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Dentons recently hired Giangiacomo Olivi from DLA Piper as Europe co-head of the data privacy and cybersecurity group and Europe co-head of the media sector group. Olivi provides strategical and commercial legal advice on technology, media and communications matters, with a specific focus on data management and digital transformation. The practice has developed expertise in data privacy and data protection, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aspects of international data privacy projects. Senior counsel Saverio Cavalcanti is a privacy and data protection expert.
‘It has the ability to define the ownership of the data and therefore the responsibility towards third parties. Competence at high levels is unquestionable and the determining factor is the trust that comes from the depth of the team’s personal qualities.‘
Industry focus: Retail Tier 2
Headed by highly regarded TMT specialist Giangiacomo Olivi, the retail team at Dentons acts for a number of high-profile clients primarily in the fashion sector. The team has recently provided assistance with IP, GDPR implementation, real estate and employment law, as well as contentious and non-contentious matters concerning e-commerce, trade marks and distribution. The team was able to draw on its strength in cross-border work and the firm's extensive network to assist global luxury eyewear brand Luxottica with e-commerce activities, and to advise Italian kitchen company Gruppo Rino Snaidero on the opening of Snaidero China.
‘Dentons’ team is expert in the franchise area.’
‘The experience of Giangiacomo Olivi is invaluable.’
Chapter 4 Supreme
Gruppo Rino Snaidero
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Dentons' Italian real estate team draws the wider firm's global reach to advise international asset management companies, financial institutions and other real estate clients across many industry sectors. The team, which demonstrates'great teamwork and professional coordination', is led by well-respected managing partner and real estate head Federico Sutti, who works with experienced professionals from a variety sub-groups with differing skills: Federico Vanetti is in charge of the public policy practice, Carlo Merisio is an expert in asset and share deals, joint ventures and funding, while Maria Sole Insinga advises on real estate M&A, investment funds and development.
‘Effective leadership is a critical element of any team’s success. Federico Sutti is organised, well informed on market trends and marshals his team well.’
‘Federico Sutti is comfortable working with Italian and international clients. He understands the views and needs of international clients and does his utmost to bridge the gap in knowledge for foreign investors looking to invest in Italy. He also has an excellent eye for details and critical business issues.’
‘They understand different problems and find a suitable solution.’
Orion Capital Managers
Savills Investment Management SGR
Allianz Real Estate GmbH – Italian Branch
UBS Asset Management
Invel Real Estate Partners
Invesco Real Estate
Ark Investment Advisors Pte Limited
The Student Hotel
Fondo Pensioni per il Personale Cariplo
Quinta Capital Partners
Dentons assists with the regulatory procedures surrounding the incorporation of regulated entities, extraordinary transactions involving regulated entities, the structuring of compliant internal procedures and policies, and the provision of regulated services and activities. Alessandro Engst is focused on financial institutions regulation, derivatives and investment funds. Michele Odello, who specialises in legal and regulatory matters in the banking, financial, investment and insurance sectors, was made partner.
Alessandro Fosco Fagotto; Alessandro Engst
‘A highly available practice.‘
Eurizon Capital SGR
BNP Leasing Solutions
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Dentons' Italy practice advises on cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations and private equity, and is an integral part of the firm's global corporate practice, which comprises over 2,000 M&A lawyers. In 2019, it launched a German desk following the arrival of German-speaking Carsten Steinhauer, who has considerable experience in cross-border M&A and joint ventures, from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato. Alessandro Dubini acts for industry groups, financial institutions and private equity funds; Luca Pocobelli advises on strategic M&A transactions; Pier Francesco Faggiano focuses on healthcare and food and beverage deals; and Barbara Urselli's sector experience includes transportation, media, software and financial services.
‘Dentons is an impressive organisation that has wide coverage and this is useful when clients need assistance on matters in countries where they do not have relationships with other firms or want to involve different lawyers or need specific expertise. It is also attentive to innovation in providing legal services and in the administrative support it provides when responding to clients’ requests.‘
‘They are sensible and responsive with respect to clients’ needs for transparency in billings and overall their rates are reasonable and below those of other international law firms, given the high quality of the service.‘
‘What is very good at Dentons is the wide range of their services that allows a full service in every sector.‘
‘Alessandro Dubini is a highly respected professional.‘
‘Barbara Urselli is a highly trusted adviser, the quality of her work is unquestionable, and she is a guarantee of the competence of the team. She is an excellent lawyer who is pragmatic, and proposes solutions that are commercially and legally practicable for clients, instead of staying tied to theories or to market-standard templates. She is also empathetic, which makes it easy to establish a relationship, and she has a great ability to work under pressure quietly. Finally, she is always available, responsive and ready to help in last-minute emergency situations without delegating to other team members.‘
GfK Custom Research Business
Johnson & Johnson Medical
Aeroporto Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Fondo Agroalimentare Italiano I
Gemini Office Services UK
Dispute resolution Tier 3
Advising across a variety of areas, from civil to administrative and public law, the dispute resolution team at Dentons 'consistently delivers excellent results.' The domestic offering in corporate and commercial disputes and banking and finance matters, as well as arbitration, is complemented by the international Europe litigation group. Both the Italian and European teams are headed up by much-praised Sara Biglieri. In January 2019, the department acquired new talents from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Luca Santa Maria e Associati - Roberto Fabio Lipari and Matteo Vizzardi, both experienced litigators with a strong understanding of white-collar crime. Partner Davide Traina also often acts in real estate disputes.
