Firm Profile > Dentons > Frankfurt, Germany

Dentons
Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 6
60313 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany

Foreign trade law Tier 2

Thanks to the firm’s global reach, Dentons is well placed to handle cross-border and cross-regional work, which, in foreign trade law, includes assistance with the set-up of compliance systems. The team also handles corporate transactions with foreign investors and represents clients in criminal and administrative fine proceedings. Frankfurt-based Julia Pfeil, who has recently been increasingly involved with issues under Chinese law, jointly heads the practice with Andreas Haak. Together with his team in Düsseldorf, he puts significant emphasis on trade compliance including investment audits and customs law issues. Gabriele Haas, who only joined the team in 2019, was elevated to the partnership in April 2020. Her focus area revolves around compliance systems pertaining to international sanctions and embargoes. Counsel Maria Brakalova is particularly active in export control and deals with transactions with Iran and Russia.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Dentons is a well-functioning team in which, if the responsible contact person is not available, other team members can also fall back on it.

They are specialists who are very knowledgeable and accordingly give us good advice. Should it not be possible to provide us with information / an answer immediately, then we will correctly research the matter in order to provide us with the correct answer. The answers are 100% correct, meaningful and understandable, you can rely on them, a fact that is extremely important in the export control area.

The team’s expertise in the area of sanctions and embargo law is excellent and is unparalleled in Germany. The commitment is excellent.

Ms. Dr. Pfeil is one of the leading experts in her field. The commitment that she spends on mandates is impressive. At the same time, her advice is very practical and always useful.

Key clients

KPS Capital Partners

SMS group GmbH

Solvay (früher Cytec)

AMEPA Angewandte Meßtechnik und Prozeßautomatisierung GmbH

Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport)

Honeywell International Inc.

Llobe GmbH & Co. KG

Neurocrine BioSciences, Inc.

Public procurement Tier 2

Dentons' procurement practice was strengthened by the 2019 arrival of Andreas Haak and his team from Taylor Wessing and possesses particular expertise in the healthcare, transport and security sectors as well as in IT procurement. The advice spectrum of the 'very good' and extremely active team includes the structuring and implementation of complex award procedures by the public authorities, bidder support with the participation in award procedures and judicial representation in and advice on infringement procedures before German and European courts. The team also has particular knowledge on matters pertaining to the exclusion from tenders. It further acts at the interface to compliance, for instance in issues related to self-purification. Of particular note is the firm's global outreach which is especially beneficial to clients in frequently occurring cross-border matters. Peter Braun in Frankfurt, Haak in Düsseldorf and Wolfram Krohn in Berlin jointly head the team. Christian Miercke, who has recently gained a foothold as advisor to telecoms companies, made counsel in April 2020.

Key clients

ALBA Group

Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat

D.S.C. Dienstleistungs-Service Center GmbH

Deutsche Bahn AG / DB Regio

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH

Deutsche Post AG, DP E-Post Solutions und DP Inhouse ServicesGmbH

Duisburger Hafen AG

EFN eifel-net Internet-Provider GmbH

Euromicron AG

Europäischer Rechnungshof

Hochschule Ruhr West

IHK GfI mbH

IHK Wiesbaden

Kreis Paderborn

Kreis Wesel

Land Brandenburg (Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Klimaschutz desLandes Brandenburg)

Land Brandenburg(Landessbetrieb Forst Brandenburg)

Landesbetrieb IT.NRW

Limbach Gruppe SE

LMBV Neinlogport Ruhr GmbH

medical airport service GmbH

Optimal Systems Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH Konstanz

Private Universität Witten/Herdecke gGmbH

Prosoz Herten GmbH

Prospitalia GmbH

RICOH Deutschland GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister

Weltbank Gruppe

WISAG Gruppe

Real estate Tier 2

For Dentons' real estate practice, cross-border transactional and financings matters for international investors and municipal housing associations constitute the core business, while the team assists particularly often with acquisitions and sales of office buildings in Frankfurt and Berlin. In Frankfurt, Sabine Wieduwilt  also frequently advises national and foreign companies with leasing matters, while share deals and project developments in the logistics and care sectors are additional central pillars; notably, the thematically diverse practice operates across four German offices. Bernhard Gemmel is the key contact for real estate financing, Volker Mergener advises on transactions as well as on asset and property management and real estate transaction expert Dirk-Reiner Voß  leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Vonovia

