Firm Profile > Dentons > Milan, Italy

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Real estate and construction Tier 1

Dentons' first-rate practice provides the full spectrum of real estate advice to clients. The group includes Federico Vanetti, who has expertise in brownfield redevelopment, town planning, building, environmental and regulatory law. Practice head Federico Sutti often works on high-profile cases for top investors, funds and asset managers. The team advises clients on domestic mandates and it also handles investments with cross-border aspects. Also recommended are Carlo Merisio and Maria Sole Insinga, who focuses on acquisitions and disposals of assets and share deals.

Practice head(s):

Federico Sutti

Other key lawyers:

Carlo Merisio; Maria Sole Insinga; Federico Vanetti; Carlotta Soli


‘Perfect mix between responsiveness and accuracy; deep knowledge of the market and client needs; although they have a relatively young team, they have with large expertise due to the considerable number of transactions in which they are involved-in every year; very flexible in the approach also with counterparties also given the impressively diversified client base they work with.’

‘High quality technical skills, precious support on broad range of legal areas combined with good business acumen. Capable of suggesting solutions which meet complex multinational corporate processes and local requirements at the same time. ’

‘Versatility, close to the client, fast time of response.

‘Carlo Merisio and his team are able to understand local stakeholders and business needs safeguarding at the same time expectations and ways of working set out by global corporate stakeholders. ’

‘Very well organized team for large and complex transactions’

‘Federico Sutti – great legal mind plus excellent contacts in the business community’

‘High and pragmatic ability to solve problems, proven experience, care and thoroughness of in-depth analysis with constant focus on the big picture.’

‘Carlo Merisio and Carlotta Soli are enthusiastic, very responsive and seem indefatigable.’

‘Attention to the customer and professionalism create long-lasting studio-client relationships’

Key clients

Orion Capital Managers

CPI Property Group

M&G Real Estate

Barings Real Estate

Savills Investment Management SGR

Fabrica SGR

Invesco Real Estate

LCN Capital Partners


Merope Asset Management

Invel Real Estate Partners

The Student Hotel


Ark Investment Advisors

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets

UBS Asset Management

Allianz Real Estate GmbH – Italian Branch

DeA Capital Real Estate SGR

Bnp Paribas Reim Italy Sgr

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Dentons is particularly focused on IoT, cybersecurity and digital media. Its team is 'available, prepared and constantly updated'. The group covers audits and data mapping, big data, mobile apps, compliance, information governance, and data security and data breach management. Other areas include cybersecurity, data transfer, investigations and proceedings, and IoT matters, among others. Giangiacomo Olivi is a Europe co-head of the firm's data privacy and cybersecurity group.

Practice head(s):

Giangiacomo Olivi

Other key lawyers:

Chiara Bocchi


Promptness in answering the questions submitted, with a marked corporate sensitivity that allows the production of opinions and legal support that are not exclusively doctrinal, but really useful for the business.’

Available, prepared and constantly updated on EU-level guidelines.

The Dentons’ data privacy team has deep expertise in dealing with data protection, especially before the Italian regulators.

A combination of knowledge and experience allows them to provide comprehensive and thoughtful assessments of complex data protection matters.

Dentons is a reliable partner from a technical point of view, as well as reliable for its timing and speed with.

The full availability of Dentons’ resources makes the firm unique on the market.

Giangiacomo Olivi lives up to his reputation. It is inspiring how he takes on high-stakes matters with enthusiasm and humility. When he has to engage in negotiations, he handles them with outstanding diplomacy skills.

The human relationship is the key factor to maintaining a professional relationship. If trust in the person is lacking, trust in the professional falters – Giangiacomo Olivi excels in both aspects. He is also is very prepared from a technical point of view and has the ability to solve complex situations, making them easily understandable to non-experts.

