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LinklatersStandout27999Created securitisation structures based on new regulatory frameworks to finance energy and infrastructure projects.
Baker McKenzieStandout26899Developed a structure to enable the first domestic securitisation of consumer loans in the Russian market.
CMSStandout26899Helped drive changes to the UK Space Growth Action Plan and creation of the Satellite Finance Network.
GarriguesStandout26989Advised Spanish bank BBVA on the first European contingent convertible securities issue under the Capital Requirements Directive IV.
Shearman & SterlingStandout26998Acted for bondholders of the Co-operative Bank on a recapitalisation plan that led to the first voluntary bail-in of a UK bank.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomStandout26998Advised Cyprus-based QIWI on the first listing of foreign equity securities on the Moscow stock exchange.
A&L GoodbodyHighly Commended25799Worked on the liquidation of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, the first eurozone bank liquidation.
Allen & OveryHighly Commended25898Devised a risk-allocation mechanism for GE Corporate Finance Bank to use in the European Loan Programme (ELP).
King & Wood Mallesons (EU)Highly Commended25889Overcame capital requirements to introduce equity bridge financing into the French market.
Latham & WatkinsHighly Commended25898Conducted risk analysis for Ares Capital Corporation in its joint venture with GE Corporate Finance Bank for the ELP.
Baker McKenzieHighly Commended24798Advised on the first sale of a property loan portfolio by Sareb, the Spanish "bad bank".
Cadwalader, Wickersham & TaftHighly Commended24888Found a way for Centerbridge Partners to restructure a German company that held New York law bonds through the UK.
EvershedsHighly Commended24798Assisted HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs on the establishment of UK-authorised contractual schemes.
NautaDutilhHighly Commended24888Modified existing covered bond structures to create a €5bn conditional pass-through programme for NIBC Bank.
Shearman & SterlingHighly Commended24897Advised Dow Chemical on the joint venture construction and operation of a $20bn Saudi petrochemical complex.
Addleshaw GoddardHighly Commended23887Created a hybrid administration and insolvency model to restructure UK Coal in the UK’s shortest administration.
Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves PereiraHighly Commended23896Engineered a novel structure to allow Unicaja Banco to acquire Banco CEISS through security swaps.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomHighly Commended23878Advised alcoholic beverages company CEDC on its restructuring, which involved a series of firsts for a Polish or Russian company under US bankruptcy law.
AshurstCommended22787A team of lawyers, project managers and information technology consultants assisted Commerzbank on its sale of Hypothekenbank Frankfurt’s UK operations.
DechertCommended22787Advised Wells Fargo on the acquisition of Hypothekenbank Frankfurt's UK operations, and on financing provided to Lonestar to acquire the non-performing assets.
DechertCommended22886Advised Development Bank of Kazakhstan on the first intermediated exchange offer under US Rule 144A.
Herbert Smith FreehillsCommended22877Devised risk analysis for project financing to build investor confidence in Kenya and help it achieve its energy goals.
Paul HastingsCommended22787Advised on refinancing Toys R Us Properties (UK), which included the first commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) transaction not involving a bank.
Sidley AustinCommended22877Helped to create European CMBS 2.0 investor guidelines, used in the Debussy DTC transaction by Toys R Us.
Slaughter and MayCommended21777Partnered Aviva Group on the de-risking of the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme.
Allen & OveryCommended20776Advised Credit Suisse on dual-language documentation for an online investment tool offered to the bank's customers.
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerCommended20776Created a flexible refinancing structure using a multi-tranche, multi-source debt platform to refinance AA Group's debt.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & JacobsonCommended20767Advised Navios Maritime Partners and Navios Partners Finance (US) as borrowers in connection with a $250m term loan B financing, the first of its kind in the shipping industry.
MacfarlanesCommended20677Devised an inter-creditor agreement for Marlin Financial Group, giving lenders different priorities over secured assets split into separate pools.
Tuca Zbarcea & AsociatiiCommended20677Advised UniCredit Tiriac Bank and UniCredit Consumer Financing IFN on the complex transfer of RBS Bank Romania customers and staff following the financial crisis.
Uría MenéndezCommended20686Devised the idea and coordinated three different but concurrent bond issues to allow NH Hotels to refinance its debt.
Weil, Gotshal & MangesCommended20677Delivered the complex second-lien financing to enable a syndicate of banks to acquire a 70 per cent stake in Scout24, the Germany online classifieds business.
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