Dexia in Recapitalization

October 1, 2008

Cleary Gottlieb is representing Dexia on all aspects of its recapitalization plan. After three days of intense negotiations between Dexia, its shareholders and the Belgian, French and Luxembourg governments, and on the back of heightened crisis in the European banking sector, a €6.4 billion recapitalization plan was put together in record time. Under the plan, the Belgian state and regions as well as the existing core Belgian shareholders of Dexia, on the one hand, and the French government and the CDC on the other, will each inject €3 billion into Dexia SA. In parallel, the Luxembourg government will be subscribing for €376 million in convertible bonds issued by Dexia BIL.

Dexia’s recapitalization is the second instance of urgent, large scale support by European governments to Belgian financial institutions in the last few days, after the rescue, over the course of last weekend, of Fortis. A Cleary Gottlieb team is representing BNP Paribas in its announced acquisition of Fortis’ operations in Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as the international banking franchises, for a total consideration of €14.5 billion.