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Finance 2011 (3)

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InnovationAchieving a share- pledge enforcement for Primacom
Originality6
Rationale7
Impact6
Total19
DescriptionThe first-ever German non-consensual debt-for-equity swap, using a “two-step” share-pledge enforcement strategy. With the firm as strategic and legal adviser, this restructuring has established hostile enforcement as a newly viable approach in Germany.

Finance 2011 (2)

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InnovationSolvent restructuring of Cattles
Originality7
Rationale7
Impact6
Total20
DescriptionInvented a new model for debt-for-equity swaps using ideas from securitisation. The restructuring also involved novel balance-sheet re-engineering and pensions work, resolving a multifaceted set of problems to preserve maximum value in the company.

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InnovationLa Seda de Barcelona
Originality8
Rationale8
Impact8
Total24
DescriptionThe first English scheme of arrangement of a Spanish borrower, achieved in Spain itself. Saved the company, led to a change in insolvency laws in Spain, and effectively transformed restructuring across Europe.