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Czech Republic > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Dentons‘ first-rate banking and finance team has experience of handling Czech law transactions and CEE regional matters, as well as financings governed by English law. In addition to being active in matters involving acquisition finance, project finance and real estate finance, it is also noted for its structured finance expertise, among other areas. Elsewhere, the group is also sought after for advice on capital markets transactions and complex regulatory issues. Jiří Tomola and Daniel Hurych jointly lead the team, which also includes Martin Manduľák. In a notable recent development, Pavel Boguský joined from Clifford Chance in November 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Professional local team, global footprint, innovative and flexible.’

‘Flexible, rational, reliable, capable banking practice.’

‘Jiri Tomola, Dan Hurych, Martin Mandulak, all fully trusted, committed and supportive. Negotiating constructively and responsibly even if representing borrower side.’

‘They are able to keep their loan documents more straightforward and practical (when compared with some of their competitors), without compromising on knowledge of trends, quality and legal protection.’

‘Daniel Hurych – good balance of personal involvement in client matters with leaving space to younger associates to do more routine tasks.’

‘Great co-operation, communicative employees, high involvement of the partner, supportive technology.’

‘Deep knowledge, ability to propose the right solutions, ability to deliver in challenging times.’

Key clients

Česká spořitelna (ERSTE)

Komerční banka (Société Générale)

Raiffeisenbank

UniCredit Bank

Československá obchodní banka (KBC)

Czech Export Bank

CPI Property Group

Enterprise Investors

Smartwings

Rockaway Capital/Invia Group

Sev.en Energy

Crestyl

Vestar/Kings’ Casino Group

Natland

Mezzanine Capital

BNP Paribas

Citi

Work highlights

  • Advising a syndicate of banks on the €550m complex refinancing of Fortuna Entertainment Group.
  • Advising Smartwings on its out-of-court restructuring and CZK2bn rescue financing.
  • Advising a syndicate of banks on a loan to DEK for the purposes of acquisition of building materials manufacturer BEST.

Czech Republic > Employment Tier 1

Dentons is particularly well regarded for its employment advisory practice, within which it provides support on domestic and cross-border matters, such as employee transfers, collective dismissals and HR restructurings. The team also has a noteworthy contentious practice, which is led by Ladislav Smejkal, and focuses on discrimination, unfair dismissal and collective bargaining litigation. Smejkal co-heads the practice with ‘standout individual’ Tomáš Bílek, who is known for his work in the manufacturing and pharmaceuticals sectors. Counsel Andrea Spinová (Hámorská) joined Honeywell in 2021.

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘They’ll explain what the law says vs what we find in practice and the real risk of the decisions we make. Standout individual was Tomas Bilek.’

Key clients

Valeo

Mars Group

Adient

PPF banka

ING Bank

Zentiva

Unilin / Mohawk Industries

Keyence International

Nike

Chr. Hansen

Tiffany & Co

Trelleborg

Cembrit CZ

Imperial Tobacco

Avast

Rimowa

Work highlights

  • Advising ING Bank on organizational changes and redundancies in the context of its departure from the Czech retail banking market.
  • Provided long-term employment advice to Adient in the Czech Republic.
  • Provided extensive contentious and non-contentious employment advice to four companies from the Valeo Group in the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic > Projects and energy Tier 1

Dentons is known for its advice on a wide range of energy projects, with experience in the renewable, oil and gas sectors.  Clients particularly praise the team’s ‘extensive international experience that can be used to deal effectively with foreign matters.’ Its top-flight transactional offering, led by team head Petr Zákoucký, advises on M&A, capital markets and other property deals. The team also gives regulatory advice, covering environmental assessments and commodities trading. Petr Slach focuses on regulated energy industries in this context. It also offers contentious advice with associate Barbora Obračajová a key name here.

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‘I appreciate that the Dentons team has extensive international experience that can be used to deal effectively with foreign matters.’

