Firm Profile > Dentons > Paris, France

75008 PARIS

Administrative and public law Tier 1

Dentons has leading expertise advising on France’s largest PPP projects. In addition to recently advising on a series of mid-sized school renovation projects, the firm has a very strong involvement in the transport sector where it is earning regular landmark instructions. It is advising on the country’s few ongoing blue-chip transport projects, notably in the rail and road sectors. It was chosen by the French Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition to help draft a section of the new Mobility Law (LOM). The team is also advising on first-of-its-kind transport projects, notably on the implementation of France’s first urban road traffic toll project in Lyon. The three-lawyer practice is also a good choice for dealing with major contract performance issues and energy-related work. Practice head Marc Fornacciari and of counsel Dorothée Griveaux are the main contacts.

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‘A very good practical and high-level technical team which has a 360 degrees vision of matters and an ability to grasp complex underlying financial, political and economical aspects of a project.’

‘The firm provides very relevant analyses.’

‘Marc Fornacciari is a true team leader who is also very committed towards his clients. He provides very fine analyses that are instrumental in helping to reach the best decision on a project.’

‘Of counsel Dorothée Griveaux has a deep understanding of the specifics and constraints of the public sector. She is hardworking and shows great analysis capabilities.’

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Dentons is the go-to-firm for M&A and private equity transactions in the healthcare sector. The firm assists leading industry players with the negotiation of venture investments and partnership agreements, but is also experienced in large-scale corporate transactions, such as Lactalis' acquisition of the infant nutrition business of South African pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare. Corporate partners Jean-Marc Grosperrin, who also co-heads the firm's global and European practice, Anne-Laure Marcerou and Olivia Guéguen are the key contacts. The firm also offers strong complementary healthcare regulatory expertise and notably assists leading industry players with their dealings with French healthcare authorities. Senior counsel Pascale Poupelin is highly recommended and has extensive experience, especially in drug market access matters. She is also singled out for her rare ability to combine public and private law know-how. Julien Le Guyader is also recommended.


‘The team follows a very practical approach and demonstrates great listening skills.’

‘A very helpful team that brings strong support to complex situations.’

 ‘Senior counsel Pascale Poupelin has exceptional market access expertise and is unique in her ability to combine public and private law expertise in relation to pharmaceutical products. Her drafting skills are also exceptional.’

‘Anne-Laure Marcerou is highly accessible.’

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Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

David Masson heads the intellectual property team at Dentons, which acts for an enviable roster of clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, focusing particularly on litigation. The firm's strong global footprint allows it to represent clients from sectors including fashion, electronics and telecoms before domestic and European courts. Other notable longstanding clients include Polaroid and Delta Airlines, which the team advises on trade mark enforcement matters. Senior counsel Isabelle Leroux successfully represented Peugeot Motocycles, as the claimant, in trade mark litigation against Delaunay Belleville.

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Alpargatas (Havaianas)


Claranova (Freeprints)

Delta Airlines





Schneider Electric/Euronegoce

Singapore Airlines

Square, Inc

Derivatives and structured finance Tier 2


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The team I work with is headed by Julien Bacus. His team is responsive and cost effective.

Julien himself brings vast experience through his prior roles in both London and Paris. Julien is a commercially focused French derivatives lawyer. He understands the products and the market and importantly the pressures faced by in house counsel.

True partner-level dedication. Pascal Jouannic is one of the best lawyers of his generation.

A team that has been constituted from some of the best professionals in the industry.

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Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC)

Charterhouse Capital Partners

Credit Suisse

Ellipse Project Consulting

European Federation of Energy Traders

Hello Paris (RATP & Keolis)



Société Générale


Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

With public law expert Marc Fornacciari, Dentons  offers very strong regulatory expertise. Fornacciari is notably active in highly strategic litigation and in one of France’s landmark renewable energy projects. The practice also advises on more traditional power and renewable energy projects abroad and is involved in oil and gas work and mining matters. Practice co-heads Ramin Hariri and Leïla Hubeaut are recommended for those aspects. Nicholas George, formerly at Orrick Rambaud Martel, joined the team in June 2020.

