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North America Innovative Lawyers 2017: Managing Complexity and Scale - Law firms and legal service providers

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StandoutSullivan & Cromwell79824Represented Chinese electricity company State Grid International Development, one of the world's largest companies by revenue, in its acquisition of one of Brazil's largest privately-owned energy companies, CPFL Energia, for $4.53bn. Lawyers dealt with multiple shareholder interests and navigated complex security laws across China, Brazil and the US to achieve a successful close at a time when businesses were under greater scrutiny in Brazil following the Lava Jato scandal. Commended: Sergio Galvis.
StandoutSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom79723Acted for SunEdison, the US energy company, which had to sell two of its renewable energy yield cos, TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global, during its bankruptcy proceedings. The law firm helped it navigate the claims between the parties and guided SunEdison through its bankruptcy.
StandoutSullivan & Cromwell79723Acted for TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global, two
Highly CommendedCravath, Swaine & Moore78722Advised Brookfield Asset Management in the acquisition of TerraForm Global and TerraForm Power, two publicly traded renewable energy
Highly CommendedFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer78722In a large antitrust matter covering 23 competition authorities, secured unconditional antitrust clearance for Danish shipping company Maersk Line in connection with its $3.7bn acquisition of Germany's Hamburg Süd. The firm convinced the US Department of Justice antitrust division to approach market definition differently to the European Commission.
Highly CommendedWhite & Case77822This entry has been amended to clarify the nature of the clients and the unification of two grids.Represented the senior lenders and initial fixed rate note purchaser in the project financing of Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte’s 600km power transmission line in Chile. This will unify the country’s two principal grids and provide cheaper electricity.
CommendedHogan Lovells67720Displayed its project management and stakeholder engagement skills in the successful spin-off of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, from Vanderbilt University. The deal allowed the centre to raise $1.3bn in bond note proceeds in April 2016 to purchase clinical assets.
CommendedKirkland & Ellis67720Helped Oro Negro, the Mexican offshore oil and gas company, restructure $1.3bn of aggregate debt and liabilities consensually. Notably, Kirkland helped merge two bond tranches under Norwegian law. Commended: Anup Sathy.
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