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Dentons
GUSTAV MAHLERPLEIN 2
1082 MA
Netherlands

Industry focus: retail Tier 1

Dentons has a preeminent reputation for handling leasing matters in the retail sector; the group also handles various other real estate matters involving retail development and investment. In addition, the team advises retailers on administrative, regulatory, and environmental law. Wendela Raas heads the retail and real estate practices, and acts for a number of investors, project developers, and chain stores. Raas is active in real estate litigation and has experience of representing clients before the Supreme Court. Valentijn Leijh was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Wendela Raas

Other key lawyers:

Marc Elshof; Paul Wanders; Valentijn Leijh

Testimonials

‘Dedicated people, well informed, with up to date knowledge’.

‘Easy to reach, they will always call you back’.

‘Very practical approach, with good legal knowledge’.

‘Accurate and quick response’.

Key clients

Altera

Euroscoop

Foot Locker

Invicta

Klépierre

Landal GreenPark

Patrizia

Plus

Royal FloraHolland

Under Armour

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Wereldhave

Airwair (Dr. Martens)

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 2

Dentons has established itself as a strong player in the market, with a client base that includes many of the largest domestic financial institutions, for whom it handles a wide range of asset and structured finance work. The team expanded significantly throughout 2020, with the arrival of Arno Voerman and Pien Kerckhaert, from Van Doorne and Finnius respectively, in addition to senior associate Todd Crosby, who joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP. Practice head  Marcel Janssen is an English law-qualified asset financing specialist and Jacqueline Bell is a key lawyer in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Janssen

Other key lawyers:

Jacqueline Bell; Todd Crosby

Testimonials

‘The team has a very strong single point of contact whereby the senior associate is informed of all workstreams. In case escalation is needed, the different team members are available, but it is very easy to know that all of these come together with one team member who maintains the overview of the transaction.’

‘Extremely eager to meet the client’s demands.’

‘ Mr. Marcel Janssen, from the Amsterdam office differs greatly from his peers due to his hands-on approach and his personal involvement in files. Marcel’s team further distinguishes itself by responsiveness (very short timelines), nimble approach of problems.  He goes out of the way to keep his commitments.’

‘Marcel Janssen: Commercial drive, practical approach and personal involvement.’

Key clients

Nestr Smart Finance

ING Bank

TUI Travel Group

APAX

DBRS

Dutch Mortgage Services B.V

Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V.

Rabobank

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Dentons further expand its banking practice with the arrival of Arno Voerman and Pien Kerckhaert  from Van Doorne and Finnius respectively. The firm is particularly recommended for cross-border work, with a client list that includes several large private equity funds as well as multinational corporates. Marcel Janssen heads the practice, and handles a wide range of borrower-side work including acquisition financing and real estate financing.  Jacqueline Bell is also recommended, particularly for her work in relation to matters with an English law component.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Janssen

Other key lawyers:

Jacqueline Bell; Arno Voerman; Pien Kerckhart

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Gibson

Savills IM

Invel

Forma

Starwood

Aventicum

Bluefield

Breevast

CTF

Penta

CTP Property

TBM Europe B.V.

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 2

Dentons continues to expand its financial regulatory team, with the practice now jointly led by new hires Arno Voerman and Pien Kerckhaert, who joined the firm from Van Doorne and Finnius respectively. Voerman is particularly experienced in fintech and payment services, frequently advising clients on PSD2 compliance as well as cryptocurrency, foreign entries into the dutch market, and the launch of new payment services for established clients, while Kerckhaert handles work for financial institutions and clients in the investment management sector, including MiFID, AIFMD, UCITS, CRD IV and CRR regulations.

Practice head(s):

Arno Voerman; Pien Kerckhaert

Testimonials

‘Deep but practical knowledge of the regulatory environment governing regulated innovations and payments.’

‘There’s actually only one top-specialist in the market for regulatory law and that is Arno Voerman. He has profound knowledge on regulatory law and an excellent network in the payments industry.’

‘Arno Voerman is an important partner in the finance practice. He’s well known in the market and at the central bank. He’s the regulatory specialist to go to.’

‘Pien Kerckhaert has in-depth knowledge of insurance regulations, not only in the Netherlands but also from an EU perspective.’

‘Very good knowledge and wonderful value for money.’

‘Arno Voerman is a very reputable lawyer in the fintech area. Very good value for money. Very pragmatic and to the point.’

