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Most innovative North American law firms 2016: Innovation in collaboration

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StandoutHP; Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott; Choate, Hall & Stewart; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; and Seyfarth Shaw910928A unique collaboration between four competing law firms and the in-house legal team at HP secured them a victory in a breach of contract case against Oracle. The case, worth more than $3bn, was fought through an unusual alliance between the firms and its client to convince a jury that Oracle had breached its contract and destroyed HP’s Itanium server business.
StandoutLatham & Watkins and Fluor Corporation98926The firm and client Fluor achieved a new Supreme Court decision on whether companies can freely assign their long-tail insurance claims during corporate deals. They overturned a previous decision through finding a rarely used statute in the US insurance code. Their victory will potentially safeguard billions of dollars of insurance coverage for policyholders.
StandoutMicrosoft; Covington & Burling; and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe89825In a case that could have had a detrimental impact on the tech sector and privacy rights, the two law firms and Microsoft developed a legal strategy to successfully contest a warrant from the US Department of Justice to access customer emails stored on a server in Ireland.
Highly CommendedAkerman, Thomson Reuters and Neota Logic98724The firm created a dedicated data law product, ADLC, to help big corporations stay compliant with US data and privacy laws in collaboration with Thomson Reuters, which provides up-to-date data, and Neota Logic, which provides the technology platform.
Highly CommendedKing & Spalding and Barclays Capital88824The firm and Barclays Capital developed a proprietary product that bridges securitisation and leveraged finance, to enable the bank to offer clients lower cost financing options.
Highly CommendedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Stripe88824Orrick helped Stripe, an online payments platform, to develop Stripe Atlas, which enables foreign entrepreneurs to set up global online businesses and access the US market without undergoing the usual bureaucracy.
Highly CommendedPaul Hastings88723The firm partnered with the Aspen Institute’s leadership programme to give pro bono advice to fellows in its social impact projects, which range from education to health. It ties the CSR programme to business and people development for both the fellows and the firm’s partners. Commended: Meg Sullivan
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