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Dentons
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POLAND
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Poland > Banking and finance Tier 1

Dentons‘ banking and finance team was bolstered in 2021 by the arrival of Mark Segall from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k.; he has expertise in cross-border syndicated lending and other structured finance transactions. The group in Warsaw is led by Mateusz Toczyski, who is also a co-head of the firm’s global banking practice. Bartosz Nojek handles syndicated lending transactions for borrowers and lenders; Piotr Nerwiński, who was promoted to partner in March 2021 is noted for his expertise in real estate finance and project finance deals. Tomasz Trocki takes the lead in consensual restructuring projects. In July 2021,Agnieszka Lipska left the firm to take up an in-house position at Enlight Renewable Energy.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Strong banking and energy due diligence team with sufficient capabilities to run complicated project financing in short period of time and in professional way.’

‘The biggest law firm in Poland. Full stop.’

‘Bartosz Nojek is my pleasure to work in the Dentons team. Bartek is a rising star among the lawyers specializing in banking. Huge knowledge, experience and constant commitment mean that I do not hesitate to entrust Bartek with our next projects.’

‘Understanding of client needs and acting to help customers.’

‘Pace of work. They are fast and help their clients achieved their goals.’

‘They have been very professional, efficient, commercial and focused on achieving the goals of the transaction. Our cooperation has been very smooth and effective.’

‘We have primarily worked with Piotr Nerwiński, who is very responsive, open-minded, focused on detail and on providing solid and resolving legal solutions to any situation. He is also very experienced, understands the business and brings a wealth of knowledge to his advice. He is also open to discuss the fee arrangements, shows the required flexibility on this front and full understanding on the borrower’s processes – which is extra important when, as the borrowers, we are paying legal fees of Dentons acting for the financing bank.’

Key clients

ING Bank

Qair

BNP Paribas

mBank

Santander Bank Polska

DNB Bank Polska

EKF

UniCredit

HB Reavis

EBRD

European Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised financing institutions, including the EBRD, DNB Bank Polska, mBank, Bank Pekao and PZU, on the financing granted to Potęgowo Mashav for the extension of the Potęgowo wind farm, the largest wind power plant in Poland.
  • Advised a club of four banks, consisting of PKO Bank Polski, ING Bank Śląski, Santander Bank Polska and BNP Paribas Bank Polska, on €265 million refinancing of the indebtedness of Press Glass / AMG Group and the financing of its further investments, including new production plants in Lithuania and Wales. The transaction encompassed companies operating in six jurisdictions: Poland, Croatia, Luxembourg, US, United Kingdom and Lithuania.
  • Advised Qair Polska in connection with €105m financing of four wind and 29 photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 106 MW.

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 1

The competition practice at Dentons specialises in antitrust investigations and state aid, as well as in complex merger control cases and contentious matters involving investigations and litigation. The team is also well-situated to handle cross-border mandates. Practice head Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska is active in representing clients in EU and Polish competition authority proceedings and before Polish courts. She is supported by Michał Bernat and Aleksandra Siemieniec, who focus on state aid; counsel Anna Gulińska, who is a specialist in TMT and real estate; senior associate Maciej Marek, who is skilled in chemicals and heavy industry; and Adrian Bielecki, who has a core focus on transport, logistics and life sciences.

Testimonials

‘Dentons has a highly experienced team of lawyers in the field of competition and consumer protection law. Their advice is always based on a thorough knowledge of the rules and precedents, but nevertheless always put into practice.’

‘I believe that, on the Polish market, Dentons has one of the most experienced competition law teams’.

‘Thanks to being part of an international law firm with such a global footprint as Dentons, they are able to assist in many jurisdictions concurrently, which is especially useful to us.’

‘Adrian Bielecki is very responsive with, good attention to details.’

As for stand-out individuals, I would before all like to single out Ms. Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska, who heads Dentons’ competition practice in Poland. When there is a legal issue we might work on together, she is my first point of contact. Also, I have worked closely with Mr. Maciej Marek – I liked his sharpness, as well as the speed with which he was able process the information we would throw at him.’

‘Agnieszka has a unique knowledge of competition law. She has a very commercial approach and makes the client feel safe.’

‘Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska and Anna Gulińska have extensive experience, which allows them to provide advice and find solutions of great practical and business dimension. Agnieszka and Anna are great partners in long-term cooperation, always well versed in many aspects of their clients’ business. They are proactive in communicating to the client about changes in the law or events affecting this business.’

