Firm Profile > Dentons > St Petersburg, Russia
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Widely recognised as one of the largest teams in the Russian market, Dentons provides the full range of corporate and M&A advice across a variety of sectors, including the pharmaceuticals and healthcare, retail, financial services, and energy and natural resources industries. The group has been involved in multiple significant cross-border investment transactions; managing partner Alexei Zakharko regularly leads the work and acts for clients including VTB Asset Management. The group is also prominent in the private equity arena, where it advises a number of private equity houses; UK-qualified Richard Cowie and Christopher Rose, who splits time between Moscow and Dubai, are the key contacts in this space. Konstantin Kroll took over as practice head in early 2021 from Mathieu Fabre-Magnan, who is the global co-head of the firm's retail group. Clients also recommend life sciences practice head Sergey Klimenko and Vladimir Sokov.
Other key lawyers:
Alexei Zakharko; Richard Cowie; Christopher Rose; Sergey Klimenko; Vladimir Sokov; Florian Schneider; Mark Withey; Dmitry Mikryukov; Sergey Gurdzhian; Mathieu Fabre-Magnan
‘Dentons’ commercial practice is very pragmatic and fast. They recommend solutions that adequately fit our business strategy.’
‘Extensive practice on non-standard commercial and regulatory issues. Expertise and readiness to understand the grey areas of legislation. Representing clients’ relations with government bodies and supporting the work of in-house lawyers in their communication within the group of companies, including in other countries where the client and the law firm are represented, which makes the cooperation truly global.’
‘Sergey Klimenko is distinguished by his deep knowledge of the industry and an understanding of the logic of regulators.’
‘Vladimir Sokov! An excellent partner who understands the clients’ business processes. He thinks outside of the box and finds a solution to any issue that may arise in the course of the deal.’
‘Alexei Zakharko stands out for his attention to commercial issues, deep study of all possible scenarios and risks.’
‘Amazing client-oriented experience. The team went above and beyond our expectations. In-depth knowledge of the European real estate M&A market practice.’
‘Availability of team and experienced professionals in all areas of law. Strong tax and M&A practice.’
‘A client-oriented practice, Everything is done quickly and efficiently, at the first request of the client. Deep knowledge of the subject, highly qualified team members. In-house lawyers are definitely supported with knowledge.’
Maxim Vorobyev / CFC Management
Stada Arzneimittel AG
VTB Asset Management
Dentons assists multiple blue-chip clients with domestic and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions in sectors of traditional strength for the team including the pharmaceuticals and IT industries; additional areas of focus include labour and competition law issues. Practice head Evgenia Teterevkova is ‘a really knowledgeable, experienced partner, who is committed to her clients’, while counsel Sergey Fedorov is adept at handling currency control and customs issues. Clients also recommend managing partner Victor Naumov for issues at the intersection of corporate and IP law.
Other key lawyers:
Victor Naumov; Olga Krivosheykina; Sergey Fedorov; Anton Poddubny; Viacheslav Gareev; Aleksei Eliseenko
‘One of the strongest teams in mid-market deals. Has a unique experience in Russian law. They always offer practical solutions and always strive to protect the interests of the client.’
‘Dentons in St. Petersburg is very strong in IP. Viktor Naumov is very well known across the country, not only in St Petersburg. He is great for IP-related corporate work.’
‘Evgenia Teterevkova is a really knowledgeable, experienced partner, who is committed to her clients. Evgenia works on acquisitions of tech start-ups, but is generally a very good corporate lawyer, well-known in the market.’
‘Very efficient and easy to get to deal with the partner. Always back within a couple of hours. Very consistent advice and hold the line in our company’s interests.’
‘Evgenia Teterevkova is a commercial partner. Superb, considered, very hardworking and balanced in her advice. Excellent at helping us deal with our local partners and ensuring we all understand each other. We feel safe under her guidance. Olga Krivosheykina is our main day to day contact. Very attentive, hardworking and always in good humour with a positive outlook. Works very well with our partners while we feel she represents and explains our interest well.’
