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Industry focus: retail Tier 1Dentons provides its retail clients with a comprehensive range of expertise, from real estate, planning and environmental matters to retail investments and brand protection and franchising mandates. Practice head Wendela Raas has a focus on real estate work; her clients include major shopping mall operators, developers and chain stores. Other key team members include Marc Elshof, who is a key contact for data protection work. In a recent highlight, Elshof, Raas and Jeroen de Clercq advised Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on its €500m investment in the 'Mall of the Netherlands' retail park.
‘We work with Dentons particularly on lease reviews and they are excellent with their input, are on time, plus they are fairly priced.’
‘Jeroen le Clercq and Wendela Raas are both well-known and fast with letting leases.’
‘The team is well-organised and have a good knowledge about the subject. The team we work with knows us really well and this creates a good relation between us and them. This also makes sure that we both know what we can expect from each other.’
‘The Dentons team are experts in the franchise area, meaning sales to end-consumers by a third part. They are covering all aspects of this practice which are retail, distribution, and marketing. In addition to the knowledge they may have on other areas such as agency. The fact that they are covering multiple aspects of the business is key.‘
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The team at Dentons was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jacqueline Bell, who had previously been practising as an independent consultant, in mid-2019. Bell is English law-qualified, and is highly experienced in asset financing matters across the aviation, offshore, and shipping markets, advising on all sides of such matters and heads up the firm's Amsterdam asset finance practice. The firm also houses a structured finance practice led by Marcel Janssen, who primarily acts for lender-side clients, receiving instructions from several of the largest Dutch financial institutions.
Dentons is particularly strong in the area of real estate financing, including the acquisition of single properties, real estate portfolios, and the funding of developments. Other key areas of work include acquisition financing, sustainable finance, export finance, and commodity finance. The firm expanded its offering this year, and now offers English law advice with the arrival of Jacqueline Bell from her position as a sole practitioner. Marcel Janssen set up and heads the group, and both partners are very active in the firm's European sustainable finance group.
Construction Tier 2
The construction team at Dentons is particularly strong on contracts for projects in the infrastructure, energy and industrial, and commercial real estate sectors, as well as representing clients in disputes. The practice is led by Bas van Schouwenburg, who is particularly experienced in international projects and Fidic contracts, often working in collaboration with the firm's wider network. The team also provides specialist procurement expertise in the form of Bram Braat, who handles tender process as well as litigation work.
‘Bas van Schouwenburg has experience with building practice, which allows him to quickly understand and respond to the legal context of the issue. This ensures efficient handling of the issue. The essence of the matter is so quickly on the table.‘
‘The Dentons Netherlands team offer first class support and advice, and pay attention to the detail. They feel like a very safe pair of hands.‘
‘The construction practice of Dentons is really pragmatic, hands-on and they have a great understanding of the business and are able to provide you with a sound advice.‘
Croon Wolter & Dros B.V.
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
H&M Hennes & Mauritz Netherlands B.V.
Joh. Mourik & Co Holding B.V.
Klépierre Vastgoed Ontwikkeling B.V.
Leyten Bouwplanontwikkeling B.V.
Municipality of Rotterdam
Stichting Woonstad Rotterdam
TBI Europe B.V.
Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.
Sinnalba Group Ltd.
Wonderwoods Development B.V.
Starwood Capital Group
Beulco GmbH & Co. KG
McCain Foods Holland B.V.
At Dentons, Marc Elshof co-heads Dentons’ European data privacy and security group and is prized by clients for his 'very broad and proactive outlook on GDPR matters and ICT'. Associate Celine van Es is also highlighted for being 'proactive and tenacious'. The team advises a range of Dutch and international clients on adhering to the GDPR, privacy compliance frameworks, consumer tracking, and the processing of health data, as well as data breaches and responses to the regulator. It also offers a 24/7 data breach hotline for insurers' clients.
‘I have worked primarily with Marc Elshof and his team, including Celine van Es. They are extremely knowledgeable, professional and responsive.’
‘I have used Marc and his team throughout Europe as a result of their responsiveness and professionalism. Guidance on all GDPR matters in relation to health care.’