Key clients

Air Products

Alvitra

Arriva

Audi

Celanese

Cornerstone Partners

Dr Max

Dr. Ing. H.C F. Porsche AG

DT One

Echo Investment

Enea

Enefit

Fresenius Kabi

Geodis

Ghelamco

GreenOak Europe

HB Reavis

Henkel

Hines

ING Bank Slaski

Kajima Properties

Lhoist

Mansa

Morgan Stanley

Netflix

PCC

Resource Partners

REYL & Cie

Robert Bosch

Salenia

Santander Bank

Tech Data

The Coca-Cola Company

Total SE

UPC

Veolia

Volkswagen

White Star

Yamaha

Yokohama Europe

Yves Rocher

Work highlights

  • Represented Yamaha Music Europe and obtained a favourable decision in a leniency case and substantially reduced the fine.
  • Advised several Volkswagen Group companies on obtaining a number of unconditional merger control clearances from the Polish competition authority for establishing joint ventures.
  • Advised Total on obtaining an unconditional merger control clearance from the Polish competition authority for establishing a joint venture with Shell and Equinor, which will oversee all project activities, including business development, related to the development of the world’s first Carbon Capture and Storage network, the Northern Lights project off Norway.

Poland > Construction Tier 1

The strong and capable construction practice at Dentons focuses on two core areas: disputes and dispute avoidance in the public and private sectors, and projects, where ‘outstanding lawyer’ Agnieszka Wojciechowska and Piotr Staniszewski lead, respectively. The practice is highly adept at handling proceedings before the Dispute Adjudication Boards, state courts and domestic and international arbitration tribunals. The group’s client roster includes domestic and foreign private investors, public employers, contractors, designers and engineers across sectors including commercial real estate, oil and gas, energy, roads and railways. Senior associate Marta Cichomska is also a name of note for construction disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Dentons team is always very good, prepared to negotiate and discuss and always have a business attitude. They have lawyers who are specialised in different laws i.e., labor, assets management and purchasing, construction law, environmental etc.’

‘I have direct contact with a leading lawyer who is very responsive which makes me sure that in the case of an emergency I’ll have support.’

‘This company is focused on the highest quality of work and level of service provided. They developed very effective strategies and more than successfully solved our problem.’

‘Each member of the team with which the client corresponds has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate not only a high level of knowledge of both construction and arbitration law, but also the highest degree of correctness, striving to ensure the maximum convenience and satisfaction of the client.’

‘I have worked mostly with Agnieszka Wojciechowska; she is an outstanding lawyer, not only representing the client in litigation but also providing ongoing advice during the execution of the construction project. Before developing a strategy for the client, she wants to thoroughly understand all of the technical issues so that she can provide the best legal advice possible. She is dedicated and provides the highest quality legal advice that is practically applicable during the execution of the investment by the contractor.’

‘We have been supported by Piotr Staniszewski and his best quality was his attention to the client, to understand in detail our needs and reflect them in deliverables. We have built a very trustful relationship.’

‘Mr. Piotr Staniszewski presented comprehensive knowledge and involvement in the tasks appointed, never refusing to help, always being available, always thinking forward, coming up with the best solutions for the investors and always finding a legal way to implement the investor’s ideas.’

‘For the last couple of years I’ve been working with one of the Partners, Piotr Staniszewski. He is a great professional, always there with a good advice when needed and I especially value his engagement in the work he does, finding amicable solutions to end the disputes quickly and not to escalate them and I can count on his practical judgment.’

Key clients

Heimstaden Bostad

Construcciones Rubau

Inopa

Pinewood

POC Partners

Rover Infraestructuras

Rubau Polska

Saipem

Shanghai Electric Power Construction

SIAC Construction

Techint

Virako

Work highlights

  • Representing Shanghai Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd. in a dispute with an employer relating to the effectiveness of the employer’s statement of rescission of the construction works contract.
  • Advising Heimstaden Bostad on the construction aspects of three investment transactions, covering the acquisition of 18 build-to-rent projects worth €460m.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dentons‘ team is commended for its ‘high level of professionalism, great availability and a very good network‘. The department, which is led overall by Anna Maria Pukszto, is divided into sub-groups including: construction, real estate, white-collar criminal defence, regulatory disputes, corporate and administrative disputes. The construction practice, headed by Agnieszka Wojciechowska, is frequently sought out by clients. Katarzyna Bilewska leads the corporate disputes practice, while Michał Jochemczak leads on arbitration. Patrick Radzimierski is the name to note for civil litigation, with a practice that spans product liability, healthcare and IP disputes. Managing counsel Radosław Góral focuses on unfair competition cases and regulatory litigation.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Provide invaluable support to a construction client, who does not expect from its lawyers just mere legal solutions, but involvement and understanding of the specifics of the construction industry.’

