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Dentons > The Legal 500 RankingsDentons houses one of the market’s most established practices. The firm shows high-level public procurement expertise. It regularly assists public local and other public sector entities, the state as well as sponsors with the awarding of large PPP and public procurement contracts. Recently, it has worked on the awarding of several landmark projects, including the construction of governmental facilities and projects in the railway and road sectors. The team is also solicited to advise on regulatory issues or new initiatives, such as the opening of regional railway lines in France and the implementation of new motorway tolls for heavy vehicles. Litigation is another strong area of expertise. Recently the practice handled a number of issues and negotiations related to public procurement and PPP projects affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The highly regarded Marc Fornacciari is in charge. 2021’s newly promoted partner Dorothée Griveaux is the other key name in the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Seine Estuaire
Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace (CEA)
Compagnie Des Alpes
French Ministry for the Ecological Transition
Paris Saclay University
Stade de Bordeaux (subsidiary of the Vinci Group)
- Advising the consortium composed of Meridiam and Immobilière 3F on the awarding process of the project launched by the French Ministry of Defence called ‘Cegelog’ project.
- Advising the French Transport Authority for the Paris Region (Ile-de-France Mobilités) on the awarding of two concession contracts concerning the operation of four new automatic metro lines of the ‘Grand Paris Express’.
- Advising the French Ministry for the Ecological Transition on the awarding process of the highway concession between Toulouse and Castres.
‘Jean-Marc Grosperrin and Romain Picard: listening, availability and irreproachable quality of the work delivered.’
KYOWA KIRIN PHARMA
TBR DENTAL GROUP
- Advising Groupe Lactalis on its $3.2bn acquisition by its US affiliate of certain Kraft Heinz’s dairy products businesses in the US, Canada and other countries.
- Acting as counsel for MicroPort and Chinese investment fund Zhejiang Silk Road and CS Group on their investment in French medtech Robocath.
- Assisting Laboratoires Théa and its corporate venture, Théa Open Innovation, with their licencing agreement with Nevakar, a US biotechnology company, for the commercialization of NVK-002 (atropine for the treatment of the progression of myopia in children) in Europe.
France > Insurance Tier 1Launched in 2017, the Dentons insurance group at the Paris office continues to be a market leader, advising top insurers, reinsurers, brokers, financial institutions and clients in the construction, transport and energy sectors involved in a diverse spectrum of complex, multi-jurisdictional claims. The team’s comprehensive service covers the distribution and review of insurance products, regulatory and transactional work, disputes related to industrial risks, claims and civil and administrative courts and non-contentious review of insurance programs. The team is led by experienced litigator Sévérine Hotellier, who specialises in high-stakes disputes, and Frédérique de La Chapelle, newly appointed (March 2021) head of the firm’s European insurance practice, who brings her expertise in advising insurers on internal and international regulatory issues to the table.
‘The Dentons team has been our partner for several years, we are very satisfied with our collaboration.’
‘We work with Sandra Hazan on the majority of our tax cases with Dentons. She is ultra-professional, her knowledge of the luxury sector allows us to benefit from benchmarks and other practices, her knowledge of authorities and trends is very important.’
Dries Van Noten
Grand Case Beach Club Hotel
Hotels Plaza Athénée, Westin, Méridien, Prince de Galles, Sheraton
Hume Street Consultants (Maybourne hotels)
Beaumier (Carte Postale Holdings SAS)
- Assisting real estate developer and luxury hotel group Maybourne Hotels with the investment structure over the emblematic hotel project overlooking Monaco, rebranded Maybourne Riviera.
- Advising Dedica Hotels, a new brand in luxury hotels, on the framework of the restructuration and renovation of a 5-star hotel in Nice.
- Acting as counsel to French designer Olivier Lapidus on the worldwide protection of his name as a trade mark.
‘Excellent expertise for cross-border transactions with many complex issues associated.’
‘Christophe Fichet has a top background and long experience in the field.’
- Advising Orange SA on the creation of Orange Concessions and the sale of a 50% equity share in the company to a consortium (transaction values Orange Concessions at €2.675bn).
Merial/Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health France
- Successfully represented ABC News in three cases related to copyright claims filed by three former employees against ABC News.
- Represented Groupe Lactalis in a summary action against one of its main competitors for the protection of the packaging of one of its products, obtaining an injunction to cease the commercialisation of the packaging at issue.
