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Dentons > The Legal 500 RankingsDentons has a strong banking and finance practice, advising a wide range of clients, including banks, corporations, governments, multilateral agencies, and financial intermediaries on a full spectrum of transactions. Practice head Alex Roussos is well regarded for his expertise in conventional and Islamic finance transactions, particularly in relation to debt, hybrid and equity-linked capital markets transactions. Qasim Aslam leads the Islamic finance group in the region, whilst Stephen Knight’s practice focuses on project finance. Paul Jarvis is also noted for his expertise in domestic and cross-border asset financing matters.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC
Aldar Properties PJSC
American Community School – Abu Dhabi
Banco Santander S.A
Commercial Bank of Dubai PJSC
Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC
Emirates NBD Bank PJSC
Etihad Airways PJSC
First Abu Dhabi Bank
HSBC Middle East Limited
Islamic Development Bank
JP Morgan Chase
Kuwait International Bank
Khaleeji Commercial Bank
Majid Al Futtaim
National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah
National Bank of Bahrain
Standard Chartered Bank
- Advising a syndicate of banks, including Emirates NBD Capital Limited and First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC, in their capacity as initial mandated lead arrangers, on an English law governed US$3 billion unsecured syndicated financing to The Arab Republic of Egypt acting through the Ministry of Finance by way of a split Islamic Murabaha and conventional “Green Loan” structure.
- Advising Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank as the arrangers on a US$135 million Islamic pre- and post-delivery financing for a joint venture company incorporated by Al Seer Marine Supplies and Equipment Company PJSC and BGN INT DMCC, for the construction of two “green” vessels, a landmark ship financing for the Middle East.
- Advising American Community School, Abu Dhabi on the construction and financing of a new campus on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi by way of an AED280 million facility provided by FAB with support from the Government of Abu Dhabi.
Other key lawyers:
‘Alex Ruossos and James Osun-Sanmi are key practitioners of note.’
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Dubai Islamic Bank
Standard Chartered Bank
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Kuwait Finance House
Commercial Bank of Dubai
Islamic Development Bank
Qatar International Islamic Bank
Bank of Sharjah
Burgan Bank KPSC
National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah
National Bank of Oman
Oman Electricity Transmission Company
Oman Arab Bank SAOC
Sharjah Islamic Bank
UBS Investment Bank
Gulf International Bank
- Advising the joint lead managers in respect of the update of Majid Al Futtaim’s global medium-term note programme and the update of its trust certificate (sukuk) issuance programme.
- Acting as Oman Arab Bank SAOC’s legal counsel on its debut issuance of Basel III compliant additional tier 1 capital securities.
- Advising on IsDB’s sukuk issuance of US$1.7 billion, issued under IsDB’s US$25 billion trust certificate issuance programme.
‘Very strong UAE and Middle East experience, particularly in large arbitrations.’
‘Very knowledgeable and capable of applying the knowledge well too.’
‘Good solid team with great leadership and depth of talent. Dentons is prepared to be flexible with billing but always accurate.’
‘Dean Ryburn has managed the team and case well. His communication is solid and he knows when to involve the client and how. He and Alastair Young manage the complexity in joint ventures well.’
‘Dentons’ team lead construction negotiations. Hassan Damanhouri and Kanishka Singh are excellent.’
National Central Cooling Company PJSC
- Advising the National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed) on the construction, development, operation and maintenance of district cooling facilities and related chilled water distribution systems in Egypt.
Andrew Cheung; Dean Ryburn
The State Bank of Mauritius
Haulotte Middle East FZE
- Advised The State Bank of Mauritius and successfully obtained a finding of fraud before the DIFC Court in December 2021.
- Acting for the UAE branch of Haulotte Group SA, a major French aerial work platform manufacturer, in a dispute against its UAE distributor and agent United Gulf Equipment Rental LLC.