‘Agnieszka Wojciechowska is an outstanding lawyer. She not only represents the client in litigation but also provides ongoing advice during the execution of the construction project. Before developing a strategy for the client, she wants to thoroughly understand all of the technical issues so that she can provide the best legal advice possible.’

‘Agnieszka Wojciechowska is dedicated and provides the highest quality legal advice that is practically applicable during the execution of the investment by the contractor.’

‘High level of professionalism, great availability and a very good network’

‘The advice has been prompt, lucid and helpful. The team seem well resourced and provided balanced, practical and knowledgeable advice.’

‘Anna Pukszto provides lucid, thorough, reliable, practical advice which follows a format that is expected by international business clients. She is an excellent ‘go to’ person for disputes in the Polish jurisdiction.’

‘Katarzyna Bilewska is reliable, committed and professional. I appreciate her proactive, client-centric approach and responsiveness. She focuses on finding solutions and delivering the expected outcome.’

‘Bright and good listeners’

Key clients

4Fun Media

Construcciones Rubau

Deloitte

DZ Bank

ECE

GSK

Jiangsu Lantian Aerospace (Aero AT)

Loxeco

Maywood Investments

Morgan Stanley

P4

Premium Distillers

Rail

Rover Infraestructuras

Rubau Polska

SIAC Construction

Saipem

Shanghai Electric Power Construction

Tarantoga Capital / Creative Development

Techint

Vectra

WDX

White Star Real Estate

WPD Europe

Work highlights

  • Representing Loxeco in an ongoing real estate corporate dispute concerning co-control of Mennica Towers – a new, high profile office building in Warsaw and securing two new victories, in addition to earlier 2020 successes.
  • Representing a general contractor in a dispute with an employer – the operator of the electricity transmission system in Poland – relating to the effectiveness of the employer’s statement of rescission of the construction works contract.
  • Representing Raiffeisen Bank International (“RBI”) as a defendant in two class action lawsuits initiated by participants in two investment funds in respect of which the legal predecessor of RBI acted as the custodian and then as the liquidator.

Poland > Employment Tier 1

Compliance and corporate law expert Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek leads the employment and labour practice at Dentons; her team is particularly formidable in the field of employment-related restructurings, dismissals and employee transfers, tax-efficient structures, regional projects, contentious matters and crisis situations such as mobbing and harassment allegations. The practice is equipped to support on matters across the entirety of Europe and includes Magda Słomska, a go-to name for management board members and HR Directors.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is unique in that it acts fast and swiftly with great quality of advice and execution; you can rely on this team to get the results your business needs.’

‘Dentons is my preferred firm for employment law in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. They are practical and realistic in their advice, often explaining the law and the practice to manage our expectations.’

‘Very responsive, great attention to detail and very flexible. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Clear understanding of our company; excellent communication and advise.’

‘Magda Słomska is very knowledgeable, willing to go the extra mile, provides outstanding advice.’

‘They’ll explain what the law says vs what we find in practice and the real risk of the decisions we make. Standout individuals Poland are Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek (the best employment law litigator) and Magda Słomska.’

Key clients

CEE Equity Partners

Green Investment Group

Stage Capital Management Limited

Qair Poland

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

Fortum Power and Heat Poland

ENEA

POLENERGIA

EDPR

International Finance Corporation

Taiga Mistral

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Managing partner Arkadiusz Krasnodębski is head of Dentons‘ energy and natural resources practice in Poland, CEE and Europe. The team advises companies in the Polish market including transmission and distribution system operators, energy producers and energy traders. The practice has expertise across a range of energy projects and mandates, especially in the renewable energy, oil and gas sectors, including privatisation transactions and acquisitions, PPP and energy-related infrastructure projects and compliance with environmental impact assessment procedures. In January 2022, Dr. Christian Schnell, dual-qualified lawyer in Poland and Germany, joined the team as a partner from Solivan Pontes alongside counsel Piotr Dziwniel, senior associate Olga Wasilewska and associate Ewa Gołąbek. In a further development of note, Agnieszka Kulińska recently made partner and is especially acclaimed for work at wind farm projects.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Dentons team is very responsive, providing timely and commercial advice to clients as a result of them being well plugged into the local market.’

‘Excellent team with great knowledge of the sector and the market. Excellent practical approach and not theoretical’

‘Open, available and creative.’

‘We’ve been really impressed by Agnieszka Kulińska, who can take charge of a transaction to bring it towards closing as a result of her commerciality and local knowledge.’