Key clients

The Student Hotel




Bending Spoons


Movendo Technologies



NTT Data




Warner Bros


Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Led by Luca Pocobelli, a partner in the firm's Rome office, the team at Dentons advises Italian and international clients on a wide spectrum of transactions within the healthcare and life sciences sector. Experienced litigator Sara Biglieri is a partner in the Milan office and 'is very knowledgeable on the substance of the law, and has excellent judgement.' In this sector she handles complex tort and product liability litigations; clients include multinational medical devices and pharmaceutical companies. Ilaria Gobbato, who was promoted to the partnership in 2021, has a focus on public procurement matters; she assists with contentious and non-contentious matters for Italian and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Luca Pocobelli

Other key lawyers:

Sara Biglieri


‘Ilaria Gobato is very professional, responsive and to the point. She has hands-on knowledge of the Italian health care sectoral regulation and is excellent at advising in particular on relationships with health authorities.’

‘Great availability of the whole team: some of them are always reachable and able to give the necessary support’

‘Traditional approach but much appreciated the ability to map also new solutions (cloud, remote meetings, etc.)’

‘Great availability and ability to propose clear solutions supported by usual reasons’

‘I use Dentons lawyers in Milan – specifically Sara Biglieri and her team. They have exceptional knowledge of the courts in Italy. They provide wise counsel and consistently deliver excellent results on our matters.’

‘Sara Biglieri is excellent. She promptly responds to all inquiries and keeps us well-apprised of the developments in our cases. More importantly, she provides wise counsel, is very knowledgeable on the substance of the law, and has excellent judgement.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

ArchiMed SAS


Ortho-Clinical Diagnostic Italy S.r.l.


Shedir Pharma

Fondazione Opera San Camillo

Industry focus: Retail Tier 2

The team at Dentons assists retail clients with a range of issues. The practice is led by TMT expert Giangiacomo Olivi, who assists clients with regard to outsourcing and strategic commercial transactions in the retail sector. Recent work includes assisting Lavazza with signing a joint venture with Yum China Holdings to explore and develop the Lavazza coffee shop concept in China.

Practice head(s):

Giangiacomo Olivi


‘The expertise and professionalism of the lawyers. The network of Dentons offices all around the region is also a very appreciated point. The wide range of areas they are covering is helping a lot as well.’

‘Franchise, more generally commercial and privacy are areas of expertise of the lawyers I am working with. Dentons gives theoretical and practical advice to move forward on these areas in different jurisdictions.’

‘Partner Giangiacomo Olivi: Great competence, attention to the customer’s business needs, extreme flexibility in accommodating, even from a logistical point of view, the customer’s requests and excellent ability to relate to different subjects – not only of “legal ” extraction – all inside the customer structure.’

Administrative and public law Tier 3

Dentons' public policy and regulation practice is especially recognised for its environmental, town planning, urban development, PPP and public procurement work. Projects are carried out by practice head Federico Vanetti, who also acts as co-head of the European environmental protection regulatory practice. Other key members of the team include newly promoted partner Ilaria Gobbato, who is an 'excellent, astounding lawyer' with expertise in the life sciences sector; and town planning, real estate, and energy law expert Elena Macchi, who joined the team as senior counsel in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Federico Vanetti

Other key lawyers:

Ilaria Gobbato; Elena Macchi


‘Excellent law firm, well-structured and with very expert lawyers.’

‘Ilaria Gobbato is an excellent, astounding lawyer. She counselled us on high-profile, complex matters, showcasing a great deal of expertise. Moreover, she is incredibly available for any requests for clarifications and immediate legal advice.’

‘Ilaria Gobbato – great analytical skills, she absorbs the information most important for her customer.’

‘Ilaria Gobbato has profound knowledge in public procurement law.’

‘Ilaria Gobbato: competent and experienced, very open to discussions with the client.’

‘Ilaria Gobbato stands out for her profound knowledge of the subject, clarity of presentation, effective indication of risks, options and solutions. Excellent exposure also in English. She enables the client to easily understand even controversial aspects of the matter and accompanies them towards the most correct and effective decision.’

‘The Firm is constantly updated on regulatory and jurisprudential developments, proactive in providing solutions to clients and able to understand the needs of the client by placing them in the relevant legal context.’

