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Walkers advises on Blackbird II's $745m asset-backed notes issuance

Walkers acted as Cayman Islands legal counsel in Air Lease Corporation's ("ALC") recent $745m asset-backed notes offering in collaboration with Blackbird Capital II LLC ("Blackbird II"), the joint venture established by ALC and Napier Park Global Capital. 

The transaction included the issuance by Blackbird Capital II Aircraft Lease Limited (“BBIRD Cayman”, a Cayman Islands exempted company) and Blackbird Capital II Aircraft Lease US LLC (“BBIRD USA”, a Delaware LLC, together with BBIRD Cayman the "Issuers") of $745,000,000 of Fixed Rate Notes, comprised of US$630,000,000 2.443% Series A Fixed Rate Notes and US$115,000,000 3.446% Series B Fixed Rate Notes and equity in the form of an E Note. The Notes are backed by a portfolio of 18 aircraft, comprising a mix of narrowbody and widebody jet aircraft which, as of 31 May 2021, had an average age of 2.9 years and were leased or expected to be leased to 12 lessees based in 11 countries.

Walkers are providing registered office and share trustee services to BBIRD Cayman and acted as both Cayman legal counsel and counsel with respect to the listing of the Notes on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange.

Walkers, led in the Cayman Islands by partners James Burch and Joanne Ziegler and assisted by associate Liam Woodward, was instructed by Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, US counsel to Air Lease Corporation and the Issuers.

Walkers Advises Yili Group on its Privatization of China ZhongDi

Walkers acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Wholesome Harvest Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Company Limited, in its US$213 million privatization of the Hong Kong-listed China ZhongDi Dairy Holdings. Wholesome Harvest Limited made the mandatory conditional cash offer through CLSA Limited.

Walkers' team was led by Hong Kong partner Jo Lit and assisted by legal manager Beverly Lui.

Walkers (Cayman) acts for InSilico Medicine on $255 Million Series C Financing

Walkers (Cayman) is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands counsel to InSilico Medicine in connection with its $255 Million Series C financing round.  Hong Kong-based InSilico is a global leader in end-to-end artificial intelligence for target discovery, small molecule chemistry and clinical development. Walkers is happy to continue its longstanding relationship in support of Insilico in this very important, impactful, and emerging field.

The Walkers team acted alongside Wilson Sonsini (Shanghai) and was led by Cayman Islands partner, Andrew Barker, with assistance from Jennifer Sangaroonthong (Associate) and Aoife Murphy (Associate).

Walkers Advises Nayuki Holdings Limited on Its HK$5.1 Billion IPO

Walkers acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Nayuki Holdings Limited in connection with its HK$5.1 billion (US$656 million) initial public offering and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Nayuki Holdings is a leading premium modern teahouse chain in China that reshapes the tea drinking experience.  Nayuki Holdings Limited has become the first listed tea company in China.

Hong Kong partner Jo Lit and Senior Legal Manager Kevin Ho advised the Company on the Cayman Islands law aspects.  Other legal advisers include Davis Polk & Wardwell, Global Law Office, Kirkland & Ellis and Jingtian & Gongcheng.

Walkers Advises bolttech in Record Series A Financing

Walkers acted as Cayman Islands counsel to bolttech, one of the fastest growing international insurtech companies, in its US$180 million Series A funding round led by private investment firm Activant Capital Group.  The investment round is the largest series A round for an insurtech and values bolttech at more than US$1 billion, giving bolttech the insurtech unicorn status only one year after its launch in 2020.

Walkers' team was led by Singapore partner James Twigg and assisted by Hong Kong legal manager Ann Cheung.

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