Firm Profile > Dentons > Sydney, Australia


Banking and finance Tier 3

Dentons' core strengths lie in real estate, property, and construction finance, and the practice works largely on the bank side in transactions. The department also leverages its international network to attract a growing base of work for foreign banks lending into the Australian market. Team co-head Timothy Lipscombe is the go-to name for real estate finance, while co-head Chris Fanning has considerable experience advising top banks; both are based in Sydney. In team news, Paul Griscti joined the Adelaide office from Fisher Jefferies in October 2019 following Dentons' acquisition of the firm.


Anthony and the Dentons team are an invaluable resource for our business. They provide a very impressive service that ticks all the boxes, providing high-quality advice with a pragmatic and commercial approach but are also always sensible in terms of identifying and addressing legal and commercial risk. They do so on tight timeframes, are always responsive and available, and offer fantastic value for money in terms of the quality of advice and work done vs cost. They have an excellent understanding of our approach to business, process, and risk which informs the work, advice, and service they provide.

Calling out in particular, Anthony Tesvic and his team for: the quality of their support and advice; their availability and ability to deliver on time in very short timeframes without compromising on the quality of advice or service; their pragmatic and commercial approach but with a sensible approach to legal and commercial risks; going above and beyond in understanding their client’s business, internal requirements, and needs. They provide real value add in this respect, anticipating our needs and responses.

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Westpac Banking Corporation


National Australia Bank Limited

ING Bank (Australia) Limited

Macquarie Bank Limited

Bank of China

Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Dentons continues its trajectory of growth in the Australian market through its combination with Adelaide firm Fisher Jeffries in October 2019, which brought Wendy Jones, Karen Guazzelli, and James Marsh. Among other significant team changes was the lateral hire of Kon Tsiakis to the Melbourne office from DLA Piper in March 2020. Headed up by the Sydney-based Tim Sherrard, the restructuring and insolvency practice is known for its top client base, including investment banks and all four of the major Australian banks. Also notable is the team's breadth of work, from retail, corporate and commercial recovery and restructuring work through to multi-jurisdictional insolvency. Scott Guthrie has joined Thomson Geer.

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The Dentons Restructuring and Insolvency team are highly regarded and well known for their technical expertise, especially for insolvency. Each partner is approachable and hands-on, whether it be for informal advice, formal advice, meeting attendance, or just to run something by them. They not only have expertise in large complex matters but also in smaller SME insolvencies and personal bankruptcies.

David McIntosh is an expert on secured lending, cross-border insolvency, and formal insolvency advice. Kylie Britton is an expert in personal insolvency and a secured lending adviser. Justin Bates is a highly experienced and well-regarded insolvency lawyer and banking specialist. All three are always available, approachable, and just good people to deal with.

Key clients

Westpac Banking Corporation

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

National Australia Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

BNY Mellon





ING Bank Australia

White-collar crime Tier 3

The white-collar and government investigations team at Dentons is known for its strong cross-border capability, benefiting from the firm's international presence and fully integrated cross-office network. The practice is particularly strong in areas such as cybersecurity, data breaches, and fraud control for both public- and private-sector clients. Sydney-based team head Ben Allen lends expertise in bribery and corruption investigations, guidelines, and regulator response, including ASIC investigations and AFP actions. Another key team member, based in Melbourne, is Robyn Chatwood, who advises on all areas of data privacy law.

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Avis Budget Group

Watches of Switzerland

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Dentons relies upon the expertise of the firm’s global network across 78 countries. The group also significantly strengthened its insolvency and employment litigation capabilities at the partner level with the arrivals of six partners from Fisher Jeffries. Other industry-specific contentious expertise includes the financial services, real estate, and life sciences sectors. Formerly a barrister in London, John Dalzell now leads the national department in Sydney. Louise Massey (Sydney) serves as co-leader of the firm’s global dispute resolution group.

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Australian Taxation Office



Zetta Jet Pty

Bell Group (UK) Holdings Pty

Generic Partners

Australia’s Power Brands Pty / Bobby Bebe Pty

John Patton

Intellectual property Tier 4

Rated for its ‘competitive rates’ and ‘quick responses’, Dentons really ‘understands the needs and pressures of general counsel’. Headed up by Joy Atacador in Melbourne, the team is perhaps best known for its ‘exceptional’ portfolio management and IP transactions work. Notably, the group manages domestic, regional, and global IP portfolios for a number of well-known Australian and international brands, with particular experience in the areas of retail, leisure, hospitality, and consumer and medical products. Much of the team’s standout work is strategic transactions aimed at business expansion; recent examples include franchising-related services provided to Avis Budget Group and IWG. The team also has experience in IP disputes.