- Advised Michel Vivien on a series of copyright protection and enforcement matters in France and abroad.
Other key lawyers:
‘I’m very satisfied that Loïc Lemercier and his team have handled the matters with consummate professionalism and great care.’
‘Technical competence, availability, responsiveness.’
Merial/Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health France
MG Freesites Ltd, MindGreek
Mobility Trader Holding
Mr Puffs Franchises
Polaroid/PLR IP Holdings, LLC
- Defended MG Freesites Ltd and MindGreek in a legal action concerning alleged trade mark and copyright infringement before the Paris Court.
- Representing Schneider Electric Global in a trade mark infringement case against Euro-Négoce, for parallel importation of products of Schneider Electric trademark from outside of the EEA, without authorisation.
- Represented Merial (now Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health France) in an eight year trade mark case.
Jean-Marc Allix; Philippe Max
‘Rare and proven legal expertise in the fund financing market.’
‘Always available, competent, pragmatic, and very human which deserves to be underlined.’
‘Always available and attentive, excellent work and very good execution, they always find solutions to structural and other issues.’
‘Dentons always manages to deliver when necessary. Their legal advice allows us to progress and approach a problem from different angles, which is an asset for our team.’
‘A serious and competent team.’
‘The banking and finance practice at Dentons Paris, in particular its team in charge of fund financing, demonstrates great professionalism and cutting-edge expertise. It stands out thanks to its great experience and knowledge of financing operations, its connection with a large number of market players (investment funds), its availability and its commitment.’
‘The whole team showed great commitment to complete our projects on time. Able to answer our specific questions and provide us with the necessary legal information to guide us in our decision-making.’
Agence Française de Développement
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation
Compagnie des Alpes
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Kasada Capital Management
KSL Capital Partners
- Advised Kasada Capital Management on the financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of 1602 hotel rooms in Sub-Saharan Africa from AccorInvest.
- Advised longstanding client Faurecia on its inaugural green bond issue and its first private placement.
- Acted for a consortium composed of Compagnie des Alpes-Domaines Skiables, Autoroutes et Tunnel du Mont Blanc, Crédit Agricole des Savoie and POMA in relation to the award of a concession for the construction and operation of a new cable car named Funiflaine.
Other key lawyers:
‘Cutting-edge expertise, advice combining strategy, legal technique and pragmatism. Very good pedagogy skills and excellent preparation for hearings.’
‘Great communication and case management skills. All the team members were very diligent, hardworking and smart. They always look for cost- and time-efficient solutions.’
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Gran Colombia Gold
Kout Food Group (KFG)
Misen Enterprises AB
Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd.
Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)
Techint Compagnia Tecnica Internazionale SpA
- Co-counsel to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in an ICSID proceeding initiated by ConocoPhillips concerning the alleged expropriation of its assets.
- Representing Misen in proceedings against the government of Ukraine regarding a gas royalty dispute.
- Represented Rio Tinto Alcan and Rio Tinto France in a $150m post-M&A arbitration against the Liberty House group regarding the acquisition by Liberty from Rio Tinto of the largest aluminium smelter in Europe, located in Dunkerque, France.
France > Employment Tier 3Dentons‘ sizeable team is particularly active for leading companies in the hotel, healthcare, luxury goods and banking sectors, but the overall client base also features companies from a broad range of other industries. The team handles complex issues, such as assisting with the management of strikes, site closure and covid-19 related situations. It regularly appears before courts, notably managing several mass litigation proceedings connected with M&A transactions and bankruptcy situations. The employment aspects of M&A transactions are also handled in an advisory role, as is the management of sensitive individual files. The Paris practice is co-headed by Julie Caussade, Frédérique Meslay Caloni and Katell Déniel-Allioux who is also in charge of the firm’s global employment law practice. Of counsel Nathaly Blin is another key contact.
Katell Déniel-Allioux; Julie Caussade; Frédérique Meslay-Caloni
‘Frédérique Meslay-Caloni is a very good labour law lawyer, pragmatic and empathetic in the management of complex cases, particularly concerning senior executives.’
‘The team I work with is very familiar with our industry and the particularities of our company. They are also creative experts who support us in certain decision-making processes while limiting our risks.’
‘I consider the team we work with as real partners. Frédérique Meslay-Caloni and the associates are available, quick and we have succeeded in establishing a relationship based on sincerity and trust.’
‘The team is very available. The advice is precise and effective.’
