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Dentons China
16-21F, Tower B, ZT International Center, No.10, Chaoyangmen Nandajie,
Chaoyang District
BEIJING 100020
China

China > Regional coverage: Jiangsu Province: Nanjing Tier 1

China > Antitrust and competition: PRC firms Tier 2

Dentons‘ competition and antitrust practice handles merger control filings, antitrust investigations, private litigation and compliance. With Jet Deng and Ken Dai at the helm, the firm represents a number of well-known international household names such as Volkswagen and also provides advice to the Ministry of Finance and local state bodies such as the Hainan Administration for Market Regulation. The team has notable expertise in the energy and healthcare sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Jet Deng; Ken Dai

Key clients

Unilever China

TOTAL

Volkswagen

Inspur

Shanghai Fosun Health Technology (Group) Co., Ltd.

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.,Limited (CATL)

CNNC Capital Holding Co., Ltd

Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft

Beijing Shenzhou Aerospace Software Technology Co., Ltd

CCPIT

BOE

Intel China

Schaeffler Greater China

Yao Pharm

Kuaishou

Continental Grain China

MicroPort

Work highlights

  • Represented Hainan Administration for Market Regulation in the lawsuit brought by a company who is dissatisfied with antitrust penalty.
  • Provided antitrust service in the formation of a joint venture between Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) and Hubei Yihua Chemical.
  • Provided advice on the antitrust enforcement evaluation and the enhancement to the mechanism for the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

China > Banking and finance: PRC firms Tier 2

Leveraging its impressive global footprint, Dentons China is regularly instructed on a range of cross-border matters, with notable experience handling loan and non-performing asset securitisation matters as well as aircraft financing. Jacky Wang and Wei Zhang co-head the practice, which includes Ying Jian and Yao Zhou  who stand out for their expertise in debt restructurings and venture capital financing transactions, respectively. Leasing specialist Lin Zhang and securities expert Lihong Wang are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

China Construction Bank

Fujian Haixia Bank

Zhejuang Zheyin Financial Leasing

PSBC Consumer Finance

Bank of China

FAW Auto Finance

Industrial Consumer Finance

Bank Of Guiyang

INTESA SANPAOLO

China Merchants Bank

Sinopac Bank

China Post Financial Management

China Zheshang Bank

Rural Commercial Bank of Zhangjiagang

Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank

Zhejiang Tailong Commercial Bank

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

AVIC International Leasing

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Minsheng Financial Leasing

JC International Finance & Leasing

Qingdao Airlines

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China

Agricultural Bank of China Financial Leasing

SPDB Financial Leasing

Haitong UT Leasing HK

Moutai (Shanghai) Financial Leasing

BOC Financial Leasing

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing

China Construction Bank

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Bank of China

Industrial Bank Hong Kong Branch

HSBC

Standard & Chartered Bank

BNP Paribas

JP Morgan Chase & Co

The Bank of East Asia

United Overseas Bank

Hang Seng Bank

Fusion Bank

Chong Hing Bank

ABN AMRO

Rabobank Nederlands

ING

Barclays Bank

Cathay United Bank

Societe Generale

Work highlights

  • Acted for ICBC in multiple cross-border financing projects.
  • Advised AVIC International Leasing in its implementation of a financial leasing project for 8 aircraft, including Airbus, Boeing and ARJ21 aircraft.
  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank on a guarantee relationship between it and Sinosure in relation to a hospital financing project.

China > Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms Tier 2

Dentons China is extremely active in the arbitration space, with the group regularly advising both domestic and foreign clients on civil, commercial, and administrative arbitration matters. It serves all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government, and houses a number of partners serving as arbitrators for the HKIAC, CIETAC, and BAC. Tao Li heads the department from Beijing, and is supported by Lunshan Lan, who has rich expertise in construction and real estate projects. Summit Chen is a key name in the Shanghai office, with significant expertise advising on major commercial arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Tao Li

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Zhu Xinhua

Zhejiang Dajiang Water Investment Co., Ltd. |Lai’an Dajiang Water Co., Ltd.

Wang Yiyang

Ministry of Housing and |Urban-Rural Development of the PRC.

China Engineering Cost Association

Beijing Guoan Pension Industry Investment Management Co., Ltd

Beijing Real Estate Group Co., Ltd

Beijing Liujian Group Co., Ltd

Beijing Construction Engineering Bohai Construction Co., Ltd

Shanxi Fengrong Real Estate Development Co., Ltd

China > Private wealth: PRC firms Tier 2

The private wealth team at Dentons China handles a variety of matters for private banks, trust companies, insurance companies, and wealth management agencies. It is also well adept in advising high-net-worth individuals on cross-jurisdictional matters, and it has seen increased growth in inheritance planning work. The team is co-led by Jun Zhang, who has extensive expertise in family wealth management, family trust and charitable trust business, alongside Lingli Xie. Naidong Ma leads the Shanghai branch, focusing on family disputes for ultra-high-net-worth clients as well as providing wealth protection and inheritance advice. Meanwhile, Xiaochu Zhang is experienced in family enterprise governance and family business succession planning, as well as in cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Jun Zhang; Lingli Xie

Other key lawyers:

Naidong Ma; Xiaozhu Zhang; Hu Wan

Testimonials

‘Very professional, efficient, knowledgeable.’

‘Top-notch strategy. Knowledgeable and internationally connected, knows in-depth cross-border legal mechanisms.’

‘Very professional team. Knowledgeable and friendly.’

‘Hu Wan responds quickly to client’s needs and uses language which allows the client to understand clearly.’

Key clients

China CITIC Bank

China CITIC Trust Company

Peipei Li

Gang Zheng

China > Projects and energy: PRC firms Tier 2

At Dentons China, Guisheng Yang leads the energy, natural resources and environment practice, supported by mining specialist Guanshan Yang. The firm has an extensive roster of clients including railways, mining companies, petroleum producers and renewable energy setups. Major electricity, petroleum and natural gas player Shenergy Group is among the most notable. The practice offers services in mergers and acquisitions, equity transactions, due diligence and all aspects of project implementation. Nancy Sun has a specialism in carbon trading and carbon reduction projects work for major oil companies, while Jenny Si is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Huazhi Yuan; Guisheng Yang

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

China Railway Guizhou Tourism Culture Development Co., Ltd.

China Railway Culture and Tourism Investment Group Co., Ltd.

BASF (China) Co., Ltd.

Vitol (China) Energy Co., Ltd.

Shell (China) Co., Ltd.

Copenhagen Infrastructure New Markets Fund I K/S

Shenergy New Energy (Inner Mongolia) Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Shenergy New Energy Investment Co., Ltd.

Rudong Xiexin Offshore Wind Power Co., Ltd. |Rudong Zhixin Offshore Wind Power Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Shenergy Power Sales Co., Ltd.

State Grid Integrated Energy Service Group Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Daqin New Energy Technology Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Electric Group

Shanghai Yuxiong Machinery Equipment Co., Ltd.

Zhongrui Hengfeng (Shanghai) New Energy Development Co., Ltd.

PowerChina Henan Engineering Co., Ltd.

