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Corporate Law 2011 (2)

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InnovationA strategy to break deadlock in Karstadt's insolvency
Originality5
Rationale8
Impact6
Total19
DescriptionAdvised Nicolas Berggruen, the investor, on the acquisition of Germany's largest department store chain out of insolvency. Lawyers' commercial and strategic advice was crucial to the winning bid against strong opposition in a sensitive transaction.

Corporate Law 2011

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InnovationGermany's largest asset transfer for Hypo Real Estate
Originality6
Rationale8
Impact8
Total22
DescriptionUsed legislation it helped to develop to create a structure to transfer €173bn of assets and liabilities from 70 jurisdictions to a winding-up agency. The complex transfer prevented the collapse of one of Germany’s largest banks.