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Dentons has 'the willingness and ability to work under high pressure' and it is a prominent force in sovereign finance, regulatory and sanctions advice, distressed debt trading, cross-border lending, trade finance, insolvency and debt recovery. Its recent work includes one of largest restructurings in the history of Ukraine. Natalia Selyakova's team acts for large domestic companies as borrowers, as well as leading global banks in complex and high-value cross-border matters. Selyakova is also developing a fintech practice. Counsel Nadiya Shylienkova and associate Artem Lukyanov have expertise in cross-border financing and debt restructuring.
‘The Dentons team is highly qualified in the financial sector.’
‘Natalia Selyakova has a strong ability to stay unprejudiced and objective, which is a must-have in transactions involving many participants.‘
PJSC “Ukrainian Railway”
BCP Securities LLC
Dentons' practice is known for its innovative approach to the structuring of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Managing partner Oleg Batyuk has extensive experience advising international and domestic clients on joint ventures, foreign investments and capital markets, while Adam Mycyk's expertise includes privatisations and M&A. The firm handles a broad range of corporate and transactional work in sectors such as agriculture, energy, retail, financial services, technology, hardware and electronics, and chemicals. It is also recognised as a leading adviser on corporate governance, compliance, joint ventures and regulatory matters.
Employment Tier 1
Dentons has one of the longest-established employment practices in Kiev and the team continues to act for management teams in corporate and governmental investigations, executive compensation and counselling projects, cross-border acquisitions, and complex HR projects. The practice also handles employment and benefits-related litigation, including claims for discrimination, retaliation, failure to pay wages, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Practice head Volodymyr Monastyrskyy has extensive experience advising Ukrainian and international clients on employment and social security matters.
Energy Tier 1
Dentons has a broad focus but is particularly active in renewable energy projects. Oleg Batyuk leads the energy and natural resources practice, in which partner Adam Mycyk and counsel Maksym Sysoiev are highly recommended. Their work encompasses wind and solar developments, upstream oil and gas, nuclear energy and coal projects, and they have been highly active in high-value matters.
Oleg Batyuk; Adam Mycyk
‘The team deals with all the issues related to the energy industry, starting with incorporating an entity or setting up a project and ending with advice on the litigation issues.‘
‘The team communicates effectively. The information they provide is always credible and just to the point.‘
DTEK Renewables BV
TIU Canada Ukraine
Competition Tier 2
Dentons has 'solid and sound expertise, and an innovative and creative team'. Corporate and competition expert Volodymyr Monastyrskyy heads the practice, which advises large international companies on the merger clearance for cross-border M&A deals. The firm handles the design of compliance programmes, as well as advising on cartel investigations, state aid and unfair competition matters. Associate Igor Svitlyk has particular experience advising on compliance and government regulations.
“The practice is usually involved in complex cases. They are well oriented in competition legislation. The responsibility of the members is of a high level. They traditionally and successfully work on complex international M&A transactions.”
“Volodymyr Monastyrskyy is responsible, highly educated and deeply involved in the cases which he deals with.”
“Dentons is able to absorb the best knowledge and develop distinguished skills quickly and adapt its practice to market needs, while keeping a crystal-clear reputation and transparency even in the toughest environment.”
“Oleg Batyuk and Volodymir Monastyrskyy are recognisable and respectful partners of Dentons in Ukraine and abroad who have been rewarded plenty of times for outstanding achievement in legal spheres.”
“The firm has a broad chain of offices across the CIS, as well as competitive rates, great expertise and great associates. The teams in Ukraine, Romania and Kazakhstan are great, responsive and high-quality.”
“Igor Svitlyk has good knowledge of law and is orientated towards results. He managed all the projects well and at many times was above expectations in terms of quality of support, communications and results.”
DTEK Renewables BV
Acciona Energia Global
TIU Canada Ukraine
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Dentons is 'innovative, very engaged and good at out-of-the-box-thinking'. Practice head Oleg Batyuk has 'a great business-minded approach'. He leads a sizeable team that is frequently involved in litigation and arbitration proceedings in the local market as well as in proceedings on Ukrainian legal matters in foreign jurisdictions, including the UK, US, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden. Its caseload of complex commercial litigation includes commercial real estate and product liability disputes. Counsel Oleg Kuchanskyy is also recommended for his experience representing both local and international clients.
