Firm Profile > Dentons > Paris, France

75008 PARIS

France > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Headed by the highly regarded Marc Fornacciari, Dentons’ four-lawyer team offers leading public procurement expertise. The practice is frequently retained by governmental, municipal and other public sector entities to assist with the structuring and launch of tender offers concerning large infrastructure projects and public procurement contracts in the transport sector. The practice recently worked on two new major motorway projects and is also advising on the awarding of the operation of Grand Paris’ new metro lines. Major sponsors from the defence and school sectors entrust the team with strategic project matters. Finally, clients also turn to the firm to deal with highly sensitive contract execution and performance issues as well as for renewable energy projects in France. The practice also handles some work abroad. Counsel Dorothée Griveaux is also recommended.

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Precision, dedication and keeping deadlines.’

‘Dentons is particularly relevant in its analyses, which it is able to carry out in depth. It allows its clients to make informed decisions and to best defend its interests.’

‘Marc Fornacciari is strongly involved with his clients and is able to carry out very detailed analyses which allow the best decision to be taken. Dorothée Griveaux, who works alongside him, has a strong capacity for work and for in-depth analysis. She knows how to find unexplored, but robust paths to effectively meet the specific expectations of her clients.’

‘Dentons’ administrative and public law practice is unique due to their deep knowledge of this type of specialised contract together with their strong understanding of how issues can be handled taking into account public and private interests and practices. They have a strong capability in advising on a tender process and on what can be negotiated with the public sector entity’.

‘Marc Fornacciari is very smart, imaginative, very experimented and implicated in his deals.  He knows the public sector environment very well (its reflexes & its constraints) and has also a strong network among civil servants, which can be very useful in order to be able to convince or make them aware of any complex issue’.

‘Dorothée Grivaux is very experienced in this niche market, very available and efficient to execute deals’.

Key clients


RATP Dév. + Keolis





Moroccan Airports Authority (Office National Des Aéroports, ONDA)


BMR Energy Ldt

Ile-de-France Mobilités



Haut-Rhin Conseil Départemental

Ministry for the Ecological Transition

Direction départementale des territoires du Rhône

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Dentons is particularly sought after for transactional work in the life sciences sector, where its highly regarded M&A group is retained by leading industry players, typically advising blue-chip industrial clients and investment funds on large-cap transformational deals. Corporate partners and practice co-heads Anne-Laure Marcerou and Jean-Marc Grosperrin are the key contacts, and Grosperrin also jointly leads the firm's global life sciences group. On the regulatory side, the team is well versed in working with the French healthcare authorities. Senior counsel Pascale Poupelin is highly regarded for drug market access matters. Focusing on tax, regulatory and market access issues, co-head Julien Le Guyader is another name to note.

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Well integrated on the M&A side. They understand the complex nature of the work.

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France > Insurance Tier 1

Under the lead of practice heads Séverine Hotellier and Frédérique de La Chapelle, Dentons has established itself as one of France's leading insurance and reinsurance practices. The team assists with the full range of insurance-related matters in litigation, regulatory work and transactions, ranging from distribution matters to policy review and drafting, claims management to industrial risks. The transport, energy and construction sectors are particularly active sectors for the group. Thanks to the firm's own international network, the practice is very well suited to complex cross-border work, with the firm's Direct Technology platform providing the necessary technological hub to ensure comprehensive and smooth service across jurisdictions. In Paris, the cross-practice offering, especially the availability of tax and corporate teams, is another asset.

France > Derivatives and structured finance Tier 2

The team at Dentons assists with derivatives and structured finance transactions, with the derivatives practice and securitisation matters forming the heart of the practice. The restructuring of corporates’ derivatives operations and risk management netting are particular areas of strength but the group acts on a wide range of transactions, including OTC derivatives. On the securitisation side, the practice demonstrates expertise in a large number of asset classes, including trade receivables, residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities, auto loans and dealer floor plans. Thanks to the firm’s sizeable international footprint, the Paris team is able to advise on intended changes of regulatory frameworks for derivatives in emerging markets, such as those of Egypt and Kazakhstan. Fromer practice head Julien Bacus and counsel Charles Tissier left the practice after publication of the guide.