Andrew Cheung; Shiraz Sethi
Other key lawyers:
Ali Al Assaad; Patrick Hassam
The State Bank of Mauritius
- Successfully obtained a finding in fraud before the DIFC court in December 2021. The first and second defendant attempted to raise a claim against the SBM in the Sharjah Court in breach of the facilities agreement entered into SBM. The team successfully obtained an anti-suit injunction from the DIFC prohibiting pursuit of substantive claims against SBM outside the DIFC Court.
ACWA Power International
Maysan Properties SAOC
Gemalto Middle East FZ LLC
Al Husainiyah Power Generation Company
Samba Financial Group
National Central Cooling Company PJSC
Emirates Global Aluminium
Gulf Investment Corporation
Korea Electric Power Corporation
Al Blagha Holding
Aldar Properties PJSC
American Community School Abu Dhabi
Al Futtaim Properties
- Advising ICE on its green hydrogen projects in both Oman and Saudi Arabia.
- Advising Tabreed on its acquisition of the equity interests of Mubadala Infrastructure Partners in the Maryah Island district cooling facilities in Abu Dhabi.
- Advising a consortium on its bids for multiple projects being procured by Saudi Aramco for the design, development and construction of multi-faceted accommodation projects (including utilities and supporting infrastructure) in Saudi Arabia.
‘The team is very responsive and always provides the full picture with respect to a certain matter. Their attitude is very professional.’
National Central Cooling Company
Alamar Foods DMCC
Children’s National Medical Centre
MENA Infrastructure Fund
Sharjah Islamic Bank
- Advising Tabreed in relation to its new joint venture with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.
- Advising Tabreed on the purchase of the shareholding of Mubadala Infrastructure Partners Limited in the Maryah Island district cooling facilities in Abu Dhabi.
- Advising Delivery Hero on their participation in Dubai-based buy-now pay later platform Tabby’s series B investment round.
‘Good understanding of client’s needs and always a fast and detailed response.’
‘Shiraz Sethi is a pleasure to work with, she always provides detailed and well thought out advice quickly and with the client’s business in mind.’
‘A firm with significant resources; a strong international reputation, professional approach to client relationships, and client and resolution focused.’
‘They have the relevant legal experience and take a commercial approach to matters.’
‘Shiraz Sethi is highly engaged and experienced in employment matters.’
‘Shiraz Sethi is outstanding’
‘No one is more knowledgeable than Shiraz Sethi on DIFC employment law or better able to help his clients navigate developments and changes in the law. Because he has been working to develop this body of law for so long, he is also well connected and able to get answers to very nuanced questions. His advice is always thoughtful, business-focused and action-oriented.’
Emerging Markets Property Group (EMPG) Holding Limited
Deloitte LLP Dubai
- Retained by Nike to advise and localise its diversity and inclusion policies for the United Arab Emirates.
- Provided employment advice to Flight Safety’s legal and HR team based in the USA specifically in relation to a long-standing employee in the UAE and ensuring compliance with the new UAE Labour Law.
- Retained by Petronas to review and amend its employment documentation (offer letter and employment contract) in light of the newly introduced UAE Labour Law.
Nick Simpson; Iain Black
Other key lawyers:
‘Joe Carroll is excellent and applies deep knowledge of the real estate market to his clients needs.’
DAMAC Real Estate Development Limited
DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC (ADCB)
Inmarsat Global Limited
Keyz Investment Enterprises
National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed)
Majid Al Futtaim (MAF)
Al Farwaniya Property Developments LLC
MENA Infrastructure Fund
Noor Bank PJSC
Gulf Related (part of the Related group of companies, one of the largest real estate developers in the USA)
SENAAT (General Holding Corporation PJSC) (one of the UAE’s largest industrial investment companies)
- As exclusive legal counsel to a PIF subsidiary, advising on the roll-out of AMC’s cinemas across the Kingdom, including advising upon lease and development agreements, supplier contracts, construction, fit-out and consultancy contracts and ongoing advice in respect of SCC’s joint venture with AMC.
