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Poland > Banking and finance Tier 1
Under the leadership of Mateusz Toczyski – who also co-heads the firm’s global banking and finance practice – Dentons continues to have a stellar reputation for complex transactional work, particularly CEE cross-border portfolio, and real estate and renewable energy sources projects financings. 2022 marked a period of significant team consolidation; January, February and June saw the arrival of a trio of counsels – Patrycja Polasz joined from Wardynski & Partners, Jakub Zienkiewicz from DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k., and Paweł Długoborski from Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.. April of the same year saw the promotion of noted practitioner Tomasz Zwoliński to partner. Other key names within the group include Mark Segall, who focuses on cross-border syndicated lending, and Bartosz Nojek, who typically advises on corporate financings provided by syndicates of banks.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very strong English law banking practice, strong talent at partner and associate level, pro-active and entrepreneurial approach.’
‘Mark Segall is our go-to adviser for English law-governed financing transactions in the CEE region.’
Santander Bank Polska
BNP Paribas Bank Polska
DNB Bank Polska
Cornerstone Investment Management
- Advised Banco Santander, Santander Bank Polska, EIB, CaixaBank and EKF on a €147m financing granted to subsidiaries of EDP Renewables for the development, construction and operation of six wind farms in Poland with a total capacity of approximately 150MW.
- Advised EBRD, PKO Bank Polski and Bank Pekao on zł763m financing provided to Goldbeck Solar and Respect Energy for the construction of a large standalone photovoltaic project in Poland and the CEE, which will have a capacity of 286MW once completed.
- Advised BNP Paribas Bank Polska on over €48m and zł6m financing extended to a company belonging to Yareal Group for development of another phase of the Lixa office complex.
‘Maciej Marek provides very professional and helpful advice, extremely quick responses.’
‘Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska has a unique talent for maintaining relationships with her clients. While not imposing herself she is one step ahead providing relevant market updates and insights. She is very approachable, practical, diligent and thorough, with vast knowledge of the competition law, and as such she inspires trust. Huge pleasure to work with.’
Cornerstone Investment Management
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
Green Investment Group
TD Synnex (Tech Data Corporation)
Tensai Property Services
The Coca-Cola Company
- Successfully advised several Volkswagen Group companies on obtaining a number of unconditional merger control clearances from the Polish Competition Authority for establishing joint ventures.
- Successfully advised Norsk Hydro on obtaining an unconditional merger clearance from the Polish Competition Authority for establishing a joint venture between Hydro Rein and Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group with the aim to build and operate Feijão, a 586MW combined wind and solar power project in the northeast of Brazil.
- Successfully advised Cornerstone Investment Management, a corporate and real estate private equity investment manager, on obtaining an unconditional merger clearance from the Polish Competition Authority for the acquisition of a portfolio of five office properties in Warsaw from Globalworth.
Poland > Construction Tier 1
The construction team at Dentons has a ‘deep understanding of the industry’ with a strong focus on contentious mandates in both public and private sectors. This side of the practice is led by Agnieszka Wojciechowska, who has ‘outstanding knowledge and experience in construction disputes’. Construction projects are another major focus for the team, an area where Piotr Staniszewski leads. The group’s clients are wide ranging and include investors, employers, contractors, designers, and engineers across the real estate, oil and gas, energy, and roads and railways sectors. Another core member is senior associate Marta Cichomska, who advises state and private entities on construction project mandates concerning infrastructure investments.
Agnieszka Wojciechowska; Piotr Staniszewski
Other key lawyers:
‘A unique and professional team that cares about clients’ needs with a lot of empathy.’
‘Good local knowledge and construction influences locally.’
‘The Dentons team have great experience in preparing the general contractors agreements in the industrial and retail sectors.’
‘They understand clients’ needs and ideas without long explanations, and prepare the drafts of contracts according to instructions.’
‘The Construction Disputes team at Dentons combines an excellent legal service with deep understanding of the industry. They go to the bottom of the most complex legal and technical issues, are able to understand clients’ needs in a particular situation, and propose solutions that are adapted to those needs.’
‘Agnieszka Wojciechowska has outstanding knowledge and experience in construction disputes. She stands out for her understanding of complex technical and engineering points and for her business-oriented approach, which means she pays particular attention not to push for a dispute unless it absolutely cannot be avoided.’
‘Piotr Staniszewski is a trustworthy partner.’
‘Piotr Staniszewski is an openminded, solution-focused person with a lot of empathy. He is an experienced person with passion in his profession.’
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction
Shanghai Electric Power Construction
- Advises Doosan as the EPC contractor in relation to the contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, design and commission of the Waste to Energy plant and Peak Load Boiler House in Olsztyn.
- Advising Data4 Group on its first investment transaction covering acquisition of land, design, and permits for the construction of DATA4 Poland.
Other key lawyers:
Aleksandra Danielewicz; Anna Szczygieł; Karolina Cotronei
‘A very knowledgeable team with lots of experience.’
‘Dentons have great territorial coverage, delivering fast and accurate advice across many jurisdictions.’
‘The key benefit of working with the Polish team is their ability to support APAC in-region local counsels with a global, strategic view while going the extra mile to deliver high quality advice.’
‘The team is well specialised on AdTech privacy issues.’
‘Karolina Cotronei is a commercial lawyer who has a great understanding of business and works tirelessly for her clients’ objectives.’
‘Karolina Cotronei is brilliant.’
- Advising a major media and tech company on the use of AdTech data across multiple jurisdictions in the APAC region.
Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 1Dentons fields a ‘most creative litigation team‘, which is known on the market for its expertise in representing players from the highly regulated energy, life sciences, healthcare, financial services, media, and real estate sectors. Anna Maria Pukszto acts as the overarching practice head, supported by a bench of highly specialised litigators, each responsible for overseeing particular areas. Michał Jochemczak takes the helm on arbitration matters; and Patrick Radzimierski takes charge of civil cases. Wojciech Kozłowski and Katarzyna Bilewska departed for BLSK in June 2023.
