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StandoutCravath, Swaine & Moore99927Devised the structure for three transformative transactions worth $80.5bn for Mylan, the pharmaceuticals company, while ensuring that the structure received shareholder approval. Commended: Mark Greene.
StandoutLatham & Watkins, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz99927Representing Allergan, the firms combined boardroom and courtroom tactics to fight a $46bn hostile takeover bid and later took the client into a $70.5bn acquisition. Commended: Paul Tosetti, Cary Hyden, David Katz.
StandoutSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom89926Devised a novel auction structure for Hillshire Brands during the “meat wars” that required bidders to make unilateral and irrevocable binding offers. It resulted in Hillshire’s sale for $8.6bn.
Highly commendedCooley98825The firm developed a legal template for applications for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators to act as commercial entities and secure exemption from national airspace rules.
Highly commendedKirkland & Ellis88925Provided strategic guidance for Burger King through its $11.4bn merger with Tim Hortons to create the third largest fast-food chain in the world. Commended: William Sorabella.
Highly commendedMayer Brown98825The firm responded to the poor performance of 401k retirement plans by helping to create alternative investment vehicles, giving access to high-performance funds.
Highly commendedSullivan & Cromwell79925The firm structured a $55bn merger between Kraft and Heinz that ensured neither party had to refinance any outstanding notes and closed in three months without leaking.
Highly commendedDavies Ward Phillips & Vineberg87924As Canadian counsel to Burger King in its acquisition of Tim Hortons, the firm helped reinvent the conventional Canadian exchangeable share structure.
Highly commendedGoodwin Procter79824Created a deal structure that enabled Roche to take a major shareholding in Foundation Medicine, a smaller oncology company, but give FM operational independence.
Highly commendedPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison88824Advised Dan Doctoroff, former deputy mayor of New York, on new ventures to modernise cities through three separate but simultaneous deals. Commended: Kenneth Schneider.
Highly commendedWeil, Gotshal & Manges88824Helped Kinder Morgan to streamline its corporate structure for future acquisitions by engineering three deals worth $76bn. Commended: Michael Aiello.
CommendedMorrison & Foerster88723Represented Imprint Capital Advisors in its sale to Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Commended: Susan Mac Cormac.
CommendedSullivan & Cromwell78823Lawyers, entering the deal mid-bid and without access to prior work product, helped Teva simultaneously acquire Allergan Generics and withdraw its proposal to acquire Mylan.
CommendedWhite & Case88723Represented Zimmer Holdings, the orthopaedic manufacturer, in its $14bn acquisition of Biomet from private equity owners.
CommendedAllen & Overy68822Lawyers addressed competition concerns in Imperial Tobacco's acquisition of certain brands from Reynolds-American to allow the $7.1bn deal to progress smoothly.
CommendedBaker McKenzie78722Operating across more than 50 countries, the firm helped to execute one of the largest 10 spinoffs in North American corporate history to create a $21bn company.
CommendedCreel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez87722Helped Concentadora Hipotecaria, the financial services company, set up a pioneering mortgage real estate investment trust in Mexico and Latin America.
CommendedDechert77822Advised and minimised risk for Wells Fargo bank in relation to its agreement to purchase 250 commercial real estate loans located in five jurisdictions from GE Capital Real Estate.
CommendedHogan Lovells77822Used a complex "forward" Morris Trust in a $5bn deal that created Orbital ATK, an aerospace and defence technology company under unusual circumstances – including an exploding rocket.
CommendedPaul Hastings78722Created a corporate governance structure for the world’s largest satellite constellation that aligned the interests of nine global companies.
CommendedShearman & Sterling87722In order to allow investment in cable company Liberty Global's Latin America and Caribbean business, the firm advised on the creation of a new security under English law.
CommendedBaker McKenzie77721Represented the Carbon Trade Exchange on its move to California's carbon market and its entry into a relationship with Minneapolis Grain Exchange.
CommendedDechert77721Acted for Celgene Corporation, a global pharmaceutical company, in negotiating a $1bn, 10- year collaboration with developer Juno Therapeutics.
CommendedPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison67821Lawyers worked quickly to set up a competitive bidding process for Time Warner Cable's $78.7bn merger with Charter Communications. Commended: Robert Schumer.
CommendedVinson & Elkins67821Advised Riverstone Holdings on structuring a complex $9.5bn Reverse Morris Trust transaction that led to the creation of Talen Energy Corporation, an independent power producer.
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