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Dentons
2000 MCKINNEY AVENUE
SUITE 1900
DALLAS, TX 75201-1858
TEXAS
United States

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 1

Known for its ‘intimate knowledge of the cannabis industry’, Dentons provides a multidisciplinary team combining a range of expertise, including the key areas of litigation, employment tax and listings. A core area of work is IP matters, notably licencing and trademark issues, but the firm also handles the full spectrum of compliance, corporate and transactional advice covering cannabis regulations, FDA matters, funding, M&A, and real estate. Cannabis sector specialist Eric Berlin co-leads the practice with Kathryn Ashton, who is a national tax-exempt finance lawyer with a track record representing underwriters, lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured financings. They can call on experienced associates Joanne Caceres and Los Angeles-based Lauren Estevez. All named individuals work out of Chicago unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Eric Berlin; Kathryn Ashton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice has an intimate knowledge of the cannabis industry, yet more importantly, they take a very personal approach to both their involvement and activity in the sector.’

‘The stand-out from our perspective are Eric Berlin, Lauren Estevez, and Joanne Careers. They are dedicated contributors who work tirelessly to deliver on client expectations.’

Key clients

AFC Gamma

Altmore Capital

Ascend Wellness Corp.

Ayr Wellness

Bespoke Financial, Inc.

Bright Green Corp.

Connected International Inc.

Devi Holdings Inc.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp.

Green Globe Data (Belushi’s Farm)

Green Leaf Medical

Green Thumb Industries

GSW Creative Corp. (dosist)

Northern Swan Holdings (Clever Leaves)

OrganiGram Holdings, Inc.

PAX Labs

Scotts Miracle-Gro/Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Subversive Capital

The Parent Company

Tuatara Capital

Verano Holdings Corp.

WM Holdings (Weedmap)

XS Financial

Work highlights

  • Advised Weedmaps (through WM Holding Co., through the Silver Spike Acquisition Corp.) on its process to be publicly listed and traded on Nasdaq.
  • Represented Green Leaf Medical, LLC, a privately held, fully-integrated cannabis multi-state operator (MSO) with a leading market presence throughout the mid-Atlantic region, in its $450 million triangular merger with Columbia Care Inc.
  • Representing Bright Green in all aspects of it obtaining full licensing from New Mexico and the federal government, as well as various corporate, real estate, employment, and regulatory purposes.

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 1

The ‘well-oiled team’ at Dentons represents a portfolio of leading national and international insurers, including several long-term clients. The team is regularly appointed to handle some of the biggest issues currently facing the industry, including acting as national coverage counsel for Covid-19-related claims and as national coordinating counsel with regards to opioid litigation, with Keith Moskowitz in Chicago playing a key role in these matters. The practice’s defence of insurers in class actions targeting pricing, sales, and underwriting practices among others is also of note. Moskowitz leads the team together with Sonia Martin, who is based both in San Francisco and Oakland and focuses on class actions, regulatory litigation and bad faith cases. Trial and appellate lawyer Ronald Kent in Orange County is a key member of the team, which was expanded with new hire Nick Williams from Clifford Chance in April 2021, who contributes experience in insurance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Keith Moskowitz and team are experienced, hard-working, intelligent and conscientious. And importantly, they function as a well-oiled team and partner as effectively as I’ve seen with their clients. Truly top notch.’

‘Keith Moskowitz is a first-rate attorney. Smart, talented, hard-working, communicative, diligent, creative and thoughtful. Exceptional lawyer. Keith is incredibly perceptive and possesses terrific interpersonal skills, and it allows him to be an incredibly skilled negotiator. Moreover, Keith’s background as an insurance claims handler serves him well; he fundamentally understands his clients’ needs and he is an outstanding partner. Truly one of the best lawyers I have ever had the pleasure (over 25 years) to work with.’

Key clients

American International Group (AIG)

First American Financial Corporation

Horace Mann

MetLife

CNA Insurance Company

Genworth Financial

Kansas City Life Insurance

Enstar US, Inc.

Milliman

Zurich North America

Work highlights

  • Advised AIG on all of its COVID-19 business interruption claims.
  • Advising Prudential on national life insurance issues, handling dozens of matters a year.
  • Represented a major insurance client in various disputes and lawsuits against a joint venture partner in longstanding disputes involving the joint venture operating agreements, request for dissociation of the joint ventures, claims for breach of the ventures’ operating and management agreements, and claims for breach of fiduciary duties.

Industry focus > Native American law Tier 1

Based in Washington DC, the team at Dentons maintains an excellent track record acting for tribes in a wide range of high stakes matters across sovereignty issues, land acquisitions, and tribal gaming. Under the leadership of Heather Sibbison, the practice works closely with the firms wider litigation and government affairs group, and is highlighted for its dispute resolution expertise, particularly against federal governments for tribal clients. The group also advises on reservation issues and handles a number of pro-bono cases for economically disadvantaged tribes. Core members of the group include counsel George Skibine who is the key name for matters related to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, including gaming compacts and gaming on newly acquired lands. Also recommended is Samuel Daughety whose wide practice also includes environmental issues for clients — water settlement issues and economic development projects are a particular area of focus. On land and trust issues, counsel Suzanne Schaeffer is a key contact. Associate Rose Petoskey left the team for a position at the US Department of the Interior.

