Davis Polk wins again at IFLR Americas Awards

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 22 Mar 2013
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Davis Polk & Wardwell won the Americas law firm of the year at the annual IFLR Americas awards ceremony held in New York last night - becoming the first to win the coveted award two years in a row.

The firm also became the first to win the debt & equity team of the year award two years in a row. Further, in what was a highly successful night for Davis Polk, the firm also picked up the financial regulation team of the year award in recognition of the firm’s work on living wills and other Dodd-Frank rulemaking initiatives as well as the restructuring team of the year award for the firm’s work on Lehman Brothers bankruptcy proceedings.

The night’s other success was Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. The firm won in the M&A and equity categories, winning both team of the year awards and playing the leading role on IFLR’s equity deal of the year. The equity deal of the year was a first-of-its-kind dual-issuer IPO of a Brazilian investment bank out of Brazil and Panama.

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft had a stellar 2012 in the securitisation and structured finance realm. Deal and team submissions confirmed its role as a leader both in terms of innovation and deal volume.

White & Case won the project finance team of the year award. The firm proved itself again as an expert in innovative project finance across the Americas with lead roles on two shortlisted deals, one in the US and one in Brazil.

The private equity team of the year award went to Weil Gotshal & Manges for its leading role representing AMC Entertainment Holdings and its private equity controlling shareholders in the sale to Dalian Wanda, the largest ever Chinese company purchase of a US Company.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton alumni Jack Murphy was honoured with this year’s regulatory reform award and IFLR’s lifetime achievement award went to Sidley Austin’s Joseph McLaughlin.

Congratulations to all of the winners below.

DEAL OF THE YEAR AWARDS

DEBT AND EQUITY-LINKED DEAL OF THE YEAR

Reynolds Group Holdings high-yield bonds
Ballard Spahr
Bennett Jones
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Blank Rome
Borda y Quintana
Clifford Chance
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Cravath Swaine & Moore
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Debevoise & Plimpton
Dorsey & Whitney
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough
Lara López Matamoros Rodríguez & Tinoco
Levy Salomão Advogados
Lowenstein Sandler
Pacheco Coto
Richard Layton & Finger
Roberts & Stevens
Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein McAllister & Hilbert
Souza Cescon Barrieu & Flesch
Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease

Numerous firms in Europe and Asia-Pacific also worked on this transaction

EQUITY DEAL OF THE YEAR

BTG Pactual IPO
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Houthoff Buruma Coöperatief
Lefosse Advogados
Linklaters
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

M&A DEAL OF THE YEAR

LAN-TAM merger
Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão
Cariola Diez Pérez-Cotapos y Cía
Claro y Cía
Clifford Chance
Linklaters
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice
Pinheiro Neto
Sullivan & Cromwell
Turci Advogados

PRIVATE EQUITY DEAL OF THE YEAR

Apollo-led consortium LBO of El Paso
Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Campos Mello Advogados
Debevoise & Plimpton
Lo Baptista Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira & Agel
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga
O’Melveny & Myers
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Vinson & Elkins
Willkie Farr & Gallagher

PROJECT FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR

El Dorado International Airport
Allen & Overy
Cárdenas y Cárdenas
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
Prietocarrizosa

RESTRUCTURING DEAL OF THE YEAR

Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 proceedings
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Linklaters
Weil Gotshal & Manges

STRUCTURED FINANCE AND SECURITISATION DEAL OF THE YEAR

RBC SEC-registered covered bonds
Allen & Overy
McCarthy Tétrault
Morrison & Foerster
Norton Rose

TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARDS

DEBT AND EQUITY-LINKED TEAM OF THE YEAR

Davis Polk & Wardwell

EQUITY TEAM OF THE YEAR

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

FINANCIAL REGULATION TEAM OF THE YEAR

Davis Polk & Wardwell

M&A TEAM OF THE YEAR

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

PRIVATE EQUITY TEAM OF THE YEAR

Weil Gotshal & Manges

PROJECT FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR

White & Case

RESTRUCTURING TEAM OF THE YEAR

Davis Polk & Wardwell

STRUCTURED FINANCE AND SECURITISATION TEAM OF THE YEAR

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

DEBT IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

EQUITY IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

JP Morgan

NATIONAL WINNERS

Law firm of the year – Argentina

Marval O’Farrell & Mairal

Law firm of the year – Brazil

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice

Law firm of the year – Canada

McCarthy Tétrault

Law firm of the year – Central America

Consortium Centro América Abogados

Law firm of the year – Chile

Claro y Cía

Law firm of the year – Colombia

Prietocarrizosa

Law firm of the year – Mexico

Robles Miaja

Law firm of the year – Panama

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Law firm of the year – Peru

Rubio Leguía Normand

Law firm of the year – Uruguay

Guyer & Regules

Americas law firm of the year

Davis Polk & Wardwell

 


 

 

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