Firm Profile > Dentons Rodyk > Singapore, Singapore

Dentons Rodyk
80 RAFFLES PLACE
#33-00 UOB PLAZA 1
SINGAPORE 048624
Singapore

Singapore > Projects and energy: local firms Tier 1

The team at Dentons Rodyk is noted particularly for its ability to assist global clients with their international needs, by leveraging its energy experience across many jurisdictions. Chinese state-owned enterprises form a core part of the firm’s client base; advising such clients on their investments into offshore renewable projects in Belt and Road Initiative countries continues to be an area of focus for the practice. UK and Singapore-qualified lawyer Joo Thye Tan  leads the group, and is equally well versed in handling the contractual, corporate and financing aspects of the work. The practice also fields fluent Mandarin speakers Jonathan Guwe and Loke Wanqing.

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Testimonials

‘The team is able to work together across country lines to provide regional-based financing suitable for the client.’

‘Price competitive at the outset, adaptable, and able to work with the local team in a Covid environment.’

‘Dentons Rodyk has a broad network of partner law firms in the region that I think have struck the right balance between legal risk management and respecting commercial drivers. Having a good panel of legal partners is key as most commodities deals intersect different law/jurisdiction and securities arrangements.’

Key clients

Sinenergy Holdings Pte Ltd

SHS Holdings Ltd

Samko Timber Limited

Fujian Yongfu Power Engineering Co, Ltd.

Singapore > Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk has an excellent record in domestic and cross-border competition issues with its further ability to leverage the expertise and resources of the global firm. The firm continues to impress in abuse of dominance cases, leniency applications, dawn raids and market studies. Gerald Singham is a seasoned competition specialist with an excellent record in abuse of dominance cases, dawn raids, market studies and general competition compliance. Ajinderpal Singh provides further expertise in price-fixing and cartel investigations. Mohamad Rizuan Bin Pathie is another key team member with extensive experience in CCCS investigations.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Singham; Ajinderpal Singh

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Testimonials

‘The team is knowledgeable, hands-on, practical and commercial. They are also responsive and fees are reasonable.’

‘Managing partner Gerald Singham and Nicole Teo are responsive, quick to grasp the issues, and a joy to work with.’

‘Compared to other firms, Dentons Rodyk makes very clear suggestions for complicated litigation matters in Singapore. In addition, they explained in detail about the estimated cost that will be incurred in a timely and appropriate manner, therefore, we think they are a very skilled partner and we are satisfied with their services.’

‘Mr Gerald Singham is a very good lawyer from the perspective of the response speed and accuracy of the advice. In the litigation matter, it is required to make a strategy in a timely manner in order not to miss the opportunities to conclude such a matter. Regarding this point, his skill is outstanding.’

Key clients

INEOS Styrolution APAC Pte. Ltd.

Panasonic Corporation

Far East Hospitality Management (S) Pte. Ltd.

Teho Property Consultants Pte. Ltd.

Mercatus Co-Operative Limited

GOJEK Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Tech Data Corporation

Pavilion Energy Singapore Pte.Ltd.

Singapore Poultry Hub Pte. Ltd.

Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Singapore > Banking and finance: local firms Tier 2

The group at Dentons Rodyk is active in the energy, natural resources and real estate sectors, where it provides a full-service to borrowers and lenders in relation to financing. Areas of expertise include syndicated lending, asset, project, structured and leveraged finance, as well as Islamic financial structures and financial restructuring issues. The department is led by Doreen Sim, a banking and finance generalist. The Islamic finance offering is led by Zhul Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim, who has experience in Shariah-compliant restructurings. Wanqing Loke is an expert in project finance and often advises on cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Doreen Sim

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Testimonials

‘The team is genuinely pleasant to deal with and patient in handling the counterparty and the business.’

‘Doreen Sim is very patient.’