‘The team is well prepared and has the capacity to effectively cooperate and integrate with other practice teams if the case needs expertise in specific areas of law. The team is able to build good strategies to manage complex cases. They are reactive and able to meet deadlines and clients’ requests ‘
‘Sara Biglieri is very reactive and focused on the client’s needs. She is able to give effective and practical advice. Her strengths are problem-solving, project management of complex cases and the capacity to find practical solutions which are able to meet client’s needs.’
‘Luca De Benedetto has a very deep knowledge of procedural rules. He combines the capacity to deeply analyze complex cases with the ability to prepare the best and more effective strategy to manage the case’
‘Sara Biglieri and her team are very expert and helpful, they understand client needs.’
‘Sara Biglieri and her team are very competent and have an organizational structure capable of offering legal assistance on different aspects. They are available, precise and on time in communication/drafting acts.’
‘Roberto Lipari deserves a special mention for his tremendously in-depth knowledge of both substantive and procedural civil and criminal law rules, matched with a very pragmatic approach in the resolution of any kind of disputes and outstanding talent in the development and presentation of defensive arguments.’
‘They consistently deliver excellent results and provide good counsel.’
‘Sara Biglieri and her team are diligent and responsive and consistently provide us with well-reasoned and insightful advice. They have an excellent understanding of the courts and guide us appropriately.’
‘Davide Traina is very available and always ready to provide quick responses and advice. Input, markups, documents etc are delivered within the agreed timelines, which makes him a very reliable business partner.’
‘Sara Biglieri is a very solid lawyer and brilliant in finding creative solutions.’
‘Very good reputation and network; strong motivation and technical capabilities; Adherence to customer needs and requests.’
‘Considerable understanding of the dynamics of dispute resolution, responsiveness and good teamwork.’
‘Davide Traina is an outstanding lawyer. He has extensive knowledge of litigation and arbitration and he is able to communicate with clients in a clear and effective manner.’
‘Matteo Vizzardi is highly professional, experienced, cooperative. Fast in providing opinions’
‘Very professional and highly involved team, capable of handling a broad range of complex disputes’
‘Sara Biglieri has excellent expertise and impressive capabilities and fields a large team of lawyers who are able to assist on all types of litigation’
Astana Property Management LLC
Loc Group Limited
Industry focus: TMT Tier 3
Headed by 'TMT guru' Giangiacomo Olivi, the 'very dynamic and motivated' team at Dentons has been praised for 'striving for innovation and excellence'. Olivi's work includes strategic and commercial advice to high-profile technology and communications companies, dealing with data management, digital transformation, outsourcing and commercial transactions. The team also has experience acting for multinational media companies, including Warner Bros, where it assists with moral rights, rights for theatrical exploitation and contracts for the sale and purchase of copyright. Saverio Cavalcanti has expertise in privacy and data protection and 'very deep knowledge of media law'.
‘The Dentons team has a very efficient approach to dealing with issues. The other element that distinguishes the TMT team is the importance of the human relationship that allows them to work in complete harmony with the client.‘
‘Giangiacomo Olivi: for the great competence he demonstrates, the human depth and the simplicity in explaining and resolving the matters.’
‘The professionalism and comprehensiveness of assistance are certainly the key points of this study. The whole team is diligent and at the complete disposal of the customer at all times. The assistance is complete and professional, and the cordiality makes everything pleasant and satisfying. The competence demonstrated by lawyers Giangiacomo Olivi, Saverio Cavalcanti and Valeria Schiavo is unlikely to be found in other firms of equal importance and size.‘
GUT Edizioni Group
Intellectual property Tier 3
Dentons's intellectual property practice was set up in April 2017 by practice head Giovanni Francesco Casucci. The offering is broadly divided into two service lines; the first covering traditional IP and contentious matters relating to brands, patents and designs; and the second focusing on IP issues in the TMT sector, including innovative cases involving technology transfers and technology agreements.