‘The team has a very good and deep knowledge of the life sciences industry; it is also highly motivated.’
Stada Arzneimittel AG
Fund of Infrastructural and Educational Programs
Avielen / Warimpex Group
Palfinger CIS GmbH
Palfinger Marine GmbH
Employment Tier 1
The employment and labour offering at Dentons is known particularly for its proficiency in handling complex disputes, but the team also excels in non-contentious matters, including post-M&A issues, employment contracts, and employee work permits and visas. Marina Ryzhkova leads the team from Moscow, where she is supported by senior associate Natalia Panteleeva. St Petersburg-based Evgenia Teterevkova is also a key figure; she is frequently instructed by both Russian and and international companies to assist with union matters, redundancies, corporate compliance issues, occupational health and safety, and drafting of internal policies.
Other key lawyers:
Evgenia Teterevkova; Natalia Panteleeva
‘The Dentons team was very quick to react to our question. They were very flexible and available to us as a client. They came with expert advice, presenting us with out-of the-box solutions.’
‘The deepest professionalism, based on many years of experience, common sense, exceptional focus on the interests of the client.’
‘Marina Ryzhkova is the highest professional! She always demonstrates a sincere interest in the success of the client, and finds and offers pragmatic legal solutions that guarantee an optimal result.’
‘Tremendous experience, attention to detail, high-quality analysis.’
‘The holistic approach the team takes is a particular strength of the practice. Its incredibly broad network means the firm is able to provide excellent advice throughout every jurisdiction and area of law.’
‘Natalia Panteleeva is one of the really good labour law attorneys and litigators in town. An excellent lawyer with an incredible wealth of knowledge.’
‘This is a team of highly professional legal practitioners, experts in their field in the full sense. They are able to substantiate a legal position very clearly and comprehensively.’
‘High quality legal advice, deep knowledge of practical aspects, as well as experience of application in the jurisdiction.’
Intellectual property Tier 1
With notable practitioners split across two offices, Dentons offers local and global clients highly specialised advice on copyright, patent and trade mark protection and litigation. Denis Voevodin, who also acts as the head of the European intellectual property and technology practice, takes the lead in Moscow, while Victor Naumov, who oversees Russian IP, IT and telecoms work, is the key contact in St. Petersburg. Counsel Vladislav Arkhipov is also recommended. The team was further strengthened by the recent arrival of 'terrific' counsel Irina Stepanova and senior associate Philipp Dubovik from Baker Botts L.L.P. and KPMG in Russia and the CIS, respectively.
Denis Voevodin; Victor Naumov
Other key lawyers:
Vladislav Arkhipov; Philipp Dubovik; Irina Stepanova
‘The practice has unique expertise, in-depth knowledge and commercial insight, is very professional and responsive.’
‘Counsel Irina Stepanova is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and an experienced IP specialist and brilliant negotiator. She understands the client.’
‘Dentons lawyers are very accessible and responsive. They consistently seek to understand the needs and objectives of our business and tailor their services to help achieve our business objectives.’
‘Irina Stepanova is highly experienced and reliable, she has an excellent knowledge of law, creative thinking and ability to solve complicated issues.’
‘Strong expertise and theoretical foundation.’
‘It is one of the leading IP practices in Russia, having a keen understanding of the industry, considerable knowledge, commercial insight.’
‘Irina Stepanova is a terrific specialist, with a very strong academic and practical background. She previously worked at other large law firms and Dentons has certainly strengthened their IP practice with her arrival.’
‘A very professional team in everything – from purely technical knowledge and experience, to strategic vision, in-depth analysis and out of the box solutions.’