Key clients

OCBC

CIMB

Great Eastern Life

Mapletreelog Treasury Company Pte Ltd

MapletreeLog Treasury Company (HKSAR) Ltd

Millenia Hotel Private Limited

Sajahtera Investments (Singapore) Pte Limited

Frasers Property Group

Singapore > Construction: Local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk has enhanced its regional presence with a notable increase in engagements from contractors on disputes in Indonesia and Malaysia. The firm also represents a number of developers in Singapore, thanks in part to the prominence of its highly-reputed real estate practice. Moreover, it is building its front-end work in Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and other Southeast Asia jurisdictions. Kirindeep Singh  and Kia Jeng Koh  are dispute resolution partners with a significant focus on the construction industry. Paul Wong  is a seasoned practitioner with a strong track record in contentious and front-end construction matters in Singapore. Philip Jeyaretnam, SC  has become a judicial commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Kirindeep Singh; Kia Jeng Koh

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wong

Testimonials

‘The team is competent and have the necessary expertise in construction disputes. They are proactive and thorough in their analyses and advice rendered.’

‘It is convenient and assuring to be able to seek advice on a wide range of specialities and jurisdictions, an international practice can collaborate with or recommend a foreign practice.’

‘Kirindeep Singh has been our point of contact because he communicates clearly and is quick with his responses.’

‘They have a solid team. This is important for clients because clients sometimes require several things from the lawyers but not necessarily all lawyers or the team leader can respond immediately. But Dentons have a solid team, so that whenever any member of the can give a quick and appropriate response to the client. And more importantly, coordination among those are very good, so that they will certainly providing the same advice or opinion or even enrich the other’s views.’

‘Kia Jeng Koh is the leader of the team, he has very rich knowledge, experience and a big understanding of the Indonesian culture. This is very helpful for us.’

Key clients

China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd

Fraser & Neave, Limited

Iljin Electric Co., Ltd

Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd

Kimly Construction Pte Ltd

Koh Brothers Group

Meinhardt Facade Technology

Sinopec

SMRT Corporation Ltd

Comfort Management Pte Ltd

Singapore > Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk‘s practice uses its global reach to offer clients the best strategic solutions in a variety of high-profile disputes and complex litigations. Co-head Siang Pheng Lek is skilled in commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and international arbitration; especially in the medical sector where he is considered a go-to lawyer. Lawrence Teh is experienced as lead counsel in multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution cases before Singapore Courts in all areas of commercial law. Loh Jen Wei jointly spearheads the group’s shipping practice, handling all transport and trade-related disputes whilst Ajinderpal Singh’s team has particular expertise in shareholder disputes, insolvency and banking litigation.

Practice head(s):

Siang Pheng Lek

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Key clients

Bachmeer Capital Limited

Gold Star Aviation

Group Lease Holdings

Iljin Electric Co., Ltd

Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd

Meinhardt International Group

PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (PNGSDP)

PSK Asia Inc. Ltd.

SMRT Corporation

Comfort Management Pte Ltd

Singapore > Insurance: local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk has a broad insurance practice that spans claims involving professional malpractice, property, personal injury, directors and officers liability and aviation. In addition to the claims work, lawyers are also called upon for their regulatory expertise in insurance industry corporate transactions, including M&A and capital markets deals. Jointly leading the team are Edric Pan, a veteran of claims defence work for the firm’s high-profile insurer clients; Christopher Chong, who heads the personal injury practice; and Jacqueline Loke, a regulatory expert who supports insurance-industry transactions. Deputy managing partner of the firm Siang Pheng Lek, is a specialist in defending medical-related claims.

Practice head(s):

Edric Pan; Christopher Chong; Jacqueline Loke

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Testimonials

Medium sized firm with full serviced capabilities.’

Christopher Chong – prompt, highly responsive and accessible, quotes competitively, understands our business concerns and helps us work towards commercially acceptable solutions.’

Key clients

MS First Capital

QBE Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Lockton Companies (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Chubb

Liberty Insurance

AIG

Sompo Insurance

NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative Limited

Singapore > Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk has a strong emphasis on patents and trade marks, acting for commercial organisations as well as higher education institutions. Building on the firm’s wider international network, the local team has achieved growth in engagements from foreign entities filing for protection in Singapore. The group has a particular niche in patent drafting for the electromechanical sector. Pharmaceuticals, technology, banking and insurance are also fortes for the team. Gilbert Leong leads the IP and technology practices at the firm, which includes prominent partner Catherine Lee and senior consultant Ai Ming Lee, who continues to lead on many of the group’s major patent infringement cases.

