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Wragge & CoStand-outBuilding a healthcare regime from scratch88723Conceived a new health code and regulatory framework for Abu Dhabi. A blank page and an enviable budget meant lawyers could cherry-pick the best practices from multiple jurisdictions
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerStand-outFirst online auction for purchasers of UK nuclear power sites77721Advised Eon on its successful joint venture bid with RWE for nuclear power station sites. Negotiating the complex regulatory regime required significant co-operation between the new owners and the Nuclear Development Authority
Norton Rose FulbrightHighly commendedEvaluating boards of directors from new angles87520Following its contribution to the Walker Report on corporate governance at financial services companies, the firm worked with behavioural psychology experts to form Bvalco, a multidisciplinary evaluation service assessing board composition and performance
Field Fisher WaterhouseHighly commendedEducating the UK on data security67720Having written the leading textbook on data security, the firm is guiding businesses through the data-security regime. It offers training for private and public bodies, and runs educational initiatives for students
Wragge & CoHighly commendedEnabling collaboration in the UK electricity sector67619Created three alliances between its utility-company client and electricity distribution companies. The 10-year partnerships, totalling £1.6bn ($2.5bn) in value, share risks and rewards of meeting the regulator’s elevated standards
Latham & WatkinsHighly commendedAdvising banks on regulatory capital rules67619Helped banks draft amendments to the Basel rules on capital requirements, and advised numerous banks on structuring transactions
Norton Rose FulbrightCommendedRisk management “in a box”77418Built a tool that enables clients to visualise the potential risks of a project from the outset, and cuts down the costs of employing external lawyers
Herbert SmithCommendedBuilding a high-speed railway regulatory regime66618Agreed the new regulatory framework for London & Continental Railways, the operator of the UK’s first high-speed rail link between London and the Channel Tunnel
Gide Loyrette NouelCommendedClearing credit default swap contracts66618Worked with LCH.Clearnet to build a clearing system for CDS transactions. The complex mechanisms came in response to the Group of 20’s agreement to standardise these opaque, over-the-counter swaps by 2012
Allen & OveryCommendedPlaying board games in tense meeting rooms76518“The Big Risk Game”, devised by the firm, is bringing role-playing situations into critical contract negotiations
LinklatersCommendedClearing interest rate swaps for investors65617Helped devise a clearing system for buyers in interest rate swap contracts. This protects investors from the risk of cross-border bank insolvencies by elevating them to secured creditors
Baker McKenzieCommendedViewing the financial crisis from all perspectives66517In hosting high-profile conferences, the firm helps analyse the relationship between law, economics, politics and sociology in the financial crisis
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