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North America Innovative Lawyers 2017: Driving Value

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StandoutSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom98926Along with Credit Suisse, the firm advised Social Capital and Hedosophia Holdings, two venture capital funds, on the development of “IPO 2.0”, a new way for so-called unicorns — technology companies valued over a billion dollars — to take advantage of being a public company without an IPO.
Highly CommendedLatham & Watkins99725The firm was at the cutting edge of defining aspects of virtual reality (VR) technology and associated rights in helping NextVR forge partnerships with the NBA, NFL, Fox Sports and Live Nation to bring its technology to sports and music fans. Commended: Chris Brearton.
Highly CommendedDebevoise & Plimpton88824The advantage of international arbitrations is that they are private and confidential for the parties. However, they are attractive hacking targets. The firm created an industry-wide cybersecurity protocol to address these threats, so the arbitration process can be protected.
Highly CommendedAkerman78722The firm expanded Expedia’s online travel booking service to cover Cuba by developing a strategy to deal with revisions to US travel restrictions on visiting the country as well as political tensions.
CommendedDLA Piper77721The firm helped Integris Software to include a clause in the company’s voting agreement, aimed at avoiding potential risk of reputational damage, to force investors to replace a board director if there is “reasonable probability” that sexual harassment has occurred. Commended: Trent Dykes.
CommendedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe77721Lawyers’ tax advice helped solve a potential deal breaker in the launch of the first environmental impact bond by DC Waterways, designed to finance improvements in water quality in and around the District of Columbia.
CommendedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe77620Designing a new “termination for convenience” clause was essential to protecting the firm’s client Apex Clean Energy in its financing of a solar and wind hybrid energy project for the US army. Commended: Christopher Gladbach.
CommendedRopes & Gray76720Helped Quantopian, a crowdsourced hedge fund, create a new financing structure to secure seed funding while balancing the risks of their unusual operating model that uses trading algorithms from freelance programmers.
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