Zhaoyuan Municipal Non-coal Mine Management Headquarter Office

Work highlights

  • Assisted BASF with its acquisition of Shanshan Energy.
  • Assisted Shanghai Shenergy New Energy Investment Co., Ltd. in the due diligence and equity transactions involving nearly 30 wind power project asset packages with a total installed capacity of more than 2GW, including offshore wind power projects, onshore centralized wind power projects and decentralized wind power projects.
  • Advised China Railway Guizhou Tourism Culture Development Co., Ltd on conducting an in-depth  legal feasibility study on the whole project and conducted detailed analysis on more than 10 major feasibility issues.

China > Regional coverage: Guangdong Province: Guangzhou and Shenzhen Tier 2

Dentons has a solid full-service Greater Bay regional offering with offices in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and Hong Kong. The team ‘has been deeply involved in the real estate industry for many years, and has rich experience to help clients avoid risks‘. Within its sizeable team, Zuoke Chen and Jian Zhang  focus on real estate and construction, and corporate and commercial matters; Bin Jiang has extensive experience in dispute resolution, private equity funds and bankruptcy reorganisation and liquidation matters; Wangsheng Lu, Xiangfa Zhang and Jieyun Ni handle capital markets transactions while Baoting Yang is the key name to note for both contentious and non-contentious matters in the financial services and insurance sectors. Urban renewal projects, ESG bond issuance and IP disputes also feature in its recent caseload.

Practice head(s):

Yuefeng Lu

Testimonials

Team members have a clear division of labour without losing unity and cooperation.’

They are good at using modern IT technology and office software to handle relevant legal affairs and material collection, and the team works efficiently together.

The team has a high degree of cooperation and rapid response. The group is composed of lawyers who are good at different professional fields, which can meet various service needs and provide more comprehensive service solutions. There are offices at home and abroad, allowing for greater collaboration.

The team can accurately determine the focus of resolving legal disputes, and provides tailor-made advice that meets client’s business needs.

Chenhui Li is able to consider issues from multiple dimensions, angles and breadths, and comprehensively prevents legal risks.

Dentons’ Guangzhou team has been deeply involved in the real estate industry for many years, and has rich experience to help clients avoid risks.

Dentons Guangzhou insurance team is one of the leading professional insurance dispute teams in China, specializing in the resolution of major and complex insurance disputes. The team has established a network of relationships that can collaborate with third parties in the insurance industry in a timely and efficient manner. It is a reliable team with both business thinking and specialized legal skills.

Key clients

Guangzhou Pearl River Industrial Park Investment and Development Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Industry Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd.

China Agricultural Production Materials Group Corporation

Henan Yuanfang Trade City Development Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Huizhou Pinghai Power Station Co., Ltd.

China Huadian Capital Holdings Co., Ltd., and Guangzhou Development District Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Liede Economic Development Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Xingye Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Billions Financial Leasing (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Branch of Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China, Ltd.

Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank Co., Ltd.

Zhuhai Great Hengqin Port Industrial Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Hengjian Investment Holding Co., Ltd.

China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Power Grid Co., Ltd.

China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd. Guangzhou Branch

Work highlights

  • Acted for Guangzhou Industrial Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd. as a guarantor in connection with a USD 300 million bond issued by its wholly-owned overseas subsidiary.
  • Advised Guangzhou Liede Economic Development Co., Ltd. to wholly participate in the Liede renovation project.
  • Acted for Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China in the case regarding the dispute over the liability for damage in which application for property preservation was made during the lawsuit, with a target amount of more than RMB180m.

China > Regional coverage: Sichuan Province: Chengdu including Chongqing Tier 2

Dentons has been active handling a mix of investment funds, bankruptcy restructuring, capital markets, real estate and construction transactions and complex commercial disputes. Among its recent highlights, Ying Zhang assisted Chengdu Major Industrialisation Project Phase I Equity Investment Fund with the establishment of a RMB40bn fund, and Ying Lan represented Deyang Rongsen Real Estate in handling debts and claims related to an unfinished construction project. The well-regarded Shoumin Liu handles commercial disputes and Manman Yang specialises in M&A transactions. Chongqing-based Zhaohui Wen and Jun Ma are also key names to note for contentious matters and transactions, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Zhi Zhang

Other key lawyers:

Shoumin Liu; Ying Zhang; Manman Yang; Xueling Ning; Ying Lan; Peisong Yang; Zhaohui Wen; Jun Ma

Testimonials

The scope of legal service offered by Dentons Chengdu office is relatively complete, with rich varieties, many choices and wide coverage, providing comprehensive legal services for the needs of customers.’

Ying Lan provides a unique and very effective action plan with rapid response and high efficiency. The advice provided effectively solves our needs.’

Ying Lan is deeply involved in the bankruptcy business. She is experienced and is a lawyer I very much trust.’

Key clients

Deyang Rongsen Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Maibang Food Industry Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Country Garden Bisheng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Chengdu Lixuan New Era Logistics Co., Ltd.

Wipro Limited

Chengdu High-Tech Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Chengdu Jingkai Guotou Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Tianfu New District Technology Venture Capital Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Chengdu Major Industrialisation Project Phase I Equity Investment Fund and Chengdu Loong Chance Capital Equity Investment Co on the setting up of an SPV and participation in the pre-IPO financing project of CALB Co., Ltd.
  • Advised Chengdu High-Tech Investment Group on the issuance of an overseas bond.
  • Advised on the bankruptcy and liquidation procedures of Sichuan Maibang Food Industry Co., Ltd, with a debt amount of RMB1.4bn.

China > Regional coverage: Zhejiang Province: Hangzhou Tier 2

China > Shipping: PRC firms Tier 2

Dentons China‘s wide ranging presence across the breadth of China also extends to the high seas. Sale and purchase of vessels, carriage contract and charter party negotiations, marine insurance and reinsurance, collisions and salvage, ship arrest and leasing are just some of the matters covered by this practice. Key names to note include practice head George Wang, arbitrator and litigator Darong Wang and financing expert Jingjing Wu.

Practice head(s):

Yingbo (George) Wang

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AVIC International Leasing Co., Ltd.

Bright Palais Shipping Limited|PALAIS Shipping Co., Ltd.

Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Minsheng Jiayang (Tianjin) Shipping Leasing Co., LTD

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd.

Agricultural Bank of China Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

SPDB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Haitong UT Leasing HK Limited

Moutai (Shanghai) Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Amlin Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and its member Five Ocean Corporation, Seoul, Korea

PICC Quanzhou Branch

Export-Import Bank of China, and its Xiamen Branch

Hong Kong Top Express Shipping Limited, Hong Kong Everfair Shipping Limited

PICC Rongcheng Branch

PICC Xiamen Branch

Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd.

CMA CGM S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., (Client) and its overseas subsidiaries as borrower on carrying out a term loan facility with BNPP as lender of up to $50m involving ship mortgages over four vessels owed by the client.
  • Advised AVIC International Leasing Co., Ltd., (Client) acting through its SPV incorporated in the Republic of Marshall Islands on conducting a sale and lease back project in relation to one BULK CARRIER.
  • Gard P&I Club, and its members including the CMA CGM S.A., APL Co. Pte. Ltd., and Registered shipowners of M.V. “CMA CGM G.WASHINGTON”. Represented the Client involving some cargo claims arising from containers’ falling overboard a large container ship before three different maritime courts of PRC (XM, SH and GZ).

