The American Lawyer Announces Inaugural Global Legal Awards

NEW YORK – July 9, 2013 – ALM’s The American Lawyer announced its inaugural Global Legal Awards honoring outstanding cross-boarder legal work from around the globe, regardless of the forum or mode of lawyering, along with extraordinary global pro bono and social responsibility initiatives.

“We received over 300 nominations from firms, from every major global player in the U.S. and U.K., and many of the others around the world,” said ALM editor-in-chief Aric Press. “We ended up creating new categories after we saw the abundance of riches. This confirms how much cutting-edge, important global legal work there is.”

The Global Legal Awards winners will be honored and four grand prizes announced -- for Global Finance Deal of the Year, Global M&A Deal of the Year, Global Dispute of the Year, and The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award -- at the Global Legal Awards dinner on September 23rd at New York City’s Gotham Hall.

The winners are:

FINANCE

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Equity capital markets
Winner: Santander Mexico IPO
Honorees: Davis Polk & Wardwell, Shearman & Sterling, Grupo Financiero Santander

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Debt capital markets
Winner: Italian Government Bonds
Honorees: Allen & Overy, Simmons & Simmons, Clifford Chance, Italian Treasury

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Public restructuring
Winner: Greece’s Debt Restructuring
Honorees: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance, White & Case, Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Sidley Austin, Greek Ministry of Finance

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Private restructuring
Winner: MF Global Restructuring
Honorees: Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Morrison & Foerster, Slaughter and May, Pepper Hamilton, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project finance (Asia)
Winner: Ichthys LNG Project
Honorees: Latham & Watkins, Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith Freehills, Inpex Corporation, Total S.A.

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project finance (Middle East)
Winner: Sadara Chemicals Project
Honorees: Shearman & Sterling, White & Case, Hatem Aabbas Ghazzawi & Co., Saudi Aramco, Dow Chemical Company

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Strategic advice
Winner: Euro Zone Crisis Management
Honorees: Clifford Chance, European Stability Mechanism

DISPUTES

Global Dispute of the Year: Commercial arbitration
Winner: Dow v. Kuwait Petroleum
Honorees: Shearman & Sterling, Dow Chemical Company

Global Dispute of the Year: Investment arbitration
Winner: Occidental Petroleum v. Ecuador
Honorees: Covington & Burling, Debevoise & Plimpton, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. litigation
Winner: The Porsche short squeeze defense
Honorees: Sullivan & Cromwell, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Global Dispute of the Year: U.K. litigation
Winner: Berezovsky v. Abramovich
Honorees: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Brick Court Chambers

Global Dispute of the Year: International litigation
Winner: Indonesian Clove Cigarettes (WTO)
Honoree: Mayer Brown, Indonesian Directorate-General for International Trade Cooperation

Global Dispute of the Year: Investigations
Winner: Intesa Sanpaolo criminal sanctions investigation
Honorees: Davis Polk & Wardwell, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA
 
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Global M&A Deal of the Year: U.S.
Winner: Softbank/Sprint
Honorees: 
Morrison & Foerster, Dow Lohnes, Foulston & Siefkin, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Softbank Corp., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, Shearman & Sterling, Polsinelli Shughart, Sprint Nextel Corp.

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Canada
Winner: CNOOC/Nexen
Honorees: Stikeman Elliot, Davis Polk, Herbert Smith, CNOOC Limited,
Blake Cassels & Graydon, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer, Covington & Burling, Norton Rose, Nexen Inc.

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Brazil
Winner: UnitedHealth/Amil
Honorees: Sullivan & Cromwell, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, UnitedHealth Group Inc.,
Linklaters, Lefosse Advogados, Amil Participações S.A.

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Chile
Winner: The Anglo American Sur sales
Honorees: Cleary, Codelco, Debevoise & Plimpton, Mitsui,
Shearman & Sterling, Anglo-American plc , Clifford Chance, Mitsubishi

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Latin America
Winner: LAN/TAM
Honorees: LatAm Airlines Group, Sullivan & Cromwell, Pinheiro Neta, Claro y Cia
Clifford Chance, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice, Turci Advogados, Cariolo Diez, Perez-Cotapos & Cia

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Russia
Winner: Rosneft/TNK-BP
Honorees: Cleary, OAO Rosneft Oil Company, Linklaters, BP plc, Skadden,  Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Weil, AAR Consortium

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Europe
Winner: Glencore/Xstrata
Honorees: Linklaters, Freshfields, Glencore Xstrata plc

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Australia

Winner: Yancoal/Gloucester
Honorees:
Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & MacKenzie, King & Wood Mallesons,
Minter Ellison, Clayton Utz, Sullivan & Cromwell
Yancoal Australia Ltd.

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia
Heineken/Asia Pacific Brewery
Honorees:  Duane Morris & Selvam, Heineken International, Stamford Law Corporation, Fraser and Neave

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Middle East & Africa
Winner: Sinopec/Aramco JV
Honorees: Vinson & Elkins, Sinopec, White & Case, Saudi Aramco

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Private equity
Winner: Walgreen/Boots
Honorees:  Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Allen & Overy, Walgreen Co.,
Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, Darrois, Villey Maillot & Brochier, KKR & Co., Alliance Boots GmbH

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Grand prize
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, September 23, 2013, at Gotham Hall in New York

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

Global CSR Initiative of the Year
Winner: The Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge
Honoree: Norton Rose Fulbright

Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year
Winner: Tadonki v. General Secretary of the United Nations
Honoree: Amsterdam & Peroff

Global Pro Bono Deal of the Year
Co-winners, for financing social-purpose corporations:
Jones Day for Embrace Innovations
Latham & Watkins for REBBL Inc.

Global Pro Bono Program of the Year (single jurisdiction)
Winner: Legal Assistance to Sierra Leone
Honoree: Herbert Smith Freehills

Global Pro Bono Program of the Year (multiple jurisdictions)
Winner: Fighting Human Trafficking Initiative
Honoree: White & Case

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award: Lifetime achievement
Winner: DLA/New Perimeter

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award, 2013
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, September 23, 2013, at Gotham Hall in New York

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