Key clients

CEE Equity Partners

Green Investment Group

Stage Capital Management Limited

Qair Poland

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

Fortum Power and Heat Poland

ENEA

POLENERGIA

EDPR

International Finance Corporation

Taiga Mistral

Work highlights

  • Advising ENEA Badania i Rozwój Sp. z o.o. on a coal gasification power plant  to be developed in Bogdanka by JV of Enea and MHPS of Japan.
  • Advising CEE Equity Partners on the sale of a 163 MW project consisting of three wind farms to Iberdrola.
  • Advising Qair Poland on the financing of four wind and 29 photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 106 MW.

Poland > Investment funds Tier 1

The team at Dentons is well regarded for its ‘exceptional expertise and perfect timing‘ when it comes to investment fund law. The group advises on the implementation of fund structures, particularly in relation to dedicated closed-end funds, the renegotiation of contracts with fund management companies, as well as regulatory issues. Key figures in the group are corporate and capital markets lawyer Jakub Celiński, and of counsels Marcin Bartczak and Inga Dulska, both of whom clients perceive as ‘great experts in the funds market‘.

Testimonials

‘Exceptional expertise , perfect timing, everything delivered on time’

‘Inga Dulska and Marcin Bartczak are great experts in the funds market, all answers delivered on the spot, not after billed hours.’

Key clients

mBank S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Poland > Public procurement Tier 1

The practice at  Dentons has notable strength in the energy, transport and road construction, defence and life sciences sectors. The team has been particularly active in strategic gasoline piping and onshore projects, large road construction tenders and the delivery of tram, train and public transport services. Offering clients the full spectrum of advice, the team represents clients before the NAC and in procurement court proceedings. Department head Aldona Kowalczyk  is supported by recently promoted partner Anna Szymańska, who also has a notable defence and security practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent sense of the topic, good tactics and good preparation for the task.’

Key clients

Stadler

Enea

TMNG

GSK

Sanito

Solar Turbines

Colas

Mera Systems

Metroprojekt

Poland > Real estate Tier 1

The team at Dentons conducts high value investment transaction, lease reviews and property portfolio management on behalf of institutional real estate investors, private funds, developers and asset managers. The team is very active in the booming logistics and PR sectors, as well as the office, retail and hotel industries. Piotr Szafarz is head of the real estate team alongside deputy heads Monika Sitowicz and Bartłomiej Kordeczka.

Testimonials

‘The best Real Estate team in Poland. Their knowledge and experience is unique. The practice always provided us with excellent legal advice. They are very diligent. Their lawyers have a profound knowledge of the market and are skilful negotiators as well as have a very good business approach.’

‘Dentons is one of the best RE team on the polish market; they are client oriented, very proactive, focused on problem solving not making problems, very commercial focused, understand the needs and adopt appropriate solution, and is ready to listen first and then act accordingly. I have very good chemistry with the Dentons team I work with.’

‘The team is extremely professional and diligent in their advice to us, both on the buy side and sell side. They act as genuine advisors in order to facilitate a commercial view, taking into account the client’s circumstances and goals.’

‘Magdalena Szwarc-Brožyna is a multinational legal expert appreciated by international business. Very strong legal, leadership and negotiations skills. Transactions under her guidance are smooth and always safe for the client. Cooperation with Magda gives comfort and security.’

‘Jacek Jezierski is one of the standout performers in the European real estate market. Jacek has guided us through the Polish legal system and is always finding the best solution. He is a pleasure to work with and a fine person to be around.’

‘Piotr Szafarz is a down-to-earth lawyer who is exceptionally good at finding creative solutions to theoretical deal blockers.’

‘Monika Sitowicz and Piotr Szafarz’s quality of work stands on the highest level. I fully trust their services and legal advice. High level legal documentation that represents all clients needs. Fast in processing and high level negotiations skills. Open minded, business driven with high level of advice and structuring deals and contracts.’

‘Bartlomiej Kordeczka is a great lawyer with fantastic business sense. Having him on the other side of the table, we know the deal is done. He is pragmatic, down to earth, looking at the deal as a whole rather than trying to win point for winning points.’

