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IFLR Europe Awards 2021: register to attend

Register now to celebrate the region's most innovative cross-border deals, teams and firms, as chosen by our panel

IFLR is delighted to present its shortlist for the 2021 IFLR Europe Awards.

All deal, team, national and international firm of the year finalists are listed below. The IFLR editorial team carefully selected each finalist after months of research, interviews, analysis and deliberation. We hope they inspire.

Winners will be announced on April 29 2021.

Throughout the research IFLR kept its focus on legal innovation in cross-border deal-making. The shortlist reflects hard work and ingenuity, and seeks to showcase transactions that broke new legal ground and set new legal high-water marks in the region.

Judging decisions were based exclusively on legal innovation in multi-jurisdictional transactions. We have disregarded deal values, client prestige and press coverage and other such aspects as much as possible.

All the shortlisted deals closed during the awards review period, which was from January 1 2020 to December 31 2020. The awards does not recognise announced or ongoing deals.

The shortlist is based on our own preliminary research, including direct written nominations and conversations with law firms, in-house teams and clients. If your team advised on one of these deals but is not listed, please contact James Wilson: james.wilson@legalmediagroup.com

IFLR will be revealing the winners on April 29 via a virtual awards presentation, followed up with writes ups and analysis of all the most significant work. To find out more - and to find out about how you can promote your success - please contact Liam Sharkey: lsharkey@iflr.com

DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Federal Republic of Germany green bond
White & Case

Galaxy Pipeline Assets Bidco
Al Tamimi & Company
Carey Olsen
Clifford Chance
Latham & Watkins
Maples Group

London Borough of Sutton
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Simmons & Simmons

Nordic Investment Bank Covid-19 bond
Clifford Chance

Novartis sustainability-linked bond
Bär & Karrer
Linklaters
Loyens & Loeff
Mayer Brown

Rolls-Royce
Allen & Overy
Davis Polk & Wardwell

Schneider Electric sustainability-linked convertible bond
Linklaters
White & Case

Equity

Allegro IPO
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Greenberg Traurig

Fusion Fuel Green IPO
Arnold & Porter
Arthur Cox
Feinberg Hanson
Graubard Miller
Maples Group

GVS IPO
Clifford Chance
White & Case

Hensoldt IPO
Bredin Prat
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hengeler Mueller
Linklaters
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Taylor Wessing

JDE Peets IPO
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Linklaters

Jumia Technologies capital increase
Latham & Watkins
Sullivan & Cromwell

Ryanair Holdings equity raise
Arthur Cox
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
McCann Fitzgerald
Proskauer

The Hut Group IPO
Clifford Chance
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

High yield

Altice France
Allen & Overy
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Luther
Mayer Brown
Nabarro & Hinge
NautaDutilh
Ropes & Gray

Aston Martin
Appleby
Carey Olsen
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Latham & Watkins
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Banijay
Cravath Swaine & Moore
Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
Hogan Lovells
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
White & Case

doValue
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Karatzas & Partners
Milbank
Papapolitis & Papapolitis
Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati
White & Case

KCA Deutag
Allen & Overy
Burness Paull
CMS-CMNO
FahadLaw
Linklaters
Schjødt
Weil Gotshal & Manges

SYNLAB refinancing and debt extension
Clifford Chance
CMS von Erlach Poncet
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte
Latham & Watkins
Setterwalls Advokatbyrå
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

Sofima
Legance Avvocati Associati
Milbank
Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati
White & Case

ThyssenKrupp Elevators
Bonn Steichen & Partners
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Loyens & Loeff
McCarthy Tetrault
NautaDutilh
Reed Smith
Stikeman Elliott

Virgin Media/O2
Allen & Overy
Latham & Watkins
Ropes & Gray

Loan

British American Tobacco RFR facility
Allen & Overy
Herbert Smith Freehills

Cobham acquisition financing
Allen & Overy
Kieyr Grasson
Linklaters
Loyens & Loeff
Norton Rose Fulbright
Paul Hastings
Weil Gotshal & Manges
White & Case

EQT subscription line facility
Ashurst
Debevoise & Plimpton
Loyens & Loeff

Firmenich acquisition financing
Baker McKenzie
Bredin Prat
Homburger

Moonfall
Goodman Schenkman & Brecheen
Miller Thompson
Paul Hastings
Wiggin

Tesco RFR facility
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

ThyssenKrupp acquisition financing
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Loyens & Loeff

VTTI
Al Tamimi & Company
KAAP
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
NautaDutilh
Rahmat Lim & Partners
Shearman & Sterling
Stephenson Harwood