- Advising Emaar Hospitality Group on its suite of hotel management agreements and branded residence agreements.
Other key lawyers:
The Saudi National Bank (SNB)
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
- Assisting the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance with a financing portfolio concerning its Special Support Program and its Project Support Fund.
- Advising the National Commercial Bank on converting a istisna’ facility structure to a murabaha facility structure in connection with a greenfield development project.
- Assisting the Saudi National Bank with amending financial documents in connection with an istisna’ facility provided to the Al Raya Real Estate Company.
‘The team offers strong and personable legal professionals.’
‘John Balouziyeh is a capable and experienced corporate, government contracts and regulatory specialist.’
‘The team has individuals that are highly qualified, and provides practical advice.’
‘John Balouziyeh is one of the smartest attorneys in the region. He is pragmatic and understands the needs and risk appetite of a multinational company in KSA and can navigate highly complex regulatory hurdles.’
‘John Balouziyeh and Nick Simpson are highly responsive and client-oriented.’
Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance
Saudi Cinema Company
Saudi Information Technology Company
The Red Sea Development Company
Dynamic Industries Saudi Arabia, Ltd.
Flughafen Munchen GmbH
The Helicopter Company
Saudi Downtown Company
Agence française pour le développement d’Al Ula
Wyndham Hotel Group
Fawaz Al Hokair Holding Group
Blofeld Investment Management Company
- Advising the Saudi Cinema Company on a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial matters, including development agreements and supplier contractual issues.
- Assisted The Helicopter Company with a cross-border acquisition of a 51% stake in Rotortrade’s helicopter distribution business, involving assets in Singapore, Malaysia, France, the US and Australia.
- Advised Blofeld Investment Management Company on its joint takeover bid with AlGihaz to acquire the entire share capital of Lamprell Plc.
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18th August 2020
Global law firm Dentons is pleased to announce that the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court have all issued final decisions dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) three ply toilet paper. With Dentons’ counsel, ICT successfully demonstrated beyond a doubt that its branded and private label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859.
Dentons has been advising Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A since 2016. Based in Lucca, ICT is a leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, and has subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland.
The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain have confirmed ICT’s argument that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.
Dentons partner David Masson served as lead partner and represented ICT in France. Dentons partner Dr. Constantin Rehaag represented ICT in Germany, and PwC partner Alejandra Matas Brancós represented the client in Spain, with the support of Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso.
David Masson, lead lawyer on the case, commented: “It has been very interesting to understand ICT’s own technology and work closely with different teams, including ICT’s R&D department, which has been part of all strategic and technical decisions throughout the case”.
Constantin Rehaag, who represented the client in the German court hearings and coordinated the work with the client’s patent attorneys, said: “This is an outstanding success of a great team formed by the client, who provided us with invaluable technological insight, the team of patent attorneys and, finally, by the Dentons teams in France, Spain and Germany.”
The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.
In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other private labels produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analyzed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts - in first instance and appeal - rejected the claims and ordered Essity to pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.
In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, which is well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In August 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German subsidiary of ICT did not infringe the German part of the patent 1 081 284.
In Spain, after a first decision in favor of Essity in the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a written appeal that ICT’s products - and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain three-ply private label products - did not infringe the Spanish part of the patent 1 081 284.About ICT
Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.About Dentons
Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.
3rd August 2020 Global law firm Dentons advised Italian-based multinational energy infrastructure operator Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49 percent share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ADNOC Gas Pipelines is valued at approximately US$20.7 billion (US$10.1 billion for 49%).
The transaction is one of the most important in the global energy infrastructure sector, as well as Snam’s first acquisition outside Europe. ADNOC Gas Pipelines holds the tariff-based rights for the 38 pipelines that connect ADNOC’s upstream activities to Abu Dhabi’s consumption points and the export and interconnection terminals to neighboring Emirates.