‘Marc Elshof has a very broad and proactive look at GDPR matters and ICT. The GDPR is not easily implementable at our organization. Yet thanks to his very broad & up to date knowledge, his thoroughness, his sharp line of reasoning, Marc has played a key role in the project of implementing the GDPR in our organization in all its aspects. Marc can simplify complicated (GDPR) matters, leaving the client with clear decisions to make, not hesitating to sketch a bigger picture by taking relevant other fields of expertise such as public relations aspects or IT into account.‘
‘Celine van Es is the associate we have worked with, she is also very sharp, professional, service-minded, proactive, punctual, precise and tenacious.’
JRCS Marine Services
a.s.r. Real Estate
The Student Hotel
EU and competition Tier 2
The Dentons team advises across the spectrum of competition and antitrust issues, with considerable experience in anti-trust litigation. Practice head Marc Kuijper is a 'very talented and insightful lawyer'; Kuijper is advising Turkish company Vestel in respect of a €2bn claim against the cathode ray tube cartel. Also recommended is Bram Braat, who is 'an immense pleasure to work with'. Braat is acting for a Dutch technology startup SkyGeo in a public procurement dispute over whether the Dutch state has the right to put SkyGeo’s proprietary data into the public domain.
‘The Dentons Litigation team in Amsterdam is a very strong team with excellent resources from top to bottom.’
‘Marc Kuijper is a very talented and insightful lawyer who provides a rare combination of outstanding litigation skills, great strategic thinking and a calm and thoughtful approach to conflict resolution.’
‘Bram Braat is not only a super-friendly individual but also an awesome lawyer and a great source of knowledge. One of his strengths is that he can assess an issue and translate it into non-lawyer language. Besides that he has a sense of humour which makes working with him an immense pleasure.’
Cemaz Industria Eletrônica da Amazonia S.A. ; IGB Eletrônica S.A.; and Itautec S.A. – Grupo
Vestel Trading Companies
Van Gelder Groep
Real estate Tier 2
The 'highly specialised and dedicated' team at Dentons fields lawyers who 'make difficult things simple and easy to understand'. The practice provides 'the full range of services' related to real estate matters, both nationally and for international clients, including AXA Investment Managers. Practice head Wendela Raas is especially known for her commercial leasing practice, while Ines van Dijk focuses on real estate transactions, the structuring of residential and shopping centres, and special sales processes. Other key names to note are Paul Wanders, counsel Jeroen Le Clerq, 'solution-oriented and thoughtful' Dirk-Jan Gondrie and Bas van Schouwenburg, who is the construction specialist.
‘It was very pleasant to work with experts in their fields who were efficient and cooperative.‘
‘The Dentons team provided solid and clear advice on a large construction project. They are reliable and provide the full range of services necessary for a real estate developer.‘
‘The team is well organised and have a good knowledge about the subject. The team we work with knows us really well and this creates a good relation between us and them. This also makes sure that we both know what we can expect from each other.‘
‘Wendela Raas and Jeroen Leclerq have a very clear way in which they analyse the problem at hand and can explain in a clear way which are the legal options to deal with the situation.‘
‘Dirk-Jan Gondrie is a great person for legal advice, solution-oriented and thoughtful, especially at the negotiation table.‘
‘Highly specialised and dedicated team with very pragmatic lawyers.‘
‘They are always there for us. They go that extra mile and they involve specialists if necessary.‘
‘Very good communication skills, very pragmatic, they make difficult things simple and easy to understand.‘
‘Specialised in tenancy law. Quick responses.‘
‘Best in class in terms of knowledge and on time delivery of advice. Well designed strategical and practical solutions.‘
CBRE Global Investors
Cushman & Wakefield
Kronos Solar Project GmbH
Starwood Capital Group
Union Investment Real Estate
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2
The Dentons restructuring and insolvency team has in-depth industry knowledge, with particular expertise in debtor representation, as well as advising lenders and sponsors. Key clients include Gibson Brands, Breevast, and OSX Leasing Group. Practice head Wouter Jongepier is 'well regarded' as a bankcruptcy trustee. Co-head Krijn Hoogenboezem is praised for his 'extensive knowledge' of multi-jurisdictional insolvency matters. Hoogenboezem is a key individual in assisting Gibson Brands with bankruptcy proceedings for subsidiary Gibson Innovations Netherlands.
‘Krijn Hoogenboezem is exceptionally intelligent, yet practical. Also, he is a pleasure to work with in general‘.
‘Wouter Jongepier is very well regarded as a bankruptcy trustee, especially in more complex cases. Krijn Hoogenboezem is a clever, hands-on lawyer, with a broad restructuring practice‘.