China > Tax: PRC firms Tier 2

Dentons‘ tax practice is led by Xuefeng Leng, who is a trained accountant as well as an experienced tax lawyer, and Guang Han. The team provides advice on tax consultation, management, planning and disputes. The firm notably advises state tax administrations as well as domestic Chinese companies and MNCs. Vinson Xu is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Guang Han; Xuefeng Leng

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Acted as defence counsel in a suspected crime of smuggling. The case was investigated by Guangzhou Customs and there was a suspected of tax evasion of about 150 million yuan.
  • Entrusted by former Local Tax Service of Guangzhou Nansha Development Zone to represent it in the tax administrative collection case with a company. The tax amount involved in the case was 350 million yuan, and the land value-added tax amount was nearly 30 million yuan.
  • Entrusted by Guangzhou Yuexiu District Tax Service, State Taxation Administration to act as the agent in the administrative proceedings in relation to administrative litigation of first instance between its subordinate and a company.

China > TMT: PRC firms Tier 2

The TMT practice at Dentons China offers a wide array of services, advising on matters ranging from copyright, trademark and franchise issues, to business restructuring, M&A, investment, and financing, and data protection. It also advises on domestic and overseas regulatory matters in emerging industries, including blockchain, automatic driving and crypto products. Zhangwei Wang heads the team from Beijing. Kaiming Cai advises a number of leading Chinese TMT enterprises, and has particular experience in export control and economic sanctions, data protection, cross-border compliance. Jiamao Cheng provides additional expertise in corporate matters, focusing on foreign and cross-border M&A projects. Donghui Ruan is also noteworthy for his experience in advising major TMT clients.

Practice head(s):

Zhangwei Wang

Other key lawyers:

Kaiming Cai; Jiamao Cheng; Donghui Ruan; Shengdi Mao

Testimonials

‘Kaiming Cai  is highly professional. The team can solve problems and give clients a high quality service.’

‘Kaiming Cai  is knowledgeable and responsible. He is always concerned with new laws and regulations.’

‘Donghui Ruan is highly responsible and always gives a quick response.’

Key clients

Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited

Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Anker Innovations Limited

Qualcomm Wireless Communication Technologies (China) Co., Ltd.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited

ZTE Corporation

Shenzhen Transsion Holdings Co., Ltd.

Alibaba Cloud

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

TCL New Technology Co., Ltd.

Alibaba Cloud Computing Co. Ltd.

Zhejiang Cainiao Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Tanwan Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Dinghui Investment Management (Tianjin) Company Limited

Shanghai Huzan Information Technology Co., Ltd

Huifu Payment Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided compliance services for ZTE to continuously respond to foreign government regulatory data requirements on the premise of complying with Chinese data regulations.
  • Continue to provide a series of professional legal services for Tencent in export control, supply chain security, data protection and other fields.
  • Conducted data compliance review for all cloud service businesses of Alibaba Cloud and provided compliance adjustment advice.

China > WTO/international trade: PRC firms Tier 2

Dentons‘ international trade law team is known for acting for companies placed on the Entity List, also known as the ‘List of Communist Chinese Military Companies’. As the US and PRC continue their trade standoff, the firm’s work in this area remains significant; it also has a technology sector specialism and is able to name Alibaba, Tencent and Lenovo among its clientele. Kaiming Cai has experience in export control matters, while Lei Sun handles anti-dumping and trade remedy investigations. Jianlin Ni is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kaiming Cai; Lei Sun; Jianlin Ni

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

ZTE Corporation

Sinotrans Limited

BGI Genomics Co., Ltd.

Lenovo Beijing Ltd

Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited

Alibaba Cloud

PetroChina International Co., Ltd

Huatai Securities Co., Ltd

China Council forthe Promotion of International Trade

China Three Gorges International Corporation

China Merchants Holdings (HK) Co., Ltd.

Silvery Dragon Prestressed Materials Co., LTD Tianjin

Haining Happy Leather Furniture Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Happy Smart Furnishings Co., Ltd.

Haining Fanmei Furniture Co., Ltd

Family Furniture Co., Ltd.

Ministry of Commerce of The People’s Public of China

Tianjin Huayuan Times Metal Products Co., Ltd

Tianjin Huayuan Metal Wire Products Co., Ltd.

Shandong Jinyu Tire Co., Ltd.

Jiashan Foamtech Furniture Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised SMIC, a leading company in China’s chip manufacturing industry, when it was listed on the US Entity List.
  • Provided support on export control and sanctions to Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd., a global technology company.
  • Represented the Silvery Dragon Prestressed Materials Co., LTD Tianjin. in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by Malaysia on prestressed concrete steel strands originating or imported from China.

China > Data protection: PRC firms Tier 3

Dentons China benefits from its impressive global footprint, allowing it to act for clients such as Tencent, Alibaba and Lenovo on complex data compliance issues. It is also equipped to advise on cross-border data transfers, data asset transactions and data breach contingency plans. Zhangwei Wang heads the team which includes Kaiming Cai and Donghui Ruan. Cai focuses on data protection and cross-border compliance, while Ruan has notabel experience advising on compliance matters for clients in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised Beijing Bytedance Technology on information security and in response to US policies.
  • Advised Tencent on data compliance issues.
  • Advised Anker Innovation Technology in compliance matters.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms Tier 3

Dentons China offers a strong litigation practice, with experience advising both domestic and foreign clients on civil, commercial, and administrative disputes. Due to its extensive network, it is able to serve clients across mainland China, as well as assist on cross-border disputes. The team is headed by Tao Li from Beijing, who has extensive expertise in complex civil and commercial disputes, as does Summit Chen. Also notable is Daniel Wei, who has rich experience in corporate, commercial and real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Tao Li

Other key lawyers:

Summit Chen; Daniel Wei; Lunshan Lan

Key clients

China Chengtong Oriental Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Shanghai State-owned Assets Management Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Guoxin Investment Development Co., Ltd.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited Shanghai Putuo Sub-branch

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd. Guangzhou Branch

CCB Trust Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Finance Trust Co., Ltd.

Ronshine (Fujian) Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Sansheng (Shanghai) Industrial Development Co., Ltd.

Libo Shanshui Investment Co., Ltd.

Whole Easy Internet Technology Co., Ltd.

Ministry of Housing and |Urban-Rural Development of the PRC.

China Engineering Cost Association

Beijing Guoan Pension Industry Investment Management Co., Ltd

Beijing Real Estate Group Co., Ltd

Beijing Liujian Group Co., Ltd

Beijing Construction Engineering Bohai Construction Co., Ltd

Shanxi Fengrong Real Estate Development Co., Ltd

Haitong Securities Assets Management Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Shaohui Commercial Co., Ltd.

China International Capital Corporation Limited

Beijing FB Media Co., Ltd.

Fujian Fuhua Industry & Trade Co., Ltd.

Ningxia GREAT WORLD Industrial Group Co., Ltd.

Junfa Yang

Xingming Chen

Grand Pacific Holdings Limited

Dongxing Securities (Hong Kong) Financial Holdings Limited

Xi’an Silk Road Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Suning.com Co., Ltd.

China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd.

Haitong Innovation Securities Investment Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Goldstate Brilliance Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Ronghui General Lithium Co., Ltd.

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.

