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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & HamiltonStandoutNortel Networks’ patent auction during its bankruptcy proceedings77721In a landmark sale demonstrating the technology market's interest in patents independent from the acquisition of businesses, the firm created a prototype for the sale, marketing and pricing of intellectual property on a stand-alone basis.
Paul HastingsStandoutFacebook’s new transactional structure and the Open Compute Project77721In a series of groundbreaking documents, the firm balanced the client's need to protect and develop its own IP and its desire to improve technology on an open-source basis for the entire sector.
Ropes & GrayStandoutZynga’s private sale of stock77721Enabling the games company to have greater control over the sale, the firm identified a previously unexploited aspect of California state securities law. This has provided a template for others across Silicon Valley and the rest of California.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & TaftHighly commendedMicrosoft antitrust cases76720Advised most recently on Microsoft's preparation for an $8.5bn acquisition of Skype. Partner Rick Rule helped transform the software group's position in this arena from a ìbunker mentalityî to an open adviser to antitrust bodies in the US.
Cravath, Swaine & MooreHighly commendedCollaborating with JPMorgan Chase on the financing of digital projection systems into 20,000 movie screens in the US77620Without a precedent to work from, the firm engineered this complex financing agreement that incorporated elements of structured financings as well as traditional bank credit facilities. Transformative for the film industry.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomHighly commendedSaving MGM's worldwide business68620Facing down Carl Icahn, the corporate raider, the firm displayed top-level planning and a persuasive approach. The pre-pack deal achieved 100-cent-on-the-dollar return for lenders and secured 97 per cent approval from 400 creditors.
Davis Polk & WardwellCommendedPandora Media’s $235m initial public offering67619Navigated this lively IPO, avoiding ìgun-jumpingî issues that may have been brought about by blurred lines between the high-profile prospectus and the client's branding activities.
Latham & WatkinsCommendedRestructuring RHI77519Using a ìtwo-planî solution built into a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to cater for a range of scenarios, the firm cut new ground to rescue the provider of television content.
Latham & WatkinsCommendedGetting clearance for the Oracle-Sun merger58619With significant benefit to Oracle, the firm conducted and absorbed in-depth analysis of the software behind Java, allowing the dismissal of antitrust objections.
Shearman & SterlingCommendedAdvising Sony in the consortium acquisition of Nortel Networks’ patent portfolio66719Partner Sam Waxman's consensus-building approach and attention to the spirit of this expanding partnership enabled the complex deal to progress smoothly while satisfying the needs of this wide, fluid consortium.
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