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The team is unique because of its members’ specialised understanding of intellectual property. The team is quick to respond to queries, and understands the needs and pressures of general counsel in the in-house space.

The team has knowledge, passion, and ability to get the job done on time.

Key clients

Bauer Media

Generic Partners


Starwood Capital

Avis Budget Group


LG Electronics

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Sussan Group

Rapid Response Revival

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Dentons prioritises cross-border work, primarily advising domestic and Asian mining companies on transactions, project considerations, and regulatory issues. The team is particularly adept in acting for Chinese clients, with several Chinese-qualified lawyers. Sydney-based practice head Kym Livesley is highly rated by clients for his expertise in the mining sector, encompassing corporate issues, financing, and projects across multiple jurisdictions. Perth's David Perks is an experienced transactional counsel who also regularly advises clients on strategic considerations.

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Dentons has a great team with expertise related to Natural Resources. This team proved to have exceptional skills and contributed to fostering institutional building.

David Perks is one individual who has great skills related to natural resources law and he has contributed in analyzing natural resources issues.’

Key clients

Anchor Resources

Jervois Mining

Bougainville Copper

China Minmetals

Sev.en. Energy

Montem Resources

Carpentaria Resources

Centaur Resources

Canterbury Resources

Real estate Tier 4

Lawyers at Dentons are noted for their handling of major developments, sales and acquisitions, and high-end leasing matters, for both landlords and tenants. Sydney-based Chris Fabiansson heads the department which also works on strata and community schemes and inbound investment with a history of supporting on joint ventures, stamp duty, and GST effective structures. Other clients include developers, high-net-worth individuals, and institutions with asset class proficiency spanning the retail, residential, office, and industrial sectors. The practice has spearheaded a number of technology-based initiatives, most notably the push towards paper-free property transactions.

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‘Good knowledge of the sectors we work in. Recognised as a leading brand amongst their peers. Competitive rates.’

‘Steve Healey is the standout partner in Sydney. Very efficient and decisive in the legal advice given. Always accessible when you need to get in contact. Broad range of interrelated property knowledge to address legal issues. Knows individuals within the Dentons organisation who can provide additional specialist advice if more legal detail is requested.’


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Blackstone (151 Property)

Bridgehill Group

CSR Building Products Limited

Crown Group

Dexus Property Group

Elanor Investors Group

Mirvac Group

Penrith Council

The GPT Group

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Dentons has expanded its corporate team in Australia following a merger with Fisher Jeffries in Adelaide, expanding the firm's geographical reach, while Perth-based Dan Kirk joined from Lavan Legal. The practice has a national and international reach, acting for major multinational clients including Bayer. The team's main sector focuses are life sciences and natural resources, as well as financial services and private equity. The team is led by Melbourne-based corporate head Nicholas Stretch, who works in both public and private M&A, and has additional corporate restructuring capabilities.

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Lis Boyce is very commercial, personally engaged, quick to call in further expertise from within the firm where required. Lis has been actively involved in our matters and has helped us resolve several difficult situations with investors relating to contract technicalities, debt and equity maturity, and conversion, adjustment of shareholdings, deal documentation.’

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group


John Bean Technologies

Groupe Lactalis

MAXIMUS Australia Holding Company

Anchor Resources

Rapid Response Revival Research

Brandwood CKC



Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

At Dentons, Marc Elshof co-heads Dentons’ European data privacy and security group and is prized by clients for his 'very broad and proactive outlook on GDPR matters and ICT'. Associate Celine van Es is also highlighted for being 'proactive and tenacious'. The team advises a range of Dutch and international clients on adhering to the GDPR, privacy compliance frameworks, consumer tracking, and the processing of health data, as well as data breaches and responses to the regulator. It also offers a 24/7 data breach hotline for insurers' clients.

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‘I believe that the Dentons Netherlands team has been far and away the best we have dealt with in Europe. They have helped us on an array of issues, including GDPR, websites, cookies, privacy policy, etc.’ 

‘I have worked primarily with Marc Elshof and his team, including Celine van Es. They are extremely knowledgeable, professional and responsive.’ 

‘I have used Marc and his team throughout Europe as a result of their responsiveness and professionalism. Guidance on all GDPR matters in relation to health care.’

‘Marc Elshof has a very broad and proactive look at GDPR matters and ICT.  The GDPR is not easily implementable at our organization. Yet thanks to his very broad & up to date knowledge, his thoroughness, his sharp line of reasoning, Marc has played a key role in the project of implementing the GDPR in our organization in all its aspects. Marc can simplify complicated (GDPR) matters, leaving the client with clear decisions to make, not hesitating to sketch a bigger picture by taking relevant other fields of expertise such as public relations aspects or IT into account.

