Gergina Kyoseva advises Bulsatcom on the Group’s financial restructuring
Gergina Kyoseva assisted by co-counsel Liliya Tsoncheva advised Bulsatcom EAD – the biggest Bulgarian TV and satellite operator in relation to its financial and operational restructuring.
The restructuring process took more than two years during which Bulsatcom settled its current debt to commercial and financial creditors, terminated major litigation and enforcement cases and reached settlement with Bulgaria Sat EAD – the owner of Bulgaria Sat- 1 satellite, and its principal lender the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
The complex financial transaction consisted in restructuring of Bulsatcom’s EUR 80 million existing syndicated bank facility initially provided in 2014 by leading international banks through conversion of part of the debt to equity in favour of Bulsatcom’s current lenders – the London-based investment firm Blantyre Capital Limited, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Bulgarian Development Bank. In addition, the current lenders advanced to the Bulsatcom corporate group EUR 30 million of new secured debt.
On matters of English law Kirkland & Ellis advised Blantyre Capital and Bulgarian Development Bank and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman acted for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
On all matters related to Bulgarian law Blantyre Capital, Bulgarian Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development were advised by DGKV.