WFW advises HSBC on US$300m SACE Facility for Bahrain's nogaholding

(WFW, London, 9 February 2023) Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) advised HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, acting as Export Credit Agency (ECA) Co-ordinator and Sole Structuring Bank, and HSBC Bank plc (jointly “HSBC”) as Agent and Sustainability Co-ordinator, on a US$300m Push Facility guaranteed by the Italian Export Credit Agency (“SACE”) to the Oil and Gas Holding Company B.S.C. (“nogaholding”) for financial support for key energy projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Under this financing, nogaholding commits to pre-agreed sustainability objectives. The 10-year financing structured as a sustainability-linked loan is part of SACE’s Push Strategy programme and aims to increase business opportunities for Italian exporters, strengthening SACE’s positioning in a strategic region for Italian exports. The Push Strategy primarily targets local counterparts of Italian exporters – selected and leading foreign buyers and provides access to medium to long-term financing guaranteed by SACE to support their investment and growth plans.