Dentons > Bucharest, Romania > Firm Profile

Dentons
The Mark, Calea Grivitei nr. 84-98
SECTOR 1
010735 Bucharest
Romania

Romania > Banking and finance Tier 1

Dentons is valued by its clients for being 'extremely efficient and deal driven'; the firm’s global and regional footprint makes it a leading choice for borrowers and lenders on high-end and cross-border deals, including project, acquisition, and real estate finance, as well as high-value restructurings. The Bucharest office fields 'some of the most experienced partners in the region', led by the highly regarded Simona Marin. UK-qualified practitioner Simon Dayes has over 20 years’ experience working in the local market. At counsel level, recommended names include Maria Tomescu and Oana Ionascu. Senior associate Stefi Ionescu is noted for her ‘remarkable negotiation skills‘. 

Practice head(s):

Simona Marin

Testimonials

‘I worked very well with the Bucharest banking and finance team – the team is very accessible, extremely efficient and deal driven and has some of the most experienced partners in the region.’

‘I worked closely with Stefi Ionescu on several transactions. Stefi is an excellent communicator with remarkable negotiation skills, very commercially aware and is very good at explaining complex legal issues in terms that help the decision-making process.’

‘Dentons has offered outstanding services throughout the transaction, despite a challenging timeline and a complex structure. They have a long track record in the region and industry which greatly helped us in the structuring of the transaction. The team was always available for questions and advice, and often went the extra mile to make sure that our position as lender was protected.’

‘We had the pleasure to work with Maria Tomescu, Simona Marin and Stefi Ionescu. In addition to being great individuals with whom it is easy to work and cooperate, their expertise and dedication to the transaction were instrumental in rendering this transaction possible. Their capacity to keep their timeline and deadline is also something barely matched by any other law firm.’

‘Extremely well-versed in the Romanian market. Second to none. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘The whole team is excellent. Never did I experience that they were taken by surprise by any new argument from our counterparties. Their profound expertise and their very pleasant manner make it a pleasure to work with them.’

‘The team is very determined, client oriented and is always trying to find solutions.’

‘Oana Ionescu is very engaged and energetic to get the deal done, identifies issues and offers solutions, works practically round the clock.’

Key clients

Erste Bank

Raiffeisen Bank

UniCredit

Banca Transilvania

ING Bank

BRD-Groupe Société Générale

Banca Comerciala Romana

NEPI Rockcastle

AFI Europe/BIG CEE

Metito Utilities Limited (Dubai)

Oresa Ventures

EnerCap

Aviva (industrial group)

EY

Hidroelectrica

Romgaz

Work highlights

  • Advised Romgaz on securing €325m for partially financing the acquisition price for the shares issued by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania.
  • Advised Alpha Bank and Raiffeisen Bank on the €125m refinancing of a portfolio of six green certified retail centres, located in several secondary cities in Romania.
  • Advised Erste Group Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, Raiffeisen Bank Romania and Banca Comercială Română on financing the acquisition by Supernova Group of six prime shopping centres owned by the Louis Delhaize group and operating under Cora brand name.

Romania > Capital markets Tier 2

Dentons is commended for its ‘innovative spirit and practical approach'; the team’s ‘enormous legal competence‘ for capital markets mandates and related banking issues makes it a popular choice with banks and underwriters, who value the practitioners’ willingness to ‘go the extra mile for their clients, bringing up solutions and also giving strategic advice‘. The group handles debt and equity issuances and also advises corporate issuers on their listings. Practice head Loredana Chitu is singled out as ‘a really outstanding professional, with a vast experience of the local market dynamics as well as deep understanding of equity capital markets topics‘.

Practice head(s):

Loredana Chitu

Testimonials

‘The team works seamlessly and acts as a one-stop-shop, with a high level of knowledge and a good cross-border reach.’

‘I have worked closely with Loredana Chitu. I am always impressed with the quality of work delivered, the high level of responsiveness, innovative spirit and practical approach.’

‘Good experience, can-do attitude with great regards to clients’ needs and highly accommodating of those needs. Always willing to take the lead on deliverables for the clients, which is highly appreciated in today’s professional services environment.’

‘Their experience, their constant availability, and their willingness to meet all clients’ requirements.’