Key clients


Real Estate Strategie Immobiliari S.r.l.

Europa Gestioni Immobiliari S.p.A.

Orion Capital Managers


M&G Real Estate

LCN Capital Partners

Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia S.p.A.

The Student Hotel

DEA Capital

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

'Respected for its competence, professionalism and organisational skills', Dentons' Italy practice team assists banks, financial intermediaries, insurers, financial firms, asset managers, pension funds and fintech companies with regulatory matters. Alessandro Engst is the Italy financial services head, while Alessandro Fosco Fagotto leads the Italy banking and finance practice. Former partner Michele Odello joined EY Law.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Engst; Alessandro Fosco Fagotto

Other key lawyers:

Valerio Lemma; Lorenzo Toppini


A very reliable team with high-level skills.

Respected for its competence, professionalism and organisational skills.

Experienced, with the ability to manage legal-contractual and regulatory matters with a multi-jurisdictional approach.

Ability to understand different business areas and the consequent needs of clients, also taking into consideration the supervisory authorities’ guidelines.

What distinguishes Dentons’ practice in this area is the quality of Alessandro Engst and his team. In addition to being very prepared, they stand out for their efficiency, proactiveness and highly collaborative spirit.

Alessandro Engst demonstrates extraordinary ability and passion.

‘Alessandro Engst represents excellent value at both professional and personal levels.’

Key clients


Intesa Sanpaolo

Banco BPM

IBL Banca

Banca IMI




Fidelity Investments


Cassa depositi e presititi

Eurizon Capital SGR

Stewart Title

BPM Vita

BPM Assicurazioni

Poste Vita

Fondo Pensione COMETA

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

'Characterised by its constant availability and great for multi-disciplinary matters', Dentons' Italy banking and finance department, headed up by Alessandro Fosco Fagotto, includes specialists in leveraged, corporate, real estate, fund and project finance, as well as refinancing. Giovanni Diotallevi is project finance leader, with further support provided by experienced managing counsel Andrea De Luca Picione.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Fosco Fagotto

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Diotallevi; Andrea De Luca Picione


Great for multi-disciplinary matters.

The team understands the needs of both the deal and the client.

The team is characterised by its constant availability, even during the most challenging phases of the process.

Key clients




Orion Capital Managers

Merope Asset Management

Barings Real Estate

LCN Capital Partners


Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Dentons' 'very punctual, accurate and prepared' Italy banking and finance practice is particularly focused on the real estate, corporate, energy, environment and public law sectors. Delivering 'legal analyses that are very accurate'Alessandro Fosco Fagotto heads the group, which includes project finance expert Giovanni Diotallevi and counsels Franco Paolo Gialloreti and Edoardo Galeotti.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Fosco Fagotto

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Diotallevi; Franco Paolo Gialloreti; Edoardo Galeotti


They are very punctual, accurate and prepared; they are also very good at negotiations.

Among the best firms in the structured finance/LBO/acquisitions sector, with fees in line with industry best practices.

Competence, availability and ability to create new structures that both answer specific client needs, while also protecting the bank’s legal position.

Thanks to Alessandro Fosco Fagotto, we were able to build a financial and legal structure that met the needs of all parties.

Alessandro Fosco Fagotto’s legal analyses are very accurate and he has great capacity.

Key clients

Banca IFIS S.p.A.

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.p.A.

Banco BPM S.p.A.

BPER Banca S.p.A.

Crédit Agricole S.p.A.

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Mediocredito Italiano S.p.A.

Mediobanca S.p.A.

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese S.p.A.

UBI Banca S.p.A.

UniCredit S.p.A.

illimity Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Dentons' Italy corporate and M&A practice is an integral part of the firm's global corporate practice of over 1500 M&A lawyers. Milan-based Alessandro Dubini predominantly acts on M&A, corporate finance and corporate reorganisations; and Pier Francesco Faggiano's practice includes private equity, M&A and joint ventures. Luca Pocobelli and recently promoted Barbara Urselli are key Rome partners.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Dubini

Other key lawyers:

Pier Francesco Faggiano; Luca Pocobelli; Barbara Urselli 


A well organised and efficient international firm.

