Shearman & Sterling represented Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Scotia Capital (USA) Inc. and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) as initial purchasers in connection with the high yield bond offering of US$300 million of 8.125% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “Notes”) by Ithaca Energy Inc. (“Ithaca”), a North Sea oil and gas operator. The net proceeds from the issue and sale of the Notes will be used to partially repay (without cancelling) Ithaca’s senior secured reserves based lending facility (the “RBL facility”). Following the Notes offering, Ithaca intends to redraw amounts under the RBL facility to finance an acquisition. The Notes are guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by certain of Ithaca’s subsidiaries and the guarantees will be the subordinated obligations of the guarantors under the RBL facility and Ithaca’s corporate facility. The offering, which was conducted pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the US Securities Act, closed on July 3, 2014.
The Shearman & Sterling team of lawyers included partner Jacques McChesney, counsel Paul Clews, and associates Ellen Shiels, Joseph Hutchinson and Morgan Hill (all London-Capital Markets). Partner Kristen Garry and associate Ryan Roberts (both Washington, DC-Tax) and counsel Simon Letherman and associates Jack Prytherch and Gabriel Ng (all London-Tax) advised on tax matters. Partner Peter Hayes and associates Korey Fevzi, James Dodd and Nicolas De Clercq (all London-Finance) advised on finance matters. Counsel Mehran Massih (London-Capital Markets) advised on environmental matters.