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Dentons
5 BOULEVARD MALESHERBES
75008 PARIS
France

France > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Dentons 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.

Practice head(s):

Marc Fornacciari

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent.’

‘Highly available.’

Key clients

Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Seine Estuaire

Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace (CEA)

Compagnie Des Alpes

Ile-de-France Mobilités

Meridiam

French Ministry for the Ecological Transition

Orange

Paris Saclay University

Stade de Bordeaux (subsidiary of the Vinci Group)

Work highlights

  • 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.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Particularly strong in transactional work, Dentons frequently advises blue-chip clients and investment funds active in the life sciences sector. Acting as counsel for Pfizer on its joint venture with Mylan to create Viatris, the firm is involved in the structuring of one of the largest players in the global generic market with projected sales of $19bn. As an expert in M&A transactions and long-term counsel of Pfizer, co-head Jean-Marc Grosperrin led the landmark Pfizer deal. Pascale Poupelin focuses on regulatory aspects and market access issues.

Testimonials

‘Jean-Marc Grosperrin and Romain Picard: listening, availability and irreproachable quality of the work delivered.’

Key clients

ABENEX

ADARE PHARMACEUTICALS

AL.CHI.MIA. S.R.L

APELLIS

AVALUN

BOIRON

BPI FRANCE

DENTSPLY SIRONA

ESSLING CAPITAL

FUJIFILM

GILEAD

HRA PHARMA

IMCHECK THERAPEUTICS

IMV TECHNOLOGIES

IPSEN

KYOWA KIRIN PHARMA

LACTALIS

MEDDAY PHARMACEUTICALS

MICROPORT

MYROBOTICS

MONASH UNIVERSITY

OPHTA FRANCE

ORION CORPORATION

PFIZER

RECORDATI

SERVIER

TBR DENTAL GROUP

VERDOSO

Work highlights

  • 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 1

Launched 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.

Testimonials

‘High level of technicality.’

France > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2

Dentons prides itself on its multi-disciplinarity and its high level of integration between practice areas, providing luxury goods clients with well-rounded expertise. Consolidating its expertise in fashion, fragrances and cosmetics, the firm also represents leading talent in the luxury world, for example designers and stylists. A tax lawyer by specialism, Sandra Hazan has a strong reputation in the field of transfer pricing and international taxation. Loïc Lemercier joined the IP team from Clifford Chance in 2021 and is now leading the department.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Dedica hotels

Dries Van Noten

Grand Case Beach Club Hotel

Hotels Plaza Athénée, Westin, Méridien, Prince de Galles, Sheraton

Hume Street Consultants (Maybourne hotels)

Lancel

Raf Simons

Ricardo Tisci

Ashfords

Beaumier (Carte Postale Holdings SAS)

Work highlights

  • 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.

France > Industry focus: Telecoms  Tier 2

The telecoms group at the Paris office of Dentons leverages global bench strength and the experience of its team to assist governments and regulators, broadcasters, ISPs and wired and wireless service providers on a wide span of issues. The caseload includes matters regarding fibre optics, data centres, submarine cables, cybersecurity and network construction and maintenance. TMT regulatory and licensing matters are also handled. Sector expert Christophe Fichet leads the team. Associates Maxime D’Angelo-Petrucci and Adrien Morisse provide key support. Clients include players from the health, life sciences, distribution and transport areas.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise for cross-border transactions with many complex issues associated.’

‘Christophe Fichet has a top background and long experience in the field.’

Key clients

Orange S.A.

Work highlights

  • 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).

France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

The copyright practice at Dentons is led by former Clifford Chance practitioner Loïc Lemercier, who joined the firm in March 2021 and has extensive experience in assisting clients in the pharmaceutical, TMT, luxury, internet and technology segments with their non-contentious and litigious needs. The team’s ability to leverage the firm’s international network and work in close conjunction with other departments means it is well placed to advise on complex cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Loïc Lemercier

Key clients

Coca-Cola

Merial/Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health France

Groupe Lactalis

Polaroid

Beaumier

Joypac

MG Freesites

Mindgeek

EARS 360

Work highlights

  • 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.