Key clients

Sev.en Energy

KKCG/MND

Veolia

EPH

Draslovka Holding / bpd partners

ENERGO-PRO

Pražská energetika

SPP Distribucia

Work highlights

  • Advising Sev.en Energy on its acquisition of the Počerady power plant from the energy group ČEZ.
  • Representing Veolia before the Supreme Administrative Court in the disputes concerning the reimbursement of illegal gift tax on emission allowances and related interest.

Czech Republic > Real estate and construction Tier 1

The team at Dentons advises clients on a full range of real estate matters and is highlighted for its ‘unrivalled experience and breadth’. On the transactional side, it handles real estate investment transactions and financing matters for developers, investors and financial institutions. The group also assists with construction, asset management and environmental regulatory issues. The trio of Evan Lazar, Jiří Stržínek and Markéta Tvrdá co-head the team, with Lazar serving as co-chair of the global real estate group. Also recommended are ‘outstanding lawyer’ Jana Matisková and real estate finance expert Jan Šolc.

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Testimonials

‘Marketa Tvrda – strongly oriented and focused on customer needs, customer friendly open-minded approach, highly professional.’

‘Very independent in leading the transaction and understanding where they need inputs or key decisions from the client, which smooths the transaction and simplifies the agenda for a business person to stay focused on the commercial aspects of the transaction.’

‘Filip Spina: Responsiveness, efficiency, delivery on time. Finding reasonable solutions acceptable also by the opposite party.’

‘Unrivalled experience and breadth of the Dentons real estate team in the Czech / CEE market. London/global-style of client focus, solution-driven, quality of advice and research.’

‘Jan Solc is a standout individual. He is meticulously detailed, operates at pace, works hard to put the client first and is calm under pressure.’

‘Jana Matiskova – outstanding lawyer and key individual, fantastic work for us on administrative proceedings concerning real estate.’

‘The most competent team in the market. Resourceful with good commercial acumen.’

Key clients

Unibail–Rodamco-Westfield

Skanska

AFI Europe

Crestyl

Heimstaden

Zeitgeist Asset Management

Segro B.V.

Cornerstone

Valeo

Strabag

WIC Prague

Work highlights

  • Advised Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on agreement to sell Slovakia’s third-largest shopping centre for €450m.
  • Advising Skanska on the sale of the Parkview office building in Prague to Deka Immobilien.
  • Advising AFI Europe on its acquisition of Avenir Business Park.

Czech Republic > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Dentons is a strong choice for cross-border corporate transactions, with it having an English law capacity in its Prague office, and strong connections to its Chinese and Japanese desks. With significant activity in the chemicals, life sciences, technology and energy sectors, the group has ‘strong experience in PE transactions.’ It is also involved in a number of restructuring mandates. Jan Procházka is a key name, bringing over 20 years of corporate expertise to the practice. Petr Zákoucký and Chris Watkinson jointly lead the team.

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Testimonials

‘The team has strong experience in PE transactions and can deploy experts to work on projects from their international offices as necessary.’

‘Jan Procházka is proactive, knowledgeable and responsive.’

Key clients

BPD Partners/ Draslovka Holding

Sev.en Energy

EPH

Emma Capital

Czechoslovak Group

Raiffeisenbank

Veolia

KKCG/MND

CEE Equity Partners

R2G

J&T

Gobii Europe

Confluence Technologies

Masonite International

Geopost / DPD group

Work highlights

  • Advising on Draslovka Holdings’ definitive agreement to acquire The Chemours Company for $520m.
  • Advising Czechoslovak Group on the complex corporate restructuring and subsequent sale of Skyport Group.
  • Advising Raiffeisenbank on the acquisition of ING Bank’s Czech retail banking portfolio.

Czech Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Dentons has an excellent record for in complex and high-stakes cases, including those heard in arbitration proceedings, as well as litigated matters involving commercial, construction, competition, intellectual property and insolvency issues. The firm is able to leverage its global reach in cross-border disputes. Ladislav Smejkal, who leads the criminal law practice, advises on investigations and extensively represents clients as damaged parties in white-collar crime proceedings. The wider dispute resolution practice is led by Ladislav Štorek. Petr Zákoucký and Jiří Tomola are also recommended. Zdeněk Kučera joined from Kinstellar.