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Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)


RATP Dév. + Keolis



Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2

Dentons is longstanding adviser to one of France’s most cherished maisons de couture whom the firm notably helps handle key IP and distribution law issues. The practice also assists several other major luxury fashion houses and luxury hotel brands. Key contacts within the firm include IP partner David Masson and senior counsel Isabelle Leroux, competition and distribution law partner Emmanuelle Van Den Broucke and dispute resolution partners Christine Sévère and Frédérique Meslay Caloni. The firm also assists industry clients with corporate and M&A transactions.

Key clients

Dries Van Noten


Ricardo Tisci

Raf Simons

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

Dentons acts for high-profile clients from a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, telecoms and fashion. Practice head David Masson is representing a major player in the technological industry in an international patent dispute, showcasing the firm's strength in advising on contentious cross-border matters. The team is also defending Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT), a manufacturer of absorbent paper, in patent litigation launched against it in France and Germany by the group SCA Tissues France, in a matter which involves close collaboration between teams in Paris, Frankfurt and Barcelona.

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Project finance Tier 2

Dentons is involved in several of the French state’s largest infrastructure projects. The firm is especially well versed in advising public sector entities on landmark rail and transport projects. In addition, the ten-lawyer practice also advises on smaller projects in France, particulary in the education sector, and is active in one of France’s landmark renewable energy projects. Finally, the team also assists with infrastructure and energy projects abroad, such as assisting Inframed with a solar and wind power plants project in Jordan. Public law expert Marc Fornacciari and project finance specialist Jean-Marc Allix co-head the practice. Cross-border specialist Leila Hubeaut and of counsel Dorothée Griveaux, a public law expert, are also noted. Nicholas George joined the team in June 2020 from Orrick Rambaud Martel.


‘The firm provides very relevant analysis.’

‘Marc Fornacciari is a true team leader who is also very committed to his clients. He provides very fine analyses that are instrumental in helping to reach the best decision on a project.’

‘Of counsel Dorothée Griveaux has a deep understanding of the specifics and constraints of the public sector. She is hard-working and shows great analysis capabilities.’

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African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)



French foundation “Campus Condorcet”

Hummingbird Resources




Vinci Airport

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

Dentons has 'a strong team with growing capacity that is excellent in asset financing, securitisation and receivables financing'. The firm stands out for its work in project finance, fund financing and real estate finance, but it is also active in acquisition finance, refinancing and securitisation. It acts for major domestic and international banks, corporates and funds on mid-cap and large-cap transactions, and has a strong flow of cross-border work, particularly in Europe and the US. The key partners are PPP and project finance expert Jean-Marc Allix, the 'very proactive and willingPascal Jouannic and structured and acquisition finance specialist Philippe Max.


Pascal Jouannic is a reputed finance partner. He has a great knowledge of structured financing transactions and is a great business partner.

Philippe Max has excellent interpersonal skills and legal expertise. Philippine de Fouchier and Meryll Aloro are of great help too.

The firm has strong technical expertise with an acute view on key business items, and it is really easy to work with.

Jean-Marc Allix has a strong ability to manage both his client and interlocutors in order to save time while focusing on key issues during calls and negotiations, and dealing with other issues directly with his interlocutor in a very efficient way to deliver excellent work.

Philippine de Fouchier has a strong ability to stand up in cases where Jean-Marc Allix was not available. She inspires confidence thanks to her technical skills and is a rising star.

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BNP Paribas


Charterhouse Capital Partners

Chenavari / AREO II S.à r.l.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank




Keolis / RATP Dev.


