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Corporate 2010 (3)

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Award levelHighly commended
InnovationFirst acquisition of a Spanish savings bank by a commercial bank
Originality6
Rationale6
Impact7
Total19
DescriptionStructuring the segregation of the good and bad assets of Caja de Ahorros de Castilla La Mancha ahead of it being taken over required the firm to push for a change in the law

Corporate 2010 (2)

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InnovationDemerging ABN Amro
Originality7
Rationale6
Impact8
Total21
DescriptionSolution was developed to solve the liability issues threatening to prevent the RBS-Santander-Fortis consortium splitting up the €500bn ($643bn) Dutch bank. It involved the firm aligning different European interests over the terms of the split

Corporate 2010

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InnovationFord’s sale of Volvo to Geely
Originality7
Rationale8
Impact8
Total23
DescriptionOvercame intellectual property hurdles preventing the sale and transfer of the Swedish brand to Chinese ownership. Playing a primary role, the firm had to strike a balance between alleviating the seller’s concerns and enabling Geely to run the Volvo business