Avito (Keh Ecommerce)
Real estate and construction Tier 1
The ‘brilliant’ team at Dentons handles the full gamut of real estate and construction matters, with a particular emphasis on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions involving high-value real estate assets, an area in which department head Sergey Trakhtenberg is a recognised leading practitioner. In addition, the firm fields a top construction practice with a strong reputation in green and brownfield projects; in a matter led by Florian Schneider, the group is assisting Raiffeisenbank with the first built-to-suit acquisition of an office building. Headed up by Karina Chichkanova, the St. Petersburg-based team demonstrates strength in retail sector construction work. Other sectors of principal focus for the national group include the hospitality, pharmaceuticals and fast-moving consumer goods industries. Senior associate Olga Elliott is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Florian Schneider; Karina Chichkanova; Roman Kozlov; Olga Elliott
‘Extremely strong diverse team dedicated to different types of real estate, construction transactions, knowing Russian market specifics and international practice. Their strong advice is always in time on a very professional level.’
‘We have worked with Dentons for many years already and have an excellent impression of their performance. The entire real estate team is a group of highly competent, goal-oriented and responsive professionals. Although many law firms in the market have real estate practices, Dentons is a true market leader and our number-one choice for any complex real estate M&A work, since we have full confidence in their capabilities and know that they will walk us through the process and take care of all legal issues to ensure the best possible outcome for our company.’
‘Our key contact at Dentons is Sergey Trakhtenberg. He is a genuine team leader who is available for us 24/7. We highly value his strategic advice and wealth of experience. He also has excellent management skills and coordinates the work of the entire team to ensure that things remain under control at all times.’
‘Sergey Trakhtenberg is a star! So reliable and wise (which is very important for us), so motivated! He is a counsel in the direct sense of this word who is always looking at a bigger picture and focusing on business matters and not just legal issues. He heads the team and he is always a step ahead of every issue. I am happy to work with him and of course, I always recommend him to my business partners and he always makes it enjoyable for all of us to work with him.’
‘Olga Elliott works 24/7. Also, she is a great professional, constructive and goal-oriented person. Last but not least – Olga has super keen attention to detail which is very important for a lawyer. No detail will be overlooked if I work with Olga.’
Ikea / Ingka Group
Sberbank Asset Management
Atrium European Real Estate
PPF Real Estate
UFG Real Estate
Tax Tier 1
The sizeable full-service tax and customs practice at Dentons brings together the expertise of legal, financial and accounting specialists to deliver a full range of tax services. The team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, with clients praising it for being ‘familiar with any situation a company doing business in Russia may face’. It stands out for its strong track record in tax litigation, including multiple recent victories in challenging tax authorities’ decisions; practice head Dzhangar Dzhalchinov is a prominent tax litigator and ‘a unique specialist who offers a wealth of tax knowledge’. On the non-contentious side, the group is adept at handling international tax planning matters, often involving structuring and restructuring transactions; in this space, it bolstered its offering through the appointment of counsel Lidia Charikova, who formerly headed up the tax department at LP Law Firm. Counsel Anna Zvereva has niche tax consulting expertise in the IP realm.
Other key lawyers:
Lidia Charikova; Anna Zvereva; Galina Dontsova; Boris Bruk; Valentin Larin
‘The team has the most amazing breadth of experience and appears to be familiar with any situation a company doing business in Russia may face. It’s easy to communicate with the team and the advice is always provided in clear and concise way, easy to understand and follow for a non-specialist in the field.‘
‘Dentons’ team is unique. In the context of the constant changes in Russian legislation and all new requirements from government agencies, the company’s employees keep their finger on the pulse of these matters and provide professional assistance.‘
‘Great to see a team which includes members of various backgrounds, including former civil servants who can provide insights into the workings of the respective authorities.‘
‘It is often necessary to seek advice on tax and customs issues from Dentons lawyers. All our questions were resolved by Dzhangar Dzhalchinov. He is a unique specialist who offers a wealth of tax knowledge.‘
‘I am a big fan of counsel Galina Dontsova, I don’t think there is anything she does not know about customs. Despite her decades of experience, she does not follow a standard path but remains creative, thinks out of the box, and generates interesting ideas that work!‘
‘Anna Zvereva is an extremely strong Russian tax lawyer. With her, you always know that you will receive pragmatic and extremely professional advice which is relevant to the surrounding reality .‘
Jaguar Land Rover
Orco Property Group
TMT Tier 1
'Each specialist has their own set of competencies' at Dentons, ensuring that experts are always available to advise on the most cutting-edge issues relating to technology, including big data, smart cities, AI and cryptocurrency. The firm is also noted for its involvement with the creation of regulatory frameworks, and its ability to 'offer new solutions and proposals for changing legislation'; Denis Saveliev recently joined the group as head of the legal innovations laboratory. Another new addition is senior associate Philipp Dubovik, formerly of KPMG in Russia and the CIS. Vladislav Arkhipov, Georgy Pchelintsev and practice head Victor Naumov are the other core names to note.
