The McKernon Group is pleased to be honored with a 5th AnnualExcellence in Housing Award in the commercial construction category for thecompany’s work in revitalizing downtown Brandon’s Howe Scale Block. Theaward was presented to The McKernon Group by the Home Builders andRemodelers Association of Southern Vermont at an award ceremony on January14th.Kevin Birchmore, co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of TheMcKernon Group accepted the award, attending the event with Project ManagerBrian Thomas.”A lot of people worked really hard on this project. Several of thebuildings had to be rebuilt from the ground up. I hope that all the peopleworking on downtown Brandon for almost a year feel good about the award.They did the heavy lifting, they’re the ones who deserve to be recognized.We’re also grateful that everyone in Brandon was patient. I live in Brandon,and it’s great to see the town so improved,” remarked Kevin Birchmore fromThe McKernon Group’s offices in Brandon’s Park Village a mile north ofdowntown.Two of the three commercial buildings on Center Street, Route 7 indowntown Brandon are occupied. Demerest and MacNeal Interior Design, Inc.has retail space in 15 Center Street. Everywear for Everybody, is opening asecond store in 17 Center Street this month. Eleven Center Street with itslandscaped terrace, and overlooking Memorial Park would be a perfect spotfor a restaurant. It is currently under consideration by several parties.
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised Technip UK on a £70.5 million financing agreement arranged by Crédit Industriel et Commercial (CIC) and BNP Paribas for the newbuild diving support vessel ‘Deep Discoverer’.The vessel, built by the Vard Group in Norway, was acquired by a CIC-owned company.The financing comprised a French lease of the vessel from the CIC-owned company and leased to Technip UK.The WFW Paris team was led by finance partners Alexia Russell and Laurence Martinez-Bellet, supported by associates Natasha Seel and Konstantina Kyprianidou on the English law aspects and senior associate Christophe Garcia and associate Sophie Morin on the French law aspects.French tax advice was provided by partner Romain Girtanner, assisted by associates Anis Mezni and Nicolas Bourdon and English tax advice was provided by partner Richard Stephens in London.The lenders, CIC and BNP Paribas, were advised by a team of Norton Rose Fulbright led by partner Christine Ezcutari, assisted by of counsel Alexandre Roth and associates Alexis Babin de Lignac, Ayaka Millet and Constance Ollat for both English law and French law advice.