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StandoutCuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira289109When a usual joint venture was not possible, lawyers helped ICL and its Spanish subsidiary Iberpotash form a deal with AkzoNobel that could enable investment of €800m in Spain.
StandoutWhite & Case27999Lawyers, working with HM Treasury, initially pro bono, came up with a tax law innovation that will give UK businesses greater choice when looking for finance.
StandoutCMS26998Working initially for free, the firm approached the Pension Insurance Corporation with an idea for a new collateral and security structure.
StandoutArthur Cox25898Combined role of legal, financial and strategic adviser to CRH, the Irish building materials company, on its acquisition of assets from Holcim and Lafarge in 10 jurisdictions.
StandoutGleiss Lutz25997Changed the structure of German publishing house Suhrkamp to resolve a long-running shareholder dispute.
StandoutAllen & Overy24987Devised a structure allowing the BT pensions scheme to hedge 25 per cent of its longevity.
StandoutAshurst24897Raised more than £1bn in five months for two equity funds.
StandoutPinsent Masons24888Worked with Peterborough to help the council establish itself as a leader in green energy.
StandoutSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom24798Work for Pfizer during its bid for AstraZeneca has inspired significant changes in the UK Takeover Code.
StandoutUría Menéndez24798Designed structures and strategies that the Lone Star Fund III used to buy a portfolio of performing and non-performing loans from Commerzbank.
CommendedMorais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva23788Advice on the listing of Mota-Engil Africa shares on Euronext Amsterdam.
CommendedShearman & Sterling23887Advising the Qatar Investment Authority on its hostile takeover of Songbird Estates.
CommendedSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom23797Helped raise the level at which a majority shareholder can unilaterally delist.
CommendedSlaughter and May23788Advising GlaxoSmithKline on a three-part transaction with Novartis.
CommendedEversheds22787Flexible planning consents for the world’s largest wind farm.
CommendedSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom22778Advised on the Automobile Association’s accelerated initial public offering.
CommendedAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld21777Advised VimpelCom on complex telecoms transactions in Algeria.
CommendedBerwin Leighton Paisner21678Devised a new model for private rented-sector housing in the UK.
CommendedDLA Piper21777Acting in Allied Minds’ initial public offering.
CommendedNautaDutilh21777Created a new global e-commerce company via a Dutch entity, Cnova.
CommendedOrrick21777Advised Alstom on the $13.5bn sale of its energy business.
CommendedSEH Legal21786Advised employees on their takeover of the Nice-Matin newspaper group.
CommendedAshurst20677Advised Royal London Mutual Insurance Society on a £22bn reorganisation.
CommendedPaul Hastings20686Created a new structure in Italy for KKR’s restructuring of distressed loans.
CommendedSimmons & Simmons20767Advised UK Ministry of Defence on sale of Defence Support Group, main provider of maintenance on army vehicles.
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