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Dentons
Jensen House 5th Floor, lit. A
32-34 Nevsky Prospect
191011 St Petersburg
Russia

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 1

Dentons handles corporate and M&A transactions for a variety of clients spanning French, German, Japanese, Korean and Chinese companies. Clients praise the group’s market-leading expertise across multiple sectors, with particular emphasis on the pharmaceuticals industry; Richard Cowie stands out in this arena. Managing partner Alexei Zakharko focuses his practice on energy sector transactions. The team also recently expanded its M&A department following Konstantin Kroll's recruitment from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s office in London. Mathieu Fabre-Magnan heads up the department, where Vladimir Sokov and Maria Oleinik are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mathieu Fabre-Magnan

Testimonials

The team is very dedicated, very practical in its approach, and a pleasure to deal with. It is also strong in the pharmaceutical sector.

Lawyers in the team are proactive and available 24/7; they remain equally committed to the needs of the client in relation to transactions of any value.

Richard Cowie is very consistent and went above and beyond to solve our problems.

Alexei Zakharko is a reliable adviser and a superb lawyer with incredible corporate and M&A experience.

Maria Oleinik is irreplaceable when it comes to multi-jurisdictional projects.

Vladimir Sokov is very client-oriented: in dealing with clients, his goal is not to “sell” his deep legal knowledge, but to actually solve their issue in a most efficient manner.

Key clients

Gazprom

Zyfra

GfK SE

Da Vinci Capital

WayRay SA

Mitsui & Co

BV Investment Holdings

Intellectual property Tier 1

Dentons' full-service IP practice is spread across the Moscow and St Petersburg offices and advises on a myriad of IP matters, including trade marks and design, patents, computer software, trade mark portfolio management and licensing. Victor Naumov is the primary figure in St Petersburg, where he focuses on IP protection strategies, transactions involving IP assets and regulatory issues in the technology, media and artificial intelligence sectors. Moscow-based Denis Voevodin has extensive experience acting in trade mark and copyright litigation proceedings as well as advising on anti-counterfeit activity.

Practice head(s):

Victor Naumov

Key clients

MTS

Russian Venture Company

Rosatom

Siliz

Apps & Games AS (Bemobi International AS)

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Dentons’ real estate and construction practice provides 'first-class legal advice' on M&A, joint ventures and finance transactions in the real estate sector. On the construction side, the group is instructed by end-users of greenfield and brownfield construction projects, while the real estate practice draws on the expertise of the firm’s local tax team for tax issues arising from transactions. The team also has notable strength in the hotels and hospitality, retail, pharmaceuticals and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. The ‘outstanding and extremely efficientSergey Trakhtenberg heads up the national real estate group from Moscow, where he is assisted by highly regarded senior associates Olga Elliott and Tatyana PetrykinaKarina Chichkanova leads the team based in St. Petersburg, which was bolstered by the arrival of associates Maria Obolenskaya and Anna Savkunova from Kachkin & Partners in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Trakhtenberg

Testimonials

The team has the ability to complete an engagement that includes both legal and tax issues. It cooperates with professionals from other departments at the firm, without losing time and without compromising the quality of the end product.

Dentons is able to work quickly on projects involving the processing of a large amount of information, as the firm has quite unique capabilities, both in terms of quantity of lawyers and quality of legal services. The team covering more than simple real estate matters, which very helpful if a client is dealing with complex transactions and needs a big team for prompt due diligence as well as advice on finance or arbitration-related issues.

The team in St. Petersburg is extremely professional, business-oriented, and strongly involved in local legal developments.

Sergey Trakhtenberg demonstrates excellent leadership skills – he is great at utilising all available resources and at finding highly motivated lawyers to do their job with passion. He also has deep knowledge of the specifics of the industry.

Sergey Trakhtenberg is always available and ready to provide advice, even when such is needed within a tight time-frame.

Sergey Trakhtenberg is an outstanding lawyer who is available 24/7 for assisting a client. Sergey is personally involved in every matter and ensures that everything is completed smoothly and to the highest standard.