GIC (Singapurs Staatsfonds)

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Singapore Press Holdings

gsp Städtebau

Landesbank Berlin

P3 Logistics Parks

Catalyst Capital

Société Générale

Kriton/Catella

Harrison Street

IREIT Global

Principal Real Estate

Xbricks

Berlin Hyp

Restructuring Tier 2

Dentons' key elements include self-administrations and distressed M&A transactions, including debt transactions, double-profit trusteeships and restructuring partners as well as advising lenders, including the coordination of promissory note creditors. Andreas Ziegenhagen, European head of the restructuring practice, has an excellent reputation pertaining to trustee matters and other creditor-led restructuring solutions and has additional expertise in tax-related M&A, restructurings as well as insolvency, business tax, corporate, banking and accounting law; he frequently acts as general representative in self-administrations and is an accountant as well as tax consultant. Co-head Arne Friel advises on complex restructurings and has particular experience in insolvency-related transactions, including the acquisition of insolvent companies. In September 2020, Holger Ellers joined the team from Baker McKenzie; his focus is the intersection of restructuring, insolvency and corporate law as well as cross-border distressed M&A.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Holger Ellers; Daniel Fritz; Dirk Schoene

Key clients

Germania Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

Air Berlin Finance BV

Leoni-Schuldscheingläubiger

Grillo Werke AG

Schuldscheindarlehensgläubiger/promissory notes holder regarding IFA Group

Insolvenzverwalter ReiCo Spedition

DRK Kliniken Brandenburg-Thüringen gGmbH

Gerry Weber International AG

Losberger de Boer

Pickhardt & Siebert GmbH

Addfinity Testa Group

CRI Group / Mriya Group

Treveria F S.À.R.L.

Chemnitzer Freie Presse

HTI AG

DIHAG Holding GmbH

State aid Tier 2

In the state aid sphere, Dentons covers a broad array of services and sectors. The team advises a number of well-known market players and assists clients with occasionally significant state aid proceedings before national and European courts; here, the practice frequently works closely with the firm's other international offices. Another important part of its state aid activity is the cooperation with other practices, primarily the procurement practice. In a recent development, clients now have access to the latest status of European state aid regulation through the Dentons Covid-19 hub. Managing Partner Andreas Haak, who has longstanding experience in projects at the interface of public authorities and the private sector, and Jörg Karenfort, who divides his time between Berlin and Brussels, jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

' The aid team of Dr. Nordmann works in a highly professional and client-oriented manner. '

' Dr. Nordmann is an excellent state aid lawyer and a very valued colleague. The cooperation was always characterized by professionalism and fairness. '

Key clients

Dt. Sparkassen und Giroverband (DSGV)

Duisburger Hafen AG (“duisport”)

logport Ruhr GmbH

Katz Entertainment CP Corp.

NeXovation Inc.

NRW.Bank

Prospitalia GmbH

Volotea S.A.

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 2

Due to the cooperation with colleagues from the firm's international network and the integration into the German banking, finance and capital market group, Dentons is able to cover a broad range of topics, leading to a diversified client portfolio. It includes national and international financial institutions, investment funds and alternative investors. This type of work resembles the expertise of practice head Arne Klüwer, which means that the practice regularly advises on various structured finance and distressed transactions. Within the securitisation space, the team covers all asset classes and advises on loans, leasing and trade receivables as well as inflation-indexed leaseholds and discounted cash flows (DCF). Mortimer Berlet, who covers an equally broad range of structured finance, moved to Deutsche Bank in June 2019. The team's interface capabilities with DCM were however strengthened with the arrival of Oliver Dreher from CMS in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Bank Vontobel

