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LinklatersStandout89825Drafted a consensual agreement using a "best claim" approach to allow Lehman Brothers International (Europe) customers to recover $9bn.
Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves PereiraStandout88824Leading role in establishing SAREB, Spain’s “bad bank” and to restructure the banking sector.
CMSStandout78823Worked closely with Oil & Gas UK to develop decommissioning relief deeds, providing certainty of tax relief and attracting new investment.
Paola Leocani (White & Case, while at Allen & Overy)Standout87823Modified the Italian bond trading platform and procedures to allow Treasury bonds worth €18bn to be sold directly to retail investors.
Weil, Gotshal & MangesStandout68923Produced a unique distribution plan to return assets to clients of MF Global UK in the first special administration under post-Lehman UK regulations.
Sidley AustinHighly Commended78722Successfully restructured the first commercial mortgage-backed security to default at note maturity.
Allen & OveryHighly Commended67821Facilitated Europe’s largest ever commercial mortgage-backed security restructuring for Deutsche Annington.
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerHighly Commended67821Took a creative and commercial approach on behalf of bondholders to ensure implementation of Deutsche Annington's restructuring plan.
Loyens & Loeff and Vinson & ElkinsHighly Commended86721Advised on the first ever sukuk issuance by a German corporate, and the first globally to securitise intellectual property rights.
Shearman & SterlingHighly Commended68721Restructured a Greek company's high-yield notes using an innovative ring-fencing covenant to protect money generated by its international operations.
Berwin Leighton PaisnerCommended67720Devised a winning credit bid structure for TPG and Patron Capital in the restructuring of the Opera Finance commercial mortgage-backed security.
GarriguesCommended58720Crucial role advising Spain in negotiations with the EU to enable a €100bn loan to recapitalise Spanish banks.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloyCommended76720Structured the Sadara Project sukuk using a novel split closing mechanism.
Paul HastingsCommended68620Advised on the first agency commercial mortgage-backed security since the 2008 financial crisis.
Pinsent MasonsCommended77620Devised an electronic platform for the efficient transfer of customer assets between banks.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomCommended77620Novel cashless rollover for TMF Group to exchange collaterised loan obligations for new high-yield notes.
Slaughter and MayCommended67720Implemented a new capital structure and unique "dark green" trading platform for energy company Drax Group.
A&L GoodbodyCommended76619Facilitated the first transfer of insurance policies from Ireland to an insurer outside Europe.
DLA PiperCommended66719Advised Agility Trains on its £4.5bn Intercity Express Programme.
Herbert Smith FreehillsCommended76619Structured the Yuzhno-Russkoye gas field financing by synthesising English and Russian law structures.
RoschierCommended66719Worked on a first debt-to-equity swap for Swedish high-yield bonds and equity securities.
Slaughter and MayCommended66719Advised on the pivotal English law aspects of CEMEX's global refinancing.
Vinson & ElkinsCommended57719Advised Uz-Kor Gas on a multi-sourced financing for a $4bn gas and petrochemical complex in Uzbekistan.
White & CaseCommended66719Led the transfer of ownership of onshore oil assets in Nigeria to a local company.
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