Anna Maria Pukszto
‘Responsive, committed, understand business perspectives.’
‘Good and efficient team, reacts immediately to the client’s request.’
‘They are open to looking for solutions. They have a large organisation that allows them to resolve international disputes. They approach problems creatively.’
‘Competence, professionalism and helpfulness in handling the case with an attitude of co-operation and pro-activity. Care in assigning each stage of the case to the appropriate professional to handle the minor or major complexity of the case, thus saving money for the client.’
‘A team of outstanding lawyers, extremely experienced and at the same time keeping a fresh mind in the profession and advising in an unconventional way.’
‘They are the most creative litigation team.’
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
Shanghai Electric Power Construction
Tarantoga Capital / Creative Development
- Advising Doosan, as the EPC contractor, in dispute avoidance issues relating to a contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, design and commissioning of the waste-to-energy plant and Peak Load Boiler House in Olsztyn.
- Representing a bank in proceedings – including a class action involving almost 400 claimants – relating to the alleged failure to properly perform its duties as a depositary of several investment funds.
- Representing Loxeco in a real estate dispute concerning co-control of the Mennica Legacy Tower.
Poland > Employment Tier 1
The employment and labour practice at Dentons leverages the firm’s global network to advise on domestic and cross-border projects, and support foreign companies with a presence in Poland. The team is active in assisting clients with entry into the Polish market, reorganisations and employee transfers, and whistleblowing matters. On the contentious side, the group represents clients in benefits-related litigation, collective bargaining negotiations, and investigations. Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek sits at the helm of the practice; key sectors of focus for her include IT, manufacturing, food, automotive, and advanced technology. Counsel Magda Słomska specialises in individual and collective labour law and HR law matters.
Other key lawyers:
Magda Słomska; Marta Kolarz; Weronika Papucewicz; Tomasz Lasyk
Green Go Energy
Johnson & Johnson
- Advised Hill International on the contract termination of an employee who was protected against dismissal as a member of City Council.
- Advised Epam Systems on employment law issues relating to its acquisition of Enginiety.
Other key lawyers:
Agnieszka Kulińska; Zbigniew Stasiak; Michał Motylewski; Christian Schnell
‘The team has a unique set of cross-departmental competences; it is a sizeable team, and one of the most recognisable on the market.’
‘The team is very much client focused with personalised advice and a first-class understanding of the local energy market and regulations.’
The team is distinguished by its in-depth understanding of the energy sector and its regulatory framework in Poland and the EU; a fully professional service and unbiased advice; the capability to provide ad hoc viable concepts to address complex legal situations; and to identify risks and design ways to mitigate them.’
‘The team is very strong and experienced in the market. It has great experience in various projects, including not only renewable energy projects, but also conventional energy projects, such as power plants.’
‘Arkadiusz Krasnodębski is exceptionally well connected, articulate, and experienced. He is an indisputable leader of the team, personally involved in critical moments despite his numerous roles within the organisation of Dentons.’
‘Agnieszka Kulińska is very experienced and recognisable on the market as an industry expert. A skilled lawyer with a very practical approach and an exceptional deal maker.’
‘Agnieszka Kulińska is a very experienced energy M&A lawyer with a great business approach. Her way of proceeding with transactions is appreciated: focusing on the main legal and commercial points, understanding the needs of the business, and a very pro-active approach.’
‘Zbigniew Stasiak is valued for his very unique experience in the oil and gas sector in Poland. He understands the complicated Polish legal regulations and he is very attentive to details.’
OW Ocean Winds
International Finance Corporation
Santander Bank Polska
PKO Bank Polski
PKO Bank Polski
Orange Polska S.A.
NORDDEUTSCHE LANDESBANK GIROZENTRALE
- Advising Enviva on the supply of biomass to Poland.
- Representing OW Ocean Winds in proceedings before the Provincial Administrative Court in Warsaw to review a complaint against a decision issued by the Minister of Infrastructure pursuant to Article 106 of the Act on Promotion of Energy Generation in Offshore Wind Farms.
- Advising Orange Polska on the drafting and negotiation of two long-term, financially-settled corporate PPAs with Enertrag supporting the development of a 10-turbine and 36 MW wind farm and covering over 120 GWh per annum of Orange Polska electricity consumption.
Poland > Investment funds Tier 1
Poland > Public procurement Tier 1The public procurement group at Dentons has ‘exceptional sector experience’ across the transportation, defence, and energy industries, supporting clients from the beginning of the tender process to its conclusion. This includes representing both domestic and foreign clients before the National Appeal Chamber and in procurement court proceedings; arbitrator Sylwester Kuchnio is particularly notable here. The ‘very experienced expert’ Aldona Kowalczyk sits at the helm of the practice, and she is also a co-founder and Chair of the Executive Board of the Public Procurement Law Association. Anna Szymańska is an active team member as head of the defence and security practice, and Agnieszka Gilowska, who was recently elevated to counsel, has experience advising bidders and awarding entities in public procurement proceedings. In January 2023, Jarosław Witek joined the team from NGL Legal.
‘Dentons is a strongly dedicated team. They demonstrate full and extended knowledge of public procurement issues. The Dentons team provides efficient and valuable advice to ensure conformity of offers.’
‘The Dentons team is very responsive and invests time to understand the client’s offer and product in a very intensive way. The team is always able to explain the rationale of the advice provided with respect to Polish public procurement.’
‘Their exceptional sector experience and high level of legal knowledge gives clients confidence that they are working with the best possible law firm in Poland. They have a whole range of experts under one roof.’
‘Dentons always provides business-oriented advice that is exactly in line with client expectations. They are extremely effective in appeal proceedings in front of the National Appeal Chamber and courts, which is a strategic skill for success in the Polish public procurement market. Cooperation is always maintained at the highest level.’
‘Aldona Kowalczyk is a great leader, knows clients’ businesses inside out, and always dedicates an optimal team of lawyers to all issues. She is a very experienced expert, and her creativity and out-of-the-box thinking are appreciated.’