Work highlights

  • Represented Guangdong Finance Trust Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd. Guangzhou Branch in a dispute arbitration with a natural person investor.
  • Represented Haitong Securities Asset Management Co., Ltd. in a series of disputes over stock pledged repos.
  • Represented Ningxia Great World Industrial Group Co., Ltd. in a protest case of housing lease contract with a well-known public company.

China > Insurance: PRC firms Tier 3

Dentons receives a strong flow of instructions from major banks, asset management and private equity companies, and insurers, which regularly seek the practice for assistance with a wide range of matters, most notably equity and debt investment transactions, restructurings and the application of insurance funds. The group also maintains a close relationship with regulatory bodies such as the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), making it well placed to advise on regulatory matters. The team is overseen by capital markets expert Jie Wang  and Hui Yu , who has extensive experience in the establishment of debt and equity investment plans, portfolio asset management products and real estate funds. Shanghai-based Guangrui Liu is well versed in financing structures and M&A, often acting for intermediaries, insurtech companies and investors.

Practice head(s):

Jackay Wang; Hui Yu

Key clients

China Life Asset Management Company Limited

China Life Investment Management Company Limited

China Life Pension Company Limited

China Life Capital Investment Company Limited

China Life Jinshi Asset Management Company Limited

PICC Asset Management Company Limited

PICC Capital Investment Management Co., Ltd

PICC Capital Insurance Asset Investment Management Co., Ltd

Sunshine Asset Management Corporation Limited

Taiping Asset Management Co., Ltd

ICBC-AXA Asset Management Company

Bocommlife Asset Management CO.,Ltd

Taikang Asset Management Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised investors including Taiping Asset Management Co.,Ltd. on the capital increase and share expansion project of China Huadian Capital Holdings Company Limited.
  • Acted for Sunshine Asset Management Corporation Limited on the Sunshine-Henan Jiaotou infrastructure debt investment plan project.
  • Advised Taiping Asset Management Co., Ltd. on the Taiping-Jimo Wanda Commercial real estate debt investment plan project.

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms

A major practice area for the firm, Dentons China's 'stable, responsive and efficient' IP group acts in both patent and trade mark prosecution matters, while its 'professional ability and service awareness leave a deep impression on clients'. In recent highlights, the team acted for SPC Investment Co in a series of cases involving trade mark squatting. Heading up the department, Mingyue Dun's track record  includes pursuing IP counterfeiters through raid actions to stop infringement; and the practice of fellow senior partner Feng Liu includes designing IP protection programmes. Other notable IP practitioners are Yuzhou Yang and Wallace Li.

Practice head(s):

Mingyue Dun

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is stable, responsive and efficient.

‘The team’s professional ability and service awareness leave a deep impression on clients.’

‘The team has rich experience in patents and there is a lot of flexibility in terms of innovative ideas for cases. The overall service attitude and professionalism of the team are excellent.’

‘Yuzhou Yang’s professionalism and serious attitude have won the unanimous approval of clients’ legal departments.’

Key clients

Xiaomi Communication Technology Co

Xiaomi Technology Co

Jiuli Group

Zhejiang Jiuli Special Materials Technology

Unilever China Co

Mobitech Autoparts Co

Foreo (Shanghai) Trading Co

Shanghai Junzheng Network Technology Co

Kone Konecranes (Shanghai) Co

Osmo (Shanghai) Brand Management Co

Actions Technology

Emerson Electric Co

Anhui Xinneng Electric Technology Co

Airwair International

Kimberly-Clark (China) Co

Coach IP Holdings

Glencairn IP Holding Company

Sanner Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging Material (Kunshan) Co

Shanghai Junshi Biosciences

Rigol Technology

Hirschvogel Automotive Components (Pinghu) Co

Action Communication Technology Co

Xi’an Novastar Technology

Zhejiang Hisoar Pharmaceutical

Qinghai Qidi Qingyuan New Materials Co

Kampf Technology (Changzhou) Co

Shanghai Beibian Technology Co

Shanghai Da Tong Da Brand Management Co

Markor International Home Furnishings Co

Norma (Shanghai) Investment Consulting Co

Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences Group Co

Shanghai Aizhong Biotechnology Co

Kunshan Tengfei Underwear Technology Co

Bright Power Semiconductor Co

American International Assurance Co

YOOZOO Games Co

Eaton Electric Group

Galaxy Media

Tsuburaya Productions Co

Duravit

EVAPCO Equipment Co

Shanghai United Imaging Healthcare Co

KANSAIPAINT CO

Ningmeng Film and Television Media Co

Work highlights

  • Represented Unilever Service (Hefei) Co in a lawsuit against Chengdu Yisiyun Trading Co (and others) for unauthorised use of packaging (among others)
  • Represented Shanghai Junzheng Network Technology Co in an IP-related unfair competition lawsuit against Beijing Teddy Bear Mobile Technology Co.
  • Assisted SPC Investment Co with a series of cases involving trade mark squatting.

China > Labour and employment: PRC firms Tier 3

Dentons China is a market mainstay; its offices across the country providing PRC employment advice. With branches from Kunming to Changchun, as well as in China’s major cities, it is well placed to keep apace with provincial differences in employment and employment-related regulations. Dianxu Jiang – who has a high degree of experience in collective disputes and the repositioning and relocation of employees – leads the practice. Joanie Zhang has a strong track record in labour disputes across multiple sectors including education, finance and heavy industry. Grace Young, who has a background in labour arbitrator, is an upcoming partner in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dianxu Jiang

Other key lawyers:

Shane Luo; Joanie Zhang; Grace Young

Key clients

Flextronics Manufacturing(Zhuhai)Co.,Ltd

VF China Limited

Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in Shanghai

DOMPE FARMACEUTICI S.P.A.

Uniflair (Zhuhai) Electrical Appliance Manufacturing Co., Ltd

COOEC-Fluor Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College

Multek Industries Limited

Dr. Martens AirWair Hong Kong Limited

American International School of Guangzhou

Rayben Technologies (Zhuhai) Limited

Hettich Furniture Hardware Components (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd

Hunter Boot Business Consultancy (Shenzhen) Company Limited

Harting (Zhuhai) Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented a Fortune 500 Enterprise handling multiple labour dispute cases arising from fraudulent employee behaviour.

China > Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 3

With an array of partners reflecting their vast breadth of presence across China, Dentons China‘sclient roster features a number of state-owned entities; including Shenzen Metro Group and the Ministry of Housing. It regularly acts on real estate litigation and advises on development, financing and M&A transactions. Chenyao Wu has a wealth of experience in cross-border financing, cross-border mergers, real estate private equity funds, overseas REITs, Chinese real estate overseas investments, and international construction. Guanshan Yang handles infrastructure construction and real estate development matters, and William Mo has notable expertise in advising local and international real estate companies and PE funds on the acquisition and financing of commercial, residential and warehouse projects.

Practice head(s):

Guanshan Yang; Guisheng Yang; Chenyao Wu; Huazhi Yuan; Yonghii Qin; Lunshan Lan

Other key lawyers:

Yong Wu; William Mo; Qing Chang

Key clients

Shenzhen Metro Group Co., Ltd.

Zhongji Lianfa Transportation Construction Co., Ltd

China Energy Construction Northeast Power Second Engineering Co., Ltd.

