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Most innovative US law firms: Corporate law 2012 (3)

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InnovationA collaboration agreement for a joint acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca
Originality6
Rationale7
Impact5
Total18
DescriptionAn unusual deal that provides a template for big pharmaceutical companies to cooperate on bidding and sharing financial risk when acquiring drugs in the early stages of commercial development.

Most innovative US law firms: Corporate law 2012 (2)

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InnovationBridging US and European private equity conventions
Originality7
Rationale6
Impact8
Total21
DescriptionCrafted a novel indemnification structure to ensure US/Canadian brewer Molson Coors' €2.65bn ($3.37bn) acquisition of eastern European company StarBev was acceptable on both sides of the Atlantic.

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InnovationDouble material adverse effect (MAE) protection for a three-party club deal
Originality7
Rationale7
Impact7
Total21
DescriptionDeveloped a complex merger agreement and financing structure to enable three buyers jointly to acquire shoe company Collective Brands, then split its units among themselves.