‘Sylwester Kuchnio is hardworking, always keeps a cool head, and is able to prepare and conduct multi-faceted proceedings by himself. His self-sufficiency in running complex appeal proceedings is always a great value.’
‘It has been pleasing to observe Agnieszka Gilowska develop since her junior lawyer days; today, she is a strong part of the team and a solid individual lawyer focused on details; she knows the nuts and bolts of the relevant sectors and has a wide technical and legal knowledge.’
‘Anna Szymańska is a great professional, is always well prepared for court hearings, and she also presents all risks and threats for a project.’
City of Warsaw
- Advising Metroprojekt on a €1.8bn tender conducted by Centralny Port Komunikacyjny for the preparation of project documentation regarding accompanying railroad investments related to construction.
- Advising the City of Warsaw on a €210m in-house single-source procurement procedure to award a public contract for the removal of municipal waste from nine districts in Warsaw.
- Advising Solar Turbines on public tenders concerning the development of the Różańsko natural gas field, the construction of a cogeneration source, and the construction of a gas unit based on a gas turbine with a water recovery boiler at PGE EC Oddział Elektrociepłownia.
Poland > Real estate Tier 1
The practice at Dentons is singled out by one client as ‘one of the strongest real estate practices on the Polish market’, advising investors and developers from Poland and abroad on a wide range of assets from the office, logistics, PRS and residential, retail, and hotel sectors. The team undertakes high-value and complex investment transactions and portfolio management matters. Piotr Szafarz is active in the PRS market and leads the group in Poland and the CEE, alongside deputy heads Monika Sitowicz and Bartłomiej Kordeczka. Counsel Martyna Racz-Suchocka is ‘an absolute star’ and is active in many of the team’s most significant transactions.
Piotr Szafarz; Monika Sitowicz; Bartłomiej Kordeczka
Other key lawyers:
Martyna Racz-Suchocka; Ewelina Klein; Magdalena Szwarc-Brożyna; Arkadiusz Dębski; Jacek Jezierski
‘Dentons is one of the strongest real estate practices on the Polish market. Their main strength is the fact that they are involved in many transactions and therefore can use their experience to make transaction processes smoother and much more efficient for clients.’
‘This is a big team that is multifunctional, combining knowledge from different practices so that any question will be managed.’
‘The team has very broad market knowledge and immense deal experience.’
‘Piotr Szafarz is particularly pleasant to work with. He has a positive attitude and is very experienced, which really fills one with confidence, even when matters are very complex.’
‘Bartłomiej Kordeczka, Martyna Racz-Suchocka, Ewelina Klein, and Magdalena Szwarc-Brożyna have proved their professionalism and extensive knowledge of the real estate market. Cooperation with them feels like they are an integral part of the team and not an external provider of legal services.’
‘Martyna Racz-Suchocka is an absolute star. She is experienced, understanding of non-legal aspects, very to-the-point, collaborates extremely well with clients, other advisors, and lawyers on the other side, and manages transactions perfectly.’
‘Martyna Racz-Suchocka and Bartłomiej Kordeczka both have excellent knowledge, availability, ability to explain complex matters in simple words, and an ability to find effective solutions.’
‘Arkadiusz Dębski is extremely well organised, understanding of non-legal aspects of transactions, and quick in drafting.’
WOOD & Company
Futureal Investment Partners
Atrium European Real Estate
White Star Real Estate
- Advised Ghelamco on the sale of the Warsaw HUB complex to Google Poland for €583m.
- Advised Redefine Properties and EPP on a large investment in the retail sector in Poland, which involved the establishment of two joint ventures, which will manage a portfolio of 22 retail and three office properties.
- Advised Deka Immobilien on the acquisition of a large office building in the Warsaw Brewery complex for €152.3m.
‘Dedicated and goal-oriented.’
‘Excellent communication and case handling.’
‘The team of Dentons professionals not only follows changes in restructuring and insolvency law in Poland, but also takes part in supporting public consultations on regulations prior to their adoption. This results in knowledge of the intentions of lawmakers and legislators, which knowledge is used to create and motivate legal strategies in complex restructuring processes.’
‘Anna Pukszto perfectly explains and comprehensively interprets regulations in complex legal situations and creates action strategies in restructuring processes.’
‘The Dentons team takes part in the process of creating restructuring and insolvency law in Poland. Thanks to that, their advice is based on understanding of the intentions of law makers. They also help us in complex cases demanding extraordinary solutions.’
‘Anna Pukszto can find common win-win solutions in complex extra-judicial restructuring cases seemingly doomed to failure, and can explain in a simple way the basics and motivations for changing regulations.’
‘Stanisław Sołtysik has vast theoretical knowledge and the ability to present complex issues in a simple way.’
‘Very high professionalism, striving for agreement between the parties, incredible discipline in running cases.’
Bank Millennium S.A.
BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
Citi Handlowy S.A.
DZ Bank AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank
Ergo Hestia S.A.
Fives Cail société par actions simplifiée à associé unique
FMC Agro Polska Sp. z o.o.
Haitong Bank S.A.
GSS III Wolverine B.V. (Morgan Stanley Group)
ING Bank N.V.
InterRisk Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A. Vienna Insurance Group
PKO Bank Polski S.A.
Santander Bank Polska S.A.
- Representing Indumet in the bankruptcy proceedings of Huta Czestochowa.
- Advising ING Bank Śląski on issues relating to the insolvency of ONICO.
- Advising an infrastructure company on a debt restructuring which involves two groups of creditors and a new investor.
Poland > Tax Tier 1
With a caseload which spans complex and sophisticated transactions, tax structuring, disputes, and projects, the team at Dentons is able to offer clients breadth both across work types and jurisdictions. Particular niche areas of expertise include transfer pricing, tax litigation and and incentives; Dagmara Cisowska, Aleksandra Rutkowska and Michał Turczyk are the key names in each of these fields, respectively. Practice head Cezary Przygodzki focuses on international tax planning and M&A structuring, leveraging the firm’s significant global footprint and a network of associated firms successfully.