Bayern LB

CRX Markets

Deutsche Bank

Hamburg Commercial Bank

NIBC

PEAC (Germany) GmbH

S-Kreditpartner

UniCredit Bank

Volkswagen Financial Services

Wilmington Trust SP Services

Energy Tier 3

Dentons gained three sector-experienced corporate specialists in Tim Heitling, Thomas Dörmer and counsel Daniel Neudecker, who joined the team in Berlin from Baker McKenzie in July 2020, and also expanded its regulatory practice at the Frankfurter office with the arrival of Gabriele Haas, formerly in-house at Uniper. In November 2019, project finance expert Axel Schlieter, formerly counsel at Clifford Chance, also joined the firm. In the transactional space, the team has particular strength handling cross-border mandates thanks to the firm's global network. This segment was further strengthened when, in December 2020, Michael Krömker joined from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH together with of counsel Xi Xie, with whom Krömker works closely when advising Chinese clients. As well as handling renewable energy sector work, practice head Thomas Schubert also advises on the digitisation of the energy sector. The team's capabilities handling future-oriented matters such as electromobility were strengthened with the arrival of Florian-Alexander Wesche from Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in January 2021. The practice also has sector-specific expertise in antitrust law.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Enbridge Inc.

CPPIB

ENGIE Deutschland

STEAG

Mobisol

TOTAL

Gazprom OAO

Goldwind

Deutsche Lichtmiete

DTEK

TEDOM

SEV.EN Group

Solandeo

NIBC Infrastructure Partners

Prokon / Dietmar Penzlin

Veolia Water Technologies

UniCredit Bank

Infracapital

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Dentons handles transactional work in the hospital sector, a key area of expertise for Christof Kautzsch, as well as for start-ups and growth companies; this area is covered by Thomas Strassner and Peter Homberg. Together with Ilka Mehdorn, a specialist in medical law, Homberg is also a key figure in the regulatory practice, which includes medical and data protection matters as well as market access issues pertaining to medical cannabis. The compliance team, with Mehdorn and Kautzsch as the key figures, was expanded with the arrival of white-collar crime and compliance expert Ann-Kristin Cahnbley from Clifford Chance in December 2019. The team's offering also includes sector-specific digital health work and antitrust law mandates alongside public procurement and employment law issues. As part of one of the largest firms in the world, the team's work is often cross-border in nature. The team itself also has an international character, as can be seen in Homberg's dual role as head of the German life sciences and the European cannabis practice groups.

Key clients

CarboCalyx GmbH

D.S.C. Dienstleistungs-Service Center GmbH

Fidelio Healthcare

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

HÄVG Hausärztliche Vertragsgemeinschaft Aktiengesellschaft, AOK Baden-Württemberg u.a.

HiDoc Technologies

inveox

Kaia Health

KKR und LGC

KMG Kliniken Brandenburg-Thüringen gGmbH

Life Sciences Partners (LSP)

Limbach Gruppe SE

medical airport service GmbH

MEDICLIN AG

miRdetect GmbH

numares AG

Pluristem

Prospitalia GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Zellkraftwerk

Antitrust Tier 4

Dentons' international set-up is particularly beneficial to clients seeking advice on international merger control proceedings that are coordinated by the firm's team in Germany. Jörg Karenfort heads the German team and simultaneously acts as the co-head of the European practice group. His main focus rests on cartel and merger control proceedings on national as well as European level; this is also a mainstay for René Grafunder who further advises on abuse proceedings. Florian Wiesner, who has been leading the antitrust team in Düsseldorf since mid-2019, predominantly has expertise in the autmotive, e-mobility and energy sectors. Additionally, the firm is also committed to the development of legal tech tools, for example in relation to the implementation of antitrust compliance requirements.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Impressive strength in international merger control proceedings.’

‘Florian Wiesner keeps calm even in critical situations. In-depth knowledge of European, German and international antitrust law. ‘

‘René Grafunder has a very high level of professional and social competence and is a welcome “sparring partner” on antitrust issues.’

‘Impressive size, range and the associated wealth of experience of the law firm.’

‘René Grafunder and Florian Wiesner provide expert advice on all antitrust issues.’

Key clients

ALBA

AMEOS und Sana Kliniken

Audi

Bundesverband Deutscher Banken

Daimler

Flughafen München

Funke Mediengruppe

Gazprom OAO

KPS Capital Partners

Mobisol

Porsche

Silgan Holdings

Solera Holdings

Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister

Tech Data

Total

Volkswagen

Wacker Chemie

Webasto

Compliance Tier 4

Dentons has particular experience in regulated industries such as healthcare, energy, automotive and autonomous driving, advising national and international companies on money laundering, antitrust law, data protection, export control and financial compliance issues. Christian Schefold, who is experienced in corporate and group law, jointly heads the practice with Lars Kutzner, who is well versed in handling tax crime issues. Public commercial law expert Peter Braun and Ann-Kristin Cahnbley, who joined the practice in November 2019 from Clifford Chance, bringing additional expertise in white-collar crime and compliance, are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft mbH / European Export Bank

Fresenius Medical Care

vbw – Verband der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e.V.