Other key lawyers:
Vladislav Arkhipov; Georgy Pchelintsev; Philipp Dubovik; Denis Saveliev
‘The richest practical experience in various areas of IP and IT law.’
‘The highest authority of the head of the practice, Viktor Naumov, as well as the other team members, is a positive. They focus on practical results, flexibility in finding solutions.’
‘Each specialist has their own set of competencies, in which they are very good. They deeply understand the question, delve into the details and all the little things. They are guided by Russian and foreign regulation. They are able to offer new solutions and proposals for changing legislation, taking into account foreign experience.’
‘Victor Naumov has deep knowledge of regulation and the practice of its application both in Russia and abroad. He has the ability to assess an issue from all sides, including taking into account the nuances of a specific situation, a specific counterparty. He has the ability to see regulatory issues and propose changes to legislation. Excellent communication skills.’
‘I find the practical judgment I get from the Dentons team to be extraordinarily helpful. I know I can count on them to keep things moving forward and to help me understand what I need to know – without unnecessary complication or detail – to achieve the best possible outcome.’
‘Victor Naumov is responsive and succinct. Available at all hours – a necessity for a global company – and turns great work around on short notice.’
National System of Payment Cards
Avito (Keh Ecommerce LLC)
Apps & Games AS (Bemobi International AS)
Transport Tier 1
Dentons' team includes a number of experts, each of whom is well regarded in a specialised area. Transactional specialist Alexei Zakharko leads the shipping practice, which advises shipowners and charterers, shipyards and cruise-lines, traders in commodities and service companies, operators of pipe-lines and other off-shore facilities, and freight-forwarders and logistics operators. Alexander Skoblo heads up the automotive group, and assists with corporate and commercial mandates, financing issues and joint ventures. Andrei Strijak takes the lead on aviation work, focusing particularly on aircraft financing and leasing matters. The firm is well placed to handle both domestic and cross-border work.
Alexei Zakharko; Alexander Skoblo; Andrei Strijak
CFC Management / Maxim Vorobyev
Dentons offers a wide range of banking and finance services, including bilateral and syndicated lending, project, trade and asset financing transactions. Clients praise the group’s ability to draw on the firm’s global resources; recent work includes regular close cooperation with the London-based team, where Logan Wright takes the lead. Timothy Stubbs heads the department and has longstanding experience in the financial regulation realm. Andrei Strijak has a specialism in acquisition finance, among other areas. Other noteworthy figures in the team include capital markets expert Tamer Amara, and counsels Filipp Petyukov and Dennis Montgomery.
Other key lawyers:
Andrei Strijak; Tamer Amara; Logan Wright; Evgenia Laurson; Filipp Petyukov; Dennis Montgomery; Konstantin Nazarov
‘The lawyers are qualified in different jurisdictions and can provide legal advice in different countries. Very good focus on the commercial aspects of the transaction.’
‘Tim Stubbs is a very experienced lawyer and very well-versed in Russian law’.
‘Tim Stubbs is very quick yet detailed, very responsive, and has great knowledge of business issues and restructuring. Tim is more than just a very good lawyer.’
‘Very fast response to queries. Willingness to deviate from the standard approach if necessary.’
‘Filipp Petyukov worked very well on our deal. Very quick answers, with everything getting to the point. Ready to work with him on future deals. He worked with Anna Booth from London on several transactions, who is also a very reliable and gracious lawyer.’