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 2

Dentons‘ trade mark and designs practice is gaining momentum under the stewardship of new practice head Loïc Lemercier, who joined in March 2021 from Clifford Chance. Working with the very experienced senior counsel Isabelle Leroux, Lemercier handles a mix of litigation, counselling and transactional matters; the work often has an international component, with the firm’s global reach making it a popular choice for multijurisdictional matters. The technology, life sciences, fashion and luxury goods sectors are core sectors of the practice, in line with the firm’s general positioning.

Practice head(s):

Lemercier Loïc

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I’m very satisfied that Loïc Lemercier and his team have handled the matters with consummate professionalism and great care.’

‘Technical competence, availability, responsiveness.’

Key clients

Fontaine Limited

Merial/Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health France

MG Freesites Ltd, MindGreek

Mobility Trader Holding

Mr Puffs Franchises

Olivier Lapidus

Polaroid/PLR IP Holdings, LLC

Polo Club

Schneider Electric

XNT Ltd.

Work highlights

  • 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.

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 3

As part of an international network of offices, Dentons‘ banking practice in Paris acts for financial institutions, sponsors and corporates on a wide range of mandates. Its work spans acquisition and project finance, syndicated lending, PPP and real estate finance. Its close relationship with investment funds means that the team is also frequently sought out by lenders and borrowers to advise on fund financing. The department is jointly led by Jean-Marc Allix, who focuses on project finance and real estate finance, and fund finance expert Philippe Max.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marc Allix; Philippe Max

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Agence Française de Développement

Arjobex

Banco Santander

BNP Paribas

CACEIS Bank

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation

Compagnie des Alpes

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

EGIS

Essling Capital

Faurecia

Kasada Capital Management

KSL Capital Partners

LRC Goup

Natixis

Uperio Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Dentons is a go-to firm for data protection, particularly in the event of criminal data breaches. Leading the practice is Christophe Fichet, who has a specific focus on cyber incident response strategies, and assists clients with mapping their cyber risks, designing cyber incident response plans, and managing cyber crises from a regulatory perspective. The team has expertise in all facets of European and French data protection and cybersecurity laws and regulations.

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France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Dentons has a solid practice covering investment and commercial arbitration disputes. The firm is able to deal with a wide range of matters, including matters from the oil and gas, mining and renewable energy sectors, relating to M&A, construction and commercial matters. Proceedings frequently involve international jurisdictions, with past work including matters relating to Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Lately, the practice has obtained several favourable awards and has been appointed to act in several gas price-related disputes. Insurers entrust coverage disputes linked to the impact of Covid-19’s to the practice. Finally, the team also manages exequatur cases. Many leading French and international companies are clients. Anna Crevon-Tarassova is a key member of the team. Former co-heads Jean-Christophe Honlet and Barton Legum have now left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Gran Colombia Gold

Kout Food Group (KFG)

Misen Enterprises AB

Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd.

Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

Rio Tinto

Saipem SpA

Techint Compagnia Tecnica Internazionale SpA

Work highlights

  • 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 3

Dentons‘ 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.

Practice head(s):

Katell Déniel-Allioux; Julie Caussade; Frédérique Meslay-Caloni

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Cerdia

Hotel Plaza Athénée

Lundbeck

Opel Bank

Work highlights

  • 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.

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Dentons

Practice head(s):

Marc Fornacciari; Nicholas Georges

Testimonials

‘A very useful ability to coordinate cross-border teams.’

Key clients

Greencells

AERA Group

CVE

ENGIE

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

Gran Colombia Gold

Ministry for the Ecological Transition

Misen Enterprises AB

Petróleos de Venezuela

Qair

Rio Tinto

Statkraft

STX

Total

Veolia

Work highlights

  • 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.

France > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

Dentons’ IP and technology team represents both domestic and international companies in IP disputes covering various sectors such as life sciences, information, and technology. The team has expertise in licensing, negotiating, and drafting research agreements and other contracts relating to patents. It also acts for inventors and small companies in enforcing or defending against patent claims. Practice head Loïc Lemercier specialises in patent litigation, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and telecoms area.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

CNRS and INSERM

Zama

Lactalis

MyRobotics

Al.Chi.Mia. S.R.L. and Ophta France

Zuru Inc

Goliath France

Université de Rennes / Rennes University

Work highlights

  • 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.

