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White & CaseStandoutRestructuring the Kazakhstani bank sector88723Acting for the state wealth fund, and later for two banks, the firm constructed a new legal framework for the Kazakhstani banking system. Previously, troubled banks had simply been liquidated
Shearman & SterlingStandoutEstablishing the London Stock Exchange’s second clearing house86822Setting up SIS x-clear helped bring competition to the LSE, enabling trading costs to fall dramatically. The firm played a leading role in achieving interoperability between the new and incumbent clearing houses
Berwin Leighton PaisnerStandoutNew regulatory guidance on market abuse68721The Financial Services Auhtority has introduced strict new rules but without concrete advice on implementation. BLP developed practical industry-wide advice via the Futures and Options Association
Allen & OveryStandout“Big bang” protocol for credit default swaps76821A hardwired set of conventions for CDS is a vital element of the new financial environment. The conventions streamline CDS disputes, removing the risk and uncertainty around these products
Mayer BrownHighly commendedTransparency and disclosure advice for the securitisation sector66820Helping the European Securitisation Forum, the firm developed new principles now signed up to by 14 big banks. Commended by the Treasury, they are being examined by the European Commission as a crucial part of future regulations
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerHighly commendedTransferring Lehman businesses to Nomura57820Freshfields was responsible for the delicate and complex process of transferring Lehman Brothers’ European, Middle East and Asian employees and systems under immense time pressure
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerHighly commendedDeutsche Börse hybrid bond67720The firm established a new variant on the hybrid bond featuring the “replacement capital covenant”, an elegant solution to the shifting ratings rules. Now adopted as the industry standard by Standard & Poor’s
Slaughter and MayHighly commendedSplitting the Bradford & Bingley pension scheme67619To transfer the retail deposit books of B&B to Abbey the firm had to split the pension scheme into two sections, sharing trustees but with separate assets and liabilities. This minimised Abbey’s pension exposure without damaging scheme members’ interests
Shearman & SterlingHighly commendedUK's first new derivatives house for over 100 years76619Skilled multi-party negotiations enabled the firm to establish ICE-Clear Europe. “Open offer” clearing allows contracts to be completed instantaneously
Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves PereiraHighly commendedSaving Barcelona's Metro Line 967619Private-public finance has become harder to locate in the downturn. The firm’s deft footwork in drafting tender documents ensured Catalan authorities took on the refinancing risk themselves
Clifford ChanceHighly commendedWorld Economic Forum report on new financial architecture67619As the only law firm to work with the WEF on their most high-profile report to date, Clifford Chance advised on the regulatory aspects of the new financial era
Bredin PratHighly commendedFrench Banking Network Merger76619A sizeable merger between Banque Fédérale des Banques Populaires and Caisse Nationale des Caisses d’Epargne required new legislation that the firm helped to draft
Allen & OveryHighly commendedFirst multi-jurisdictional public sector covered bond programme66719The firm created a structure that would enable BNP Paribas to access funds following inaccessible capital markets. Difficulty was setting up a French covered bond programme to operate across multiple jurisdictions
TLT SolicitorsCommendedGlobal substitution order for mortgage claims67518TLT standardised the intricate process of transferring mortgage debt books, allowing batches to be exchanged without having to make court applications for each one. This reduces risk and costs
GarriguesCommendedFirst multi-asset security collateralised loan obligation66618First securitisation in Spain to operate with different assets and in different jurisdictions – extremely challenging under Spanish law
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerCommendedBAA’s refinancing of its UK airports66618The firm achieved an extremely large and complicated refinancing by creating a bond exchange mechanism and escrow arrangements for existing holders
EvershedsCommendedJPMorgan Chase obtaining Northern Rock’s highest quality mortgages47617More than 10,000 individual mortgage packets were reviewed by Eversheds’ legal services group in an effective balance of process driven work and high-end advice
Tuca Zbarcea & AsociatiiCommendedReshaping of Erste’s Romanian asset management company56516Strategic end-to-end advice on an unusual restructuring effectively neutralised an unwieldy small shareholder base
SchönherrCommendedFirst Austrian collateralised bond obligation56516The firm helped client RZB access European Central Bank funds in the liquidity crisis through a combination of commercial nous and negotiating skill
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