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StandoutWeil, Gotshal & Manges26998Represented Applied Materials on its $29bn all-stock combination with Tokyo Electron. Commended: Keith Flaum.
StandoutCovington & Burling25898Helped World Wrestling Entertainment launch WWE Network, the first multi-platform, direct-to-consumer television service.
StandoutDechert25898Lead counsel to the Certares-led consortium of investors in its $900m purchase of a 50 per cent stake in American Express’s Global Business Travel division. Commended: Geraldine Sinatra.
StandoutKirkland & Ellis25997Used contingent value rights (CVRs) to replicate indemnification for the first time, helping to protect Community Health Systems against risk in its acquisition of Health Management Associates. Commended: Stephen Fraidin.
StandoutSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom25898Used a buyer’s exit clause to help retailer Joseph A Bank Clothiers deliver an extra $600m to shareholders. Commended: Paul Schnell and Jeremy London.
StandoutSullivan & Cromwell25898Counsel to Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ joint bid with Pershing Square for Allergan. Commended: Alison Ressler.
StandoutWhite & Case25898Helped Occidental Petroleum challenge federal laws in a previously untested refiling that secured its right to sell surplus energy to the California grid. Commended: Daniel Hagan.
Highly CommendedCravath, Swaine & Moore24888Conducted an extensive strategic review for Life Technologies, culminating in the company’s sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific for $13.6bn. Commended: Richard Hall.
Highly CommendedLatham & Watkins24888Breathed new life into the “Burger King” dual-track structure by applying it to antitrust risk associated with client Georgia-Pacific's bid for Buckeye Technologies.
Highly CommendedPaul Hastings24888Helped launch FIBRA Hipotecaria, a pioneering mortgage real estate investment trust (Reit) that creates an international secondary market for Mexican mortgages. Commended: Michael Fitzgerald.
Highly CommendedDechert23887Successfully overturned the Federal Trade Commission's prior ruling to facilitate OfficeMax’s $2.5bn merger with Office Depot. Commended: Paul Denis.
Highly CommendedKirkland & Ellis23887Negotiated a superior proposal clause to recoup $48m following the termination of Eddie Bauer’s proposed sale to Joseph A Bank Clothiers.
Highly CommendedLatham & Watkins23896Introduced an indemnity offset mechanism to protect Dutch group Royal DSM during the spin-off of its pharmaceuticals arm into a joint venture majority-owned by private equity firm JLL Partners.
CommendedCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton22787Represented Japanese brewer and distiller Suntory Holdings on its $16bn acquisition of US premium-brand spirits producer Beam. Commended: Paul Shim.
CommendedLatham & Watkins22886Helped Authentic Brands Group complete the high-profile acquisition of intellectual property rights associated with Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.
CommendedProskauer Rose22787Represented American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP) in its acquisition of Cole Real Estate Investments (CREI), helping to make ARCP the largest US net-lease Reit.
CommendedSullivan & Cromwell22787Negotiated an unusual prepaid reverse break fee to protect utility company Pepco's interests from regulatory delay during its auction sale.
CommendedFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer21777Worked through multi-jurisdictional complications arising from Nasdaq-listed engineering services group Foster Wheeler’s sale to UK rival Amec.
CommendedMorrison & Foerster21786Guided Edison Pharmaceuticals through its strategic partnership with Japan-based Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma.
CommendedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe21777Helped Hackman Capital-sponsored entities acquire and value a portfolio of 140 vacant properties from the bankrupt Hostess Brands (“Old HB”).
CommendedPaul Hastings21687Took advantage of new Nasdaq private placement rules to boost renewable energy and biofuels company Gevo’s capital-raising ability.
CommendedPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison21777Advised Time Warner Cable on its all-stock merger with Comcast to create a new operator with an enterprise value of $68bn. Commended: Bob Schumer.
CommendedSeyfarth Shaw21786Introduced Disclosure Dragon, an online document assembly tool for preparing legal and financial disclosure documents aimed specifically at the crowdfunding industry.
CommendedSimpson Thacher & Bartlett21777Advised Vodafone on the sale of its US business to Verizon in the largest mergers and acquisition deal of the century.
CommendedSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom21777Addressed US Securities and Exchanges Commission conflicts with Dutch law to help Joh A Benckiser buy Sara Lee spin-off company DE Master Blenders 1753 in a deal that forms the world’s largest pure-play coffee company.
CommendedPaul Hastings20677Represented Avalon in its $495m collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a pioneering tie-up between a venture capital fund and a leading pharmaceuticals company.
CommendedPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison20776Helped the newly installed board of Health Management Associates assess strategic alternatives in the run-up to its sale to Community Health Systems.
CommendedRopes & Gray20677Counsel to the New York Integrated Network on the formation of the first accountable care organisation (ACO) in the US primarily serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
CommendedSimpson Thacher & Bartlett20677Advised Blackstone in the formation of Invitation Homes, a national platform to rent and manage distressed single-family homes.
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