Practice head(s):

Gilbert Leong

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Key clients

Towa Corporation

NexPlanar Corporation / Wah Lee Tech (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp (“Merck”)

Staywell Hospitality Group Pty Ltd

Swinkels Family Brewers N.V. (f.k.a. Bavaria N.V.)

Tomy Incorporated

Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité (INAO)

Panasonic Corporation

Viña Concha y Toro

Autodesk, Inc.

Singapore > Labour and employment: local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk‘s extensive presence in Singapore encompasses a high degree of specialisation in employment matters, both contentious and non-contentious. The Singapore team represents a range of local, regional and international businesses on retrenchment exercises, Singapore’s Fair Consideration Framework and various disputes with existing and former employees. Edric Pan and Mark Seah have extensive records in employment disputes, while I-An Lim brings his versatile expertise to non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Edric Pan; I-An Lim; Ray Chiang

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Testimonials

‘Responsiveness, willingness to negotiate fees, ability to write in plain English and explain complex legal processes in simple terms, personable approaches, ease of access to senior partner.’

‘Mark Seah is very approachable, responsive and very easy to deal with. No issue is too small or too big – even just a quick email exchange on a small matter, he will attend to with efficiency and expertise. We have great confidence in the advice he gives and he is able to explain complex legal terms in plain English, which makes our position much easier.’

Key clients

GOJEK Singapore Pte. Ltd.

PSK Asia Inc. Ltd.

Datumstruct (CFS) Pte. Ltd.

WeWork

INEOS Styrolution APAC Pte Ltd

Commerzbank

Unicredit AG

Abbott Laboratories

Cityneon Holdings Limited

OSI Electronics

Singapore > Private wealth and family law – local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk has experienced a further influx of private wealth engagements in Singapore, in line with the additional flow of capital coming into the jurisdiction, including from China, Hong Kong and the rest of North Asia. The Singapore team has extensive experience in tax structuring for high net-worth individuals, along with trusts and family holding company structuring. Edmund Leow SC is an experienced figure in tax and estate planning for high net-worth individuals. Kia Meng Loh is a key name for contentious matters, including trusts and probate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Leow SC; Kia Meng Loh

Testimonials

‘Highly professional and highly experienced in their speciality. Client’s needs first approach. Timely and appropriate. Dentons is a one-stop shop for all things legal. Potential clients will get what they are looking for here.’

‘The team is resourceful and has a strong commercial sense.’

‘Dentons Rodyk’s differentiator is its strong global network, which enables it to work seamlessly with other Dentons offices. In the Singapore market, it is regarded as a premium and leading law firm. Yet, it is able to provide competitive prices and give more value to clients. I have worked with several clients who have good experiences with them and that makes my own work easier. I will always refer my ultra-high net worth clients to Roydk for peace of mind as I know they will be well taken care of and their legal needs efficiently achieved.’

‘Specially curated legal advice and services for each individual case based on the country requirement.’

‘The team is always friendly and professional. Always appreciate their quick response and turnover which makes things easier when the client is involved.’

‘Edmund brings with him extensive experience in family trust matters. He understands his client, very insight and is practicable in his approach. Truly a professional!’

‘Edmund Leow and Loh Kia Meng – Both are very professional and based on their extensive years of experience in their field, I am always reassured about the quality of advice received.’

‘Very professional and personalized service. Kia Meng established a very good rapport and have our clients’ interest at heart.’

‘Loh Kia Meng (Senior Partner) – We see Kia Meng as our key relationship partner as he enjoys and excellent working relationships with our management team. We see him as a strategic partner to our growth and our go-to person at Dentons; we discuss business plans and directions with him and we appreciate’

Singapore > Real estate: local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk has one of the largest real estate teams in the Singapore market, embedded in a strong international network. It continues to represent some of the leading Singapore developers, REITs and investors.  It consistently advises on headline deals in the market, including the headline sale of Keppel Bay Tower. Liat Yeang Lee is co-head of the team, noted for real estate acquisitions and disposals, collective purchases and developments. Maureen Ann leads the land rights and leasing practice, and Melanie Lim and Pat Lynn Leong are co-heads of the corporate real estate team.