‘Expertise, availability and pragmatism.’

Very few players in France specialising in derivatives. Dentons is one of three specialists in France.’

‘Very responsive and diligent; – good knowledge of restructuring aspects; – team spirit and collaboration, including between several firms.’

Key clients

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

Groupe Casino

Vinci Airports

Crédit Mutuel Factoring





Société Générale


Caisse des dépôts et consignations

France > Employment Tier 2

Dentons’ Parisian team provided strong support to clients during France’s first Covid-19 lockdown. It notably assisted leading companies from the retail, hotel and aviation industries with the implementation of various new regulations and measures, such as temporary shutdowns and governmental inspections. Recently, the team also handled a high amount of restructuring and collective redundancies projects in a number of sectors, including the management of related collective litigation. The stand-alone practice also provides the full range of advice on collective and individual issues, such as assisting with contract status qualification issues. It also assists the corporate department with M&A transactions. Julie Caussade and Frédérique Meslay-Caloni are in charge of the Paris team, while Katell Déniel-Allioux supervises the firm’s European practice.

Key clients


Alight Solutions LLC

Blackstone Group


Tokio Marine

France > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2

Dentons  is particularly active in the hotel sector, counting several 4- and 5-star establishments among its clients. The department typically undertakes restructurings and reorganisations, facilitated by the firm's global full-service offering, with experts in M&A, employment, tax and real estate often forming cross-practice groups for clients. On the IP side, the team is retained by several luxury brands, often advising on distribution law matters. The Paris team is jointly led by IP specialists David Masson and Sandra Hazan. Hazan also notably founded the luxury goods think tank Cercle du Luxe. François Chateau represents several French and European companies from New York.


The practice has a good understanding of the historical context of its clients as a result of its long term partnerships.

Key clients

Dries Van Noten


Ricardo Tisci

Raf Simons

Hume Street Consultants (Maybourne hotels)

Grand Case Beach Club Hotel

Dedica Hotels

France > Industry focus: Telecoms  Tier 2

The arrival of Christophe Fichet as head of the TMT group from Simmons & Simmons in October 2019 has given Dentons a strong presence in Africa and the Middle East, with Fichet's work including assisting the World Bank on the pan-African review study of the regulatory frameworks for networks, data and ex-ante/ex-post regulation in 27 countries.  The wider team is retained by a diverse range of telecoms clients, where it is sought after to advise on regulatory, corporate and transactional matters.

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I am very satisfied with the services offered.

I appreciate their involvement, the very good knowledge of the field, the loyalty of the positions taken, including when it comes to contradicting our positions, the seriousness of the analysis, the relevance and the skill of the services provided.

Key clients


The World Bank

MTN Uganda

France > Project finance Tier 2

Dentons is involved in several of France's largest infrastructure projects, with a particularly busy caseload of work for public sector entities on landmark rail and transport projects. In addition, the 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. Of counsel Dorothée Griveaux, a public law expert, is also noted. In June 2020, Nicholas George joined the team from Orrick Rambaud Martel. Leïla Hubeaut left for August Debouzy in January 2021.

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Marc Fornacciari; Jean-Marc Allix

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‘Relevant analyses which allow clients to make informed decisions, and to put all the assets on their side.’

‘Marc Fornacciari is strongly involved with his clients, and is able to carry out very detailed analyses which allow good decision making. Dorothée Griveaux has a strong capacity for work and in-depth analysis. She knows how to seek out and find unexplored, but robust paths to effectively meet the specific expectations of her clients.’

Key clients

RATP Dév. + Keolis



Vinci Group

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)


BMR Energy Ldt


France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

The team at Dentons is well known for its involvement in project finance, particularly in relation to PPP financing mandates. The practice is equally adept in the fund finance space, where it advises both lenders and borrowers, typically on mid-cap and large-cap transactions.  Acquisition finance, refinancing, securitisation and real estate finance are further key work streams with a significant number of matters having a cross-border element involving Europe and the US. Jean-Marc Allix is specialised in project finance and PPP work and Philippe Max is a name to note for structured, acquisition and funds finance.