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Testimonials

‘Always prepared to help quickly and react to any requests.’

‘Ladislav Storek has great knowledge of various corporate topics.’

‘We have worked with DENTONS on dispute resolution matters for several years now, including both domestic and cross-border disputes. Generally speaking, DENTONS are super-responsive, organized and focused on the results. They always have the big picture in mind and client interests are their top priority. They work the same whether it is in one country or whether the dispute involves several jurisdictions and multiple parties. They deliver excellent quality work within agreed time frames and budget, and work in an open and transparent manner.’

‘We work with partner Ladislav Storek, who is the head of their dispute resolution team and coordinates all their work for us. Ladislav is a brilliant litigator who delivers excellent service and is someone we can count on at all times.’

‘Unique experience in both real estate and litigation across a number of cases.’

‘Ladislav Storek – very good speaker and experienced litigator.’

Key clients

Heimstaden

Czechoslovak Group

Tatra Defense Vehicle

Veolia Group

Sev.en Energy

Česká spořitelna

Česká exportní banka

Raiffeisenbank

Zentiva

STRABAG

Segro

Work highlights

  • Defending Heimstaden in various litigations brought by companies controlled by Pavol Krúpa.
  • Represented Veolia Energie ČR before the Supreme Administrative Court in litigation regarding interest from illegal gift tax imposed on all emission allowances.
  • Acting for Česká exportní banka and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam in connection with pending insolvency proceedings against Trade B.G.M. in the Czech Republic and enforcement in Vietnam.

Czech Republic > EU and competition Tier 2

The competition team at Dentons is known for its merger control expertise, advising clients in the energy, infrastructure and financial services sectors. It also represents companies in investigations by Czech competition authorities, as well as handling EU state aid cases. Petr Zákoucký leads the team and is a ‘seasoned expert in negotiations with Czech Competition Office.’ Associate Adam Přerovský, who leads the life sciences team, is known for his advice on major transactions and his competition litigation support.

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Testimonials

‘We were satisfied with their efficient, timely advice. We value most the very informal but straightforward approach of Dentons’ competition team and their ability to accommodate their legal advice to specific needs of the client.’

‘Petr is a seasoned expert in negotiations with Czech Competition Office. His presence gives clients full confidence in the positive outcome of the competition matter. Adam is a young dynamic hands-on competition/regulatory specialist.’

‘Analytical, knowledgeable, useful advice.’

‘Petr Zákoucký – excellent professional with great knowledge of the law and market’

Key clients

Sev.en Energy

MND/KKCG

BPD Group / Draslovka Holding

Czechoslovak Group

Tatra Trucks

Mars Group

Heimstaden

Raiffeisenbank

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Work highlights

  • Advising Draslovka Holding on merger control issues in connection with the acquisition of the Chemours Company mining solutions business.
  • Advising Seven Energy on merger control issues regarding the acquisition of lignite power plant Elektrárna Počerady from ČEZ.
  • Advising Raiffeisenbank on merger control issues on the acquisition of the Czech retail banking portfolio from ING Bank NV.

Czech Republic > Tax Tier 3

Dentons‘ Prague office provides a full range of tax services to clients, with its work covering compliance, tax planning and disputes. The team is particularly known for its work in the energy sector, advising on complex litigation matters. It is also well connected with the firm’s corporate and finance practices, and provides related support. Practice head Petr Kotáb, who focuses on transactional matters, has a strong profile among international clients.

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Testimonials

‘Petr Kotab is an extraordinary adviser with whom I like cooperating.’

‘Combination of law and tax is unique at Dentons Prague.’

Key clients

Sev.en EC, a.s

Veolia Energie ČR, and Veolia Energie Kolín

BPD

Work highlights

  • Representing Veolia in disputes concerning the reimbursement of illegal gift tax on emission allowances.
  • Advising arranger and dealers on update of the EMTN programme of an issuer operating in the energy sector.

The firm: Dentons’ legal team has been active in the Czech market since 1991.

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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: Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions in the world’s leading financial centres. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.

