The American Lawyer on Monday announced the winners of its inaugural Global Legal Awards in 30 categories. Additionally, four grand prizes—Global Finance Deal of the Year, Global M&A Deal of the Year, Global Dispute of the Year, and The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award—will be announced at the Global Legal Awards dinner on September 23, 2013, at Gotham Hall in New York City.

“We received over 300 nominations from firms, from every major global player in the U.S. and U.K., and many of the others around the world,” says ALM editor-in-chief Aric Press. “We ended up creating new categories after we saw the abundance of riches. This confirms how much cutting-edge, important global legal work there is.”

The American Lawyer’s global awards are innovative in several respects, Press says. They aim to capture the full gamut of global legal work, regardless of the forum or mode of lawyering, from cross-border M&A to dual equity listings, and from regulatory agencies to the World Trade Organization. They reflect the work of the entire legal team, including in-house counsel and the most significant local and specialty counsel for all parties in noncontentious matters. Finally, they honor global citizenship in all its forms, looking beyond pro bono cases to pro bono deals, pro bono programs, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

The 2013 awards go to 11 M&A transactions, seven finance deals, six disputes, and five “global citizenship” projects. The thirtieth award is a lifetime achievement pro bono prize for DLA Piper’s nonprofit affiliate, New Perimeter. (Disclosure: Roger Meltzer, DLA Piper’s Americas cochairman, is a member of the board of ALM Media Properties, the parent company and publisher of The American Lawyer and The Am Law Daily.) Clifford Chance and Shearman & Sterling had a hand in five honored matters. Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Sullivan & Cromwell, and White & Case participated in four.

The finance awards for 2012 have a heavy public flavor, with honors extended to Italy’s issuance of new bonds (led by Allen & Overy), Greece’s restructuring of old bonds (led by Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton), and the serial bailouts organized by the Euro Stability Mechanism (with strategic advice provided by Clifford Chance). A pair of $20 billion projects (Australia’s Ichthys and Saudi’s Sadara) benefited from both public and private funds worldwide, with a whopping eight export agencies throwing Ichthys a line.

Although 2012 was quiet for inbound China M&A, Chinese clients boast no fewer than three multibillion-dollar outbound deals on the honor roll, with Cnooc Limited (counseled by Davis Polk & Wardwell) buying Nexen Inc. of Canada, Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. Ltd. (advised by Herbert Smith) buying Gloucester Coal Ltd. of Australia, and Sinopec Corp. (represented by Vinson & Elkins) forming a joint venture with Saudi Aramco. Another two transactions of the year featured Brazilian targets (Amil Participações S.A. and TAM S.A.). The increasing prominence of developing-nation clients is a trend that The American Lawyer documented last year in the feature “Nouveau Riche,” and helped to provide the impetus for launching the Global Legal Awards.

Disputes prizes flow to a pair of arbitration claimants who won over $2 billion each (Dow Chemical Company and Occidental Petroleum Corporation); and a pair of defendants who beat back multibillion-dollar claims in transnational litigation (Roman Abramovich and Porsche Automobil Holding SE). Mayer Brown improbably pioneered the law in Geneva on technical barriers to trade, while arguably preserving the livelihood of millions of Indonesian clove farmers. And Davis Polk helped an Italian bank escape a U.S. fine for dodging economic sanctions in a year when some of its global peers paid nine figures for the privilege of trading with the enemy. Several of the 28 entries in transnational litigation might legitimately boast even wider consequences and higher stakes, but it is in the nature of long-running multiforum disputes that a victor and an ending are difficult to declare.

Probably none of the Global Citizenship winners would qualify as traditional pro bono. The pro bono case of the year was a trial argued by Amsterdam & Peroff before the U.N. Disputes Tribunal in Kenya. In the pro bono deals of the year, Latham & Watkins and Jones Day helped to finance for-profit social-purpose corporations, marketing herbal tonics from the rainforest communities of Peru and infant incubators that draw heat from the human body.

Among the most numerous and impressive entries were pro bono programs. Herbert Smith focused the power of a global firm to help a single nation (Sierra Leone) along the road to equitable development, advising in 2012 on a half dozen vital matters, including a massive dam expansion and the launch of a national pharma procurement unit. Meanwhile, White & Case harnessed the resources of a global firm to advance a single cause on an unprecedented scale. In just one facet of White & Case’s firmwide campaign against human trafficking, 230 lawyers from 27 offices scoured the records of 163 nations to assemble a definitive database of human trafficking law for the U.N. Office on Drugs & Crime.

Finally, Norton Rose Fulbright cruises to victory in the CSR division for helping to sponsor a round-the-world voyage by the world’s first tall ship fully accessible to the disabled. As it sails past seven continents, the Lord Nelson is incidentally calling on many of the ports covered by The American Lawyer’s Global Legal Awards.

Here is the list of winners:

The American Lawyer Global Legal Awards, 2013


Global Finance Deal of the Year: Equity capital markets
Winner: Santander Mexico IPO
Honorees: Davis Polk & Wardwell, Ritch Mueller, Robles Miaja Abogados, Shearman & Sterling, Grupo Financiero Santander, Uría Menéndez

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Debt capital markets
Winner: Italian Government Bonds
Honorees: Allen & Overy, Simmons & Simmons, Clifford Chance, Italian Treasury, Banca IMI

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Public restructuring
Winner: Greece’s Debt Restructuring
Honorees: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance, Karatzas & Partners, Koutalidis Law Firm, White & Case, Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Sidley Austin, The Hellenic Republic

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Private restructuring
Winner: MF Global Restructuring
Honorees: Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Morrison & Foerster, Slaughter and May, Pepper Hamilton, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project finance (Asia)
Winner: Ichthys LNG Project
Honorees: Latham & Watkins, Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith Freehills, Inpex Corporation, Total S.A.