‘The Dentons Restructuring and Insolvency team in the Netherlands has an intimate knowledge of insolvency law. The team has a particular strength in, and is best known for, debtor representation, although it regularly advises lenders and sponsors as well‘.
‘The team is engaged and practical, building on their knowledge and experience as court appointed receivers in high profile international matters. They take time to present a solution that helps to achieve my business’s ambition‘.
‘Krijn Hoogenboezem stands out for his can-do approach and practical attitude. High pace thinker. Very approachable, surrounded by a friendly and very competent team. Krijn combines his extensive knowledge on domestic and international insolvency law with his partnership approach‘.
Gibson Brands LLC
Herman Jansen Beverage Group B.V.
Wallich Securities B.V.
Estro Kinderopvang B.V.
OSX Leasing Group B.V.
The Gores Group
LK Bennett Holland B.V.
Air Berlin B.V.
Boer & Croon
Practice head Marcel Janssen and his team at Dentons were joined in June 2019 by Jacqueline Bell, who is able to draw on her previous in-house experience with ABN Amro Bank, Dutch development bank FMO and specialist investment fund platform IPF Partners. Work undertaken by the firm includes providing compliance advice, assisting with anti-money laundering and MiFID II implementation, and relocating financial services companies. Clients include Dutch and international banks, and transport, energy, and fintech companies. Jeroen den Hamer left the firm in 2019, and in 2020, Arno Voerman and Pien Kerckhaert joined from Van Doorne and Finnius, respectively.
Dentons' integrated and international approach is bolstered by the team's ability to 'rapidly pull out resources from other departments and other jurisdictions'. The firm counts among its clients alternative lenders, including Roundshield Partners, as well as an impressive roster of domestic and global banks. Key areas in terms of financing are energy and real estate. The practice is headed by Marcel Janssen, and Jacqueline Bell, who is a recent arrival from a sole practitioner position, and has a notable focus on trade commodity finance and transport finance in the aviation, shipping and offshore industries. Jeroen den Hamer left the firm in March 2019.
‘The team is extremely reactive and available, they understand the commercial aspects and when to push and not to push and are on top of everything. They lead the transactions very smoothly and could rapidly pull out resources from other departments and other jurisdictions. It very much feels like it’s an A+ team in a true global law firm.‘
‘Jacqueline Bell was fantastic. She is an impeccable professional, she knows every detail of the documentation and is always spot on with each piece of advice and in each negotiation. She is fully available and completely involved. She is the kind of lawyer that one can rely on and totally trust with the entire transaction. She has excellent communication on the transaction as well as on billing, so there are no bad surprises at the end of the deal.‘
Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V.
With a 'hands-on and personal approach' the team at Dentons provides a wealth of M&A, corporate and private equity expertise. The group has a track record in transactions in the energy sector and leverages its global network to handle transactions involving China, Russia, CIS countries and Latin American jurisdictions. Casper Haket is the seasoned team head and Kuif Klein Wassink, who is global co-chair of the private equity practice, brings 'calm to sometimes hectic deals'. David Griston co-chairs the global energy group and has considerable cross-border M&A experience in the sector.
‘The team is very hands-on, has a very personal approach and feels like an extension of our own legal team rather than an outside counsel. This approach also works very well with counter parties and their counsel.’
‘Kuif Klein Wassink is very relaxed and brings some calm to sometimes hectic deals.‘
Black & Decker
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)
Procter & Gamble
Savills Investment Management
TKH Group NV
Dentons is particularly prominent in cross-border litigation matters, either as local counsel for other international offices of the firm or as lead counsel, with notable recent cases involving Brazil, the Cayman Islands, and Turkey, along with the firm's strong connections in China. The litigation group is led by Michel Deckers, whose practice is focused on corporate and securities litigation, directors' and supervisory board members liability, and collective actions. Anouk Rosielle is another key name within the team, and is recommended for her work on cartel damages cases and insolvency-related litigation.
