Dentons advises FCC Aqualia on US$180 million acquisition of Georgia Global Utilities

Madrid/Tbilisi, January 11, 2022_ – Global law firm Dentons has advised Spanish water utility FCC Aqualia on the US$180 million acquisition

 of an 80% share in Georgia Global Utilities (GGU) from Georgia Capital Group (GCAP). Aqualia is a subsidiary of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, (FCC), a Spanish construction company, which owns a 51% share, and Australian fund IFM Investors, which owns a 49% share.
This transaction is an important step in FCC’s international expansion strategy, giving it a controlling share in GGU, which owns and operates the water infrastructure in Tbilisi and other cities in Georgia.
Under the terms of the agreement, the transaction will take place in two phases. In the first phase, Aqualia will acquire 65% of GGU, which includes both the water and renewable energy assets. In the second phase, GGU will spin off the independent renewable assets, leaving GGU with only the water assets and four related hydroelectric plants, bringing Aqualia’s shareholding to 80% of GGU’s water utility business.  The parties also entered into a shareholders’ agreement under which Aqualia and GCAP have granted each other a put option and a call option over GCAP’s 20% shares in GGU.
 Tbilisi-based partner Avto Svanidze and Spain Managing Partner Jabier Badiola led Dentons’ international legal team on the deal.  The team also included: senior associates Irakli Pipia, Natela Otaridze and Mariam Vashakidze, and associates Sopho Mebonia, Neli Tsivtsivadze and Darejan Beridze in Tbilisi; partner Jesús Duran in Madrid; as well as partner Diego Pol and associate Cristina Serrahima in Barcelona.

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