‘The team is composed of true experts who have an excellent understanding of the regulatory framework and the challenges for financial services companies. The team is well balanced and includes lawyers that have worked for financial companies themselves.’

‘I have worked with both Pien Kerckhaert and Arno Voerman. Both are experts in the regulatory arena and provide practical and pro-active advice. Communication is strong with no (billing) surprises.’

‘Arno Voerman brings a world of expertise and experience to the team.’

‘Arno Voerman clearly stands out for the Dutch market. He has a thorough knowledge of the law and a practical application.’

‘Pien Kerckhaert really stands out. She has great knowledge.’

Key clients

Citibank

CNA Hardy

ING

MUFG

Multi Safe Pay

UniCredit

Vitesse

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Dentons continues to expand its presence in the Netherlands with the addition of Arno Voerman and Pien Kerckhart, from Van Doorne and Finnius respectively, alongside expansion at the associate level. The firm is particularly recommended for cross-border matters, with practice co-head Jacqueline Bell advising on English law in addition to trade and commodity finance, in addition to being able to draw on firm’s large international network. Fellow co-head Marcel Janssen is highly experienced in leveraged financing, export finance, and sustainable finance.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Janssen; Jacqueline Bell

Other key lawyers:

Arno Voerman; Pien Kerckhart

Key clients

ING Bank

Rabobank

Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V.

HSBC

BNG Bank

Credit Suisse

Berlin Hyp

RoundShield Partners

UniCredit

IPF Partners

Nestr Smart Finance

Raiffeisen Bank

Societe Generale

Triodos

BNP Paribas

Construction Tier 2

The construction and projects team at Dentons focuses on infrastructure, renewable energy and industrial projects, alongside commercial real estate developments. The team also provides additional support on regulatory and permitting issues, corporate, tax and notary matters, and is well positioned to handle a broad range of construction issues. Head of practice Bas van Schouwenburg has considerable experience handling national and international arbitration. Bram Braat, who was recently promoted to partner, specialises in procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Bas van Schouwenburg

Other key lawyers:

Bram Braat

Testimonials

‘I always get a prompt reaction end helpful answer to my questions.’

‘We have complete confidence in Bas van Schouwenburg.’

‘We have deep respect for Bas van Schouwenburg’s knowledge and understanding of real estate law and the legal system in the Netherlands.’

‘Bas van Schouwenburg is positive, creative and highly ethical with great attention to detail, as well as a grasp of complex legal matters.’

‘Pleasant and nice individuals, focused on getting the job done.’

‘Bas van Schouwenburg has repeatedly demonstrated force of intellect, and when necessary, restraint in representing our position to the opposing legal counsel.’

‘Bas van Schouwenburg views each issue with clarity, understanding of the nuances involved and brings the qualities of judgement, character and ability to craft an effective legal argument.’

Key clients

Adyen N.V.

Almelose Woningstichting Beter Wonen

BAM Bouw & Techniek B.V.

Ricardo Rail

Beulco GmbH & Co. KG

Bluefield

CTF Amsterdam

Cushman & Wakefield / DZAP

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Gemeente Capelle aan den Ijssel

H&M Hennes & Mauritz Netherlands B.V.

Hollandia Group

Du Prie Vastgoedontwikkeling B.V.

Imbema

Impact Vastgoed

Jacobs UK Ltd.

Joh. Mourik & Co Holding B.V.

Klépierre Nederland B.V.

Leyten Bouwplan Ontwikkeling B.V.

Maarsen Groep

McCain Foods Holland B.V.

Nederlandse Vereniging van Makelaars (NVM)

Plaza West

Sinnalba

Prowinko

Stichting Woonstad Rotterdam

TAV Ariport Holding CO

TBI Holdings / Croonwolter&dros / Mobilis

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

Wester IJ-Dock B.V.

Wonderwoods Development B.V.

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Dentons' 'highly specialised' data privacy and security department 'thinks ahead and anticipates threats as well as opportunities’, while leveraging the firm's international network to advise on global data mandates; group leader Marc Elshof is also co-head of the European practice. Recent matters encompass regulatory and compliance work, advisory mandates, data breaches and cybersecurity work. The team also provides insured clients with a 24/7 data breach hotline and has a European cookie law comparison tool, which covers internet cookie obligations across 28 countries. Associate Celine van Es is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Marc Elshof

Other key lawyers:

Celine van Es

Testimonials

‘Very involved, always available when necessary, thinking ahead and anticipating threats as well as opportunities.’