Tatyana Petrykina is a unique associate who has great experience in real estate. Tatyana is a very dedicated professional who does not drop a single idea until it is fully examined.

Olga Elliott showed us a distinguished level of expertise; she was also very patient, helpful and friendly.

Key clients

Raven Russia

EuroChem

Gazprom

Ikea

O1 Properties

UFG Real Estate

Sberbank Asset Management

Solina Group

VTB Capital

Tax Tier 1

Dentons’ tax and customs department provides the full scope of tax advice and includes specialists in finance, economics and accounting alongside its legal practitioners. While the team is traditionally focused on a wide range of sectors, it has been increasingly active in providing private wealth advice to high-net-worth individuals. Dzhangar Dzhalchinov heads up the department and has a strong track record in tax litigation. In 2019, counsel Anna Zvereva returned to the firm from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP. Lidia Charikova was a new arrival from LP Law Firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Dzhangar Dzhalchinov

Testimonials

A brilliant level of service, fast response time, and great seminars for clients.

The team organises very interesting events, where the team members share their deep knowledge and trends with other professionals. Indeed, the team is open for communication.

The team stands out for the unique combination of a practical approach coupled with knowledge of the law and relevant court practice.

Our key contact at Dentons is Dzhangar Dzhalchinov. Dzhangar is an outstanding expert leading one of the best teams on the market. Dzhangar is always available and fully committed to our matters, and so is his team. We are delighted with his personal and professional qualities – he is bold, independently thinking and creative – a true rock star f the legal world.

Key clients

Abbyy

Airbus

Auchan

AvtoVaz

Baxi

Campari

Cargill

Colgate

Gemalto

HeidelbergCement

Immofinanz

Ipsen

Jaguar Land Rover

Karl Storz

Kimberly-Clark

Orco Property Group

Ozon

Pilkington Glass

Renault

Roche

Samsung

SRV

Sumitomo

Whirlpool

WND

X5 Retail Group

TMT Tier 1

Dentons has a wealth of experience across the TMT space, particularly in the IT aspects of PPP projects, robotics and AI, smart contracts, fintech and innovative M&A deals. Core sectors of focus for the team include fast-moving consumer goods, luxury goods, automotive, hospitality and leisure, and retail. Victor Naumov is a seasoned expert in e-commerce, IT and data security, and in the regulation of video games, mass media and telecoms. He leads a 'team of specialists' which includes Georgy Pchelintsev on the transactional side and Vladislav Arkhipov, who is particularly recommended for data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Victor Naumov

Testimonials

‘Dentons’ professionals have exceptional expertise in the field of IT/IP and TMT law. They not only have sufficient knowledge to seek out innovative legal approaches, but are also skilled in the technical side of the issues. That means they can choose the best approach for their client’s business.’

‘Victor Naumov’s team is highly qualified in the fields of digital economy and TMT. We have no doubt that Dentons can solve any problem at the highest possible level using its worldwide branches and international network. Dentons has the most prominent IP/IT practice. It is led by a lawyer who truly loves his work and who inspires his team to reach great heights. Every team member is a distinguished professional ready to work non-stop to deliver the best results.’

‘Vladislav Arkhipov is the best data privacy law partner in Moscow. Vladislav demonstrates very detailed knowledge of the regulatory issues and shows real interest in our business.’

Key clients

Skolkovo Foundation for Development of the Center for Elaboration and Commercialization of New Technologies

Ronavi Robotics, LLC

Geoscan Group

Polyplastic

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

The banking and finance practice at Dentons has notable strength handling financing transactions in Russia and across the CIS. The ‘proactive and very reliableTimothy Stubbs heads up the department and has substantial experience in the regulatory space. Dividing her time between London and Russia, Evgenia Laurson focuses on transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors, and Andrei Strijak is a standout figure in the acquisition finance space. The practice also recently bolstered its capabilities with the arrival of capital markets specialist Tamer Amara and senior associate Filipp Petyukov from Clifford Chance.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Stubbs

Testimonials

The team is very commercially oriented and provides high-quality advice.

