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Most innovative North American law firms 2016: Managing complexity and scale (2)

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Rationale8
Impact8
Total innovation score23
CommentAdvising Dow Chemical on its planned merger with DuPont, the firm helped create a unique governance structure that will combine 900 or so product lines. The structure has won approval for the deal from shareholders.

Most innovative North American law firms 2016: Managing complexity and scale

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Total innovation score26
CommentGeneral Electric turned to the firm to design, co-ordinate and implement one of the largest ever corporate transformations, involving more than $100bn in disposals and restructuring $205bn in debt. Nearly 400 lawyers from 17 offices co-ordinated their resources, expertise and a deep knowledge of the client to make the complex reorganisation happen. Lawyers gave GE confidence during the process, helping the business take risks in order to reinvent itself as a digital industrial company.