Key clients

Atrium European Real Estate

BentallGreenOak

Cavatina

CPI Property Group

HB Reavis

Heimstaden Bostad

Interpierre Europe Centrale fund

Morgan Stanley

Nexity

Skanska

Work highlights

  • Advised Cornerstone Partners and Crestyl Group in developing multi-purpose real estate projects concerning the acquisition of 100% of shares in Budimex Nieruchomości.
  • Advised Heimstaden Bostad on three investment transactions, covering the acquisition of 18 build-to-rent projects worth €460m.
  • Advised EPP on the acquisition of a €692.1m M1 portfolio, comprising of 12 retail properties from the Chariot Top Group consortium, co-managed by Griffin Real Estate through its subsidiaries.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Dentons‘ practice has a notable strength in handling consensual and in-court restructurings and bankruptcies for financial institutions. Complementing the core offering, the team also provides support in relation to insolvency avoidance and insolvency litigation. Anna Maria Pukszto chairs the department, which works closely with the firm’s tax, real estate, corporate and capital markets groups. Tomasz Trocki, who leads the consensual restructuring team, joined in August 2020 from Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.. Counsel Stanisław Sołtysik is adept at contentious matters in this area.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘High quality, professionalism, a proactive approach.’

‘Vast knowledge, solutions provided in a simple and understandable way for non-lawyers and a personal culture at the highest level.’

‘Patience, personal culture at the highest level, knowledge and a big pleasure to work with Ms. Anna Pukszto and Mr. Tomasz Trocki.’

‘Tomasz Trocki demonstrates professionalism, calmness and very good negotiations skills – this is a partner who is strongly recommended by us.’

Key clients

Bank Millennium S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Citi Handlowy S.A.

DZ Bank AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank

Fives Cail société par actions simplifiée à associé unique

FMC Agro Polska Sp. z o.o.

Gordon Brothers

GSS III Wolverine B.V.

ING Groep N.V.

mBank S.A.

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Smartwings, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in the bankruptcy proceedings of Huta Czestochowa.
  • Advising ING Bank Śląski S.A. on the insolvency of ONICO S.A. which is currently in restructuring.
  • Advising banks on the debt restructuring of a Polish book manufacturer involved in publishing business.

Poland > Tax Tier 1

Clients rate the team at Dentons for being ‘very well coordinated in its efforts, providing a great all-round service whatever the nature of the transaction‘. The tax department is well integrated into the firm’s global network, enabling it to handle complex cross-border tax issues, utilising a sectoral approach. ‘Engaged‘ head of tax Cezary Przygodzki is an expert in international tax planning and M&A structuring, with additional skills in tax-related disputes. Dariusz Stolarek (who ‘works seamlessly with the commercial legal team‘) stands out for his transactional tax expertise, which he applies to M&A projects, as well as his knowledge in tax-specific risk insurance. Managing counsel Michał Bernat has a niche in state aid law, while Dagmara Cisowska takes the lead on transfer pricing matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Cooperation with Dentons is always on the top level. Very professional answer understandable for client, all doubts are always explained. No issue with agreed deadlines.’

‘Cezary Przygodzki is engaged and available when there is need for his presence. Very patient and professional. He has exceptional knowledge on tax.’

‘Fantastic litigation support service in the tax field, proactive approach, clear communication, excellent English language skills, outstanding relationship management’

‘Real tax specialists, we use them in particular for transfer pricing. Communication is great.’

‘Dentons Poland have a great ability to assist on multi-jurisdictional deals.’

‘Dariusz Stolarek always provides quick and commercial tax advice which is extremely helpful for assisting us with the placement of Warranty and Indemnity Insurance in Poland. Dariusz is an excellent communicator.’

‘The team at Dentons are very well coordinated in their efforts providing a great all round service whatever the nature of the transaction. They explain their advice in easily understandable terms whether verbally or in written form. Willing to work above and beyond to hit tight timeframes when required. The various areas of expertise are very well coordinated in order to ensure a complete service is provided.’

Experts in their specific fields providing timely and targeted advice. Make the sometimes complicated seem very straightforward. They are all extremely committed to ensure a high level of service and positive outcomes for us as the client. Dariusz led the team from a tax perspective and from day one quickly understood our business and the identified areas where assistance may be needed to mitigate any future potential risks.’

Key clients

mBank

Cavatina Holding

Fresenius

Accor

Accor Polska

Globe Trade Centre

Work highlights

  • Advising mBank on the substitution of the bank for its French subsidiary as the issuer and obligor of Eurobonds.
  • Advising Cavatina Holding, an investor and general contractor, on the sale of a 65% stake in a joint venture company, holding Chmielna 89 office building in Warsaw, to Madison International Realty.
  • Providing comprehensive transfer pricing advice to Accor / Accor Polska on transactions in the CEE region.

Poland > TMT Tier 1

Dentons has broad-ranging and international capabilities and advises clients on media, technology, IP, telecoms and data privacy matters. The team is also seeing an increased volume of work in the banking and defence sectors, and can regularly be found advising on regulatory mandates and fintech projects. Its impressive client portfolio includes BBC Studios, Huawei and Facebook. Karol Laskowski leads the team and is supported by senior associate and media law expert Małgorzata Domalewska.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘High level of professionalism, high level of knowledge of legal issues within the practice.’

