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Conyers advises DP World on the establishment of $3bn #sukuk program

Conyers advised DP World on the recent establishment of a sukuk program comprising up to US$3 billion of sukuk certificates to be listed on the Nasdaq Dubai, as well as the successful first drawdown of US$1.2 billion thereunder. Linklaters advised the joint lead managers and bookrunners, who included Citigroup, Dubai Islamic Bank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, Emirates NBD, First Gulf Bank, J.P. Morgan Securities, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Société Générale. Fawaz Elmalki and Oliver J. Simpson of Conyers’ Dubai office advised on the matter.

DP World to list new $1.2bn #sukuk on Nasdaq #Dubai

DP World has raised $1.2 billion in a new seven-year sukuk which is set to be listed on Nasdaq Dubai. The issue received strong investor interest and was 2x oversubscribed receiving more than $2bn in bids. The new sukuk is priced at a fixed coupon rate of 3.91% maturing in 2023, replacing over $1.1bn of the 2017 6.25% coupon sukuk. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World said Nasdaq Dubai gives this new listing global visibility to position Dubai as the capital of the Islamic economy globally.

DP World Said to Hire Banks for Benchmark Dollar #Sukuk Sale

#Dubai ports operator DP World has selected more than a dozen banks for its sale of Islamic bonds. Fifteen lenders have been hired for the offering of dollar-denominated, benchmark-sized securities whose maturity may be as long as seven years. Proceeds from the sale will be used for a tender offer for the company’s existing sukuk due in 2017.

Fitch assigns $1.5 billion DP World Sukuk 'BBB-' rating

Fitch Ratings has given DP World Sukuk's existing $1.5 billion Sukuk issue of senior unsecured trust certificates a final long-term senior unsecured 'BBB-' rating. The certificates were launched on 2 July 2007 and are due in 2017. DP World acts as the obligor of the Sukuk certificates.
Moreover, DP World is possible to supplement any shortfall in the returns generated by the underlying assets in order to make periodic payments in full.

Dubai Financial Support Fund receives USD 10 billion from Abu Dhabi

The government of Abu Dhabi and the Central Bank of the UAE has announced that it has agreed to provide $10 billion to the Dubai Financial Support Fund.

The Dubai Financial Support Fund can therefore enable Nakheel to pay its Sukuk due today.

Nakheel to repay sukuk in next 2 weeks

Nakheel Development Limited announced via the exchange, Nasdaq Dubai that it aims to repay the Sukuk in the next two weeks. According to the statement it will use funds that will be provided by the Dubai Financial Support Fund.

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Nakheel - Event of Default - Legal Issues?

Dear Readers,

An article in the Financial Times, has discussed the legal issues surrounding to an eventual Event of Default of the Nakheel Sukuk, which can be read here:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/215c0502-e038-11de-8494-00144feab49a.html

Some comments came afterwards referring to that piece, e.g. on FT Alphaville:

http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2009/12/04/86736/nakheel-and-the-sukuk-l...

Claiming that because of Sharia law in the UAE there is uncertainty regarding burden sharing.

Such a claim is an error. While the Sukuk was structured to comply with Sharia the various Agreements are either governed by English law or UAE law.

Therefore it is crucial to see how assets could be seized under UAE law not under Sharia law: A nice summary of the dispute resolution in the UAE is free for download by the law firm Afridi and Angell:

http://www.legal500.com/assets/images/stories/firmdevs/disputeresolution...

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Dubai World and Nakheel Sukuk - What did the prospectus say?

Dear Readers,

some background on the standstill:

Sukuk prospectus of the related Nakheel entity:
http://blogs.thenational.ae/economy_blog/Nakheel%20Development%201%20Pro...

citation:
"Risks Relating to the Co-Obligors and the Co-Obligor Group Strategy

The growth strategy of the Co-Obligor Group is based on certain assumptions relating to, inter alia,
economic conditions, market for real estate and demographic conditions in Dubai. [...] This could, for example, have an impact on the rental income, sales proceeds or other income (such as management fees) available to the Co-Obligor Group and the value of its projects, which could affect its ability to make payments under he Transaction Documents."

and the issue of implicit sovereign support was nicely discussed in a blog:
http://blogs.thenational.ae/economy_blog/2009/08/nakheels-bond-prospectu...

The rational behind is explained by a rating agency here in 2007:
http://www2.standardandpoors.com/spf/pdf/media/sp_approach_to_sukuk_17-s...

"from its parent also benefited from strong implicit government support."

S&P: Several Dubai Government-Related Entities Downgraded

Press Release

Several Dubai Government-Related Entities Downgraded And On Watch Negative Following
Debt Restructuring Announcement

DUBAI (Standard & Poor's) Nov. 25, 2009--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it
had taken rating actions on a number of Dubai-based government related entities
(GREs) and transactions (for full details see "Ratings List" below). Standard &
Poor's has downgraded DIFC Investments LLC, DP World Ltd., Jebel Ali Free Zone
(FZE), Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group LLC (DHCOG), and Emaar Properties
PJSC. All of these entities have been placed on CreditWatch with negative
implications. The ratings on Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) were
affirmed, although they were placed on CreditWatch negative. A CreditWatch negative
placement also applies to the notes issued by Thor Asset Purchase (Cayman) Ltd.
(Thor), which are securitized by cash flows from a revolving pool of existing and
future receivables originated by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA; not
rated).

The rating actions are the result of the announcement on Nov. 25 of the

Dubai World asks for debt ‘standstill’

Dubai World, a conglomerate owned by the government of Dubai, is asking its creditors for a six-month “standstill” on its obligations. Dubai World includes Nakheel, which has USD 4 bn in outstanding Islamic debt falling due next month.

Moody's sees Dubai bond positive for corporate ratings if unconditional

Moody's Investors Service said on Monday the Dubai's government's USD 20 bn 5-year, 4 % bond programme could support debt ratings of Dubai companies that were placed under review for a downgrade earlier this month. If there are no restrictions on how Dubai uses bond proceeds this could support Moody's ratings of Emaar, DP World, DIFC Investments, Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the Jebel Ali Free Zone. Moody's had said it could lower its debt and Islamic bond, or sukuk, ratings for the six firms, all linked to the Dubai government, by as much as two notches each. The review is due shortly.

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