Hotel Plaza Athénée
- Advising Cerdia on its acquisition/restructuration, which included assisting them with the closure of an activity in South of France.
- Representing the hotels Plaza Athénée, Westin, Méridien, Prince de Galles and Sheraton on a collective, complex and technical litigation initiated by a professional body in charge of collecting the contributions for the financing of the professional training program.
Marc Fornacciari; Nicholas Georges
‘A very useful ability to coordinate cross-border teams.’
European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)
Gran Colombia Gold
Ministry for the Ecological Transition
Misen Enterprises AB
Petróleos de Venezuela
- Advising EOLFI on the implementation of a €250m offshore floating wind farm project off the coast of Brittany (Groix & Belle-Ile).
- Representing Misen Enterprises AB on an $500m ICSID claim against the Government of Ukraine over a gas royalty hike that led to the collapse of a joint venture – after settling a related SCC case.
- Representing Noveo Finance and the French company Eco Delta in the negotiation of hedging transactions and hedging agreements in relation to the financing of the Hauts de Lune wind farm located in France.
‘Loïc Lemercier and his team demonstrate responsiveness and present a realistic vision of the outcome of a patent case both in counsel and in litigation.’
‘Loïc and his team work closely with the best lawyers in the market to deal with the technical aspects of patent litigation. This teamwork allows them to be reactive and show great creativity.’
‘Loïc is intelligent, attentive, and extremely responsive.’
CNRS and INSERM
Al.Chi.Mia. S.R.L. and Ophta France
Université de Rennes / Rennes University
- Represented CNRS in a patent litigation covering a wideband compact volume loop antenna.
- Represented Al.Chi.Mia. and Ophta France in a patent litigation dispute before the Paris Court, claiming that the manufacture and marketing of Alchimia’s products and devices of ophthalmic gas injection sets infringe Arcadophta’s patent.
- Represented Goliath France in a patent litigation dispute brought by Robotswim and Mr. Tiraby before the Paris Court.
‘Dentons is a firm that is truly able to think outside the box, work under pressure and thrive within an ever changing environment. They help us stay always a step ahead of our competitors and give us a privileged analysis of the latest market trends.’
‘We rely on Guillaume Panuel for the PE business on a permanent basis. He is business-oriented, client-friendly and regulatory-conscious, responding instantly and creatively.’
Amundi Private Equity Funds
BEX Capital SARL
BNP Paribas Capital Partners
CA Indosuez (Switzerland) SA
Equitis Gestion SAS
Eurazeo Investment Manager
Five Arrows Managers
ODDO BHF Private Equity
Quilvest Capital Partners
Swen Capital Partners
White Star Capital General Partner Limited
- Advised Vivalto Partners on the structuring and the first closing of its fund Vivalto Capital Investors I.
- Advised BNP Paribas Capital Partners on the launch and first close of BNP Paribas Singularity Fund I, with commitments totalling €80 million.
- Advised Omnes Capital on the raising and the final closing of their fund Omnes Real Tech FPCI, which raised commitments for a total amount of €130 million.
France > Private equity: LBO Tier 3
Other key lawyers:
Guillaume Kessler; Olivier Genevois; Pierre-Marie Gallo
‘Dentons has always been able to provide us with high-quality assistance in our acquisition or disposal projects. The fees are correctly calibrated to the size of the cases.’
‘Partners are always involved in the cases.’
‘Olivier Genevois is always available.’
‘Varied team with in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector. Very advanced in all PE practices in this sector.’
‘Pierre-Marie Gallo is always available and precise. Olivia Guéguen perfectly handles complex projects.’
Alpha Private Equity
KSL Capital Partners
Neo Investment Partners
- Advised Alpha Private Equity on the sale of Vertbaudet to Equistone Partners Europe.
- Assisted Group Up with the merger of its subsidiary Cityzen with Medisys.
- Acted for Gilde Healthcare on the €23m Volta Medical Series A fund raising.
Amadeus Capital Partners
Benhamou Global Venture
Bpifrance Large Venture
Mitsui & CO, LTD
Quicksign and Panorabanque
Target Global Early Stage Fund II LP
You and Mr. Jones
- Advised BGV IV L.P. on its €7.6m Series A1 fundraising by Zelros.
- Advised Piano Software on the acquisition of French company AT Internet, a specialist in internet audience measurement.
- Advised Amadeus Capital Partners and BG on the €4m Series B fundraising by Cryptosense.