Giovanni Francesco Casucci
‘Innovative IP litigation’
‘Giovanni Casucci’s ability and effectiveness are of very high level’
H & M
Sony Computer Interactive Entertainment Europe
Chapter 4 Supreme
Umberto Cesari srl
Private equity Tier 3
Dentons regularly provides private equity clients with full-service assistance; the team is able to draw upon resources from the colleagues in banking and finance, tax, competition and antitrust, public law and regulatory law. Clients also benefit from the local team's global network in relation to cross-regional advice. Alessandro Dubini is regularly involved in private equity transactions; and Luca Pocobelli's clients include Italian and pan-European investment funds, financial institutions and national and multinational industrial groups.
Equita Private Debt Fund
Ortho-Clinical Diagnostic Italy
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3
Dentons regularly advises financial institutions and large borrowers on high- profile matters. The team's activities centre around corporate and finance restructuring as well as day-to-day consultancy, including assistance with litigation and the enforcement of guarantees. Federico Sutti has strong relationships with several major banks; and Alessandro Fosco Fagotto focuses on transactions that preserve going concerns, as well as financings granted to distressed companies. Managing counsel Cristian Fischetti is experienced in distressed situations and debt restructuring.
Federico Sutti; Alessandro Fosco Fagotto
‘It has the ability to combine the institutional nature of a leading international firm with flexibility in customer relations, entrepreneurial spirit and problem- solving skills.‘
‘This a well-organised, thorough and swift team that is to the point and does not engage in time wasting of any kind.‘
‘Excellent internal coordination of the teams and punctual management of the restructuring, giving professional support to the banks involved in the deal.’
‘Punctual and professional and able to reach a shared vision with the client.‘
‘Federico Sutti’s professionalism, ability to solve problems, competence and good social skills are appreciated.‘
‘Alessandro Fosco Fagotto has excellent knowledge of banking matters and an excellent capacity to negotiate and find the best solution for banks. He is very smart, precise, pragmatic and friendly, and he has a constructive approach and is able to keep calm during very difficult negotiations. He always find solutions in complex situations.‘
‘Managing counsel Cristian Fischetti is a brilliant lawyer who impresses with his accuracy and punctuality.‘
‘Cristian Fischetti is outstanding throughout the entire process.‘
Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Real Estate Strategie Immobiliari
Gruppo Santoni Costruzioni
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Tax Tier 3
Dentons recently advised on the tax aspects of cross-border investment structures, M&A and wealth management. Other areas of strength include transfer pricing, litigation and co-operative compliance with the Tax Revenues Agency. Andrea Fiorelli specialises in the tax aspects of corporate finance deals, and Giulio Andreani's reputation as a tax practitioner is coupled with a strong academic track record. Fabrizio Capponi recently advised on tax procedures involving beneficial owners of hidden assets, and Roberta Moscaroli assisted a Russian high-net-worth individual with moving his tax residence to Italy.
‘Fiscal problems are always brilliantly overcome, both in terms of preventative counselling and in defences following tax inspections, thanks to an appropriate combination of theoretical knowledge and technical and situation management skills.‘
‘The team is highly prepared and extremely efficient; the response times are also quick and the advice always valuable.‘
‘It is rated for its willingness to understand the needs of clients and to see the opportunities in problems‘.
‘It has the ability to cover a wide range of issues, industries, experiences and skills.‘
‘Fabrizio Capponi has the ability to anticipate problems and turn them into opportunities.‘
‘In addition to competence, Fabrizio Capponi shows the ability to listen to clients’ needs and has great commitment.‘
‘Giulio Andreani knows both the rules and fiscal practice perfectly, as well as the sectors in which clients’ companies operate, and this allows the team to obtain excellent results.‘
‘Giulio Andreani is certainly a professional who distinguishes himself from all others. He has deep knowledge of tax matters and a great ability to simplify difficult cases and present them effectively before the tax authorities. He is recognised as one of the best tax consultants in Italy.‘
Alitalia Linee Aeree
Jacopo Biondi Santi
Cantieri Navali Baglietto
GWM Corporate Group
Owner of Porto Carrara group
Fratelli Martini Secondo Luigi
Tally Weijl Itaslia
Dentons' public policy and regulation practice stands out for its 'breadth of skills' and 'reliability'. It covers a broad range of areas, with notable focus on matters relating to environment law, town planning and real estate, public tenders and healthcare. Practice head Federico Vanetti draws on his 'great experience in environmental and urban issues' to advise on a number of major urban development projects. Managing counsel Ilaria Gobbato ('careful, well-prepared and very diligent') specialises in healthcare and tenders; she assisted Mirova with the acquisition of Veneta Sanitaria Finanza di Progetto from Astaldi.
