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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
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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|Intellectual Property & Technology||Joy Atacador, Partnerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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Diversity and Inclusion at Dentons Canada
At the core of our practice
At Dentons, we seek to attract, support, promote and retain individuals from all backgrounds, and provide a work environment in which everyoneregardless of race, colour, religion, ethnic and national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, expression and any other personal characteristic protected by lawis treated with respect, dignity and free of harassment.
Our multinational, multicultural, polycentric approach holds diversity and inclusion as driving principles behind our vision and strategy, and distinguishes us as the law firm of choice for not only our clients, but also our people.
Harnessing the unique perspectives of our people across our global organization is a business imperative. We draw on their talents and insights to provide our clients with local knowledge and sector experience in every legal tradition in the world, connecting our clients with high-quality lawyers who understand the business in every community in which they operate.
Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment
Over the years, we have implemented pipelines and initiatives to support Firm members in promoting and effecting diversity and inclusion. Initiatives include various scholarships directed to equity-seeking groups, specific programs designed to promote women and other under-represented groups into partnership and leadership roles, as well as robust regional and global affinity groups.
Below, we have outlined some of our programs, which we have invested in over the past three years to ensure, as a firm, we continue to uphold our unwavering commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Harassment and discrimination training
It is imperative that all our people feel safe and welcomed across the Firm. To achieve this, all Firm members complete mandatory harassment and discrimination training as part of our orientation learning experience. Our training module reviews our regional policy, including individual rights and responsibilities, and the Firms internal complaint process and investigation procedures. Training also demonstrates diverse and inclusive scenarios, including those that impact women, visible minority, religious and LGBT-inclusive examples as they relate to harassment and discrimination.
Global Inclusion Day
On one day every year, Dentons hosts a series of linked discussions across the Firm, highlighting different aspects of inclusion and its importance. The conversations provide insights and perspectives on the topic of inclusion that are beneficial to all. Over the years, panels have included a conversation around the business case for diversity and inclusion, women in leadership, creating a respectful workplace, global perspectives of our diverse and inclusive culture, affinity biases, our pro bono work, and various other important inclusion issues.
Global Pride Day
In May 2018, Dentons celebrated our inaugural Dentons Pride Day a Firm-wide celebration of the first anniversary of the launch of our Dentons Global LGBT+ Network group. This celebration is part of the Firm’s deep commitment to LGBT inclusion, which is a key part of our diversity pillar, and thus an important component of our success.
In 2017, Dentons conducted a benefits review, which has enabled us to develop an ongoing mental health strategy and program to raise awareness and destigmatize mental health issues and concerns across the Firm.
Our affinity groups and committees promote diversity within the Firm through awareness-building and engagement, and help foster an inclusive environment where new relationships may develop and flourish. In addition to our six local diversity and inclusion committees, our Canadian affinity groups include:
Our regional and highly-inclusive LGBT and ally network, Dialogue LGBTA cuts through the stratification of the Firm to provide support to our LGBT members irrespective of geography, practice area, industry or type of employee. The core objective of Dialogue LGBTA is to educate all of our people on the differences between sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and sex; further breaking down barriers, building internal relationships and promoting professional growth through a variety of events, networking opportunities and programs.
Dentons women affinity group in Canada, WomenLEAD (Leadership, Entrepreneurism, Advancement, and Development), fosters an environment that attracts, develops and inspires women business leaders through business development planning programs, mentoring, networking and client events. This network creates opportunities for women to reach the top levels of their respective fields and become key influencers in both the professional environment and community at large.
Dentons Global LGBT+ Network
Our Firm-wide group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non- binary, queer and questioning colleagues, as well as their allies, this network supports LGBT colleagues throughout the Firm, particularly in locations without a local/regional LGBT affinity group. It promotes cooperation and sharing of ideas among local/regional Dentons LGBT affinity groups, and increases the visibility of issues affecting LGBT colleagues.
Our commitment to the advancement of women and gender diversity
Dentons has made a commitment to gender diversity in relation to our key leadership team members and Board of Directors. We were one of the first law firms to sign onto the Catalyst Accord 2022, a call to action to Canadian businesses to accelerate the advancement of women in senior leadership roles by increasing the percentage of women on boards and in executive positions to 30 percent or greater by 2022. In addition to this commitment, Dentons promotes the advancement of women through internal talent policies and processes that provide sponsorship and mentorship opportunities for women to progress to business and leadership positions.
Our Womens Advancement Director and Womens Business Development Director roles play a key part in promoting gender diversity and equality across our regions around the globe. These newly-created roles focus on the development and progression of women lawyers to partner and leadership positions, while supporting women partners and lawyers with targeted programs focused on enhancing, supplementing and supporting their business development and marketing skills.