France > Project finance Tier 3Dentons
Marc Fornacciari; Jean-Marc Allix
Other key lawyers:
Agence française de développement (AFD)
Autoroute et Tunnel du Mont-Blanc (ATMB)
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Seine Estuaire
Compagnie des Alpes
French Ministry for the Ecological Transition
- Advising the consortium composed of Meridiam and Immobilière 3F during the award process for the concession (project launched by the French Ministry of Defence (‘Cegelog’ project).
- Advising the consortium composed of Compagnie des Alpes, POMA, Autoroute et Tunnel du Mont-Blanc and Crédit Agricole de Savoie in relation to the concession for the construction and operation of a new funicular in the Alps called ‘FUNIFLAINE’.
- Advising a consortium controlled by Egis and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations in relation to the award of the concession of the Tahiti Faa’s airport in French Polynesia.
France > Real estate Tier 3Working closely with the tax, banking, and finance team, Dentons‘ real estate practice provides cross-practice advice on a wide range of real estate matters. As competent litigators, the team is representing Indigo Park in a major dispute against their landlord related to the early termination of a car park lease due to a breach of terms. Pascal Schmitz is the head of the real estate practice in the Paris office and in Europe, leading a strong team of lawyers, including Maxime Simonnet and Véronique Lagarde.
‘Maxime Simmonet is very accessible and concrete in his approach.’
‘Maxime Simonnet has great knowledge in real estate law both on contractual and litigation matters. I would especially mention his full availability and direct involvement in all cases handled by his team.’
‘Véronique Lagarde demonstrates great negotiating power in the defense of her client’s interests.’
‘Excellent multicultural organisation, perfect mastery of time and challenges, real client service. Amélie de Baudry d’Asson is an excellent associate of Véronique Lagarde who answers and advises with a lot of talent.’
Hume Street Consultants (Maybourne Hotels)
LRC Goup – River Ouest
Lux MAM (Marathon Asset Management)
- Advising Lighthouse Capital on the acquisition of four shopping centers from Wereldhave located in Rouen, Le Havre and Strasbourg for €305m.
- Assisting AIG with negotiating its lease of approx. 4,000 sqm in the CBX building (former Dexia Tower) in the heart of La Défense.
- Representing Indigo Park in a major litigation against their landlord related to an early termination for breach of a lease of a car park in the center of Paris (Gaité).
France > Insolvency Tier 4Headed by Audrey Molina, Dentons' practice regularly assists debtors, while also advising shareholders and some other creditors. The team has been involved in several matters pertaining to significant companies in the retail and industrial sectors. It is also involved in insolvency and restructuring cases concerning smaller companies, notably in the hospitality and home furniture areas. The practice also handles litigation and assists investors with asset takeover offers.
‘Responsiveness and competence.’
‘Personalised approach, attention to detail and great follow-up.’
‘Very available team that provides sound advice to support companies in times of difficulty and who has remarkable influence on legal proceedings to help clients.’
‘The team is very professional, very involved in negotiations, and gets to the bottom of things.’
ELROND NPL 2017, SRL
Publications International Limited
- Advised Adova on its safeguard proceedings.
- Advised Lacelier on its safeguard proceedings.
- Advised Dalloyau on its safeguard proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Pascal Chadenet; Catherine Joffroy; Ralf Nitschke; Pirouzan Parvine
‘Catherine Joffroy is an excellent lawyer, very responsive, business-oriented and very attentive to her clients.’
‘The practice is unique insofar as, in particular, the sense of listening is exceptional. This makes it possible to apprehend and understand the problems always in a relevant, efficient and sometimes creative way. The dematerialisation of processes and invoices are innovative and appreciated measures.’
‘Jean-Marc Grosperrin is a committed, precise and rigorous person. Available and straightforward, he is an excellent professional in his field. His technique and practice in M&A are impeccable.’
‘Competent, fast, reliable and persistent.’
‘The team is extremely competent, proactive, resolves all problems, has specialists in all subjects. A pleasure to work with them.’
‘A very useful ability to coordinate cross-border teams.’
‘Catherine Joffroy has the energy, the taste and the availability to effectively assist her clients.’
C. Mertz Conseils
Dries Van Noten
Editions Lefebvre Sarrut
KSL Capital Partners
The Hain Celestial Group Inc
- Advising KSL Capital Partners on the acquisition from the Loubet family of two hotel resorts, consisting of hotels and guest houses, in Lourmarin and Bonnieux as well as restaurants, including a 2-star Michelin restaurant, by way of company purchase, business and premises.
