The American Lawyer is pleased to announce the finalists for our 2018 Global Legal Awards. For the sixth year in a row, we are honoring work that highlights the complex international legal issues law firms face and overcome for clients on a daily basis.

We received more than 200 entries from around the world, each detailing work performed across one of four categories: pro bono, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and dispute resolution. The competition was staggering, and the finalists below were selected from among an outstanding group.

Our finalists, which are listed in alphabetical order by matter and include all firms involved in a matter, will all be celebrated at our December 5 gala in New York, where we will also announce the overall winners in each of these categories.

Earlier this week, we announced the finalists for Best Law Firm and Attorney of the Year, as well as the finalists for the rest of our first-ever American Lawyer Industry Awards, all of which will be honored and winners named at the December 5 event.

Congratulations to the finalists and all those who entered for their truly impressive work!


Becle (Jose Cuervo) IPO: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Pedro Pablo Barragán of Becle; Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes; Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau; Paul Hastings

Celeo Redes Operacion Chile S.A. project financing: Mayer Brown; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Claro & Cia; Garrigues Chile SpA

CGG S.A.’s dual French-U.S. restructuring: Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Linklaters; Weil Gotshal & Manges; Kirkland & Ellis; De Pardieu Brocas Maffei; Willkie Farr & Gallagher; CGG general counsel Beatrice Place-Faget

Financing of McDermott’s combination with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company: Bracewell; Baker Botts; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Latham & Watkins; NautaDutilh; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Takata Corp.’s restructuring and sale to Key Safety Systems: Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom; Bob Weiss and Matt Cohn of Key Safety Inc.; Crowell & Moring; Jefferies; KPMG; Satoshi Seita of Takata; Weil Gotshal & Manges; Covington & Burling; Lazard; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Baker McKenzie

Oi S.A.’s restructuring: White & Case; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Dechert; Barbosa Mussnich Aragao; Basilio Advogados; Rosman, Penalva, Souza Leao, Vale Advogados; Loyens & Loeff; Resor; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Stibbe; Vieira de Almeida; Houthoff; Pinheiro Neto Advogados; Jones Day; CMS; Allen & Overy; Norton Rose Fulbright; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Sergio Bermudes Advogados; Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados; Felsberg and Associates; Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga; Cescon Barrieu

R3’s distributed ledger technology consortium financing: Crowell & Moring; Fenwick & West; DLA Piper; White & Case

Litigation / Dispute Resolution

The Carlyle Group’s financial crisis litigation: Williams & Connolly; Babbe Legal; Ogier

Dow / Dupont antitrust efforts: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Stacy Fox of DuPont; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Pinheiro Neto

Lilly’s patent infringement defense: Hogan Lovells

Optical disk drive antitrust: Latham & Watkins; Baker Botts; Ropes & Gray; Blank Rome; Winston & Strawn; Vinson & Elkins; Eimer Stahl; Jones Day; Boies Schiller Flexner; Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez Trester; Katten Muchin Rosenman; O’Melveny & Myers

Shareholder suit challenging Fuji’s acquisition of Xerox: King & Spalding

Varian Medical Systems’ patent infringement defense: Cooley and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Victim compensation for 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings: Crowell & Moring


CVS’s acquisition of Aetna: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Shearman & Sterling; Dechert; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods: Sullivan & Cromwell; Covington & Burling; Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Brookfield’s bankruptcy acquisition of Westinghouse Electric: Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Proskauer Rose; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Baker McKenzie

Linde Group’s merger with Praxair: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Sullivan & Cromwell; Linklaters; Pinheiro Neto

Softbank’s acquisition of Fortress: Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Kirkland & Ellis; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Takata Corp.’s restructuring and sale to Key Safety Systems: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Tokyo Fuji Law Office; Weil Gotshal & Manges; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Covington & Burling; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Baker McKenzie; Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom

Vantiv’s merger with Worldpay: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; NautaDutilh; Allen & Overy

Pro Bono

Addressing the refugee crisis: Jones Day

Bangladesh factory reform initiatives: Covington & Burling

Fighting for LGBT rights in Trinidad & Tobago: Paul Hastings

Immigrant and refugee protection: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Middle East refugee protection project: Reed Smith

Same-sex marriage residency rights in the European Union: White & Case; Romanita Iordache

Training and promoting women lawyers in Nepal: DLA Piper