Practice head(s):

Pat Lynn Leong; Melanie Lim; Liat Yeang Lee

Other key lawyers:

Maureen Ann

Key clients

Keppel Corporation Limited

Boustead Fund

CEL Development Pte. Ltd., SingHaiyi Investments Pte. Ltd. and Chuan Investments Pte. Ltd.

Chempaka Development Pte Ltd

Frasers Property Limited

Certis Cisco Security

RL EAST PTE LTD

Riverhub Pte Ltd.

TSRC NOVENA PTE. LTD.

Areca Investment Pte Ltd subsidiary of CapitaLand

Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk has worked hard to develop its regional and international credentials from Singapore, where it has a particularly strong record in insolvency proceedings and an impressive client portfolio of receivers, liquidators, debtors and creditors. The firm is also noted for debt and bond restructurings, acting for a range of debtors/issuers and creditors; this includes acting for Perpetual (Asia) Ltd, the trustee for the holders of the perpetual securities in the restructuring of Hyflux. Ajinderpal Singh and Kia Jeng Koh are co-heads of the restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy practice, which also includes senior names Siang Pheng Lek and Herman Jeremiah.

Practice head(s):

Ajinderpal Singh; Kia Jeng Koh

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Testimonials

‘The Dentons team are thorough in their analysis. They lay out a number of options for the client to consider, and recommend the one which they view as most effective or workable. They are open to listening to our inputs and provide detailed explanations on the pros and cons for each scenario.’

‘Detailed, thoughtful, systematic, workable advice/solution. We work with Herman Jeremiah and his team in a number of recovery and restructuring cases. Satisfactory outcome achieved in most of the cases so far.’

Key clients

Perpetual (Asia) Ltd

Pacific Radiance Ltd

L&M Foundation Specialist Pte Ltd

Kovan Treasures Pte Ltd

Grant Thornton Singapore Pte Ltd

Caterpillar Financial Services Asia

CIMB Bank

DBS

Global Maritime Group AS

Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing

Singapore > Shipping: local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk has a long history in the shipping, trade and commodities field. It continues to stand out for its abilities in contentious matters, including litigation and arbitration, thanks in part to the pre-eminence of Lawrence Teh. He and the wider team have landed a series of major maritime and commodities arbitration engagements, including offshore construction disputes and maritime joint-venture cases. Restructuring and insolvency matters are also key for the practice; Loh Jen Wei is noted for shipping sector restructuring and insolvency disputes while Janice Ngeow provides further expertise in restructuring and distressed situations.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Teh; Jen Wei Loh

Other key lawyers:

Janice Ngeow

Testimonials

‘They are very experienced in shipping claims and remain one of the premier firms for mortgage enforcement work.’

‘Very attentive to the client. Deliver reliable, timely, effective, efficient, and of high quality legal services.’

‘Lawrence Teh is a well established leading figure in both shipping and arbitration. He has a wealth of knowledge and contacts. Jen Wei Loh is incredibly hard working and a sensible pair of hands to deal with urgent litigation matters.’

‘Janice Ngeow – very friendly and very attentive to the client.’

Key clients

Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd

Navios Maritime Partners L.P.

Skaugen

Vinmar Overseas (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Pacific Radiance Ltd

Hong Leong Finance Limited

Stigma Shipholding Ltd

Enemalta

IMSK SE, IMSPL Pte Ltd, ImskMan AS.

