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A&O maintains top three position for a record-breaking 14th year at FT Innovative Lawyers Awards

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13 September 2019

A&O took third place at last night’s FT Innovative Lawyer Europe Awards 2019 - maintaining its top three position for a record-breaking 14 years. The firm also received significant commendations across nine different categories.

A&O was rated 'Highly Commended' for two significant transactions – the financing of the Hornsea One offshore windfarm and advising on a first of a kind IPO of a global legal business. For the latter, A&O designed a complex dual structure enabling the law firm to be listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. The dual structure was designed to accommodate jurisdictions that do not allow non-legal professionals to participate in running a law firm.

The firm was also 'Highly Commended' in the Innovation in Collaboration category for their work with MarginXchange, which implements initial margin requirements relating to derivatives contracts. It was created in collaboration with SmartDX and HIS Markit.

In addition to their work advising clients on complex matters, A&O was 'Highly Commended' for their innovative efforts to attract talent to the law firm of the future and their pro bono work in fighting discrimination against Roma children.

A&O Consulting and aosphere were also commended: A&O Consulting in the 'New products and services' category, and aosphere in the 'data, knowledge and intelligence' category for the Takeover data service it created.

And, Shruti Ajitsaria, Head of Fuse, has been named as one of the Top 10 Legal Intrapreneurs – those who have generated ideas and helped bring about changes in culture and operations.

Commenting on the results, Andrew Trahair, who heads up Advanced Delivery & Solutions, said: “It’s impressive to see A&O being recognised for its innovation across such a breadth of categories – including new products and services, legal expertise, recruitment and pro bono. We are transforming the services we offer clients and delivering those services in ever smarter ways.”

Wim Dejonghe added: “Being consistently ranked in the top three most innovative law firms in Europe demonstrates that making innovation a strategic priority and investing in our Advanced Delivery & Solutions businesses is working. By embedding innovation into all areas of our work, our goal is to create a clear competitive advantage for the firm in the long term.

“Well done to all the teams involved in the awards. We should feel very proud of our achievements.”

Now in its fourteenth year, the FT Innovative Lawyers Report is regarded as one of the top legal rankings in Europe and the accompanying awards the best researched in the market. A&O has won the title of most innovative law firm in Europe six times - more times than any other law firm.

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