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Davis Polk & WardwellStandout89825Advising Bank of America in the Foxwoods restructuring, the firm introduced a novel legal structure to keep proceedings from going to the bankruptcy court.
Cravath, Swaine & MooreStandout88824Helped Cincinnati Bell convert its data centre into a first-of-its-kind real estate investment trust, followed by a carve-out initial public offering, reducing massive debt.
Latham & WatkinsStandout78924Advised Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to minimise uncertainty risk in a Reverse Morris Trust, creating a new tax-free spin-off.
Mayer BrownStandout88824Helped create a new bond that uses storm surge as a trigger to help New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority meet catastrophe insurance needs.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomStandout88824In a four-year restructuring saga, the firm deleveraged Realogy's multibillion dollar debt, culminating in one of the largest initial public offerings of 2012.
White & CaseStandout88824Restructured the debt burden for Iconix by the first securitisation of an intellectual property portfolio.
Chadbourne & ParkeHighly commended78823Advised Société Générale on financing for the first liquefied natural gas project without completion guarantee in the US.
Cravath, Swaine & MooreHighly commended78823Worked with Credit Suisse on the financing of Reynolds Group Holdings' high-yield debt offering, utilising a fungible tack-on structure to increase liquidity.
Davis Polk & WardwellHighly commended68923Introduced Chapter 15 bankruptcy to Japanese client Elpida, allowing greater bankruptcy protection for its US intellectual property.
Latham & WatkinsHighly commended99523Created an original strategy to build consensus and enable an unusual merger agreement between client US Airways and AMR.
Morrison & FoersterHighly commended98623Guided Residential Capital in bankruptcy proceedings, allowing it to operate during restructuring - a first for a financial company.
Orrick, Herrington & SutcliffeHighly commended78823Advised Rialto Water Services on takeover of the Californian city's water utility, the first public-private partnership using water and wastewater assets as a partnership vehicle.
Simpson Thacher & BartlettHighly commended78823Created a unique fund structure with Blackstone Group, making institutional investors the sole limited partners of their respective funds.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomHighly commended78823Devised, with Credit Suisse, a $5bn covenant-light secured financing for the Australian mining company Fortescue, helping to transform the company's fortunes.
Weil, Gotshal & MangesHighly commended88723Represented Mashantucket Pequot tribe on Foxwoods Casino out-of-court restructuring.
Cravath, Swaine & MooreCommended79622Represented Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in a $1bn secured term loan facility for Navistar, overcoming unique restrictions.
Morrison & FoersterCommended78722Skilfully negotiated insolvency proceedings for MF Global's trustee, obtaining an unusual global settlement from the UK administrator and SIPC trustee.
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