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Clifford Chance

Corporate 2008 (3)

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InnovationSeparation, IPO and the return of Cash in relation to Man Group's disposal of MF Global Ltd.
Originality6
Rationale4
Impact5
Total15
DescriptionClifford Chance achieved a novel and tax-efficient method of returning cash to shareholders following the disposal of part of Man Group. The structure used was merely one of the creative solutions proposed to the client.

Corporate 2008 (2)

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InnovationThe Co-operative merger - a new competition precedent in retail sector.
Originality5
Rationale5
Impact5
Total15
DescriptionThe firm succeeded in getting the Office of Fair Trading to accept sophisticated economic and survey evidence rather than have the merger of two parts of the Co-operative group be examined by the Competition Commission.

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InnovationDesigning the Czech Republic's new Insolvency Act.
Originality6
Rationale7
Impact7
Total20
DescriptionTomas Richter devised the Act from a clean slate. Based on best practice from across the world, it replaced a morass of post-1991 laws. Czech credit financing should become cheaper as risk exposure for lenders is more predictable.