France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 3

Dentons' private equity practice is highlighted for its vast experience in the creation, financing and operation of closed-ended funds and management companies. It provides investment funds with ongoing corporate assistance on transactional, governance and regulatory issues. It also advises management teams on vesting arrangements, options, stockholdings, deferred compensation, co-investments and dismissal packages. The team is led by Guillaume Panuel, who focuses on the structuring of investment funds and secondary transactions of fund portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Amundi Private Equity Funds

BEX Capital SARL

BNP Paribas Capital Partners

CA Indosuez (Switzerland) SA

Cedrus Partners

Equitis Gestion SAS

Eurazeo Investment Manager

Eurazeo PME

Five Arrows Managers

ODDO BHF Private Equity

Omnes Capital

Quilvest Capital Partners

Swen Capital Partners

Vivalto Partners

White Star Capital General Partner Limited

Work highlights

  • 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

Practice head(s):

Olivia Guéguen

Other key lawyers:

Guillaume Kessler; Olivier Genevois; Pierre-Marie Gallo

Testimonials

‘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.’ 

Key clients

Abenex

Alpha Private Equity

B&Capital

Essling Capital

Genesius HID

Gilde Healthcare

Imcheck Therapeutics

KKR

KSL Capital Partners

Microport

Mirova

Neo Investment Partners

Ouest Croissance

Paref

Pechel

Zetland Capital

Work highlights

  • 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.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Key clients

21net

Amadeus Capital Partners

Benhamou Global Venture

Bpifrance Large Venture

DxO

Gilde Healthcare

Group UP

KKR

Laboratoires Servier

Mitsui & CO, LTD

Pentax Medical

Pfizer

Piano Software

Quicksign and Panorabanque

REACH

Snips

Target Global Early Stage Fund II LP

Techstars

Vsquared

Xaalys

You and Mr. Jones

Work highlights

  • 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 3

Dentons

Practice head(s):

Marc Fornacciari; Jean-Marc Allix

Other key lawyers:

Dorothée Griveaux

Key clients

Agence française de développement (AFD)

Autoroute et Tunnel du Mont-Blanc (ATMB)

BNP Paribas

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Seine Estuaire

Compagnie des Alpes

EGIS

French Ministry for the Ecological Transition

ING Bank

Meridiam

Orange

Vinci Group

Work highlights

  • 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 3

Working 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.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

AIG

ARGAN

Dedica Hotels

Deka Immobilien

DTZ Investors

GA Promotion

GLP

Groupe GA

Hume Street Consultants (Maybourne Hotels)

Indigo Park

KSL Partners

Lighthouse Capital

LRC Goup – River Ouest

Lux MAM (Marathon Asset Management)

Redevco France

RevCap

RTE

STAM Europe

Swiss Life

Ubisoft

Vectura

Work highlights

  • 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 4

Headed 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.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Molina

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Adova

Dalloyau

ELROND NPL 2017, SRL

GES

Havas Voyages

Lacelier

Paris Bedding

Publications International Limited

Supra SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Adova on its safeguard proceedings.
  • Advised Lacelier on its safeguard proceedings.
  • Advised Dalloyau on its safeguard proceedings.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Dentons

Practice head(s):

Olivier Genevois

Other key lawyers:

Pascal Chadenet; Catherine Joffroy; Ralf Nitschke; Pirouzan Parvine

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Accor

AmRest

Anno 1969

Archimed

AVSimulation

Bayer

Biogaran

BPCE

C. Mertz Conseils

Dentsply-Sirona

Dradura

Dries Van Noten

EDF

Editions Lefebvre Sarrut

Emil Frey

Généthon

Géodis

Gilde Healthcare

KSL Capital Partners

Lactalis

Lesaffre

Lisi Group

Marietton Développement

Mayr-Melnhof Karton

Media 6

Nexira

Paref

Pfizer

Piquadro S.p.A.

Proseniors

PSA Group

Qair

Renault

Rio Tinto

Servier

Société Générale

The Hain Celestial Group Inc

Trèves S.A.S

Wavestone

Zentiva

Work highlights

  • 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 4

Dentons 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.