Société Générale

Vinci Airports

Vinci Construction France

Compliance Tier 3

Dentons’s Aurélien Chardeau advises leading French and international companies on the setting up of anti-corruption programmes, and provides guidance on international sanctions issues. Chardeau recently led an international team of lawyers in establishing a compliance programme spanning more than 50 countries for a leading company. He also assists companies with the conduct of internal investigations.

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Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Dentons manages a well-balanced investment, commercial and enforcement arbitration caseload. The Paris team is involved in various matters, spanning tax, M&A, construction, renewable energy, and oil and gas-related issues. It is regularly handling cases in relation to Eastern Europe and various other parts of the world including Africa and the EU. The Paris practice is co-chaired by Jean-Christophe Honlet, who also sits as the firm's global head of arbitration, and Barton Legum, who leads the firm's global investment treaty arbitration practice. Anna Crevon is also involved.

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‘Dentons Paris has the ability, breadth of knowledge and resources to cater for all types of investment and commercial arbitration disputes. It staffs its cases intelligently and cost sensitively and has stand out advocates and great thinkers who are able to approach difficult issues from a variety of angles in order to find the best solution.’

‘The team is hard-working, very sophisticated and has great resources.

‘Jean Christophe-Honlet is extraordinarily knowledgeable in the investment and commercial arbitration field, is an exceptional thinker, has wonderful clarity of thought and has great bedside manner for delivering complex and difficult points in an understandable way.

‘Bart Legum is very sharp and knowledgeable on both commercial and public law issues.’

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Customs & Tax Consultancy

Future Pipe International


Government of Australia

Government of the People’s Republic of China

GPF GP Sarl (Luxembourg) (Griffin)

Misen Enterprises

Mr Viorel Micula

Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd


Silver Ridge Power

Employment Tier 3

Dentons has a strong 14-lawyer team which advises several leading companies, especially healthcare corporations, luxury hotels and banks. The firm recently assisted several clients with the election of their Social and Economic Committee and also dealt with site closure and reorganisation work. The practice also handles sensitive individual matters, such as advising on executive directors' departures and sexual harassment allegations. The practice is also involved in an important dispute regarding employment tax contributions. The Paris practice is co-headed by Julie Caussade and Frédérique Meslay-Caloni, while Katell Déniel-Allioux, also based in Paris, directs the firm's European practice.

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Insolvency Tier 3

Dentons advises debtors and creditors. Headed by Audrey Molina, the practice recently handled several restructuring and insolvency cases in the retail and distribution sector. The team also assisted Havas Voyages with its takeover of Thomas Cook France. Finally, the practice acts on several US-French and cross-border European matters.

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‘The firm shows great attention to detail and provides practical and easy to understand advice in a challenging environment.’

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Brand & Consumer Technologies




Wilmington Savings Fund Society

Insurance Tier 3


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The team offers expertise in a rare specialism: collective insurance and reinsurance. This field is extremely specialised and as such rare to find as it requires mastery of the national framework and, regarding reinsurance, mastery of negotiation techniques with the other party, often with an Anglo-Saxon background.’

Frédérique de La Chapelle has an in-depth understanding of insurance law and of the functioning of big insurance companies. She is systematically available and ultra-reactive, very familiar with the functioning of her clients and quickly understands their points of concern. Including her in the negotiation of important contracts allows the client to consider her a part of the in-house team, which is valuable to save time and understand what is required in the negotiation. She is also able to add the necessary international colleagues to a matter.’

Availability, motivation, expertise.

Real estate Tier 3

Dentons’ practice spans all aspects of real estate matters including investment, development, finance, asset management and leasing work. The practice has recently gained new international investors as clients and advised on a significant number of residential and office investment and sale-and-leaseback transactions. The practice is also sought after to help with large logistic asset development projects and transactions. In addition, major corporations and developers use the firm for asset management work, including litigation. Leading French, Anglo-Saxon, German and Middle-Eastern players are clients. Pascal Schmitz is in charge. Other key names are Véronique Lagarde and Maxime Simonnet. Finance partner Jean-Marc Allix is also noted.