IberiaBank Corporation

Singapore > Tax: local firms Tier 2

Dentons Rodyk has a burgeoning tax practice, mixing international tax planning for multinationals, with a growing pipeline of engagements from UHNW individuals that are moving wealth and assets to Singapore, often from Hong Kong and other parts of North Asia. In this regard, the Singapore team benefits from the firm’s extensive office network across Asia Pacific. The Singapore team is also at the forefront of tax disputes thanks to the presence of department head Edmund Leow SC, who frequently represents multinationals in disputes with IRAS and other dealings with the Singapore tax authorities. Seow Jia Xian provides further senior-level support in both transactional and advisory matters.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Leow, SC

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Singapore > TMT: local firms Tier 2

Biotechnology, media and telecoms are areas of particular expertise for the team at Dentons Rodyk. On the customer side, the group regularly assists healthcare and financial institutions, while multi-national IT service providers form a key source of instructions on the vendor side. As well as advising on M&A, data privacy and disputes work with a nexus to TMT, the department is well versed in the negotiation of procurement and services contracts, including those relating to systems and software acquisition, hosting services and data centres. The practice is under the joint leadership of Gilbert Leong and Elaine Lew, while Maw Jiun Foo oversees the dedicated data privacy and cybersecurity offering. Commercial expert Catherine Lee is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Gilbert Leong is very confident and familiar with both tech and law. He is also curious, and is genuinely interested in the client’s technology.’

‘Able to quickly grasp new and relatively unknown technologies, and advise on the legal issues related to these.’

Singapore > Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 3

Lawyers at Dentons Rodyk advise the spectrum of market participants on domestic and cross-border public offerings of equity. The group has particular experience assisting clients with operations in China, India, Indonesia and Taiwan. On the debt side, the group has experience in convertible, exchangeable and asset-backed debt securities, as well as standalone debt issues. Nicholas Chong  focuses on real estate investment trusts and debt capital markets transactions and jointly leads the group with Valerie Ong , an expert in bond issuances. Li Chuan Hsu, bilingual in English and Chinese, is a co-leader of the China desk, advising numerous Chinese companies on their capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Chong; Valerie Ong

Other key lawyers:

Li Chuan Hsu; Kenneth Oh

Key clients

Pacific Radiance Ltd

Perpetual (Asia) Limited (as trustee of Elite Commercial REIT)

UOB Venture Management Pte Ltd.

HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited (as trustee of Ascendas REIT)

RBC Investor Services Trust Singapore Limited (as trustee of Lendlease Global Commercial REIT)

HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited as trustee of Starhill Global Real Estate Investment Trust

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 3

Dentons Rodyk operates in close tangent with the firm’s Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar offices and also its wider network, located across 81 countries worldwide. The team often serves as a hub for outward-looking Singaporean companies and is particularly knowledgeable of the healthcare, technology, financial institution, corporate real estate and consumer products sectors. Eng Leng Ng, Marian Ho  and Sivi Sivanesan jointly head the practice and are respectively proficient in regional and cross-border takeovers, privitisations, joint ventures, private equity, venture capital and reorganisation matters.

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Testimonials

‘Li Chuan Hsu is professional and responsive. Understands the key issues very well and provides good advice.’

‘A global and localised team business model helps reach out to places where our overseas operations are engineering staff-biased and corporate control rested in Singapore. The team’s knowledge of the Asia business culture and broad understanding augmented the law firm’s business model.’

‘Partner invested time to understand our niche business, business culture and is always ready to value add to ideas.’

‘Partner sized up each engagement, delegate where necessary to team members but never hands off, hence assuring the quality advise expected of a professional firm.’

‘We are very pleased with the professional advice and support from Eng Leng Ng.’

 

Key clients

CEI Limited

Elec & Eltek International Company Limited

LOGOS

PFNonwovens US

Ripple Labs Inc.

Samko Timber Limited

Procurri Corporation Limited

Bosch Limited

Boustead Fund

Boustead Singapore Limited

Coastal Marine Pte. Ltd.

Frasers Property Limited

Keppel Corporation Limited

Confidential client

Lum Chang Holdings Limited

TE Asia Healthcare Partners Pte Ltd

Chunichi Copro Holdings Co., Ltd

Resona Bank Limited

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd

Singapore > Energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Dentons Rodyk is an established player in the Asia Pacific LNG sector. It is also developing its profile in energy transition and renewables matters, along with oil and gas trading. Kunal Kapoor has extensive experience in LNG projects, including bunkering, liquefaction and regasification matters, along with broader expertise in oil and gas asset transactions in Southeast Asia. Tan Joo Thye and Jonathan Guwe provide additional Singapore law expertise on Southeast Asia power and renewables projects.

