Jia Yuan, Commerce & Finance assist Air China, China Eastern’s private share offering

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Jia Yuan, Commerce & Finance assist Air China, China Eastern’s private share offering

Jia Yuan Law Offices and Commerce & Finance Law Offices advised Air China and China Eastern Airlines, respectively, in the two carriers’ RMB30 billion (USD4.46 billion) private placement of shares.

Partners Shi Zhenjian and Li Li led the Jia Yuan team.

China Eastern Airlines announced the private placement of A shares at RMB4.39 apiece to 20 investors, including China Eastern Airlines Group and UBS, raising RMB15 billion (USD2.23 billion). The funds raised will be used to purchase 38 aircraft and supplement working capital.

Air China also announced its private placement of A shares on the same day, priced at RMB8.95 apiece to 22 investors, including Air China Group and UBS, raising RMB15 billion (USD2.23 billion). Some 72% of the funds raised will be used to pay for 22 aircraft on order, and 28% will be used to supplement working capital.

Affected by the pandemic, the two airlines reported net losses in the first three quarters of 2022 of around RMB30 billion (USD4.46 billion) each.