M&A

AbbVie / Allergan
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Arthur Cox
Kirkland & Ellis
McCann FitzGerald
Slaughter and May
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
Weil Gotshal & Manges

BASF and Domo Chemicals / Solvay’s polyamide business
Allen & Overy
Bredin Prat
Davis Polk & Wardwell
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Latham & Watkins
LPA-CGR

Fortiana / Highland Gold Mining
Allen & Overy
Herbert Smith Freehills
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Global Blue - Far Point
Baker Hostetler
Bär & Karrer
Gomez-Acebo & Pombo
Grimaldi Studio Legale
Elvinger Hoss
Kirkland & Ellis
Lenz & Staehelin
Linklaters
Maples Group
MinterEllison
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
NautaDutilh
Niederer Kraft Frey
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Stibbe
Vinge
Walkers
Wolf Theiss

Hitachi / ABB Power Grids
Baker McKenzie
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Homburger
Karatzas & Partners
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Just Eat / Takeaway.com
Cravath Swaine & Moore
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Linklaters
NautaDutilh
Slaughter and May

Mitsubishi Corporation and Chubu Electrics / Eneco
Clifford Chance
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Stibbe

SAZKA / Casinos Austria (CASAG)
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
DORDA
Eisenburger Herzog
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Grohs Hofer
Homburger
Schoenherr
Schuppich Sporn & Winischhofer
Schima Mayer Starlinger

Private equity

Advent, Cinven and RAG foundation / Thyssenkrupp Elevator business
Allen & Overy
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Kirkland & Ellis
Linklaters

Antin / Hippocrates
BonelliErede
Cornelli Gabelli
Latham & Watkins
Nctm
White & Case

BC Partners / Sofima
NCTM Studio Legale
Poggi & Associati
White & Case

Blackstone / NIBC
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
NautaDutilh
Slaughter and May

EQT / Idealista
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Dentons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Latham & Watkins
Morais Leitao
Paul Hastings
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Uría Menéndez

KKR / Coty and Wella
Baker McKenzie
Bär & Karrer
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

KKR / Viridor
Allen & Overy
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Project finance

Contego battery storage project
Bracewell
Covington & Burling

Dogger Bank offshore wind farm
Linklaters
Norton Rose Fulbright

Fécamp offshore wind farm
BCTG Avocats
Clifford Chance
Jeantet
Linklaters

Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farm
Arendt & Medernach
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Stikeman Elliott

Masrik Solar PV plant
Bracewell
Clifford Chance

Northvolt
Cederquist
Latham & Watkins
Mannheimer Swartling
Milbank
Wistrand

Sorek B Seawater Desalination facility
Allen & Overy
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co
Gornizky & Co
Lipa Meir & Co
Yehuda Raveh & Co

Windpark Zeewolde
Clifford Chance
Norton Rose Fulbright
Kromann Reumert

Restructuring

Codere
Allende & Brea
Arias Fábrega & Fábrega
Beccar Varela
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Cuatrecasas
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Galicia Abogados
Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
Jenner & Block
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Milbank
Posadas Posadas & Vecino
Posse Herrera Ruiz
Proskauer Rose

EuropaCorp
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Nordic Aviation Capital DAC
A&L Goodbody
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Allen & Overy
Arthur Cox
Clifford Chance
Linklaters
Matheson
McCann Fitzgerald
Milbank
Watson Farley & Williams

Stockmann
Avance Attorneys
Borenius
Castrén & Snellman
Hannes Snellman
Krogerus
Ojantakanen & Itäinen
White & Case

Swissport
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Arendt & Medernach
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Hogan Lovells
Homburger
Jones Day
Latham & Watkins
Loyens & Loeff
McDermott Will & Emery
Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law
Proskauer Rose
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

Technicolor
Allen & Overy
De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
Dechert
Fasken
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Hogan Lovells
Jackson Walker
Kirkland & Ellis
Lavery De Billy
PwC
Santoni
Selafa Mandataires Judiciaires Associés
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Virgin Atlantic
Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Clifford Chance
CMS
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kirkland & Ellis
Norton Rose Fulbright
Sidley Austin
Watson Farley & Williams

Structured finance and securitisation

AMCO - Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena NPE securitisation
Allen & Overy
Arthur Cox
BonelliErede
Clifford Chance
Matheson

Blackstone pan-European CMBS
Arendt & Medernach
Arthur Cox
Borenius
Kromann Reumert
Mayer Brown
Norton Rose Fulbright