- Advised Geodis, a global transportation and logistics specialist, on its acquisition of Peakaes from Innova Capital.
- Advising Marietton Développement (Havas Voyages) on the acquisition of 100% stake in Le Monde à la Carte (Austral Lagons).
France > Tax Tier 4Dentons provides a broad range of expertise, covering transactional M&A and real estate tax, as well as handling litigation and transfer pricing issues. The team runs a strong stand-alone practice for companies and investment funds, with a good presence in the biomedical industry.Recent work includes advising a French laboratory on the signing up of a licensing deal with a US laboratory. The practice was also retained to handle some aspects of the landmark Veolia-Suez transaction. Key members of the team include practice head Gianluca Calisti, Sandra Hazan, of counsel Jérôme Le Berre and Julien Le Guyader. Jessie Gaston left the firm in July 2021.
‘Strong level of listening and taking into account the specificity of our file. Strong creativity in the solutions proposed in strict compliance with the rules, excellent commitment of the team.’
‘Sandra Hazan provides good listening, commitment, availability, efficiency.’
‘High level of competence and expertise.’
‘Responsive, always ‘on track’, very professional.’
‘Very competent team on international tax issues, available and attentive. Knows how to adapt to its interlocutor. Experienced relationship with the tax authorities.’
‘I especially know Sandra Hazan; she is a very competent person with whom it is very pleasant to work because she is available and has a lot of experience in different situations. Extensive experience in the luxury sector.’
‘Very involved, very persistent and with great tax knowledge.’
‘Professional, persistent, integrated and attentive, thinks for the client.’
Veolia Environnement SA
Maybourne Hotels Group
- Providing tax advice to Veolia in relation to its takeover of major competitor water and waste French group SUEZ.
- Assisting the ITM group with all its tax dispute matters.
- Assisting Mousse Partners private Equity Fund with the tax structuring of a €150m co-investment with Blackstone in a pan-European real estate investment vehicle.
‘Professional support by the same team for years, knowing our company best!’
‘Customised approach. Clear in wording; understanding our business very well.’
‘Always quick and reliable feedback.’
‘Emmanuelle van den Broucke – great technical and legal knowledge – responsive – strong commercial acumen – approachable and friendly.’
Bouchard Père & Fils
GOJO (Purell Group-USA)
Lima, Natuurvoedingsbedrijf B.V.
- Assisting Septodont with all antitrust aspects of the acquisition by Septodont of dental care products from Sanofi.
Dentons > Firm Profile
The firm: With 120+ lawyers, including 36 partners, Dentons’ Paris office is among the leading law firms in France. We support clients across a wide range of fields, both locally and internationally, providing a truly personal working relationship. Dentons’ lawyers, considered among the leading specialists in their respective fields, have a broad range of experience under French law, covering all of the major areas of business and finance 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.
The capabilities are reinforced by the multicultural dimension of Dentons’ Paris office which brings together lawyers admitted to the Paris Bar as well as foreign Bars, including Argentina, Australia, England & Wales, Germany, Poland, Spain, the US and Venezuela. The lawyers all speak French and English fluently. Additional working languages in the office include Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Turkish.
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Areas of practice: Dentons’ Paris office is organized alongside practice or industrial sector groups, each corresponding to a specific area of business law. The synergy between the various practice groups enables the lawyers to offer tailored services to the clients across all the practices and industry sectors where they advise:
Banking and finance: Dentons is known for the complexity and variety of matters it works on, including several high-end mandates. Our team has experience in all areas of banking and finance law, and in particular corporate and acquisition finance, funds financing work on high-end deals advising both lenders and borrowers, commodities and renewable energy finance, project, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and infrastructure finance, real estate finance, structured finance, debt restructuring, banking and finance regulation and litigation. We advise banking and financial institutions, investment funds, sponsors, and more generally, industrial and commercial groups.
Capital markets: Dentons advises arrangers, originators, FCT (mutual debt funds knows as “Fonds Commun de Titrisation”) management companies, FCT Custodians and rating agencies on securitization transactions involving a wide variety of asset classes (trade receivables, Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS), Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security (CMBS), auto loans/leases and dealers floor plans). We also advise factoring companies regarding large cross-border off-balance sheet factoring transactions.