Volkswagen

Tax Tier 4

Dentons' German tax team is an integral part of the European tax practice led by Michael Graf together with the Paris office and is divided into various expert lines. Graf puts his focus on international group law, advising corporations and private equity funds, but he also assists clients with tax audits, opposition proceedings and proceedings before fiscal courts. In corporate and group tax law, the team received a boost with the arrival of Pia Dorfmueller from POELLATH in June 2020, and with the arrival of of counsel and Commerzbank's former head of tax Stefan Korten in October 2020. Transactional tax law constitutes another cornerstone of the practice together with advising insurance companies on tax law matters pertaining to W&I and special tax insurance policies. Berlin office managing partner Stephan Busch heads the German tax team and covers various matters at the interface between tax and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

AIG Nein

Berliner Wasserbetriebe Nein

BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management GmbH Ja

BVV Versicherungsverein des Bankgewerbes a. G. Nein

Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG Nein

Deutscher Sparkassen und Giroverband Nein

Dual Specialty M&A GmbH Nein

Franger Investment KGaA Nein

Katz Group Ja

KKR/Calsonic Kansei Nein

KPS Capital Partners

Riskpoint A/S

S Broker AG & Co KG

S-Kreditpartner GmbH

Tokyo Marine HCC

Volkswagen Financial Services

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 5

Dentons‘ arbitration practice handles matters pertaining to engineering and plant construction as well as post-M&A diputes, where the team cooperates closely with its international network and is particulary well prepared for cross-border mandates. The dispute resolution practice is under the joint leadership of Heiko Heppner, who has particular experience in disputes with reference to China, and Thomas Nebel, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP at the beginning of 2020. Counsel Courtney Lotfi focuses on international energy law and counsel Matthias Hadding joined the group in October 2019 from Clifford Chance. Former team manager for international arbitration Amy Kläsener left for Jones Day in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Silver Ridge Power

ENGIE Electrabel

Starrag AG

Corporate Tier 5

Dentons' corporate practice operates across four German offices advising on all aspects of corporate law, from joint ventures to corporate housekeeping, and is frequently active in cross-border mandates with a particular focus on the regulated industries such as healthcare, finance and energy. Clients include medium-sized companies, DAX30 companies as well as international corporations. The team recently welcomed three newcomers: Robert Weber joined from White & Case LLP, Frank Tepper-Sawicki from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) and Predrag Maksimovic from IKB Deutsche Industriebank. Christof Kautzsch in Berlin jointly heads the practice group with Weber and Alexander Von Bergwelt in Munich.

Key clients

Enbridge

CPPIB (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)

KKR

Munich Airport

Gfk

Canopy Growth

KPS Capital Partners

Honeywell

Horiba

Ayala Corporation

Finanzgruppe Deutscher Sparkassen –und Giroverband

Katz Group

ENGIE

Dentsu Aegis

Quantum Capital Partners

Revell

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 5

The M&A practice at Dentons assists predominantly German medium-sized companies, DAX30 companies as well as international corporations with domestic and international transactions in the mid-cap segment. The team has a pronounced industry focus on the regulated industries, such as healthcare and energy. The practice, led by Christof Kautzsch, also frequently acts at the intersections with corporate, insolvency, restructuring and tax law. Most recently, the team welcomed new additions Frank Tepper-Sawicki  from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) as well as Predrag Maksimovic from the IKB Deutsche Industriebank. In December 2020, energy specialist Michael Krömker joined the team from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, along with of counsel and China-expert Xi Xie.

Testimonials

You are always available at short notice and ensure smooth negotiations and the implementation of the transaction.

Dentons Munich has a high level of expertise in corporate law and M&A activities. On the one hand, this expertise is shaped by a strong economic competence that can be classified as entrepreneurial thinking and acting. On the other hand, risks are named and seen, but at the same time these risks are classified in a realistic context. This means that we as a company are also shown how these risks can be avoided. In my opinion, this is the greatest asset that Dentons adequately assesses the risks in comparison to competitors who primarily draw attention to risks but do not offer any solutions to overcome the risks, especially against the background of their own liability.