Practice head(s):

Kunal Kapoor; Joo Thye Tan

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Testimonials

‘Dentons Rodyk has a broad network of partner law firms in the region that I think have struck the balance of legal risk management and respecting commercial drivers. Having a good panel of legal partners is key as most commodities deals intersect different law/jurisdiction and securities arrangements.’

‘Kunal Kapoor – as it pertains to non-contentious commodities matters, he is a one-man army. He has both the commercial/trading expertise, as well as the financing/LMA rolled into one whereas most other law firms would have two teams of partners/associates handling each section in silos. In front of clients, he has a broad range to be accommodative and super aggressive (particularly for special situations clients) which is useful for deploying the “good cop-bad-cop” style of negotiation as required.’

Key clients

PT Pertamina Persero

Pavilion Energy Pte. Ltd.

PT Timas Oceanstar Indonesia

Trafigura Pte Ltd

BW LNG

H-Energy Mideast DMCC

Western Concessions Private Limited

Lukoil

Maybank

Indonesia Infrastructure Bank

Singapore > International arbitration Tier 3

Dentons Rodyk‘s international arbitration is particularly popular with Chinese state-owned corporations and Indonesian clients and counts energy and natural resources, construction, shipping and international trade, and banking and finance among its sector specialisms. Herman Jeremiah and Lawrence Teh lead the practice following Philip Jeyaretnam SC’s appointment as a judicial commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court. Ajinderpal Singh is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Herman Jeremiah; Lawrence Teh

Other key lawyers:

Ajinderpal Singh

Testimonials

‘The team in Dentons Rodyk which I worked with was responsive and very professional. They were easy to work with, yet extremely impressive in their ability to produce results. ’

Herman Jeremiah was good to work with – he was responsive and clearly explained his strategy to the client and to us as instructing solicitors.’

‘The lawyer I work with stands out because he values us as clients and put in order the facts, looks for solutions, reviews the facts carefully and the applied regulation.’

Singapore > Investment funds: local firms Tier 3

Dentons Rodyk is another firm with extensive experience in VCC structures for private equity, venture capital and investment portfolios. The team is principally focused on Singapore fund managers and family offices. Cryptocurrency and blockchain-related matters are also fortes for the members, along with passporting of funds into Singapore and other licensing and regulatory issues. I-An Lim co-heads the team and has a high degree of focus on investment funds, with fellow co-head S Sivanesan having an excellent reputation in the venture capital sphere.

Practice head(s):

I-An Lim; S Sivanesan

Other key lawyers:

Loh Kia Meng; Sarah Chan

Testimonials

‘The key difference is the Dentons network of firms across the world. In particular, Dentons Rodyk has helped to connect us to its offices in various parts of China and Indonesia to explore business opportunities. So, in a way, Dentons is not only a service provider to us but also a business partner.’

‘Highly-regarded and reputable legal partner in Singapore and globally. The team generally is excellent in communication and attentive to details. The team took time to fully understand our needs, has a hands-on, consultative approach with the right balance of protecting our interests to the fullest while remaining realistic at all times. Client-centric pricing with a focus on building long term relationships. We have no qualms bringing them along to meet with our business partners and clients to explore business opportunities. Value-added activities such as training workshops and networking events.’

‘Lim I-An has been providing top-notch advice as the Head of the Investment Funds Practice at Dentons Rodyk. His leadership and experience show in his dealings on our matters. He is direct and gives to the point advice. He will lend his views on the conceptualisation and structure of investment funds. We appreciate his sharing of how other funds work and him giving strategic advice to ours. This helps us avoid detours and save precious time. He is hands-on and gives us the assurance that his advice is solid and dependable.’

‘Sarah Chan is an up and coming associate in the funds business. She is gradually becoming the number two to I-An and has been assisting on investment funds and the creation of VCCs. She works seamlessly with I-An in ensuring our matters are kept within schedule and is responsive to our needs.’

‘Loh Kia Meng is the strategist that we needed to help implement our business plans. He is patient takes the time to listen and understand our needs. We discuss business plans and directions with him and we appreciate his sharing of ideas. As a co-head of their Private Wealth Practice, he straddles between matters involving investment funds and family offices, which are complementary to each other – so having someone like him to connect the dots for us helps us tremendously. He is very responsive to our needs and we feel that we can approach him at any time of the day and he will be there to provide support.’