Coventry Building Society Master Issuer Programme
Clifford Chance
Dentons

MUFG ESG CLO
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Clifford Chance

Olympic/Avis Hellas auto lease receivables securitisation
Allen & Overy
Bernitsas Law
Hogan Lovells
Kyriakides Georgopoulos
Matheson
Norton Rose Fulbright
White & Case
Zepos & Yannopoulos

Public Power Corporation securitisation
Arthur Cox
DLA Piper
Latham & Watkins
Milbank
Sardelas Petsa Law Firm
Zepos & Yannopoulos

Tagus RMBS Green Belém 1
DLA Piper
Morais Leitao

VdA Vieira de Almeida

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Allen & Overy
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Linklaters
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown
White & Case

Equity

Allen & Overy
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

High yield

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Milbank
Ropes & Gray
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
White & Case

Loan

Allen & Overy
Debevoise & Plimpton
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters
Paul Hastings
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

M&A

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Slaughter and May

Private equity

Allen & Overy
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
White & Case

Project finance

Allen & Overy
Bracewell
Clifford Chance
Covington & Burling
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Milbank
Norton Rose Fulbright

Restructuring

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Milbank
White & Case

Structured finance and securitisation

Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Clifford Chance
Mayer Brown
Latham & Watkins
Paul Hastings
White & Case

Financial services regulatory

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Kirkland & Ellis
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling
Simmons & Simmons
Travers Smith

LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

US law firm of the year

Baker McKenzie
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Milbank
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
White & Case
Weil Gotshal & Manges
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

International law firm of the year

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
White & Case

IN-HOUSE TEAMS OF THE YEAR

In-house debt

Bank of America
Barclays
BNP Paribas
Goldman Sachs
HSBC
JP Morgan
Société Générale
UBS

In-house equity

Bank of America
Barclays
Citi
Deutsche Bank
Goldman Sachs
Morgan Stanley
JP Morgan

NATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Austria

Binder Grösswang
Cerha Hempel
Dorda
Eisenberger & Herzog
Schoenherr
Wolf Theiss

Baltics

Cobalt
Ellex
Sorainen

Belgium

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Eubelius
Linklaters

Bulgaria

Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov
Kinstellar
Spasov & Bratanov

Czech Republic

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Dentons
White & Case

Denmark

Bech-Bruun
Gorrissen Federspiel
Horten
Kromann Reumert
Plesner

Finland

Avance
Borenius
Dittmar & Indrenius
Hannes Snellman
Krogerus
Roschier
White & Case

France

Allen & Overy
Bredin Prat
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Germany

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hengeler Mueller
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Noerr
White & Case

Greece

Bernitsas Law
Karatzas & Partners
Kyriakides Georgopoulos
Koutalidis Law Firm
Zepos & Yannopoulos

Hungary

Dentons
Hegymegi-Barakonyi Baker McKenzie
Lakatos Koves and Partners
Lengyel Allen & Overy
Schoenherr Hetényi

Ireland

A&L Goodbody
Arthur Cox
Matheson
McCann FitzGerald
William Fry

Israel

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co
Gornitzky & Co
Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co
Herzog Fox & Neeman
Meitar

Italy

BonelliErede
Chiomenti
Clifford Chance
Gianni & Origoni 
White & Case

Luxembourg

Allen & Overy
Arendt & Medernach
Clifford Chance
GSK Stockmann
Loyens & Loeff

Netherlands

Clifford Chance
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Linklaters
NautaDutilh
Stibbe

Norway

BAHR
Schjødt
Thommessen
Wiersholm

Poland

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak
White & Case

Portugal

Linklaters
Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva & Associados
PLMJ
Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho
VdA Vieira de Almeida

Romania

Bondoc & Asociatii
Clifford Chance Badea
Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Russia

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Herbert Smith Freehills
White & Case

Spain

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Cuatrecasas
Garrigues
Gómez Acebo & Pombo
Pérez-Llorca
Uría Menéndez

Sweden

Cederquist
Linklaters
Mannheimer Swartling
Roschier
Vinge

Switzerland

Baker McKenzie
Bär & Karrer
Homburger
Lenz & Staehelin
Niederer Kraft Frey
Walder Wyss

Turkey

Bezen & Partners
Esin Attorney Partnership, a member of Baker McKenzie International
Gedik & Eraksoy
GKC Partners
Hergüner Bilgen Özeke
Paksoy

Ukraine

Aequo
Avellum
Baker McKenzie
Dentons
Sayenko Kharenko

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