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Competition Tier 2
At Dentons, team lead Marat Mouradov's broad practice includes advising on Russian antimonopoly regulations and compliance, assisting with product distribution structures, and representing clients in antimonopoly investigations and disputes relating to abuse of dominance and unfair competition practices. The competition practice also includes Edward Borovikov, who leads the Brussels group and has extensive experience litigating before the competition authority of the EU, and counsels Valeria Ponomareva and Radmila Nikitina. The group routinely acts for notable domestic and international corporations from a wide range of sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Edward Borovikov; Valeria Ponomareva; Radmila Nikitina
‘A well-established practice with experienced and knowledgeable lawyers.’
‘Marat Mouradov is a street-smart antitrust practitioner. Easy to deal with, responsible and reasonable.’
‘I was impressed with the team’s willingness and ability to understand a new sector, which is only emerging in Russia, and provide advice that made sense from the perspective of that particular sector.’
‘Radmila Nikitina is a brilliant lawyer who is able to provide advice in a simple and understandable form, so that it can be understood not only by legal professionals but also by non-lawyer colleagues. She understands the commercial context of the issue and provides advice which is sound from a commercial standpoint and is not cut off from reality.’
The ‘very strong dispute resolution practice’ at Dentons is split between the offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively led by department co-heads Roman Zaitsev and Mikhail Ivanov. The group is ‘well known for its success rate in handling disputes’; it has a particular emphasis on assisting large domestic and international clients with contentious bankruptcy, contractual and real estate issues. The team in St. Petersburg has extensive experience in IT litigation, an area where Victor Naumov has a stellar reputation. Counsel Maria Mikheyenkova is noted for her credentials in procedural law.
Mikhail Ivanov; Roman Zaitsev
Other key lawyers:
Victor Naumov; Maria Mikheyenkova; Anton Alifanov; Ilya Kuzmin
‘Dentons houses a very strong dispute resolution practice in Russia. The team is well known for its success rate in handling disputes, creative approach to each case and superb client service. The firm is also well known for international disputes.’
Nanto Holdings Limited
Energy and natural resources Tier 2
At Dentons, practice head Alexei Zakharko and Konstantin Kroll have significant transactional expertise, regularly assisting notable domestic and international clients with high-value M&A deals, as well as a diversity of projects in the energy sector. Financial institutions, media companies and state players frequently instruct corporate specialist Maria Oleinik, who has particular experience of the oil and gas industry. Edward Borovikov is a key name for global trade and investment issues, and Louis Skyner is noted for his advice to E&P companies on their participation in upstream and downstream projects in Russia and the CIS.
Other key lawyers:
Konstantin Kroll; Maria Oleinik; Edward Borovikov; Louis Skyner
‘Deep understanding of the customer’s needs while maintaining a high quality of legal expertise.’
‘Customer orientation, availability, ready to help in a short time. Professional team of lawyers.’
Maxim Vorobyev / CFC Management
Epsilon Development Company
Beineu-Shymkent Gas Pipeline
Dentons is known particularly for its 'impressive presence within the Russian infrastructure market', providing legal support for economic and social infrastructure projects, including concessions and other PPP projects in Russia and the CIS. Construction expert Karina Chichkanova oversees the infrastructure practice and counsel Vladimir Kilinkarov takes the lead on advising public authorities and investors on various aspects of PPP work. Kilinkarov is also a member of the team of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe involved in preparing a model law on public-private partnerships, and was invited by Uncitral to work on its legislative guide and model provisions concerning PPPs.
Karina Chichkanova; Vladimir Kilinkarov
‘Strong presence in the Russian PPP market, balanced team, good knowledge of industry specifics. The team is one of the leaders in the Russian market.’
‘Experience and expertise; a high degree of customer focus. Separately, we can highlight Vladimir Kilinkarov.’
‘The team has an impressive presence within the Russian infrastructure market.’
‘I have worked closely with Vladimir Kilinkarov over the past two years. He has been consistently helpful, constructive, responsive and an effective team player. He has a firm grasp of the often complex and subtle issues affecting PPPs, and an ability to communicate points clearly and lucidly. ’
‘Unique knowledge and experience.’
