;

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Clients: Standard Chartered Bank; Noor Bank; Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank; Gulf Bank of Kuwait;