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Weil, Gotshal & MangesStandout89825Devised a structure allowing Lion Capital to protect its interests after its sale of a majority stake in Weetabix.
De Brauw Blackstone WestbroekStandout88824Advised ASML, a leading manufacturer of computer-chip machines, on a novel customer co-investment programme to fund research and development.
NautaDutilhStandout88824Acted for Intel in its investment to develop technology through a deal with supplier ASML.
Allen & OveryStandout88723Structured a novel twin-pronged public takeover offer to redomicile Egyptian company OCI to the Netherlands.
LinklatersStandout77822Advised Glencore on its multi-jurisdictional merger with Xstrata to create a mining giant.
Norton Rose FulbrightStandout86822Used a novel reverse locked-box mechanism to enable Barclays’ African merger with Absa Group.
Sullivan & CromwellStandout78722Managed Coca-Cola Hellenic’s redomiciling involving four jurisdictions, three listings and two exchange offers.
AshurstHighly Commended78621Advised William Hill on its simultaneous acquisition and buyout of regulated assets in the online gaming sector.
DLA PiperHighly Commended78621Devised a deal structure for Discovery Communications’s acquisition in Eurosport.
Slaughter and MayHighly Commended78621Structured a novel retention and incentive arrangement for managers of Investec to take a 20 per cent stake.
White & CaseHighly Commended77721Helped Banco Itaú move operations to London in the UK’s first cross-border merger by absorption.
Berwin Leighton PaisnerHighly Commended68620Synchronised the introduction and disposal of joint venture partners in a giant regeneration project.
EvershedsHighly Commended77620Worked with a Dutch hospital to draft a novel “spend less to earn more” contract for medical equipment.
LinklatersHighly Commended58720A combined corporate and litigation strategy to lead BP’s withdrawal from its Russian oil and gas joint venture.
Norton Rose FulbrightHighly Commended77620Devised an innovative investment strategy for assets in the renewables sector.
Simmons & SimmonsHighly Commended67720Structured an unusually competitive process for the disposal of Veolia’s UK water business.
Slaughter and MayHighly Commended67720Devised a novel financing and distribution structure for Talisman’s joint venture with Sinopec.
Uría MenéndezHighly Commended77620Advised IssuerSolutions on new disclosure procedures for Spanish tax-resident investors.
A&L GoodbodyCommended66719Lead Irish counsel on Eaton Corporation’s migration to Ireland via the $13bn takeover of Cooper Industries.
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerCommended66719Structured a first-of-its-kind share swap for Abertis’s €2.5bn acquisition of a Brazilian highway concession.
MathesonCommended67619Created an innovative tax structure for Eaton Corporation’s takeover of Cooper Industries.
NoerrCommended67619Creatively interpreted Germany’s new insolvency laws to help Centrotherm retain its listing.
Paul HastingsCommended67619Deployed a structure new to the German market to enable the restructuring of commercial mortgage-backed securities.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomCommended67619Acted for Renault-Nissan in the first non-Russian-incorporated joint venture to own a controlling stake in a strategic Russian state asset.
Uría MenéndezCommended76619Managed conflicting Spanish and Colombian laws to enable Cemex to list a subsidiary in Colombia.
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