‘Making pros and cons clear, working to find workable solutions and being able to provide services in relation to our unique and complicated work field with regards to the GDPR.’

‘Fast, easily accessible, high-quality, sparring partner.’

‘Highly specialised team, easy access and pleasant to work with.’

‘Highly qualified, I can just pick up the phone and brainstorm with Marc Elshof. Easy to work with.’

Key clients

113Online

Beachbody on Demand

Canopy Growth Corporation

Champion Petfoods

CNA Hardy

Feld Entertainment

MultiSafepay

MyoKardia

Playa Hotels & Resorts

Shawcor

SkyKick

The Student Hotel

Tyson Foods

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Wereldhave

EU and competition Tier 2

Dentons’ team ‘characterises itself as a very pro-active team’ under the joint leadership of ‘stand-out partnerMarc Kuijper and ‘superb professionalBram Braat, who made partner in 2020. With expertise across the complete range of competition and public procurement work, the practice is particularly noted for its antitrust experience. Recent mandates include advising Fairtade Netherlands on the competition aspects of efforts to ensure a living wage is paid to African farms producing goods for Western consumption. Associate Denise Coumans is a key name for healthcare and retail clients.

Practice head(s):

Marc Kuijper; Bram Braat

Other key lawyers:

Denise Coumans

Testimonials

‘The team we worked with, characterised itself as a very pro active team. We noticed that, if a case needed input from more than one specialist, we never needed to ask for it. Sometimes it is difficult for a client to know where exactly the problem lies, but the people we worked with were able to translate complex cases and pinpoint the problems at hand and translate it so it is understandable for each employee involved.’

‘Besides the very pro active attitude, we specifically valued the involvement Bram Braat showed with our company and the knowledge of our business, besides the specific knowledge in his field of expertise. He always managed to react in a very professional way to the advisors of our competitors, leaving us with the best legal position possible.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable on the complex matters of competition law and antitrust practices and the tension existing between these matters and sustainability initiatives. Besides, their drive and intrinsic motivation to clarify the linkages between consumer protection on the one hand (competition law) and fulfilment of human rights globally (sustainability) and propose concrete suggestions on how for instance the EU Commission could take steps to address this is laudable.’

‘Bram Braat is a superb professional, a great source of knowledge and super committed. His personal drive for the good cause is laudable and you can have confidence that he will do anything to drive his work to success. Bram impresses with his capacity to make complex legal stuff understandable for the common public interest.’

‘Besides the fact that the team has excellent business knowledge, the team is also very accessible and responds quickly to questions that are subject to time pressure.’

‘The team is very oriented towards supporting us as a client. It not only is about a specific case, but goes beyond that in providing general information that is relevant and important for us as an IT company.’

‘The Dentons EU and competition team is an outstanding practice in the Netherlands. They have a young, ambitious and smart team that really want to understand the case and need and interest of the client to find the best solution. They provide excellent advice, very practical training and are a pleasure to work with. ’

‘Marc Kuijper leads the practice in a modern and pleasurable way. He keeps calm in difficult cases, manoeuvring the client to a legal safe haven. He is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Bram Braat is the rising star in the team, being the new partner. He has great communication skills and has an excellent eye for the clients interests.’

Key clients

Imbema Group

Vestel Trading Companies

Ricardo Rail

Japan Airlines

Fairtrade

Van Gelder Groep

Leiden University Medical Center

Spaansen Holding

Itautec S.A. – Grupo Itautec

Noot Personenvervoer

Cemaz Industria Eletrônica da Amazonia S.A.

IGB Eletrônica S.A.

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Dentons has a highly reputable project and energy finance practice, and is sought out by major Dutch and international banks, as well as sponsors and corporate borrowers. The practice is renowned for its international capability; Jacqueline Bell and associate Holly Quirke provide advice from an English law perspective, alongside senior associate Todd Crosby, who joined from Vinson & Elkins RLLP. Marcel Janssen is a well known figure for renewable energy project financing and is involved in innovative projects including his advice to Stichting Groenfonds on the structuring and project financing for the greenfield development of a novel recycling plant to recycle HBCD containing polystyrene foams, as well as major wind farm and solar project developments. Senior associate Jack Schrijver is also noted for real estate and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Janssen

Other key lawyers:

Jacqueline Bell; Todd Crosby; Holly Quirke; Jack Schrijver

Testimonials

‘Dentons has a sophisticated project finance practice. Very responsive and enthusiastic young team that likes to go the extra mile to get the deal done. Especially good understanding of and network in the Dutch renewable energy market with a proven track record working with local and international financiers ’

‘The open working relationship. Unbelievably quick response times to any questions and/or comments. Very nice ‘real’ people that do not put up a show but that are themselves in a relaxed way. Also when there is pressure on a deal.’

