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Specialist in major strategic sourcing projects and technology transactions, advising both suppliers and customers with particular expertise in structuring and negotiating high-value sourcing and technology transactions in the financial services, energy and retail sectors. Recent significant transactions include: advising Home Retail Group in relation to the implementation of its digital strategy; EDF Energy in relation to its smart metering and data centre projects; and SITA in relation to is global telecommunications procurement and distribution arrangement.


Trained Frere Cholmeley, qualified 1990, 1990-1997 Associate 1990-97; partner in present firm: 2001 Trained at Frere Cholemely; senior counsel at Electronic Data Systems 1997-2001; partner Dentons 2001-present.


University of Southampton (LLB 1987).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Dentons' first-rate team includes Martin Fanning, who 'applies a commercial mindset to legal issues'. The group assists clients with the gamut of commercial contracts in areas such as retail, aviation, healthcare and energy, among others.  Scott Singer, and senior associates Tristan Jonckheer and Nicola Harding, who assisted John Lewis Partnership with negotiating a number of major commercial deals in 2017, such as its contractual joint venture with HSBC to provide John Lewis-branded personal loans to customers. On the IT front, Dan Burge and senior associate Henrietta Baker advised EDF Energy on its application maintenance and development arrangements with TCS. Andy Lucas has a strong track record in public sector outsourcing projects, and acts for a number of government departments, including the Home Office and Ministry of Defence. Babette Märzheuser-Wood and Tatiana Kruse are also recommended. The firm expanded its offering in the Scottish market in 2017 by merging with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens; the team now includes Alison Bryce and Ross Nicol, both of whom are based in Glasgow.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

The team at Dentons is headed jointly by financial services regulatory specialist Jonathan Garforth, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP in September 2017, and counsel Ian Benson, who is also a financial services expert. Benson advised PCF Bank on the 'customer journey' aspects of its new payment account products, including regulatory and commercial issues; he also acted for Hybrid Payment Aggregator Business on the regulatory aspects of its new app to allow users to view their bank accounts and credit card information on one platform. Bitstamp instructed Benson on the regulatory aspects of funds it had received in connection with bitcoin transactions. Technology expert Dan Burge acted for Salt Exchange on the technological and commercial aspects of establishing an asset-backed cryptocurrency exchange, and assisted challenger bank Wyelands Bank with commercial arrangements pertaining to a new banking solution. Martin Fanning advised B Social Bank on regulatory, commercial and IP and brand protection matters. Foreign Currency Direct, HiFX and First Data are additional clients of the practice. IP and IT specialist Scott Singer is also active in the fintech space.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Dentons is experienced the film and TV, advertising marketing, e-sports, music, publishing and gaming, social media and interactive content sectors and is regularly instructed by global media clients on corporate and financing transactions, which utilise the firm’s global network of offices. Corporate partner Darren Acres has a focus on media sector transactions and advised ole! Media Management on its acquisition of the UK-headquartered rights management group Compact Media from Lyceum Capital; advised MTG on the sale of its African production and broadcasting business to Kwese Free TV; and also advised MTG on  the acquisition of US games publisher and developer Kongregate Inc. from GameStop Corp. Lee Federman advised NYX Gaming Group on its £210m super senior revolving credit and term, unitranche and accordion facilities refinancing facilities with Ares Capital. Dan Burge acted for Tribune Media Services on a procurement bid process and contractual terms for the provision of editorialisation of metadata services to the BBC. Edinburgh-based Brian Moore advised agency Troika on its merger with media management and professional services agency the James Grant Group (JGG). Acres heads the team with TMT head Andy Lucas after the departure of former media and entertainment team head Ingrid Silver to Reed Smith LLP. Jeremy Cohen is the firm’s CEO for the UK and Middle East and regularly advises media and entertainment sector clients; Anna Copeman handles IP work; and Joseph Altendorff handles M&A and corporate finance work in the sector. Alex Haffner has joined Fladgate LLP.

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