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Novartis successfully closes USD 5 Billion Bond issue

February 2009

10 February 2009 - Novartis successfully closed a USD 5 Billion Bond issue. The transaction consisted of two tranches: USD 2 billion of a 5-year bond with a coupon of 4.125% issued by the Group's US entity, Novartis Capital Corporation and USD 3 billion of a 10-year bond with a coupon of 5.125% issued by the Group's Bermuda entity, Novartis Securities Investment Ltd., Bermuda. Both tranches are guaranteed by Novartis.

Bär & Karrer acted as Swiss legal adviser to Novartis in the transaction. The team comprised Thomas Reutter, Roland Truffer and Sten Rasmussen.

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