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StandoutGibson, Dunn & Crutcher27999Spearheaded the restructuring of Arcapita Bank in the first chapter 11 plan for a sharia-compliant institution. Commended: Michael Rosenthal.
StandoutJones Day267910Lead counsel to the City of Detroit in its $18bn-plus bankruptcy, which involved negotiating unprecedented settlements.
StandoutLinklaters25889Represented Citi and Banco Santander in launching the first multi-bank securitisation of trade finance assets, worth $1bn.
StandoutBlake, Cassels & Graydon24888Helped implement a new treaty in Canada and advised on Air Canada's subsequent enhanced equipment trust certificates aircraft financing, creating a new benchmark for non-US airlines. Commended: Donald Gray.
StandoutMayer Brown24879Advised underwriter Morgan Stanley in the $1bn Trade MAPS financing, allowing banks to securitise trade finance assets and comply with Basel III regulations.
Highly CommendedAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld23878Created a hybrid structure for food company Mars’s agreement to develop the Mesquite Creek Wind Farm and reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
Highly CommendedAllen & Overy23878Devised a hybrid corporate and project financing structure to enable the Export-Import Bank of the United States to finance Asia Broadcast Satellite’s launch programme.
Highly CommendedCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton23788Represented a consortium of creditors in the bankruptcy of Brazilian company OGX Óleo e Gás Participações, the largest in Latin America. Commended: Richard J Cooper.
Highly CommendedCravath, Swaine & Moore23797Created a novel financing structure that facilitated Crown Castle’s acquisition plans while safeguarding its conversion to a real estate investment trust structure. Commended: Stephen Burns and Johnny Skumpija.
Highly CommendedRopes & Gray23986Advised Pax World Funds and worked closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission to enable the first conversion of an Exchange Traded Fund into a traditional mutual fund. Commended: Greg Sheehan and Brian McCabe.
Highly CommendedSullivan & Cromwell23788Helped Sempra Energy secure $7bn of multi-source long-term debt to develop one of the first natural gas liquefaction facilities in the US. Commended: Fred Rich and Inosi Nyatta.
Highly CommendedAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld22778Advised Indian state-owned energy company GAIL in a 20-year services agreement to use the Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal. Commended: Stephen Davis.
Highly CommendedCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton22787Won a ruling on no-action clauses in an “uninsured unitranche” structure, facilitating the successful restructuring of American Roads, operator of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel linking the US with Canada. Commended: Sean O’Neal.
Highly CommendedCravath, Swaine & Moore22787Formulated a dual-covenant structure that enabled Riverstone to refinance its debt while also negotiating a merger. Commended: Johnny Skumpija and George Zobitz.
Highly CommendedKirkland & Ellis22787Constructed a creative financing structure for investment firm Apax Partners, enabling it to acquire two companies in the workers’ compensation industry at the same time. Commended: Jay Ptashek, Joshua Korff.
Highly CommendedLatham & Watkins22787Advised on the IPO of Terraform, helping to develop the market for “yield companies” in the renewable energy industry.
Highly CommendedPaul Hastings22877Used a common derivatives structure to recapitalise New York’s leading not-for-profit affordable housing lender, a first in the sector. Commended: Lisa Chaney and Eric Schwitzer.
Highly CommendedPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison22796Helped creditors recaptialise the CEVA Group via a complex US, UK and Cayman Islands process, all within two months to keep the company from bankruptcy. Commended: Andrew Rosenberg and Elizabeth McColm.
Highly CommendedSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom22787Worked with NextEra Energy and its underwriters to develop a hybrid yield co-master limited partnership financing.
Highly CommendedWeil, Gotshal & Manges22877Advised the lead arrangers of a €7.6bn “Yankee loan” financing for a joint venture between DEMB and Mondel?z International to create Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the world’s leading pure-play coffee company. Commended: Daniel Dokos and Justin D Lee.
Highly CommendedWeil, Gotshal & Manges22688Represented the rehabilitator of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC) in the first case in which an insurance company was wound down while paying policyholders outside an insolvency proceeding.
CommendedAllen & Overy21768Advised the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the $2bn procurement of the replacement to the Goethals Bridge, using a novel public-private partnership. Commended: Andrew Fraiser.
CommendedChadbourne & Parke21768Executed the world’s first securitisation of distributed solar energy assets, increasing industry access to the securitisation market. Commended: Andrew Coronios.
CommendedJones Day21777Advised NRG Energy in the development of the world’s largest carbon capture project, demonstrating the commercial viability of technology at this scale.
CommendedKirkland & Ellis21777Helped Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital finance their acquisition of BMC Software using a new dual-commitment option structure. Commended: Linda K Myers & Christopher Butler.
CommendedJones Day20677Advised Social Finance US on the launch of the first state-led social impact bond in the US.
CommendedMayer Brown20677Helped develop a public-private partnership model to fund the $848m expansion of a main Texas highway.
CommendedPaul Hastings20668Created a financing structure for the joint lead arrangers in Apollo Global Management’s $1.3bn purchase of the Chuck E. Cheese’s chain.
CommendedSidley Austin20776Obtained a court ruling to cap credit bidding in a bankruptcy auction, allowing Chinese company Wanxiang to acquire Fisker Automotive.
CommendedSimpson Thacher & Bartlett20767Represented the underwriters on Vince Holding's $230m initial public offering using a reverse spin-off structure.
CommendedSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom20776Helped Fortress Investment Group issue a first-of-its-kind high-yield note to finance the All Aboard Florida railway project.
CommendedVinson & Elkins20578Advised in the development and financing of the $2bn Alto Maipo hydroelectric project in Chile.
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