‘The practice is distinguished by high-quality and fast work on assigned tasks. They can work and give results under conditions of lack of initial information and time constraints. Showed high professionalism and the ability to defend interests on the side of the customer.’
‘Able to solve complex problems in complex projects and find non-standard ways of solving problems.’
‘Openness, responsiveness and readiness to immerse in the details of the problem as soon as possible.’
Northern Capital Gateway
Russian Railways (via InfraONE)
Matrix (Polyplastic Group)
Capital markets Tier 3
Active in Russia and across multiple CIS jurisdictions, Dentons counts securitisations and structured financings among its key strengths, where it acts for a number of financial institutions and other stakeholders. The team’s recent standout work involves providing in-depth advice on loan participation notes and bond offerings. Practice head Tamer Amara is a key name in the debt capital markets space. Counsel Filipp Petyukov is also noted, and the practice boosted its offering with the arrival of associate Amina Al-Akkoumi from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in late 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Filipp Petyukov; Amina Al-Akkoumi
‘Tamer Amara assembled a very strong team for Russian assignments.’
‘Tamer Amara on partner level and Filipp Petyukov on counsel level stand out.’
Renaissance Securities (Cyprus) Limited
Airport Management Company Limited (Domodedovo)
O1 Properties Limited
Dentons relies upon its strength across the CIS region to handle complex cross-border issues relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards and parallel proceedings in Russia; Richard Cowie and dual-qualified Konstantin Kroll are key contacts for multi-jurisdictional matters. The team regularly acts for clients in commercial arbitration initiated in relation to breaches of contracts and corporate disputes. St. Petersburg-based Mikhail Ivanov heads up the national department, while Roman Zaitsev leads the team in Moscow.
Mikhail Ivanov; Roman Zaitsev
Other key lawyers:
Richard Cowie; Konstantin Kroll; Anton Alifanov; Mark Dransfield
‘The firm’s lawyers made a thorough analysis of the case.’
‘I would like to acknowledge the high-quality work of Konstantin Kroll and Adrian Giles. These lawyers offered us solutions that were effective and time-saving. We can see that they are doing everything possible to achieve the desired result. The lawyers have extensive experience, and it allows them to easily navigate in difficult situations. In addition to that, we would like to highlight Konstantin Kroll’s client-oriented approach throughout the whole process of cooperation.’
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3
Dentons' cross-practice department maintains a well-established market position due to its traditional strength in loan and export trade debt restructuring. The team has recently expanded the scope of its indebtedness restructuring work beyond the CIS region, handling work concerning jurisdictions as far afield as Central America. Adjusting to the market’s Covid-19-related needs, the department has been focusing on regulatory advice relating to the government’s newly introduced legislative changes. Andrei Strijak leads the practice, where the New York-qualified Timothy Stubbs, litigation department head Roman Zaitsev are also key figures.
Other key lawyers:
Timothy Stubbs; Roman Zaitsev; Maria Mikheyenkova
‘The lawyers have experience in restructuring and bankruptcy transactions in different countries and are admitted to legal practice in different jurisdictions.’
‘Tim Stubbs is a very experienced restructuring and insolvency lawyer and knows the specifics of Russian bankruptcy law.’
‘Excellent understanding of business, which is necessary for excellent legal advice. Great experience in restructuring and bad loan work-out negotiations with both other lenders and ailing borrowers. All this has led to superior outcomes for us.’
‘Good, professional and responsive team.’
Dentons has strength in financial regulatory matters and also brings together the expertise of lawyers qualified in Russia, the UK and the US. New York-qualified practice head Timothy Stubbs is a key contact for cross-border mandates. For multi-jurisdictional matters, the team is also backed by the expertise of its colleagues in London, where Logan Wright is the standout practitioner. Also noted are Evgenia Laurson, who splits her time between Moscow and London, and Andrei Strijak.
