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United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 1

Dentons has a sizeable banking and finance practice in the region and is a go-to firm for large bilateral or syndicated transactions. In May 2021 Alex Roussos was appointed as the head of the banking and finance practice in the UAE and the Middle East. Roussos specialises in debt, hybrid and equity-linked capital markets transactions (both conventional and Islamic). Qasim Aslam heads the Islamic finance practice in the region and advises across the full spectrum of Islamic finance. Middle East managing partner Paul Jarvis is also noted and has a particular interest in ship and aircraft finance.

Practice head(s):

Alex Roussos

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Dentons is one of the firms we reach out to directly for our large bilateral or syndicated transactions. The team is solid and its quality of work gives the comfort that any banking or corporate client looks for. They are definitely a firm of choice for our banking transactions.’

The team gives a great sense of confidence to us as an in-house counsel. They are easy to reach, very responsive, user friendly and apply a practical approach when finding solutions for problems which is key.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC (ADCB)

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC (ADIB)

Aldar Properties PJSC

Banco Santander S.A

Commercial Bank of Dubai PJSC

Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC (DIB)

Emirates NBD Bank PJSC

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

HSBC Middle East Limited

Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Kuwait International Bank

Khaleeji Commercial Bank

Mashreqbank PSC

National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah

Snam

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)

Work highlights

  • Advising Aldar Properties on a sustainability-linked loan of AED 300m from HSBC Bank Middle East.
  • Advising Banco Santander S.A., and a syndicate of banks, in relation to an English law governed $166m syndicated lease financing of international logistics group Tristar.
  • Advising IsDB on the issuance of $2.5bn trust certificates under its $25bn trust certificate issuance programme.

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 1

Dentons has a 'first-class' construction team that is 'well equipped' to handle high-value construction disputes and transactions. Key areas of expertise include energy and utilities projects and disputes involving airport projects.  Changes to the team include Dean Ryburn's promotion to head of construction and dispute resolution and Mhairi Main Garcia's promotion to regional head of energy and infrastructure. Ian Dalley is a go-to contact for disputes involving complex engineering issues. Middle East managing partner Alastair Young also has a strong engineering and construction disputes practice. Senior associate Suzannah  Fairbairn is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dean Ryburn

Other key lawyers:

Alastair Young; Ian Dalley; Suzannah Fairbairn; Mhairi Main Gracia

Testimonials

‘As Ian Dalley is dual qualified, he has a firm understanding of the technical issues associated with a dispute.’

‘This is a first class team with in-depth knowledge of the local market and the needs of construction clients. They are well equipped to handle the very largest disputes.’

‘Alastair Young is unflappable. He is down to earth and offers commercial solutions.

Dean Ryburn is tremendously hard-working and has an exceptional eye for detail. He is the man you want on heavyweight document heavy construction cases.’

Suzannah Fairburn is an excellent senior associate and clearly a partner in the making.’

‘The overall team is strong from top to bottom We get billed regularly and accurately. There is a real sense that budgets are important and they pro-actively seek to reduce costs where possible and not jeopardizing the case. Their direct access sites for information flow are efficient and easy to operate.’

‘Alastair Young – Very efficient and good communicator; Dean Ryburn – Very good lawyer with a good holistic view and great attention to detail. Unflappable; Suzanna Fairburn – Great lawyer.’

Key clients

Murray & Roberts

BIC Contracting

Takenaka Corporation

Enviromena

Al Farwaniya Property Developments LLC

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

Gulf Related

SENAAT

Sumitomo Corporation, Gulf Investment Corporation and Korea Electric Power Corporation

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP)

Modon Properties

Electrosonic

Arabian Construction Company WLL

National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed)

United Arab Emirates > Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 1

Dentons' Middle East projects and infrastructure practice is fully integrated with its corporate, dispute resolution, employment and banking teams. Clients also benefit from the firm's significant cross-border capabilities. Mhairi Main Garcia was promoted to regional practice head in 2021; Main specialises in energy, renewables, sustainability and PPPs. Jon Nash has extensive UAE project development experience. On the project finance side, Udayan Mukherjee and Stephen Knight  are standout partners. Counsel Michelle Teng is another key individual to note on the banking and project finance team.

Practice head(s):

Mhairi Main Garcia; Alex Roussos

Key clients

ACWA Power International

Maysan Properties SAOC

Gemalto Middle East FZ LLC

Al Husainiyah Power Generation Company

Samba Financial Group

National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed)

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

Sumitomo Corporation,

Gulf Investment Corporation

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

Al Blagha Holding

Tamasuk Holding

Agility

Work highlights

  • Advised ACWA Power and the sponsor consortium on the successful commercial and financial close of the Ibri II PV IPP solar project.
  • Advising Snam on its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49% share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
  • Advising Tabreed on the acquisition of Masdar cooling assets at Masdar city in Abu Dhabi.