Strong interdisciplinary team, which is also extremely helpful for medium-sized deals. Absolute service culture with a pronounced interdisciplinary understanding.

Key clients

Enbridge

CPPIB (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)

KKR

Munich Airport

Gfk

Canopy Growth

KPS Capital Partners

Honeywell

Horiba

Ayala Corporation

Finanzgruppe Deutscher Sparkassen –und Giroverband

Katz Group

ENGIE

Dentsu Aegis

Quantum Capital Partners

Revell

Planning and environment Tier 5

Ilka Mehdorn heads Dentons' environmental and planning law practice that specialises in product-related environmental law, particularly in the recycling sector, and in advice to clients from the products and packaging industries. The practice frequently handles issues pertaining to waste disposal or packaging law, such as the implementation of the EU Single Use Plastics Directive. The firm impresses with cross-practice advice and its global set-up which enables the team to assist clients with matters in various international jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH

Emerson Electric Co.

Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister(Zentrale Stelle)

TEDi GmbH & Co. KG

Trade marks Tier 5

Dentons shines in extensive cross-border matters: under the leadership of Constantin Rehaag and Stefan Dittmer, the team regularly leads the advice on these instructions. The dispute resolution practice is continuously gaining profile and expanded through the acquisition of new notable clients, including various from the pharmaceutical sector. Product piracy matters are another strength of the team. On prosecution level, the Frankfurt- and Paris-based management practice represents a good addition for national and international clients. The firm's in-house criminal expertise and experience in advising automotive companies on technology-related issues is also of note. Versatile IP lawyer Pascal Straszewski, whose advice spectrum also includes matters touching on competition law and specific legal regulatory contexts, made counsel in April 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

' The holistic approach followed at Dentons is a particular strength of the law firm. The international networking, the coverage of all areas of law, the fast response times and the uncomplicated processing via a central contact for all global issues is unbeatable in this form. '

' Constantin Rehaag: One of the really good IP litigators. An excellent lawyer with an incredible wealth of knowledge. He is unpretentious and will work his way down to the smallest detail in any case. '

' Constantin Rehaag is a pragmatic practitioner who has always given us valuable advice. We can trust that he will always strive to achieve the best possible result. The international connections are wonderful, and the fully integrated European prosecution practice that Constantin has created is another good reason to keep him and his team. '

' The Dentons law firm is our first point of contact for all questions about brand protection and also works for us in the area of trademark infringement in Germany, but also acts as the central intermediate instance for communication with other law firms of the Dentons Group in other European countries. '

' Constantin Rehaag is our personal contact who we can recommend in every respect with regard to trademark law. The law firm Dentons and in particular Mr. Rehaag have extraordinary expertise in the field. We are very satisfied with the cooperation, especially due to the enormous specialist knowledge in the field, also with regard to our company's individual products and processes. Immediate response to our concerns and a balanced price-performance ratio characterize this law firm from our point of view. '

' Constantin Rehaag: Very experienced in the field of trademark law / industrial property rights, good individual advice, good reflection on the initial situation and questioning of customer-specific issues. Support during implementation. '

' Constantin Rehaag has proven himself to be a very competent lawyer who is experienced in dealing with clients, is very eloquent and can analyze even complex technical issues quickly and precisely with a razor-sharp mind. It is a pleasure to work with him! '

' Stefan Dittmer was always friendly, answered promptly and with his specialist knowledge always made me feel that I was well looked after. '

Key clients

Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Amazon

Bayer AG

Daimler AG

Delta Airlines

eKomi Ltd.

Flugzeughersteller ANTONOV

Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti

Konica Minolta & Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

König & Bauer AG

KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA

IOTA

Michael Kors

Mil – Moskauer Hubschrauberfabrik M. L. Mil

Novartis AG

PLR IP, dba Polaroid

Ringspann GmbH

Roche Pharma AG

Ruheforst GmbH

Selfapy GmbH

Sky Fernsehen Deutschland GmbH

SUPREME

Umicore

ZURU Inc.

