Newbridge Advises on the Successful Refinancing of New Karolinska Solna Project PPP, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm County Council has confirmed signing of the refinancing of the NKS PPP project on 1 June 2018 (originally signed June 2010). This refinancing is as set out in the county board’s decision of May 22.

Newbridge advised the shareholders, Skanska and Innisfree, on the refinancing, along with legal advisors Hamilton. Vinge was legal advisor to the lenders and Mannheimer Swartling was legal advisor to the County Council.

The ten bank international senior debt syndicate has been reduced to six banks, being European Investment Bank, Nordic Investment Bank, SEB, Handelsbanken, Nordea and KfW

The refinancing means that banks’ interest margins are adjusted downwards (commercial bank debt margins will now be 1.40%) and that the County Council makes a one-time amortization (SEK 3 billion) of the PPP agreement to lower financial costs by SEK 2.1 billion.

The refinancing was negotiated and executed in just five months which is very fast for a transaction of this complexity.

This is the 6th refinancing that Newbridge has helped to deliver, again demonstrating how PPP projects can be a success story, making savings through all parties working together to take advantage of improved funding market conditions.