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StandoutGibson, Dunn & Crutcher99927The £2.2bn merger between bookmakers Gala Coral and Ladbrokes completed in November, although UK competition authorities had blocked a similar tie-up in 1999. To enable the merger, the firm argued that online betting should be considered in any market assessment and that competition rules should be applied on a regional basis rather than nationally. Commended: Ali Nikpay
StandoutLinklaters89926Lawyers overcame tax, regulatory and legal constraints to structure SoftBank’s $100bn Vision Fund for investments in tech companies, creating from scratch an unconventionally structured tech fund unprecedented in size.
StandoutSlaughter and May89825Developed a set of behavioural undertakings to satisfy network access obligations and intellectual property rights to enable MasterCard’s acquisition of Vocalink. The approach increases competition in the payments sector. Commended: Jackie Holland
Highly CommendedFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer88824Acted for CK Hutchison in its joint venture with Veon to enable the merger of their subsidiaries, 3 Italia and Wind in Italy. The firm helped to break an impasse with the European Commission through a “fix-it-first” approach to enable the merger of two leading players.
Highly CommendedAllen & Overy88824Acted for Veon in its joint venture with CK Hutchison to enable the merger of their respective subsidiaries, Wind and 3 Italia in Italy. A&O played a strategic role, helping to develop a “remedies first” package to gain competition clearance from the European Commission.
Highly CommendedFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer88723Lawyers created a new acquisition structure for the sale of Formula One to US company Liberty Media by making the $8bn deal in two parts.
CommendedPinsent Masons77822Overcame questions of governance, liability, data storage and telecommunications law for Starship Technologies’ grocery-delivering robots.
CommendedHogan Lovells77822The firm created a redevelopment structure for Westminster Industrial Estate which enables costs, interests and risk to be shared across all parties in medium-sized deals.
CommendedGowling WLG78722Negotiated Heptares Therapeutics’ $3.3bn agreement with Allergan Pharmaceuticals International for licensing rights of Alzheimer’s drugs, with a “pay as you go” approach for each stage of development.
CommendedCuatrecasas78722Advised Spain’s CaixaBank on the takeover of Portugal’s Banco BPI, resolving BPI’s exposure in Angola.
CommendedWeil, Gotshal & Manges78621In the restructuring of Edcon, South Africa’s largest clothing retailer, the firm split the voting and economic rights attached to shares and avoided the less favourable option of bondholders holding equity.
CommendedTuca Zbarcea & Asociatii78621Lawyers helped establish a flexible corporate vehicle to create the Vara?ti Farming Co-operative in Romania for Carrefour, the French multinational retailer.
CommendedLatham & Watkins77721When Microsoft acquired LinkedIn, the firm applied traditional merger analysis to the world of big data, gaining clearance through the European Commission.
CommendedGarrigues77721The firm designed new corporate vehicles to incorporate Prosegur Cash’s business lines across multiple jurisdictions into a single restructuring, enabling it to list on the Spanish stock exchange.
CommendedBonelliErede77721The firm introduced new case law in Italy in Cairo Communication’s takeover of RCS MediaGroup, the first hostile public tender offer in the country structured as an all-share deal.
CommendedSlaughter and May76720Helped establish new intellectual property rights and enable the joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Verily Life Sciences.
CommendedPérez-Llorca77620Created a new legal framework and satisfied regulatory requirements for non-profit Montemadrid Foundation's acquisition of small lending institutions in Spain.
CommendedLatham & Watkins67720Lawyers helped navigate exclusivity hurdles to enable Chinese metal recycler Chiho-Tiande’s acquisition of Scholz, a German counterpart.
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