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Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP handles antitrust matters, including merger control, competition compliance, and Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore investigations across sectors including electronics, oil and gas, and hospitality. The Singapore office also collaborates with Dentons’ offices around the world to advise on cross-border regulatory issues. The practice is led by Gerald Singham, who is active in advising both local and multinational firms across all areas of competition law. The team also includes Mohamad Rizuan Bin Pathie, who in addition to advising on antitrust matters also provides compliance training to clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice is headed by Gerald Singham, who is responsive, hands-on. A pleasure to have a partner of his seniority actively engaged throughout, lending his expertise. His team is also competent and commercial. Fees are reasonable. It is a joy to work with them!’
‘Deputy Managing Partner Gerald Singham and Senior Associate Nicole Teo are competent, responsive, commercial, solution-focused, and hands-on. They are willing to go the extra mile for their clients.’
‘The team is responsive, commercial and understands business nuances. They are able to advice on the regional situation and understand latest trends.’
‘I work regularly with Gerald Singham. Gerald is pleasant, smart and gives excellent commercial advice.’
INEOS Styrolution APAC Pte. Ltd.
Far East Hospitality Management (S) Pte. Ltd.
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP has maintained its prominence in real estate finance, while seeing continued growth in green loans and sustainability-linked finance. Islamic finance is another burgeoning area for the Singapore team, which is close to a number of Singapore, regional and international banks. Doreen Sim is a leader in real estate finance and is gaining recognition for her work in green loans. Tan Joo Thye is recommended for energy sector financings. Janice Ngeow is noted for Islamic financing structures, ship finance, and trade finance.
Construction: Local firms Tier 2
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP's prominent contentious practice is spearheaded by Philip Jeyaretnam, who is regularly instructed by blue-chip clients, contractors, and developers on high-value landmark construction disputes. The team also demonstrates technical expertise in relation to the drafting and negotiation of design, engineering, and infrastructure projects in the region. Paul Wong is the other key partner in the sizeable team which operates as part of the wider dispute resolution practice.
As part of a large multi-jurisdictional disputes practice, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP is mandated by financial institutions, corporates, and private individuals on complex and high-value corporate and commercial litigation, as well as claims arising in construction, infrastructure, medical negligence, and family trusts. Philip Jeyaretnam is 'head and shoulders above the competition' as an experienced litigator in commercial, engineering, and wills and estate cases. Siang Pheng Lek defends hospitals and medical professionals in medical negligence claims. Lawrence Teh is experienced in disputes involving international trade and commodities, banking, maritime, and aviation.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong, experienced team, easy to work with, responsive, technically very good, practical/commercial as well’
‘The team under Mr Philip Jeyaretnam worked seamlessly on two pieces of litigation for my family and for a company in which my fund had invested. Each member of his team was knowledgeable, well researched, and intense. Every relevant detail of the cases was thought through and masterfully presented.’
‘Philip Jeyaretnam led the team which handled two pieces of litigation for my family and a portfolio company. All of them involve complex issues of law. He won both cases through a masterful analysis of trust and equity law, which outflanked his opposing senior counsels, who focused on intention.’
‘I have had the opportunity to observe Philip in action both in submissions and in cross-examination. As a cross-examiner, he is both deft and robust, able to adapt his style and technique depending on the witness and the court. In oral submissions, he gains the confidence of the court with his clarity, candour, and moral force.’
‘Philip is decisive and gives clients clear advice and strategic direction. He is a star litigator who is surprisingly understated. As a dispute resolution lawyer, Philip is clearly head and shoulders above the competition.’
‘Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP performed exceptionally well with Philip Jeyaretnam, SC leading the way on this matter. ‘
Bachmeer Capital Limited
Gold Star Aviation
Group Lease Holdings
Iljin Electric Co., Ltd
Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd, a unit of Surbana Jurong
Meinhardt International Group
PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (PNGSDP)
PSK Asia Inc. Ltd.
VTB Bank PJSC
Insurance: local firms Tier 2
Edric Pan and Christopher Chong co-lead the insurance practice at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, which demonstrates adeptness to handle professional malpractice, personal injury, aviation, transactional work, and regulatory insurance issues. Specialising in representing clients and their insurers in contentious matters, Pan specialises in defence work relating to business interruption and professional negligence, while Chong is defence counsel for insurers in the areas of professional and medical indemnity insurance.