Competition, antitrust and distribution: Dentons provides support on competition law and offers our clients close liaison with the EU institutions and services under national competition laws. We advise on all areas of French and European competition law, including merger controls, complex cartel investigations, abuse of dominance investigations, state aid, public procurement, counseling and related litigation. We also help understand the complex regulations surrounding distribution of goods and services in Europe.
Corporate and M&A: Dentons covers a full range of domestic and international business transactions in the private and public markets, including related corporate restructurings and financing and also advises on general corporate and commercial law issues. We have particular experience in organizing and coordinating substantial, multi-jurisdictional transactions, including large-scale due diligence investigations, from the United State to Europe, throughout Asia Pacific, Canada to Africa, the Middle East and beyond.
Employment: Dentons advises both domestic and international clients from a wide range of sectors on employment law and social protection. We bring a transversal expertise in contractual/commercial law, with a complete service regarding issues combining both aspects. In addition, we handle individual and collective disputes before any type of jurisdiction for classical labour issues but also sensitive cases of harassment, discrimination, or social security issues as occupational diseases, accidents at work, URSSAF inspections, or contractual/commercial disputes including sudden termination of commercial contracts, contractual liabilities, unfair competition, etc.
Insurance: Dentons specializes in all areas of insurance and reinsurance law, including claim management, conditions for the practice for insurance in France and abroad, coverage analysis, distribution of insurance products, D&Os, industrial risks, licensing and portfolio transfer, negotiation and drafting of partnership agreements, regulatory, review and drafting of insurance policies, review of insurance products and distribution schemes, transactional insurance. We also assist our clients in pre-contentious or contentious issues before judicial, commercial or administrative courts, institutional or ad hoc arbitral tribunals in the context of major claims in France or abroad.
International arbitration: Dentons handles major matters throughout the world, particularly in Russia, the CEE region, Africa, Asia and Oceania (including for the Chinese and Australian governments in particular). It is known for arbitrating with States (for or against States) before the most important international arbitration institutions and for many “firsts”. We have a long and proven track record of winning substantial awards for our clients, including some of the largest awards ever made, and achieving similar defence wins and beneficial settlements.
Intellectual property and technologies: Dentons manages all IP matters in a wide array of sectors, including life sciences, luxury, telecommunications, food and beverage, transportation, internet and technology. We are able to address complex legal questions tailored to clients’ business needs – from protecting IP rights to advising on data security issues, technology licensing and sourcing strategies. Our lawyers specialize in both IP litigation and advisory, including trademarks, copyright, patents, designs, SPCs, FRAND license disputes, trade secrets, etc. They offer both French and EU capabilities.
Life sciences: Dentons assists clients in resolving global, local and industry-specific life sciences and healthcare related issues. We represent a wide range of companies, including pharmaceutical and biotech companies, players in the medical devices, food ingredients, biocides and cosmetic industries, healthcare groups, service providers, biology labs, medical research institutes and foundations, academic research centers, etc. We take a multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional approach providing our clients a “one-stop, full-service” capability.
Litigation and dispute resolution: Dentons handles cases with a multi-disciplinary and cross-practice group of litigators focused on distribution, banking, corporate, contract and tort litigation/product liability, criminal law and white-collar crime, life sciences, general commercial, insolvency and restructuring, insurance, IP, employment, real estate, etc. We have a proven track record representing clients from a wide array of industries before the French courts. We also frequently act in complex disputes involving various jurisdictions and legal systems.
Private equity: Dentons has a strong track record in terms of equity bridge financing and LBO financing, which allows to provide a full package including tax structuring and financing. We also have strong venture technology capabilities as our lawyers provide sector-specific insights for biotech, Dotcoms, IT and FinTech clients. In addition, we have significant experience in the creation, financing and operation of funds, and we provide investment funds with ongoing corporate assistance for transactional, governance and regulatory issues.
Public law: Dentons assists public sector bodies as well as investors or lenders and is involved in all areas of public and regulatory law, both in advisory and litigation. We advise on complex contractual schemes: public private partnerships (PPP) and concessions covering a vast array of sectors; infrastructure and transportation sector; energy; and regulatory work.
Real estate: Dentons assists both private and public players in real estate investment transactions, lease negotiations, construction, development, planning, environmental law, real estate development projects (greenfield and brownfield), real estate finance, asset and property management, litigation, tax, fund structuring, hospitality and leisure. We are regularly called upon both by private and public players (large user companies, investment funds, public, administrative or industrial and commercial establishments, public companies, etc.) in the most complex real estate transactions.