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project finance (Middle East)
Winner: Sadara Chemicals Project
Honorees: Shearman & Sterling, White & Case, Hatem Aabbas Ghazzawi & Co., Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Saudi Aramco, Dow Chemical Company

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Strategic advice
Winner: Euro Zone Crisis Management
Honorees: Clifford Chance, European Stability Mechanism

Global Finance Deal of the Year: Grand prize
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, September 23, 2013, at Gotham Hall in New York


Global Dispute of the Year: Commercial arbitration
Winner: Dow v. Kuwait Petroleum
Honorees: Shearman & Sterling, Dow Chemical Company

Global Dispute of the Year: Investment arbitration
Winner: Occidental Petroleum v. Ecuador
Honorees: Covington & Burling, Debevoise & Plimpton, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. litigation
Winner: The Porsche short squeeze defense
Honorees: Sullivan & Cromwell, Porsche Automobil Holding SE

Global Dispute of the Year: U.K. litigation
Winner: Berezovsky v. Abramovich
Honorees: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Brick Court Chambers

Global Dispute of the Year: International litigation
Winner: Indonesian Clove Cigarettes (WTO)
Honoree: Mayer Brown, Indonesian Directorate-General for International Trade Cooperation

Global Dispute of the Year: Investigations
Winner: Intesa Sanpaolo criminal sanctions investigation
Honorees: Davis Polk & Wardwell, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA

Global Dispute of the Year: Grand prize
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, September 23, 2013, at Gotham Hall in New York


Global M&A Deal of the Year: U.S.
Winner: Softbank/Sprint
Honorees: Morrison & Foerster, Dow Lohnes, Foulston & Siefkin, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Softbank Corp., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, Shearman & Sterling, Polsinelli Shughart, Sprint Nextel Corp.

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Canada
Winner: CNOOC/Nexen
Honorees: Stikeman Elliot, Davis Polk, Herbert Smith, CNOOC Limited, Blake Cassels & Graydon, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer, Covington & Burling, Norton Rose, Nexen Inc., Richard A. Shaw P.C.

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Brazil
Winner: UnitedHealth/Amil
Honorees: Sullivan & Cromwell, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, UnitedHealth Group Inc., Linklaters, Lefosse Advogados, Amil Participações S.A.

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Chile
Winner: The Anglo American Sur sales
Honorees: Carey y Cia, Claro y Cia, Barros & Errázuriz Abogados, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados, Morales & Besa, Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz, Cleary, Codelco, Debevoise & Plimpton, Mitsui, Shearman & Sterling, Anglo-American plc , Clifford Chance, Mitsubishi

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Latin America
Winner: LAN/TAM
Honorees: LatAm Airlines Group, Sullivan & Cromwell, Pinheiro Neto, Claro y Cia, Clifford Chance, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Turci Advogados, Cariola Diez Perez-Cotapos & Cia

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Russia
Winner: Rosneft/TNK-BP
Honorees: Cleary, OAO Rosneft Oil Company, Linklaters, BP plc, Skadden, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Weil, White & Case, AAR Consortium

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Europe
Winner: Glencore/Xstrata
Honorees: Linklaters, Freshfields, Glencore Xstrata plc

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Australia
Winner: Yancoal/Gloucester
Honorees: Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & MacKenzie, King & Wood Mallesons, Minter Ellison, Clayton Utz, Sullivan & Cromwell, Yancoal Australia Ltd.

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia
Winner: Heineken/Asia Pacific Brewery
Honorees: Duane Morris & Selvam, Heineken International, Stamford Law Corporation, Fraser and Neave, Wong Partnership, Allen & Gledhill

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Middle East & Africa
Winner: Sinopec/Aramco JV
Honorees: Vinson & Elkins, Sinopec, White & Case, Saudi Aramco

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Private Equity
Winner: Walgreen/Boots
Honorees: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Allen & Overy, Walgreen Co., Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, Darrois, Villey Maillot & Brochier, KKR & Co., Alliance Boots GmbH, Bär & Karrer, Niederer Kraft & Frey

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Grand Prize
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, September 23, 2013, at Gotham Hall in New York


Global CSR Initiative of the Year
Winner: The Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge
Honoree: Norton Rose Fulbright

Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year
Winner: Tadonki v. General Secretary of the United Nations
Honoree: Amsterdam & Peroff

Global Pro Bono Deal of the Year
Co-winners, for financing social-purpose corporations: Jones Day for Embrace Innovations and Latham & Watkins for REBBL Inc.

Global Pro Bono Program of the Year (single jurisdiction)
Winner: Legal Assistance to Sierra Leone
Honoree: Herbert Smith Freehills

Global Pro Bono Program of the Year (multiple jurisdictions)
Winner: Fighting Human Trafficking Initiative
Honoree: White & Case

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award: Lifetime achievement
Winner: DLA/New Perimeter

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award, 2013
Winner: TBA at the Global Legal Awards dinner, September 23, 2013, at Gotham Hall in New York

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