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StandoutVeon89825The telecoms group committed a large in-house legal team to support the joint venture between its subsidiary Wind and 3 Italia. In-house lawyers were involved in every part of the deal, allowing multiple negotiations to run quickly and in parallel.
StandoutGlaxoSmithKline88824The pharma group established Galvani Bioelectronics, a joint venture with Alphabet’s Verily Life Sciences, to develop bioelectronic medicines. In-house lawyers worked on collaboration and licensing agreements with universities and research institutions.
StandoutNokia Corporation88723Lawyers structured a joint venture and contractual framework covering Nokia’s partnership with Infracapital, part of M&G Investments, which was formed to provide high-speed broadband to 400,000 homes in Poland. The deal had to balance Nokia’s interests as the supplier of the network infrastructure with its position as minority shareholder.
Highly CommendedVocalink-MasterCard77822To enable MasterCard’s acquisition of rival Vocalink from a group of banks and building societies, the in-house legal teams pushed for a set of behavioural rather than divestment remedies with the Competition and Markets Authority.
Highly CommendedBritish Business Bank88622The state-backed bank’s lawyers helped to launch the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and Midlands Engine Investment Fund to provide lending to regional small and medium-sized enterprises. Lawyers also led the integration of the Start Up Loans Company with the bank.
CommendedZPG77721The in-house team at the digital platform group played a leading role in three acquisitions to help the company, which owns Zoopla and uSwitch, pursue its strategy of providing a full “wrap around” service to homeowners.
CommendedEngie UK & Ireland68721Lawyers structured a number of unusual transactions, including the £330m acquisition of housebuilder Keepmoat Regeneration and a five-year contract with Transport for London for maintenance services.
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