‘Thanks to the international connections of Dentons, the coordination with the teams of the various countries involved has worked well.‘
‘Great knowledge in public procurement law; very good in co-working with the other lawyers within the law firm and therefore giving excellent advice; always keeping the bigger picture in mind.‘
‘Absolute competence in understanding immediately the problems and needs of the client.’
‘Breadth of skills, reliability, ability to concretely orient business.’
‘Ilaria Gobbato has shown great competence in the management of public tenders. She has given the maximum availability of time and resources to deal with complex issues.’
‘Ilaria Gobbato has been able to represent properly our organisation in several public meetings and conferences, contributing with competence and specific deliverables. A great added value for the issues we worked on.’
Real Estate Strategie Immobiliari
The Student Hotel
Europa Gestioni Immobiliari
Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia
Dentons advises on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto is active in acquisition, leveraged, structured and real estate finance, general corporate lending and refinancing; Fagotto heads the Italy banking and finance team, which is also experienced in project finance involving electricity, water, energy, and transport concessions, and banking regulatory matters. Giovanni Diotallevi is a project finance expert and managing counsel Dina Collepardi assists with corporate lending and acquisition and real estate finance.
Alessandro Fosco Fagotto
‘Dentons’ dedicated team stands out for its ability to involve diverse practice areas for innovative finance deals’.
‘Dentons is very responsive and approaches matters in a less traditional manner than most other Italian firms.‘
Dentons' clients appreciate the firm's ability to draw on 900-plus banking and finance lawyers around the world. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto is active in acquisition, leveraged, structured and real estate finance, general corporate lending and refinancing; and Giovanni Diotallevi leads on project finance matters. Managing counsel Dina Collepardi assists with corporate lending and acquisition and real estate finance; and counsel Franco Paolo Gialloreti focuses on LBO transactions involving banks and financial institutions.
Alessandro Fosco Fagotto
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro
MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese
Capital markets: Equity Tier 4
Dentons advises on all legal aspects concerning the issuance, placement and listing of financial instruments in Italy and abroad. Other areas of strength are IPOs and takeover bids, including liaising with the relevant authorities. The team's assistance also covers corporate governance matters, as well as the capital markets aspects of restructuring transactions and cross-listing procedures. Capital markets practice head Antonella Brambilla is 'a great professional with extensive experience'.
‘The lawyers have a great understanding of clients’ needs.‘
‘This flexible and fast team team is capable of finding creative and professional solutions.‘
‘Dentons shows great flexibility and commitment.‘
‘Antonella Brambilla is a great team leader and team builder.‘
‘Antonella Brambilla is a great professional with extensive experience.’
Mainfirst Bank (Italian Branch)
Employment Tier 4At Dentons, the 'highly skilled' Davide Boffi leads the practice. He and his team handle major cross-border matters in the fashion and investment sectors - focusing on restructuring plans, collective dismissals, negotiations and agreements with trade unions as well as due diligence and the employment aspects of transactions.
‘Rounded knowledge and high performance in restructuring and litigation topics. Very strong in providing legal opinions that take into account the business context and eventual external factors that may affect the result of the transaction.’
‘Davide Boffi is highly skilled and nimble in finding the proper solution.’
‘Associate Marco Prandelli is really high-skilled, fast and precise in managing cases.’
Loc Group Limited
Industry focus: Energy Tier 4After the departure of Matteo Falcione in May 2019, leadership of Dentons' Italy energy practice was assumed by Carsten Steinhauer, who had joined in January of the same year from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato. His focus lies in transactions in the renewables sector (the solar industry in particular), and he brought with him a significant pool of German clients, including power producers, investment funds and banks. The firm is a member of the wind industry association WindEurope and of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Allianz Global Investors
IB Vogt GmbH
Green City AG
Enel Green Power S.p.A
EU and competition law Tier 5
Dentons's Rome-based EU and competition practice has a track record of work on complex cases of consumer law, state aid and merger control, as well as antitrust issues, public and private enforcement and audits. Led by Michele Carpagnano, the team has built up comprehensive antitrust experience across the telecoms, transportation and energy sectors, among others.
‘The team is composed by smart and business-oriented people. The antitrust practice at Dentons provides the best value for money in the Italian legal market’
‘Michele Carpagnano is absolutely competent and resilient, very reactive and constantly available.’
‘Michele Carpagnano is a stand-out professional in Italy and Europe.’
L’Oréal Italia S.p.A.
Yamaha Music Europe GmbH
Avis Budget Italia S.p.A.
Whirlpool EMEA S.p.A.
Accorhotels Italia S.r.l.
Tech Data Europe GmbH
KPS Capital Partners LP
NB Aurora Sa Sicaf-Raif
AITEC- Associazione Italiana Tecnico Economica del Cemento
Dentons > Firm Profile
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, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which they live and work.
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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Press Releases18th 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
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