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StandoutWhite & Case88925Advised the Republic of Cameroon on the first cross-currency swap guaranteed by the African Development Bank. The swap, to protect against exchange rate exposure, was crucial to the launch of Cameroon’s debut eurobond, worth $750m. This will set a precedent for other African countries. Commended: Ingrid York.
StandoutSimmons & Simmons88824Lawyers unlocked significant value for the UK government by proposing the use of unproductive Ministry of Defence land in a public-private solar power project. The project will generate an estimated £300,000 a year for the MoD and £50,000 a year for the local community. Elements of the structure have been replicated in other big renewable projects undertaken by British Solar Renewables. Commended: Steven McNab.
Highly CommendedCMS87823In advising a group of insurers, the firm helped create an alternative financing structure for train investment consortium Rock Rail. The structure enables long-term institutional funding at a fixed rate for the replacement of rolling stock across the UK.
Highly CommendedCadwalader, Wickersham & Taft88723Acting for specialist finance group Premium Credit, the firm took an experimental approach to establish a new asset class with features that help to protect against detrimental market events. Commended: Jeremiah Wagner.
Highly CommendedLatham & Watkins87823Advised Credit Suisse as underwriters on the first issuance of receivables financing notes. The firm helped translate commercial imperatives into a new legal framework for the product, which provides alternative vendor financing and delays accounts payable until the notes are received.
Highly CommendedRopes & Gray87823Lead counsel to Liberty Global as issuers of the first receivables financing notes. The firm was critical in structuring the transaction and documentation for the product, which provides alternative vendor financing and delays accounts payable until the notes are received.
Highly CommendedAllen & Overy78722The firm deviated from market standards in separating IHO Holding’s financial structure from Schaeffler and its subsidiaries. This enabled Schaeffler to establish an independent credit rating as the separation meant it was excluded from restrictive elements attached to new IHO Holding bonds.
Highly CommendedBaker McKenzie87722In an influential project for Spain’s e-payments industry, the firm collaborated with 21 groups and 27 banking agencies to develop and launch a banking application that allows users to transfer money between accounts, regardless of institution, free and instantly by smartphone 24 hours day.
CommendedBond Dickinson76821The firm developed a capital structure and mechanism to enable Atom Bank, the UK’s first app-based bank, to raise the funds needed to satisfy regulators.
CommendedDLA Piper78621Structured Austria’s first scrip dividend issuance in 20 years, where a company’s cash reserves were converted into new shares. The firm created a new legal framework for the transaction, allowing existing shareholders to subscribe to dividend shares. This in effect created a new market standard and allowed its client, PORR, to let go of its treasury shares.
CommendedHerbert Smith Freehills77721The firm developed a deferred payment bond structure for the £4.2bn construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
CommendedA&L Goodbody77620Acting for Morgan Stanley, the firm helped establish Ireland’s first enhanced equipment trust certificate, for Norwegian Air International. The EETC is a new way for the company to access financing to buy new aircraft.
CommendedDLA Piper67720Working closely with the UK Listing Authority, the firm helped resolve myriad challenges to develop the transaction structure for the National Highways Authority of India’s “masala bonds” issuance.
CommendedLatham & Watkins66820Designed new agreements to enable the first successful bond issuance in Italy under new regulations brought in after the 2008 banking crisis.
CommendedMaples and Calder76720Advising Real Estate Loan Management (RELM), the firm helped design and structure a new app-enabled real estate lending platform in Ireland.
CommendedNautaDutilh67720Advising the Anthony Veder Group, the Netherlands-based shipping company, on a new method of shipping financing via euro private placement, lawyers created internationally recognised templates for sustainable shipping finance deals.
CommendedNorton Rose Fulbright67720Helped to separate the LNG and regasification elements of the Old Harbour gas-to-power project in Jamaica, removing risks to structure and secure the $330m financing for the restoration project.
CommendedPaul Hastings66820The firm has helped several Swiss companies navigate obstacles that prevented access to regulated Euronext exchanges, paving the way for others to follow.
CommendedPinsent Masons76720Navigated existing laws to develop a funding structure for investments in battery storage technology. Lawyers are advising the UK government's department for communities and local government and the Treasury on energy storage.
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