An efficient and convenient synthesis of α-allyl cyclic amidines has been achieved by applying a novel cascade reaction. Copper(I)-mediated in situ N-sulfonyl ketenimine formation from the reaction of a terminal alkyne with sulfonyl azide is followed by an intramolecular nucleophilic attack on the central carbon atom by an allylic tertiary amine, and then an aza-Claisen rearrangement takes place through a chair transition state to furnish the titled amidines with complete stereocontrol.
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