United Arab Emirates > Capital markets Tier 2

Dentons has an experienced capital markets practice that handles a wide variety of bonds and sukuk offerings. The practice has expertise in Rule 144A transactions and has also been particularly active in ESG debt capital markets transactions. Practice head Alex Roussos has a broad practice that covers medium-term note programmes, convertible bonds, sukuk issuances and structured finance deals, listings on local and international stock exchanges. Senior associate James Osun-Sanmi is also noted and advises on both conventional and Islamic DCM transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alex Roussos

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have used Alex Roussos on various bond and sukuk offerings across the region. He has extensive capital markets knowledge, experience and insight. First rate and very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB)

Barclays Bank

Citigroup

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)

Emirates NBD

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

HSBC

JP Morgan

Kuwait Finance House (KFH)

Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD)

Islamic Development Bank (IDB)

Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB)

Bank of Sharjah

Burgan Bank KPSC

National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (RAKBANK)

National Bank of Oman

Oman Electricity Transmission Company

Oman Arab Bank SAOC

Work highlights

  • Advising the IsDB on the issuance of $2.5bn trust certificates under its $25bn trust certificate issuance programme, which marks the IsDB’s largest issuance to date and also its second sustainable sukuk issuance.
  • Advising KIB on its issuance of $300m Tier 2 trust certificates.
  • Advising Burgan Bank on its issuance of $500m Tier 2 subordinated notes.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 2

Dentons' commercial disputes and arbitration team is led by Andrew Cheung, who has a ‘huge amount of experience and is unflappable‘. Dean Ryburn heads the firm’s construction and dispute resolution offering and has extensive experience handling disputes arising from infrastructure projects. Associate Zahra Rose Khawaja is also noted. Key changes in the team include Alastair Young's appointment as the Middle East managing partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Dean Ryburn; Andrew Cheung

Testimonials

‘Excellent arbitration team. They worked incredibly efficiently on a complex arbitration to make life much easier for counsel. They really know their way around DIFC arbitration and were excellent when it came to selecting arbitrators.’

‘Zahra Khawaja was incredibly organised and responsive in preparing for arbitration. Really solid disputes team.’

‘The Dentons dispute resolution team ticks all the boxes. It has fantastic strength in depth and has been involved in some of the most important and complex cases in the DIFC in recent years.’

‘Andrew Cheung is a class act. He has a huge amount of experience and is unflappable.’

Key clients

State Bank of Mauritius

Work highlights

  • Advised State Bank of Mauritius in proceedings before the DIFC Courts valued at c.$30m against Renish Petrochem FZE, Mr Hitesh Mehta, Prime Energy FZE (and previously the National Bank of Kuwait).

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 2

Dentons has a ‘fantastic‘ corporate investigations practice with particular expertise in UK and European sanctions, bribery and money laundering and related regulatory programmes. Andrew Cheung heads the practice and advises his global client base on preventative measures and compliance violation crisis management. Shiraz Sethi brings an employment angle and handles whistleblowing, fraud, forgery and breaches of the UAE Penal Code.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cheung

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellent strategic advice and knowledge of the local market.’

The team got a firm handle on the matter very quickly and broke it down in relevant phases.’

Broad international legal knowledge and understanding of the industry.’

‘It was impressive how they were able to handle a complex case in another jurisdiction despite a pandemic close down.’

The team is fantastic.’

‘They are very creative with their guidance and incredibly reliable.’

Key clients

Statkraft AS

Frasers Hospitality UK Limited

Kyowa Kirin

CBRE

United Arab Emirates > Oil, gas and natural resources Tier 2

Dentons advises across the entire oil and gas industry and acts for a client base that includes oil and gas majors, national oil companies, LNG producers and petrochemical companies. Mhairi Main Garcia is as the regional head of energy, transport and infrastructure and is widely recognised for her expertise in complex upstream oil and gas projects.

Practice head(s):

Mhairi Main Garcia; Andrew Figgins

Key clients

BP

Gulf Investment Corporation

Wintershall Holding GmbH

Snam

Al Futtaim Properties

Lamar Holding

Lamprell

Work highlights

  • Advising Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with a number of international investment funds, to purchase a 49% interest in ADNOC Gas Pipelines from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Dentons' corporate practice showcases local and international expertise and advises clients in the TMT, defence, energy, real estate and healthcare sectors. Iain Black heads the practice and is 'excellent' at M&A and joint venture transactions. Catherine Beckett is another key name to note; in addition to M&A, her practice also extends to advising on equity capital market transactions and business establishments. Ziad Saad splits his time between Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

Practice head(s):

Iain Black

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Dentons Corporate team in Dubai have been great partners on various transactions, providing not only sound legal advice, but great commercial guidance.’