Other key lawyers:
Andrei Strijak; Evgenia Laurson; Logan Wright; Konstantin Nazarov; Dennis Montgomery
‘A business-oriented approach to work and a deep understanding of legal issues make Dentons’ team the best choice for those who need non-standard solutions.’
‘Evgenia Laurson is the perfect example of someone who is a pleasure to do business with; she brings a unique combination of decency, attentiveness, and a clear understanding of the specifics of the company’s business.’
Konstantin Nazarov, senior associate, is a rising star in Russian jurisprudence. Combining deep legal knowledge, a desire to work and help a client with the ability to listen and, most importantly, to hear, makes working with him, even on very complex projects, very comfortable.’
Beineu-Shymkent Gas Pipeline
Private client Tier 4
The private wealth offering at Dentons has seen significant growth in recent years; the team is now well able to advise high-net-worth individuals, family offices and business owners on global inheritance issues, international tax matters and mandates concerning ownership of private jets and yachts. Practice head Dzhangar Dzhalchinov was recently joined by counsel Lidia Charikova, formerly head of the tax group at LP Law Firm.
Other key lawyers:
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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.
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|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|
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|Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy||Mikhail Ivanov|
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Press Releases18th August 2020
Global law firm Dentons is pleased to announce that the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court have all issued final decisions dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) three ply toilet paper. With Dentons’ counsel, ICT successfully demonstrated beyond a doubt that its branded and private label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859.
Dentons has been advising Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A since 2016. Based in Lucca, ICT is a leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, and has subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland.
The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain have confirmed ICT’s argument that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.
Dentons partner David Masson served as lead partner and represented ICT in France. Dentons partner Dr. Constantin Rehaag represented ICT in Germany, and PwC partner Alejandra Matas Brancós represented the client in Spain, with the support of Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso.
David Masson, lead lawyer on the case, commented: “It has been very interesting to understand ICT’s own technology and work closely with different teams, including ICT’s R&D department, which has been part of all strategic and technical decisions throughout the case”.
Constantin Rehaag, who represented the client in the German court hearings and coordinated the work with the client’s patent attorneys, said: “This is an outstanding success of a great team formed by the client, who provided us with invaluable technological insight, the team of patent attorneys and, finally, by the Dentons teams in France, Spain and Germany.”
The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.
In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other private labels produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analyzed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts - in first instance and appeal - rejected the claims and ordered Essity to pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.
In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, which is well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In August 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German subsidiary of ICT did not infringe the German part of the patent 1 081 284.
In Spain, after a first decision in favor of Essity in the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a written appeal that ICT’s products - and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain three-ply private label products - did not infringe the Spanish part of the patent 1 081 284.About ICT
Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.About Dentons
Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.
3rd August 2020 Global law firm Dentons advised Italian-based multinational energy infrastructure operator Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49 percent share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ADNOC Gas Pipelines is valued at approximately US$20.7 billion (US$10.1 billion for 49%).
The transaction is one of the most important in the global energy infrastructure sector, as well as Snam’s first acquisition outside Europe. ADNOC Gas Pipelines holds the tariff-based rights for the 38 pipelines that connect ADNOC’s upstream activities to Abu Dhabi’s consumption points and the export and interconnection terminals to neighboring Emirates.
The transaction was financed by a pool of international banks for approximately $8 billion, plus an equity contribution from each of the consortium members. In addition to Snam, the other consortium members included Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NH Investment & Securities.
Dentons acted with a cross-border team from Italy and UAE, coordinated by partner Sara Biglieri in Milan. Partners Luca Pocobelli (Rome) and Mhairi Main Garcia (Dubai), counsel Claudio Segna (Milan), senior associate Craig Hughson (Abu Dhabi) and associate Stephanie Hawes (Dubai) advised on corporate and M&A aspects. Partners Alessandro Fosco Fagotto (Milan) and Stephen Knight (Abu Dhabi), counsel Franco Gialloreti, senior associate Tommaso Zanirato and junior associate Giulia Caselli Maldonado (all Milan) advised on financing aspects. Partner Michele Carpagnano (Rome) and associate Giulia Giordano (Rome) advised on the competition and antitrust aspects.
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