Celine van Es is the associate we have worked with, she is also very sharp, professional, service-minded, proactive, punctual, precise and tenacious.’

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3M Company




JRCS Marine Services

Playa Hotels


a.s.r. Real Estate



The Student Hotel

Complete Innovations

Dentons’ Australia region has 69 partners and over 480 staff across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth as well as an associate office in Adelaide. Dentons also has an office in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and a patent attorney office in New Zealand.

Dentons is known for their service excellence and innovative legal solutions and has built enduring relationships with some of the largest companies in the financial services, real estate and infrastructure, healthcare, energy, corporate and intellectual property and technology sectors.


Banking & Finance

Dentons acts within each of the institutional bank, corporate bank, commercial bank, business bank, retail bank and SMSF markets. The team’s key strengths are in the areas of real estate, property and construction finance; syndicated, club and bilateral corporate finance and bank lending; acquisition and leveraged finance and debt restructuring, project finance and work-outs.

Key Clients:

  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Westpac Banking Corporation


Dentons’ Corporate team acts for clients on matters including major corporate dealings such as capital raising, business and deal structures, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance advice and major international cross-border transactions, commercial contracts, procurement, outsourcing and logistics.

Key clients

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Bayer Australia Limited
  • Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited

Dispute Resolution

 Dentons’ Dispute Resolution team handle complex contractual and commercial disputes and apply sound legal, forensic, investigative and evidentiary skills. The team includes former barristers who give Dentons the edge in advocacy and drafting.

Key clients

  • National Australia Bank Limited
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The Salvation Army


Dentons advises on the application of industrial instruments, enterprise bargaining, industrial disputes, employee relations, workplace investigations, employee claims (including acting in litigation) and reviewing contracts.

Key clients

  • AccorHotels
  • Goodman Fielder
  • Munich Re


Dentons has one of the longest standing energy and resources practices in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Dentons provides corporate advice to major oil and gas companies (including capital markets, M&A, takeovers) as well as project level advice (offtakes, JoAs, EPC and financing).

Key clients

  • Asian Oil & Gas
  • Carnarvon Petroleum
  • Kumul Petroleum Holdings

Intellectual Property & Technology

Dentons’ Intellectual Property and Technology team advise clients on the protection, exploitation, commercialisation and enforcement of their IP rights. The team combines both commercial and litigation capabilities in relation to trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, social media, technology and confidential information.

Real Estate

Dentons’ Real Estate team advises on matters across planning, construction and property law to deliver advice on high value and strategic sales/acquisitions, planning, development, strata renewal, leasing and construction and property disputes.

Key clients

  • AMP
  • Crown Group
  • Mirvac Group
Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Jeff Baker, Partner
Real Estate Chris Fabiansson, Partner
Restructuring and insolvency Tim Sherrard, Partner
Energy and resources Kym Livesley, Partner
Dispute resolution Lisa Wright, Partner
Corporate Kym Livesley, Partner
Anti-bribery and corruption Ben Allen, Partner
Intellectual Property & Technology Joy Atacador, Partner
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 Ben Allen  photo Ben Allen Ben is a partner with almost 20 years as a litigator and…
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 David Carter  photo David Carter David is a partner with experience acting for a range of ADI’s,…
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 Scott Guthrie photo Scott Guthrie Scott Guthrie is a partner with 21 years of expertise advising clients…
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 Mandi Jacobson  photo Mandi Jacobson Mandi is a partner and the head of Dentons Life Sciences group…
 Timothy Lipscombe  photo Timothy Lipscombe Tim is the Sydney Banking and Finance Leader and has over a…
 Kym Livesley  photo Kym Livesley Kym has over 30 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, and developed…
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 David McIntosh photo David McIntosh David is a partner with extensive experience advising banks, financial institutions, insolvency…
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 John Reen  photo John Reen John specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and equity capital market transactions.…
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 Nick Stretch photo Nick Stretch Nick is a partner and head of Dentons’ Corporate group in Australia.…
 Anthony Walsh  photo Anthony Walsh Anthony is a partner who has had significant experience acting for domestic…
 Hamish Walton photo Hamish Walton Hamish Walton is a corporate partner in Dentons’ Melbourne office. Hamish has more…
 Amber Warren  photo Amber Warren Amber is a partner with the Banking and Finance team in Sydney, and a member of…
 Lisa Wright  photo Lisa Wright Lisa is a partner with over 25 years of experience in a…
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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.