MS First Capital
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is cohesive, very professional, and approachable for consultation.’
‘We have worked with Lee Ai Ming and Elaine Lew for years. They are very professional, prompt, and approachable for consultation. Their knowledge is very comprehensive and they give comprehensive advice. They also try to save us unnecessary fees which we appreciate as we are an SME.’
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp
GlobalFoundries Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
Ryohin Keikaku Co. Ltd.
Staywell Hospitality Group Pty Ltd
Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC)
Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité (INAO)
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP has a strong employment team leaning on employment disputes alongside an active non-contentious practice. Edric Pan primarily represents corporations in actions relating to breaches of directors' and fiduciary duties, wrongful dismissals, and other claims. He is also recommended for drafting employment contracts and assisting multinational clients in remuneration and termination issues. I-An Lim is the other key figure for all manner of HR support.
Other key lawyers:
‘I feel that they are reliable, consistent, and trustworthy as compared to other firms. They are prompt in their replies and always get their things done and done well! The team completed their work fairly, accurately, and on time. This is what I am exactly looking for and more than i expected. Brilliant work!’
‘I would like to give credit to Edmund and Kia Meng for always giving us appropriate advices and offer different kinds of services to us. I am proud and lucky to have them in putting extra effort when serving my company, and I can also feel the sincerity in them which make a difference as compared to other individuals we worked with.’
‘Edmund Leow is well-respected and very experienced in this area. He is able to explain complex concepts to clients in a simple and easy-to-understand manner and provide advice that is technically sound yet practical.’
List Sotheby’s International Realty, Singapore
Tiggo Advisory Pte Ltd
Sin Aladdin Pte Ltd
Prime Asia Asset Management Pte Ltd
Real estate: local firms Tier 2
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP represents a myriad of developers and investors on a range of real estate transactions, with big-ticket sales in the retail, residential, and commercial sectors being a core area of work. It is also adept at handling collective sales, REITs, and financing. Liat Yeang Lee specialises in en-bloc acquisitions, while Maureen Ann is skilled in leasing transactions. Property development expert Melanie Lim also routinely advises on landlord and tenant matters.
‘Knowledge of local legislation in the real estate domain. Specialised know-how on engaging and meeting the requirements of the government agencies.’
‘Maureen has previously worked on various JTC related industrial projects and comes highly recommended from other real estate players. ‘
Oxley Holdings Limited
Areca Investment Pte Ltd subsidiary of CapitaLand
ARA Asset Management and Chelsfield (joint venture)
Wing Tai Holdings Limited
Wujie Times Square Pte. Ltd.
PGIM Real Estate Asia Retail Fund
M&G Real Estate Asia Pte Ltd
CNQC Realty (Treasure) Investment Pte Ltd
Riverhub Pte Ltd
CES-Precast Pte. Ltd.
Oxley Beryl Pte. Ltd.
CEL Newton Pte Ltd
Park Mall Pte. Ltd.
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP has a strong track record in insolvency litigation, often with an international element, owing to its extensive network to provide cross-border expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters. The practice is led by Herman Jeremiah, an experienced litigator, alongside Lek Siang Pheng, Foo Maw Shen, and deputy managing partner Siang Pheng Lek. The practice has a strong following among receivers and liquidators and is focused on advising clients on schemes of arrangement and judicial management as well as debt recovery matters.
Caterpillar Financial Services Asia
Global Maritime Group AS
Hong Leong Finance Limited
L&M Foundation Specialist Pte Ltd
Pacific Radiance Ltd
Perpetual (Asia) Limited
Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing
Shipping: local firms Tier 2
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP is a prominent player in the shipping industry and utilises its international network to handle ship arrest, cargo claims, and charterparty disputes, with additional depth of expertise in ship registrations, financings, and corporate work. Senior partner Lawrence Teh is 'very experienced, direct and meticulous' in wet shipping disputes. He is also known for his work in ship construction, international trade, and commodities. Janice Ngeow specialises in ship finance.
