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Simmons & SimmonsStandout289910Applied a novel litigation strategy to alleviate the pressure on banks and the courts created by payment protection insurance (PPI) complaints.
Allen & OveryStandout279810Established the right of an English court to enforce an anti-suit injunction even before arbitration.
Baker McKenzieStandout25799Negotiated more than 40 non-prosecution agreements on behalf of Swiss banks following US Department of Justice investigations.
Pérez-LlorcaStandout25997Convinced the Supreme Court of Spain to apply a new methodology for trademark infringement compensation.
Weil, Gotshal & MangesStandout258710Successfully argued for Littlewoods in a £1.2bn claim against HM Revenue & Customs that compound interest should be applied to VAT overpayments.
Baker McKenzieHighly Commended24789Defended Meltwater in a Supreme Court copyright dispute against the Newspaper Licensing Authority.
CMSHighly Commended24789Clarified the terms of the Financial Ombudsman Service maximum claim award.
GarriguesHighly Commended24888Convinced Madrid’s high court to order income tax be repaid to a number of non-resident EU investment funds.
Pinsent MasonsHighly Commended24969Used big data analysis to deliver success for Interflora in a trademark dispute with Marks and Spencer.
Schellenberg WittmerHighly Commended248106Engineered the ACT, an alternative dispute resolution forum for commodity trading, shipping and trade finance.
MathesonHighly Commended23788Co-ordinated a multi-jurisdictional, multi-party dispute, gaining a favourable settlement for a banking client.
MathesonHighly Commended23887Set a market precedent for duties and liabilities of trustees in Ireland with defence of Element Six trustees.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomHighly Commended23788Secured a precedent in implied choice of governing law arbitrations, dismissing a multimillion dollar arbitral award for its client.
Allen & OveryCommended22787Advised Magyar Telekom on its approach to an auction for mobile frequencies in Hungary, clarifying EU directives.
Berwin Leighton PaisnerCommended22778Resolved a critical limitation issue in breach of trust claims in the UK Supreme Court.
Carey OlsenCommended22778Defended a challenge to the sharing of information, clarifying the interpretation of inter-state tax information exchange agreements.
GarriguesCommended22778Defended Google’s YouTube against copyright claims from Telecinco, clarifying the EU ecommerce directive.
Bird & BirdCommended21876Persuaded an English court that it could rule on declarations of non-infringement on non-UK patents.
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerCommended21687Defended Holcim against claims of cartel infringement brought by a private antitrust enforcement company.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & AssociadosCommended21777Achieved annulment of the additional assessment of corporate income tax in the case of reverse mergers in EU states.
Tuca Zbarcea & AsociatiiCommended21777Advised the Romanian Football Federation on a dispute with a premier league club about arbitration jurisdiction.
White & CaseCommended21777Shifted the burden of proof and established the validity of electronic evidence in a case against a Russian bank.
Jones DayCommended20776Defended Texas Keystone in a cross-jurisdictional dispute over an interest in Kurdistan petroleum fields.
NCTM Studio Legale AssociatoCommended20776Advised luxury carmaker Ferrari on trademark infringements in Italy and Germany, clarifying "unfair advantage" in trademark disputes.
Uría MenéndezCommended20677Co-ordinated the approach of a Spanish energy company in its dispute with Argentina over its expropriation.
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