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The American Lawyer on Thursday unveiled the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

The 2014 Global Legal Awards aim to honor all law offices—including in-house departments—that played a substantial role in the most distinguished cross-border work performed between Jan. 1, 2013, and April 14, 2014, across a wide range of disciplines. Among the winning matters are five disputes, eight pro bono or corporate social responsibility projects, 10 financial transactions, and 13 corporate deals with targets ranging from Thai convenience stores to Mexican satellites in outer space.

The honored disputes include a pair of influential victories over Argentina in U.S. court. In BG Group v. Argentina, the BG Group plc, counseled by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, reinstated a large investment arbitration award, and broadly reaffirmed the principle of deference to arbitrators by U.S. judges. In NML v. Argentina, a coalition of distressed debt funds led by Elliott Management and its longtime counsel Dechert, has upended sovereign restructuring through a bold reinterpretation of a standard bond clause. However—for lack of worthy nominees—the judges skipped the awards for internal investigations and supranational disputes. Alert law firms may wish to step into the breach next year.

Among the highlights of the Global Citizenship category are Sullivan & Cromwell’s revival of the U.S. right to counsel for immigrants with mental disabilities, and Orrick, Sutcliffe & Herrington’s advice on the rule of law to Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. This year’s “lifetime achievement” pro bono award goes to Hogan Lovells and the International Senior Lawyers Project for their long-term collaboration to promote equitable economic development in West Africa.

The Finance category is anchored by a quartet of insolvency matters from around the world. These include the first Chapter 11 restructuring of a shari’ah compliant entity, with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher advising Arcapita Bank; and the first Chapter 15 recognition of a Japanese reorganization plan, with Davis Polk & Wardwell counseling the trustee for Elpida Memory Inc. Also honored under the rubric of Finance are the world’s two largest IPOs of 2013: the $5.7 billion offering of Brazil’s BB Seguridade Participações and the $4.5 billion offering of China Merchant Bank.

Seven of the 13 corporate winners have an Asian connection (if one counts outbound deals sometimes categorized elsewhere). The recent tastes of Chinese buyers have ranged from Viriginian pork to Peruvian copper. Meanwhile, private equity deals garnered three global M&A awards, up from one last year. The $3.7 billion buyout of Focus Media Holding Ltd. combined both trends, as private equity investors and the CEO took private a company that displays advertising in elevator banks, supermarkets and other Chinese public spaces.

The Global Legal Awards were again hotly contested, with 66 law firms submitting more than 270 nominations, including more than 170 transactions. Linklaters led the pack with a hand in six winning matters, followed by a dozen law firms with three or four matters on the honor roll published below.

Here is the list of winners.

The American Lawyer Global Legal Awards, 2014

FINANCE

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance (Europe)
Winner: Intercity Express Programme
Honorees: DLA Piper; Shoosmiths; Ashurst; Brodies; Clifford Chance; Addleshaw Goddard; Maclay Murray & Spens; Hogan Lovells; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance (Asia)
Winner: Surgil Project Financing
Honorees: Vinson & Elkins; Leges Advokat; Cheong Kee Fong & Co.; Shin & Kim; Norton Rose Fulbright; Colibri Law; Zaid Ibrahim & Co.; Kim & Chang; Uz-Kor Gas Chemical

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Capital Markets (worldwide)
Winner: Trade MAPS program
Honorees: Linklaters; Allen & Gledhill; Matheson; Lennox Paton; Maples & Calder; Hassan Radhi & Associates; Mayer Brown; Citigroup Inc.; Banco Santander S.A.

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Capital Markets (Latin America)
Winner: BB Seguridade IPO
Honorees: Lefosse Advogados; Bocater, Camargo, Costa e Silva Advogados; Clifford Chance; Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados; Davis Polk & Wardwell; BB Seguridade

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Capital Markets (Asia)
Winner: China Merchants Bank rights issue
Honorees: Sullivan & Cromwell; Herbert Smith Freehills; Jun He Law Offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Commerce & Finance Law Offices; China Merchants Bank

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisition Finance
Winner: Numericable’s acquisition of SFR
Honorees: Ropes & Gray; Franklin Law Firm; Latham & Watkins; Altice S.A.; Allen & Overy

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency (Europe)
Winner: Restructuring of Central European Distribution Corporation
Honorees: Latham & Watkins; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; White & Case; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; A1 Investment Company


Global Finance Deal of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency (Middle East)
Winner: Restructuring of Arcapita Bank
Honorees: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Sidley Austin; Arcapita Bank; Mourant Ozannes; Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, Attorneys at Law & Legal Consultants; Dechert; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Latham & Watkins; Kirkland & Ellis; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency (Asia)
Winner: Reorganization of Elpida Memory
Honorees: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Richards Layton & Finger; Elpida Memory Inc.; Nobuaki Kobayashi; Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners; Nagashima Ohno & Tsnunematsu; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Landis Rath & Cobb

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency (U.K.)
Winner: Restructuring of hibu
Honorees: Linklaters; Herbert Smith; The Alcentra Group; Kirkland & Ellis

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Grand Prize
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, Sept. 15, Gotham Hall, New York