‘Dentons is well known for its shipping department and has dealt with many complicated matters in Court and Arbitration. They have shipping experts there who can help you with all the issues that are related to shipping be it commodities or vessel per se both wet (collision/grounding) and dry matters which is any issues or disputes in terms of charter parties or bills of lading.’
‘I deal with Mr Lawrence Teh who had also assisted in a very complicated matter involving my parent company. He is very experienced, direct, and meticulous when handling a matter.’
Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd
Navios Maritime Partners L.P.
Vinmar Overseas (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Pacific Radiance Ltd
Hong Leong Finance Limited
Stigma Shipholding Ltd
IMSK SE, IMSPL Pte Ltd, ImskMan AS.
Tax: local firms Tier 2
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP's tax advisory practice is experienced in both corporate and individual tax, with key strengths in advising on tax-efficient structuring for investments, transfer pricing, goods and services tax and stamp duty issues related to IRAS. The team is also active in tax disputes. Edmund Leow and Seow Jia Xian are the main contacts.
TMT: local firms Tier 2
Particularly strong in the telecoms area, but also equally able to handle technology, media, and IP-related mandates, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP has 'strong background knowledge, expertise, and experience' in the TMT industry. Gilbert Leong has a strong following from telecoms clients and is a go-to lawyer for commercial contracts, data protection, licenses, and related disputes. IP consultant Woon Chooi Yew and Catherine Lee make up the other key figures.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has strong background knowledge, expertise, and experience on the legal work they supported us. The team supports us in IT and related matters.’
‘Gilbert Leong, Dentons supports our IT legal matters. He has the background of most of the contracts due to his many years supporting our industry, which is a bonus as he is able to provide insights into the contracts. As such, his advice is based on a holistic view of the industry. Gilbert is not only the pioneer of our contract templates, he also has the legal expertise and technical knowledge to provide valuable advice.’
Secur Security Group (“SSG”)
Ocean Protocol Foundation
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP has a wide-ranging practice, covering key areas such as bond restructurings, equity issuances on the Singapore and Hong Kong exchanges, and REIT debt and equity offerings. In the REIT space, the firm is noted for its role as trustee counsel. Nicholas Chong is noted for REITs, debt offerings, and structured products. Li Chuan Hsu is key for equity issuances and Kenneth Oh is at the forefront of blockchain and crypto exchange-related matters.
Other key lawyers:
United Overseas Bank
RBC Investor Services Trust Singapore Limited as trustee of Lendlease Global Commercial REIT
Perpetual (Asia) (as trustee of Elite Commercial REIT)
Surbana Jurong Private
Blue Ocean Resources
HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited as trustee of Starhill Global Real Estate Investment Trust
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP has further elevated its status in cross-border deals involving Singapore with prime advisory roles on a string of headline transactions. The firm also impresses in the venture and growth capital segment, notably in fintech, blockchain, and other areas of Singapore's burgeoning start-up sector. Healthcare and corporate real estate are also key areas for the large Singapore office. The corporate team represents a range of Singapore-based businesses and is frequently brought in to advise multinationals and prominent regional corporates on Singapore and Southeast Asia-related transactions. Dentons ASEAN features affiliated firms or offices in Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia. Ng Eng Leng leads the M&A practice with S Sivanesan heading the wider corporate group. Marian Ho and Valerie Ong are also hugely experienced dealmakers.
‘Li Chuan Hsu and Min Xuan Ng (senior associate) are proactive, dependable, and readily reachable.’
Standard Chartered Private Equity (Singapore)
Red Dot Payment
Elec & Eltek International Company
PF Nonwovens US
Energy: foreign firms Tier 3
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP’s work in the energy field covers a varied range of matters, including energy-related M&A, the development and financing of energy projects, and commercial contracts related to energy. The team is active in sectors such as renewables, LNG, and oil and gas projects across the supply chain. Practice heads Joo Thye Tan and Kunal Kapoor advise on deals across Asia, while Jonathan Guwe is also heavily involved in cross-border energy projects.
