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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomStandout89825Advised a consortium of private equity firms on a carve-out transaction to acquire 38 rigs and create the $1bn Shelf Drilling.
Jones DayStandout79824Created new standards in the use of computer-assisted review of antitrust investigations to allow Goodrich to merge with United Technologies Corporation.
Paul HastingsStandout88824Employed innovative deal structures and achieved regulatory approval for Shuanghui's $7.1bn acquisition of Smithfield Foods, the largest ever Chinese takeover of a US company.
White & CaseStandout88824Advised Roust Trading Ltd, a holding company of Russian Standard, on a pre-packaged US bankruptcy to assume 100 per cent control of spirits producer Central European Distribution Corporation.
Latham & WatkinsHighly commended88723Created a novel interloper-friendly tool during Quest's auction giving rival bidders a 19.9 per cent top-up option to help neutralise the chief executive's holding.
O'Melveny & MyersHighly commended87823Guided Chinese company BGI-Shenzhen through the financing and regulatory clearance for its acquisition of Complete Genomics.
Shearman & SterlingHighly commended88723Advised Liberty Global on its acquisition of Virgin Media, and the re-domestication of the new entity to the UK while maintaining its US stock listing.
Simpson Thacher & BartlettHighly commended78823Helped Smithfield Foods to negotiate enforceability and regulatory concerns during its sale to Chinese company Shuanghui.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomHighly commended79723Oversaw Sprint's sale to SoftBank while simultaneously helping the company acquire Clearwire and fend off rival bids.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomHighly commended99523Built consensus to guide AMR's creditors committee towards a rare strategy to help the company exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy through its merger with US Airways.
Weil, Gotshal & MangesHighly commended99523In a highly unusual deal, advised AMR on a merger agreement with US Airways while still under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
White & CaseHighly commended88723On behalf of Toyota Industries Corporation, the firm successfully challenged the Department of Justice's new economic modelling for antitrust in vertical mergers.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & FeldCommended77822Advised Vision Capital on a first-of-its-kind transaction allowing a bidder group to acquire a valuable fund at the end of its term, creating a model for future deals.
Cravath, Swaine & MooreCommended78722Advised AmerisourceBergen during its entry into a three-way strategic relationship with Walgreen Co and Alliance Boots.
Debevoise & PlimptonCommended78722Helped Dell's special committee explore options ahead of its $24.9bn go-private transaction using an extended go-shop to encourage rival bids and fight a shareholder challenge.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & JacobsonCommended88622Orchestrated a complex, tax-free split-off of Mosaic from Cargill, allowing the parent company to remain private.
Kirkland & EllisCommended87722Structured two recent deals that breathe life into the go-shop provision, turning an obligation into a deal technology.
Latham & WatkinsCommended77822Advised Blackstone Energy Partners on its $1.5bn investment into Cheniere Energy Partners to develop the first liquefied natural gas export facility in continental US.
McDermott Will & EmeryCommended77822Represented Constellation Brands during antitrust investigations, creating a framework with the Department of Justice to allow the use of computer-assisted review.
Morrison & FoersterCommended78722Advised SoftBank on the largest ever Japanese buyout when purchasing Sprint while fighting off a competing bid.
Ropes & GrayCommended77822Worked with Behrman Capital to develop creative options for the sale of its "Fund III" portfolio in a deal that increased liquidity and opened up a new market of potential purchasers.
Vinson & ElkinsCommended77822Played a critical role in Pioneer's combined sale and agreement with Sinochem Petroleum USA to form a long-term horizontal drilling development partnership.
Cravath, Swaine & MooreCommended67821Assisted Crown Castle with its lease and leaseback acquisition of the rights to over 7,000 T-Mobile towers marking an important expansion of the company's US mobile telecoms infrastructure holdings.
Davis Polk & WardwellCommended68721Advised Bertelsmann on its combination with a Pearson division to form the world's largest consumer publishing company, Penguin Random House.
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerCommended68721Guided private equity firm EQT through its public tender offer for Westway, requiring a pre-sale carve-out of one of its businesses.
Kirkland & EllisCommended77721Represented 3G partners in its joint acquisition of Heinz in a $28bn all-cash transaction that utilised an innovative deal structure, dubbed 'the ketchup clause'.
Kirkland & EllisCommended77721Advised the Clearwire board on a strategy to increase value to its shareholders by encouraging a rival bid into a majority owned company.
Latham & WatkinsCommended78621Helped structure and launch Goldman Sachs's accelerated bookbuilt offering with put options for Hemen Holdings' $1bn SeaDrill share sale.
O'Melveny & MyersCommended87621Advised US Airways on a unique agreement between labour unions before the announcement of the American Airlines merger.
Simpson Thacher & BartlettCommended77721Represented the Special Committee of the board of directors in the sale of Clearwire to Sprint, achieving a larger-than-expected sale price after using competing bids.
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