Employment Tier 6

As well as advising national and international companies, many of which stem from the healthcare sector, Dentons also advises executives on the full range of employment and social security law, including disputes under collective bargaining law, and regularly does so in cooperation with various other practice groups and offices. This resulting interface expertise is primarily called upon in the context of transactional employment law, including insolvency-related transactions, and restructurings. In addition, the team is well versed in occupational pension law but lost its niche expertise in church employment law with Utz Andelewski's move to Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in November 2020. He led the practice together with Markus Diepold, who has recently been most active handling collective employment law and major restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ERGO Group AG

Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e. V.

NWD Nordwest Dental GmbH & Co. KG

Unser Heimatbäcker Unternehmensgruppe

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 180+ 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.

Since 2019, Dentons counts a total of four offices in Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf). Our team at the Dentons Frankfurt office provide our clients with the full range of legal services, offering profound expertise to multinational conglomerates, institutional investors and banks in all major areas of business and tax law. Our clients benefit from our particular strengths in intellectual property, private equity, financial market regulation and technology. This is due to our extensive experience in working with leading domestic and international enterprises from the life sciences, digital media and entertainment, consumer and luxury goods sectors, as well as in banking and finance, regulation and funds.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Dr. Arne Klüwer
Capital Markets Robert Michels
Corporate/M&A Dr. Christof Kautzsch
Employment Dr. Utz Andelewski
Intellectual Property and Technology Dr. Constantin Rehaag
Competition and Antitrust Dr. Jörg Karenfort
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Amy Kläsener
Real Estate Dirk-Reiner Voß
Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Andreas Ziegenhagen
Tax Dr. Stephan Busch
Number of lawyers : 10,500+
At this office : 60+
70+ languages including:
Arabic
Afrikaans
Azerbaijani
Bulgarian
Czech
English
French
Georgian
German
Hungarian
Italian
Kazakh
Chinese (Mandarin)
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Slovak
Spanish
Turkish
Ukrainian
Uzbek
Other offices : Dentons now has 180+ offices in over 70 countries.

At Dentons, we believe that inclusion and diversity are essential to the success and strength of our Firm and the quality of our advice to, and representation of, our clients. We are committed to providing a flexible environment where everyone respects, supports and learns from our collective skills, talents and differences. Click here for our global statement on inclusion and diversity.

Over the last 12 months only, we have advanced numerous inclusion and diversity initiatives for both our people and our clients:

  • Women’s Professional Advancement Strategy – Europe: Our policy sets out a comprehensive strategy to reach a target of 30% women in partnership and key leadership roles by 2025. This includes an agile working policy, mentoring and sponsorship for up and coming female talent, business development support, anti-bias training for partners and HR managers, participation of women in leadership development programs, involvement of a member of the women’s advancement committee in partner admission interviews, and various other steps.
  • 2020 the Year of the Ally: A year-long campaign to use allyship to produce positive, sustained change, including International Women’s Day, Global Pride Day, Global Virtual Town Halls and Global Allyship Trainings. Our Global CEO led a series of global listening sessions to share experiences and co-create responsive actions. The result was five enhanced Global Commitments to Inclusion and Diversity along with clear actions to support change. We also held town hall webinars around themes such as discrimination, racism, allyship, multiculturalism, LGBT+ inclusion in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Warsaw.
  • External collaboration: We have strengthened our collaboration with key organizations promoting inclusion, such as Stonewall, Catalyst, Global Women Connect, International Women’s Forum. Dentons was named a Stonewall Top Global Employer 2020.
  • Pro bono: As part of our Positive Impact strategy, key focus of our pro bono work has been supporting human rights of diverse groups such as women/girls, LGBT+ and migrants and promoting access to justice. We work closely with organizations such as UN Women and Led by Her to promote equality, support reproductive rights and combat violence against women. Dentons lawyers have worked alongside civil society organizations and taken on important strategic litigation cases to promote LGBT+ rights and promote marriage equality. As part of the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative Project, we have provided direct legal support to asylum seekers on Lesbos.
  • Big Inclusion Project: The Big Inclusion Project was designed to accelerate the inclusion agenda at Dentons and leverage the power of our people to build solutions aligned with our business objectives. Over 225 people across 68 offices at all levels within the Firm, including 12 of our Global Board members, participated on 22 teams to come up with inclusion and diversity solutions at Dentons. The Big Inclusion Project continues as we work to put into action the solutions developed by our Big Inclusion Project teams.

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