The firm has the great advantage of having many offices around the world, thus facilitating the management of various teams for large operations.

Stands out for its experience in assisting private equity funds, both in the acquisition and sale stages, which require different negotiation sensitivities.

Great for availability and professionalism.

The Dentons team continually demonstrates its professionalism, and is always updated on regulatory, legislative and financial news. Among its strengths are the interdisciplinary know-how and integration of its professionals.

Alessandro Dubini’s specific qualities are technical competence, the ability to find balanced solutions between parties in cases of stalemate, deep knowledge of the psychology of family entrepreneurs, and professionalism.

Barbara Urselli guarantees constant help by providing practical and effective solutions.

Barbara Urselli is appreciated for her competence, timeliness and availability, as well as her ability to envision and implement innovative solutions.

Key clients



GeoPost SA

PRS Media Group

Penta Group

Accursia Capital

Rigamonti Salumificio

Argos and Impreglon Italia

Alto Capital III

Equita Group S.p.A.

Gemini Office Services UK Limited

Sistemia S.p.A.

Rai Way S.p.A.

Maire Investments S.p.A.

Vacasa Europe AG

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Dentons excels in disputes arising from the banking and finance sector. In addition, its team also demonstrates a high level of expertise in white-collar crime cases; the firm's offering in this space was strengthened in 2020 when Pasquale Annicchiarico joined the firm from Studio Legale Annicchiarico  to lead the white-collar practice. Sara Biglieri is the head of the litigation and arbitration practice in Italy, as well as the Europe litigation group. She assists large multinational groups with litigation, arbitration and compliance issues. Stefano Belleggia, who joined in November 2020 from Gianni & Origoni, focuses on litigation related to banking, financial and insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Sara Biglieri

Other key lawyers:

Luca De Benedetto; Pasquale Annachiarico; Matteo Vizzardi; Roberto Lipari; Davide Traina 


‘Matteo Vizzardi is a very competent and brilliant lawyer.’

‘Among the professionals of the firm, Davide Traina stands out for his many years of experience in the field of real estate litigation and arbitration. He is a reliable professional, punctual and has excellent communication skills.’

‘Sara Biglieri is recommended for her professional skills and her activity for the respect of diversity.’

‘The dispute resolution department headed by Sara Biglieri is undoubtedly an important presence in the legal market. It is a cohesive team, able to work on the most varied issues and certainly well-placed in the international context.’

The main strength of Dentons’ litigation team is the ability to offer excellent assistance in all areas of litigation (corporate, commercial, real estate, investigations & criminal, product liability). The team has experienced exponential growth in recent years (with the entry of new partners and collaborators) which has made it possible to meet the needs of customers in all the main areas of litigation. Responsiveness, availability and excellent knowledge of the various industrial sectors in which customers operate are further strengths of the team.’

‘Luca De Benedetto stands out for his extraordinary competence.’

‘Sara Biglieri is excellent. She promptly responds to all inquiries and keeps us well-apprised of the developments in our cases. More importantly, she provides wise counsel, is very knowledgeable on the substance of the law, and has excellent judgment.’

‘Sara Biglieri is an impressive litigator and a caring professional. She always stands out, with a combination of characteristics that makes her fit to deal with complex situations, mixing a strong and proactive approach when the situation requires to be strategically analysed and managed, with a gentle attitude applied when the situation gets difficult to deal with. It is a pleasure to work with her, and we always take advantage of her knowledge and expertise. Luca De Benedetto stands out for his legal expertise. He is an extremely good lawyer.’

Key clients

Astana Property Management

Avis Budget



Johnson & Johnson

La Martina


Petroleos de Venezuela

Poste Vita

Poste Assicura

Qinhuangdao Tianye Tolian Heavy Industry

Sinobec Trading


Supermarkets Italiani S.p.A.