International arbitration Tier 3
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP attracts international clients with its global network and strong practices across several international arbitration centres. It is a popular choice for Chinese state-owned enterprises (particularly infrastructure companies) and Indonesian corporations, including those in the oil and gas, natural resources, mining and agrabusiness sectors. Impressive advocate Philip Jeyaretnam, SC, Ajinderpal Singh and Herman Jeremiah all have a breadth of international arbitration experience while Lawrence Teh is noted for international trade and shipping disputes.
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP represents a variety of asset management companies, international trustee corporations, private equity investors, venture capital funds, and startups on a full range of funds. The firm is also handling new mandates relating to the set-up of funds under the Variable Capital Company (VCC) regime. Department co-heads I-An Lim and S Sivanesan are the key partners.
Focusing on end-to-end investment funds support with added expertise from a network of global offices, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP concentrates its practice in Singapore registered REITS, the establishment of offshore mutual funds, private equity, and venture capital. I-An Lim is experienced in structuring and establishing unit trusts in Singapore, advising local and overseas fund managers and trustees on regulatory, compliance, and operational issues. He is also the lead figure for fund management and downstream divestments.
‘Strong commercial knowledge of the new changes especially of the recent vcc act.’
‘Accessible, and always willing to provide ad-hoc advice. Also has strong commercial knowledge and is willing to go over and above the normal scope of work.’
J O Hambro Capital Management Limited
City Developments Limited
Projects: foreign firms Tier 3
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP's projects practice spans project financing, development, and transactions across Asia. In addition to oil and gas, the firm is also engaged in renewables projects as well as non-energy projects such as water treatment plants. The team is led by Joo Thye Tan and Kunal Kapoor. Tan focuses on cross-border energy projects, particularly involving clients from China or Indonesia, while Kapoor offers expertise in oil and gas matters.
Dentons Rodyk > Firm Profile
Trusted since 1861, Dentons Rodyk is one of Singapore’s largest and oldest law firms with a team of around 200 lawyers offering clients a full suite of legal services necessary to do business locally and globally. The firm regularly represents a diverse clientele across a broad spectrum of industries: corporate, banking and finance, intellectual property and technology, litigation and dispute resolution (including arbitration), and real estate.
The firm prides itself on providing the highest quality advice to its clients while maintaining strong working relationships with key public-sector agencies and leading organisations in the private sector.
Dentons Rodyk’s combination with global law firm Dentons created the dominant global law firm in the Pacific Rim. With more than 85 offices in the region and more than 8,000 lawyers serving 64 countries, the firm 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, and throughout the Asia Pacific region.
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|Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy|
|Trade, WTO and customs|
|Trusts, estates and wealth preservation|
|Ms Maureen Ann||Maureen Ann is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate Real Estate practice and heads…||View Profile|
|Ms Audrey Chiang||Audrey Chiang is a Senior Partner in the Dentons Rodyk Litigation and…||View Profile|
|Mr Christopher Chong||Christopher Chong is a senior partner in the Dentons Rodyk Litigation and Dispute…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicholas Chong||Nicholas Chong is a senior partner in the Dentons Rodyk Corporate group. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Maw Shen Foo||Foo Maw Shen is a senior partner in the Dentons Rodyk Litigation and Dispute…||View Profile|
|Mr Jonathan Guwe||Jonathan Guwe is a partner in the Dentons Rodyk Projects department. He has…||View Profile|
|Ms Marian Ho||Marian Ho is a senior partner in the Dentons Rodyk Corporate group. She has broad…||View Profile|
|Mr Li Chuan Hsu||Hsu Li Chuan is a Senior Partner in the Dentons Rodyk Corporate…||View Profile|
|Mr Herman Jeremiah||Herman Jeremiah is a Senior Partner in the Dentons Rodyk Litigation and…||View Profile|
|Mr Philip Jeyaretnam, SC||Philip is the global vice-chair and ASEAN CEO at Dentons. A leading…||View Profile|
|Mr Kunal Kapoor||Kunal Kapoor is a partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Energy, Infrastructure and Project…||View Profile|
|Mr Rodney Keong||Rodney Keong is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. Rodney’s…||View Profile|
|Mr Kia Jeng Koh||Koh Kia Jeng is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. Kia…||View Profile|
|Ms Josephine Koh||Josephine Koh is a Senior Partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate practice group.…||View Profile|
|Ms Ai Ming Lee||Lee Ai Ming is a Band 1 Leading Lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific for…||View Profile|