‘The team provides very effective advice on complex international litigation before Dutch courts.‘
‘Anouk Rosielle was really impressive. She completely dominated the aspects of Dutch law that could impact our case and was really important to give us the orientation we needed to assist the client.‘
‘Anouk Rosiele is a brilliant litigator and very impressive in providing quick but in-depth and direct to the point advice. We find her extremely smart in building effective legal arguments and a compelling litigation strategy.‘
‘Michel Deckers is a very experienced and thoughtful partner who brings respect and leadership and is able to build bridges among parties.‘
Dentsply Sirona Inc
Energy: regulatory Tier 3
Dentons combines its capabilities in corporate, finance, projects, environmental, regulatory and tax to form a powerful energy team. The practice group under the leadership of 'outstanding' Jan Jakob Peelen and David Griston advises companies on upstream oil and gas matters and handles major energy infrastructure projects, financings and public-private partnerships. The team is also active in the renewables sector covering wind, solar and biomass.
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‘Very pro-active approach by competent team.‘
‘Jan Jakob Peelen is an outstanding lawyer and very pleasant person to work with.‘
Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)
Environment and planning Tier 3
The Dentons public law practice has a strong focus on energy, infrastructure and real estate development. The firm's renewable energy work has grown considerably and it advises energy companies RWE, Eurus, BECC, and Total. Practice head Jan Jakob Peelen is advising Eurus Energy Group on its acquisition of six Wind farms from Yard. Clients praise Peelen's 'responsive' and 'pragmatic' approach. Valentijn Leijh is also noted and is advising HKS Scrap Metals on environmental law and waste water regulations, alongside Peelen.
‘We work with Jan Jakob Peelen and really appreciate working with him. We are quite selective when working with lawyers. In these busy times we need lawyers that act as an extension of our team. Lawyers that are responsive, knowledgeable, hands-on, pragmatic, deliver easy to understand advice and that can take us by the hand if needed. He definitely qualifies as such. We look forward to working with him in the many years to come!‘
‘They are well aware of the latest developments. They can analyze our questions well and ask the right questions. They are reliable in quality, comply with agreements and are involved. They are cost-conscious and there is sufficient time to discuss matters‘.
‘Dentons is able to develop a planning strategy in a very early stage together with us and thus based on our desired real estate development strategy, which allows us to develop a project based on our strategy, but ensuring that we are able to get zoning/building approval in time‘.
‘Valentijn Leijh is a real sparring partner for us in our strategic decisions. Because we involve Dentons in an early stage, Dentons is able to develop a planning strategy advise and combined with our development efforts the advice has to date been 100% successful: it has led to 2 irrevocable zoning plans, 4 irrevocable building permits and 2 water permits for over 1,000 dwellings in the last 5 years. The costs invested in the planning advice in the pre-phase are easily returned, since it also leads to the outcome that we hardly have to fight appeals against zoning plans/permits‘.
HKS Scrap Metals
Susquehanna International Securities
PLUS Vastgoed BV/ PLUSRetail BV
IT and data protection specialist Marc Elshof heads up the practice at Dentons. The team's expertise spans software licensing issues, outsourcings, hardware sales, cloud computing agreements, and claims arising from failed IT projects. This is combined with IP and data protection experience in the Dutch market and globally. On the IP front, Tjibbe Douma handles patents and trade secrets cases in the technology sector.
The Student Hotel
Project finance and PFI Tier 3
Dentons is active across a broad range of project finance work, including advising lenders, project sponsors and contractors on major infrastructure, energy, utilities and transport projects. Practice head Marcel Janssen is experienced in a variety of finance work, and the team regularly collaborates with energy sector specialist Jan Jakob Peelen. The team recently added English-qualified Jacqueline Bell, who had previously been an independent consultant, while Jeroen den Hamer departed for an in-house position.
Centenary Rural Development Bank
TBM Europe B.V.
Employment Tier 4
The employment team at Dentons is particularly recommended for advice on the employment aspects of acquisitions and corporate reorganisations, particularly in cross-border cases utilising the firm's wider network. The firm also advises on standalone employment matters, including those involving unions and works councils. The practice is jointly led by experienced litigator Epke Spijkerman and the more internationally-focused Eugenie Nunes.
‘Highly professional and dedicated, smart and pragmatic.’
‘Eugenie Nunes is client focused, smart, problem solving.‘
‘The team is knowledgable, knows the market very well, easy to work with and add values to the clients.‘
‘Very quick in providing legal information which is relevant for the practice‘
‘The team is pragmatic and very solution orientated. Advice is operational and value adding for the clients. Eugenie Nunes stands out being extremely internationally focused and knowing the market as well as the UK market very well. ‘
‘Eugenie Nunes is exception – in an incredibly legally difficult jurisdiction – she will always find a way to get where we want. Also prepared to have difficult conversions with the business leaders‘
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Energy: transactional Tier 4
Dentons' energy team, which consists of corporate, finance, projects, environmental, regulatory and tax lawyers, is involved in a significant amount of transactions in the energy space such as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures for Dutch and international companies. The team is also handling an increased number of biomass and waste-to-energy projects. Newly appointed co-head David Griston and Jan Jakob Peelen lead the practice together.