Employment Tier 3

Dentons' employment team is notably active in trade union negotiations, definition and organisation of companies' sales structure as well as in restructuring and reorganisation. In the restructuring and reorganisation space, the team has been kept busy handling matters regarding business closures and the reduction in workforce. Davide Boffi advises several international clients on the full range of national and international employment law matters and labour relations. Luca De Menech joined in January 2021 from BonelliErede and handles a workload in connection to bankruptcy procedures and corporate reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Davide Boffi

Other key lawyers:

Luca De Menech


‘Legal opinions provided are precise and tailored to the company context, not theoretical or academic. They present well-balanced risk and opportunities. ’

‘Davide Boffi is really a smart legal counsel with business acumen; quick in understanding the issues and the business context. Able to manage complexity dimension as well as many other factors that may affect the final results. ’

Luca De Menech always approaches client relationships in the logic of real partnership.’

Key clients

Wanbao Group

Cbre Gws Technical Division

Calvin Klein

PRS Group


Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

Giangiacomo Olivi's team at Dentons leverages the firm's global TMT practice and its own 'undisputed technical skills'  to  advise on matters relating to data privacy and data protection especially, while media, communications and technology (with a focus on the internet of things) are also key strengths. Olivi is well known in the market and handles a workload that includes data management and digital transformation issues, while also covering outsourcing and commercial transactions. Chiara Bocchi  is specialised in data protection.

Practice head(s):

Giangiacomo Olivi

Other key lawyers:

Chiara Bocchi


Giangiacomo Olivi is professional and efficient. Chiara Bocchi: beyond the undisputed technical skills, they stand out for their reliability, knowledge of the telecoms market and proactivity in finding solutions suited to business demands.’

‘High professionalism and competence of the subject. Giangiacomo Olivi is an exquisite person who manages to combine an excellent knowledge of the issues with a very pleasant and kind communicative ability. Excellent pool of partners capable of enhancing young talents; dynamic attitude to innovation; strong attention to customer needs and pragmatism of advice. Flexibility in fees. They have developed a platform that allows you to manage, if the customer wants it, the interaction completely online’

‘Young talents are given exposure and valued, unlike what happens in many other firms: Chiara Bocchi for privacy. Giangiacomo Olivi is outstanding in terms of field vision and anticipation of industry trends.’

Key clients

Prs Group




Bending Spoons


Movendo Technologies



NTT Data



Warner Bros

Intellectual property Tier 3

Dentons' IP team stands out for its contentious and non-contentious work in relation to trade marks, as well as its expertise in representing clients in disputes over patents. Its client roster includes entities operating in the furniture, fashion, food, game and entertainment industries. Giovanni Francesco Casucci is the head of intellectual property and technology in Italy and he also co-heads the European patent litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Francesco Casucci

Other key lawyers:

Gianluigi Muscas


‘Giovanni Casucci: competence, business knowledge, practical and concrete approach. Absolutely excellent in the sector.’

‘Strong IP skills and experience and also great willingness to deal with internal legal teams.’

‘Giovanni Casucci, in addition to being an exquisite person, is an energetic professional, very prepared and always ready to explain the strategies and latest trends in the courts, allowing the client to be truly participates in the choice of the strategy to be conducted in court and in transactions.’

Key clients

La Martina





Enel S.p.A. and Enel X




Private equity Tier 3

Particularly appreciated for its cross-border and multi-disciplinary expertise, Dentons' practice is experienced in the entire PE cycle, from acquisitions and tax structuring to exit strategies. Corporate and M&A head Alessandro Dubini predominantly advises major industry groups, financial institutions and PE funds on extraordinary transactions, with Pier Francesco Faggiano and Luca Pocobelli providing additional partner-level expertise.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Dubini

Other key lawyers:

Pier Francesco Faggiano; Luca Pocobelli


A young and agile team, with great negotiation skills as well as technical skills.