Key clients

Rabobank

BNG Bank

RoundShield Partners

Bluefield

Stichting Groenfonds

TBM Europe B.V.

Triodos Bank

Real estate Tier 2

Dentons is well known in the market for its strong leasing practice and also for handling high-profile and high-value transactions. The group is also able to draw on the wider firm's expertise to assist with financing, tax, and litigation in the real estate space. With access to a vast international network, the practice is well placed to handle cross-border mandates. Managing partner Wendela Raas heads the team and is noted for her experience in commercial leasing. Jacqueline Bell joined from an in-house role at IPF Partners. Valentijn Leijh was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Wendela Raas

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wanders; Dirk-Jan Gondrie; Cornélie Arnouts; Valentijn Leijh

Testimonials

‘A devoted deal team’.

‘The team we have been working with at Dentons understands the position of all parties involved and tries to create the best deal possible without losing sight of the client’s goas’.

‘Dirk-Jan Gondrie is one of the most pro-active lawyers I have been working recently’.

‘They work in a very pleasant and professional way’.

‘Quick, clear and professional with a large human touch’.

‘They tackled every topic with great enthusiasm and it was a pleasure working with them’.

‘Highly specialised, creative and pleasant to work with.’

‘Wendela Raas is easy to contact, I can just pick up the phone and brainstorm or get a practical advice.’

Key clients

Altera

AXA Investment Managers

CBRE Global Investors

Cerberus Capital Management

Europa Capital

European Medicines Agency

GIC

Hines

Invicta

Landal GreenParks

P3

Patrizia

Principal Global Investors

Savills Investment Management

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Union Investment Real Estate

Vonovia

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Dentons has a strong track record advising multinational companies on international restructurings and financing arrangements. Team members are often called upon to act as court-appointed receivers in high-profile matters. Krijn Hoogenboezem is a member of the Insolad insolvency specialists association and focuses on restructuring and associated litigation; he jointly heads the team Wouter Jongepier, who acts for domestic and international clients on reorganisations and company restarts.

Practice head(s):

Krijn Hoogenboezem; Wouter Jongepier,

Testimonials

‘Very out-of-the-box, informal, approachable team that gets things done’.

‘The team are abreast of technical developments and do not shy away from providing access to their tech network’.

‘The team is very “flat”, meaning associates have a say in how things are done and can freely express their ideas and strategies’.

‘Krijn Hoogenboezem is probably the coolest lawyer you will find in Amsterdam; he is very composed and admired by his peers both nationally and internationally’.

‘Krijn Hoogenboezem is clever, always finds a way and yet he is very down to earth and also funny’.

Key clients

Gibson Brands LLC

Digital Media Centre B.V.

Pluripharm Groep B.V.

Estro Kinderopvang B.V.

OSX Leasing Group B.V.

Euro delkredere

Herman Jansen Beverage Group

Colorado Bankers Life Insurance Company

Unseen Amsterdam B.V.

Prien Holding B.V.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

With 'a willingness to listen to clients and understand their needs', Dentons is a key name in the market for private equity transactions and cross-border mandates. The group also has notable expertise in the energy, real estate and insurance sectors; clients include AIG, Noble Energy and InfraRed. Casper Haket heads up the department, which also includes Kuif Klein Wassink – who is co-head of the firm's European private equity group – and civil law notary Jan-Mathijs HermansDavid Shearer was promoted to the partnership in early 2020, and David Griston moved in-house.

Practice head(s):

Casper Haket

Other key lawyers:

Kuif Klein Wassink; Jan-Mathijs Hermans; David Shearer; Nick de Rooij

Testimonials

‘Quality and timely advice. Willingness to listen to clients and understand their needs. High-quality end product.’

‘Kuif Wassink is a stand-out individual and counsel and has been highly beneficial throughout our engagement with him.’

