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North America Innovative Lawyers 2017: Enabling Business Growth - Law firms and legal service providers

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Originality9
Leadership9
Impact7
Total innovation score25
CommentSanchez Energy wanted to buy shale acreage worth $2.3bn, but its chances looked slim as its market capitalisation was only $300m and shale energy is a stressed market. The law firm devised a financing structure that allowed private equity firms Blackstone and GSO Capital to bid on an operatorship premium basis while allowing Sanchez to retain control of its business operations.