Intellectual property Tier 2
Dentons has in-depth experience in IP litigation involving copyrights, patents, trade marks and unfair competition. It also advises on licensing in the life science sector and has expertise in data privacy matters. It frequently advises multinational companies on the IP aspects of large, cross-border M&A transactions. Managing partner Oleg Batyuk oversees the practice, in which recommended counsel Oksana Horban focuses on the filing of IP rights, prosecution and IP-related litigation.
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Dentons is a prominent player in niche market areas, including handling bespoke contracts under Ukrainian law, advising on agriculture and land law, greenfield site developments, servitude agreements and environmental permits, and acting in real estate disputes. The group also advises international banks on real estate financings for Ukrainian developers. Managing partner Oleg Batyuk leads the practice following Markian Silecky's move to Polsinelli PC in Washington DC.
DTEK Renewables BV
TIU Canada Ukraine
Tax Tier 2
Dentons draws on the firm's global network to advise on international tax matters, frequently handling transfer pricing issues and other matters arising from large cross-border M&A transactions. Practice head Igor Davydenko and Ihor Mehedynyuk also advise major international clients on local tax matters. Their work encompasses business establishment, liquidations, the taxation of non-profit organisations, the tax structuring of Ukrainian operations, general tax planning and litigation. Up-and-coming tax and customs associate Tetiana Gryn is also recommended.
Dentons > Firm Profile
The firm: Dentons’ long-term commitment to Ukraine is unsurpassed among international law firms. Dentons has been active in Ukraine since 1988, and the firm officially opened the Kyiv office in 1992.
Dentons’ practice in Ukraine encompasses the full range of legal services across a diverse range of industries. With strong global capabilities, Dentons is well equipped to assist its clients in a variety of cross-border issues. International experience and in-depth knowledge of Ukrainian legislation, as well as the client-tailored approach, allow the firm to provide innovative, seamless legal solutions of the highest quality.
Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which they live and work. www.dentons.com.
Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size.
Areas of practice: Dentons’ lawyers and professionals provide services in the following practice disciplines and industry sectors:
Banking and finance: Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions in the world’s leading financial centres. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.
Competition and antitrust: Dentons provides legal advice and judicial assistance in all aspects of national and EU competition law, consumer law, state aid, tender procedures and regulatory issues. Clients receive tailored, industry-focused advice on complex litigation, investigations by competition authorities, merger control, competition compliance, or commercial arrangements.
Corporate and M&A: Dentons provides clients with comprehensive legal advice on public and private M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance, private equity, disposals, corporate restructurings, and general commercial, antitrust and corporate governance issues.
Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration: Dentons’ highly reputable litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are particularly well known for helping clients resolve disputes in energy, construction and engineering, banking, restructuring and insolvency, life sciences and retail. The team is also highly experienced in EU trade disputes, investigations and international arbitration.
Energy: with one of the world’s leading energy practices, Dentons guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Its clients include oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities and large customers, new energy and old.
Real estate: Dentons’ real estate practice is the largest in the world. It advises real estate owners, investors and lenders on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions in today’s market.
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: Dentons’ teams formulate strategies for trustees, bondholders, investors, traders, debtors, creditors and creditor committees around the world as they pursue claims for clients through negotiation and litigation.
Tax: with experience in worldwide jurisdictions, Dentons provides comprehensive tax advice to individuals, private companies, multinationals and other entities on tax planning, compliance, M&A structuring tax-advantaged investing, transfer pricing, disputes with tax authorities and more.
