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Award LevelHighly commended
InnovationConsortium bid for ABN AMRO, at €71.1 bn the largest ever takeover bid in the financial services sector.
Originality6
Rationale5
Impact6
Total17
DescriptionLinklaters, as principal adviser to the Royal Bank of Scotland in the non-recommended consortium bid for ABN AMRO, had to work without access to the due diligence available to the preferred bidder, Barclays. The firm's strategy of using an 'early commencement' of the offer period in the US paid off.