Practice head(s):

Heather Sibbison

Key clients

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts

Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut

Tohono O’odham Nation

The National Congress of American Indians/Association on American Indian Affairs/National Indian Child Welfare Association

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc.

Prairie Island Indian Community

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

The Kaw Nation

Work highlights

  • Represented the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in proceedings before District Court for the District of Columbia which found that the Department of the Interior acted arbitrarily, capriciously, and in contravention of law when it refused to find that the Tribe was “under federal jurisdiction” and therefore its reservation was properly established under the Indian Reorganization Act.
  • Advised the The Tohono O’odham Nation and raised awareness and opposition to the Trump Administration’s continued destruction of sacred and culturally important burial and archaeological sites during construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.
  • Represented the Mohegan Tribe in complicated litigation and regulatory issues relating to amendments to its tribal state gaming compact that allow it to enter into Connecticut’s commercial gaming market.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

At Dentons, the securitization practice sits within the firm’s capital markets department. The team is most known for their capabilities in the real estate finance and mortgage sectors, with a solid client roster of issuers and underwriters. An area of particular expertise is securitizations of non-performing and re-performing mortgages, but the group is also well-versed in triple-net lease commercial real estate, residential rental properties and residential mortgage-backed securities. The team is led from New York by Stephen Kudenholdt, whose practice includes real estate and asset-backed securities offerings, and Erik Klingenberg, who is noted for CLOs. Also in New York are Scott Swerdloff and Robert Olin.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kudenholdt; Erik Klingenberg

Other key lawyers:

Scott Swerdloff; Robert Olin; Charles Gelinas; Jessica Meylor

Key clients

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

JP Morgan

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Fortress Investment Group LLC

Nomura Securities International, Inc.,

Figure Funding LLC

Blackstone Residential Operating Partnership LP

Atom Bank plc

Coventry Building Society

Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised Figure Funding LLC as issuer in Figure Line of Credit Trust 2020-1, the first ever securitization backed by loans originated, serviced, financed and sold on blockchain.
  • Advised the initial purchasers in FirstKey Homes 2020- SFR2, the largest securitization issued in the single-family rental sector to date.
  • Advised on a trade receivables securitization for an international manufacturer of medical equipment to help fund increased production of ventilators critically needed during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Industry focus > Healthcare: health insurers Tier 2

Dentons‘ health insurer platform offers a full suite of transactional, regulatory and litigation services befitting of an international firm. The firm is known for its work with managed care organisations, with particular experience advocating for health plans regarding CMS’ denial of Medicare Advantage Applications. Its Honolulu office is another unique feature of the firm’s practice, with partner Dianne Winter Brookins advising on insurance litigation in the unique Hawai’ian market. New York-based practice co-head Janice Ziegler is known for her expertise on Medicare Secondary Payer laws, advising both payer and provider stakeholders on regulatory and contentious matters within that space. Also based in DC is co-head Bruce Merlin Fried, who brings previous experience as the director of managed care at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Also recommended is New York associate Claire Bornstein, who advises on ACA issues, with an emphasis on childrens’ healthcare provision.

Practice head(s):

Janice Ziegler; Bruce Merlin Fried

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

UCare

LA Care

Work highlights

  • Advised LA Care on federal government relations, health care regulatory and litigation matters.
  • Advised UCare on federal government relations and health care regulatory matters.

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 2

A long-standing representative of T-Mobile USA, the team at Dentons led by Todd Daubert advises on both traditional telecoms issues and cutting-edge matters arising through technology such as the deployment of WiFi services in rental cars by Avis Budget Group. Based in Washington DC, Daubert is a specialist in such regulatory matters who recently assisted T-Mobile USA with the implementation of its agreement with American Tower Corporation, allowing T-Mobile to deploy 5G. He works closely with associate Lauren Wilson, also based in Washington DC, who guides her clients through the process of obtaining FCC approvals and compliance with complementary regulatory acts. Sam Cullari joined the Washington DC office in September 2021 from Reed Smith LLP, extending the practice’s scope through his expertise in tech, privacy, and data security.

Practice head(s):

Todd Daubert

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Pincay RE

STADCO LLC

North American Portability Management LLC

Pure IP Limited

Pivotal Home Solutions and affiliates

Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Tax > International tax Tier 2

Dentons advises high-net-worth-individuals and multinationals on international tax matters globally, including financing corporate subsidiaries, adhering to transfer pricing regulations, corporate income taxes, and indirect tax. It is also experienced with tax-related issues concerning foreign acquisitions, maximizing US foreign tax credits, and providing counsel to US citizens and residents on becoming tax residents of foreign jurisdictions. Based in Washington DC, practice head John Harrington is an expert in inbound and outbound transactional and tax compliance, as well as foreign tax credits and subpart F. In New York Timothy Santoli focuses on taxable and tax-free M&A and dispositions. Linda Pfatteicher joined the San Francisco office from Squire Patton Boggs in June 2021. She specializes in international tax for corporations, including global transfer pricing strategies and intangible property planning. Marc Teitelbaum retired in 2021.

Practice head(s):

John Harrington

Testimonials

The Dentons International tax practice provide practical, relevant, business-focused, specific advice and counsel that allows us to easily imply their advice to our potential deals and plan for a more tax-efficient result.’

Tim Santoli is responsive and meets deadlines, providing very practical, business-friendly advice and counsel required for us to accomplish our goals in our deals.’

