Firm Profile > Dentons > Sydney, Australia
77 CASTLEREAGH STREET
SYDNEY, NSW 2000
Dentons > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 3
Dentons focuses its efforts on its lender client base with several Australian banks, Bank of China, Bank of Queensland, the Central Bank of PNG and Macquarie Bank as notable examples. The group is also particularly noted for its expertise in property and construction finance mandates, a key area of strength for Chris Fanning and practice co-head Tim Lipscombe; Lipscombe and Jeff Baker jointly lead the department from Sydney and Brisbane respectively. Peter Luke is a key contact for project and structured finance work, particularly with cross-border elements, and Anthony Walsh regularly handles in-bound financing transactions from the Asia Pacific region.
Tim Lipscombe; Jeff Baker
‘We have been working with Timothy Lipscombe for the past 12 years. We believe he is the best in the market in this space. He has exceptional knowledge and experience in this area. He has great attention to detail and we know we can fully rely on his work without concern that something has been missed. His work ethic is incredible and he is always responsive and meets required deadlines. Overall he and his colleague Jeremy Murnain are an outstanding team.‘
‘A very efficient, commercial law firm.’
‘They look for solutions in commercial situations.’
‘Annie Tseung (Senior Assoc) and Chris Fanning (Partner) are first class.’
Australian Executor Trustees
Bank of China Limited
Bank of Queensland
Central Bank of PNG
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited
Macquarie Bank Limited
Teachers Mutual Bank
Dentons’ anti-bribery and corruption team advises on front end matters and also routinely litigates on all forms of government enquires including federal and state investigations, criminal trials and enforcement actions. Ben Allen heads the practice and is well-regarded for fraud control, cyber security and data breach issues, among others. The firm is also home to a financial services regulation department headed by Amber Warren. Her team advises major banks, private lenders, mortgage brokers, originators and aggregators on the full range of regulatory and compliance matters. Named lawyers are Sydney-based with other key names located in Melbourne.
Ben Allen; Amber Warren
Other key lawyers:
Elise Ivory; Robyn Chatwood;
Beam Mobility Holdings Pte Ltd
Foundation for Development Cooperation
Commonwealth Bank of Australia / Bankwest
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Bank of China
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3
Following its substantial expansion in 2018, Dentons’ department now covers Australia’s key insolvency markets with partners in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The group handles retail, commercial and corporate recovery and restructuring work alongside notable multi-jurisdictional insolvency and bankruptcy expertise. The client roster encompasses banks, insolvency practitioners and corporates; examples include RSM, Macquarie Bank and McGrathNicol. Tim Sherrad leads the practice, which counts Justin Bates, the highly regarded John Stragalinos, restructuring expert David McIntosh and Scott Guthrie, who specialises in secured and unsecured insolvencies, as key practitioners.
‘Dentons has demonstrated technical expertise in the insolvency and restructuring professions. They are equally adept at advising liquidators and bankruptcy trustees, as well as banks and financial institutions. As an international law firm, they have the global resources with the local Australian expertise. Their knowledge of Australian insolvency law is second to none.‘
‘Stand out individual partners at Dentons are David McIntosh, Justin Bates and Kylie Britton. They have outstanding insolvency technical knowledge and skills, as well as a commercial mindset that is vital for insolvency and restructuring matters.‘
ING Bank Australia
HLB Mann Judd
Intellectual property Tier 4
Melbourne-based Joy Atacador heads up Dentons’ IP team, which handles contentious and commercial issues relating to trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, as well as issues around social media and confidential information. The team has an impressive client base in the life sciences, hotel, leisure and retail sectors, but also advises clients across industries such as technology, media, energy, and construction. Special counsel Scott Sloan works from Sydney, and is praised for the depth of his experience, as well as for ‘his commercial and highly practical advice’. Working closely with Sloan is associate Thomas Johnston, who is also singled out.
‘Scott Sloan has been around for a very long time and is known for his commercially and practical savvy advice‘
‘Thomas Johnston is up-and-coming‘
Bauer Media Group
Starwood Capital Group
Avis Budget Group
Drawing on an extensive international network, Dentons counts domestic Australian and overseas companies within its client roster, including Chinese enterprises investing into Australia. Kym Livesley in Sydney, David Perks in Perth and John Mollard in Melbourne are the key practitioners and have a wealth of experience acting for mining companies on corporate, financing and listings matters. Livesley has had a lead role on numerous cross-border mandates involving Asia, Europe and the Americas and Perks is a key advisor to Ganfeng Lithium.
Real estate Tier 4
Under the leadership of Sydney-based Chris Fabiansson, Dentons routinely undertakes large-scale mixed-use commercial and residential developments and is also well-regarded for retail centre, office and industrial transactions. Other key areas of focus include leasing, joint ventures and property-related tax. Forming the client base are developers, institutions, inbound investors, commercial tenants and high-net-worth individuals. The practice is spread across Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne and prides itself on its push towards paper-free property transactions, employing an e-exchange system which permits vendors to exchange land contracts electronically.
Other key lawyers:
Jennifer Andrews; Steve Healy; John Grimble; Matthew Rollason;
‘Always efficient and courteous.’
‘Jennifer Andrews is always ensuring the requirements are met. If they are unable to deliver on request, alternatives are discussed and mutually agreed upon.’
‘High level experience. Pragmatic and personable attitude – John Grimble and Clement Chew are recommended’.
Blackstone (151 Property)
CSR Building Products Limited
Dexus Property Group
Elanor Investors Group
The GPT Group
Dispute resolution Tier 5
Dentons’ team has wide-ranging litigation capabilities, working across areas such as banking, contractual matters, insolvency, property and construction, and planning and environment. Practice head Louise Massey and Lisa Wright are highly regarded.
Other key lawyers:
Corporate and M&A Tier 6
Dentons combines multi-jurisdictional capabilities, including its strong China presence, with its offering to domestic companies from its east coast and Perth offices. Life sciences, technology and natural resources are some of its sector strengths. Nicholas Stretch in Melbourne and Geoff Cairns in Sydney head the practice. Other notable lawyers include Kym Livesley, who is known for his focus on the energy and resources sectors, and the 'excellent' Hamish Walton. The team offers extensive experience in all areas of M&A together with restructuring and financing and its continued expansion includes the hire of John Mollard from Baker McKenzie.
NicholasStretch; Geoff Cairns
‘The quality of work and responsiveness was excellent. The team had a broad range of knowledge.’
‘Hamish Walton led the team, and they were very responsible and had excellent sector knowledge.’
‘Hamish Walton is excellent – he provides commercial advice.‘
Spence Doors Group
Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd
Bayer Australia Limited
The Nature Conservancy
Jervois Mining Limited
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.
‘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.’
JRCS Marine Services
a.s.r. Real Estate
The Student Hotel
Dentons > Firm Profile
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.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE
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.
- 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.
- Amazon Web Services
- Bayer Australia Limited
- Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited
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.
- National Australia Bank Limited
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
- Crown Group
- Mirvac Group
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Press Releases3rd 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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