‘High level of commitment, easy to contact with, very deep problem analysis.’

‘There is strength and depth to the team I was dealing with. They knew immediately the issues at hand and were able to take the ball and run with it. The lawyers I dealt with had excellent knowledge of the issues, the law and procedures involved, excellent communication skills and outstanding English.’

‘Very commercial and efficient, good listeners who understand the client.’

‘The team work as a unit and the response to any questions is comprehensive, complete, fast and on time.’

‘Karol Laskowski runs a very tight ship with a great team of lawyers.’

‘Kamil Januszek was very efficient with a great eye for detail, ensuring that we provided everything that was needed and following-up to inform us of progress and also remind us of deadlines; this is invaluable.’

Key clients

ITI Neovision

BBC Studios

Kino Polska

mBank

Tata Communications

Viacom International Media Networks

Huawei

Commerz Bank

Bookbit

Facebook

SITA

HERE Technologies

HBO

UPC

Poland > Capital markets Tier 2

At Dentons, the Warsaw office is a hub for the firm’s capital market practice in the CEE region and it works closely with the firm’s team in London. Department head Jakub Celiński leads the Europe ECM practice, but the group is also closely involved in DCM transactions in Poland and across the region, particularly in the energy and real estate arenas. The team is often instructed to handle the Polish aspects of IPOs and SPOs and has also developed a strength in green bond issuances. Paweł Grabowski is noted for working on public M&A, which is also increasingly an area of specialism for associate Paulina Galewska.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very experienced partners and mid-level attorneys active personally in all processes. Dealing with M&A transactions I strongly believe the process requires intensive high level contact from legal advisers.’

‘Paweł Grabowski is very experienced in internationally important cross-border M&A transactions and is very hands-on. Jakub Celiński is one of the most experienced ECM legal advisers in Poland.’

Key clients

Optimum Ventures Magántőkealap

Globe Trade Centre

Mansa Investments

COMSA

NREP

FM Forte

Nordic Real Estate Partners

Echo Investment

Photon Energy

Warsaw Stock Exchange

mBank

Fortum

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

EBRD

Indykpol

Work highlights

  • Advised Globe Trade Centre on its successful debut unsecured green bond issue of €500m with a coupon of 2.25% per annum, maturing on 23 June 2026. The green bonds are to be listed on Euronext Dublin.
  • Advised the Joint Global Coordinators and Bookrunners on an IPO of AB Ignitis grupė, through which the company raised €450m on its Rule 144A/Regulation S initial public offering and dual listing of global depositary receipts (GDRs) on the London Stock Exchange and shares on Nasdaq Vilnius.
  • Advised the majority shareholder in Polenergia S.A. – Mansa Investments – on an investment and shareholders agreement with an affiliate of Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. and a public tender offer for shares in Polenergia S.A.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Dentons combines strong capabilities in corporate transactions with an ability to handle related regulatory issues, giving it an edge in deals in the energy, infrastructure, life sciences and telecoms sectors. The Warsaw office is part of a well-oiled international network and often acts as a hub for work across the CEE region. Piotr Dulewicz  leads the team, and he is also a co-head of the firm’s Europe private equity group. Paweł Grabowski is an expert in transactions emanating from the real estate sector. Managing counsel Marceli Kasperkiewicz is an expert in Polish and EU civil law and has wide experience in domestic M&A.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Dulewicz

Other key lawyers:

Paweł Grabowski; Marceli Kasperkiewicz; Marcin Paliwoda; Michał Wasiak

Testimonials

‘Full scope service provider in the Polish market.’

‘This is already the second time we worked with Marcin Paliwoda. He is a very knowledgeable and engaged M&A lawyer, who can communicate both very efficiently with US clients and “bridge” communication to local counterparties. At the same time, he is a very sympathetic and easy to connect with lawyer who is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The level of service is high and they are oriented for rapidly changing environment.’

Key clients

Orbis

GEODIS

Echo Investment

EPAM Systems

NREP

Sumitomo Corporation

Celanese Corporation

Starkey Hearing Technologies

SPI International

COMSA

Yokohama

ENGIE Axima

Zhejiang XCC Group

Work highlights

  • Advised GEODIS, global transport and logistics company based in France, on its acquisition of PEKAES Group from Innova Capital fund.
  • Advised Echo Investment, the leading Polish real estate development company, Echo Investment on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Archicom. The transaction created the largest residential development group in Poland.
  • Advised Cornerstone Partners and Crestyl Group on the acquisition of 100% of shares in Budimex Nieruchomości, a leading Polish residential development company. One the largest real estate transactions in the CEE region since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 2

Dentons provides a full IP service to clients and has a highly regarded trademark prosecution practice; the team has established itself as a main adviser and portfolio manager for many companies. The practice also advises on trademark enforcement, patent and trademark litigations, licensing and transactions. Karol Laskowski leads the team, and is supported by counsel Marek Trojnarski and Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent legal services, taking into account the client’s business needs.’