Key clients

Lactalis Group

PayPal

Work highlights

  • Advised Lactalis Group in structuring and negotiating its acquistion of Kraft Heinz Co.’s (KHC) US natural cheese business and a mix of other cheese brands in North America and internationally for $3.2bn.
  • Advised PayPal in its acquistion of Tel Aviv-based Curv.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Dentons is vastly experienced in defending securities litigation, whether class actions or national and global regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Among recent examples is a high-profile case for the New York Stock Exchange LLC and the Chicago Stock Exchange, which the firm defended in the “flash boys” high-frequency trading case concerning alleged market manipulation and that US exchanges’ proprietary data feeds enabled the manipulation  of every equities trade in the US markets from 2009 onwards. In New York, head of the global US dispute resolution practice Sandra Hauser and global co-head of financial services Douglas Henkin, who handled the defense of NYSE, lead the practice along with Chicago-based Stephen Senderowitz, co-chair of the global financial markets litigation and regulatory group. Hauser and Senderowitz are currently representing Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in a securities fraud and market manipulation suit.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Hauser; Stephen Senderowitz; Douglas Henkin

Key clients

New York Stock Exchange LLC

NYSE Arca, Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX)

Arrowood Indemnity Company & Arrowood Surplus Lines Insurance Company

Sand Canyon Corporation

Equiti Group

Enstar/Cavello Bay Reinsurance Ltd.

First American Title Insurance Company

electroCore, Inc., its directors and two founding investors

Innocoll Holdings PLC

Terraform Labs

Charles Schwab UK (CSUK)

Work highlights

  • Representing New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc., and CHX in a Section 10(b) market manipulation case against all major US equities exchanges alleging that the exchanges’ provision of proprietary data feeds, colocation services, and “complex” order types allowed what plaintiffs call :high frequency trading” (HFT) firms to manipulate every equities trade in the US markets from 2009 through the present.
  • Representing CIBC in a securities fraud and market manipulation suit in the Southern District of New York, raising claims of spoofing against CIBC and manipulative short-selling against other defendants, under Sections 10(b) and 9(a)(2) of the Exchange Act.
  • Representing Terraform Labs, a Singapore-based blockchain developer and its CEO in a suit against the SEC that accuses the agency of violating its own rules by failing to obtain an SEC order permitting SEC Enforcement to personally serve a party who was represented by counsel, and by publicly serving Mr. Kwon with a subpoena at a cryptocurrency summit.

Government > Government relations Tier 3

Adept at both state and federal level public policy, Dentons’ group operates as a fully integrated national practice. Alongside a strong Washington DC practice, the group is noted for its presence in Georgia. The practice is headed by Eric Tanenblatt who splits their time between Atlanta and Washington DC. Also notable in the team are Andrew Shaw and Chris Fetzer, both based in Washington DC. Shaw focuses primarily on energy and environmental policy matters advising clients on federal legislative and regulatory issues, while Fetzer leads the firm’s national security and foreign policy team, maintaining a focus on the defense, trade and (cyber)security areas.

Practice head(s):

Eric Tanenblatt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong, deep team with subject matter experts in various areas.’

Key clients

LG Chem/LG Energy Solutions

National Black Bank Foundation and the Black Bank Fund

Small UAV Coalition

Drone Alliance Europe

Brightmark

Jackson Healthcare

Northside Hospital

Repsol

BMNT, Inc.

Bookings Holdings

Cameco

Reform Alliance

Canadian Electricity Authority

Digital Content Next

Infosys

DeKalb County, Georgia

The GridWise Alliance, Inc.

OmniTRAX

Colorado Communications & Utility Alliance

Work highlights

  • Represented LG Energy Solutions in a multibillion-dollar trade secret dispute against SK Innovation and SK Battery America at the International Trade Commission (ITC).
  • Assisted in the formation and creation of the non-profit National Black Bank Foundation and its investment unit, the Black Bank Fund to nurture Black-owned banks and the communities they serve.
  • Representing Jackson Healthcare, subsidiary Avant Healthcare Professionals and the healthcare staffing industry before Congress with regards to immigration legislation including work visas for certain health care professionals. Assisting with government relations connected to its purchase of the last manufacturing facility in the US authorized to produce the antibiotics amoxicillin and amoxicillin clavulanate.

Industry focus > Energy litigation: electric power Tier 3

Dentons has extensive experience representing government bodies and electric and gas utility entities on energy compliance and advocacy. The group also advises a wide range of clients before FERC, including in matters related to operations, rates, project development, enforcement and compliance, and agency rulemaking. Practice head Clinton Vince was named general counsel of the GridWise Alliance Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council’s (GIAC) board of directors in July 2021 and has experience advising on major project developments as well as representing clients in appellate cases, including at the US Supreme Court. Emma Hand is another key practitioner, handling demand-side management programs and smart cities initiatives. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Other key lawyers:

Emma Hand; Peter Thieman; Karl Zobrist

Key clients

City Council of the City of New Orleans

CPS Energy

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association

Evergy Metro, Inc.

Evergy Missouri West, Inc.

