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StandoutLatham & Watkins26998Fintech start-up company CrossLend wanted to launch an online lending platform to connect borrowers in high-interest-rate countries with investors in low-interest-rate countries across Europe. Combining retail and investment banking expertise, knowledge of structured finance products and experience in the fintech industry, Latham & Watkins created an architecture for the new platform. Commended: Axel Schiemann and Frank Bierwirth.
StandoutNorton Rose Fulbright25898To ensure transparency to investors, lawyers created a project bond-type structure for the Republic of Angola's first sovereign bond. Commended: Madhavi Gosavi and Peter Young.
Highly commendedLinklaters24897Saw an opportunity to use a new Irish investment structure to create a fast and flexible investment club product for Deutsche Bank customers. Commended: Matthew Keogh.
Highly commendedWeil, Gotshal & Manges24888Set a precedent for large-cap bank financing deals with a deal that harmonised US and European structures for private equity company Hellman & Friedman’s largest acquisition in 30 years.
Highly commendedAllen & Overy23887Realised Worldpay could use contingent value rights to ensure shareholders would benefit from a future divestment during its initial public offering.
Highly commendedDechert23788Facilitated a sovereign bond issuance for Egypt while it was operating without an acting parliament to approve the transaction.
Highly commendedDechert23878Helped change France's accounting rules on equity booking to allow US-based venture capital firm Accel Partners to fund cloud-based human resources software provider PeopleDoc in France.
Highly commendedPaul Hastings23788Brought Chapter 11-exempt repurchase, or "repo", financing from the US to Europe, helping to strengthen the real estate finance market.
Highly commendedSullivan & Cromwell23887Structured engineering company Schaeffler's initial public offering as a private placement solely for institutional investors, the first in Germany.
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