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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Corporate 2008 (2)

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InnovationPorsche's increased shareholding in Volkswagen.
Originality6
Rationale4
Impact6
Total16
DescriptionIn a high-profile case viewed widely as a 'David and Goliath' situation, Freshfields assisted Porsche in its bid to increase its stake in the much larger Volkswagen whilst maintaining its own management control using an innovative corporate governance structure.

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InnovationThe €1.2bn initial public offering of the Hamburg port operator.
Originality6
Rationale7
Impact7
Total20
DescriptionFaced with the end of the free trade zone that dated back to Prussian times, the firm devised a tracking stock structure for the port's IPO that maintained employee pension rights and the integrity of a historic area of Hamburg by splitting the old warehouses from the operational port.