The transaction was financed by a pool of international banks for approximately $8 billion, plus an equity contribution from each of the consortium members. In addition to Snam, the other consortium members included Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NH Investment & Securities.
Dentons acted with a cross-border team from Italy and UAE, coordinated by partner Sara Biglieri in Milan. Partners Luca Pocobelli (Rome) and Mhairi Main Garcia (Dubai), counsel Claudio Segna (Milan), senior associate Craig Hughson (Abu Dhabi) and associate Stephanie Hawes (Dubai) advised on corporate and M&A aspects. Partners Alessandro Fosco Fagotto (Milan) and Stephen Knight (Abu Dhabi), counsel Franco Gialloreti, senior associate Tommaso Zanirato and junior associate Giulia Caselli Maldonado (all Milan) advised on financing aspects. Partner Michele Carpagnano (Rome) and associate Giulia Giordano (Rome) advised on the competition and antitrust aspects.
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.
3rd August 2020 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
3rd August 2020 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
3rd August 2020 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
3rd August 2020 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
3rd August 2020 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
3rd August 2020 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
Hong Kong legal update on the Trial Administrative Measures of Overseas Securities Offering and Listing by Domestic Companies promulgated by the CSRC7th March 2023 On 17 February 2023, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) announced the new regulations for the filing-based administration of overseas securities offering and listing by domestic companies, which are set to take effect on 31 March 2023. The new measures comprised six documents, including the "Trial Administrative Measures of Overseas Securities Offering and Listing by Domestic Companies" (境内企业境外发行证券和上市管理试行办法) (the Trial Measures) and five supporting guidelines. The Trial Measures regulate the system, filing management and other related rules in respect of direct or indirect overseas issuance of securities by PRC enterprises and PRC enterprises with overseas parent entities and/or variable interest entity structures, which are referred to as "domestic enterprise(s)" in this article. We set out below some of the key changes and implications to Hong Kong market participants.
7th March 2023 The recent case of Stanford International Bank Ltd (In Liquidation) (Appellant) (SIB) v. HSBC Bank PLC (Respondent) (HSBC) confirms that a bank only owes its customers a Quincecare duty (i.e. an implied term and a co-extensive duty of care owed by the bank to its customer to refrain from making or executing a payment when the bank is put on inquiry that a payment instruction from its customer may be a result of fraud) and such duty does not extend to creditors of its customers. This UK Supreme Court case considered the question of whether, under a Quincecare duty, the Liquidators of SIB could recover damages from HSBC for the loss of chance suffered in respect of payments made to the early subscribers of a Ponzi scheme, who successfully withdrew their funds in full and escaped without loss (earlier customers) despite SIB’s insolvency and to the detriment of subscribers who were subsequently unable to withdraw their funds and suffered loss (later customers).
7th March 2023 In the continuing “mainstreaming” of the importance of corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, let us focus on “G” as we start the new year. Hong Kong is one of the earliest jurisdictions to have introduced ESG reporting of listed companies, and the requirements have undergone several rounds of updates since the first iteration in 2013. Under the revised ESG Reporting Guide issued in July 2020, a key enhancement is the focus on board governance and oversight of ESG issues. The enhanced ESG disclosure framework requires mandatory reporting on the board’s engagement and oversight on ESG matters and “comply or explain” disclosure on four environmental aspects and eight social aspects; and in relation to each aspect to cover (a) general disclosures on the issuer’s policies and/or compliance with laws and regulations (as applicable), and (b) key performance indicators (KPIs).
7th March 2023 On 28 October 2022, Hong Kong introduced into the Legislative Council for review the Inland Revenue (Amendment) Taxation of Specified Foreign-sourced Income Bill 2022 (the Foreign-sourced Income Amendment Bill), which renders certain specified categories of foreign-sourced income subject to Hong Kong profits tax liability. With the Legislative Council’s passing on 14 December 2022, the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (Taxation on Specified Foreign-sourced Income) Ordinance 2022 (the Foreign-sourced Income Amendment Ordinance) took effect on 1 January 2023 and has brought about significant changes to Hong Kong’s long-standing territorial source basis of taxation, applying tax on specified foreign-sourced income received in Hong Kong with the stated objective of addressing “double non-taxation”.