Nuclear Development

Work highlights

  • Representing CPS Energy in a high-stakes Winter Storm Uri case against ERCOT.
  • Representing Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative, Inc. in crisis management, disputes, regulatory and securitization issues in connection with Winter Storm Uri.
  • Advising long-term client The Council for the City of New Orleans on all its retail rate-making matters with respect to its regulation of Entergy New Orleans, as well as representing it before FERC.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 3

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

Dentons‘ environmental law team acts for clients from key industry sectors, including chemicals, in environmental litigation and regulatory compliance matters under a wide array of federal, state and local environmental laws. Recent activity showcases the group’s strength in chemical and pesticide regulation at the federal and state level, complex permitting and brownfield issues, and climate change. The team is often retained by emitters, exchanges, clean-tech project developers and governments in developing emissions compliance strategies and next-generation clean technologies. Department head Todd Silliman, who is based in Atlanta, has acted as lead counsel in matters under the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. He receives key support from Robert Schuda in Los Angeles, whose areas of expertise include ESG issues, and compliance with clean air, soil and water laws.

Practice head(s):

Todd Silliman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Waste Management

Landmark Properties

Mason & Hanger Corporation

California Rice Commission and USA Rice Federation

Liberty Tire Recycling

Dow AgroSciences LLC

CropLife America

Spectrum Brands

Syngenta Corp Protection LLC

Work highlights

  • Represents Topgolf in all real estate and environmental matters involved in the acquisition, development, and operation of Topgolf’s facilities, including environmental due diligence.
  • Secured a favorable judgment on behalf of California Rice Commission confirming that rice grown in the United States is clean and healthy, and established health-based safe-harbor levels for certain naturally-occurring chemical elements, below which no Proposition 65 warnings are required.
  • Representing Dow AgroSciences LLC in a matter involving the regulation of crop protection chemicals in California under the California Food & Agricultural Code and matters involving California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65).

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 3

The healthcare team at Dentons has a strong focus on litigation matters, offering advice on fraud and abuse cases, and Medicare recoupment matters. The team has a strong financing and corporate governance practice focused on providers, which includes advising Northwestern Memorial Healthcare on a potential reorganization and on debt and equity-related issues. Holley Thames Lutz in Washington DC is well regarded for her regulatory practice, advising key clients on federal program reimbursement and clinical research compliance. Gadi Weinreich, also in DC, is a key litigator, and New York's Charles Luband advises providers on ACA-related matters. Kimberly Kerry leads the team from San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Kerry

Key clients

HCA Holdings, Inc.

SCL Health, Inc.

The University of California Health System

CommonSpirit Health

Virginia Hospital Center Arlington Health System

Verity Health System

Astria Health

Parkland Health and Hospital System

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Essilor of America

Work highlights

  • Advised CommonSpirit in a $2 billion corporate and municipal debt financing.
  • Advising HCA on issues related to COVID-19.
  • Advising NMHC and its affiliates on financing issues.

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Dentons‘ ‘solid‘ transportation team is regularly mandated to advise on matters involving freight railroads, rail passenger carriers and trucking. The department also fields autonomous vehicle specialists. Washington DC-based David Hirsh leads the US transportation and rail practice as well as the firm's global transportation team, and is an expert in transportation-related regulatory and business issues, his experience including representing freight rail carriers in litigation with passenger carriers.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Not everyone understands the basics of the transportation industry, particularly in relation to railroads. The agreements Dentons have collaborated on with our company are industry standards and required reading for our counterpart companies.

Excellent international scope and reach, with strong client relation management in the US.

Dentons works well as a team across time zones, allowing work to be performed at lower costs and more efficiently.

We particularly liked the firm’s railroad expertise – not something you would expect in a large firm.

Small but solid team.

David Hirsh has great rail and transportation experience.

David Hirsh’s industry knowledge and ability to produce a winning strategy make his opinion sought after during our joint industry meetings and conferences.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 3

Dentons fields one of the largest international networks of any firm, spread across 207 locations in 82 countries, and hones its focus on regulated sectors such as healthcare, energy, financial services and manufacturing. The practice is chaired globally from Chicago by Michael Froy who specializes in M&A, both domestic and cross-border, securities offerings, corporate governance and public company compliance affairs. In Kansas City, Mitchell Albert runs a varied workload which encompasses transactions, joint ventures, licensing agreements, distribution contracts and capital raising.

Practice head(s):

Michael Froy; Mitchell Albert; Mark Stabile; Russell Smith; Rick Guerisoli; Joseph Ritchey

Testimonials

‘Dentons has the resources and breadth of a large firm and the touch of a small boutique. We feel like a member of the family and always get the great business judgement and work product that we need. We work with partners rather than junior staff.’

‘Mitchell Albert, our day-to-day partner, has invested the time and energy to throughly understand our business. He cares deeply about our success, rolls up his sleeves and gets into the detail of every transaction. He is not only an expert in M&A, but is a trusted business advisor. He is smart, experienced and has great judgement. As a middle-market company, we rely heavily upon him for general counsel work and advice. We can’t stay enough wonderful things about him.’

‘The Pittsburgh team at Dentons has a very sophisticated mid-market M&A practice. I regularly see them matched up against big firms in larger cities, and the Dentons team seems to be highly effective in those engagements.’

Key clients

Weingarten Realty Investors

The Andersons, Inc.

High Bluff Capital Partners, LLC

Independence Holding Company

Align Financial Holdings

McFarlane Aviation, Inc.

Luxco, Inc.