‘Clients strongly benefit from the size, expertise and cross-border capabilities of the team. They are driven and committed to their work. They have a natural resources sector-focused team which works seamlessly across the borders. They have a very deep understanding of the industry and the market from a legal, commercial and technical point of view. They are well-organised within the team, and listen to our needs and demands. They are hands-on and go the extra mile to deliver top-notch tailored solutions.’

‘David Shearer has a very practical way of dealing with issues and he is open and honest in his communications. He has a broad international practice experience and is not afraid to encounter into non-standard transactions.’

‘Kuif Klein Wassink: knowledgeable, likeable, informal, efficient and pragmatic lawyer. He is very pleasant to work with.’

‘Nick de Rooij: associate that is “one to watch”, being very senior for his age, intelligent and a good sense for the needs of people.’

‘David Shearer’s out-of-box thinking was of great help.’

Key clients

AIG

AmRest

CBRE

InfraRed

Noble Energy

Eurus Energy

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Kohlberg & Co.

Spectrum Brands

TKH Group

VKR/Velux

UiPath

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Michel Deckers leads a 'very sharp team' at Dentons, that includes the consistently praised Anouk Rosielle, noted as 'super smart' and 'the rising star of the team'. The firm handles a core caseload of international corporate and commercial matters, such as shareholder disputes, directors' liability, anti-trust/cartel cases and insolvency issues. It is defending Citco in a class action brought by investors in US hedge fund Fairfield Greenwich Group.

Practice head(s):

Michel Deckers

Other key lawyers:

Anouk Rosielle

Testimonials

‘Very sharp team that gives realistic analysis of legal discussions. Anouk Rosielle is a very intelligent lawyer with great analytical skills.’

‘The team combines high-quality strategic advice without losing sight of risks and practical consequences. Anouk Rosielle is in my view the star player of the team. Hands-on, practical and does not simply take no for an answer but looks for practical solutions. Furthermore, she is empathetic and loyal, her partnership is more than well deserved.’

‘The Dentons team is very professional and highly knowledgeable. The unique element is that it knows how to combine these skills with very practical and strategical advice and solutions. Besides, it has great value in that the team can easily work together with teams abroad having a global presence. They are a pleasure to work with in difficult cases. Real team players.’

‘Anouk Rosielle is absolutely the rising star in the team. She is a super-smart and witty lawyer, who solves difficult matters in a convenient way. She is the next level partner. Michel Deckers is the éminence grise and the strategist that in the end will win the matter for the client in a good and clever way. ’

‘I would highlight the deep legal knowledge of the team and the creativity of the partners. Having worked with Anouk Rosielle several times, I could see the magnificent way she deals with the cases. Ms. Rosielle and her team are always in control of the situation, providing very sound and confident legal advice. In complex litigation matters, Ms. Rosielle and her team are always a step ahead of the counterparty. What really calls my attention is the way Ms. Rosielle builds the case and its strategy in a very smooth and strong way.’

‘Anouk Rosielle is a bright partner of the firm, with vast experience in complex disputes involving commercial matters. She is very skilled in quickly identifying the relevant points of the case and building the strategy. She has a very sharp mind, which allows her to select the best arguments and evidence to prove the case. She is also capable to adapt strategy very effectively in case something new shows up in the course of the case. Ms. Rosielle is one of the brightest lawyers I have had the pleasure of discussing legal matters over my 15 years of legal practice.’

‘Hands-on, clever and creative. Anouk Rosielle is on the ball, clever, creative and a pleasure to work with. ’

‘Dentons dispute resolution and commercial litigation team members are experts in their own fields and very talented to manage the process of long and complicated case files. They are prospering in understanding the needs and requests of their clients, and conducting their proceesses considering these needs and requests.’

 

Key clients

Bio Energie Centrale Cuijk (BECC)

IGB Eletrônica

Vestel

Mr W. de Blauwe

Citco Global Custody, Citco Bank Nederland, Citco Fund Services

Heartland Sweeteners Europe

Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electronical

Trustee in bankrupcty Eliezer Fishman

Cemaz

Itautec

Van Gelder Groep B.V.