‘Iain Black has been an excellent partner working with us on various transactions.’

Key clients

National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed)

Alamar Foods DMCC

BASF

Children’s National Medical Centre

Delta Partners

DHL

DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)

DWTC (Dubai World Trade Centre)

Gulf Capital

MENA Infrastructure Fund

Redington International

Sharjah Islamic Bank

Sweetheart Kitchen

Snam

Delivery Hero

Work highlights

  • Advising Tabreed on its acquisition from Aldar of the business that supplies chilled air to buildings on the Saadiyat Island, including Abu Dhabi’s Louvre museum and the city’s New York University campus.
  • Advising the founder on his exit and disposal of his entire interest in the Projacs group to Egis.
  • Advising Delivery Hero on its participation in Dubai-based buy-now pay later platform Tabby’s series B investment round.

United Arab Emirates > Employment Tier 3

Dentons always goes ‘the extra mile‘ and advises on federal UAE, ADGM and DIFC labour laws and regulations. Practice head Shiraz Sethi has extensive expertise advising on whistleblowing, fraud, forgery and breaches of the UAE penal code. Catherine Beckett is another key name to mention. Legal manager Ali Al Assaad is also noted and focuses on employment disputes before the Arabic-language courts.

Practice head(s):

Shiraz Sethi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons provides an excellent service, they respond quickly to all requests and provide prompt, good quality advice after going the extra mile to obtain the required information.’

‘Shiraz Sethi is the main contact from the employment team – Shiraz provides top quality, accurate, fast advice and always takes the extra step to understand his client, the business and the relevant individuals. Shiraz also makes himself available when required and always takes the required time to provide advice as and when needed.’

‘I believe that the cross collaboration between the employment, compliance investigations and criminal team is outstanding. My experience is limited to the UAE/ Middle East region.’

‘Sethi Shiraz is sharp, quick and comprehensive.’

‘Their knowledge of the market and consistent, concise updates on new laws and regulations are extremely useful.’

‘Shiraz is our trusted advisor. He makes himself available around the clock to advise.’

‘Since January, we have worked with Dentons on a complicated HR disciplinary matter relating to COVID vaccinations. Dentons were very supportive through the process, they were available to talk to us at short notice and provided very detailed and clear advice in a very timely manner. This helped enable us to conclude the process from start to finish in less than two weeks despite the complexity. We do not have a HR presence on the ground in Dubai and they were able to give us insights into the local market to help us establish what action needed to be taken.’

‘I have been particularly impressed with Shiraz Sethi. He supported our firm on matters whilst at his previous firm and given our firm’s comfort levels with his advice, we were keen to maintain the relationship when he moved to Dentons. As we do not have a HR presence on the ground in Dubai, Shiraz has almost become an extension of our HR arm and his advice on how to manage HR matters from a practical perspective is invaluable. He understands our business very well so is able to provide us with the commercial advice that we are after. His pragmatic approach and commerciality has led to him becoming our go to person for any complicated HR issues that we are dealing with in Dubai.’

Key clients

Wizz Air

Arbuthnot Latham

Muthmainur Rahman

ABB Industries LCC

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC

Flagship Events LLC

Innovative Systems Inc

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Gogo

Inmarsat Solutions BV

The Kraft Heinz Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Muthmainur Rahman (an employee) on his exit from FTI Consulting Gulf Limited in Dubai and legal proceedings that were initiated by FTI before the DIFC Court of First Instance.
  • Advised Wizz Air European-based legal team and UAE-based commercial and HR team on all employment matters since their establishment in the UAE of their first overseas hub in 2020.
  • Advising on the employment aspects of Modon’s sale of certain business and assets to Aldar, which included the employee transfer of most of the workforce.

United Arab Emirates > Real estate Tier 3

Dentons' Iain Black heads the corporate and commercial practice and has been involved in a wide variety of real estate and hotels-related transactions. Joe Carroll is 'a strong real estate lawyer' with expertise in acquisitions and disposals, development projects, hospitality and mixed-use projects.

Practice head(s):

Iain Black; Nick Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their advice on transaction structuring, documentation and negotiation are specific areas of strength in our opinion.’

‘They are effectively able to coordinate with foreign legal counsels for transactions where cross-border advice is required.’

‘Joe Carroll is quite hands-on and available to assist, even on short notice. His depth of knowledge on real estate matters related to banking and finance is outstanding particularly hotel management documents.’