|Anti-corruption, compliance and data privacy||Volodymyr Monastyrskyy|
|Anti-corruption, compliance and data privacy||Igor Svitlyk|
|Arbitration, litigation and dispute resolution||Oleg Batyuk|
|Banking and finance||Natalia Selyakova|
|Capital markets||Adam Mycyk|
|Capital markets||Natalia Selyakova|
|Competition and antitrust||Volodymyr Monastyrskyy|
|Competition and antitrust||Igor Svitlyk|
|Corporate and M&A||Oleg Batyuk|
|Employment and labour||Volodymyr Monastyrskyy|
|Energy, environment and natural resources||Maksym Sysoiev|
|Information technology||Natalia Selyakova|
|Intellectual property||Oksana Horban|
|Intellectual property||Oleg Batyuk|
|Life sciences and healthcare||Volodymyr Monastyrskyy|
|Private equity||Oleg Batyuk|
|Private equity||Adam Mycyk|
|Real estate||Volodymyr Monastyrskyy|
|Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy||Natalia Selyakova|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 9,700+ at this office : 30
Languages70+ languages including: Arabic Afrikaans Azerbaijani Bulgarian Czech Dutch English French Georgian German Hungarian Italian Japanese Kazakh Mandarin Polish Romanian Russian Slovak Spanish Turkish Ukrainian Uzbek
OtherOther offices : Dentons now has 175+ offices in over 78 countries
Press Releases3rd August 2020 Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has advised Spanish-based multinational construction group, Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A. (ACS), on the renewal of its €500 million Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU-CP) Program. The NEU-CP program is registered with the Central Bank of France, with the involvement of BNP Paribas, BRED Banque Populaire, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank N.V. and Natixis, as dealers for the Notes. Headquartered in Madrid, the ACS Group is a worldwide leader in construction and services. It is currently the only non-financial issuer with a NEU-CP Program registered with the Central Bank of France. Dentons’ Capital Markets group in Madrid advised ACS on all aspects of the transaction. Partner Ignacio Corujo led and coordinated the transaction with the support of junior associate Ana Artola. Ignacio Corujo joined Dentons in January this year to establish and lead the Capital Markets group in Spain. In addition to this most recent deal for ACS, he has closed several high-value debt capital markets deals since his move, including most notably, Grupo Cajamar’s €1 billion issuance of mortgage bonds, as well as Sacyr’s renewal of its €500 million EMTN Program. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 Global law firm Dentons has advised UniCredit Bank AG as Mandated Lead Arranger, (Sustainability) Coordinator, Bookrunner, Facility Agent and Security Agent as well as the lenders on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked borrowing base facility agreement with Gunvor Group. Gunvor Group will use the funds to cover the working capital requirements of its Ingolstadt refinery. The innovative financing model is tied to the borrower's achievement of predetermined ESG key performance indicators (Sustainability KPIs) and provides for a sustainability discount or premium in case the company overachieves or underperforms the predefined targets. An independent sustainability auditor will report on the performance of the Sustainability KPIs on an annual basis. The ESG-based scoring of certain key performance indicators provides a unique way for borrowers and lenders to communicate their commitment to sustainability and incentivizes sustainable corporate measures. Participating banks included DZ Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, Erste Group Bank, Commerzbank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, CA Indosuez (Switzerland), Bank of China and First Abu Dhabi Bank. Gunvor Group is one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover, creating logistics solutions that safely and efficiently move physical energy from where it is sourced and stored to where it is demanded. With strategic investments in industrial infrastructure – refineries, pipelines, storage and terminals – Gunvor Group further generates sustainable value across the global supply chain for its customers. UniCredit is one of the pioneers in sustainable loans in the German market. Düsseldorf finance partner Dr. Axel Schlieter fully advised the bank on the drafting and negotiation of the loan agreement. The Dentons team further comprised Julia Heitmann (senior associate, Banking and Finance, Düsseldorf) and Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, Banking and Finance, Frankfurt). Axel Schlieter is a core member of Dentons’ Sustainable Finance group in Europe and is regularly involved around the topics of issuance of green bonds and on sustainable financing. Advisors to UniCredit: Dentons (Düsseldorf): Dr. Axel Schlieter, (lead partner), Julia Heitmann (senior associate, both banking and finance, Düsseldorf), Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, banking and finance, Frankfurt am Main) UniCredit inhouse lawyers: Carina Engelhardt, Alexander Strigin, Christian Hentrich About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice team advised Qair SAS, Qair International and Qair Polska Sp.z o.o. in connection with the refinancing of two wind farms under operation, Rzepin (58 MW) and Linowo (48 MW). The financing institutions are BNP Paribas and EBRD. The two wind farms are part of Qair’s larger portfolio of almost 200 MW of renewable energy sources, which also includes 93 MW of new capacity from three wind farms – Udanin (50 MW), Parzeczew (9 MW) and Września (9 MW) – and 25 MW of solar photovoltaic. The project was supervised by Mateusz Toczyski, Head of the Europe and Co-Head of the Global Banking and Finance practice, and led by Tomasz Zwoliński, counsel, with assistance from lawyers Klaudia Szymańska-Rutkowska, Katarzyna Mazur, Katarzyna Kaptur and Jakub Walawski. Supporting the Warsaw team were counsel Surbhi Malhotra-Trenkel in Munich and partners Jean-Marc Allix and Olivier Genevois, and associates Djésia Meziani, Philippine de Fouchier and Hugo Casasnovas in Paris. Dentons’ London team consisting of partner Matthew Sapte and associate Annreika Ray advised on the hedging documentation. “We are very pleased and honored to have had this opportunity to assist Qair in yet another wind power project the company has undertaken in Poland,” said Mateusz Toczyski. “We would like to congratulate Qair on this financing and to wish every success with further developments and investments in Poland and elsewhere in the world,” added Tomasz Zwoliński. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 Dentons has advised international energy group Sev.en Energy on its strategic acquisition of US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining, LLC. C. The transaction comes on the heels of Sev.en Energy’s acquisition of a 17% ownership interest in Corsa Coal in May 2020, further reinforcing its access to the metallurgical coal mining industry in the US market. Blackhawk Mining is one of the largest metallurgical coal producers in the US. With annual production capacity of seven to eight million tonnes of metallurgical coal among its five underground and open pit mining complexes in West Virginia and Kentucky, Blackhawk Mining is an important supplier of metallurgical coal both locally and internationally. It also owns three thermal coal mine complexes producing three to four million tonnes per annum. In 2019, Blackhawk Mining had $1bn revenues and $120m EBITDA. Commenting on the acquisition, Dentons partner Petr Zákoucký, said: “Having worked for Sev.en Energy for many years, I am inspired by their sustained dynamism, and by this bold strategic move, even during these difficult market conditions. We were delighted to have opportunity to play our role in this success.” Alan Svoboda, Executive Director of Sev.en Energy who leads the Group’s international expansion added: “Once again, the Dentons team exceeded our expectations and delivered the transaction within a tight time frame of less than a month, nailing both the complexity of the deal and challenges created by the current worldwide pandemic. What was really outstanding was the dedication and flexibility that the entire team showed.” Dentons’ cross-border team was composed of partners Petr Zákoucký (Prague, Energy/M&A), Ilan Katz (New York, M&A), Lee Smith (New York, Finance), Christopher Van Bever (Lexington, Mining) and John Rhine (Evansville, Mining) Robert E. Richards (Chicago, Insolvency), Managing Associate Gregory DiBella (New York, M&A) and Associate Barbora Obračajová (Prague, Energy). Alvarez & Marsal advised Sev.en Energy on financial due diligence and Weir on technical due diligence. About Sev.en Energy Sev.en Energy owns significant coal and energy production assets in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. It is the largest private operator of coalmines and conventional power plants in the Czech Republic, and employs more than 3,500 people. In 2019, Sev.en Energy acquired additional power generation assets from Swiss energy group Alpiq and a 50% stake in the multinational energy company – InterGen N.V., which is one of the leading independent power generators with gas-fired power plants in the UK and coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Australia. When pro-forma aggregated with the financial results of InterGen and Alpiq CZ, Sev.en Energy group combined revenues in 2019 were EUR 1,4 billion and EBITDA of EUR 319 million. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
3rd August 2020 Global law firm Dentons is assisting Weser-Metall GmbH and Harz-Metall GmbH, both subsidiaries of the French-German Recylex Group, with their restructuring through ‘self-administration’ proceedings. In addition, Dentons restructuring lawyers Andreas Ziegenhagen and Dirk Schoene and their team are advising the German management of the Recylex Group within the scope of its self-administration. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic decline in metal prices, the German subsidiaries of Recylex have each applied for protective shield proceedings under German insolvency law. The aim of the protective shield is to allow the companies to continue their individual restructuring measures and to return to economic stability after the pandemic - if necessary, in a new shareholder structure. Weser-Metall produces about 100,000 tons of lead per year at its headquarters in Nordenham (Lower Saxony), making it the third largest lead smelter and the second largest lead recycler in Europe. Harz-Metall has its headquarters in Oker in the Harz Mountains and is one of the leading European recycling companies for lead and zinc contaminated waste. The Recylex group has a total of eleven operating units and two administrative sites in France and Germany. In addition to the companies supported by Dentons, two other companies in the group, Norzinco GmbH and PPM Pure Metals GmbH, have also submitted applications for protective shield, whilethree other German subsidiaries requested self-administration under creditor protection. The Group's French companies are not affected. Andreas Ziegenhagen, Head of the Europe and German Restructuring practice, said: "With the filing for protective shield proceedings, we are making use of the most restructuring-friendly court proceedings in the interest of all stakeholders of the companies”. Advisor to Harz Metall / Weser Metall / German management of Recylex: Dentons (Berlin): Andreas Ziegenhagen (Partner, Restructuring, Berlin/Frankfurt), Dirk Schoene (Partner), Dr. Jan Seelinger (Counsel), Dr. Benjamin Kurzberg (Counsel), Judith Schmid (Senior Associate), Dr. Jakob Pickartz (Senior Associate), all Restructuring and Insolvency About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com
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