Dentsply Sirona Inc

PM Principle Marketing Ltd

STAK Funda

Japan Airlines

Mr Isaac. Dabah

Energy: regulatory Tier 3

The energy team at Dentons takes a holistic approach to regulatory matters, leveraging the expertise of its corporate, project finance, projects, environment, regulatory, construction and tax groups. With a focus on renewables, the practice is active in wind, solar, and biomass projects. The Amsterdam group utilises Libryo technology to keep track of changing regulations across multiple jurisdictions. Jan Jakob Peelen heads up the team, which includes David Shearer, who made partner in 2020. David Griston left for an in-house role at Bouncebackability.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jakob Peelen

Other key lawyers:

Dieuwke Kis; David Shearer

Testimonials

‘David Shearer always tried to make himself available and provided relevant advice and feedback’.

‘Excellent know-how and longstanding relationships with the relevant authorities’.

‘Jan Jakob Peelen is a nice guy and very competent lawyer for difficult cases’.

‘Realistic and calm approach’.

‘Responsive also during the evening and weekends’.

Key clients

BNG Bank

Bluefield Partners

BECC B.V.

Eurus Energy

RWE

Stichting Groenfonds

Tamoil Nederland

TAQA

Total

Triodos Investment Management

Veolia

Energy: transactional Tier 3

The energy team at Dentons is made up of experts in corporate, project finance, projects, environmental, regulatory, construction and tax. It is particularly experienced in the renewables sector, where it advises on wind, solar and biomass projects. Jan Jakob Peelen leads the practice, which was strengthened by Jacqueline Bell's arrival from Allen & Overy LLP. David Griston left for an in-house role at Bouncebackability.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jakob Peelen

Other key lawyers:

David Shearer; Jacqueline Bell

Key clients

BNG Bank

Bluefield Partners

BECC B.V.

Eurus Energy

Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

RWE

Sev.en Energy Group

Shell

Stichting Groenfonds

Tamoil Nederland

TAQA

Total

Triodos Investment Management

Veolia

Environment and planning Tier 3

Dentons’ dedicated public law team attracts significant mandates in the energy, infrastructure and real estate development spaces. Jan Jakob Peelen heads the practice and focuses on environmental law, procurement law and general administrative law. Valentijn Leijh was recently promoted to partner and advises private parties and government institutions on project development, zoning and planning law.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jakob Peelen

Other key lawyers:

Valentijn Leijh

Testimonials

‘Unique, out-of-the-box approach and they dare to takes routes others don’t ‘.

‘No-nonsense mentality, easy to reach’.

‘Valentijn Leijh is very easy to reach’.

‘Valentijn Leijh is a very good analyst, sharpens the edges, is fast and provides only high-quality advice which is directly applicable to me as an investor’.

Key clients

Bayrol Deutschland GmbH

BECC B.V.

Bijenkorf

Bluefield Partners

BNG Bank

CTF Amsterdam

Erasmus

Euroscoop/Pathé

Eurus Energy

Goodman

HKS Scrap Metals

Pinnacle

PLUS Vastgoed BV/ PLUS Retail BV

Rabobank

Regus Nederland

RWE

Stichting Groenfonds

Stichting Merem Behandels Centra

Susquehanna International Securities

Tamoil Nederland

TAQA

Total

Triodos Investment Management

Union Investment Real Estate

Veolia

VU

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 3

Dentons focuses on technology and data protection matters and, with the firm's extensive global footprint, the team is well placed to handle cross-border IT projects and disputes. Regulatory and compliance are key areas of strength, and the firm is also well regarded for licensing issues, SaaS contracts and IT implementations. Marc Elshof heads the team and has noted expertise in data protection and cybersecurity.

Practice head(s):

Marc Elshof

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Odle

Testimonials

‘The Dentons team is professional.

‘Marc Elshof is a real expert on IT-contracts who has in-depth knowledge on his clients’ businesses and ensures that his clients are properly advised and protected, without loosing sight of the counterparty’s interests’.

Key clients

Bauer Media

Beachbody on Demand

Champion Petfoods

Information Builders

Multisafepay

SkyKick

The Student Hotel

Polaroid

Simpel.nl

Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment (ASSIA)

Tax Tier 3

A 'strong tax team with an outstanding knowledge base' at Dentons comprises five specialist partners, including practice co-heads Jurjen Bevers and Heico Reinoud, who focus on corporate/international tax and real estate investment/private equity funds respectively. Paul Halprin is head of the European tax risk and integrity management function that focuses on tax compliance, and risks.