Practice head(s):

Gianluca Calisti

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Veolia Environnement SA

Inmarsat PLC

ITM Entreprises

Katara Hospitality

Laboratoires Théa

Maybourne Hotels Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

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Avis

Bouchard Père & Fils

GOJO (Purell Group-USA)

Komatsu

Lima, Natuurvoedingsbedrijf B.V.

Septodont

Stef

Yamaha

Zuru Inc

Work highlights

  • Assisting Septodont with all antitrust aspects of the acquisition by Septodont of dental care products from Sanofi.

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.

Dentons is designed to be different. As the world’s largest law firm with 20,000 professionals in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries, we can help you grow, protect, operate and finance your business. Our polycentric and purpose-driven approach, together with our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and ESG, ensures we challenge the status quo to stay focused on what matters most to you. www.dentons.com

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner France Séverine Hotellierseverine.hotellier@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 47 10
Banking and finance Jean-Marc Allixjeanmarc.allix@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 91 10
Tax Gianluca CalistiGianluca.Calisti@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 92 15
Employment Julie Caussadejulie.caussade@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 48 61
Corporate Pascal Chadenetpascal.chadenet@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 49 29
International Arbitration Anna Crevon-Tarassovaanna.crevon@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 92 09
Insurance Frédérique de la Chapellefrederique.delachapelle@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 92 99
Employment Katell Déniel-Alliouxkatell.deniel-allioux@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 48 32
Corporate John R. Flaniganjohn.flanigan@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 48 45
TMT Christophe Fichetchristophe.fichet@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 35 30
Infrastructure and PPP Marc Fornacciarimarc.fornacciari@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 45 44
Corporate Olivier Genevoisolivier.genevois@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 49 13
Sovereign Advisory Nicholas Georgenicholas.george@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 95 87
Public Laws Dorothée Griveauxdorothee.griveaux@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 44 56
Life sciences and healthcare Jean-Marc Grosperrinjeanmarc.grosperrin@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 92 03
Life sciences and healthcare Olivia Guéguenolivia.gueguen@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 49 87
Tax Sandra Hazansandra.hazan@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 47 85
Corporate Catherine Joffroycatherine.joffroy@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 47 82
Banking and finance Pascal Jouannicpascal.jouannic@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 92 08
Private Equity Guillaume Kesslerguillaume.kessler@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 92 25
Real Estate Véronique Lagardeveronique.lagarde@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 47 17
Tax Jérôme Le Berrejerome.leberre@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 91 04
Life sciences and healthcare Julien Le Guyaderjulien.leguyader@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 49 04
Intellectual Property and Technologies Loïc Lemercierloic.lemercier@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 95 20
Intellectual Property and technology Isabelle Lerouxisabelle.leroux@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 92 18
Sovereign Advisory Yun Mayun.ma@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 91 15
Life sciences and healthcare Anne-Laure MarcerouAnne-Laure.Marcerou@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 47 57
Banking and finance Philippe Maxphilippe.max@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 44 78
Employment Frédérique Meslay-Calonifrederique.meslaycaloni@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 47 72
Restructuring and Insolvency Audrey Molinaaudrey.molina@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 91 12
Corporate Ralf Nitschkeralf.nitschke@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 48 44
Private Equity Guillaume Panuelguillaume.panuel@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 49 77
Corporate Pirouzan Parvinepirouzan.parvine@dentons.com+33 6 42 24 07 25
Life sciences and healthcare Pascale Poupelinpascale.poupelin@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 48 27
Real Estate Pascal SchmitzPascal.Schmitz@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 94 17
Litigation and dispute resolution Christine Sévèrechristine.severe@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 48 75
Real Estate Maxime Simonnetmaxime.simonnet@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 49 66