Other key lawyers:
‘The engagement of the team is on a very high level, as well as their contribituion to the client’s business interests.’
‘Communication skills, wide practice knowledge and experience, on-the-spot thinking.’
‘I have been working with Tomasz Krasowski for almost 10 years now. I find him to be one of the best tax advisors in Poland. Very responsive and knowledgeable.’
‘Smart legal solutions, pro-active engagement, clear communication, high availability.’
‘Cezary Przygodzki – seasoned lawyer with smart legal solutions.’
‘Aleksandra Rutkowska drives legal cases to solutions, strong in procedural laws.
‘The Dentons team is always pro-active, actively looking for and executing on ideas and solutions.’
‘Totally professional, meeting all commitments and absolutely reliable execution of tasks.’
SPI International U.A.
- Advised Epam Systems, a digital transformation services and product engineering company, on the acquisition of Enginiety, a technology delivery business.
- Advised Lightsource, a solar energy development and management player, on the tax aspects of its entry into the Polish renewables market.
- Advised Skanska, a development and construction company, on the Polish tax aspects of the €121m sale of its property to Eastnine, a Swedish real estate company.
Poland > TMT Tier 1The team at Dentons is highly adept at handling a range of matters, including telecoms and media regulatory issues, IT licensing, and distribution agreements, as well as technology-related corporate advisory matters. It also has a strong array of media clients, including major television broadcasters, satellite and cable operators, music publishers, and film producers. Practice head Karol Laskowski ‘has incredible knowledge of the TMT field’. Other key members of the team include senior counsel Małgorzata Domalewska, who specialises in media and film law, and associate Bartosz Dobkowski. Dariusz Czuchaj left the firm.
‘This office is unique due to the fact that they approach every project and inquiry extremely studiously and in detail.’
‘They are very responsive, thorough, and informative. They grapple with complex issues and give useful advice.’
‘A very efficient, client-oriented team providing honest assessment of legal situations and coming up with creative solutions for clients’ needs.’
‘Małgorzata Domalewska provides exceptional quality and delivers quick turnarounds on even the most challenging documents.’
‘Małgorzata Domalewska gives well-thought-out and detailed advice and has a good commercial approach.’
‘Karol Laskowski has incredible knowledge of the TMT field, not only in the legal part but also in the technical background. He understands every inquiry and project extremely quickly. His legal solutions are always brilliant.’
‘Karol Laskowski is an exceptional partner; he quickly identifies the most efficient way to deal with a legal request.’
‘Bartosz Dobkowski is praised for his work and knowledge.’
British Broadcasting Company
- Advised shareholders of SPI International on the sale of a 70% stake in the company to Group Canal+.
- Advising the Tata Communications Group of companies on all telecoms regulatory and compliance matters.
- Supporting the BBC Worldwide subsidiary in Poland with BBC programs available in the country, as well as advising on regulatory, corporate, tax, and procedural issues.
Poland > Capital markets Tier 2At Dentons, a team of 'exceptional partners and associates' advises an ever-expanding client base of international issuers from various industry sectors, major investment banks, and other leading financial institutions in the market. With a network of five offices across thee CEE region and a strong presence in the UK, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the firm is well placed to assist with mandates involving a cross-border element. Jakub Celiński oversees the department, offering equal expertise in both ECM and DCM work.
Other key lawyers:
‘Exceptional partners and associates available.’
Optimum Ventures Magántőkealap
Globe Trade Centre
Nordic Real Estate Partners
Warsaw Stock Exchange
- Advised GTC Dutch Holdings, the majority shareholder in Globe Trade Centre, on a €123m issue of new shares.
- Advised Echo Investment on its public tender offer for the sale of all shares in Archicom.
- Advised Société Générale on the granting of a €1.38bn guarantee to an investor in relation to the intended acquisition of shares in Cyfrowy Polsat under a tender offer.
Public M&A deals and transactions organised as auction sale processes are two key areas of focus for the large team at Dentons. The Warsaw office regularly acts as a hub for significant cross-border M&A work in the CEE region, and is particularly valued for its expertise in the energy, infrastructure, media and technology, real estate and food sectors. Piotr Dulewicz oversees both the M&A and private equity groups, and is consequently well positioned to assist with mandates at the intersection of these two areas. Highly regarded Paweł Grabowski regularly advises clients on all types of share and asset acquisitions. April 2022 saw the strengthening of the offering at partner level, with the promotions of Marceli Kasperkiewicz and Michał Wasiak.
‘Very good knowledge of the market and very good responsiveness.’
Cornerstone Investment Management
Zhejiang XCC Group
- Advised the shareholders of SPI International, a global media company, on the sale of a majority stake to Groupe Canal+.
- Advised Redefine Properties, a South African real estate investment trust, on the establishment of two joint ventures, which will manage a portfolio of 22 retail and three office properties.
- Advised Zhejiang XCC Group, a Chinese manufacturer and distributor of industrial bearings, on its acquisition of FŁT Polska from Boryszew Group.
Other key lawyers:
Wojciech Kozłowski; Agnieszka Wardak; Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska
‘A team of experts who are making a difference!’
DOZ / Pelion
Johnson & Johnson
- Advising AmeriCares, a global US-based not-for-profit organisation, on issues related to its presence and activities in Poland in response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
- Advising Affidea Group and private investment firm B-Flexion on the sale of the group to Belgian investment firm Groupe Bruxelles Lambert.
- Representing a pharmacy network in a dispute with the regulatory authorities in Poland, which concerns the revokation of licenses for the operation of 17 pharmacy stores.
‘A friendly and innovative team, and the trade mark advice is good and helpful.’
‘A very knowledgeable team with lots of experience.’
‘Complex services provided across the world. This is a unique value.’
‘Good understanding of the client’s business, and efficient and flexible operation of legal services.’
‘A good ability to approach the topic in a calm manner and point out key legal risks.’
‘Marek Trojnarski is great and an excellent trade mark attorney.’
‘Marta Stefanowicz is good in establishing proper business relations with reliability and trust, as well as focusing on delivery of results.’