7th March 2023 Following the successful launch of the biotech listing regime, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) issued a Consultation Paper on New Listing Rules for Specialist Technology Companies in October 2022, which proposes to lower the bar for innovative technology enterprises with high growth potential that seek to list on the HKEx.
7th March 2023 In a recent decision of the Hong Kong Court of Appeal in Breton Jean v. 香港麗翔公務航空有限公司, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the District Court in its findings pertaining to what constitutes a "rest day" for employees.
1st December 2022 The digital assets wave has swept across South-East Asia (SEA). From Axie Infinity (a popular play-to-earn blockchain game) in the Philippines to Cambodia’s Project Bakong (a central bank digital currency), the adoption of digital assets in SEA has been rapid. Digital assets investments in SEA is expected to further increase. This demand for digital assets will likely cut across all wealth and demographic sectors.
1st December 2022 The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) approved on 30 June 2022 a draft convention (the Draft Convention) on the effects of judicial sales. The Draft Convention will now be put to the United Nations General Assembly to consider signature. The Draft Convention originated from a long-standing project of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) commenced in 2007 and eventually known as the ‘Beijing Draft’  which was adopted by the CMI in its 2014 Hamburg Conference. In 2018, the Draft Convention was accepted by UNCITRAL into its work programme.
1st December 2022 Carbon transactions are a multi-fold process encompassing in them offsets strategy, credit generation and purchase, monitoring and verifying credits, project finance, retirement of credits, and reporting. Carbon transactions include carbon trade which is the buying and selling of credits that permits a company or other entity to offset their greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions by investing in carbon sequestration projects, renewable energy projects or buying credits off an exchange/platform. One tradable carbon credit equals one tonne of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent amount of a different greenhouse gas reduced, sequestered or avoided. Carbon markets are trading systems in which carbon credits are sold and bought.
1st December 2022 In his opening remarks at the SICC INSOL seminar on debt restructuring in the Asia-Pacific held on 22 September 2022, Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong SC cited the court sanctioned schemes of arrangement of Singapore-listed Pacific Radiance group as an example of the Singapore insolvency framework facilitating successful outcomes. He mentioned that these schemes tied in with a wider consensual restructuring negotiated earlier this year. This consensual restructuring recently completed with the resumption of trading of the securities of Pacific Radiance Ltd (Pacific Radiance) on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) on 26 September 2022. It was the culmination of close to five years of restructuring efforts by Pacific Radiance, in which Dentons Rodyk played a key role as its legal counsel.
1st December 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are a growing concern for investors, consumers, governments and other stakeholders.
1st December 2022 The Dentons Rodyk Dialogue 2022, the sixth of its series, is co-organised by Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP and the Singapore Management University (SMU) under the auspices of the SMU Yong Pung How School of Law’s Centre for Commercial Law in Asia. This year marks the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that we were able to host a full in-person audience of more than 200 attendees, with many more live viewers tuning in virtually from more than a dozen different countries. This year’s Dialogue focused on maximising the commercial opportunities and profound societal benefits brought about by digitalisation, while effectively minimizing the often unforeseen and inadvertent risks and consequences digitalisation has on society and the environment.
Navigating the business impact of South Korea’s Serious Accidents Punishment ActIntroduction of the Act South Korea’s Serious Accidents Punishment Act (SAPA or the Act), enacted on 27 January 2022, has substantially impacted the country’s legal landscape. Primarily aimed at preventing grave accidents, ensuring accountability, and protecting the lives and well-being of citizens and workers, SAPA introduced significant legal consequences for businesses. The Act places a …
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