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Rank
Originality
Rationale
Impact
Score
Description
White & CaseStandout99725Created a new infrastructure co-operation agreement for Best Buy to govern the relationship between suppliers in a multi-sourcing arrangement, promoting co-operation and co-ordination.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomStandout79824Played a pivotal role in a unique patent carve-out plus mergers and acquisitions deal to monetise MIPS Technologies' intellectual property portfolio.
Latham & WatkinsStandout78823Helped ViaSat overcome regulatory hurdles with an original argument to prove that in-flight internet broadband connections met the definition of "fixed" connections.
Orrick, Herrington & SutcliffeHighly commended68822Defended EMC against Oasis in a high-stakes patent infringement case that has far-reaching implications for patent troll defences.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & GarrisonHighly commended68721Helped Emmis Communications monetise its local programming and marketing agreement with ESPN, allowing ESPN access to the FM band and Emmis to refinance.
Simpson Thacher & BartlettHighly commended67821Developed new payment mechanisms to allow Tesla Motors to repay its $465m Department of Energy loan nine years early.
Weil, Gotshal & MangesHighly commended67821Successfully appealed a court ruling against online ticket sales agent StubHub, protecting internet businesses' immunity under the Communications Decency Act.
Jones DayCommended77620Played a leading role in social entrepreneurship and impact investing, including on the development of flexible purpose corporations in California.
Katten Muchin RosenmanCommended87520Worked with Winklevoss Capital Management to create the first exchange traded fund for a digital asset, which will allow wider investment in Bitcoins.
Morrison & FoersterCommended77620Co-chaired the group that defined the flexible purpose corporation, a new model allowing companies to include social and environmental goals as a purpose.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomCommended67720Advised SurveyMonkey in a combined transaction that allowed the company to stay private longer through an $800m debt and equity recapitalisation.
DLA PiperCommended67619A formal collaboration with a range of professional services firms to support client innovation through corporate ventures.
Latham & WatkinsCommended66719Helped NET Power secure finance and support for a pilot plant project for a new energy technology that has zero carbon emissions.
Orrick, Herrington & SutcliffeCommended57719Successfully obtained a court order allowing Microsoft to take over cybercriminal Citadel Botnet's control infrastructure and remove malware from more than 2m computers.
Ropes & GrayCommended66719Successfully defended ProShares in a class action brought against the company's exchange trade funds and in a patent troll attack.
Cravath, Swaine & MooreCommended66618Represented Barnes & Noble in several strategic investment deals, ensuring the client maintained flexibility to form new partnerships and adapt to changing market conditions.
Crowell & MoringCommended57618Formed a practice group to service companies expecting to capture new opportunities created by the introduction of new top-level domain names.
Debevoise & PlimptonCommended57618Represented Kate Spade in trademark litigation against Saturdays Surf NYC, obtaining complete victory in a highly expedited trial.
Morrison & FoersterCommended57618A plant IP group that works to protect companies through patenting new seed varieties and providing strategic IP and litigation advice.
Morrison & FoersterCommended57618Helped numerous biopharmaceutical companies navigate the process of obtaining patents, enabling the development of "blockbuster" drugs.
Paul HastingsCommended67518Represented PayPal in its strategic partnership with Discover that allowed for a new development in payment methods.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & GarrisonCommended67518Continues to defend Genetech and Biogen against numerous attacks on patent rights for high-profile therapies, ensuring the companies' ability to continue to innovate.
Ropes & GrayCommended67518Representing Genesco in litigation challenging payment card company fines after a data breach.
CooleyCommended56617The firm supports start-up companies participating in the TechStars program in a number of ways including a flexible approach to fees.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & GarrisonCommended56617Represented Ericsson in several strategic acquisitions and licensing deals, helping the company to become a leading internet protocol TV middleware provider.
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