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StandoutSimmons & Simmons26998The Indian tax authorities' minimum alternative taxation (MAT) on foreign investors has been an ongoing political controversy. The usual process for appeal could take decades, with a low prospect of success. Simmons & Simmons instructed leading Indian lawyer Harish Salve so that litigation could be run from London, then intervened in an appeal to create a test case to resolve the point, bringing judicial review proceedings directly before the Mumbai High Court. Overall, the strategy reduced the litigation timetable from 20 years to less than one, and the controversy has been resolved with foreign investors no longer obliged to pay the tax. Commended: Nick Skerrett.
StandoutAllen & Overy25898Created co-operation agreements between receivers and liquidators during the insolvency of marine-fuel company OW Bunker, allowing debts to be recovered without substantial litigation. Commended: James Partridge and Peter Watson.
StandoutMishcon de Reya25889A strategy and process to streamline and expedite Sainsbury's case against MasterCard helped it win the largest anti-competition award in European and UK history.
Highly commendedPinsent Masons23887Developed a voluntary redress scheme for potential litigants to settle out of court, offering a new way for companies to resolve mass consumer claims.
CommendedMayer Brown International22877Achieved an important clarification about the scope of a “governmental intervention credit event” (a clause to help resolve failing financial institutions) in the credit derivatives market in the first use of a three-week external review process.
CommendedUría Menéndez22787Compelled Spanish customs authorities to disclose internal communications in a taxation dispute, winning the case and setting a precedent. Commended: Miguel Cremades Schulz.
CommendedWeil, Gotshal & Manges22787Took a new procedural approach to a case involving millions of documents to defend Ingenious from tax avoidance allegations.
CommendedBerwin Leighton Paisner21678Streamlined the planning permission process for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, involving 14 local authorities and 20,000 land interests. Commended: James Good.
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