‘Marek Trojnarsk is a great lawyer who is always willing to help and find a pragmatic, customer-friendly solution.’
Media IP Rights
Griffin Real Estate
Glencairn IP Holdings
Glencairn Crystal Studio
- Advising Nike on brand protection matters and representing it in customs seizures of goods infringing its trade marks.
- Advising a global dairy products brand on trade mark prosecution and litigation.
- Advising an IT service management company on the protection of trade marks and other IP-related matters.
Poland > Private equity Tier 2
Operating as part of a five-office network across the CEE area, Dentons‘ Warsaw-based team receives recognition as a ‘trusted partner‘ from global, regional and local private equity houses and venture capital funds, and their portfolio companies. Piotr Dulewicz oversees both the private equity and M&A departments, and is consequently particularly well placed to assist with mandates benefitting from such dual expertise. Other noted practitioners include Paweł Grabowski, whose presence on a deal ‘gives a feeling of security‘, and recently promoted partner Michał Wasiak.
‘Very professional and responsive team with excellent practical knowledge.’
‘Bartosz Juszczak was a great help on our deal. Always available and reponsive with a very helpful deal-oriented mindset.’
‘Very solid practice, responsive, commercial team which is able to run at the pace of a fast transaction.’
‘We were particularly impressed by Bartosz Juszczak, who took ownership of the transaction and its multiple workstreams.’
‘This firm is a trusted partner.’
‘A highly competent organisation with good depth and breadth. I enjoyed the benefit of having advisors who can navigate between different jurisdictions and different aspects of the transaction.’
‘Great service and reasonable cost.’
‘Bartosz Juszczak is an excellent, well-rounded advisor, who thinks about all aspects of the transaction rather than focusing on strictly legal matters. Having someone like him onboard gives a feeling of security.’
CEE Equity Partners
White Star Capital
- Advised Syntaxis Capital on the sale of a majority stake in eSky Group to MCI Capital.
- Advised Custodia Capital on the sale of Redge Technologies to P4.
- Advised Tar Heel Capital Pathfinder, MCI Capital, and Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners on the sale of RemoteMyApp to Intel Corporation.
Poland > White-collar crime Tier 2The white-collar crime team at Dentons works alongside the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice, and handles a variety of business litigation, including fraud, corruption, money laundering, and asset-stripping cases. It also supports clients with compliance and corporate liability issues, both domestically and across the CEE region. Agnieszka Wardak once again leads the practice after rejoining the firm in September 2021 from her in-house position as Kulczyk Holdings, and represents both individuals and companies in criminal proceedings. Senior associate Joanna Kornaszewska is adept in her handling of parallel criminal and civil disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has a wide range of competencies.’
‘Strengths of the team include its experience, communication skills, and problem-solving abilities.’
‘Clients can always get the most up-to-date information and trends from them, and they offer solutions which are individually tailored.’
‘They know their client and have extensive knowledge.’
‘Very client oriented, high professionalism, and excellent knowledge.’
‘Agnieszka Wardak is extremely efficient, highly capable, and will put in a great deal of work to provide great results, showing an extremely collaborative approach to dealing with matters to achieve the best possible results.’
‘Agnieszka Wardak is extremely reliable, fair, and frank in her approach, and she works hard to achieve the very best. She is extremely personable and makes herself available at short notice. She has outstanding knowledge on so many matters. She’s extremely capable and is able to deliver great results through her hard work.’
‘Joanna Kornaszewska is an excellent lawyer; very hands-on, to-the-point, and solution-oriented.’
Americares Foundation Inc.
Mitsubishi HC Capital
Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki
GE Medical Systems
MAN Truck&Bus Polska
Philips Medical Systems Nederland
Westport Fuel Systems
White Star Real Estate
- Represented a major life insurance provider in criminal proceedings questioning the integrity of a hybrid insurance and investment instrument developed by a group of financial entities.
- Represented a major company operating in the investment sector and its board members following charges of fraud, mismanagement and asset stripping following the unsuccessful launch of a franchised fast-food restaurant chain in Poland.
- Represented a major company operating in the automotive sector in parallel criminal and civil litigation against a former local distributor relating to fraud and asset-stripping.
Dentons > Firm Profile
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.
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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.
|Banking and Finance||Bartosz Nojek|
|Banking and Finance||Piotr Nerwiński|
|Capital markets||Jakub Celinski|
|Competition and Antitrust||Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Baranska|
|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|
|Defense and Security||Jarosław Witek|
|Public procurement||Aldona Kowalczyk|
|Real estate||Piotr Szafarz|
|Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy||Anna Maria Pukszto|
|Japan Desk||Takura Kawai|
|Mr Michał Bernat||Michał Bernat, is a managing counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a…||View Profile|
|Mr Jarosław Bełdowski||Jarosław Bełdowski, PhD, is a lawyer with extensive background in financial sector…||View Profile|
|Mr Jakub Celiński||Jakub Celinski, PhD, heads Dentons’ Europe Equity Capital Markets Practice. He focuses…||View Profile|
|Prof Aleksander Chłopecki||Prof. dr hab. Aleksander Chłopecki specializes in civil law, commercial law, capital…||View Profile|
|Mrs Dagmara Cisowska||Dagmara Cisowska is a tax advisor and counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office…||View Profile|
|Mr Marcin Czajkowski||Marcin Czajkowski is a counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office and member of…||View Profile|
|Mr David Dixon||David F. Dixon is a partner in the Real Estate practice team…||View Profile|
|Mr Piotr Dulewicz||Piotr Dulewicz is the Head of the Warsaw M&A and Private Equity…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Dąbrowski||As Chief Executive Officer of Dentons Europe and a member of the…||View Profile|
|Mr Paweł Długoborski||Paweł Długoborski advises on the whole spectrum of credit health, from healthy…||View Profile|
|Mr Paweł Grabowski||Paweł Grabowski is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member…||View Profile|
|Ms Anna Gulińska||Anna Gulińska specializes in Polish and EU competition law, including antitrust, merger…||View Profile|
|Ms Justyna Jamroży||Justyna Jamroży has extensive experience in serving as legal counsel for both…||View Profile|