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‘One of the top firms acting for banks in fund finance transactions in France. Well reputed team, and top-3 in local market.

The team is well versed in market trends, and is well known for their quality of legal work and advice. A particular point to highlight is the partner’s involvement at all stages of a transaction, and availability to clarify matters for the bank.

Pragmatic team that understands well the risks we want to cover.

Key clients

BNP Paribas


Charterhouse Capital Partners

Chenavari / AREO II S.à r.l.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Essling Capital


Groupe Rocher

Keolis / RATP Dev.

LRC Group

Maisons de Famille


Société Générale

Sparring Capital



France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Dentons’ Paris team manages a varied caseload, spanning commercial and investment disputes initiated before various courts such as the ICC, SCC and ICSID. The team, which often acts alongside the firm’s other international offices, notably deals with matters pertaining to oil and gas, renewables, M&A, construction and commercial issues. With its wide geographical reach, the practice acts for major French and international companies in proceedings in Europe (Poland, Italy, Romania), Africa (Egypt, Libya and Guinea) and the Americas. Jean-Christophe Honlet and Barton Legum co-head the practice, which also includes Anna Crevon .

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‘In-depth knowledge of international dispute resolution, attention to detail and a multilingual staff. ’

‘Jean-Christophe Honlet is an engaging, friendly, yet extremely professional lawyer. His ability to grasp complex issues and devise strategies to promote a case is exceptional. ’

‘Jean-Christophe Honlet and Barton Legum are remarkable practitioners, including in investment arbitration. Jean-Christophe Honlet in particular is an outstanding litigator and tactician.’

‘Dentons (Paris) team is amazing; very professional, intelligent and diligent. The team, as supervised by Barton Legum and Anna Crevon, has always presented work products of the highest standards and quality. We are exceptionally grateful for all the efforts, recommendations and work of the team.’

‘We most appreciate the business-oriented solutions that the team provides. Barton Legum is exceptionally intelligent and insightful. He understands the energy business very well and always recommends forward-looking solutions. Anna Crevon is exceptionally intelligent. Her biggest strength is an ability to work with different cultures in international business.’

‘Exceptionally strong in international arbitration and in sovereign practice.’

‘Barton Legum provides a strong intellectual approach and has exceptional persuasive skills. Anna Crevon is exceptional in international law and arbitration. Jean-Christophe Honlet is fantastic on commercial arbitration.’

Key clients


Customs & Tax Consultancy

Future Pipe International


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

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Ramin Hariri

Other key lawyers:

Marc Fornacciari

Key clients


Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)


RATP Dév. + Keolis



NeoT Capital

ALSF and the Government of Congo Brazzaville

Total SA


Schuepbach Energy

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 3

The Dentons team is particularly well suited to multi-jurisdictional disputes. Former Clifford Chance counsel Loïc Lemercier took over as practice head from David Masson, who left for an in-house position at the end of February 2021, and is now the key name in the practice alongside senior counsel Isabelle Leroux, a seasoned trade mark expert and litigator. The duo's sector range includes the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, automotive, fashion, electronics and publishing sectors, with the client list consisting of major French and international companies, but also of small companies and inventors. As the firm has grown its European capabilities since 2018, the Paris practice has gained greater cross-border clout across the continent while also offering strong teams based in Asia, the Americas and Australia. Given the wide geographical range of the teams and the matters they cover, Dentons Direct, the firm's online 24/7 collaborative platform is a useful tool for clients to keep track of their matters.

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Mr John Galliano

The Coca Cola Company



Ideat edition

Schneider Electric

J Walter Thompson



France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 3

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France > Real estate Tier 3

Dentons’ practice covers the full range of property work. Practice head Pascal Schmitz and his team advise international funds on investment transactions, including recent transactions involving office, retail and hotel assets. Véronique Lagarde focuses on property development work. She has recently advised on several large-scale logistic assets projects; such as assisting investor and landlord Argan with the negotiation of built-to-suite lease agreements. Third key member Maxime Simonnet also advises on property lease and development matters. Counsel Audrey Arnaut-Lacombe, tax experts Gianluca Calisti and of counsel Jérôme Le Berre, and banking and finance expert Jean-Marc Allix also contribute.