EU Competition and distribution Emmanuelle van den Brouckeemmanuelle.vandenbroucke@dentons.com+33 1 42 68 49 45
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Jean-Marc Allix photo Jean-Marc AllixJean-Marc Allix, partner in Dentons’ Paris office, is primarily active in project…
Julien Bacus photo Julien BacusJulien Bacus is a partner in the Capital Markets practice group of…
Gianluca Calisti photo Gianluca CalistiGianluca Calisti is partner in Dentons’ Paris Tax group. He focuses his…
Julie Caussade photo Julie CaussadeJulie Caussade is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office and Co-Chair of…
Pascal Chadenet photo Pascal ChadenetPascal Chadenet is a Partner in the Corporate M&A Group of Dentons’…
Aurélien Chardeau photo Aurélien ChardeauAurélien Chardeau is a Partner in Dentons’ Paris office. He focuses on…
Anna Crevon-Tarassova photo Anna Crevon-TarassovaAnna Crevon is a Partner in Dentons’ Paris office and Global Co-Head…
Katell Déniel-Allioux photo Katell Déniel-AlliouxKatell Déniel-Allioux is a partner in the Paris office. She serves as…
Christophe Fichet photo Christophe FichetChristophe Fichet is partner of the TMT practice in the Paris office.…
John Flanigan photo John FlaniganJohn Flanigan is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office and Co-Chair of…
Marc Fornacciari photo Marc FornacciariMarc Fornacciari is a Partner in the Dentons’ Paris office. He specializes…
Jessie Gaston photo Jessie GastonJessie Gaston has extensive expertise in corporate tax matters, transactional tax and…
Olivier Genevois photo Olivier GenevoisOlivier Genevois, a Partner in the Dentons’ Paris office, specializes in Private…
Nicholas George photo Nicholas GeorgeNicholas George is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office. He acts principally…
Dorothée Griveaux photo Dorothée GriveauxDorothée Griveaux, Partner in the Dentons’ Paris office, specializes in public law…
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Olivia Guéguen photo Olivia GuéguenOlivia Guéguen, a partner in Dentons’ Paris office, is involved in mergers…
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Jean-Christophe Honlet photo Jean-Christophe HonletJean-Christophe Honlet is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office and Global Head…
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Catherine Joffroy photo Catherine JoffroyCatherine Joffroy is a partner in Dentons Paris and Moscow offices, bilingual…
Pascal Jouannic photo Pascal JouannicPascal Jouannic is a partner in Dentons’ Paris Capital Markets department. Pascal…
Guillaume Kessler photo Guillaume KesslerGuillaume Kessler, Partner in the Dentons’ Paris office, is specialized in public…
Véronique  Lagarde photo Véronique LagardeVéronique Lagarde is a Partner in Dentons’ Paris Real Estate group. She…
Jérôme Le Berre photo Jérôme Le BerreJérôme Le Berre is a Partner in Dentons Paris Tax group. His…
Julien Le Guyader photo Julien Le GuyaderJulien Le Guyader, Partner in Dentons’ Paris office, concentrates on French and International…
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Isabelle Leroux photoMs Isabelle LerouxIsabelle Leroux now is a Senior Counsel in Dentons Paris office. She…
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Philippe Max photo Philippe MaxPhilippe Max, a partner in Dentons’ Paris office, works on domestic and…
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Audrey Molina photo Audrey MolinaAudrey Molina is a Partner in the Dentons Paris office. Audrey focuses…
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Guillaume Panuel photo Guillaume PanuelGuillaume Panuel, Partner in the firm’s Paris office, concentrates on the structuring…
Pirouzan Parvine photo Pirouzan ParvinePirouzan Parvine is a partner in the Corporate and M&A practice. Based…
Pascale Poupelin photo Pascale PoupelinPascale Poupelin is a Senior Counsel in the Life Sciences/Healthcare Group in…
Pascal Schmitz photo Pascal SchmitzPascal Schmitz, a partner in Dentons Paris office, heads both Europe and…
Christine Sévère photo Christine SévèreChristine Sévère, partner in Dentons’ Paris office, specializes in litigation and leads…
Maxime Simonnet photo Maxime SimonnetMaxime Simonnet is a Real Estate partner in the Dentons’ Paris office…
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At Dentons, we believe that inclusion and diversity are essential to the success and strength of our Firm and the quality of our advice to, and representation of, our clients. We are committed to providing a flexible environment where everyone respects, supports and learns from our collective skills, talents and differences. Click here for our global statement on inclusion and diversity.

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.

Mr. Phuc Le rejoined Dentons LuatViet to strengthen its offshore legal services

Dentons LuatViet is delighted to welcome back Mr. Phuc Le to join our firm as a Special Counsel. He will primarily provide legal services to our clients in the US and Moscow.