Tax Tier 4
The 'very technical, practical and solution-oriented' team at Dentons is 'dedicated to finding practical solutions and understanding the client's business'. The firm's 'excellent industry knowledge' stands out especially in the energy sector, where the practice advises energy companies, shipbuilders, and offshore contractors. The key contact for such clients is Jurjen Bevers, who 'can easily deal with foreign tax systems' and 'quickly sees the big picture'. Bevers jointly heads the practice with 'pragmatic adviser' Heico Reinoud, who is always 'prepared to engage in collaborative discussions to understand and resolve challenges'. Another key area of strength for the practice is tax litigation.
‘High quality. Great industry knowledge. Innovative. Pragmatic. Strong strategic view.‘
‘Jurjen Bevers, tax partner: an all-round international tax professional with very good analytical skills. Educated in the Netherlands, he has proven to be easy to work with, connect to and can easily deal with foreign tax systems. This is helpful for the discussions we have all around the globe (e.g. UK, Norway, US, Australia, Mexico, Brazil). He quickly sees the big picture, while being capable of pinpointing details where needed. He has shown a profound interest in understanding our company’s way of working and recognising its main value drivers. Wesley Boldewijn, associate: good analytical and social skills with a wide range of expertise. Able to overcome cultural differences, and driven to keep the overall company strategy in mind.‘
‘Excellent industry knowledge. Team knows to translate industry practice to tax advice.‘
‘Jurjen Bevers and Wesley Boldewijn are excellent tax lawyers, who not only have an eye for the client, but for the industry they advise as a whole.‘
‘We had a good experience with Dentons Netherlands and we especially appreciated their capability to provide tailored and practical tax advice to our specific situations rather than theoretical comments. They also demonstrated a very good technical knowledge and a swift reaction when we needed them.‘
‘Very technical, practical and solution-oriented. I would also say that they were fair in their approach and provided straight to the point advice without complicating matters.‘
‘Dedicated to finding practical solutions and understanding the client’s business. Responsive to requests.‘
‘Heico Reinoud has been involved with the setup and growth of our business since its inception, and has become an important contributor to the overall success of new strategies.‘
‘The tax team, co-ordinated by Heico Reinoud, works very well with other experts across the firm’s service base to assist effective implementation of complex advice, rather than simply rendering advice and leaving the client to implement it without practical and effective assistance.‘
‘Heico Reinoud is a pragmatic adviser, prepared to engage in collaborative discussions to understand and resolve challenges in a practically minded fashion. It is easy to pick up the phone to Heico and bounce ideas off him. It short-cuts identification of solutions and elimination of ideas that are not viable. Once matters have been narrowed down, Heico also provides concise documented advice, which does not labour under endless caveats and irrelevant substance.‘
CBRE Global Investors
Globalworth Real Estate Investments
Invel Real Estate Partners
Quint Wellington Redwood
Seaway Heavy Lifting/Subsea 7
Dentons' intellectual property team is led by Alexander Odle, a 'seasoned' practitioner. The firm's client roster includes Simpel, Mag Instrument, Chequepoint, Finfort Investment, and Fernandes. The team's skills range from litigation to advisory work and portfolio management and it works in close co-operation with the IT/data protection group.
‘Alexander Odle has a sharp business mind and this combined with thorough legal knowledge makes him a go-to lawyer for trademark matters, also because he is a pleasant person to work with‘.
‘The non-patent IP team is now in the hands of Mr. Alexander Odle. He is a seasoned and very well respected IP lawyer, known for his in depth knowledge, analytical qualities and great service mindedness. It is very likely that he will be able to attract other first tier soft IP lawyers‘.
Mag Instrument, Inc
Private equity Tier 5
In addition to frequently acting as Dutch and European counsel for US private equity powerhouses, Dentons' private equity practice stands out for its tax driven private equity work advising clients on the full gamit of corporate and tax services. The team is particularly proficient in advising on management participations and the setup of equity plans. Kuif Klein Wassink, who advises on equity buyouts in the mid and high end market, leads the team together with private equity tax expert Marnix Veldhuijzen.