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Pascal Schmitz

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‘Dentons provides a high level of service and very important support in big deals.’

‘We appreciate their knowledge and skill  in real estate business, their accuracy and responsiveness.’

‘Me Véronique Lagarde is very skilled and experienced in real estate. We particularly appreciate her responsiveness, her skills in setting up real estate deals and her support in negotiations/closings.’

‘We think that Dentons is the most efficient of our partners,  given their multidisciplinary team and their experienced lawyers. Their acumen as dealmakers is highly appreciated.  The value for money factor is also very important for us.’

‘Very responsive and precise; excellent understanding of client’s needs and of its environment; highly available and high listening skills.’

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Aventicum Real Estate


Cromwell Property Group



GLP (formerly GAZELEY)

























Michel & Augustin


Phoenix Tower International











France > Tax Tier 3

Dentons' large team is able to cover a wide range of issues. The practice has strong transactional expertise and assists leading corporations, funds and insurers with the structuring of mid-sized to large M&A, private equity and property deals. The team notably advised on the structuring of a landmark listed M&A transaction in 2020 and assisted a leading private equity fund with a jumbo LBO. Following the Covid-19 crisis, the activity of the team shifted towards advising companies on major tax restructuring, distressed M&A and transfer pricing issues. It has also been highly solicited by a UK and Irish client base to advise on Brexit issues. Litigation is also dealt with. The practice is headed by Gianluca Calisti and also includes the highly recommended Sandra Hazan and Jessie Gaston, as well as of counsel Jérôme Le Berre and Julien Le Guyader.

Practice head(s):

Gianluca Calisti


‘The advice is efficient, pragmatic and we can rely on Dentons’ understanding of the warranty and indemnity process. The team is also able to deliver on tough timetables.’

 ‘Jessie Gaston is pragmatic, responsive and dependable.’

‘Jessie Gaston is a sound tax lawyer who understands our needs well, is on top of market developments and is always approachable. Her communication skills are outstanding, alongside her language capabilities (perfectly proficient in English, French and Spanish).’

‘Sandra Hazan stands out. She is a great professional, with high dedication to clients, open to partnerships and innovation. Also a great person on a personal basis.’

Key clients

Intermarché / ITM Entreprises


Maybourne Hotels

Tokio Marine HCC



Liberty Mutual

Essling Expansion


Bouygues Immobilier

Al Duwaliya

Deka Immobilien

MHC/Croe Suisse

LRC Goup


Pechel Industries

Katara Hospitality


Groupe Foncière du Rond-Point


France > Insolvency Tier 4

Headed by Audrey Molina, the Dentons team acts for debtors, shareholders, commercial partners and investors. The practice handles both restructuring and insolvency cases and is involved in matters from a wide range of sectors, including retail. It successfully advised Havas Voyages on taking over 149 branches and 348 employees of Thomas Cook France. The practice is also managing several restructuring and insolvency cases on behalf of SMEs facing difficulties. Cross-border matters account for a notable portion of the caseload, especially matters involving US proceedings.

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Audrey Molina


‘Audrey Molina shows great competence and availability.’

Key clients

Havas Voyages


Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB


Paris Bedding



Publications International Limited

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

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This practice is unique due to its international network and the extent of its skills.

We work, among others, with Maître Joffroy, Catherine and Maître Leger, Frédérique. We appreciate their availability, the relevance of their advice as well as their frank and open communication.’

With Dentons, we’ve never asked a question and received a law course in response – unusable and useless from a practical point of view, billed at full price. Their advice is systematically relevant, ‘solution-oriented’ and adapted to our request.

Very good team, professional, pragmatic and very focused on the activity of its customers in order to provide services best suited to their needs.

Catherine Joffroy is an excellent lawyer, available, professional and dedicated to her clients.

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Arcole Industries





Dries Van Noten

Editions Lefebvre Sarrut



KSL Capital Partners




Mayr-Melnhof Karton



Piquadro S.p.A.