DISPUTES

Global Dispute of the Year: Commercial Arbitration
Winner: Swatch v. Tiffany
Honorees: The Swatch Group S.A.; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Global Dispute of the Year: Investment Arbitration
Winner: BG v. Argentina
Honorees: BG Group plc; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Goldstein & Russell

Global Dispute of the Year: U.K. Litigation
Winner: The Ablyazov Fraud
Honorees: Hogan Lovells; BTA Bank; Erskine Chambers

Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation
Winner: Chevron v. Donziger
Honorees: Chevron Corporation; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Covington & Burling; Rivero Mestre

Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Financial Litigation
Winner: Argentine Bonds
Honorees: Elliott Management; Dechert; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Aurelius Capital Management; Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman; Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber; Olifant Financial Group; Goodwin Procter; Milberg

Global Dispute of the Year: Grand Prize
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, Sept. 15, Gotham Hall, New York

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Global M&A Deal of the Year: U.S.
Winner: Verizon Wireless Deal
Honorees: Verizon Communications Inc.; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Debevoise & Plimpton; Macfarlanes; Jones Day; Vodafone Group plc; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Slaughter and May; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Hogan Lovells

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Canada
Winner: Acquisition of Neiman Marcus
Honorees: Ares Management; Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Proskauer Rose; Latham & Watkins; Torys; TPG Capital; Warburg Pincus; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Europe/Ireland
Winner: Perrigo/Elan
Honorees: Perrigo Co.; Sullivan & Cromwell; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Dillon Eustace; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; A&L Goodbody

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Europe/Germany
Winner: Acquisition of Grohe A.G.
Honorees: LIXIL Corp.; Development Bank of Japan; Linklaters; TPG Capital; Credit Suisse Private Equity; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Clifford Chance; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Europe/Finland
Winner: Microsoft/Nokia
Honorees: Microsoft Corp.; Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett; Covington & Burling; Hannes Snellman; Linklaters; Nokia Oyj; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Roschier; Cooley

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Africa
Winner: OVL/Rovuma
Honorees: ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL); Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shrof & Co.; SCAN Advogados e Consultores; Maples and Calder; Appleby; Harneys; Simmons & Simmons; PLMJ Sociedade de Advogados; Gabinete Legal Moçambique Advogados; Conyers Dill & Pearman

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Japan Inbound
Winner: Applied Materials/Tokyo Electron
Honorees: Applied Materials Inc.; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Tokyo Electron Ltd.; Jones Day; Nishimura & Asahi

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Japan Outbound
Winner: Suntory/Beam
Honorees: Suntory Holdings Ltd.; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Jim Beam Inc.; Sidley Austin

Global M&A Deal of the Year: China Outbound
Winner: Shuanghui/Smithfield
Honorees: Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.; Paul Hastings; Troutman Sanders; Smithfield Foods Inc.; Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett; McGuireWoods; Fangda Partners

Global M&A Deal of the Year: China Private Equity
Winner: Focus Media Buyout
Honorees: The Carlyle Group; CITIC Capital Partners; CDH Investments; China Everbright Limited; FountainVest Partners; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Sullivan & Cromwell; Zhong Lun Law Firm; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Jason Nanchun; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Focus Media Holding Ltd.; Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett; Kirkland & Ellis; Maples and Calder; Fangda Partners; Morrison & Foerster; Ropes & Gray

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Asia/Thailand
Winner: Acquisition of Siam Makro
Honorees: CP All PC; Baker & McKenzie; Allen & Overy; SHV Netherland BV; Clifford Chance; Hunton & Williams

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Latin America/Mexico
Winner: Eutelsat/Satelites Mexicanos
Honorees: Eutelsat Communications; Debevoise & Plimpton; Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes; Ropes & Gray; Greenberg Traurig; Cervantes Sainz

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Latin America/Peru
Winner: The Las Bambas Copper Deal
Honorees: China Minmetals Corp.; White & Case; Dentons; Rodrigo Elias & Medrano; Glencore plc; Grau Abogados; Linklaters

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Grand prize
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, Sept. 15, Gotham Hall, New York

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

Global CSR Initiative of the Year
Winner: The K&L Gates Global Day of Service
Honoree: K&L Gates

Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year
Winner: Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder
Honoree: Sullivan & Cromwell

Global Pro Bono Project of the Year (Asia)
Winner: Rule of Law Advice to Aung San Suu Kyi
Honoree: Orrick, Sutcliffe & Herrington

Global Pro Bono Project of the Year (Africa)
Winner: The Liberia Case Index Project
Honoree: Linklaters

Global Pro Bono Deal Program of the Year (Social Enterprise)
Winner: Funding Startups through The Eleos Foundation
Honoree: Dechert

Global Pro Bono Deals of the Year (Environmental)
Cowinner: Cambodian Carbon Credits
Honoree: Dentons, Sok Siphana & Associates
Cowinner: Climate Adaptation Swaps in Small Island Nations
Honoree: Ropes & Gray

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award: Lifetime Achievement
Winners: Hogan Lovells and the International Senior Lawyers Project

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award (Grand Prize)
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, Sept. 15, Gotham Hall, New York

Note: In some cases, honorees may be added after further reporting.