Five JTF awards for HSH Nordbank’s Transportation Finance

Aircraft Finance Innovator of the Year Aircraft Debt Deal of the Year – Middle East Aircraft Capital Markets Award Airport Finance Deal of the Year Europe European Rail Deal of the Year

Hamburg/Kiel/London, December 1, 2008 - HSH Nordbank has received multiple awards from international specialist periodical Jane’s Transport Finance (JTF) for the third time running. At this year’s Gala Awards Dinner in London’s Merchant Taylors’ Hall, HSH Nordbank’s Transportation Finance team received as many as five of the sought-after awards for its work this year. The Bank was awarded the “Aircraft Finance Innovator of the Year”, the “Aircraft Debt Deal of the Year – Middle East”, the Aircraft Capital Markets Award, the “Airport Finance Deal of the Year Europe” and the “European Rail Deal of the Year”.

“The year 2008 has proven to be challenging for the entire industry, but with many opportunities. We are very pleased that the performance of the Bank’s core segment transportation this year has been honored and acclaimed within the industry,” said Mathis Shinnick, Global Head of Transportation at HSH Nordbank.

Having been awarded “Aircraft Finance Innovator of the Year” HSH Nordbank has proven to be a successful global force in aircraft financing as arranger and asset manager in aviation providing innovative finance solutions for clients across the globe. Angela Behrend-Goernemann, Head of Global Aviation, accepted the award in the name of all colleagues at HSH Nordbank Aviation.

HSH Nordbank was given the “Aircraft Debt Deal of the Year – Middle East” award. HSH Nordbank acted as the Lead Arranger of a banking syndicate for the acquisition of a 21 aircraft portfolio by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE).

The “Aircraft Capital Markets Award” was given jointly to HSH Nordbank and DVB, KFW Ipex Bank and Calyon for the Aircastle transaction. HSH Nordbank along with the other Joint Lead Arrangers underwrote and funded a USD 786 million senior debt facility for the leasing company Aircastle secured by a portfolio of 28 aircraft on lease with airlines throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Each Joint Lead Arranger assumed an equal share of the total underwritten amount covering passenger and freighter aircraft of Boeing 737NG, Airbus A320, Boeing 757, Airbus A330, Boeing 747 freighters.

The “Airport Finance Deal of the Year Europe” was given to an international banking syndicate including HSH Nordbank for the refinancing of the airports in the United Kingdom owned by the British Airports Authority (BAA). The total volume of the transaction was about GBP 13.3 billion

HSH Nordbank was awarded with the “European Rail Deal of the Year” as part of banking syndicate for transaction for the british rail lessor Angel Trains. HSH Nordbank acted as Mandated Lead Arranger for both Senior and Junior debt. The total volume of the Angel Trains sale is about GBP 3.6 billion.

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