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Press Releases18th August 2020
Global law firm Dentons is pleased to announce that the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court have all issued final decisions dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) three ply toilet paper. With Dentons’ counsel, ICT successfully demonstrated beyond a doubt that its branded and private label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859.
Dentons has been advising Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A since 2016. Based in Lucca, ICT is a leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, and has subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland.
The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain have confirmed ICT’s argument that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.
Dentons partner David Masson served as lead partner and represented ICT in France. Dentons partner Dr. Constantin Rehaag represented ICT in Germany, and PwC partner Alejandra Matas Brancós represented the client in Spain, with the support of Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso.
David Masson, lead lawyer on the case, commented: “It has been very interesting to understand ICT’s own technology and work closely with different teams, including ICT’s R&D department, which has been part of all strategic and technical decisions throughout the case”.
Constantin Rehaag, who represented the client in the German court hearings and coordinated the work with the client’s patent attorneys, said: “This is an outstanding success of a great team formed by the client, who provided us with invaluable technological insight, the team of patent attorneys and, finally, by the Dentons teams in France, Spain and Germany.”
The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.
In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other private labels produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analyzed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts - in first instance and appeal - rejected the claims and ordered Essity to pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.
In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, which is well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In August 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German subsidiary of ICT did not infringe the German part of the patent 1 081 284.
In Spain, after a first decision in favor of Essity in the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a written appeal that ICT’s products - and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain three-ply private label products - did not infringe the Spanish part of the patent 1 081 284.About ICT
Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.About Dentons
Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.
3rd August 2020 Global law firm Dentons advised Italian-based multinational energy infrastructure operator Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49 percent share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ADNOC Gas Pipelines is valued at approximately US$20.7 billion (US$10.1 billion for 49%).
The transaction is one of the most important in the global energy infrastructure sector, as well as Snam’s first acquisition outside Europe. ADNOC Gas Pipelines holds the tariff-based rights for the 38 pipelines that connect ADNOC’s upstream activities to Abu Dhabi’s consumption points and the export and interconnection terminals to neighboring Emirates.
The transaction was financed by a pool of international banks for approximately $8 billion, plus an equity contribution from each of the consortium members. In addition to Snam, the other consortium members included Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NH Investment & Securities.
Dentons acted with a cross-border team from Italy and UAE, coordinated by partner Sara Biglieri in Milan. Partners Luca Pocobelli (Rome) and Mhairi Main Garcia (Dubai), counsel Claudio Segna (Milan), senior associate Craig Hughson (Abu Dhabi) and associate Stephanie Hawes (Dubai) advised on corporate and M&A aspects. Partners Alessandro Fosco Fagotto (Milan) and Stephen Knight (Abu Dhabi), counsel Franco Gialloreti, senior associate Tommaso Zanirato and junior associate Giulia Caselli Maldonado (all Milan) advised on financing aspects. Partner Michele Carpagnano (Rome) and associate Giulia Giordano (Rome) advised on the competition and antitrust aspects.
Snam’s internal legal team was led by General Counsel, Marco Reggiani - assisted by Michela Schizzi, Senior Vice President Regulated Assets Legal Affairs - and included senior legal counsels Rosanna Pallotta and Claudia Jolanda Fanelli. The legal aspects related to the financing were handled, together with Marco Reggiani, by Gloria Bertini, Head of Finance and Capital Market Legal Affairs and Roberta Di Mauro, legal counsel.