‘Joe Carroll is also able to coordinate well within his team i.e. with other partners to make sure that the firm can act as a one-stop shop for all legal matters even those not specifically pertaining to his domain of work.’

‘Good practical, recent knowledge of real estate laws and practice and this experience is applied practically against specialised requirements or circumstances.’

‘Joe Carroll – Strong real estate lawyer.’

Key clients

Al Masaood

Asyad Group

DAMAC Real Estate Development Limited

DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp)

Inmarsat Global Limited

Keyz Investment Enterprises

National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed)

Majid Al Futtaim (MAF)

Al Farwaniya Property Developments LLC

Alamar Foods

MENA Infrastructure Fund

Sweetheart Kitchen

Noor Bank PJSC

Gulf Related

SENAAT (General Holding Corporation PJSC)

Work highlights

  • Advising an Abu Dhabi-based district cooling provider on its purchase of Aldar Properties’ district cooling assets on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.
  • Advising Asyad Group on sales and related matters including sales of off-plan and completed premises and lease-to-own arrangements for luxury residential developments in Dubai.
  • Advising Al Farwaniya Property Developments LLC on a new retail and entertainment complex in Abu Dhabi with 2 million sq. ft. of leasable area.

United Arab Emirates > Shipping Tier 3

Dentons‘ Middle East managing partner Paul Jarvis and Nathaniel  Armstrong are the primary contacts for the firm’s ship finance practice. Armstrong advises a number of leading financial institutions and has expertise in conventional and Islamic finance structured asset finance transactions, while Jarvis has substantial cross-border financing expertise.

Practice head(s):

Nathaniel Armstrong; Paul Jarvis

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC (ADCB)

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC (ADIB)

Banco Santander S.A

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Santander S.A., and a syndicate of banks, in relation to an English law governed $166m syndicated lease financing of international logistics group Tristar.

Saudi Arabia > Banking and finance

The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with Dentons has a presence in both Riyadh and Jeddah, and its banking team is highlighted for its project financing expertise, including on power, water and infrastructure PPP projects. Underpinned by the wider Dentons network, the team is able to handle multijurisdictional transactions, Islamic financings, and sukuk issuances. Practice head Mahmoud Abdel-Baky handles cross-border deals across the region and is supported by teams in Dubai where Qasim Islam, who heads the Middle East Islamic Finance practice, is a key name.

Practice head(s):

Mahmoud Abdel-Baky

Key clients

The Saudi National Bank (SNBSNB)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

HSBC Saudi Arabia

Standard Chartered Bank

The Commercial International Bank (CIB)

Ministry of Finance – Saudi Arabia

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Bidaya Home Finance

Work highlights

  • Advising the The Ministry of Financing on a number of local lending transactions which are part of critical national programmes worth SAR3 billion that have been rolled out by the Saudi Arabian Government to stimulate the Saudi Arabian economy and complete the development of critical infrastructure projects (mainly schools and hospitals) during a challenging period.
  • Advising The Saudi National Bank (SNB) on a SAR1.4 billion financing for the purpose of developing a mixed-use real estate project in the Eastern Province.
  • Advising Metro Jeddah Company on the feasibility, procurement and tendering of the Obhur Creek Bridge project in Jeddah.

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm. Our global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of all sizes all over the world. We are the first truly polycentric global law firm and our structure affords flexibility in responding to client business needs wherever in the world they arise.

Our presence in the Middle East is among the largest of any international law firm and spans the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt and our offices collaborate closely both across the region and internationally. With over 50 years of experience in these markets, our long-standing relationships with government officials, financial institutions and other intermediaries provide a strategic advantage for our clients.

Dentons has been operating in the UAE since 1968, when our Abu Dhabi office was established, and has seen the region develop over the years. Our Dubai office was established in 1969 and has wide experience across all of our areas of practice. The two offices cooperate closely to provide regional and international clients with the benefits of a fully integrated practice in the United Arab Emirates. The firm has been involved in landmark events, with Dentons’ lawyers acting as counsel to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and helping to draft the treaty that united the Emirates.

Clients benefit from our unrivalled understanding of the legal and business environment gained from both our unique experience in helping to shape the legal and regulatory landscape of the UAE, as well as our long-standing relationships with local business communities and governments.

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Dubai Office Managing Partner Alastair Youngalastair.young@dentons.com+971 4 402 0999
Abu Dhabi Office Managing Partner Ian Dalleyian.dalley@dentons.com+971 2 613 1516
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Ian Dalley photo Ian DalleyIan is dual-qualified as a professional engineer and as a lawyer, in…
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Dentons secures final victory for ICT on European patent infringement case against ESSITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ICT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dentons supports German subsidiaries of the Recylex Group in restructuring

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