IFLR Europe Awards 2019: winners announced

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 5 Apr 2019
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Clifford Chance won international law firm of the year for the second consecutive year at IFLR’s 20th annual Europe Awards. The firm had roles on 26 shortlisted and four winning deals, while its equity, structured finance and financial services regulatory practices all picked up team of the year wins.

The ceremony, held at Grosvenor House on April 4, brought together some of the continent’s best legal talent to celebrate 2018’s most innovative cross-border European transactions and the teams that worked on them.

White & Case again picked up the coveted most innovative US law firm in Europe award, while Linklaters, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett all came away with team awards.

The European Investment Bank’s Eila Kreivi received the outstanding contribution to regulatory reform award for her work in sustainable finance, while former Skadden partner Michael Hatchard was presented with the lifetime achievement award, recognising his influence on M&A and corporate practice.

Full results from the ceremony are below, full details on all the nominated deals and teams can be found in the Book of the Night, and all the photos are here.

Individual awards

Outstanding contribution to regulatory reform

Eila Kreivi, European Investment Bank

Lifetime achievement

Michael Hatchard

Rising star

Lois Deasey – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Kathryn James – Simmons & Simmons

Craig Kelly – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Taras Dmukhovskyy – Avellum

Luisa Federica Scialpi – Chiomenti

Jiayan Zhu – Wolf Theiss

Deals of the year

Debt and equity-linked

Swiss Re senior exchangeable notes

Bär & Karrer

Homburger

Niederer Kraft Frey

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Simmons & Simmons

Equity

Adyen IPO

Clifford Chance

Latham & Watkins

Stibbe

High yield

Nexi - Project Jaguar

Annunziata & Conso

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Lombardi Segni e Associati

Ludovici Piccone & Partners

Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati

Reed Smith

Studio Carbonetti

Loan

Advent International / Laird

Linklaters

Paul Hastings

Weil Gotshal & Manges

White & Case

M&A

Novartis / Advanced Accelerator Applications

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Shearman & Sterling

Private equity

Blackstone / Hispania

Garrigues

Kirkland & Ellis

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Uría Menéndez

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Project finance

Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Slaughter and May

Restructuring

CGG

Ashurst

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

Defilis Avocats

Hogan Lovells

Jeantet Associés

Kirkland & Ellis

Linklaters

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Structured finance and securitisation

Prunelli - Standard Chartered Bank trade finance CLO

Clifford Chance

King & Wood Mallesons

Law firms of the year

Debt & equity-linked

Linklaters

Equity

Clifford Chance

Financial services regulatory

Clifford Chance

High yield

Latham & Watkins

Loan

White & Case

M&A

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Private equity

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Project finance

Allen & Overy

Restructuring

Kirkland & Ellis

Structured finance and securitisation

Clifford Chance

National winners

Austria

Wolf Theiss

Baltics

Cobalt

Belgium

Loyens & Loeff

Czech Republic

Allen & Overy

Denmark

Plesner

Finland

Borenius

France

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Germany

Hengeler Mueller

Greece

Bernitsas Law

Hungary

Dentons

Ireland

A&L Goodbody

Israel

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Italy

Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners

Luxembourg

Elvinger Hoss Prussen

Netherlands

Clifford Chance

Norway

BAHR

Poland

Greenberg Traurig

Portugal

Vieira de Almeida

Romania

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Russia

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Spain

Uría Menéndez

Sweden

Mannheimer Swartling

Switzerland

Bär & Karrer

Turkey

Paksoy

Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko

Bank and firm awards

In-house debt team of the year

Credit Suisse

In-house equity team of the year

JP Morgan

Most innovative US law firm in Europe

White & Case

International law firm of the year

Clifford Chance