Timothy Stubbs is one of the best banking partners, who knows the specific characteristics of the Russian market very well.

Timothy Stubbs has a great commercial understanding, and is always available for clients.

Key clients

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Eximbank of Russia

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

BNP Paribas

Natixis

VTB Bank

Rosgosstrakh

VEB

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation

UniCredit

Société Générale

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Sovcombank

Raiffeisen Bank International

Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere Tier 2

Dentons assists its blue-chip clients with matters relating to the structuring of M&A deals and joint ventures, compliance work and corporate governance issues; all are key areas of expertise for Evgenia Teterevkova. For corporate matters arising from the international sanctions regime, the group works in conjunction with the firm’s offices in Brussels, Washington DC and Kiev. On the commercial side, managing partner and department head Victor Naumov handles the management of intangible assets and e-commerce issues. Associate Olga Krivosheykina and counsel Sergey Fedorov also attract praise.

Practice head(s):

Victor Naumov

Testimonials

The team has in-depth knowledge and a friendly approach to advising clients, and is always available and approachable.

We feel very comfortable with our competent team which communicates very well.

Dentons’ lawyers have developed very good working knowledge of our business and local business partners. This helps in keeping track of risks and problems across key areas of our activity.

Eugenia Teterevkova is my first contact. She is extremely qualified, knowledgeable, clear and friendly.

Counsel Sergey Fedorov is very strong professional with fast and clear reaction which is extremely helpful.

Associate Olga Krivosheykina is very dedicated and has a good grasp of the law.

Key clients

Fyffes

Palfinger CIS GmbH

Palfinger Marine GmbH

Russian Venture Company

Competition Tier 2

Dentons’ competition department is led by ‘competition superstarMarat Mouradov and handles contentious and non-contentious work, with particular strength in antitrust investigations, dawn raids and competition litigation. The group also works in close cooperation with the competition practice in Brussels. Edward Borovikov and recently promoted counsel Valeria Ponomareva are key advisers on matters involving foreign investments and trade policy; Borovikov splits his time between Moscow and Brussels. Of counsel Radmila Nikitina's expertise in the pharmaceuticals sector also stands out.

Practice head(s):

Marat Mouradov

Testimonials

A well-balanced team with a strong leader, experienced counsels and motivated senior associates. The sharing of knowledge and expertise from the huge network of offices across the world certainly adds points.

Marat Mouradov is a charismatic leader with a perfect knowledge of practical solutions and approaches.

Valeria Ponamoreva is very good in analytical work.

Key clients

Gazprom

Corning Inc.

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

Dentons’ dispute resolution department focuses on high-value commercial disputes. Team members act for clients in the state commercial courts, among other legal forums, and are also adept at handling issues at the Eurasian Economic Union level. St. Petersburg-based Mikhail Ivanov heads up the wider dispute resolution group and specialises in claims between foreign investors and domestic companies. Roman Zaitsev leads the team in Moscow and is a seasoned practitioner in civil and corporate litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Ivanov; Roman Zaitsev

Testimonials

Dentons houses one of the strongest practices specialising in litigation and international arbitration in Russia, considering the knowledge and expertise of its lawyers, the success rate in handling disputes, and the high-profile nature of its clients.

Roman Zaitsev is a tough negotiator, who is able to develop successful litigation strategies even in the most complex disputes.

Mikhail Ivanov is a very reliable and reputable professional.