China Construction Fourth Engineering Dmsion Corp.ltd

China Railway Guizhou Tourism Culture Development Co., Ltd.

China Railway Culture and Tourism Investment Group Co., Ltd.

A Famous Sewage Treatment Company In Zhejiang Province

A Famous Sewage Treatment Company In Jiangsu Province

Takurgan Pamirs Airport Construction Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Lefu Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Mori Building (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Taikang Community (Beijing) Investment Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Vanke Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Industrial Zone Development Co., Ltd.

Hanpu (Shanghai) Enterprise Management Consultation Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Building Decoration Engineering Group Co. LTD

Shang Hai Pudong Exploration (Group) Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Aoyuan Commercial Real Estate Group Co., Ltd.

Everbright Prestige Capital

Bupa Insurance Services Limited

Shanghai United Media Group

China Nuclear E&C Group

Shanghai Urban Investment Holding Co., Ltd.

Colliers International

JERDE

Callison RTKL

Shanghai CESC Dongfu Investment Development Company (Top 30 real estate company)

Pingan Real Estate

Liandong Group

Goodman Group

East airline

Dongbai Ruixin

Chamrich Fund

Shanghai United Media Group

Everbright Anshi Investment Fund

Shanghai Xinma Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Newease China

Zhongnan Puyue (Top 30 real estate company’s subsidiary in distress asset )

CMIG

Shanghai CESC Dongfu Investment Development Company (Top 30 real estate company)

Shanghai Bank

Sino-ocean Group (Top 30 real estate company)

Dowell Group (Top 50 real estate company)

Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC.

China Engineering Cost Association

Beijing Guoan Pension Industry Investment Management Co., Ltd

Beijing Real Estate Group Co., Ltd

Beijing Liujian Group Co., Ltd

Beijing Construction Engineering Bohai Construction Co., Ltd

Shanxi Fengrong Real Estate Development Co., Ltd

China Fortune holding Co., Ltd

Beijing Western Mining Construction Co., Ltd

Beijing Fengmao Investment Management Co., Ltd.

CCCC Real Estate Management Group Co., Ltd.

Beijing Xinxing Real Estate Development Corporation

Liaoning Linchang Real Estate Group Co., Ltd

Beijing tongminghu Information City Development Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising on the highway construction-operation PPP project in Zunyi City, Guizhou Province constructed by China Construction Fourth Engineering Dmsion Corp.

China > Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms Tier 3

The compliance practice at Dentons offers a range of services acting for Fortune 500 firms, domestic state-owned enterprises, and domestic private enterprises. It is experienced in anti-monopoly notifications, anti-monopoly administrative investigations, and anti-monopoly lawsuit matters, as well as in developing compliance programs. The team is led by Liping Yan, and supported by Kaiming Cai who has extensive experience in export control and economic sanctions, data protection, and cross-border compliance matters. Donghui Ruan is also notable and is particularly experienced in acting for TMT clients in regulatory and data compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Liping Yan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

ZTE Corporation

Sinotrans Limited

BGI Genomics Co., Ltd

Lenovo Beijing Ltd

Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Ltd

Alibaba Cloud

PetroChina International Co., Ltd

Huatai Securities Co., Ltd

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

ZTE Corporation

Lenovo Group Ltd.

Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Ltd

PetroChina Co., Ltd

China Three Gorges International Corporation

China Merchants Holdings (HK) Co., Ltd

The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

China Construction Bank Corporation

Fujian Haixia Bank

Work highlights

  • Provided SMIC, a leading company in China’s chip manufacturing industry, with full compliance response services including compliance system optimization, crisis response, government public relations, and removal plan formulation after the company was listed in a foreign blacklist.
  • Provided Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. with legal services in the area of export control and economic sanctions in the context of increased competition between the US and China.
  • Providing export control compliance services for the international business activities of CNPC and its subsidiaries in the current volatile international environment.

China > Restructuring and insolvency: PRC firms Tier 3

The restructuring and insolvency team at Dentons has a proven track record in assisting listed companies, state-owned enterprises and creditors with complex high-profile reorganisation plans and restructurings. With a notable presence in a wide range of sectors, including education, manufacturing, financial services, and real estate, the group often acts as court-appointed administrator as well as trustee in liquidation and dissolution proceedings. The Beijing-based team is jointly led by Guang Han and Meili Gao, who has recently handled a busy caseload of large debt restructurings and reorganisation projects. Other key names include Ting Zhang, Zhibin Zheng and Ying Jian.

Practice head(s):

Guang Han; Meili Gao

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Perking University Founder Group Co., Ltd

China Jilin Forest Industry Group

Citic Guoan Group

Harbin Institute of Technology Group Inc

Shenyang Shengjing Energy

Tsinghua Unigroup

HNA Group

Shenyang Machine Tool (Group) Co., Ltd

Yunnan Dongyuan Coal Industry Co., Ltd

Yunnan Dongyuan Coal & Power Co., Ltd

Tianjin Tewoo Group

Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co., Ltd

Shenyang North Heavy Industries Group Co., Ltd

Yunnan Jiehua Clean Energy

Tonghua Iron & Steel Group Co., Ltd

Spearhead Integrated Marketing Communication Group

Henan Yinge Industrial Investment Co., Ltd

Zouping Sanli Group Co., Ltd

China Construction Bank Corporation

Fuijian Haixia Bank

Zhong An Xin Technology Co., Ltd

Harbin Bearing Group Corporation

Harbin Bearing Manufacturing Co., Ltd

CLP Huatong Communication Co., Ltd

GAC Parts Co., Ltd

Dongxin Yuanheng International Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd

Tianfu Lihua Hotel Management (Beijing) Co., Ltd

Aerospace Shenzhou Investment Managament Co., Ltd

Beijing Jingneng Energy Technology Management Co., Ltd

Wanyuan Zhongbang Holdings (Group) Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Perking University Founder Group Co., Ltd as part of the appointed liquidation trustee team with its reorganisation.
  • Acted for listed company Spearhead Integrated Marketing Communication Group as appointed administrator on its reorganisation plan.
  • Advised a securities company on the disposal of defaulted bond assets.

China > Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 4

Dentons China offers broad expertise across capital markets transactions, advising on global and domestic IPOs, corporate restructuring, and refinancing for listed companies. The practice is co-led by Xugang Yu and Yi Wang from Beijing. Xingcheng Fan and Chen Lin are also names to note, both of whom focus on corporate finance transactions and M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Xugang Yu; Yi Wang

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons has strong collaboration ability with other branches across the country and can therefore better meet the needs of cross-regional businesses.’

‘The team has strong business capabilities in wealth management product design and loan business innovation, and can meet the needs of banking businesses.’

‘Dentons is able to serve clients with different needs, due to the different characteristics of the different teams.’

‘They are professional and efficient. They are able to meet clients’ needs and tight project deadlines, and the service provided is professional.’

‘Jian Ying is professional and intelligent, and not only has a precise understanding of the law, but also can understand the needs of clients and provide personalised services.’

‘They can accurately grasp clients’ needs and formulate special, actionable and innovative solutions according to such needs. They are very professional.’

‘They are highly professional and have a wide range of business coverage. When dealing with complex projects, they can accurately understand the situation and needs of the project, understand the legislative trend, integrate various laws and policies, and give clients a lot of help and support. In addition, their global network allows them to provide legal services abroad.’