PSA Group


Société Générale


Rio Tinto



France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 5


Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle van den Broucke


‘Very good communication; good understanding of our needs.’

‘Ms. Emmanuelle van den Broucke, Partner: very good support; good coordination of her team.’

Key clients

Spe Capital

Groupe Bernard

Quilvest & Partners France

Groupe Maurin


Hain Group

Emil Frey France

Bouchard Père & Fils


Gojo (Purell Group-USA)


Yamaha Music

The firm: With 120 lawyers, including 41 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.

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 Germany, England & Wales, Poland, the US, Australia and Venezuela. The lawyers all speak French and English fluently. Additional working languages in the office include German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Mandarin and Turkish.

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.

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 covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions in the world’s leading financial centers. 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.

Capital markets: Dentons advises counterparties, issuers, arrangers, dealers, lead managers or investment managers on a full range of capital markets transactions, including Derivatives; Securitization; Debt Capital Markets; and Capital Markets Taxation.

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.

Employment: Dentons handles complex employment and labor issues on behalf of domestic and international employers in both litigation and consulting involving individual or collective aspects of social law or social security. The lawyers also advise on the employment consequences of mergers and acquisitions, complex restructuring, closures, relocations and downsizing.

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.

Insurance: Dentons’ team specializes in insurance and reinsurance law, including regulatory and transactional work, licensing, conditions to practice insurance and reinsurance in France and any other jurisdictions,  review and drafting of insurance policies (national and international programs), coverage analysis, distribution of insurance products, review of insurance products and distribution schemes.

Intellectual property and technologies: Dentons’ lawyers advise individual inventors, artists and entrepreneurs, public institutions, emerging companies, venture capital groups and global corporations. They address complex legal questions, from protecting IP rights, through advising on data security issues, technology licensing and sourcing strategies. They offer both French and EU capabilities, including with regard to enforcing IP rights before French and EU Courts, national offices and the EUIPO and WIPO.

Life Sciences: At the forefront of scientific developments and ethical issues in the life sciences and healthcare fields, Dentons’ Life Sciences team provides its clients with global capabilities in the respective legal environment. With a business-friendly approach, our lawyers assist clients with resolving global, local and industry-specific life sciences and healthcare related issues.

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.

Public law: Dentons advises on the full range of contractual schemes: public private partnerships (PPP) and concessions covering a vast array of sectors. The team 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.

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’ team formulates 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: Dentons is used to handling matters in association with banks, consulting companies, statutory auditors, insurance and welfare companies, and finance, investment and financing companies. The team advises on a wide array of matters, including tax planning, compliance, M&A structuring tax-advantaged investing, transfer pricing and has developed a strong track record in taxation disputes.