Competition and antitrust: Dentons provides legal advice and judicial assistance in all aspects of national and EU competition law, consumer law, state aid, tender procedures and regulatory issues. Clients receive tailored, industry-focused advice on complex litigation, investigations by competition authorities, merger control, competition compliance, or commercial arrangements.

Corporate and M&A: Dentons provides clients with comprehensive legal advice on public and private M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance, private equity, disposals, corporate restructurings, and general commercial, antitrust and corporate governance issues.

Employment and labour: Apart from the transactional support the team provides day-to-day full service advisory on both non- contentious and contentious employment, social security and trade union-related issues.

Energy: With one of the world’s leading energy practices, Dentons guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Its clients include oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities and large customers, new energy and old..

Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration: Dentons’ highly reputable Litigation and Dispute Resolution lawyers are particularly well known for helping clients resolve disputes in energy, construction and engineering, banking, restructuring and insolvency, life sciences and retail. The team is also highly experienced in EU trade disputes, investigations and international arbitration.

Real estate: Dentons’ real estate practice is the largest in the world. It advises real estate owners, investors and lenders on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions in today’s market.

Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: Dentons’ teams formulate strategies for trustees, bondholders, investors, traders, debtors, creditors and creditor committees around the world as they pursue claims for clients through negotiation and litigation.

Tax: With experience in worldwide jurisdictions, Dentons provides comprehensive tax advice to individuals, private companies, multinationals and other entities on tax planning, compliance, M&A structuring tax-advantaged investing, transfer pricing, disputes with tax authorities and more.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Real estate Jiri Strzinekjiri.strzinek@dentons.com+420 236 082 207
Real estate Marketa Tvrdamarketa.tvrda@dentons.com+420 236 082 223
Banking and finance, capital markets Jiri Tomolajiri.tomola@dentons.com+420 236 082 239
Banking and finance, capital markets Daniel Hurychdaniel.hurych@dentons.com+420 236 082 206
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Jiri Tomolajiri.tomola@dentons.com+420 236 082 239
Competition and antitrust Petr Zakouckypetr.zakoucky@dentons.com+420 236 082 280
Energy Petr Zakouckypetr.zakoucky@dentons.com+420 236 082 280
Employment and labour Tomas Bilektomas.bilek@dentons.com+420 236 082 226
Employment and labour Ladislav Smejkalladislav.smejkal@dentons.com+420 236 082 242
Litigation and arbitration Ladislav Storekladislav.storek@dentons.com+420 236 082 218
Litigation and arbitration Ladislav Smejkalladislav.smejkal@dentons.com+420 236 082 242
Tax Petr Kotabpetr.kotab@dentons.com+420 236 082 111
Corporate and M&A, private equity Chris Watkinsonchris.watkinson@dentons.com+420 236 082 265
Corporate and M&A, private equity Petr Zakouckypetr.zakoucky@dentons.com+420 236 082 280
TMT Zdenek Kucerazdenek.kucera@dentons.com+420 236 082 283
IP Zdenek Kucerazdenek.kucera@dentons.com+420 236 082 283
Life Sciences Tomas Bilektomas.bilek@dentons.com+420 236 082 226
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Tomáš Bílek photoMr Tomáš BílekTomáš Bílek is Partner and Co-Head of the Employment and Labor practice…
Alžběta Böhmová photoMs Alžběta BöhmováAlžběta Böhmová is a junior associate in Dentons’ Prague office. She focuses…
Štěpánka Havlíková photoMs Štěpánka HavlíkováŠtěpánka Havlíková is a junior associate in Dentons’ Prague office. She focuses…
Michal Hink photoMr Michal HinkMichal Hink is the Czech Republic Managing Partner and Co-Head of the…
Daniel Hurych photoMr Daniel HurychDaniel Hurych is Partner and Co-head of the Banking & Finance Practice…
Petr Kotáb photoMr Petr KotábPetr Kotáb is Head of Dentons’ Tax team in Prague. Petr combines…
Zdeněk Kučera photo Zdeněk KučeraZdeněk Kučera is a partner in Dentons’ Prague office and Head of…
Evan Lazar photoMr Evan LazarEvan Z. Lazar is Co-Chairman of the Global Real Estate Group at…
Martin Manduľák photoMr Martin ManduľákMartin is Counsel in Dentons’ Prague office. He advises on a variety…
Jana Matisková photoMrs Jana MatiskováJana Matisková is a senior counsel and a member of the Real…
Stewart M. Middleman photoMr Stewart M. MiddlemanStewart M. Middleman is the head of cross-border transactions for Dentons’ Global…
Barbora Obračajová photoMrs Barbora ObračajováBarbora Obračajová is an associate, innovation ambassador, and a member of the…
Jan Procházka photoMr Jan ProcházkaJan Procházka is a partner in Dentons’ Prague office with 20 years…
Adam Přerovský photoMr Adam PřerovskýAdam Přerovský is a senior associate in Dentons’ Prague office. Adam is…
Petr Slach photoMr Petr SlachPetr Slach is Senior Counsel in Dentons’ Prague office with over 25…
Ladislav Smejkal photoMr Ladislav SmejkalLadislav Smejkal is Partner, Head of the Criminal law practice and Co-Head…
Jiří Stržínek photoMr Jiří StržínekJiří is partner and Co-head of the Real Estate Practice Group in…
Sona Taghiyeva photoMs Sona TaghiyevaSona Taghiyeva is Partner in Dentons’ Prague office. She focuses on corporate…
Jiří Tomola photoMr Jiří TomolaJiří Tomola is Partner, Co-head of Banking and Finance Group and Head…
Markéta Tvrdá photoMs Markéta TvrdáMarkéta Tvrdá is Partner and a senior member of the Real Estate…
Chris Watkinson photoMr Chris WatkinsonChris Watkinson is an English law qualified partner based in Prague, Czech…
Petr Zákoucký photoMr Petr ZákouckýPetr Zákoucký is the Czech Republic Managing Partner. He is the Head…
Ladislav Štorek photoMr Ladislav ŠtorekLadislav Štorek is Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice…
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Over the last 12 months only, we have advanced numerous inclusion and diversity initiatives for both our people and our clients:

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

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

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

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

Dentons launches combination with LuatViet in Vietnam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ICT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The EU Malaria Fund was initiated by the kENUP Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting research-based innovation with public and societal benefit. The fund is managed by the IBB Group. The target volume of the fund amounts to €280 million, with a first closing of €70 million on June 3, 2020.A Dentons team from Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich provided comprehensive advice to IBB Group on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund. This included the development of the legal and tax conception of the fund, regulatory advice, corporate law support on the setup of the fund, and the negotiation of the financing agreements with the EIB, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other investors.Berlin-based partner Dirk-Reiner Voss and Frankfurt-based partner Arne Klüwer jointly led the Dentons team, with support from partners Stephan Busch, Matthias Santelmann and senior associates Holger Hölkemeier and Bernd Düsterbeck in Berlin; counsel Verena Etzel and Oda Elmoutaouakil in Frankfurt; partner Axel Schlieter in Dusseldorf, and partner Richard Fagerer in Munich.About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons advises on ACS Group’s €500 million NEU-CP Program

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has advised Spanish-based multinational construction group, Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A. (ACS), on the renewal of its €500 million Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU-CP) Program. The NEU-CP program is registered with the Central Bank of France, with the involvement of BNP Paribas, BRED Banque Populaire, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank N.V. and Natixis, as dealers for the Notes.Headquartered in Madrid, the ACS Group is a worldwide leader in construction and services. It is currently the only non-financial issuer with a NEU-CP Program registered with the Central Bank of France.Dentons’ Capital Markets group in Madrid advised ACS on all aspects of the transaction. Partner Ignacio Corujo led and coordinated the transaction with the support of junior associate Ana Artola.Ignacio Corujo joined Dentons in January this year to establish and lead the Capital Markets group in Spain. In addition to this most recent deal for ACS, he has closed several high-value debt capital markets deals since his move, including most notably, Grupo Cajamar’s €1 billion issuance of mortgage bonds, as well as Sacyr’s renewal of its €500 million EMTN Program.About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com 

