Albecour Completes US$104M Project Debt Financing

On January 24, 2003, Albecour Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Société Générale de Financement du Québec (SGF), a Quebec Crown corporation, closed its US$104 million 7.27 per cent senior secured notes offerings. The proceeds will be used to finance Albecour’s share of the expansion of the Alouette Aluminium smelter in Sept-Îles, Quebec. CSFB acted as placement agent.

SGF and Albecour were represented by in-house counsel Yvan Nantel; Jean Lamothe of Stikeman Elliott LLP; Francis Desmarais and Catherine Papineau of Desjardins Ducharme Stein Monast; and in the U.S. by James Manzi of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. CSFB and the institutional investors were represented by Daniel Bénay, Louis-Martin Dubé, Danielle Miller and Claude Desaulniers (tax) of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and by David Schumacher, Thomas Hohenthaner, Amy Nelson, Sam Kwon and Orsolya Kore of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.