Key clients

Ikea

iHerb

Employment Tier 2

Marina Ryzhkova heads the employment practice at Dentons, where she has extensive experience handling the full gamut of non-contentious and contentious employment law matters. Core areas of activity include drafting employment contracts, advising on employee benefits, assisting with issues arising in the course of an employer’s restructuring, and dismissals, among other matters. Ryzhkova is also frequently instructed to represent employers in the out-of-court resolution of individual and collective disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marina Ryzhkova

Testimonials

‘Very diverse, very strong and with good connections on an international level; high level of availability; very good understanding of international corporate clients’

‘Highly qualified, very practical and flexible, strong in litigation’

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Dentons' Moscow office was bolstered by the arrival of Konstantin Kroll, the former head of Russia and CIS at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, in July 2019. Kroll's practice covers M&A, joint ventures, debt and equity capital markets transactions, structured and project finance, and arbitration in the sector. The firm remains highly active in nationally significant projects across the CIS region. Recent mandates include advising Resero Power on the structuring and financing of waste-to-power plants in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Alexei Zakharko heads the energy practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Zakharko

Key clients

Gazprom

Severstal

Novolipetsk Steel

United Green

PPP and infrastructure projects Tier 2

Dentons' full-service practice advises on all aspects of PPP projects, including specialised concession legislation, legislation on public-private and municipal public-private partnerships, and corporate, M&A and tax issues. The multi-disciplinary team is jointly led by Karina Chichkanova and counsel Vladimir Kilinkarov from the St Petersburg office. In the infrastructure space, key areas of expertise include the financing, construction, operation and management of infrastructure facilities and advising on tender procedures.

Practice head(s):

Karina Chichkanova

Key clients

Sovcombank

Geoscan

Matrix

Polyplastic Group

Northern Capital Gateway

Transport Tier 2

In the shipping sector, Dentons advises ship owners and charterers, shipyards and cruise lines, as well as financial institutions in Russia, the CIS region and Europe, on a wide range of banking, corporate and M&A transactions, international trade and maritime law issues. Andrei Strijak focuses on aircraft financing and operating leases. Corporate partner Alexander Skoblo and managing partner Alexei Zakharko are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Zakharko

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Dentons has significant capabilities in cross-border transactions and across a variety of financing mandates. Practice head Timothy Stubbs is qualified in the State of New York, and splits his time between the firm’s offices in London and Moscow. Evgenia Laurson also divides her time between London and Moscow and leads on project finance transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Stubbs

Key clients

EuroChem Group AG

Sibur

Raven Russia

EuroChem Group AG (Switzerland)

Capital markets Tier 3

Dentons acts for a varied client portfolio encompassing issuers, underwriters and trustees. Headed up by the ‘highly qualified and very experiencedTamer Amara, the department handles a range of debt capital markets transactions including Eurobond issuances, private placements and EMTN programmes. The practice is also a key name in the market for liability management mandates. Senior associate Filipp Petyukov is singled out.

Practice head(s):

Tamer Amara

Testimonials

Tamer Amara is our key point of contact on all capital markets transactions. Tamer is fully dedicated to nurturing his client relationships, in addition to being one the most qualified lawyers around.

Senior associate Filipp Petyukov is very helpful.

Key clients

O1 Properties Finance

Domodedovo Airport Management Company

Renaissance Securities

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

At Dentons, the dispute resolution group acts for national and international clients in matters involving Russian law. The practice’s work encompasses international arbitration, the enforcement of arbitral awards domestically and parallel proceedings. Benefitting significantly from the firm’s European network, the department cooperates closely with the London, Paris, Brussels and Berlin groups. In Russia, the practice is split between St. Petersburg and Moscow, with Mikhail Ivanov and Roman Zaitsev leading the teams respectively. Richard Cowie  is also a key name to note and focuses on arbitration involving corporate and commercial issues. In mid-2019, the Moscow-based practice expanded its cross-border capacity with the arrival of corporate and financial law specialist Konstantin Kroll from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s London office.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Ivanov; Roman Zaitsev

Key clients

Gazprom

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Dentons has notable strength in the restructuring arena, and has recently experienced an increase in contentious bankruptcy instructions. The team acts for a varied mix of companies, investors in distressed businesses, banks and directors of potentially insolvent companies. Practice head Andrei Strijak is well versed in debt restructuring and insolvency work, and clients also recommend Timothy Stubbs, who is qualified in the State of New York.