|Mr Jacek Jezierski||Jacek Jezierski is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member…||View Profile|
|Mr Michał Jochemczak||Michał Jochemczak is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office, head of the…||View Profile|
|Mr Krzysztof Kaźmierczyk||Krzysztof Kaźmierczyk specializes in banking, finance and international commercial transactions. He has…||View Profile|
|Mr Bartłomiej Kordeczka||Bartłomiej Kordeczka is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member…||View Profile|
|Ms Joanna Kornaszewska||Joanna Kornaszewska is a senior associate in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a…||View Profile|
|Mrs Aldona Kowalczyk||Aldona Kowalczyk is an attorney-at-law, partner, heading Dentons’ Public Procurement and Government…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Krasowski||Tomasz Krasowski is a managing counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a…||View Profile|
|Mrs Agnieszka Kulińska||Agnieszka Kulińska is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member…||View Profile|
|Mr Karol Laskowski||Karol Laskowski is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and the Head…||View Profile|
|Prof Piotr Machnikowski||Prof. Piotr Machnikowski is of counsel in the Litigation and Arbitration practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Maciej Marek||Maciej Marek has practiced competition law for over ten years. He advises…||View Profile|
|Mrs Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek||Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek is a Partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office. She is the…||View Profile|
|Mr Michał Motylewski||Michał Motylewski, attorney-at-law, is a managing counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Piotr Nerwiński||Piotr has broad experience in acting as both lender’s counsel and borrower’s…||View Profile|
|Mr Bartosz Nojek||Bartosz Nojek concentrates on banking, financial, commercial and civil law. His main…||View Profile|
|Dr Łucja Nowak||Łucja Nowak, PhD, is a senior associate in Dentons’ Warsaw office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Igor Ostrowski||Igor Ostrowski is a partner and Global Co-Chair of Technology, Media and…||View Profile|
|Ms Patrycja Polasz||Patrycja Polasz specializes in real estate finance, corporate finance, acquisition finance and…||View Profile|
|Mrs Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka||Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka, advocate and patent attorney, is a counsel at the Dentons’…||View Profile|
|Mr Cezary Przygodzki||Cezary Przygodzki is the head of Dentons’ Tax team in Poland, where…||View Profile|
|Ms Anna Maria Pukszto||Anna Maria Pukszto, partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office, heads both the Litigation…||View Profile|
|Mr Patrick Radzimierski||Patrick Radzimierski is a partner in the Litigation and Arbitration practice group…||View Profile|
|Mrs Aleksandra Rutkowska||Aleksandra Rutkowska is a counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member…||View Profile|
|Mrs Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz||Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz is a Partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office. She also co-heads…||View Profile|
|Mr Maciej Ryniewicz||Maciej has specialized in real estate since the early 1990s. During this…||View Profile|
|Mrs Monika Sitowicz||Monika is a Real Estate partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office. She serves…||View Profile|
|Mr Jakub Sobotkowski||Jakub Sobotkowski is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member…||View Profile|
|Dr Stanisław Sołtysik||Stanisław Sołtysik, PhD, counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office, is a member of…||View Profile|
|Mr Piotr Staniszewski||Piotr is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member of…||View Profile|
|Mrs Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska||Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska heads Dentons’ Competition Practice in Poland. Since 1998, she has…||View Profile|
|Mr Dariusz Stolarek||Dariusz Stolarek is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member…||View Profile|
|Mr Piotr Szafarz||Piotr has specialized in real estate since 1995, his main focus being…||View Profile|
|Mrs Magdalena Szwarc-Brożyna||Magdalena Szwarc-Brożyna is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member…||View Profile|
|Mrs Anna Szymańska||Anna Szymańska is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a Head…||View Profile|
|Mr Mateusz Toczyski||Mateusz Toczyski co-heads Dentons’ global Banking and Finance practice. He specializes in…||View Profile|
|Dr Tomasz Trocki||Tomasz Trocki, PhD, is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office where he…||View Profile|
|Mr Marek Trojnarski||Marek Trojnarski, attorney at law, counsel at Dentons’ Warsaw office, is a member…||View Profile|
|Mr Michał Turczyk||Michał Turczyk, PhD, is a partner in the Dentons’ Warsaw Tax team,…||View Profile|
|Mr Michał Wasiak||Counsel at Dentons since 2018 (with the law firm since 2010).||View Profile|
|Ms Agnieszka Wojciechowska||Agnieszka Wojciechowska, counsel and a member of the Litigation and Arbitration practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Jakub Zienkiewicz||Jakub Zienkiewicz has more than 10 years’ experience in real estate finance,…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Zwoliński||Tomasz Zwoliński specializes in banking and finance transactions with particular focus on…||View Profile|
|Marcin Świderski||Marcin Świderski is a counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office where he heads…||View Profile|
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Press Releases6th November 2023 Singapore, 2 November 2023 – Singapore’s global law firm Dentons Rodyk hosted its annual national thought leadership event, the Dentons Rodyk Dialogue 2023 today, 2 November 2023.
Dentons advised on the global offering of €75 million 4.60 per cent. Credit Enhanced Bonds due 2026 for Gaoyou City Construction Investment Development Group7th March 2023 Dentons has represented Gaoyou City Construction Investment Development Group, a leading state-owned infrastructure construction company principally engaged in the construction of municipal infrastructure, water facilities, roads, environmental governance-related facilities and shantytown redevelopment projects in Gaoyou City and Suzhou City, in its global offering under Regulation S of its English law governed €75 million 4.60 per cent. Credit Enhanced Bonds due 2026, with the benefit of an irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit issued by Bank of Jiangsu Co., Ltd., Yangzhou Branch, underwritten by China Industrial Securities International, Industrial Bank of Co. Ltd., Hong Kong Branch, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Hong Kong Branch, China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd., Hong Kong Branch, CEB International, Guotai Junan International, Guosen Securities (HK), Central Wealth Securities Investment Limited, CNCB Capital, CITIC Securities, CMBC Capital, China International Capital Corporation and Caitong International.