3rd August 2020 The EU Malaria Fund was initiated by the kENUP Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting research-based innovation with public and societal benefit. The fund is managed by the IBB Group. The target volume of the fund amounts to €280 million, with a first closing of €70 million on June 3, 2020. A Dentons team from Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich provided comprehensive advice to IBB Group on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund. This included the development of the legal and tax conception of the fund, regulatory advice, corporate law support on the setup of the fund, and the negotiation of the financing agreements with the EIB, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other investors. Berlin-based partner Dirk-Reiner Voss and Frankfurt-based partner Arne Klüwer jointly led the Dentons team, with support from partners Stephan Busch, Matthias Santelmann and senior associates Holger Hölkemeier and Bernd Düsterbeck in Berlin; counsel Verena Etzel and Oda Elmoutaouakil in Frankfurt; partner Axel Schlieter in Dusseldorf, and partner Richard Fagerer in Munich. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has advised Spanish-based multinational construction group, Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A. (ACS), on the renewal of its €500 million Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU-CP) Program. The NEU-CP program is registered with the Central Bank of France, with the involvement of BNP Paribas, BRED Banque Populaire, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank N.V. and Natixis, as dealers for the Notes. Headquartered in Madrid, the ACS Group is a worldwide leader in construction and services. It is currently the only non-financial issuer with a NEU-CP Program registered with the Central Bank of France. Dentons’ Capital Markets group in Madrid advised ACS on all aspects of the transaction. Partner Ignacio Corujo led and coordinated the transaction with the support of junior associate Ana Artola. Ignacio Corujo joined Dentons in January this year to establish and lead the Capital Markets group in Spain. In addition to this most recent deal for ACS, he has closed several high-value debt capital markets deals since his move, including most notably, Grupo Cajamar’s €1 billion issuance of mortgage bonds, as well as Sacyr’s renewal of its €500 million EMTN Program. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 Global law firm Dentons has advised UniCredit Bank AG as Mandated Lead Arranger, (Sustainability) Coordinator, Bookrunner, Facility Agent and Security Agent as well as the lenders on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked borrowing base facility agreement with Gunvor Group. Gunvor Group will use the funds to cover the working capital requirements of its Ingolstadt refinery. The innovative financing model is tied to the borrower's achievement of predetermined ESG key performance indicators (Sustainability KPIs) and provides for a sustainability discount or premium in case the company overachieves or underperforms the predefined targets. An independent sustainability auditor will report on the performance of the Sustainability KPIs on an annual basis. The ESG-based scoring of certain key performance indicators provides a unique way for borrowers and lenders to communicate their commitment to sustainability and incentivizes sustainable corporate measures. Participating banks included DZ Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, Erste Group Bank, Commerzbank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, CA Indosuez (Switzerland), Bank of China and First Abu Dhabi Bank. Gunvor Group is one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover, creating logistics solutions that safely and efficiently move physical energy from where it is sourced and stored to where it is demanded. With strategic investments in industrial infrastructure – refineries, pipelines, storage and terminals – Gunvor Group further generates sustainable value across the global supply chain for its customers. UniCredit is one of the pioneers in sustainable loans in the German market. Düsseldorf finance partner Dr. Axel Schlieter fully advised the bank on the drafting and negotiation of the loan agreement. The Dentons team further comprised Julia Heitmann (senior associate, Banking and Finance, Düsseldorf) and Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, Banking and Finance, Frankfurt). Axel Schlieter is a core member of Dentons’ Sustainable Finance group in Europe and is regularly involved around the topics of issuance of green bonds and on sustainable financing. Advisors to UniCredit: Dentons (Düsseldorf): Dr. Axel Schlieter, (lead partner), Julia Heitmann (senior associate, both banking and finance, Düsseldorf), Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, banking and finance, Frankfurt am Main) UniCredit inhouse lawyers: Carina Engelhardt, Alexander Strigin, Christian Hentrich About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice team advised Qair SAS, Qair International and Qair Polska Sp.z o.o. in connection with the refinancing of two wind farms under operation, Rzepin (58 MW) and Linowo (48 MW). The financing institutions are BNP Paribas and EBRD. The two wind farms are part of Qair’s larger portfolio of almost 200 MW of renewable energy sources, which also includes 93 MW of new capacity from three wind farms – Udanin (50 MW), Parzeczew (9 MW) and Września (9 MW) – and 25 MW of solar photovoltaic. The project was supervised by Mateusz Toczyski, Head of the Europe and Co-Head of the Global Banking and Finance practice, and led by Tomasz Zwoliński, counsel, with assistance from lawyers Klaudia Szymańska-Rutkowska, Katarzyna Mazur, Katarzyna Kaptur and Jakub Walawski. Supporting the Warsaw team were counsel Surbhi Malhotra-Trenkel in Munich and partners Jean-Marc Allix and Olivier Genevois, and associates Djésia Meziani, Philippine de Fouchier and Hugo Casasnovas in Paris. Dentons’ London team consisting of partner Matthew Sapte and associate Annreika Ray advised on the hedging documentation. “We are very pleased and honored to have had this opportunity to assist Qair in yet another wind power project the company has undertaken in Poland,” said Mateusz Toczyski. “We would like to congratulate Qair on this financing and to wish every success with further developments and investments in Poland and elsewhere in the world,” added Tomasz Zwoliński. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 Dentons has advised international energy group Sev.en Energy on its strategic acquisition of US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining, LLC. C. The transaction comes on the heels of Sev.en Energy’s acquisition of a 17% ownership interest in Corsa Coal in May 2020, further reinforcing its access to the metallurgical coal mining industry in the US market. Blackhawk Mining is one of the largest metallurgical coal producers in the US. With annual production capacity of seven to eight million tonnes of metallurgical coal among its five underground and open pit mining complexes in West Virginia and Kentucky, Blackhawk Mining is an important supplier of metallurgical coal both locally and internationally. It also owns three thermal coal mine complexes producing three to four million tonnes per annum. In 2019, Blackhawk Mining had $1bn revenues and $120m EBITDA. Commenting on the acquisition, Dentons partner Petr Zákoucký, said: “Having worked for Sev.en Energy for many years, I am inspired by their sustained dynamism, and by this bold strategic move, even during these difficult market conditions. We were delighted to have opportunity to play our role in this success.” Alan Svoboda, Executive Director of Sev.en Energy who leads the Group’s international expansion added: “Once again, the Dentons team exceeded our expectations and delivered the transaction within a tight time frame of less than a month, nailing both the complexity of the deal and challenges created by the current worldwide pandemic. What was really outstanding was the dedication and flexibility that the entire team showed.” Dentons’ cross-border team was composed of partners Petr Zákoucký (Prague, Energy/M&A), Ilan Katz (New York, M&A), Lee Smith (New York, Finance), Christopher Van Bever (Lexington, Mining) and John Rhine (Evansville, Mining) Robert E. Richards (Chicago, Insolvency), Managing Associate Gregory DiBella (New York, M&A) and Associate Barbora Obračajová (Prague, Energy). Alvarez & Marsal advised Sev.en Energy on financial due diligence and Weir on technical due diligence. About Sev.en Energy Sev.en Energy owns significant coal and energy production assets in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. It is the largest private operator of coalmines and conventional power plants in the Czech Republic, and employs more than 3,500 people. In 2019, Sev.en Energy acquired additional power generation assets from Swiss energy group Alpiq and a 50% stake in the multinational energy company – InterGen N.V., which is one of the leading independent power generators with gas-fired power plants in the UK and coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Australia. When pro-forma aggregated with the financial results of InterGen and Alpiq CZ, Sev.en Energy group combined revenues in 2019 were EUR 1,4 billion and EBITDA of EUR 319 million. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 Global law firm Dentons is assisting Weser-Metall GmbH and Harz-Metall GmbH, both subsidiaries of the French-German Recylex Group, with their restructuring through ‘self-administration’ proceedings. In addition, Dentons restructuring lawyers Andreas Ziegenhagen and Dirk Schoene and their team are advising the German management of the Recylex Group within the scope of its self-administration. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic decline in metal prices, the German subsidiaries of Recylex have each applied for protective shield proceedings under German insolvency law. The aim of the protective shield is to allow the companies to continue their individual restructuring measures and to return to economic stability after the pandemic - if necessary, in a new shareholder structure. Weser-Metall produces about 100,000 tons of lead per year at its headquarters in Nordenham (Lower Saxony), making it the third largest lead smelter and the second largest lead recycler in Europe. Harz-Metall has its headquarters in Oker in the Harz Mountains and is one of the leading European recycling companies for lead and zinc contaminated waste. The Recylex group has a total of eleven operating units and two administrative sites in France and Germany. In addition to the companies supported by Dentons, two other companies in the group, Norzinco GmbH and PPM Pure Metals GmbH, have also submitted applications for protective shield, whilethree other German subsidiaries requested self-administration under creditor protection. The Group's French companies are not affected. Andreas Ziegenhagen, Head of the Europe and German Restructuring practice, said: "With the filing for protective shield proceedings, we are making use of the most restructuring-friendly court proceedings in the interest of all stakeholders of the companies”. Advisor to Harz Metall / Weser Metall / German management of Recylex: Dentons (Berlin): Andreas Ziegenhagen (Partner, Restructuring, Berlin/Frankfurt), Dirk Schoene (Partner), Dr. Jan Seelinger (Counsel), Dr. Benjamin Kurzberg (Counsel), Judith Schmid (Senior Associate), Dr. Jakob Pickartz (Senior Associate), all Restructuring and Insolvency About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
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