TMT: Dentons has developed experiences in both regulatory and business issues. This enables our lawyers to advise not only clients in the sector but also those in the banking/finance/investment funds, health and life sciences, distribution and transport sectors in particular, on complex national and international issues relating to electronic communications networks and infrastructures (active/passive), IT and information systems, technology, data, cybersecurity and all compliance issues related to their activity.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 Gianluca Calisti +33 1 42 68 48 00
Employment Julie Caussade +33 1 42 68 48 00
Corporate and M&A Pascal Chadenet +33 1 42 68 49 29
Litigation and dispute resolution Aurélien Chardeau +33 1 42 68 48 00
International Arbitration Anna Crevon-Tarassova +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
Corporate John R. Flanigan +33 1 42 68 48 45
TMT Christophe Fichet +33 1 42 68 35 30
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
Sovereign Advisory Nicholas George +33 1 42 68 95 87
Public Laws Dorothée Griveaux +33 1 42 68 44 56
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
Corporate Catherine Joffroy +33 1 42 68 47 82
Banking and finance Pascal Jouannic +33 1 42 68 48 00
Private Equity Guillaume Kessler +33 1 42 68 92 25
Real Estate Véronique Lagarde +33 1 42 68 48 00
Tax Jérôme Le Berre +33 1 42 68 91 04
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 Technologies Loïc Lemercier +33 1 42 68 95 20
Intellectual Property and technology Isabelle Leroux +33 1 42 68 48 00
Sovereign Advisory Yun Ma +33 1 42 68 91 15
Life sciences and healthcare Anne-Laure Marcerou +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
Corporate Audrey Molina +33 1 42 68 91 12
Corporate Ralf Nitschke +33 1 42 68 48 44
Private Equity Guillaume Panuel +33 1 42 68 48 00
Corporate and M&A Pirouzan Parvine +33 6 42 24 07 25
Life sciences and healthcare Pascale Poupelin +33 1 42 68 48 00
Corporate and M&A Thierry Renaud de la Faverie + 33 1 42 68 48 19
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
Capital Markets Charles Tissier +33 1 42 68 93 55
EU Competition and distribution Emmanuelle van den Broucke +33 1 42 68 48 00
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 Jean-Marc Allix  photo Jean-Marc Allix Jean-Marc Allix, partner in Dentons’ Paris office, is primarily active in project…
 Julien Bacus  photo Julien Bacus Julien Bacus is a partner in the Capital Markets practice group of…
 Gianluca Calisti photo Gianluca Calisti Gianluca Calisti is partner in Dentons’ Paris Tax group. He focuses his…
 Julie Caussade  photo Julie Caussade Julie Caussade is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office and Co-Chair of…
 Pascal Chadenet photo Pascal Chadenet Pascal Chadenet is a Partner in the Corporate M&A Group of Dentons’…
 Aurélien Chardeau  photo Aurélien Chardeau Aurélien Chardeau is a Partner in Dentons’ Paris office. He focuses on…
 Anna Crevon-Tarassova  photo Anna Crevon-Tarassova Anna Crevon is a Partner in Dentons’ Paris office. She focuses on contentious…
 Katell Déniel-Allioux  photo Katell Déniel-Allioux Katell Déniel-Allioux is a partner in the Paris office. She is Co-Head…
 Christophe Fichet  photo Christophe Fichet Christophe Fichet is partner of the TMT practice in the Paris office.…
 John Flanigan  photo John Flanigan John Flanigan is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office and Co-Chair of…
 Marc Fornacciari  photo Marc Fornacciari Marc Fornacciari is a Partner in the Dentons’ Paris office. He specializes…
 Jessie  Gaston  photo Jessie  Gaston Jessie Gaston has extensive expertise in corporate tax matters, transactional tax and…
 Olivier Genevois  photo Olivier Genevois Olivier Genevois, a Partner in the Dentons’ Paris office, specializes in Private…
 Nicholas George photo Nicholas George Nicholas George is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office. He acts principally…
 Dorothée Griveaux  photo Dorothée Griveaux Dorothée Griveaux, Partner in the Dentons’ Paris office, specializes in public law…
 Jean-Marc Grosperrin  photo Jean-Marc Grosperrin Jean-Marc Grosperrin is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office and a co-head…
 Olivia Guéguen  photo Olivia Guéguen Olivia Guéguen, a partner in Dentons’ Paris office, is involved in mergers…
 Sandra Hazan  photo Sandra Hazan Sandra Hazan, a partner in the Dentons’ Paris office, co-Head of Dentons’…
 Jean-Christophe Honlet  photo Jean-Christophe Honlet Jean-Christophe Honlet is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office and Global Head…
 Sévérine Hotellier  photo Sévérine Hotellier Séverine Hotellier heads the Dentons’ Paris Insurance group. She is also the…
 Catherine Joffroy  photo Catherine Joffroy Catherine Joffroy is a partner in Dentons’ Paris and Moscow offices, bilingual…
 Pascal Jouannic  photo Pascal Jouannic Pascal Jouannic is a partner in Dentons’ Paris Capital Markets department. Pascal…
 Guillaume Kessler  photo Guillaume Kessler Guillaume Kessler, partner in the Dentons’ Paris office, is involved in public…
 Véronique Lagarde  photo Véronique Lagarde Véronique Lagarde is a partner in Dentons’ Paris Real Estate group. She…
 Jérôme Le Berre  photo Jérôme Le Berre Jérôme Le Berre is Of Counsel in Dentons’ Paris Tax group. His…
 Julien Le Guyader  photo Julien Le Guyader Julien Le Guyader, Partner in Dentons’ Paris office, concentrates on French and International…
 Barton Legum  photo Barton Legum Bart Legum is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office, Global Co-Chair of…
 Loïc Lemercier  photo Loïc Lemercier Loïc Lemercier, Partner, heads the Intellectual Property and Technologies (IP&T) group of…
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Over the last 12 months only, we have advanced numerous inclusion and diversity initiatives for both our people and our clients:

