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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & FeldStand-outVimpelCom combination with Wind Telecom to create the sixth-largest telecoms company globally78722As VimpelCom’s key strategic adviser, the firm managed local counsel in 20 countries, and created new law in Egypt against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. In an environment fraught with political and litigation risk, the lawyers’ strategic view was invaluable to the transaction's success.
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerStand-outAcquisition of Vallar, the first London-listed Indonesian resources group77721Without a template to follow, the firm had the quick idea to get clients into a position to sign a deal within 17 days to pre-empt an auction. The structure had to ensure the new group remained eligible for a premium listing in the UK.
Latham & WatkinsHighly CommendedComstar and MTS merger and parallel voluntary tender offer76720The merger of New York-listed client MTS with London-listed Comstar required combining Russian law mechanisms for the first time, and synchronising Russian, UK and US aspects of the deal. Strict corporate governance structures created a positive precedent in the market.
Allen & OveryHighly CommendedAdvising a Chinese company on distressed debt techniques to acquire Hungary’s Borsodchem67619Advised Wanhua Industrial Group on the acquisition of distressed company debt to force through an acquisition. In a market unfamiliar to the client, lawyers turned a hostile deal into a consensual one.
White & CaseHighly CommendedSale of Droga Kolinska as part of Istrabenz’s debt restructuring67619To satisfy creditors, lawyers developed a unique agreement and purchase-price adjustment. The structure overcame investor scepticism and has set a positive precedent for foreign investment in Slovenia.
Baker & McKenzieCommendedMa'aden's $11bn joint venture with Alcoa56718Advising on Ma'aden's first joint venture with an international partner and projects, the largest of their kind and strategically significant to the diversification of the Saudi Arabian economy.
Dewey & LeBoeufCommendedRaiffeisen Bank International’s acquisition of Polbank67518The acquisition required Polbank to be transformed from a branch to a standalone bank in anticipation of new legislation.
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