Key clients

J O Hambro Capital Management Limited

City Developments Limited

BNP Paribas Trust Services Singapore Limited

APS Asset Management Pte Ltd

DBS Trustee Limited

Vertex Venture Management Pte. Ltd.

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms Tier 3

With a particular focus on the energy sector, including LNG and renewables, Dentons Rodyk‘s team has extensive experience assisting lenders, sponsors, developers, institutional investors, contractors and operators with major domestic and cross-border project development and financing. Clients from across Southern and Eastern Asia, especially China, regularly instruct the firm. Joo Thye Tan leads the group, with support from Kunal Kapoor, who is noted as a go-to advisor for complicated liquefaction and regasification projects. Fluent Mandarin and English speakers Jonathan Guwe and Loke Wanqing are other key contacts.

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Testimonials

‘Kunal Kapoor – as it pertains to non-contentious commodities matters, he is a one-man army. He has both the commercial/trading expertise, as well as the financing/LMA rolled into one.’

‘Dentons Rodyk has a broad network of partner law firms in the region that I think have struck the balance of legal risk management and respecting commercial drivers.’

Key clients

PT Pertamina Persero

Pavilion Energy Pte. Ltd.

PT Timas Oceanstar Indonesia

Trafigura Pte Ltd

BW LNG

H-Energy Mideast DMCC

Western Concessions Private Limited

Lukoil

Maybank

Indonesia Infrastructure Bank

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

Dentons Rodyk operates closely with the firm’s Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar offices and also its wider network, located across 81 countries worldwide. The team often serves as a hub for outward-looking Singaporean companies and is particularly knowledgeable of the healthcare, technology, financial institution, corporate real estate and consumer products sectors. Eng Leng Ng, Marian Ho  and Sivi Sivanesan jointly head the practice and are respectively proficient in regional and cross-border takeovers, privatisations, joint ventures, private equity, venture capital and reorganisation matters.

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Testimonials

‘Extremely committed, availability at, it appears, all hours, very practical, hands on legal advice.’

‘I appreciate very much that they made themselves readily available for discussions. Follow-ups were always very prompt. ‘

 

Key clients

CEI Limited

Elec & Eltek International Company Limited

LOGOS

PFNonwovens US

Ripple Labs Inc.

Samko Timber Limited

Procurri Corporation Limited

Bosch Limited

Boustead Fund

Boustead Singapore Limited

Coastal Marine Pte. Ltd.

Frasers Property Limited

Keppel Corporation Limited

Confidential client

Lum Chang Holdings Limited

TE Asia Healthcare Partners Pte Ltd

Chunichi Copro Holdings Co., Ltd

Resona Bank Limited

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd

Myanmar > Foreign desks Tier 3

Dentons Rodyk advises clients across a variety of sectors including on capital markets regulations as governed by Myanmar law, compliance matters, and commercial property matters. Managed by Ling Yi Quek, who is based between Myanmar and Singapore, the group also advises on market entry into Myanmar.

Practice head(s):

Ling Yi Quek

Testimonials

‘In the very challenging market of Myanmar we had struggled in past to find a legal firm that offered consistent and reliable service. In Dentons we have found a trustworthy legal advisor that offers valuable legal advice in the context of our market.’

‘Ling Yi Quek has been the cornerstone of our relationship with Dentons. She has been a pleasure to work with as the point person on a range of legal matters.’

‘The practice has very strong capabilities and understands the local context whilst also providing international standard advice.’

‘Ling Yi Quek is a very strong legal practitioner and understands both legal and commercial requirements of clients.’

Key clients

UAB Bank Limited

Tier One Entertainment

KBZ Stirling Coleman Securities Company Limited

Sanda Hotel Company Limited

Krisland Company Limited

F&N Foods Pte Ltd

Abercrombie & Kent International Limited

WSP Sverige AB

Golden Concept Eood

M. Interiors Design Company Limited

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.

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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

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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 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

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 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  

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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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