‘Our bank has worked with various teams of Dentons’ banking and capital markets divisions and all have shown enormous legal competence, a high degree of precision and responsiveness and an extreme dedication to their work. They strive to move the project on and go the extra mile for their clients, bringing up solutions and also giving strategic advice. Especially commendable is the consistent high quality standard of their work across their entire branch network.’

‘We found the Dentons team extremely professional and supportive in every phase of the ECM transaction on which we were involved. The combination of the local expertise in Romania and and international professionals based in London was particularly appreciated to cover the different aspects of the transaction.’

‘Loredana Chitu, the local Romanian partner, is a really outstanding professional, with a vast experience of the local market dynamics as well as deep understanding of equity capital markets topics.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank

Raiffeisen Bank International

BRD – Groupe Societe Generale

UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch

Swiss Capital

Societatea de Producere a Energiei Electrice în Hidrocentrale Hidroelectrica

S.N.G.N. Romgaz

Banca Comerciala Romana

2B Intelligent Soft S.R.L.

Work highlights

  • Advising Hidroelectrica on its €1.5bn Romanian IPO.
  • Advised Raiffeisen Bank  and BRD-Group Societe Generale, as underwriters, on the Bucharest Municipality’s €110m bond issuance.
  • Advised a group of shareholders on protecting their rights against a hostile takeover conducted by three entities acting in concert and provided support with a major investigation by the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority concerning a major collusion decision.

Romania > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Dentons is commended for combining the ‘depth of a global leader with the detailed knowledge of a team present in Romania‘, a quality which clients consider ‘indispensable for multijurisdictional M&A deals‘. The multifaceted practice has extensive experience across key industries, including real estate, and conventional and renewable energy. Life sciences and venture technology are areas of particular focus for Cristina Daianu. The team is led by managing partner Perry Zizzi, whose 'ability to manage teams and issues is second to none'. Counsel Doru Postelnicu is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Perry Zizzi

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Daianu; Cristian Popescu; Doru Postelnicu

Testimonials

‘The Dentons practice taps into a global network, but is highly specialised in hands-on work in Romania as a local jurisdiction, so you get the depth of a global leader with the detailed knowledge of a team present in Romania as well, which is indispensable for multijurisdictional M&A deals.’

‘Perry Zizzi has a vast knowledge and experience in Romania, and a well-rounded background as a US lawyer. His ability to manage teams and issues is second to none. As a result, he has a well-trained staff of several dozen lawyers that are able to cover a wide range of client needs, from banking, finance, real estate, litigation, agriculture and numerous industries in between.’

‘The people, their expertise and accessibility, client-oriented approach, stand out.’

‘Highly qualified professionals, with a client-orientated approach, strong expertise and sufficient flexibility to accommodate clients needs and a friendly attitude.’

‘We have used Dentons for several years in various commercial and corporate matters. It is my firm of choice for complex international matters. They also have specific industry knowledge, so speak our language, are approachable and business-oriented.’

‘We have worked with Cristina Daianu, a top-notch professional: she understands the client’s business and is our trusted advisor, extremely knowledgeable and friendly, at the same time.’

‘Excellent expertise, strong network of experts, access to international network. Good value for money.’

‘Cristina Daianu has excellent expertise, a great network, and is highly available and willing to facilitate expert meetings and access to the international network.’

Key clients

Affidea Group

KKR and GIP

Romgaz

African Industries Group

Lucy Zodion

Purcari

TEDi

Fortress

KPS

Brandl Industries

Pharmachem

TotalEnergies

Work highlights

  • Advised private equity firm KKR and fund manager Global Infrastructure Partners on the $15bn acquisition of data centre operator CyrusOne.
  • Advised a major sovereign wealth fund on the €3bn acquisition of a pan-European logistics portfolio from EQT Exeter’s private real estate fund.
  • Advised Romgaz on its $1bn acquisition of the shares of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania, which holds 50% of the rights and obligations for the Black Sea XIX Neptune offshore block.

Romania > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Dentons' client base is testament to its burgeoning status in the market, with several leading industry names and organisations including Romgaz, ENEL and the Romanian Wind Energy Association regularly instructing the firm. The cross-practice team has recently been involved in several milestone deals, and its advice to Hidroelectrica on its planned 144A IPO demonstrates the firm’s impressive capabilities on cross-border mandates. 'Outstanding' practice head Claudiu Munteanu-Jipescu takes the lead with ‘excellent technical skills'.