Developing a team that is diverse and inclusive is a business responsibility and a key component of our strategy. Our practice and sector management structure ensures each practice is adequately staffed, safeguarding the development and progression of our professionals. Our polycentric model not only gives us the flexibility to respond to our clients needs, but also allows us to help our clients adapt to the shifting dynamics of the global marketplace.
The Firms practice group leaders are responsible for ensuring our talent pipelines and succession plans are diverse and inclusive, which strengthens our ability to provide our clients with innovative solutions. To achieve this, our Talent Management professionals participate in an ongoing diversity and inclusion learning and development program, which enables them to drive our diversity and inclusion strategy through our recruitment and retention efforts. The Firms mentorship program and succession plan provides our associates with an opportunity for growth and development, preparing them to assume leadership roles at the appropriate time.
Advancing diversity and inclusion in our communities
We are proud to support a strong culture of corporate social responsibility and civic engagement, pro bono work and commitment to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. It is an intrinsic part of our positive and forward-thinking culturea culture that we believe has always been critical to our success and the success of our clients. To learn more about our pro bono work in the communities in which we live and work, click here
Through partnerships with local organizations and progressive business policies, Dentons promotes diversity in our communities, and establishes the groundwork for the next generation of lawyers and business professionals.
We are committed to and actively participate in the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network, a group of Canadian law firms who have signed a Statement of Principles and have agreed to work together to promote diversity, and encourage a culture of inclusion in our firms and the broader legal community.
Dentons is an employer partner at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), an organization that helps new Canadians connect to employment that fully leverages their skills and talents. Since its inception in 2004, Dentons has supported more than 100 skilled new Canadians who have gone on to succeed in the labour market.
Our Toronto office continues to make a positive impact on a local at-risk community by participating in the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) program, a mentoring partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Toronto District School Board. LAWS was formed to provide an academic program aimed at supporting, guiding and motivating Grade 11 and 12 students attending school in a marginalized Toronto neighborhood. Dentons also provides a paid internship position to one or two LAWS student per year, which gives successful candidates the opportunity to not only gain firsthand experience working in a legal environment, on a rotation basis in our business services groups, but also network with our lawyers and other Firm members.
We also participate in other collaborative programs, such as RBCs Aboriginal Articling Program and the Aboriginal Business Student Internship in partnership with Polygon Homes. Through our Polygon Homes partnership program, Indigenous undergraduate business students have the opportunity to work in non-traditional areas of business and network with business leaders in Vancouver.
Dentons is committed to partnering, sponsoring and engaging with a number of influential organizations across the country, as outlined below.
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Dentons is a founding employer partner and pro bono legal counsel to the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), an organization whose focus is to provide practical, sustainable solutions to help employers move forward towards true inclusion. We are proud to annually support the CCDIs signature spring gala, BLOOM!, which celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of Canadas diversity and inclusion professionals. Diversity champions have the opportunity to apply for the Dentons Senior Executive of the Year Award which recognizes Canadian Executive Leaders for outstanding contributions and commitment to diversity, inclusion, human rights and equity within their organization.
Dentons is a member of Catalyst Canada, a non-profit corporate membership research and advisory organization, working to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women in business and professional service.
Pride at Work Canada
Dentons is a founding partner of Pride at Work Canada, an organization dedicated to fostering a workplace culture of inclusion for LGBT employees.
Dentons is pro bono legal counsel to Start Proud, a non-profit organization that facilitates the professional development of LGBTQ students as they transition from school to career. The Firm is also an annual sponsor of Start Prouds Out on Bay Street Annual Conference and facilitates the annual Moot Competition where teams of three and four work together to develop a strategic plan that addresses current LGBT issues, drawing from a multitude of business areas. Teams then present their plans to a panel of judges at Dentons Toronto office.
Justicia Project of the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of British Columbia
Dentons is a signatory and active participant in this program, which is designed to retain and advance women lawyers in private practice. In particular, this program focuses on maternity and parental leave, and flex-work policies, sharing strategies and best practices for tracking gender demographics, adopting initiatives to foster womens networking and business development, and promoting leadership skills for women.
We are also proud to be affiliated with and support a number of fantastic organizations including the South Asian Bar Association, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, the Korean Lawyers Association, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Black Law Students Association of Canada and the Womens Executive Network.
As a testament to our continued dedication, Dentons is proud to be recognized among the following:
- Canadas Best Diversity Employers (2011-2018)
- Stonewalls Top Global Employers (2018) for LGBT inclusion
- British Columbias Top Employers (2017-2018)
- Albertas Best Workplaces for Diversity and Inclusion (2016)
- Canadas Top LGBT-Inclusive Employers (2015)
- Canadas Best Employers for Young People (2012, 2016)
- Canadas Best Employers for New Canadians (2009 – 2013)
Press Releases3rd 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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