‘Qing Guo has rich experience in the ABS business field, and helps the client solve practical problems.’

Key clients

China CITIC Bank Co., Ltd.

AVIC International Leasing Co., Ltd.

China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd.

Deewin Tianxia Co.,Ltd.

Chengdu Mingyu Global Business Management Co., Ltd.

Bizlink Holding Inc.,

Guangxi Beibuwan International Port Group Co., Ltd.

INTESA SANPAOLO

Dianguang Explosion-proof Technology Co., Ltd.

Fujian Tendering Co.,ltd.

Shaanxi Tianrun Technology Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised AVIC International Leasing Co. on issuing USD Guaranteed Notes and Euro Guaranteed Notes in Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Advised China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd. on its private placement of A shares.
  • Advised Deewin Tianxia Co., Ltd. on its initial public offering of overseas listed foreign shares (H shares) and listing on Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

China > Corporate and M&A: PRC firms Tier 4

Dentons China advises on corporate and commercial transactions, including M&A deals, distribution agreements and joint ventures, to a broad client base across sectors such as construction, semiconductors, agriculture and real estate. In addition to its work for private Chinese companies, the team also receives instructions from state-owned enterprises. Zhang Hong and Guang Han lead the team from Beijing.

Practice head(s):

Guang Han; Zhang Hong

Key clients

Shanghai Hexi Investment Management Co., LTD

Shanghai Real Estate Star Hong Real Estate Development Co., LTD

Shanghai Greenland Jiangyu Real Estate Co., LTD

Shanghai Greenland Real Estate Co., LTD

A small shareholder of a state-owned enterprise.

Zhongshan Daxiong Marketing Planning Co., Ltd.

Anji Leasing Company Limited

Xingtie No. 1 Industrial Investment Fund (Limited Partnership) and Xingtie No. 2 Industrial Investment Fund (Limited Partnership)

Dinghui Investment Management (Tianjin) Company Limited

Zhejiang Doer Biologics Corporation

Yikesai Biotechnology (Taicang) Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou hibobi Technology Co., Ltd.

CHINA CONSTRUCTION BANK CORPORATION

Fujian Haixia Bank

BASF (China) Co., Ltd.

FMC Corporation

Dr. Martens (AirWair International Limited)|马汀博士(埃尔瓦国际)

Nanjing Triastek Pharmaceutical Technology Co., Ltd.|南京三迭纪医药科技有限公司

Starkey Laboratories, Inc.|斯达克

China State Capital Venture Capital Fund Co., LTD中国国有资本风险投资基金股份有限公司

Huihua Fund Management Co., Ltd.惠华基金管理有限公司

Qianhai Zhongchuan Equity Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd前海中船股权投资基金管理有限公司

国华军民融合产业发展基金管理有限公司Guohua Military-civilian integration Industrial Development Fund Management Co., LTD

Guogai Science and Technology Fund Partnership (Limited Partnership)国改科技基金合伙企业(有限合伙)

Lianyungang Maritime Intelligent Investment Fund Partnership (Limited Partnership)连云港海装智能投资基金合伙企业(有限合伙)

Chongqing Zhongjin Keyuan Private Equity Investment Fund Partnership (Limited Partnership)重庆中金科元私募股权投资基金合伙企业(有限合伙)

Work highlights

  • Acted for CDH in its PE investments in China and assisted the establishment of the first domestic IDC RMB special fund in the amount of approx. RMB 1.5 billion.
  • Provide suggestions for a securities company to dispose of defaulted bond assets.
  • Assisted BASF with its acquisition of Shanshan Energy which involved complex legal issues, including dealing with numerous shareholders, delisting of listed companies, and share transfer restrictions.

China > Private equity: PRC firms Tier 4

Dentons China advises both domestic and international institutional investors on a range of matters, including the establishment of RMB funds, successor funds, and buyout funds. It also has a strong practice of acting for start-up companies and government-type funds. Xugang Yu and Renwen Geng co-lead the practice from Beijing and Nanjing, respectively. Peter Wang has particular expertise in cross-border transactions and PE investments, whilst Shoushuang Li has significant experience in fund formation.

Practice head(s):

Xugang Yu; Renwen Geng

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Trust Mutual Life

National Green Development Fund Co., Ltd.

John Dewey Group Ltd.

General Technology Venture Capital Co., Ltd.

Guokai Technology Venture Investment Co., Ltd.

Fujian Province Anxin Industry Investment Fund Partnership

Shenzhen guidance fund investment Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Angel Investment Guidance Fund Co., Ltd.

SCGC Red Earth Equity investment management (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Trust Mutual Life to invest an PE fund being managed by a famous fund manager.
  • Assisted National Green Development Fund Co., Ltd. to negotiate the LPA and side letter with the GP of its sub funds.
  • Represented John Dewey Group Ltd. to file an arbitration again a famous foreign real estate fund for equity transfer dispute.

The firm: As a global leading law firm, Dentons is committed to delivering professional, comprehensive, quality and efficient legal services for clients in more than 180 locations (for more information, please visit www.dentons.com).

In China, the firm has offices in Beijing, Changchun, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Harbin, Haikou,Hangzhou, Hefei, Hohhot, Huangshi, Jilin, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Nantong, Ningbo, Qingdao, Sanya, Suzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin, Taiyuan, Wuhan, Wuxi, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Xining, Xiamen, Xi’an, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Zhoushan and Zhuhai.

Dentons’ China region consists of 46 offices, spanning all of the nation’s provinces and autonomous regions. It was formed through the 2015 combination of global firm Dentons and Chinese firm Dacheng. Partly as a result of that combination, Dentons is now the largest law firm in the world.

Founded in 1992, Dentons China was one of the first partnership law firms in China and is now one of the largest. Dacheng began implementing its first five-year plan in 2004, and in 2007 the firm launched its strategy of building a global legal services network.Through the rapid expansion that has resulted, Dacheng lawyers gained access to global resources, referrals, knowledge and experience-enhancing delivery of cost-effective, agile and efficient service to clients.

From 2005 to 2010, Dentons China was named an ‘Outstanding Law Firm in China’ for six consecutive years, and topped Asian Legal Business‘ annual rankings of ‘ALB China Top 20 Largest Law Firms’ and ‘ALB Asia Top 50 Largest Law Firms’ for years.

With more than 7,300 lawyers serving more than 55 countries, Dentons offers clients the benefit of quality experience in and of the communities in which they want to do business or resolve a dispute — from Canada and the United States, across Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Africa, Australia, Latin America and the Caribbean and throughout the Asia Pacific region. Through broad and in-depth cooperation between the most influential law firms from China and the West, we are innovating the world’s legal services sector and marking a milestone in the history of the global legal profession.

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Mr. Phuc Le rejoined Dentons LuatViet to strengthen its offshore legal services

Dentons LuatViet is delighted to welcome back Mr. Phuc Le to join our firm as a Special Counsel. He will primarily provide legal services to our clients in the US and Moscow.

