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Financial Services 2009 (3)

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Award levelCommended
InnovationBAA’s refinancing of its UK airports
Originality6
Rationale6
Impact6
Total18
DescriptionThe firm achieved an extremely large and complicated refinancing by creating a bond exchange mechanism and escrow arrangements for existing holders

Financial Services 2009 (2)

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Award levelHighly commended
InnovationDeutsche Börse hybrid bond
Originality6
Rationale7
Impact7
Total20
DescriptionThe firm established a new variant on the hybrid bond featuring the “replacement capital covenant”, an elegant solution to the shifting ratings rules. Now adopted as the industry standard by Standard & Poor’s

Financial Services 2009

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Award levelHighly commended
InnovationTransferring Lehman businesses to Nomura
Originality5
Rationale7
Impact8
Total20
DescriptionFreshfields was responsible for the delicate and complex process of transferring Lehman Brothers’ European, Middle East and Asian employees and systems under immense time pressure