Compared to other firms, the flexibility of its approach and understanding of  business are much deeper.

Excellent responsiveness and advice – they also understand the commercial aspects of deals very well.

A team with great competence and experience, combined with maximum availability during all phases of the operation.

Absolute knowledge of the client’s needs, which saves time during the preliminary stages.

Alessandro Dubini understands the need to invest in the client, in terms of time and resources – I have utmost confidence in him.

Luca Pocobelli has a very high level of business sense, which is not easy to find in other lawyers; and in addition to being a technically excellent lawyer, he  is very good at reducing the commercial distance between parties.

Luca Pocobelli has great availability and responsiveness, as well as a deep understanding of commercial aspects.

Key clients

Equita Private Debt Fund

ArchiMed SAS


KPS Capital Partners

Annabel Holding


Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Dentons' Italy managing partner Federico Sutti and banking and finance head Alessandro Fosco Fagotto co-head the restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy practice. The team's experience includes corporate and finance restructuring, distressed M&A, debt recovery claims and admittance into insolvency proceedings. Cristian Fischetti, who was recently promoted to the partnership, 'focuses on results' and advises on distressed situations and debt restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Federico Sutti; Alessandro Fosco Fagotto

Other key lawyers:

Cristian Fischetti


In-depth knowledge of bankruptcy matters, combined with corporate and commercial law, and problem-solving skills.

Its approach, characterised by great flexibility and the ability to manage multi-jurisdictional problems constitutes a significant plus for clients.

Technical skills and 360-degree support for our structure.

Availability and continuous interaction with the partner who directly follows the project.

Attentive to clients and high levels of legal competence.

The professionals stand out for their extreme preparation, problem-solving skills, availability and constant client support.

The team directed by Alessandro Fosco Fagotto, who is personally committed to promptly resolving critical issues, has deep, accurate knowledge of this subject area.

‘Managing counsel Cristian Fischetti has excellent interpersonal skills with both clients and counterparts; he is also punctual, rigorous in his professional work, has in-depth knowledge of the law, and focuses on results.

Key clients

CPI Property Group


Intesa Sanpaolo

BPER Banca


Amco – Asset Management Company

Italia Wanbao – ACC S.r.l. (Wanbao Group)

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)


Goldoni S.p.A

Arbos Group S.p.A.

Tax Tier 3

Dentons' team advises on the tax aspects of cross-border investment vehicles, real estate matters, M&A and wealth management, as well as compliance, tax litigation and criminal law. Tax transactions expert Andrea Fiorelli heads up the Italian tax practice, which includes Fabrizio Capponi (who 'produces innovative solutions') and Roberta Moscaroli. Giulio Andreani joined PwC TLS Avvocati e Commercialisti.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Fiorelli

Other key lawyers:

Fabrizio Capponi; Roberta Moscaroli; Maria Paola Serra


Competence in the tax sector, with an integrated vision at international level.

Great international network and strong skills.

The strength of the team is in the multiplicity of fields that it manages to cover.

The fact that each adviser specialises in a certain subject, and sometimes in a particular part of the subject itself, is of huge benefit to the client.

They excel in tax law and I very much appreciate their multidisciplinary approach and knowledge.

Given Andrea Fiorelli’s expertise, I have never needed to ask for advice from anybody else.

Andrea Fiorelli is a professional of the highest level; he is always available and has particularly appreciable human skills.

Fabrizio Capponi produces innovative solutions.

Key clients

Vezza Group

Maccorp Italiana S.p.A.

Sator Capital Limited

Primavera Investments SA

GEDI – Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A.

CMC Group

Banca IMI S.p.A. – Eurowag Group

Cellularline S.p.A.

Illimity Bank

Engineering – Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.


Pessina Costruzioni S.p.A.

GWM Group Holding SA

ISI Holding S.r.l.

Capital markets: Debt Tier 4

In 2020, Dentons recruited Piergiorgio Leofreddi, as the firm's Italy DCM group head, from Jones Day. Leofreddi's experience includes EMTN issuance programmes, retail offers, debt securities-related purchases and exchange offers, and related regulations. Securitisation and DCM expert Gianpaolo Garofalo divides his time between Milan and London.

