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Baker McKenzie

100 NEW BRIDGE STREET, LONDON, EC4V 6JA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7919 1000
Fax:
Fax 020 7919 1999
DX:
233 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.bakermckenzie.com

Ross Denton

Tel:
Work 020 7919 1978
Email:
Baker McKenzie LLP

Work Department

EU, competition and trade.

Position

Ross Denton is a partner in the Firm's European Community, Competition & Trade Department in London and member of the Baker McKenzie Japanese Practice Group. He also served as coordinator of the Firm's International Trade & WTO Practice Group. Ross routinely advises US and Japanese multinationals on EU and UK competition matters and international trade law issues. In addition to his practice, Ross contributes to a number of publications, including Laws of the European Communities and Encyclopedia of Information Technology. He is a member of the UK Customs Practitioners Group and the World Trade Lawyers Association. Ross focuses his practice on public regulations of international trade, export controls, public procurement and customs matters. He has significant experience advising clients on various international compliance matters, including EU and UK public procurement, UK and EU export controls and sanctions, customs fraud and international regulation of smuggling.

Career

Articled Baker McKenzie; qualified 1994; partner 1998 to date; publications of note: EC external relations chapter in Vaughan ‘Law of the European Communities’, export controls chapter in the ‘Encyclopaedia of IT Law’.

Languages

English

Member

UK Customs Practitioners’ Group; World Trade Law Association.

Education

University of Michigan (LL.M.) (1989); University of Exeter (LL.M.) (1985); University of Birmingham (LL.B.) (1984)

Leisure

Current affairs, food, cinema, contemporary US literature, walking, travel.


London: Corporate and commercial

Customs and Excise

Within: Customs and Excise

Baker McKenzie regularly handles customs and excise investigations and appeals for global corporates. Drawing on its transatlantic capabilities, the group is often called upon to advise clients, including major retailers, manufacturers and distributors, on a range of business-critical matters, including the implications of the withdrawal of the US from certain free trade agreements. 'Commercially aware' practice head Jennifer Revis, who was promoted to partner in July 2017, displays 'excellent knowledge of customs legislation and its wider global application'. Other key figures include trade specialist Ross Denton, who primarily advises EU, US and Japanese multinationals on all aspects of customs; head of tax Mark Delaney, who has expansive knowledge of indirect tax solutions relating to the technology and telecommunications sectors; and associate Jessica Mutton, who is noted for providing 'on-target' advice in relation to international trade and anti-bribery work, which encompasses customs, export controls and sanctions matters.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The 'excellent' competition practice at Baker McKenzie acts for clients across a wide range of industry sectors including consumer goods and retail, financial services, energy, mining and infrastructure, industrials and technology. Samantha Mobley  heads the firm’s EU, competition and trade practice and is advising Unilever with senior associate Irena Apostopoulos on the acquisition of Latin American consumer goods firm Quala, which required clearance at Phase 1 stage in Mexico and in Phase II in Colombia.  Keith Jones advised British American Tobacco on the acquisition of brands and retail assets of Bulgartabac, requiring regulatory approval in a number of Balkan states. Ross Denton  is noted for his expertise in cartel matters, acting for clients such as Mitsubishi Electric and Fedex. Jonathan Stoodley joined the team in December 2017 as a consultant, having previously worked for the Secretariat-General of the EC.

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EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

Within: Leading individuals

Ross Denton - Baker McKenzie

Within: EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

Baker McKenzie¬†'s¬†‚Äėlegal service in the trade compliance area is superb‚Äô; ‚Äėthe firm has deep knowledge of economic sanctions and export controls‚Äô. Key industries for the practice are aerospace and defence, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, energy, financial services and fast moving consumer goods. The ‚Äėwise and practical‚Äô¬†Ross Denton¬†heads the practice and ‚Äėhas provided solutions to seemingly insolvable issues on more than one occasion‚Äô; his key clients include Apple, Halliburton and Sony.¬†Sunny Mann¬†(‚Äėcombines deep expertise with a cheerful personality, making him a pleasure to work with‚Äô) has been advising a large energy services company on a criminal investigation led by HMRC into alleged violations involving EU and UK sanctions against Russia and UK export controls. Tristan Grimmer¬†specialises in advising clients on export controls, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption. ¬†Senior associate¬†Sven Bates¬†is recommended as ‚Äėan up-and-comer, with broad expertise in the sanctions compliance space‚Äô.

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VAT and indirect tax

Within: VAT and indirect tax

Baker McKenzie's impressive standalone VAT practice is led by Mark Delaney and leverages the firm's global reach to handle multi-jurisdictional VAT projects. Major contentious investigations and disputes are a core area of expertise, while on the non-contentious end, it is often called upon to advise on the design and implementation of VAT-efficient tax structures. Mark Agnew brings 'a unique perspective and commercial mindset' to problems, for which he provides 'practical solutions'. Promoted to partner in June 2018, tax litigator David Jamieson specialises in VAT and indirect tax disputes with the UK authorities. He has appeared as lead advocate at both the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, as well as the supreme court. The group is representing Marriott at the Upper Tribunal in a groundbreaking case regarding the VAT consequences of customer loyalty programs, having acted for the client on the same matter in the French courts. Ross Denton and Jennifer Revis (who was promoted to partner in July 2017) are key contentious practitioners, both with expertise in indirect tax matters.

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London: Dispute resolution

Public international law

Within: Public international law

Baker McKenzie is 'a versatile and experienced firm that is very capable of handling unusual public international law issues'. The team has extensive experience advising claimants in disputes against states and state-owned entities in commercial and investment-related arbitrations; it also acts across the oil and gas chain, acting for oil majors, service providers, and sovereign states and entities. The team acted for the Kazakhstan national gas operator, KazTransGas (KTG), in its dispute with the Government of Georgia concerning the appointment of a special receiver over KTG's Georgian subsidiary. Edward Poulton and Andy Moody are 'both very experienced and have sound judgment'. The other names to note are Ross Denton and Sunwinder (Sunny) Mann.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit

Within: Brexit

Baker McKenzie’s cross-departmental Brexit team in London, which is jointly led by Samantha Mobley and Ross Denton, works closely with other practitioners located across the worldwide network to provide fully-coordinated, strategic advice to businesses on their most complex operational challenges. The firm’s depth and breadth of expertise makes it particularly well-placed to advise clients on global restructurings and trade-related issues; Denton, who heads up the London trade practice, is a seasoned expert in the public regulation of international trade, export controls and customs matters. In addition, other areas covered by the trade practice include sanctions and WTO law. Mobley has decades of experience advising clients on global competition issues. Clients also count on the expertise of practitioners with knowledge about other areas, such as employment and immigration, regulatory compliance and tax. Elsewhere, in addition to providing standalone advice to clients, another value-add is that the firm liaises with various authorities across the globe to stay up to speed on developments. It also has strong connections with a number of UK trade associations. Jennifer Revis, Emily Carlisle and Kate Alexander are among other individuals in the sizeable Brexit team.

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