Singapore Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk Boosts Corporate Practice with Two Senior Lawyer Hires

Singapore, 1 July 2022 – Singapore’s Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk are today announcing the arrival of senior corporate lawyers Evelyn Ang and Emily Low. Together with six other lawyers, they join Dentons Rodyk from Big Four accounting firm EY’s Singapore law practice, Atlas Asia Law Corporation (AALC). The news follows Dentons' recently launched combination with leading Vietnamese law firm LuatViet, as the Firm pursues its goal of being the leading pan-ASEAN law firm.

Dentons launches combination with LuatViet in Vietnam

Dentons has launched its previously announced combination with leading Vietnamese law firm, LuatViet, which has more than 40 legal professionals serving clients from offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Former Deputy Director of Attorney-General’s Chambers Navin Naidu joins Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk

Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Attorney-General’s Chambers’ former Deputy Director Navin Naidu to the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice.

How Singapore’s Big Five law firm Dentons Rodyk is embracing the future of work and ditching its traditional office for good

Visions for the future of work have never been bolder. The COVID-19 pandemic changed notions on how many felt a work environment should be. The world was rushed into accelerating technology adoption, increasing digital connectivity and embracing virtual collaboration. As we usher in a new and dynamic decade, Dentons Rodyk envisions the future of work by ditching its traditional office for good and introducing a permanent hybrid work model.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ICT

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

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Dentons advises Snam on US$10.1 billion consortium investment in ADNOC Gas Pipelines

Global law firm Dentons advised Italian-based multinational energy infrastructure operator Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49 percent share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ADNOC Gas Pipelines is valued at approximately US$20.7 billion (US$10.1 billion for 49%).

The transaction is one of the most important in the global energy infrastructure sector, as well as Snam’s first acquisition outside Europe.  ADNOC Gas Pipelines holds the tariff-based rights for the 38 pipelines that connect ADNOC’s upstream activities to Abu Dhabi’s consumption points and the export and interconnection terminals to neighboring Emirates.

The transaction was financed by a pool of international banks for approximately $8 billion, plus an equity contribution from each of the consortium members.  In addition to Snam, the other consortium members included Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NH Investment & Securities.

Dentons acted with a cross-border team from Italy and UAE, coordinated by partner Sara Biglieri in Milan.  Partners Luca Pocobelli (Rome) and Mhairi Main Garcia (Dubai), counsel Claudio Segna (Milan), senior associate Craig Hughson (Abu Dhabi) and associate Stephanie Hawes (Dubai) advised on corporate and M&A aspects. Partners Alessandro Fosco Fagotto (Milan) and Stephen Knight (Abu Dhabi), counsel Franco Gialloreti, senior associate Tommaso Zanirato and junior associate Giulia Caselli Maldonado (all Milan) advised on financing aspects. Partner Michele Carpagnano (Rome) and associate Giulia Giordano (Rome) advised on the competition and antitrust aspects.

Snam’s internal legal team was led by General Counsel, Marco Reggiani - assisted by Michela Schizzi, Senior Vice President Regulated Assets Legal Affairs - and included senior legal counsels Rosanna Pallotta and Claudia Jolanda Fanelli.  The legal aspects related to the financing were handled, together with Marco Reggiani, by Gloria Bertini, Head of Finance and Capital Market Legal Affairs and Roberta Di Mauro, legal counsel.


Dentons advises Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund

The EU Malaria Fund was initiated by the kENUP Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting research-based innovation with public and societal benefit. The fund is managed by the IBB Group. The target volume of the fund amounts to €280 million, with a first closing of €70 million on June 3, 2020.A Dentons team from Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich provided comprehensive advice to IBB Group on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund. This included the development of the legal and tax conception of the fund, regulatory advice, corporate law support on the setup of the fund, and the negotiation of the financing agreements with the EIB, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other investors.Berlin-based partner Dirk-Reiner Voss and Frankfurt-based partner Arne Klüwer jointly led the Dentons team, with support from partners Stephan Busch, Matthias Santelmann and senior associates Holger Hölkemeier and Bernd Düsterbeck in Berlin; counsel Verena Etzel and Oda Elmoutaouakil in Frankfurt; partner Axel Schlieter in Dusseldorf, and partner Richard Fagerer in Munich.About 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

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 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 

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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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