Practice head(s):

Piergiorgio Leofreddi; Gianpaolo Garofalo


Absolute availability and competence.

Piergiorgio Leofreddi is a capable professional who understands clients’ needs.’

Reliability and high technical skills with constant team availability.

Key clients

BPER Banca


Società Cooperativa Sociale ONLUS – Codess Sociale

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

UnipolSai Assicurazioni

BNP Paribas

Banco Desio

Société Générale

Banca IMI


Intesa Sanpaolo

Capital markets: Equity Tier 4

Dentons' scope of practice covers private placements, public offerings, financial instruments' admission to trading, and takeover bids. The team also advises on corporate governance and the capital markets aspects of restructuring transactions and cross-listing procedures. ECM expert Antonella Brambilla is capital markets practice head.

Practice head(s):

Antonella Brambilla

Other key lawyers:

Silvia Pacchiarotti


Maximum availability, with strong attention to the client’s requirements.

Dentons is characterised by its ability to offer highly qualified consultancy services in a plurality of branches of civil law. This is not common among peer law firms.

The team stands out for its dedication to work, attention to detail, extreme availability and very high levels of skills.

The capital markets team is made up of young, trained, motivated, fast and active professionals. Its approach is extremely practical and the advice provided is very professional, thorough and complete.

Antonella Brambilla has an extremely competent and practical approach, and provides quick and complete feedback in relation to the resolution of all problems posed; she leaves nothing to chance and explores each issue without affecting the speed of response. These capabilities make her highly appreciated by all members of top management.

Antonella Brambilla is very pragmatic.

Key clients


Confinvest F.L.

Cose Belle d’Italia


Newron Pharmaceuticals



Banca Akros

EU and competition law Tier 4

Dentons is 'among the best in Italy', with its practice being led by Michele Carpagnano, who represents national and multinational companies before the ICA, as well as the EC. He also acts in judicial cases and class actions before the domestic courts that involve antitrust infringements.

Practice head(s):

Michele Carpagnano

Other key lawyers:

Giulia Giordano


Dentons’ European and competition law practice is certainly among the best in Italy.

In-depth knowledge of this area with clear exposure of the risks.

Ability to frame the issue quickly and propose concrete and business-oriented solutions.

Michele Carpagnano has considerable experience and his support is effective and business-oriented; he is also able to provide information and solutions in a very short time.

Its strength lies in its being guided by international professional Michele Carpagnano, who knows this area perfectly.

This team reflects the quality and calibre of the firm itself.

Key clients

Philip Morris Italia S.r.l.

NTT Data

Piombifera Italiana S.p.A.

Spanish Chamber of Commerce


Indra Italia S.p.A.

AITEC (Associazione Italiana Tecnico Economica del Cemento)

L’Oréal Italia S.p.A.

Yamaha Music Europe

Tim S.p.A.

Avis Budget Group

Whirlpool EMEA S.p.A.

Trentino Sviluppo

Italcementi (HeidelbergCement Group)

Accorhotels Italia S.r.l.

Industry focus: Energy Tier 4

Dentons' group in Italy is prominent in the firm's global energy practice. The Italian branch is jointly led by Carsten Steinhauer and managing partner Mileto Giuliani. Steinhauer is mainly recognised for his expertise in transactions and contracts, as well as advising German investment funds on the development of renewable energy plants and power purchase agreements in Italy. Giuliani advises clients on regulatory issues and administrative matters.

Practice head(s):

Carsten Steinhauer; Mileto Giuliani


‘Very personal approach and client relationship management are two of their strengths, in addition to a very proactive problem-solving approach.’

‘Mileto Giuliani is instrumental in closing deals promptly and pragmatically handling the issues which arise during transactions. Very dedicated and highly recommended.’

