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WOLF THEISS ADVISES UNICREDIT S.P.A., CASSA DI RISPARMIO DEL FRIULI - VENEZIA GIULIA S.P.A. AND...
UNICREDIT TIRIAC BANK S.A. ON THE FINANCING OF A RENEWABLE ENERGY BIOMASS PLANT IN ROMANIA
24 May 2012 – Wolf Theiss has advised UniCredit S.p.A., Cassa di Risparmio del Friuli - Venezia Giulia S.p.A. and UniCredit Tiriac Bank S.A. on a project financing related to the construction and setting up of the first renewable energy biomass facility developed by General Energetic S.A. in Piatra Neamt county, Romania.
On 12 March 2012, UniCredit S.p.A., Cassa di Risparmio del Friuli - Venezia Giulia S.p.A. and UniCredit Tiriac Bank S.A. successfully closed the financing for the construction and setting up of one of the first biomass facilities for the production of renewable energy in Romania.
"We are glad to have had the opportunity to assist UniCredit and Cassa di Risparmio del Friuli - Venezia Giulia S.p.A. in this unique transaction on the Romanian market. What sets this project apart from other project finance transactions, besides its novelty on the Romanian market, is the use of combined financing sources", says Andreea Poenaru, Head of the Banking and Finance practice at Wolf Theiss Bucharest, who led the team in this transaction. "Our Banking and Finance team assisted the lenders in structuring the transaction by providing creative solutions to the various legal issues and challenges we faced", adds Associate Claudia Chiper, who was also intensively involved in the transaction.
The successful completion of the project owes much to the diligent efforts of the respective teams on both sides of the transaction.
Romania has tremendous potential to be a regional energy production “hub” for Southeastern Europe. With its combination of strong conventional energy sources, nuclear and (increasingly) renewable. Romania could generate sufficient energy to “feed” not only increasing domestic energy demands, but also increasing demands of neighboring countries such as Bulgaria and Turkey. Challenges remain in the area of domestic legislation governing the energy sector in Romania, liberalization of the energy market generally to allow for more private investment (e.g. in the production, transmission and distribution of energy), and investment in and strengthening of the technical (grid) capacities that are essential in order for Romania to achieve its regional potential in this regard.
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