16th January 2023 Singapore’s Big Five law firm Dentons Rodyk unveiled its new Executive Committee and also announced the admission of two outstanding young individuals into the senior partnership of the firm, with effect from 1 January 2023.
Court of Appeal releases written grounds for upholding decision in US$1.48b environment related claim9th December 2022 The Singapore Court of Appeal on 2 December 2022, issued its written grounds for upholding the High Court (General Division)’s decision in Ok Tedi Fly River Development Foundation Ltd and others v Ok Tedi Mining Ltd and others  SGHC 205. The appeal was successfully resisted by the Dentons Rodyk team led by Mark Seah, Co-Head of the Litigation Practice and comprised Andrea Gan, Martin See, Alexander Choo and Philip Teh. TSMP Law Corporation’s Mr Adrian Tan and Dr Tang Hang Wu acted for the Appellants.
7th July 2022 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.
4th July 2022 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.
17th June 2022 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 Rodyk17th June 2022 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 good14th April 2022 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.
18th August 2020
Global law firm Dentons is pleased to announce that the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court have all issued final decisions dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) three ply toilet paper. With Dentons’ counsel, ICT successfully demonstrated beyond a doubt that its branded and private label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859.
Dentons has been advising Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A since 2016. Based in Lucca, ICT is a leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, and has subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland.
The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain have confirmed ICT’s argument that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.
Dentons partner David Masson served as lead partner and represented ICT in France. Dentons partner Dr. Constantin Rehaag represented ICT in Germany, and PwC partner Alejandra Matas Brancós represented the client in Spain, with the support of Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso.
David Masson, lead lawyer on the case, commented: “It has been very interesting to understand ICT’s own technology and work closely with different teams, including ICT’s R&D department, which has been part of all strategic and technical decisions throughout the case”.
Constantin Rehaag, who represented the client in the German court hearings and coordinated the work with the client’s patent attorneys, said: “This is an outstanding success of a great team formed by the client, who provided us with invaluable technological insight, the team of patent attorneys and, finally, by the Dentons teams in France, Spain and Germany.”
The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.
In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other private labels produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analyzed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts - in first instance and appeal - rejected the claims and ordered Essity to pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.
In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, which is well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In August 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German subsidiary of ICT did not infringe the German part of the patent 1 081 284.
In Spain, after a first decision in favor of Essity in the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a written appeal that ICT’s products - and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain three-ply private label products - did not infringe the Spanish part of the patent 1 081 284.About ICT
Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.About Dentons
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.
3rd August 2020 Global law firm Dentons advised Italian-based multinational energy infrastructure operator Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49 percent share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ADNOC Gas Pipelines is valued at approximately US$20.7 billion (US$10.1 billion for 49%).
The transaction is one of the most important in the global energy infrastructure sector, as well as Snam’s first acquisition outside Europe. ADNOC Gas Pipelines holds the tariff-based rights for the 38 pipelines that connect ADNOC’s upstream activities to Abu Dhabi’s consumption points and the export and interconnection terminals to neighboring Emirates.
The transaction was financed by a pool of international banks for approximately $8 billion, plus an equity contribution from each of the consortium members. In addition to Snam, the other consortium members included Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NH Investment & Securities.
Dentons acted with a cross-border team from Italy and UAE, coordinated by partner Sara Biglieri in Milan. Partners Luca Pocobelli (Rome) and Mhairi Main Garcia (Dubai), counsel Claudio Segna (Milan), senior associate Craig Hughson (Abu Dhabi) and associate Stephanie Hawes (Dubai) advised on corporate and M&A aspects. Partners Alessandro Fosco Fagotto (Milan) and Stephen Knight (Abu Dhabi), counsel Franco Gialloreti, senior associate Tommaso Zanirato and junior associate Giulia Caselli Maldonado (all Milan) advised on financing aspects. Partner Michele Carpagnano (Rome) and associate Giulia Giordano (Rome) advised on the competition and antitrust aspects.
Snam’s internal legal team was led by General Counsel, Marco Reggiani - assisted by Michela Schizzi, Senior Vice President Regulated Assets Legal Affairs - and included senior legal counsels Rosanna Pallotta and Claudia Jolanda Fanelli. The legal aspects related to the financing were handled, together with Marco Reggiani, by Gloria Bertini, Head of Finance and Capital Market Legal Affairs and Roberta Di Mauro, legal counsel.
3rd August 2020 The EU Malaria Fund was initiated by the kENUP Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting research-based innovation with public and societal benefit. The fund is managed by the IBB Group. The target volume of the fund amounts to €280 million, with a first closing of €70 million on June 3, 2020. A Dentons team from Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich provided comprehensive advice to IBB Group on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund. This included the development of the legal and tax conception of the fund, regulatory advice, corporate law support on the setup of the fund, and the negotiation of the financing agreements with the EIB, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other investors. Berlin-based partner Dirk-Reiner Voss and Frankfurt-based partner Arne Klüwer jointly led the Dentons team, with support from partners Stephan Busch, Matthias Santelmann and senior associates Holger Hölkemeier and Bernd Düsterbeck in Berlin; counsel Verena Etzel and Oda Elmoutaouakil in Frankfurt; partner Axel Schlieter in Dusseldorf, and partner Richard Fagerer in Munich. About 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, 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
Hong Kong legal update on the Trial Administrative Measures of Overseas Securities Offering and Listing by Domestic Companies promulgated by the CSRC7th March 2023 On 17 February 2023, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) announced the new regulations for the filing-based administration of overseas securities offering and listing by domestic companies, which are set to take effect on 31 March 2023. The new measures comprised six documents, including the "Trial Administrative Measures of Overseas Securities Offering and Listing by Domestic Companies" (境内企业境外发行证券和上市管理试行办法) (the Trial Measures) and five supporting guidelines. The Trial Measures regulate the system, filing management and other related rules in respect of direct or indirect overseas issuance of securities by PRC enterprises and PRC enterprises with overseas parent entities and/or variable interest entity structures, which are referred to as "domestic enterprise(s)" in this article. We set out below some of the key changes and implications to Hong Kong market participants.
