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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Financial Crisis and the downturn 2009 (3)

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InnovationThe Topland joint venture with Eroski
Originality5
Rationale5
Impact6
Total16
DescriptionAdvising a UK investor entering its first transaction in Spain with the second-largest supermarket retailer. Facing increased risks of insolvency, the firm devised solutions to manage unusual risks to enable the deal to go ahead

Financial Crisis and the downturn 2009 (2)

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Award levelHighly commended
InnovationAdvising sponsoring banks on recapitalisations
Originality6
Rationale6
Impact7
Total19
DescriptionAdvised on RBS’s £12bn rights issue, the largest ever in Europe and the first time a “cashbox” structure was used for preference shares. The firm also used a “compensatory open offer” approach on the Lloyds share offer, another first

Financial Crisis and the downturn 2009

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InnovationBank of England special liquidity scheme
Originality7
Rationale7
Impact8
Total22
DescriptionThe firm designed the legal structure that allowed banks to swap illiquid securities for £185bn (€200.4bn) in Treasury bills. The structure was later copied by other nations