Singapore Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk Boosts Corporate Practice with Two Senior Lawyer Hires

Singapore, 1 July 2022 – Singapore’s Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk are today announcing the arrival of senior corporate lawyers Evelyn Ang and Emily Low. Together with six other lawyers, they join Dentons Rodyk from Big Four accounting firm EY’s Singapore law practice, Atlas Asia Law Corporation (AALC). The news follows Dentons' recently launched combination with leading Vietnamese law firm LuatViet, as the Firm pursues its goal of being the leading pan-ASEAN law firm.

Dentons launches combination with LuatViet in Vietnam

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Former Deputy Director of Attorney-General’s Chambers Navin Naidu joins Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk

Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Attorney-General’s Chambers’ former Deputy Director Navin Naidu to the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice.

How Singapore’s Big Five law firm Dentons Rodyk is embracing the future of work and ditching its traditional office for good

Visions for the future of work have never been bolder. The COVID-19 pandemic changed notions on how many felt a work environment should be. The world was rushed into accelerating technology adoption, increasing digital connectivity and embracing virtual collaboration. As we usher in a new and dynamic decade, Dentons Rodyk envisions the future of work by ditching its traditional office for good and introducing a permanent hybrid work model.

Dentons secures final victory for ICT on European patent infringement case against ESSITY

Global law firm Dentons is pleased to announce that the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court have all issued final decisions dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) three ply toilet paper. With Dentons’ counsel, ICT successfully demonstrated beyond a doubt that its branded and private label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859. 

Dentons has been advising Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A since 2016. Based in Lucca, ICT is a leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, and has subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland.

The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain have confirmed ICT’s argument that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.

Dentons partner David Masson served as lead partner and represented ICT in France. Dentons partner Dr. Constantin Rehaag represented ICT in Germany, and PwC partner Alejandra Matas Brancós represented the client in Spain, with the support of Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso.

David Masson, lead lawyer on the case, commented: “It has been very interesting to understand ICT’s own technology and work closely with different teams, including ICT’s R&D department, which has been part of all strategic and technical decisions throughout the case”.

Constantin Rehaag, who represented the client in the German court hearings and coordinated the work with the client’s patent attorneys, said: “This is an outstanding success of a great team formed by the client, who provided us with invaluable technological insight, the team of patent attorneys and, finally, by the Dentons teams in France, Spain and Germany.”

The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.

In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other private labels produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analyzed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts - in first instance and appeal - rejected the claims and ordered Essity to pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.

In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, which is well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In August 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German subsidiary of ICT did not infringe the German part of the patent 1 081 284.

In Spain, after a first decision in favor of Essity in the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a written appeal that ICT’s products - and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain three-ply private label products - did not infringe the Spanish part of the patent 1 081 284.

About ICT

Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.


Dentons advises Snam on US$10.1 billion consortium investment in ADNOC Gas Pipelines

Global law firm Dentons advised Italian-based multinational energy infrastructure operator Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49 percent share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ADNOC Gas Pipelines is valued at approximately US$20.7 billion (US$10.1 billion for 49%).

The transaction is one of the most important in the global energy infrastructure sector, as well as Snam’s first acquisition outside Europe.  ADNOC Gas Pipelines holds the tariff-based rights for the 38 pipelines that connect ADNOC’s upstream activities to Abu Dhabi’s consumption points and the export and interconnection terminals to neighboring Emirates.

The transaction was financed by a pool of international banks for approximately $8 billion, plus an equity contribution from each of the consortium members.  In addition to Snam, the other consortium members included Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NH Investment & Securities.

Dentons acted with a cross-border team from Italy and UAE, coordinated by partner Sara Biglieri in Milan.  Partners Luca Pocobelli (Rome) and Mhairi Main Garcia (Dubai), counsel Claudio Segna (Milan), senior associate Craig Hughson (Abu Dhabi) and associate Stephanie Hawes (Dubai) advised on corporate and M&A aspects. Partners Alessandro Fosco Fagotto (Milan) and Stephen Knight (Abu Dhabi), counsel Franco Gialloreti, senior associate Tommaso Zanirato and junior associate Giulia Caselli Maldonado (all Milan) advised on financing aspects. Partner Michele Carpagnano (Rome) and associate Giulia Giordano (Rome) advised on the competition and antitrust aspects.

Snam’s internal legal team was led by General Counsel, Marco Reggiani - assisted by Michela Schizzi, Senior Vice President Regulated Assets Legal Affairs - and included senior legal counsels Rosanna Pallotta and Claudia Jolanda Fanelli.  The legal aspects related to the financing were handled, together with Marco Reggiani, by Gloria Bertini, Head of Finance and Capital Market Legal Affairs and Roberta Di Mauro, legal counsel.


Dentons advises Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund

The EU Malaria Fund was initiated by the kENUP Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting research-based innovation with public and societal benefit. The fund is managed by the IBB Group. The target volume of the fund amounts to €280 million, with a first closing of €70 million on June 3, 2020.A Dentons team from Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich provided comprehensive advice to IBB Group on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund. This included the development of the legal and tax conception of the fund, regulatory advice, corporate law support on the setup of the fund, and the negotiation of the financing agreements with the EIB, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other investors.Berlin-based partner Dirk-Reiner Voss and Frankfurt-based partner Arne Klüwer jointly led the Dentons team, with support from partners Stephan Busch, Matthias Santelmann and senior associates Holger Hölkemeier and Bernd Düsterbeck in Berlin; counsel Verena Etzel and Oda Elmoutaouakil in Frankfurt; partner Axel Schlieter in Dusseldorf, and partner Richard Fagerer in Munich.About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons advises on ACS Group’s €500 million NEU-CP Program

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has advised Spanish-based multinational construction group, Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A. (ACS), on the renewal of its €500 million Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU-CP) Program. The NEU-CP program is registered with the Central Bank of France, with the involvement of BNP Paribas, BRED Banque Populaire, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank N.V. and Natixis, as dealers for the Notes.Headquartered in Madrid, the ACS Group is a worldwide leader in construction and services. It is currently the only non-financial issuer with a NEU-CP Program registered with the Central Bank of France.Dentons’ Capital Markets group in Madrid advised ACS on all aspects of the transaction. Partner Ignacio Corujo led and coordinated the transaction with the support of junior associate Ana Artola.Ignacio Corujo joined Dentons in January this year to establish and lead the Capital Markets group in Spain. In addition to this most recent deal for ACS, he has closed several high-value debt capital markets deals since his move, including most notably, Grupo Cajamar’s €1 billion issuance of mortgage bonds, as well as Sacyr’s renewal of its €500 million EMTN Program.About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com 

Dentons advises UniCredit on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked financing for Gunvor Gro