Practice head(s):

Andrei Strijak

Testimonials

Dentons Russia’s insolvency and restructuring team is a technically very strong team that stays abreast of all the key developments in that field in Russia and beyond. Team members apply their deep knowledge in a very commercial way, which makes it easy for clients to work with them.

We know that Dentons will think “outside the box” and the narrow confines of black-letter law in providing tailored and practical advice.

Tim Stubbs is very knowledgeable, and has a very hands-on approach and innovative ideas.

Key clients

Kuke S.A.

Sidel S.p.A.

Valeo

The firm

Dentons has been advising on client projects in Russia and the CIS for more than 27 years. The Firm has offices in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Georgia, with more than 240 lawyers. The Frm also works closely with law firms in Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Turkmenistan. Dentons provides a full spectrum of services to international and Russian companies, banks and other financial institutions, direct investment funds, state enterprises and non-commercial organisations.

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

With 170+ offices in over 70 countries, 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 centers. 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.

Intellectual Property: Dentons’ lawyers identify, protect and help commercialize IP in the most highly developed markets – and in jurisdictions where IP laws and enforcement are still evolving. They represent global corporations, academic and research institutions, inventors and artists, venture capital firms and others invested in patents, trademarks, copyrights and proprietary property.

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

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

Real estate: Dentons’ Real Estate practice is the largest in the world. The firm 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.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Mikhail Ivanov
Competition and antitrust Evgenia Teterevkova
Corporate and M&A Evgenia Teterevkova
Employment and labour Evgenia Teterevkova
Energy Evgenia Teterevkova
Energy Karina Chichkanova
Environment and natural resources Evgenia Teterevkova
Environment and natural resources Karina Chichkanova
Infrastructure and PPP Karina Chichkanova
Intellectual property and technology Victor Naumov
Life sciences and healthcare Karina Chichkanova
Litigation and dispute resolution Mikhail Ivanov
Litigation and dispute resolution Victor Naumov
Real estate Karina Chichkanova
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Mikhail Ivanov
Tax Vasilii Markov
Transportation Karina Chichkanova
Photo Name Position Profile
 Vladislav Arkhipov photo Vladislav Arkhipov Vladislav is a Counsel in Dentons’ St. Petersburg office. He focuses on…
Ms Karina Chichkanova  photo Ms Karina Chichkanova Karina Chichkanova has worked in Dentons’ St. Petersburg office since it was…
 Sergey Fedorov photo Sergey Fedorov Sergey is a Counsel in Dentons’ St. Petersburg office. He has extensive…
Mr Mikhail Ivanov  photo Mr Mikhail Ivanov Mikhail Ivanov is a partner and Head of Dentons’ Russian Litigation and…
 Olga Krivosheykina  photo Olga Krivosheykina Olga is an Associate in Dentons’ St. Petersburg office. She advises Russian…
Mr Vasilii Markov  photo Mr Vasilii Markov Vasilii is a partner in Dentons’ Russia Tax and Customs practice. Vasilii…
Mr Victor Naumov  photo Mr Victor Naumov Victor Naumov has been advising government authorities and leading Russian and global…
 Maria Obolenskaya  photo Maria Obolenskaya Maria is an Associate in Dentons’ St. Petersburg office. She has considerable…
Mr Georgy Pchelintsev  photo Mr Georgy Pchelintsev Georgy Pchelintsev is a partner in Dentons’ Russia IP, IT and Telecommunications…
 Anna Savkunova  photo Anna Savkunova Anna is an Associate in Dentons’ St. Petersburg office. She has experience…
Ms Evgenia Teterevkova  photo Ms Evgenia Teterevkova Evgenia focuses on structuring and full transaction support of local and cross-border…
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Other offices : Dentons now has 170+ offices in over 70 countries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ICT

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

About Dentons

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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 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  

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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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