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StandoutCMS89926The firm acted for ESL, the world’s largest company specialising in competitive video games, to set up a global governing body, the World Esports Association. Lawyers created the first legal structure, commercial rights, arbitration court and code of conduct for an organisation of this type in the fast-growing market. Commended: Pietro Graf Fringuelli.
StandoutBright Line Law89825On behalf of the Magnitsky Justice Campaign, lawyers framed a proposal to introduce sanctions for human rights abusers who launder money through the UK. The Magnitsky clause was passed into the Criminal Finances Bill 2016. Commended: Jonathan Fisher QC.
StandoutUría Menéndez88824Ensured a high-speed railway line between France and Spain could continue to operate by successfully applying an international treaty that states operations of cross-border utilities and transport lines should trump national law.
Highly CommendedSayenko Kharenko78823Working with Allen & Overy as international counsel, advised the lenders on a flexible €478 million government-guaranteed loan, ensuring Ukranian gas and electric company Naftogaz will be able to supply winter gas to Ukrainian companies and consumers.
Highly CommendedNautaDutilh78823Lawyers designed a legal framework to promote sustainable development that is now used by municipal policymakers and licensing authorities across the Netherlands. Commended: Anne-Marie Klijn.
Highly CommendedLinklaters87823The firm drafted an amendment to the South African law dealing with banks in distress in order to save African Bank from insolvency. New security was created and stakeholder rights were protected.
Highly CommendedFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer78823By creating a new pricing mechanism, lawyers allowed the receivers of CityPoint Tower in London to sell the building for an amount that covered the full debt secured against it. Commended: Roger Schofield.
CommendedVdA78722The firm helped develop a plan to ensure Qimonda Portugal, the DRAM company, avoided insolvency. By implementing an online voting system, the firm sped up creditors’ meetings.
CommendedPinsent Masons68822Following a cyber attack on the Association of British Travel Agents, the firm managed the response and led the technical investigation. It created a new industry standard for response and damage limitation.
CommendedGowling WLG77822Lawyers advised the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on regulatory issues to allow the rollout of an £11bn smart-metering programme.
CommendedEllex87722The firm advised Nasdaq on its pilot of a blockchain-enabled platform for electronic voting at its Tallinn exchange in Estonia. It enables shareholders to vote remotely and gives them greater oversight of their voting records.
CommendedAshurst77822Lawyers helped design a high-yield note that pays interest only when oil prices reach $65 a barrel, as part of a debt restructuring for EnQuest, the oil and gas producer.
CommendedArthur Cox78722The firm implemented a scheme of arrangement for the Bank of Ireland, which involved a change to Irish law and the first use of the Single Resolution Board’s single point of entry resolution strategy.
CommendedAllen & Overy87722Against the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the firm used a standstill agreement to prevent smaller creditors calling in debts from Metinvest. It gave the Ukrainian steel and iron ore producer time to restructure its finances and avoid bankruptcy.
CommendedSimmons & Simmons67821The firm helped the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, backed by 10 leading oil companies, to establish a collaborative fund to reduce greenhouse emissions.
CommendedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe77721Lawyers used a forced sale provision in France to sell and restructure Consolis, a concrete and building materials manufacturer.
CommendedMacfarlanes77721The firm avoided long negotiations for a finance broker client by simplifying existing terms of business, allowing it to expedite the process of compliance with new variation margin rules for derivatives transactions.
CommendedAshurst77721Its lawyers advised Lloyds Banking Group on remedies sought by the Competition and Markets Authority to strengthen choices available to lenders. The firm’s ability to translate technical aspects to the authorities delivered the bank a competitive edge.
CommendedVdA67720The firm is working with regulators in Portuguese-speaking countries to develop new telecoms services aimed at ensuring that all citizens can access key services such as healthcare through mobile phones and payment systems.
CommendedPérez-Llorca76720Lawyers created the first put-and-call agreement in Spain in which debt was considered rather than the usual shares.
CommendedMcCann FitzGerald66820The firm brought together financing from private equity, state and banks to fund the development of a large social housing project in Ireland for its client, WK Nowlan Property.
CommendedMacfarlanes76720The firm structured the Partners Group Generations Fund, the first private market fund aimed at direct contribution pension schemes in the UK.
CommendedGarrigues77620Lawyers navigated Spanish legal and regulatory restrictions to allow Enel Green Power, a renewable energies company dual-listed in Italy and Spain, to delist from the Spanish stock exchange following a demerger.
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