Global law firm Dentons has advised UniCredit Bank AG as Mandated Lead Arranger, (Sustainability) Coordinator, Bookrunner, Facility Agent and Security Agent as well as the lenders on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked borrowing base facility agreement with Gunvor Group. Gunvor Group will use the funds to cover the working capital requirements of its Ingolstadt refinery.The innovative financing model is tied to the borrower's achievement of predetermined ESG key performance indicators (Sustainability KPIs) and provides for a sustainability discount or premium in case the company overachieves or underperforms the predefined targets. An independent sustainability auditor will report on the performance of the Sustainability KPIs on an annual basis. The ESG-based scoring of certain key performance indicators provides a unique way for borrowers and lenders to communicate their commitment to sustainability and incentivizes sustainable corporate measures.Participating banks included DZ Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, Erste Group Bank, Commerzbank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, CA Indosuez (Switzerland), Bank of China and First Abu Dhabi Bank.Gunvor Group is one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover, creating logistics solutions that safely and efficiently move physical energy from where it is sourced and stored to where it is demanded. With strategic investments in industrial infrastructure – refineries, pipelines, storage and terminals – Gunvor Group further generates sustainable value across the global supply chain for its customers. UniCredit is one of the pioneers in sustainable loans in the German market.Düsseldorf finance partner Dr. Axel Schlieter fully advised the bank on the drafting and negotiation of the loan agreement. The Dentons team further comprised Julia Heitmann (senior associate, Banking and Finance, Düsseldorf) and Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, Banking and Finance, Frankfurt). Axel Schlieter is a core member of Dentons’ Sustainable Finance group in Europe and is regularly involved around the topics of issuance of green bonds and on sustainable financing.Advisors to UniCredit: Dentons (Düsseldorf): Dr. Axel Schlieter, (lead partner), Julia Heitmann (senior associate, both banking and finance, Düsseldorf), Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, banking and finance, Frankfurt am Main)UniCredit inhouse lawyers: Carina Engelhardt, Alexander Strigin, Christian HentrichAbout DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons advises Qair on refinancing of the acquisition of Rzepin and Linowo wind farms in Poland

Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice team advised Qair SAS, Qair International and Qair Polska Sp.z o.o. in connection with the refinancing of two wind farms under operation, Rzepin (58 MW) and Linowo (48 MW). The financing institutions are BNP Paribas and EBRD.The two wind farms are part of Qair’s larger portfolio of almost 200 MW of renewable energy sources, which also includes 93 MW of new capacity from three wind farms – Udanin (50 MW), Parzeczew (9 MW) and Września (9 MW) – and 25 MW of solar photovoltaic.The project was supervised by Mateusz Toczyski, Head of the Europe and Co-Head of the Global Banking and Finance practice, and led by Tomasz Zwoliński, counsel, with assistance from lawyers Klaudia Szymańska-Rutkowska, Katarzyna Mazur, Katarzyna Kaptur and Jakub Walawski. Supporting the Warsaw team were counsel Surbhi Malhotra-Trenkel in Munich and partners Jean-Marc Allix and Olivier Genevois, and associates Djésia Meziani, Philippine de Fouchier and Hugo Casasnovas in Paris. Dentons’ London team consisting of partner Matthew Sapte and associate Annreika Ray advised on the hedging documentation.“We are very pleased and honored to have had this opportunity to assist Qair in yet another wind power project the company has undertaken in Poland,” said Mateusz Toczyski.“We would like to congratulate Qair on this financing and to wish every success with further developments and investments in Poland and elsewhere in the world,” added Tomasz Zwoliński.About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons advises Sev.en Energy on aacquisition of US-based Blackhawk Mining

Dentons has advised international energy group Sev.en Energy on its strategic acquisition of US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining, LLC. C. The transaction comes on the heels of Sev.en Energy’s acquisition of a 17% ownership interest in Corsa Coal in May 2020, further reinforcing its access to the metallurgical coal mining industry in the US market.Blackhawk Mining is one of the largest metallurgical coal producers in the US. With annual production capacity of seven to eight million tonnes of metallurgical coal among its five underground and open pit mining complexes in West Virginia and Kentucky, Blackhawk Mining is an important supplier of metallurgical coal both locally and internationally. It also owns three thermal coal mine complexes producing three to four million tonnes per annum. In 2019, Blackhawk Mining had $1bn revenues and $120m EBITDA. Commenting on the acquisition, Dentons partner Petr Zákoucký, said: “Having worked for Sev.en Energy for many years, I am inspired by their sustained dynamism, and by this bold strategic move, even during these difficult market conditions. We were delighted to have opportunity to play our role in this success.” Alan Svoboda, Executive Director of Sev.en Energy who leads the Group’s international expansion added: “Once again, the Dentons team exceeded our expectations and delivered the transaction within a tight time frame of less than a month, nailing both the complexity of the deal and challenges created by the current worldwide pandemic. What was really outstanding was the dedication and flexibility that the entire team showed.” Dentons’ cross-border team was composed of partners Petr Zákoucký (Prague, Energy/M&A), Ilan Katz (New York, M&A), Lee Smith (New York, Finance), Christopher Van Bever (Lexington, Mining) and John Rhine (Evansville, Mining) Robert E. Richards (Chicago, Insolvency), Managing Associate Gregory DiBella (New York, M&A) and Associate Barbora Obračajová (Prague, Energy). Alvarez & Marsal advised Sev.en Energy on financial due diligence and Weir on technical due diligence. About Sev.en EnergySev.en Energy owns significant coal and energy production assets in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. It is the largest private operator of coalmines and conventional power plants in the Czech Republic, and employs more than 3,500 people. In 2019, Sev.en Energy acquired additional power generation assets from Swiss energy group Alpiq and a 50% stake in the multinational energy company – InterGen N.V., which is one of the leading independent power generators with gas-fired power plants in the UK and coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Australia. When pro-forma aggregated with the financial results of InterGen and Alpiq CZ, Sev.en Energy group combined revenues in 2019 were EUR 1,4 billion and EBITDA of EUR 319 million. About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons supports German subsidiaries of the Recylex Group in restructuring

Global law firm Dentons is assisting Weser-Metall GmbH and Harz-Metall GmbH, both subsidiaries of the French-German Recylex Group, with their restructuring through ‘self-administration’ proceedings. In addition, Dentons restructuring lawyers Andreas Ziegenhagen and Dirk Schoene and their team are advising the German management of the Recylex Group within the scope of its self-administration.As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic decline in metal prices, the German subsidiaries of Recylex have each applied for protective shield proceedings under German insolvency law. The aim of the protective shield is to allow the companies to continue their individual restructuring measures and to return to economic stability after the pandemic - if necessary, in a new shareholder structure.Weser-Metall produces about 100,000 tons of lead per year at its headquarters in Nordenham (Lower Saxony), making it the third largest lead smelter and the second largest lead recycler in Europe. Harz-Metall has its headquarters in Oker in the Harz Mountains and is one of the leading European recycling companies for lead and zinc contaminated waste.The Recylex group has a total of eleven operating units and two administrative sites in France and Germany. In addition to the companies supported by Dentons, two other companies in the group, Norzinco GmbH and PPM Pure Metals GmbH, have also submitted applications for protective shield, whilethree other German subsidiaries requested self-administration under creditor protection. The Group's French companies are not affected.Andreas Ziegenhagen, Head of the Europe and German Restructuring practice, said: "With the filing for protective shield proceedings, we are making use of the most restructuring-friendly court proceedings in the interest of all stakeholders of the companies”.Advisor to Harz Metall / Weser Metall / German management of Recylex:Dentons (Berlin): Andreas Ziegenhagen (Partner, Restructuring, Berlin/Frankfurt), Dirk Schoene (Partner), Dr. Jan Seelinger (Counsel), Dr. Benjamin Kurzberg (Counsel), Judith Schmid (Senior Associate), Dr. Jakob Pickartz (Senior Associate), all Restructuring and InsolvencyAbout DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com