Dentons advises UniCredit on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked financing for Gunvor Gro

Global law firm Dentons has advised UniCredit Bank AG as Mandated Lead Arranger, (Sustainability) Coordinator, Bookrunner, Facility Agent and Security Agent as well as the lenders on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked borrowing base facility agreement with Gunvor Group. Gunvor Group will use the funds to cover the working capital requirements of its Ingolstadt refinery.The innovative financing model is tied to the borrower's achievement of predetermined ESG key performance indicators (Sustainability KPIs) and provides for a sustainability discount or premium in case the company overachieves or underperforms the predefined targets. An independent sustainability auditor will report on the performance of the Sustainability KPIs on an annual basis. The ESG-based scoring of certain key performance indicators provides a unique way for borrowers and lenders to communicate their commitment to sustainability and incentivizes sustainable corporate measures.Participating banks included DZ Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, Erste Group Bank, Commerzbank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, CA Indosuez (Switzerland), Bank of China and First Abu Dhabi Bank.Gunvor Group is one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover, creating logistics solutions that safely and efficiently move physical energy from where it is sourced and stored to where it is demanded. With strategic investments in industrial infrastructure – refineries, pipelines, storage and terminals – Gunvor Group further generates sustainable value across the global supply chain for its customers. UniCredit is one of the pioneers in sustainable loans in the German market.Düsseldorf finance partner Dr. Axel Schlieter fully advised the bank on the drafting and negotiation of the loan agreement. The Dentons team further comprised Julia Heitmann (senior associate, Banking and Finance, Düsseldorf) and Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, Banking and Finance, Frankfurt). Axel Schlieter is a core member of Dentons’ Sustainable Finance group in Europe and is regularly involved around the topics of issuance of green bonds and on sustainable financing.Advisors to UniCredit: Dentons (Düsseldorf): Dr. Axel Schlieter, (lead partner), Julia Heitmann (senior associate, both banking and finance, Düsseldorf), Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, banking and finance, Frankfurt am Main)UniCredit inhouse lawyers: Carina Engelhardt, Alexander Strigin, Christian HentrichAbout DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons advises Qair on refinancing of the acquisition of Rzepin and Linowo wind farms in Poland

Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice team advised Qair SAS, Qair International and Qair Polska Sp.z o.o. in connection with the refinancing of two wind farms under operation, Rzepin (58 MW) and Linowo (48 MW). The financing institutions are BNP Paribas and EBRD.The two wind farms are part of Qair’s larger portfolio of almost 200 MW of renewable energy sources, which also includes 93 MW of new capacity from three wind farms – Udanin (50 MW), Parzeczew (9 MW) and Września (9 MW) – and 25 MW of solar photovoltaic.The project was supervised by Mateusz Toczyski, Head of the Europe and Co-Head of the Global Banking and Finance practice, and led by Tomasz Zwoliński, counsel, with assistance from lawyers Klaudia Szymańska-Rutkowska, Katarzyna Mazur, Katarzyna Kaptur and Jakub Walawski. Supporting the Warsaw team were counsel Surbhi Malhotra-Trenkel in Munich and partners Jean-Marc Allix and Olivier Genevois, and associates Djésia Meziani, Philippine de Fouchier and Hugo Casasnovas in Paris. Dentons’ London team consisting of partner Matthew Sapte and associate Annreika Ray advised on the hedging documentation.“We are very pleased and honored to have had this opportunity to assist Qair in yet another wind power project the company has undertaken in Poland,” said Mateusz Toczyski.“We would like to congratulate Qair on this financing and to wish every success with further developments and investments in Poland and elsewhere in the world,” added Tomasz Zwoliński.About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons advises Sev.en Energy on aacquisition of US-based Blackhawk Mining