Practice head(s):

Claudiu Munteanu-Jipescu

Testimonials

‘Dentons’ practitioners are highly experienced and very knowledgeable about the market trends and any change of legislation. Providing high quality services has allowed us to avoid delays and additional costs in the later stage of our projects as well as having strong support in negotiations. The response time is very reasonable and the quality of feedback has been much appreciated. Was very helpful as well to have quick reactions via calls. Needless to say that we are very happy with our collaboration.’

‘Working with Claudiu Munteanu-Jipescu was a pleasant experience as we have always found a friendly approach in a very professional environment with quality output.’

‘Team is great, we experienced very good communication, quick answers on all legal issues and we appreciate the availability in providing good quality legal advice.’

‘Very highly qualified people and customer-oriented attitude.’

‘The team is very experienced and thorough in their knowledge of regulatory and transactional projects. I value their ability to advise us efficiently and accurately on the most complex issues. Especially when the Romanian legal regulatory landscape has recently experienced significant and constant changes, it is important to have by your side such trusted advisors as Dentons.’

‘Claudiu Munteanu-Jipescu is an outstanding lawyer and it’s a pleasure to work with him. He has strength-in-depth and is very commercial with excellent technical skills and product knowledge. He always seeks to build a relationship and understands our business objectives, hence his strategic legal advice. He pays attention to details, and is a very good negotiator with superb communication skills.’

Key clients

Romgaz

Hidroelectrica

Qair

Monsson Group

Tractebel Engineering

ENEL Energie Muntenia

Romanian Wind Energy Association (RWEA)

Engie

TotalEnergies

EnergoNuclear

Work highlights

  • Advised Romgaz on its $1bn acquisition of shares in ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania, which holds 50% of the rights in the Black Sea XIX Neptune offshore block.
  • Advising EnergoNuclear on the service contract for Units 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Advising Hidroelectrica on its planned 144A IPO.

Romania > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Dentons has a multidisciplinary commercial real estate offering which handles the gamut of sales and acquisitions, corporate structurings, financings, litigation, development and asset management. The firm also has a strong niche for advising clients on title insurance. In addition, the group is known for expertly handling major cross-border deals, including those with a strong M&A component, and practitioners such as managing partner Perry Zizzi will often lead on the CEE-wide aspects of deals, as was the case with KKR and Global Infrastructure Partners’ global acquisition of the data centre operator CyrusOne. Bogdan Papandopol leads the team, which also includes counsel Cristian Popescu.

Practice head(s):

Bogdan Papandopol

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

KKR

Global Infrastructure Partners

Fortress REIT

Europa Capital

Atrium European Real Estate

Eurobank (Athens)

Raiffeisen

KC Agro

Nutre Farming

Wienerberger

Holde Invest

Transcarpathians Trading (member of the African Industries Group)

Codic

Alpha Bank

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Nobel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised private equity firm KKR and fund manager Global Infrastructure Partners on the Romanian aspects of the $15bn acquisition of data centre operator CyrusOne.
  • Advised a major sovereign wealth fund on the Romanian aspects of a €3bn acquisition of a pan-European logistics portfolio from EQT Exeter’s private real estate fund, EQT Exeter European Value Venture III.
  • Assisted Fortress, a hybrid fund investing in direct properties and other listed real estate companies, with the acquisition of two companies which own a logistics park in the outskirts of Bucharest.

Romania > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Dentons is a go-to choice for cross-border restructurings and company reorganisations, where it is instructed both debtors and trade creditors. The offering includes advice on pre-insolvency refinancings and restructurings, as well as assistance with the sale and purchase of distressed assets, and any related tax issues. On the non-contentious side, banking and finance experts Simon Dayes and Simona Marin are the names to note. The firm also has an experienced disputes offering, with Tiberiu Csaki and Bogdan Papandopol regularly representing clients in related litigations and cross-border arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Tiberiu Csaki; Simon Dayes

Other key lawyers:

Simona Marin; Bogdan Papandopol

Key clients

Synthos

Prosegur Alarmas

Anadiag

Clearanswer Call Centers

Downtown Business Centre

FP Marine Limited

Consulco Limited

Ernst & Young (EY)

Work highlights

  • Representing Synthos, a major manufacturer of chemical raw materials, in insolvency proceedings.
  • Advising Prosegur on the insolvency of its Romanian subsidiaries.
  • Representing the agricultural research company, Anadiag Group, in the bankruptcy of its Romanian subsidiary.