Practice head(s):

Jurjen Bevers; Heico Reinoud

Other key lawyers:

Paul Halprin; Marnix Veldhuijzen; Joyce Zijlstra

Testimonials

Committed to finding solutions.’

Pro-active and in tune with the client’s situation.’

We work with a passionate and all-round team of advisors who are knowledgeable of the industry, our business and business culture and who come well prepared. Always on top of new key developments. The level of advice is constantly high.’

Recommend Jurjen Bevers, partner and Wesley Boldewijn, senior associate. Their overall level of service is very good. Their advice itself is state-of-the-art, their response time is good and they are clearly managing our expectations. Our experience is that the advice received is sound in theory and practical to work with. I work with them on solid content items as well as strategic matters.’

Strong tax team with an outstanding knowledge base, which is not readily available in other firms.’

Paul Halprin at Dentons is literally always available and always calm. In deal making that is a true and very valued asset.

 

Key clients

AIG

Ambridge

TKH Group

John Bean Technologies

RiskPoint

Novapars

Technip

Tuindeco

Employment Tier 4

Dentons specialises in advising on the employment aspects of international M&A, and its capabilities in this space are enhanced by support from other offices in its global network. It also handles employment disputes, mass redundancies and individual dismissals. Eugenie Nunes leads the team. Former practice co-head Epke Spijkerman left for Buren.

Practice head(s):

Eugenie Nunes

Other key lawyers:

Sascha Kuit

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge, client-friendly and quick’.

‘The Dentons team is really pragmatic, and adapts the strategy to the client’s needs’.

‘Eugenie Nunes can always be reached and is really flexible in approach’.

‘Eugenie Nunes is a very good lawyer: pragmatic, quick and she really knows her employment law’.

‘Eugenie Nunes has experience of a wide spectrum of matters and the client feels very comfortable when talking to her and following her advice’.

‘Eugenie Nunes’ negotiation skills are outstanding’.

‘Eugenie Nunes is highly recommended for any employment matter’.

Key clients

AXA

BP

CBRE

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Spectrum Brands

Citco

McArthurglen

Flextronics

Spencer Stuart

Champion Petfoods

Private equity Tier 4

Dentons’ growing private equity practice advises on private equity buyouts and high and mid-market mandates; the team is also experienced in assisting with tax-driven structures, management issues and fund establishments. Kuif Klein Wassink leads on the buyout side of the practice, while fellow co-head Marnix Veldhuijzen handles the private equity tax work.

Practice head(s):

Kuif Klein Wassink; Marnix Veldhuijzen

Key clients

Bluefield Partners

Cathay Investments

CBRE Global Investors

CLSA

Kohlberg & Company

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Opportunity Partners

TINC

Triacta

Vendis Capital

DIF Capital Partners

XiO Group

Optima Investments

InfraRed Capital

AP Moller Capital

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 5

The Dentons team is recognised for providing 'pragmatic and business-friendly solutions' in its delivery of advice. The 'fantastic' Alexander Odle heads the practice where trade mark, copyright, and design rights expertise are core elements of the team's offering. The team is adept in cross-border conflicts and international IP transactions in addition to the prosecution and management of IP portfolios. Clients also benefit from the firm's platform that provides real-time monitoring of legal fees. The highly rated Alexander van Laaren and Marc Elshof  are other senior advisors, and this growing practice has made a number of lateral hires including senior associates Sara van Mourik and Sebastiaan Brommersma. Tjibbe Douma  has left the practice to join Bird & Bird.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Odle; Tjibbe Douma; Marc Elshof

Other key lawyers:

Sara van Mourik; Sebastiaan Brommersma. 

Testimonials

‘Professional experts that understand the business aspects, providing pragmatic and business-friendly solutions’

‘The team lead by Alexander Odle provides excellent advice. Alexander is a fantastic lawyer with lots of knowledge and experience in the area of IP.’

‘In particular, we have worked with Alexander van Laaren who is always straightforward, proactive, has a good sense of business, and always friendly which makes it pleasant to work with him or to negotiate with him. He has vast experience in trade mark prosecution and is in our opinion a good win for the IP team at Dentons.’

Key clients

Zuru, Inc.

Simpel.nl B.V.

LightInTheBox, Ltd

Polaroid

The Flower Farm B.V.

Diesel SpA

Roku, Inc.

Here Technology

BerryWorld Group

Amazon

Georg Westermann Verlag GmbH

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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.

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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