BGI Legal advises joint lead managers of successful JSC Georgia Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) refinanced Eurobonds
BGI Legal has recently advised the joint lead managers – Barclays Bank PLC and J.P. Morgan Securities plc – in connection with refinancing of Eurobonds issued by JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) in 2012.
The transaction involved the tender offer for the Notes due 2017 and the new issuance of the US$250,000,000 6.750% Notes due in 2021. The Notes were offered in reliance on Regulation S and Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act and are listed on the London Stock Exchange.
GOGC is the sole “national oil company” of Georgia, wholly-owned by the State of Georgia.
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