‘Mileto Giuliani is always able to develop strong relationships with the different team members in his clients’ foreign offices. He and his team provide a lot more than just legal counselling, they are business facilitators in Italy.’

‘Mileto Giuliani is certainly one of the best legal counsel one can work with.’

‘The firm stands out for its customer care which, despite being an international entity, is absolutely comparable to that of a boutique studio. Absolute availability, competence and collaboration accompany the client throughout the operation. The team also knows how to respond flawlessly and quickly.’

‘High level of preparation in the field of energy law, in particular in the field of renewable energy and M&A operations’

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors

Bayerische Landesbank

China General Technology Group

Clean Capital Energy

EDP Renewables holding Italy

Enel Green Power S.p.A.

Enernovum GmbH & Co. KG

ENGIE Italia S.p.A.

Eni S.p.A.

Greencells Group

Hanwha Q-Cells

Ib Vogt Gmbh

IKAV Global Energy



Risen Energy

Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co. Ltd.

Snam S.p.A.

The firm: With almost two decades of experience at the highest levels, Dentons’ lawyers in Italy offer local and international clients sophisticated and quality solutions in a broad range of sectors and practices, backed by an unmatched global team.

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

Dentons in Italy: Dentons opened the first Italian office in Milan in October 2015 and the second in Rome in July 2016. Our partners have been supporting local and international clients in the country for almost two decades at the highest levels. They joined Dentons from some of the most reputable national and international  law firms in Italy. Growing from 20 to more than 130 professionals, we are now able to provide clients with access to a full service legal support, integrated experience and a deep knowledge in a wide range of sectors and industries.

Our ambition is providing clients a competitive edge, building agile and tailored solutions.

Areas of practice: Dentons’ core practices in Italy are:

Banking and finance: the team advises Italian and international financial institutions, sponsors and borrowers on a broad range of financing transactions, including real estate and project financing.

Competition and antitrust: Dentons provides legal advice and judicial assistance in all aspects of national and EU competition law, consumer law, state aid, and regulatory issues, as well as antitrust issues related to tender procedures.

Corporate and M&A: Dentons provides comprehensive advice on M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance, private equity, capital markets, as well as general commercial and corporate governance issues.

Employment and labour: the team is a leader in providing both judicial and out-of-court assistance to clients on all labour, social security and trade union-related issues, as well as on employment issues linked to extraordinary transactions.

Energy: with one of the world’s leading energy practices, Dentons guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution.

Intellectual property and technology: the team advises Italian and multinational companies on patents, design, trademarks and copyright matters, handling also complex infringement cases.

Litigation, dispute resolution and Arbitration: Dentons provides litigation advice including pre-trial assistance, enforcement procedures and out-of-court settlement negotiations, representing clients also in case of criminal proceedings. Moreover, the Firm assists clients through all stages of arbitration.

Public policy and regulation Dentons’ practice covers a broad range of areas, including public procurement tenders, administrative litigation and regulated markets, focusing on town planning, building and environmental matters.

Real estate: Dentons advises Italian and foreign corporate clients, listed companies, management companies, banks and other financial intermediaries in connection with real estate matters, M&A, restructuring, joint ventures and development projects, including tax and financing aspects.

Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: Dentons’ professionals regularly advise financial institutions and large borrowers on corporate and finance restructuring and bankruptcy, including assistance in litigation and enforcement of guarantees.

Tax: Dentons provides comprehensive tax advice to individuals, private companies, multinationals and other entities on tax planning, compliance, M&A structuring tax-advantaged investing, transfer pricing, disputes with tax authorities and more.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sara Biglieri
Banking and finance Alessandro Fosco Fagotto
Competition and antitrust Michele Carpagnano
Corporate M&A Alessandro Dubini
Intellectual property and technology Giovanni Francesco Casucci
Public policy and regulation Federico Vanetti
Real estate Federico Sutti
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Alessandro Fosco Fagotto
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Federico Sutti
Tax Andrea Fiorelli
Employment Davide Boffi
Energy Carsten Steinhauer
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  • 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.
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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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.