German American Bancorp, Inc.

SIDIS Corp; Propel Labs, Inc.

Management Services Organization of Physician Practices, ACOs and Independent Physician Organizations

RSG Group GmbH; RSG Group North America, LP

Schenck Process

Atlas World Group

James Richardson & Sons, Ltd.

Energy Distribution Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Weingarten Realty Investors in its strategic merger with Kimco Realty Corp. The merger combines Weingarten’s portfolio of grocery-anchored shopping centers in the Sun Belt with Kimco’s complementary portfolio of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers and mixed-use assets.
  • Represented The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE), a diversified company rooted in agriculture conducting its business in the trade, ethanol, plant nutrient and rail sectors, in the sale of its business of owning and leasing railcars, locomotives and barges for approximately $550m to American Industrial Transport, Inc., an affiliate of ITE Management.
  • Represented Luxco, Inc and its subsidiaries in its sale to MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGPI) in 2021. Luxco, an owner and producer of numerous spirits brands, is now partnered with MGPI, one of the largest spirits producers in the world.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 3

The core of Dentons‘ US venture capital and emerging companies practice works out of its dedicated venture tech centre in New York, which works closely with other international hubs, as well as offices in New Jersey, Palo Alto and San Diego. The firm is praised for its ‘capable team that can help companies from inception all the way through exit‘, while also being ‘highly knowledgeable on best practices for venture capital financing rounds for startups as well as for the VC investors‘. In addition to the corporate finance aspects, clients benefit from lawyers with good IP and regulatory expertise that covers both technology and life sciences. Victor Boyajian heads the global practice, which also includes Chris Errico, the ‘efficient and effective‘ co-head of the firm’s US Startup Program. Clients also consider Ilan Katz ‘a brilliant attorney who negotiates masterfully‘. New Jersey’s James Jasaitis  is also very experienced in this space.

Practice head(s):

Victor Boyajian

Other key lawyers:

Chris Errico; Ilan Katz; Adrian Stewart

Testimonials

‘Hard working dedicated team. They know their stuff, and represent their clients with excellence.’

‘Ilan Katz. He’s smart, dedicated and loyal. Mr. Katz represents my firm, just as he would were it his own. He’s a brilliant attorney who negotiates masterfully, and knows how and where to compromise to get deals over the finish line.’

‘Capable team that can help companies from inception all the way through exit. Deep practice with access to expertise across every area important to a growing company.’

‘Chris Errico is the best.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable on best practices for venture capital financing rounds for startups as well as for the VC investors. They work well with opposing counsel and in proper diligence of the startups. Their teams collaborate effectively without the need to reiterate work items and thus keep billing in line. It’s never been a learning issue for them when presented with a challenge. They know what they are doing.’

‘Chris Errico is the lead partner on our account and he is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. And I have worked with a lot of them. Chris knows the venture and start up world very well, encompasses all the contract and legal areas we need. When he doesn’t, he knows which other partner to bring in quickly and effectively. He is efficient and attentive. Not to mention very personable and thus talking with him about deals is thorough but easy enough. We’ve been working together for several years now and so he knows what we need out of each deal and that makes things even simpler.’

Key clients

Buckle

Piano Software

Arcturus Therapeutics

Daimler

You & Mr Jones

Blumberg Capital

Edison Venture Partners

Misfits Market

Thinx

Octopus Ventures

Work highlights

  • Represented Hummingbird Ventures in the largest ever announced acquisition of a tech startup in Turkey.
  • Represented Misfits Market in its US$85m Series B investment round led by Valor Equity Partners with participation from Greenoaks Capital, Third Kind Venture Capital, and Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary-founded Sound Ventures.
  • Represented Daimler in its Series B investment into Platform Science, a developer of a fleet management platform designed to streamline the process of logistics.

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 3

Dentons has an impressive multidisciplinary practice that provides a combination of corporate finance, IP and regulatory support. Clients include major banks and financial services institutions as well as fintech start-ups and growth companies. New York-based partner Victor Boyajian heads the firm’s global venture technology and emerging growth companies practice, which represents several leading companies in this space on a wide range of issues including venture funding, corporate acquisitions and compliance. This expertise crosses into areas such as blockchain, where New York partner Charles Gelinas is establishing a good track record for distributed ledger and cryptocurrency transactions, including advising digital token issuers in token-generating events. Washington DC-based partner John Holahan and New York’s Matthew Yoon, who co-head the firm’s capital markets regulatory team, are also extremely active on the fintech side.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Yoon; John Holahan; Victor Boyajian

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Affirm

Blokk Holdings

CommonBond

Citibank

GOAL Structured Solutions

OfferPad

Peer Street

Remitly

Figure Technologies

REZI.co

SitusAMC

PayLease/Zego

Digital Risk

Spring Labs

Edly LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Figure Funding LLC as issuer in Figure Line of Credit Trust 2020-1, the first ever securitization backed by loans originated, serviced, financed and sold on blockchain.
  • Represented Citi Ventures as co-lead in a $25m funding round for Even Financial, the startup that uses an API to help banks find and connect with consumers via channel partners.
  • Represent CommonBond, a national online student loan originator, on a variety of matters, including in a recent Series B venture funding and on regulatory and compliance matters related to the marketing, origination, making, servicing, collection and secondary market sale of private student loans.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Areas of expertise of Dentons includes securities and antitrust litigation, consumer class action defense, financial services and insurance disputes, government and internal investigations and white-collar defense, as well as fraud and False Claims Act litigation. It is particularly noted for its international investment treaty arbitration practice. Team head Sandy Hauser is based in New York and a specialist in the financial services sector, while Natalie Spears in Chicago is well versed in the technology, media and telecommunications area. Michael Duvall in Los Angeles is ‘a highly-skilled attorney.’