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: Dentons assists in contentious and non-contentious matters related to the economic recession and to difficulties faced at the French and international level within and beyond insolvency procedures. Our areas of expertise include restructuring of companies, groups or investment funds, management of under-performing shareholders or LBOs, debt restructuring, setting up and implementation of securities and guarantees, acquisition or disposal of assets, companies and/or receivables, back-up or recovery plans, amicable or judicial liquidation of companies, assistance in prevention (ad hoc mandate, conciliation, CIRI).
Tax: Dentons covers the full spectrum of areas of expertise by handling matters in association with banks, consulting companies, statutory auditors, insurance and welfare companies, and finance, investment companies. We advise on LBOs, MBOs and transaction tax, real estate taxation, transfer pricing documentation and controversy, banking and finance taxation, employee benefits and pension funds, trust and estate planning, individual taxation, charities and non-profit taxation, and W&I insurance and contingent tax insurance policies. In addition, we have developed a strong track record in tax disputes, with major successes before the French jurisdictions and the European Court of Justice.
TMT: Dentons advises on complex national and international issues relating to electronic communications networks and infrastructures (active/passive), IT and information systems, technology, satellite and space, data, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, blockchain and all compliance issues linked to their activities, including anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and terrorism financing policies. We advise governments, regulation authorities as well as major clients in a wide array of industries, in particular telecommunications, banking, finance, investment funds, health and life sciences, distribution, automotive and transportation.
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18th 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
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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 DentonsDentons 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 DentonsDentons 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 HentrichAbout DentonsDentons 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 DentonsDentons 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 EnergySev.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 DentonsDentons 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 InsolvencyAbout DentonsDentons 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
Legal Developments1st December 2022 The digital assets wave has swept across South-East Asia (SEA). From Axie Infinity (a popular play-to-earn blockchain game) in the Philippines to Cambodia’s Project Bakong (a central bank digital currency), the adoption of digital assets in SEA has been rapid. Digital assets investments in SEA is expected to further increase. This demand for digital assets will likely cut across all wealth and demographic sectors.
1st December 2022 The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) approved on 30 June 2022 a draft convention (the Draft Convention) on the effects of judicial sales. The Draft Convention will now be put to the United Nations General Assembly to consider signature. The Draft Convention originated from a long-standing project of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) commenced in 2007 and eventually known as the ‘Beijing Draft’  which was adopted by the CMI in its 2014 Hamburg Conference. In 2018, the Draft Convention was accepted by UNCITRAL into its work programme.
1st December 2022 Carbon transactions are a multi-fold process encompassing in them offsets strategy, credit generation and purchase, monitoring and verifying credits, project finance, retirement of credits, and reporting. Carbon transactions include carbon trade which is the buying and selling of credits that permits a company or other entity to offset their greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions by investing in carbon sequestration projects, renewable energy projects or buying credits off an exchange/platform. One tradable carbon credit equals one tonne of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent amount of a different greenhouse gas reduced, sequestered or avoided. Carbon markets are trading systems in which carbon credits are sold and bought.
1st December 2022 In his opening remarks at the SICC INSOL seminar on debt restructuring in the Asia-Pacific held on 22 September 2022, Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong SC cited the court sanctioned schemes of arrangement of Singapore-listed Pacific Radiance group as an example of the Singapore insolvency framework facilitating successful outcomes. He mentioned that these schemes tied in with a wider consensual restructuring negotiated earlier this year. This consensual restructuring recently completed with the resumption of trading of the securities of Pacific Radiance Ltd (Pacific Radiance) on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) on 26 September 2022. It was the culmination of close to five years of restructuring efforts by Pacific Radiance, in which Dentons Rodyk played a key role as its legal counsel.
1st December 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are a growing concern for investors, consumers, governments and other stakeholders.
1st December 2022 The Dentons Rodyk Dialogue 2022, the sixth of its series, is co-organised by Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP and the Singapore Management University (SMU) under the auspices of the SMU Yong Pung How School of Law’s Centre for Commercial Law in Asia. This year marks the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that we were able to host a full in-person audience of more than 200 attendees, with many more live viewers tuning in virtually from more than a dozen different countries. This year’s Dialogue focused on maximising the commercial opportunities and profound societal benefits brought about by digitalisation, while effectively minimizing the often unforeseen and inadvertent risks and consequences digitalisation has on society and the environment.
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