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Hogan LovellsStandout27999Restructured the Kodak Pension Plan and helped it acquire Eastman Kodak business units, protecting pensions and saving the UK government £1bn in liabilities.
Latham & WatkinsStandout26899Created a merger structure to allow Rhön-Klinikum to sell 43 hospitals without general shareholder approval.
MacfarlanesStandout26899UK counsel to Verizon during its $130bn cash and stock acquisition of Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless.
Slaughter and MayStandout26899Advised Vodafone on the sale of its US group to Verizon and oversaw its $84bn payout to shareholders.
EvershedsStandout25889Worked with Legal & General to devise a long-term lease structure that has created a market for institutional investment in social housing.
A&L GoodbodyHighly Commended24879Irish counsel on Endo's merger with Paladin, the first US migration into Ireland without acquiring an Irish target.
Allen & OveryHighly Commended24888Created a common equity tier one capital instrument for Nationwide to meet EU requirements while preserving principles of mutuality.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & JacobsonHighly Commended24888Negotiated Virgin Media's $24bn merger with Liberty Global, the first large merger and inversion to the UK.
Jones DayHighly Commended24888Engineered Japanese client Tokyo Electron's all-stock merger with US company Applied Materials.
Jones DayHighly Commended24798Created a Dutch orphan foundation to protect Amsterdam Internet Exchange's data from US Patriot Act claims.
LinklatersHighly Commended24888Advised on a complex dual-track structure and financing to allow Japanese company LIXIL Corporation's €3bn acquisition of German manufacturer Grohe.
AshurstHighly Commended23887Advised Aviation Industry Corporation of China companies on a pioneering takeover of a German listed company.
AshurstHighly Commended23788Advised on Agilitas Partners' "genesis deal", the first fund to set up while simultaneously launching its first deal.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomHighly Commended23887Devised a structure to provide liquidity to Nokia during the sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft.
Slaughter and MayHighly Commended23887Represented Ocado Group on its 25-year agreement to supply Wm Morrison with information technology, research and development and logistics services.
Paul HastingsHighly Commended22877Acted for CVC to help set up the first closed-end fund listed on the London Stock Exchange to have built-in liquidity.
King & Wood Mallesons (EU)Commended21687Helped Universal acquire EMI Music Group by guiding it through European Commission merger conditions.
Uría MenéndezCommended21777Negotiated complex Spanish tax rules to create a tax-efficient hybrid debt and equity instrument for Telefónica.
Allen & OveryCommended20677Led Co-operative Bank through its restructuring, the first European bank recapitalisation without taxpayers’ money.
Arthur CoxCommended20767Advised on the IPO and follow-on offering to launch Green REIT, Ireland's first real estate investment trust.
Berwin Leighton PaisnerCommended20677Worked for auditor BDO to help shape a Competition Commission market investigation into the dominance of the big four auditors.
GarriguesCommended20776Advised Apollo EPF II on its acquisition of EVO Banco, the first acquisition of a Spanish bank by an international fund.
NautaDutilhCommended20767Used loyalty voting shares for the first time in the Netherlands on CNH Global’s merger with Fiat Industrial.
Tuca Zbarcea & AsociatiiCommended20776Lead counsel to Vodafone during the company's Romanian infrastructure-sharing deal with Orange.
Weil, Gotshal & MangesCommended20776Led Pharma Strategy Partners in its bid for Acino, the first Swiss private-equity public-to-private transaction.
Addleshaw GoddardCommended19766Advised Pannone on the £33m sale of its consumer business to Slater & Gordon in a rare cash deal between law firms.
Arthur CoxCommended19676Irish counsel to Warner Chilcott during its acquisition by Actavis. The deal allowed the US buyer to relocate to Ireland.
Foot AnsteyCommended19676Acted on behalf of the UK-based home and hardware stores Screwfix and B&Q TradePoint to update the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, offering improved access to credit for tradespeople.
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerCommended19676Represented Warburg Pincus during its sale of MACH to Syniverse, requiring a complex carve-out and European Competition approval.
Hogan LovellsCommended19676Advised on the issue of Deutsche Telekom's rights offering, the first scrip dividend in Germany.
LinklatersCommended19676Advised Schneider Electric on its £3.4bn bid for Invensys, helping to negotiate both English and French law issues including the transfer of pensions securities.
MacfarlanesCommended19667Advised the British Bankers' Association on the sale of BBA Libor (the London interbank offered rate).
NautaDutilhCommended19676Advised Caribbean all-inclusive resort operator Playa Hotels & Resorts on $1.4bn in transactions relating to the company's restructuring.
Peters & PetersCommended19865Devised a structure that allowed a business to trade purely in gold, with a financial company holding and selling the commodity at regular interviews to pay business expenses.
Van DoorneCommended19766Helped International Card Services (ICS) develop a payment services platform through a mobile credit card payment contract with Vodafone.
Vieira de Almeida & AssociadosCommended19676Advised on the international common share offering by Portugal Telecom and Oi following their merger to create a company incorporated and governed under both Brazilian and Portuguese law.
White & CaseCommended19676Acted for global anti-virus supplier Avast Software during its 40 per cent equity sale to CVC Capital Partners, helping to ensure a tax-efficient transaction that satisfied the interests of investors.
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