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North America Innovative Lawyers 2017: Enabling Business Growth - In-house legal teams

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StandoutIBM88925Led the strategic alliance with Chinese pharmaceutical group Baheal to bring IBM's Watson for Oncology and Genomics artificial intelligence platforms to clinicians in China. Lawyers cleared new regulatory and data privacy hurdles to complete the alliance, which is helping to accelerate cancer patient access to molecular data interpretation technologies and create new research and development opportunities.
StandoutFortis88824In securing the Canadian utility group's acquisition of US electricity company ITC Holdings, lawyers ensured due diligence and that US Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory requirements were satisfied for Fortis's concurrent listing on the New York Stock Exchange. This enabled the company to offer its shares as consideration to target US shareholders only, the first time this has been done by a Canadian public company.
Highly CommendedCiti77822Partnerships between functional and business legal teams enabled the successful closing of several significant transactions for the business in 2017. These included the acquisition of retailer Costco's $11bn credit card portfolio, and the sale of Citi's subprime lending business in Canada and consumer businesses in Argentina and Brazil.
Highly CommendedUber67821Project-managed the ride-hailing company's joint venture with Yandex, the Russian technology multinational, co-ordinating multiple local and international counsel and helping to establish a common platform and roaming agreement for users. The deal ended Uber's three-year battle to enter the Russian market.
CommendedAndeavor67720The petroleum refiner's lawyers formed a strategy committee and project team to implement the business's 100-day plan to acquire Western Refining while also managing concurrent workstreams to help the company enter the Mexican market.
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