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hauser

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Garroway; Natalie Spears; Michael Duvall; Justin Kattan

Testimonials

‘In addition to being business practical, they are innovative in solutions in finding technical expert witness in disruptive technologies and gaining winning results when others merely settle in novel matters. Stand-out partner is Nathan Garroway.’

‘This team is very professional and just as supportive to small and large clients alike. They are attentive and knowledgeable about their subjects while also able to quickly arrange meetings with subject matter experts as needed.’

‘There are some large firms that I have worked with that are hit or miss with each partner being a roll of the dice on their client skills as well as their legal skills. They have the legal knowledge base to provide effective counsel while also the bedside manner to help the client feel comfortable.’

‘I would like to call out Michael Duvall as a highly-skilled attorney and great person overall. I have always felt that Michael handled each matter well and he provided a small firm attentiveness to a small client.’

Key clients

Tyson Foods, Inc.

New York Times

Netflix, Ava Duvernay and Attica Locke

Milliman, Inc.

AIG

GNC Holdings

Unilever/Dove

Jordan Health Products, LLC

GemCap Lending I, LLC

CPS Energy

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Kansas City Life Insurance Company

City of Atlanta

IHI

LL Atlanta, LLC

Unisys Corporation

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

First American Title

PPG Industries

HF Chlor-Alkali (HFCA)

Work highlights

  • Secured a win for City of Atlanta, defeating class certification in a case in which the putative class members claimed ownership of the former railroad property that now underlies the Atlanta Beltline.
  • Won a lengthy trial in favour of Kansas City Life Insurance Company against a joint venture partner.
  • Secured a temporary restraining order for CPS Energy against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in an ongoing dispute.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

'Very experienced in international matters', Dentons group is also commended as being 'highly competent and always well-prepared'. The US arbitration practice sits as part of the firm's global international dispute resolution group and routinely represents clients in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional cases. The team's broad practice scope encompasses the full range of commercial and investment arbitrations and it also handles a significant volume of enforcement matters. New York-based John Hay heads the international disputes group for the US and advises on commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Anthony Ullman, also in New York, is noted for his emphasis on disputes relating to IP, construction, health care and energy.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘They are very experienced in international matters. I am a full-time arbitrator and mediator of commercial disputes and have conducted mediations and arbitrations in which Denton lawyers represented one of the mediating or arbitrating parties. They are highly competent and always well-prepared.’

‘I commend the following individuals with whom I have worked directly: John Hay and Anthony Ullman.

Key clients

Gran Colombia Gold Corp

GA Telesis, LLC

Scatec Solar Brasil Services De Engenharia LTDA

Work highlights

  • Represented Gran Colombia Gold Corp on an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Colombia under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, asserting claims for expropriation, failure to protect and safeguard, and failure to provide fair and equitable treatment.
  • Secured a $22m LCIA award for US aviation company  GA Telesis against Transaero, formerly Russia’s second-largest commercial airline undergoing bankruptcy.
  • Represented the owner of a solar power plant in Brazil in confidential arbitration proceedings under ICC rules concerning a construction dispute.

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

Dentons serves a wide range of industries, including the life sciences, technology, aerospace, healthcare, defense, cybersecurity, and construction. The practice also has broad expertise across bid protest matters, False Claims Act suits, and corporate transactions. The practice is chaired by Steven Masiello, who has extensive expertise in complex contracting matters, particularly in cost accounting, contract estimating, and pricing matters. Thomas Lemmer is of note, also strong in cost accounting and pricing. All practitioners are based in Denver.

Practice head(s):

Steven Masiello

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Lemmer; Joseph Martinez; Gale Monahan; Tyler Thomas

Key clients

United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC)

Vectrus Systems Corporation

Raytheon Technologies

GlaxoSmithKline

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

Northrup Grumman Corporation

Bhate

FlightSafety Services Corporation

Textron Aviation Defense

Torch Technologies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising GlaxoSmithKline on a commercial item determination request for an adjuvant that was developed by GSK and will likely be used with Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Representing Raytheon in the appeal of a US Army contracting officer’s final decision, which claims broad rights in Raytheon’s proprietary supplier and vendor information related to the Patriot missile system.
  • Representing USEC, the operator of Department of Energy uranium enrichment plants, in two related, but unconsolidated appeals.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 4

With offices around the globe, Dentons has built a reputation for acting for governmental bodies and their utility entities in energy compliance and advocacy work. The firm has a strong profile in regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including proceedings involving  project development, enforcement and compliance. The team has seen recent growth with several new clients seeking assistance with corporate governance, renewable energy policy and procurement of power projects. Transactional matters involving renewable assets are also part of the service offering. Clinton Vince in Washington DC manages the global energy sector. In the same office, Emma Hand is proficient in energy efficiency issues, while Peter Thieman is specialized in energy regulatory and M&A matters. Carl Steen, who splits his time between Los Angeles and New York, is regarded for his transactional and regulatory capabilities in the utilities space.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Other key lawyers:

Emma Hand; Peter Thieman; Carl Steen; Justin Mirabal

Key clients

City Council of the City of New Orleans

CPS Energy

Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association

Anterix

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative Inc.

