Shearman And Sterling

News March 15, 2021

Restructuring of TAV Airports in Tunisia

Shearman & Sterling advised African Development Bank, Deutsche Bank, European Investment Bank, International Finance Corporation, OPEC Fund for International Development, Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique (Proparco) and Standard Bank on the restructuring of the TAV Airports group’s two concessions in Tunisia (at Monastir and Enfidha). 

The complex restructuring involved a number of stages including a restructuring of the concession arrangements, the exit of minority shareholders, the injection of additional funds by the Sponsor (TAV Holdings), a partial debt write-off by lenders and hedging counterparts, a conversion by certain lenders of a portion of their loans into first-in-kind “secured” Tunisian participating shares and an extension to the maturity of the remaining loans. 

TAV Airports is a Turkish airport operator that is listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange and is part-owned by Groupe ADP, one of the world’s leading airport networks. This restructuring shows the long-term commitment of the lenders to Tunisia and will allow TAV Airports’ Tunisian concessions the space to recover following a number of challenging events spanning more than a decade, including, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic.

The Team