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‘Maxime Simonnet is very business-oriented and knowledgeable in commercial leases.’

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Aventicum Real Estate

Cromwell Property Group


















Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4


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AAZ Productions le Matériel Biomédical

City of Nice


Nordea Bank Luxembourg


Van Heck Interpieces France

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4


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Strong and very capable team with multiple experienced lawyers. Offering great quality legal advice for good value.

Olivier Genevois – “a wise and mature legal and business counsel. He has a deep understanding of commercial aspects of transactions and is very skilled at selecting best legal solution for a given situation. Very balanced and mature approach to negotiations. It is always a pleasure to work with him on any deal.

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Arcole Industries





Dries Van Noten

Editions Lefebvre Sarrut



KLS Capital Partners



Mayr-Melnhof Karton



Piquadro S.p.A.


PSA Group


Société Générale


Rio Tinto



Tax Tier 4

Dentons handles domestic and cross-border tax matters. The practice regularly provides tax assistance to the firm's other departments in M&A, private equity and property transactions, often advising insurers on headline M&A transaction tax guarantees. It also advises on company restructuring. Clients include leading French and international corporations, insurers and private clients. In addition, the firm handles litigation and recently obtained a landmark victory before the French Supreme Court regarding intra-group restructuring issues. Sandra Hazan and Gianluca Calisti co-head the team, which also includes Jessie Gaston and of counsel Jérôme Le Berre.

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‘Dentons’ network is one of the most important in the world and very helpful regarding African countries. Dentons’ lawyers have a very interesting global vision of the tax system and specificity of France and African countries’

‘The team exceeds clients’ expectations. Lawyers show great innovation ability and perfect legal execution’

‘The team is able to adapt to its clients’ specific needs’

‘Sandra Hazan is a very good tax professional. She shows great commitment and provides irreproachable quality work. She undertakes great risk analysis assessments’

‘Jessie Gaston is very reactive and professional’

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Biotherm Energy

BNP Paribas REIM

Chateau La Coste / Maybourne Hotels Group

City Mall Group


Federation Internationale De L’Automobile

Groupe SFPI


Katara Hospitality

Laboratoire Thea

Natixis Group

Liberty Mutual

Pierson Capital

Phoenix Tower International



Quercus Investment Partners

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Tokio Marine HCC

EU, competition and distribution Tier 5


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‘The team always provides relevant advice and understand clients’ needs’.

‘Emmanuelle van den Broucke is always supporting clients in the best way. She understands clients’ needs very well and provides practical and helpful advice’.

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Emil Frey France


Groupe Maurin

Avis Location de Voitures




La Vigie – Maison Bouchard

Marietton Developpement


The firm: With 150 lawyers, including 46 partners, Dentons’ Paris office is among the leading law firms in France. The team supports clients across a wide range of fields, both locally and internationally, providing a truly personal working relationship. Dentons’ lawyers, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields, have a broad range of experience under French private and public law, covering all of the major spheres of finance and business law. They work closely with the firm’s other offices in order to deliver first-rate, effective advice to clients, and offer pragmatic answers, notably in cross-border transactions.

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which they live and work.

Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size.

Areas of practice: Dentons’ lawyers and professionals provide services in the following practice disciplines and industry sectors:

Banking and finance: Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions in the world’s leading financial centres. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.

Competition and antitrust: Dentons provides legal advice and judicial assistance in all aspects of national and EU competition law, consumer law, state aid, tender procedures and regulatory issues. Clients receive tailored, industry-focused advice on complex litigation, investigations by competition authorities, merger control, competition compliance, or commercial arrangements.

Corporate and M&A: Dentons provides clients with comprehensive legal advice on public and private M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance, private equity, disposals, corporate restructurings, and general commercial, antitrust and corporate governance issues.