|Ms Catherine Lee||Catherine Lee is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Intellectual Property & Technology…||View Profile|
|Mr Liat Yeang Lee||Lee Liat Yeang is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate Real Estate…||View Profile|
|Mr Siang Pheng Lek||Lek Siang Pheng is the deputy managing partner for Dentons Rodyk. In…||View Profile|
|Mr Gilbert Leong||Gilbert Leong is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Intellectual Property & Technology…||View Profile|
|Ms Pat Lynn Leong||Leong Pat Lynn is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate Real…||View Profile|
|Mr Edmund Leow||Edmund is a senior partner heading up the firm’s Tax practice with…||View Profile|
|Mr I-An Lim||Lim I-An is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate practice. I-An acts…||View Profile|
|Ms Melanie Lim||Melanie Lim is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate Real Estate practice.…||View Profile|
|Ms Vanessa Lim||Vanessa Lim is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. Vanessa’s primary…||View Profile|
|Mr Tien Wah Ling||Ling Tien Wah is a senior partner in our Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation and…||View Profile|
|Mr Kia Meng Loh||Kia Meng is a Senior Partner and the Singapore Chief Operating Officer…||View Profile|
|Ms Jacqueline Loke||Jacqueline Loke is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate practice. Her areas…||View Profile|
|Mr Chai Chong Low||Low Chai Chong is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Arbitration and…||View Profile|
|Mr Eng Leng Ng||Eng Leng is a senior partner in our Corporate practice. He leads and…||View Profile|
|Ms Janice Ngeow||Janice Ngeow is a senior partner in our Finance practice. Janice’s practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Kenneth Oh||Kenneth Oh is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate and Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology…||View Profile|
|Ms Valerie Ong||Valerie Ong is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate practice. Valerie’s portfolio covers M&A…||View Profile|
|Mr Edric Pan||Edric Pan is a senior partner in our Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Melvin See||Melvin See is a senior partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution…||View Profile|
|Ms Jia Xian Seow||Jia Xian is a partner in the Tax and Trusts, Estates and…||View Profile|
|Ms Doreen Sim||Doreen Sim is a senior partner in our Finance Practice Group. She specialises in…||View Profile|
|Mr Ajinderpal Singh||Ajinderpal Singh is a senior partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Arbitration…||View Profile|
|Mr Kirindeep Singh||Kirindeep Singh is a senior partner in our Litigation & Arbitration Practice.…||View Profile|
|Mr Gerald Singham||Gerald Singham is the Global Vice-Chair & ASEAN CEO at Dentons. He…||View Profile|
|Mr S Sivanesan||S Sivanesan is a senior partner in and head of Dentons Rodyk’s…||View Profile|
|Mr Joo Thye Tan||Joo Thye is a senior partner in the Projects department. He is experienced in…||View Profile|
|Ms Woon Ee Tang||Woon Ee Tang is a senior partner in Real Estate practice. She concentrates on real estate transactions…||View Profile|
|Mr Lawrence Teh||Lawrence Teh is a Senior Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and Arbitration…||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Wong||Paul Wong is a senior partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and Arbitration…||View Profile|
|Ms Woon Chooi Yew||Woon Chooi Yew is a Consultant in Dentons Rodyk’s Intellectual Property &…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 200
LanguagesEnglish Japanese Malay Mandarin and various Chinese dialects Tamil
MembershipsAsia Pacific Loan Market Association Pacific Rim Advisory Council SICC Singapore International Chamber of Commerce ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN-IPA) Asian Patent Attorneys Association Chartered Insitute of Arbitrators INSOL Inter-Pacific Bar Association International Fiscal Association London Court of International Arbitration Society of Construction Law Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Press Releases18th August 2020
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.
3rd August 2020 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.
3rd August 2020 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 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. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 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 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. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 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 Hentrich 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. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 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 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. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 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 Energy Sev.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 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. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 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 Insolvency 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. www.dentons.com
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