Capital Power Corporation

Blue Wolf Capital Fund V, LP

Nuclear Development

Colorado Springs Utilities

Pacific Summit Energy

CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank

Tenaska

Enbridge Inc.

InfraRed Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised CPS Energy on its 400-megawatt project in San Antonio, Texas, to help meet the city’s 2020 renewable energy goals.
  • Acted as federal energy regulatory, litigation and strategic counsel for Tri-State regarding all aspects of its game changing transition to becoming a regulated public utility subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
  • Providing strategic advice to Anterix in connection with its efforts to play a key role in the modernization of communications infrastructure in the nation’s various critical infrastructure sectors, and particularly in the utility sector.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 4

The multidisciplinary practice group at Dentons covers a range of transactional matters in the conventional power space, as well as providing power regulatory and compliance expertise to its roster of public and private sector clients. Washington DC-based Clinton Vince leads the team and is general counsel of the GridWise Alliance Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council’s (GIAC) board of directors; the GIAC was formed to advocate for federal spending to modernize the nation’s electric power transmission and distribution systems.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Key clients

Anterix (formerly pdvWireless)

Rayburn Country

Capital Power Corporation

Blue Wolf Capital Fund V

InfraRed Capital

CIM / Westland Solar

Ontario Power Generation

Enbridge

Colorado Springs Utilities

MISO

CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised independent North American power producer, Capital Power, on its acquisition of the 100.5MW Buckthorn Wind Project, located in Erath County, Texas.
  • Advice to Anterix in connection with its efforts to play a key role in the modernization of communications infrastructure in the nation’s various critical infrastructure sectors – particularly the utility sector.
  • Represented Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative in hard fought negotiation of its multibillion-dollar long-term, full-requirements Wholesale Power Contracts with its electricity cooperative members.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Demonstrating strong capabilities in transactions, regulatory matters and litigation involving environmental law, Dentons is noted for its experience in chemical and pesticides regulations under federal and state laws, and its strength in representing major developers in brownfields issues across the United States. Atlanta-based Todd Silliman manages the department; he has served as lead counsel in high-profile cases involving endangered species, CERCLA and PEPA issues, water rights and wetlands. With a strong base in California, the team is regularly retained to advise on Proposition 65 matters, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) issues and chemical risks. Robert Schuda in Los Angeles has longstanding experience in ESG maters, hazardous waste management and cleanup, and historic preservation.

Practice head(s):

R. Todd Silliman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Waste Management

DeKalb County, Georgia

Mason & Hanger Corporation

California Rice Commission and USA Rice Federation

North American Meat Institute

Dow AgroSciences LLC

BASF Corp.

CropLife America

Spectrum Brands

Syngenta Corp Protection LLC

Work highlights

  • Obtained dismissal of a high-profile Clean Water Act citizen suit brought in federal court by an environmental group against DeKalb County, Georgia.

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 4

Applauded for having ‘one of the most strategic patent teams around’, Dentons serves as counsel to a variety of clients, ranging from high-tech, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals clients to universities, providing top-notch services to develop, manage and protect IP portfolios. The group boasts notable domestic and international capabilities, being able to draw resources from its global network of offices when handling cross-border prosecution matters. Robert Hanson in Dallas, Brian Ho, who splits his time between San Francisco and Oakland, and Monica Richman in New York share the leadership of the practice. Peter Yim, who is ‘armed with technical knowledge’ and operates from San Francisco; Song Jung in Washington, DC; and Dallas’ Thomas Hiesberger, who made partner in 2021, are key names of the team. Martin Bruehs left the group in 2021.

Testimonials

‘Denton’s global reach and universally high standards for all types of practices make them the best choice to support growing biotechnology companies.’

‘Stephanie Seidman is always ready to help, whether it is drafting a patent or assisting with articulating claims, or broader aspects of patent strategy.’

One of the most strategic patent teams around both for prosecution and evaluating technical issues in litigation.’

Peter Yim is the most sophisticated advisor by far when it comes to decisionmaking at various phases of an an IPR, re-exam or in the context of litigation. Armed with technical knowledge, Peter balances the strength technical arguments with real-world experience to craft the best approaches forward.’

This firm is completely customer-friendly. They respond quickly, in extreme detail and in a manner that our management team members can easily understand and follow.’

Key clients

LG: LG Electronics, LG Chem, LG Display

Solidia Technologies

DiversiTech Corporation

The Coca-Cola Company

Columbia University

Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Missouri, Colorado State University, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Univ. of Wisconsin), Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Land O’Lakes

TransRobotics, Inc

VMware, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised LG Chem and LG Display on the management of a patent portfolio pertaining to their core technologies in the areas of mobile communication, digital television technologies, codec technology and home appliances.
  • Representing university clients in numerous patent matters, including patent opinions, counselling and prosecution in the fields of biotechnology, agriculture, genetics, life sciences, animal health, biofuel and plant science.  
  • Managing the global patent portfolio for Solidia Technologies.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

Dentons acts for clients across the technology, insurance and healthcare sectors on matters pertaining to qualified retirement plans, equity incentive plans and health and welfare programs. In the firm’s Kansas City office, Martin Moderson advises ERISA-governed plan investment and administrative committees on fiduciary matters, while Washington DC-based Michael Maryn focuses on 401(k) plans, ESOPs and defined benefit plans, and advises on severance and retention agreements. Key clients include software companies Double Verify, Inc. and GetSwift, among others.

