AEQUO has acted for Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) on extension of ECA-covered finance in the amount of approximately EUR 4 million to EpiCentr Group, being the leading Ukrainian DIY retailer.

Within the long-term cooperation of RBI with EpiCentr Group, Austrian bank has granted a five-year facility to Epicentr-K LLC to increase agrarian fleet of the agricultural division of the Ukrainian company. Total value of the transaction is approximately EUR 4 million.

This facility is covered by an export guarantee issued by Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft, which served as the export credit agency (ECA). Facility interest rate is fixed at the level of the EURIBOR 6 months plus margin.

AEQUO's lawyers assisted RBI in strategy determination of the transaction structure, revising and negotiating the facility agreement and other transaction documentation and issued the legal opinion in favour of RBI.

The financing was attracted to purchasing 100 modern semi-trailers from Schmitz Cargobull, a well-known German manufacturer, and improving the operational effectiveness of Epicentr-K LLC.

Within this transaction the first 20 units of Schmitz trailers got customs clearance in August 2019, but the transaction will be fully completed by the end of 2019.

AEQUO's project team comprised associate Olesia Mashtaler and of counsel Denys Kulgavyi, who worked under supervision of Yulia Kyrpa, partner and head of Banking and Finance.

«We are happy to have assisted RBI with this important transaction that demonstrates a positive trend of increasing attention, support and trust of international banks to Ukrainian business», comments Yulia Kyrpa.

RBI operates a banking network in Central and Eastern Europe, where 13 markets of the region are covered by subsidiary banks. Additionally, the group comprises numerous other financial service providers in the fields of leasing, asset management, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

RBI is Austria's second-largest bank with a balance sheet total of €146 billion and around 47,000 employees servicing 16.4 million customers through more than 2,100 business outlets.

Since 2016, an agricultural activity has been one of the most important and potential directions developed by Epicentr-K LLC. Agricultural division of Epicentr-K company group cultivates thousands of hectares in different regions of Ukraine.