‘Marek Trojnarski is an excellent lawyer with a lot of expertise, professional experience and is always willing to help.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Zott Group

TVN

ITI Neovision

Delta Airlines

Nike

Fibo AS, Industriveien

BBC Worldwide

Skanska

mBank

A&E Networks

Viacom International Media Networks

Amdocs

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu

Media IP Rights

Milly LLC

MarketAxess Holdings

Roger Publishing

Polflam

Echo Investment

Komatsu Poland

Frontier Estates

Bvtcher

Windsor Smith

Poland > Private equity Tier 2

At Dentons, lawyers stand out for advising on private equity transactions in regulated sectors, drawing on lawyers from across the firm in matters pertaining to energy, infrastructure, life sciences, media and telecoms. The Warsaw office is integrated into the firm’s CEE office network, and often acts as a hub for deals across the region. Piotr Dulewicz leads the department and jointly heads the firm’s Europe-wide private equity practice group. Paweł Grabowski combines private equity expertise with knowledge of the real estate sector, and is particularly active for asset acquisitions. Managing counsel Michał Wasiak is experienced in restructurings.

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‘Senior people supervising the whole projects are always up to speed on what is currently going on.’

‘Piotr Dulewicz is commercial and has a hands on approach.’

‘Michał Wasiak is commercial, hands on and always available.’

Key clients

Cornerstone Partners

CEE Equity Partners

NREP

KKR

Blackstone

Syntaxis Capital

White Star Capital

Resource Partners

Optimum Ventures Magántőkealap

Work highlights

  • Advised Optimum Ventures Magántőkealap on the acquisition from Lone Star Funds of a Dutch holding company that owns a 61% stake in GTC and on a public tender offer for 4.5% of shares in GTC listed on the Warsaw and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
  • Advised Resource Partners, a CEE-focused private equity fund, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Nesperta from its founders.
  • Advised Cornerstone Partners and Crestyl Group on the acquisition of 100% of shares in Budimex Nieruchomości.

Poland > White-collar crime Tier 2

The white-collar criminal law practice at Dentons sits within the litigation and arbitration department and assists clients in a range of business-related criminal proceedings before the Polish authorities regarding cybercrime, fraud, corruption and asset stripping. Other areas of focus include compliance, corporate liability issues, anti-money laundering matters and risk management. The practice is led by Anna Maria Pukszto, who is supported by senior associate Joanna Kornaszewska, who is notable for her expertise in criminal litigation.

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‘The team has very broad and long-term experience in white collar crime matters. Team includes a former judge whose experience adds another dimension, especially in respect of litigation strategy and planning. The team is part of a large litigation practice involving specialists in different areas which particularly helps in complex matters.’

‘Team members are very helpful, provide tailored, focused and business-oriented advice.’

Key clients

Echo Investment

Boehringer Ingelheim

Philips Medical Systems Nederland

FMC Agro

Prins Autogassystemen

White Star Real Estate

Creamfinance

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa

PZU Finanse

Ardagh Glass

Work highlights

  • Advised a global medical devices manufacturer in conducting a large-scale internal investigation into possible corrupt practices within the client’s local subsidiary, against the backdrop of US FCPA proceedings.
  • Advised a global investment bank in conducting an internal review in connection with a criminal investigation into an acquisition in the Polish infrastructure sector.
  • Represented an automotive-sector company in parallel criminal and civil litigation relating to fraud and asset stripping against a former local distributor.

Poland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Dentons‘ life sciences and healthcare practice provides regulatory, advisory and litigation services to its clients, including local and international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical device distributors, drug retailers, pharmaceutical organisations and Polish healthcare providers. Practice head Wojciech Kozlowski is adept at litigation and regulatory matters, and Maria Samolińska-Hojda was recently promoted to pharmaceutical consulting director and specialises in advising on wholesale trade in medicinal products and brokerage of medicinal products. Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska and counsel Adam Odojewski are also names of note.

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‘Dentons’ team provided comprehensive support in proceedings in all of their various procedural stages, were able to promptly respond to all developments in these proceedings and managed to achieve – on behalf of the client – several very important positive decisions.’