Romania > Dispute resolution Tier 3

The multifaceted disputes team at Dentons remains a popular choice for international and domestic clients. The recent period has seen significant activity in the antitrust, insolvency and construction areas. The litigation team’s ability to work closely with colleagues in other departments came to the fore in a shareholder dispute over control of Prebet, a mandate which involved significant capital markets issues; clients also benefit from similar levels of co-ordination with international colleagues on cross-border disputes. Experienced litigation and arbitration lawyer Tiberiu Csaki leads the team. Real estate practice head Bogdan Papandopol also has a strong litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Tiberiu Csaki

Other key lawyers:

Bogdan Papandopol

Key clients

Auchan

Avatar Security

Prosegur

Hidroelectrica

CH Robinson

EU Commission

Synthos

JLG

Dr. Reddy’s

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Auchan in obtaining the annulment of a €5m fine imposed by the Romanian Competition Council on Real Hypermarkets, a company which Auchan had acquired from Metro Group.
  • Representing a private individual in a shareholder dispute over control of the company Prebet, which is listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
  • Representing JLG Manufacturing Central Europe in a dispute with the tax authorities, in addition to a separate employment dispute.

Romania > Employment Tier 3

Dentons‘ well regarded employment practice is praised for its ‘integrated solutions and top advice‘. The firm’s international reach makes it a popular choice for cross-border issues, including in related areas such as immigration, corporate transactional support and data privacy. The team also has extensive experience in strategic and sensitive matters, including collective negotiations, company reorganisations, disciplinary actions and dismissal procedures. The contentious side is well catered for by practice head and litigator Tiberiu Csaki. Clients consider counsel Argentina Rafail  ‘exceptionally dedicated to the profession and clients‘.

Practice head(s):

Tiberiu Csaki

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons’ team is focused on integrated solutions and top advice to us as a client; understanding our business in order to offer the best support is a priority for the team.’

‘Argentina Rafail – exceptionally dedicated to the profession and clients.’

Key clients

JLG Manufacturing Central Europe

Catoni

Dr. Reddy’s

KPS

Solera Group

IGT Services and Technology (former Interglobe Technology)

EPAM

AMDOCS

Dell Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised JLG on the restructuring of its workforce and collective dismissal issues.
  • Assisting the pharmaceutical company, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Romania, with employment and compliance training and day-to-day matters.
  • Assisting InterGlobe Technologies, a major IT and BPO services provider and travel conglomerate, with the establishment and structuring of its Romanian operations.

Romania > EU and competition Tier 3

The competition lawyers at Dentons are ‘outstandingly well informed‘, sharing with clients a ‘granular understanding of the complexities and compounded impacts of deals in the current complicated economic, social and political context’. The firm’s capabilities run from complex antitrust investigations through to compliance, training and risk assessment. The firm’s significant international network is particularly adept at co-ordinating merger clearance work with cross-border elements. Practice head Raul Mihu is noted for his expertise in life sciences matters.

Practice head(s):

Raul Mihu

Testimonials

‘We found the lawyers working with us outstandingly well informed, attentive to details, with a granular understanding of the complexities and compounded impacts of deals in the current complicated economic, social and political context, allowing them to provide us with wise and valuable advice in every case.’

‘We received excellent advice which entirely served our interest. Practitioners were thoughtful, intelligent, creative and in keeping with the best practices. Their response time is outstanding, no matter how difficult or complicated the issue on which we consult them.’

Key clients

Auchan

Metro

Carturesti Bookstores (Direct Client Services SRL)

Dual Man

Lucy Zodion

Romgaz

Romania > TMT Tier 3

Dentons is a firm of choice for ‘intricate and challenging matters‘, and its ‘cross-border capacity is indeed of paramount importance’ to clients. The firm has a dedicated venture technology practice led by Cristina Daianu, who ‘can reach a true trust-based, counselling-level relationship with key top-management executives’. Clients come from all corners of the market, including media, telecoms, e-commerce, fintech and gaming. Managing partner Perry Zizzi co-ordinates the wider TMT group, supported by senior associate Andrei Vartires, noted for his ‘amazing insight’. 