7th March 2023 The recent case of Stanford International Bank Ltd (In Liquidation) (Appellant) (SIB) v. HSBC Bank PLC (Respondent) (HSBC) confirms that a bank only owes its customers a Quincecare duty (i.e. an implied term and a co-extensive duty of care owed by the bank to its customer to refrain from making or executing a payment when the bank is put on inquiry that a payment instruction from its customer may be a result of fraud) and such duty does not extend to creditors of its customers. This UK Supreme Court case considered the question of whether, under a Quincecare duty, the Liquidators of SIB could recover damages from HSBC for the loss of chance suffered in respect of payments made to the early subscribers of a Ponzi scheme, who successfully withdrew their funds in full and escaped without loss (earlier customers) despite SIB’s insolvency and to the detriment of subscribers who were subsequently unable to withdraw their funds and suffered loss (later customers).
7th March 2023 In the continuing “mainstreaming” of the importance of corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, let us focus on “G” as we start the new year. Hong Kong is one of the earliest jurisdictions to have introduced ESG reporting of listed companies, and the requirements have undergone several rounds of updates since the first iteration in 2013. Under the revised ESG Reporting Guide issued in July 2020, a key enhancement is the focus on board governance and oversight of ESG issues. The enhanced ESG disclosure framework requires mandatory reporting on the board’s engagement and oversight on ESG matters and “comply or explain” disclosure on four environmental aspects and eight social aspects; and in relation to each aspect to cover (a) general disclosures on the issuer’s policies and/or compliance with laws and regulations (as applicable), and (b) key performance indicators (KPIs).
7th March 2023 On 28 October 2022, Hong Kong introduced into the Legislative Council for review the Inland Revenue (Amendment) Taxation of Specified Foreign-sourced Income Bill 2022 (the Foreign-sourced Income Amendment Bill), which renders certain specified categories of foreign-sourced income subject to Hong Kong profits tax liability. With the Legislative Council’s passing on 14 December 2022, the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (Taxation on Specified Foreign-sourced Income) Ordinance 2022 (the Foreign-sourced Income Amendment Ordinance) took effect on 1 January 2023 and has brought about significant changes to Hong Kong’s long-standing territorial source basis of taxation, applying tax on specified foreign-sourced income received in Hong Kong with the stated objective of addressing “double non-taxation”.
7th March 2023 Following the successful launch of the biotech listing regime, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) issued a Consultation Paper on New Listing Rules for Specialist Technology Companies in October 2022, which proposes to lower the bar for innovative technology enterprises with high growth potential that seek to list on the HKEx.
7th March 2023 In a recent decision of the Hong Kong Court of Appeal in Breton Jean v. 香港麗翔公務航空有限公司, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the District Court in its findings pertaining to what constitutes a "rest day" for employees.
1st December 2022 The digital assets wave has swept across South-East Asia (SEA). From Axie Infinity (a popular play-to-earn blockchain game) in the Philippines to Cambodia’s Project Bakong (a central bank digital currency), the adoption of digital assets in SEA has been rapid. Digital assets investments in SEA is expected to further increase. This demand for digital assets will likely cut across all wealth and demographic sectors.
1st December 2022 The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) approved on 30 June 2022 a draft convention (the Draft Convention) on the effects of judicial sales. The Draft Convention will now be put to the United Nations General Assembly to consider signature. The Draft Convention originated from a long-standing project of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) commenced in 2007 and eventually known as the ‘Beijing Draft’  which was adopted by the CMI in its 2014 Hamburg Conference. In 2018, the Draft Convention was accepted by UNCITRAL into its work programme.
1st December 2022 Carbon transactions are a multi-fold process encompassing in them offsets strategy, credit generation and purchase, monitoring and verifying credits, project finance, retirement of credits, and reporting. Carbon transactions include carbon trade which is the buying and selling of credits that permits a company or other entity to offset their greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions by investing in carbon sequestration projects, renewable energy projects or buying credits off an exchange/platform. One tradable carbon credit equals one tonne of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent amount of a different greenhouse gas reduced, sequestered or avoided. Carbon markets are trading systems in which carbon credits are sold and bought.
1st December 2022 In his opening remarks at the SICC INSOL seminar on debt restructuring in the Asia-Pacific held on 22 September 2022, Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong SC cited the court sanctioned schemes of arrangement of Singapore-listed Pacific Radiance group as an example of the Singapore insolvency framework facilitating successful outcomes. He mentioned that these schemes tied in with a wider consensual restructuring negotiated earlier this year. This consensual restructuring recently completed with the resumption of trading of the securities of Pacific Radiance Ltd (Pacific Radiance) on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) on 26 September 2022. It was the culmination of close to five years of restructuring efforts by Pacific Radiance, in which Dentons Rodyk played a key role as its legal counsel.
1st December 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are a growing concern for investors, consumers, governments and other stakeholders.
1st December 2022 The Dentons Rodyk Dialogue 2022, the sixth of its series, is co-organised by Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP and the Singapore Management University (SMU) under the auspices of the SMU Yong Pung How School of Law’s Centre for Commercial Law in Asia. This year marks the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that we were able to host a full in-person audience of more than 200 attendees, with many more live viewers tuning in virtually from more than a dozen different countries. This year’s Dialogue focused on maximising the commercial opportunities and profound societal benefits brought about by digitalisation, while effectively minimizing the often unforeseen and inadvertent risks and consequences digitalisation has on society and the environment.
Navigating the business impact of South Korea’s Serious Accidents Punishment ActIntroduction of the Act South Korea’s Serious Accidents Punishment Act (SAPA or the Act), enacted on 27 January 2022, has substantially impacted the country’s legal landscape. Primarily aimed at preventing grave accidents, ensuring accountability, and protecting the lives and well-being of citizens and workers, SAPA introduced significant legal consequences for businesses. The Act places a …
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