‘Wojciech Kozlowski – appreciated for his hands-on approach, providing both strategic litigation guidance and having a detailed knowledge of all pending cases.’

Key clients

Accord Healthcare

Adamed

Clinico Medical

DOZ

Dr.Max

Eubioco

Fresenius Kabi

Gilead

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Johnson & Johnson

Komtur Polska

Mabion

Merck

Pelion

Perrigo

Pharmapoint

Polpharma Biologics

Sanofi-Aventis

Shire

Super-Pharm

Ziko Apteka

Work highlights

  • Assisting Johnson & Johnson in regulatory aspects of the acquisition of a medicinal product dossier from another major pharmaceutical company.
  • Representing Ziko in defence against the contra legem decision of pharmaceutical authorities who revoked licenses for the operation of the pharmacies.
  • Representing Super-Pharm on the Polish market in an unprecedented court dispute with a shopping mall developer and property manager regarding a lease of premises.

The firm: With a legacy in Poland going back 30 years, Dentons was one of the first multinational law firms to set up in Warsaw. Deeply rooted in the community, the firm has been involved in many of the largest, most innovative transactions and cases in Poland.

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

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: the largest banking and finance team in Poland with sub-teams specialised in real estate finance, acquisition finance, project finance, energy finance, corporate, bonds, regulatory and compliance.

Capital markets: the team advises on IPOs/SPOs, bonds issuance and restructuring, EMTN programmes, derivatives and structured products, compliance and post listing obligations, capital markets regulatory and litigation matters.

Competition and antitrust: the practice specialises in antitrust, merger control, consumer protection and state aid matters in such sectors as energy, TMT, real estate, retail and consumer products, banking, pharmaceutical and chemicals.

Corporate and M&A: one of the largest and most experienced teams in Poland playing a key role in big ticket transactions and mid-size deals, representing multinationals, regional corporations, large local firms, financial institutions, private equity funds.

Intellectual property, technology and communications: the team delivers comprehensive advice on complex regulatory, IP, corporate and litigation matters to FMCG producers, luxury brands, TV and radio broadcasters, media, telecoms, IT companies, and regulatory bodies.

Dispute resolution and arbitration: the largest dispute resolution team in Poland with high profile sub-practices focused on corporate, construction, infrastructure, white-collar crime, healthcare, bankruptcy and international arbitration cases.

Employment: the team has been successfully representing employers’ interests for many years. We effectively combine our knowledge and experience with a pragmatic approach. Being part of a global team we are fully able to implement and coordinate international projects.

Energy: the group advises the key energy companies in the Polish market, including transmission and distribution system operators, energy producers and energy traders on the full spectrum of legal matters, transactional, project development and finance, regulatory and environmental law and dispute resolution. Dentons’ lawyers are leading the field in terms of legal advice on renewable energy projects in Poland.

Public procurement and PPP: the group provides quality advice on: public procurement, license-related issues, new regulations on public-private partnership and concessions for construction works or services in the power, rail, road, defense and utilities sectors.

Real estate: the largest and leading practice in Poland. The team of more than 50 lawyers provides a full-service advisory to all major real estate players, with a particular focus on office, residential, retail, logistics and hotel projects. They are best known for their involvement in complex acquisitions, sales and joint ventures in the real estate sector.

Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: the team deals with all kinds of out-of-court restructuring and in-court insolvency proceedings representing parties on all sides of the table. They have significant experience in working with banks and financial institutions on restructuring projects.

Tax: the group comprises tax advisors, advocates and legal advisors, offering a full range of services, including tax planning and transaction advisory, PIT and indirect taxation related issues, tax and court proceedings, tax risks management, transfer pricing, and comprehensive handling of taxation of foreign investment projects in Poland.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance Mateusz Toczyski
Capital markets Jakub Celinski
Competition and antitrust Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Baranska
Employment Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek
Energy Arkadiusz Krasnodebski
Environment Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz
IP, technology and communications Karol Laskowski
Life sciences Wojciech Kozlowski
Dispute resolution and arbitration Anna Maria Pukszto
Development and innovation grants & incentives Michał Turczyk
Corporate and M&A Piotr Dulewicz
PPP Aldona Kowalczyk
PPP Tomasz Korczynski
Public procurement Aldona Kowalczyk
Real estate Piotr Szafarz
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Anna Maria Pukszto
Tax Cezary Przygodzki
Tax Dariusz Stolarek
Japan Desk Takura Kawai
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Arkadiusz Krasnodębski photoMr Arkadiusz KrasnodębskiArkadiusz Krasnodębski has been advising clients in the energy sector for almost…
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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.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Dentons 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