Practice head(s):

Cristina Daianu; Perry Zizzi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Andrei Vartires – handled the matter as expeditiously as possible with excellent communication and deft expertise.’

‘The Dentons team in Romania is very collaborative and their communication is open, direct and timely.’

‘Andrei Vartires and Perry Zizzi are very knowledgable and give clear communication.’

‘Extraordinarily fast ramp-up in intricate and challenging matters. Ability to provide true counselling relationships to senior executives.’

‘Cristina Daianu stands out among the many law firm partners I worked with. She can reach a true trust-based, counselling-level relationship with key top-management executives. She helped us overcome challenging and high-exposure issues, blending dedication, ability to reach insightful yet prudent solutions, and leveraging the firm’s other practices. I particularly appreciate her pragmatic problem-solving and ability to quickly take the client perspective in a mature fashion.’

‘They were very approachable, creative and we could easily rely on their extensive cross-border capacities, whenever needed in the project. Their cross-border capacity is indeed of paramount importance for founders and differentiates them from competitors since they have the unique expertise to advise on international rounds and on the scale-up process to other markets. Also they speak the language of the investors, since often they represent those.’

‘We have worked with Cristina Daianu, who is very knowledgeable, easy to work with and passionate about her work. She is very well connected to the start-up scene and works with lots of technology companies and investors.’

‘Excellent expertise, strong network of experts, access to international network.’

Key clients

Tata Communications

Netflix

MBC Studios

Motion Picture Corporation of America

Here Global

Blackline

Shift One

Lucy Zodion

Work highlights

  • Advised Netflix on all copyright and regulatory issues in 18 countries in Europe, including on the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the Copyright Directive.
  • Advised Tata Communications on several regulatory issues specific to the Romanian market concerning digital and telecoms products.
  • Advised Lucy Zodion on the acquisition of shares in Flashnet from Engie.

The firm: Dentons is one of the oldest international law firms in Romania, being present on the local market for over 25 years. The team in Bucharest regularly advises a wide range of clients, from emerging and mid-size companies to multinationals, across a large variety of industry sectors.

Dentons is the world’s largest global 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 recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which they live and work. www.dentons.com.

Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size.

Areas of practice: Dentons’ lawyers and professionals provide services in the following practice disciplines and industry sectors:

Banking and finance: 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.

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Arbitration; Employment and Labour; Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Tiberiu Csaki tiberiu.csaki@dentons.com +40 21 371 5403
Corporate and M&A; TMT Perry Zizzi perry.zizzi@dentons.com +40 21 371 5401
Competition and Antitrust; Compliance Raul Mihu raul.mihu@dentons.com +40 21 371 5405
Corporate and M&A; TMT; Venture Technology Cristina Daianu cristina.daianu@dentons.com +40 21 371 5406
Energy Claudiu Munteanu-Jipescu claudiu.munteanu@dentons.com +40 21 371 5402
Public Procurement Oana Voda oana.voda@dentons.com +40 21 371 5465
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Alexandra Radulescu alexandra.radulescu@dentons.com +40 21 371 5423
Real estate; Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bogdan Papandopol bogdan.papandopol@dentons.com +40 21 371 5404
Banking and Finance Simona Marin simona.marin@dentons.com +40 21 371 5400
Banking and Finance Simon Dayes simon.dayes@dentons.com +40 21 371 5419
Capital Markets Loredana Chitu loredana.chitu@dentons.com +40 21 371 5463
White Collar Crime Liviu Togan liviu.togan@dentons.com +40 21 371 5408
Corporate and M&A; Real Estate Cristian Popescu cristian.popescu@dentons.com +40 21 371 5434
Photo Name Position Profile
Cristina Daianu photo Mrs Cristina Daianu Cristina Daianu is a partner in the Bucharest Corporate Group. She heads…
Perry V. Zizzi photo Mr Perry V. Zizzi Perry V. Zizzi is Managing Partner of the Bucharest office and head…
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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 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