  • Women’s Professional Advancement Strategy – Europe: Our policy sets out a comprehensive strategy to reach a target of 30% women in partnership and key leadership roles by 2025. This includes an agile working policy, mentoring and sponsorship for up and coming female talent, business development support, anti-bias training for partners and HR managers, participation of women in leadership development programs, involvement of a member of the women’s advancement committee in partner admission interviews, and various other steps.
  • 2020 the Year of the Ally: A year-long campaign to use allyship to produce positive, sustained change, including International Women’s Day, Global Pride Day, Global Virtual Town Halls and Global Allyship Trainings. Our Global CEO led a series of global listening sessions to share experiences and co-create responsive actions. The result was five enhanced Global Commitments to Inclusion and Diversity along with clear actions to support change. We also held town hall webinars around themes such as discrimination, racism, allyship, multiculturalism, LGBT+ inclusion in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Warsaw.
  • External collaboration: We have strengthened our collaboration with key organizations promoting inclusion, such as Stonewall, Catalyst, Global Women Connect, International Women’s Forum. Dentons was named a Stonewall Top Global Employer 2020.
  • Pro bono: As part of our Positive Impact strategy, key focus of our pro bono work has been supporting human rights of diverse groups such as women/girls, LGBT+ and migrants and promoting access to justice. We work closely with organizations such as UN Women and Led by Her to promote equality, support reproductive rights and combat violence against women. Dentons lawyers have worked alongside civil society organizations and taken on important strategic litigation cases to promote LGBT+ rights and promote marriage equality. As part of the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative Project, we have provided direct legal support to asylum seekers on Lesbos.
  • Big Inclusion Project: The Big Inclusion Project was designed to accelerate the inclusion agenda at Dentons and leverage the power of our people to build solutions aligned with our business objectives. Over 225 people across 68 offices at all levels within the Firm, including 12 of our Global Board members, participated on 22 teams to come up with inclusion and diversity solutions at Dentons. The Big Inclusion Project continues as we work to put into action the solutions developed by our Big Inclusion Project teams.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 secures final victory for ICT on European patent infringement case against ESSITY

Global law firm Dentons is pleased to announce that the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court have all issued final decisions dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) three ply toilet paper. With Dentons’ counsel, ICT successfully demonstrated beyond a doubt that its branded and private label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859. 

Dentons has been advising Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A since 2016. Based in Lucca, ICT is a leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, and has subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland.

The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain have confirmed ICT’s argument that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.

Dentons partner David Masson served as lead partner and represented ICT in France. Dentons partner Dr. Constantin Rehaag represented ICT in Germany, and PwC partner Alejandra Matas Brancós represented the client in Spain, with the support of Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso.

David Masson, lead lawyer on the case, commented: “It has been very interesting to understand ICT’s own technology and work closely with different teams, including ICT’s R&D department, which has been part of all strategic and technical decisions throughout the case”.

Constantin Rehaag, who represented the client in the German court hearings and coordinated the work with the client’s patent attorneys, said: “This is an outstanding success of a great team formed by the client, who provided us with invaluable technological insight, the team of patent attorneys and, finally, by the Dentons teams in France, Spain and Germany.”

The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.

In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other private labels produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analyzed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts - in first instance and appeal - rejected the claims and ordered Essity to pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.

In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, which is well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In August 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German subsidiary of ICT did not infringe the German part of the patent 1 081 284.

In Spain, after a first decision in favor of Essity in the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a written appeal that ICT’s products - and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain three-ply private label products - did not infringe the Spanish part of the patent 1 081 284.

About ICT

Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.

About Dentons

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.