Intellectual property: Dentons’ lawyers identify, protect and help commercialise IP in the most highly developed markets – and in jurisdictions where IP laws and enforcement are still evolving. They represent global corporations, academic and research institutions, inventors and artists, venture capital firms and others invested in patents, trademarks, copyrights and proprietary property.

Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration: Dentons’ highly reputable litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are particularly well known for helping clients resolve disputes in energy, construction and engineering, banking, restructuring and insolvency, life sciences and retail. The team is also highly experienced in EU trade disputes, investigations and international arbitration.

Energy: with one of the world’s leading energy practices, Dentons guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Its clients include oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities and large customers, new energy and old.

Real estate: Dentons’ real estate practice is the largest in the world. The firm advises real estate owners, investors and lenders on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions in today’s market.

Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: Dentons’ teams formulate strategies for trustees, bondholders, investors, traders, debtors, creditors and creditor committees around the world as they pursue claims for clients through negotiation and litigation.

Tax: with experience in worldwide jurisdictions, Dentons provides comprehensive tax advice to individuals, private companies, multinationals and other entities on tax planning, compliance, M&A structuring tax-advantaged investing, transfer pricing, disputes with tax authorities and more.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Insurance; Managing Partner France Séverine Hotellier +33 1 42 68 48 00
Banking and finance Jean-Marc Allix +33 1 42 68 48 00
Capital Markets Julien Bacus +33 1 42 68 48 00
Tax Jean-Luc Calisti +33 1 42 68 48 00
Employment Julie Caussade +33 1 42 68 48 00
Litigation and dispute resolution Aurélien Chardeau +33 1 42 68 48 00
International Arbitration Anna Crevon +33 1 42 68 48 00
Insurance Frédérique de la Chapelle +33 1 42 68 48 00
Employment Katell Déniel-Allioux +33 1 42 68 48 00
Infrastructure and PPP Marc Fornacciari +33 1 42 68 48 00
Tax Jessie Gaston +33 1 42 68 48 00
Corporate and M&A Olivier Genevois +33 1 42 68 48 00
Life sciences and healthcare Jean-Marc Grosperrin +33 1 42 68 48 00
Life sciences and healthcare Olivia Guéguen +33 1 42 68 48 00
Tax Sandra Hazan +33 1 42 68 48 00
Inernational Arbitration Jean-Christophe Honlet +33 1 42 68 48 00
Energy Leïla Hubeaut +33 1 42 68 48 00
Banking and finance Pascal Jouannic +33 1 42 68 48 00
Real Estate Véronique Lagarde +33 1 42 68 48 00
Life sciences and healthcare Julien Le Guyader +33 1 42 68 48 00
International Arbitration Bart Legum +33 1 42 68 48 00
Intellectual Property and technology Isabelle Leroux +33 1 42 68 48 00
Life sciences and healthcare Anne-Laure Marcerou +33 1 42 68 48 00
Intellectual property and technology David Masson +33 1 42 68 48 00
Banking and finance Philippe Max +33 1 42 68 48 00
Employment Frédérique Meslay-Caloni +33 1 42 68 48 00
Private Equity Guillaume Panuel +33 1 42 68 48 00
Life sciences and healthcare Pascale Poupelin +33 1 42 68 48 00
Intellectual Property and technology Marianne Schaffner +33 1 42 68 48 00
Real Estate Pascal Schmitz +33 1 42 68 48 00
Litigation and dispute resolution Christine Sévère +33 1 42 68 48 00
Real Estate Maxime Simonnet +33 1 42 68 48 00
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Nicolas Theys +33 1 42 68 48 00
EU Competition and distribution Emmanuelle van den Broucke +33 1 42 68 48 00
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 Anne-Laure Marcerou  photo Anne-Laure Marcerou Anne-Laure Marcerou assists international companies in the life sciences sector in their…
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 Frédérique Meslay Caloni  photo Frédérique Meslay Caloni Frédérique is partner and co-head of the Employment practice in Paris.
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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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.