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Corporate 2010 (2)

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Award levelHighly commended
InnovationBeating a rival to a hostile acquisition
Originality6
Rationale7
Impact6
Total19
DescriptionForcing the board of Validus Holdings to accept the $1.67bn bid from IPC Holdings allowed the firm’s client to block the consolidation of two competitor companies in the Bermudan catastrophe reinsurance market. It has revived the hostile scheme of arrangement as a viable takeover tool

Corporate 2010

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InnovationRegulatory approval for migrating a Russian company also listed in the US
Originality7
Rationale7
Impact7
Total21
DescriptionThe migration of VimpelCom, a Russian telecommunications company, resolved a five-year-old majority shareholder dispute and created the precedent for future tender offers effected by a Russian company also listed in New York