Dentons has advised international energy group Sev.en Energy on its strategic acquisition of US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining, LLC. C. The transaction comes on the heels of Sev.en Energy’s acquisition of a 17% ownership interest in Corsa Coal in May 2020, further reinforcing its access to the metallurgical coal mining industry in the US market.Blackhawk Mining is one of the largest metallurgical coal producers in the US. With annual production capacity of seven to eight million tonnes of metallurgical coal among its five underground and open pit mining complexes in West Virginia and Kentucky, Blackhawk Mining is an important supplier of metallurgical coal both locally and internationally. It also owns three thermal coal mine complexes producing three to four million tonnes per annum. In 2019, Blackhawk Mining had $1bn revenues and $120m EBITDA. Commenting on the acquisition, Dentons partner Petr Zákoucký, said: “Having worked for Sev.en Energy for many years, I am inspired by their sustained dynamism, and by this bold strategic move, even during these difficult market conditions. We were delighted to have opportunity to play our role in this success.” Alan Svoboda, Executive Director of Sev.en Energy who leads the Group’s international expansion added: “Once again, the Dentons team exceeded our expectations and delivered the transaction within a tight time frame of less than a month, nailing both the complexity of the deal and challenges created by the current worldwide pandemic. What was really outstanding was the dedication and flexibility that the entire team showed.” Dentons’ cross-border team was composed of partners Petr Zákoucký (Prague, Energy/M&A), Ilan Katz (New York, M&A), Lee Smith (New York, Finance), Christopher Van Bever (Lexington, Mining) and John Rhine (Evansville, Mining) Robert E. Richards (Chicago, Insolvency), Managing Associate Gregory DiBella (New York, M&A) and Associate Barbora Obračajová (Prague, Energy). Alvarez & Marsal advised Sev.en Energy on financial due diligence and Weir on technical due diligence. About Sev.en EnergySev.en Energy owns significant coal and energy production assets in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. It is the largest private operator of coalmines and conventional power plants in the Czech Republic, and employs more than 3,500 people. In 2019, Sev.en Energy acquired additional power generation assets from Swiss energy group Alpiq and a 50% stake in the multinational energy company – InterGen N.V., which is one of the leading independent power generators with gas-fired power plants in the UK and coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Australia. When pro-forma aggregated with the financial results of InterGen and Alpiq CZ, Sev.en Energy group combined revenues in 2019 were EUR 1,4 billion and EBITDA of EUR 319 million. About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons supports German subsidiaries of the Recylex Group in restructuring

Global law firm Dentons is assisting Weser-Metall GmbH and Harz-Metall GmbH, both subsidiaries of the French-German Recylex Group, with their restructuring through ‘self-administration’ proceedings. In addition, Dentons restructuring lawyers Andreas Ziegenhagen and Dirk Schoene and their team are advising the German management of the Recylex Group within the scope of its self-administration.As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic decline in metal prices, the German subsidiaries of Recylex have each applied for protective shield proceedings under German insolvency law. The aim of the protective shield is to allow the companies to continue their individual restructuring measures and to return to economic stability after the pandemic - if necessary, in a new shareholder structure.Weser-Metall produces about 100,000 tons of lead per year at its headquarters in Nordenham (Lower Saxony), making it the third largest lead smelter and the second largest lead recycler in Europe. Harz-Metall has its headquarters in Oker in the Harz Mountains and is one of the leading European recycling companies for lead and zinc contaminated waste.The Recylex group has a total of eleven operating units and two administrative sites in France and Germany. In addition to the companies supported by Dentons, two other companies in the group, Norzinco GmbH and PPM Pure Metals GmbH, have also submitted applications for protective shield, whilethree other German subsidiaries requested self-administration under creditor protection. The Group's French companies are not affected.Andreas Ziegenhagen, Head of the Europe and German Restructuring practice, said: "With the filing for protective shield proceedings, we are making use of the most restructuring-friendly court proceedings in the interest of all stakeholders of the companies”.Advisor to Harz Metall / Weser Metall / German management of Recylex:Dentons (Berlin): Andreas Ziegenhagen (Partner, Restructuring, Berlin/Frankfurt), Dirk Schoene (Partner), Dr. Jan Seelinger (Counsel), Dr. Benjamin Kurzberg (Counsel), Judith Schmid (Senior Associate), Dr. Jakob Pickartz (Senior Associate), all Restructuring and InsolvencyAbout DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com