Hogan Lovells Advises on US$450m Graff Diamonds Refinancing

LONDON, 6 December 2012 - Hogan Lovells advised Standard Chartered, Barclays Bank PLC and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc on a US$450m refinancing package for Graff Diamonds.

Founded in 1960 by Lawrence Graff, Graff Diamonds is an international jeweler based in London with stores all over the world, including the U.S., Middle East, Asia and Europe. Over the years Graff has handled some of the world's most famous gemstones.

The Hogan Lovells team advising Graff was led by banking partner Stuart Brinkworth, assisted by Of Counsel Angus Gill, and included New York banking partner Russell DaSilva and Hong Kong banking partner Gary Hamp.

Commenting on the transaction, Stuart said

"Getting a multi-jurisdictional deal of this size away in the current debt market is not easy and that Graff was able to raise this amount of funding from three banks is testament to its strength as a corporate borrower. We were very pleased to advise Standard Chartered, RBS and Barclays on this successful deal". 

Graff was advised by General Counsel Alex Molla, who instructed Linklaters partner Tom Wells and Managing Associate Lee Federman for external advice.

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