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StandoutWeil, Gotshal & Manges98825Enabled retailer J. Crew to consensually restructure its financing arrangements and release new liquidity without resorting to bankruptcy, leveraging its brand and previously unused intellectual property.
StandoutWhite & Case88824Helped Antares Capital, the world’s largest middle-market lender, to create a flexible collateralised loan obligation (CLO) platform. The $2.1bn platform is the largest created since the financial crisis and integrates two types of CLO platforms.
Highly CommendedCreel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez88723Advised Promotora y Operadora de Infraestructura (Pinfra), the Mexican transport infrastructure operator, in developing Fibra E, a new tax-driven investment vehicle, enabling investment in Mexico’s busiest toll road.
Highly CommendedDavies Ward Phillips & Vineberg88723Advised Fortis, the utility company, to offer its Toronto-listed shares as part of its purchase price for US-based ITC Holdings, developing a new methodology for future Canadian-American acquisitions.
Highly CommendedMcGuireWoods77923Working with Developing World Markets, a US microfinancing firm, developed the Orca (Off-grid, Renewable and Climate Action) note to enable private sector investment, allowing 200,000 families in Latin America, Africa and Asia to access reliable energy.
CommendedCreel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez78722The firm dealt with local regulators and sought amendments to pension funds and securities regulations to enable the first initial public offering of a special purpose acquisition vehicle in Mexico.
CommendedMayer Brown78722Helped secure capital for Chicago Fundamental Investment Partners (CFIP) from Academic Group, a non-profit educational body, applying tracking units to the traditional collateral loan obligations (CLOs) used. This structure — never before used for CLOs — allowed Academic Group to take a minority interest in CFIP and make investment returns. Commended: J Paul Forrester.
CommendedNader, Hayaux & Goebel77721The firm helped its client, sponsor CKD Infraestructura México, to create Fibra E investment vehicles worth 50bn pesos ($2.6bn) to allow new tax-efficient investments in Mexico’s energy and infrastructure industries.
CommendedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe77721Acted as bond counsel in creating GO Savers, a pooled financing programme, to allow Californian school districts to issue general obligation bonds at public market rates by collaborating and sharing upfront costs. Commended: John Palmer.
CommendedCooley67720Advised ride-hailing service Uber in the structuring of a joint venture in Russia with Yandex and Yandex.Taxi, ending a three-year battle for market share and regulatory concerns against a tense political backdrop. Commended: Jamie Leigh and Ben Beerle.
CommendedDechert77620Helped transfer the assets of Cirara, a drug made by client Remedy Pharmaceuticals, to Biogen for an upfront payment of $120m. The deal enabled Remedy to remain involved in key development phases of this potentially ground-breaking treatment for stroke patients.
CommendedLatham & Watkins67720Advised Mexican energy group Vista Oil & Gas on Mexico’s first initial public offering of a special purpose acquisition company. Lawyers worked round aspects of the $650m IPO — which introduced a new asset class to the country — that violated various pension and other regulations.
CommendedPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison77620Represented Coinstar in the whole-business securitisation of its coin exchange operation. This type of securitisation is not traditionally used for this type of asset but enabled Coinstar to secure lower interest rates and financing costs.
CommendedShearman & Sterling76720Worked with the US Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau on a complex financing for the Moynihan Train Hall in New York. The hybrid project-finance and urban-redevelopment deal involved numerous stakeholders and required non-traditional funding to make it happen.
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