Practice head(s):

Martin Moderson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Double Verify, Inc.

GetSwift

Small Environmental Waste Company

Private University

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Dentons Cohen & Grigsby’s immigration practice leverages its firm wide capabilities across employment law and corporate to offer multinationals a full-service offering. Based out of Pittsburgh, the team advises on business immigration work and short and long-term visas issues. Lawrence Lebowitz is the key name for family-based immigration matters and has a strong record advising on US citizenship issues, whilst Alexa Forte focuses on compliance. Also in Pittsburgh is co-chair Alexander Castrodale who handles immigrant and non-immigrant visa, particularly EB-1 visas. The team also has a presence on the West Coast with Silicon Valley co-head Matthew Schulz being the key contact for global mobility issues.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Lebowitz; Matthew Schulz; Alexa Forte; Alexander Castrodale

Other key lawyers:

Mengci Shao; Lori Chesser; Elizabeth Van Arkel; Natalie Riveria; Eli Dotson

Testimonials

Mengci Shao is very responsible and knowledgable, she is able to give solutions to any difficult immigration matters.’

‘They are less expensive than other area firms, they are incredibly responsive and knowledgeable, and they do a great job sharing work among non-attorneys (who charge less than the attorneys for their time) when possible. They’re easy to work with, creative, and flexible. Can’t say enough good things about this team!’

‘Lori Chesser is incredibly smart and well-connected. She stays abreast of emerging trends and issues and proactively advises us about them. She has a great network, so when new issues arise she can bring questions to her network and get answers. She’s wonderful to work with!

‘The immigration team at Dentons Cohen & Grigsby led by Lawrence Lebowitz combines technical expertise with a high level of service at affordable rates. And now that they are part of the Dentons group, they are also able to leverage the greater resources of the wider firm to support our needs as a multinational business.’

‘The willingness to invest in a long term relationship with a strong understanding of our business. I also appreciate their ability to speak directly with employees in Spanish to explain complicated immigration matters that have significant personal impacts for these employees.’

‘Elizabeth Van Arkel, Lori Chesser, Natalie Riveria, and (more recently) Eli Dotson have provided for us topnotch support, information, and legal expertise during increasingly difficult and complicated immigration processes. They are very responsive, have done in depth research, communicate in an excellent fashion with our pastors, and churches, and with me. In addition to these persons, the support staff at Dentons Davis Brown have gone beyond what I would consider excellent service and support, helping us in the Iowa Annual Conference to understand and make the appropriate decisions in all of our immigration cases.’

Key clients

Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates

Alphonso, Inc.

Yewno

Rockwool

Global Linked Asia

BootstrapLabs

EB-5 Impact Capital Regional Center

ABS-CBN International

GCL New Energy Inc.

Naked Wines

Work highlights

  • Advising Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc., – a global agribusiness based in California – global immigration needs in the US, Mexico, China, Australia and Europe.
  • AdvisingRokwool on developing immigration practices to bring key personnel from Europe to the US to open a $220m new manufacturing facility, as well as operate existing US factories.
  • Advised Global Linked Asia on innovative corporate and immigration strategies for companies and high net worth individuals in Vietnam to expand their business presence in the United States.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

The employment team at Dentons is particularly known for its ability to leverage the firm’s international network to assist clients with cross-border issues. The group handles a busy caseload of discrimination lawsuits, harassment allegations, accessibility and accommodation claims as well as non-compete matters. In San Francisco, Sandra McCandless advises on all aspects of employment matters, including class actions, litigation, arbitration and mediation. Los Angeles-based Nick Pujji is skilled in wage and hour claims and trade secrets. The practice is jointly led by Daniel Beale in Atlanta, Robert Cottington in Pittsburgh, Andrew Gruber in Indianapolis, Richard Hymas in Salt Lake City and Jo Ellen Whitney in Des Moines; Hymas and Whitney joined the team following the merger of now-defunct Durham Jones & Pinegar and Davis Brown with the firm in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale; Robert Cottington; Andrew Gruber; Richard Hymas; Jo Ellen Whitney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Nick Pujji and the Team treat you as a friend and family, always putting the client first. I always know that I am in their best interest.’

‘The team is open and transparent. They provide recommendations and then ask for the approach the client would like to take.’

‘They do a nice job of not only giving legal advice, but understanding the client’s needs and concerns.’

‘Great lawyers that are very detailed and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

The Icon at Panorama LLC

Hawaiian Airlines Inc

Pacific Seafood

Whole Foods Market

Renal Care Group Inc

Summit Materials Inc

Foley Industries Inc

FBL Financial Group Inc

Microvast

Tegra Corporation

Big Soo Terminal

FoodChain ID Group

Titan Tire Corporation

Titan International

Titan Distribution (Titan)

Work highlights

  • Assisted a number of clients, including Paypal, Kia Motors, Equifax and Wayfair, with website/mobile accessibility lawsuits across the country.
  • Represented the Icon at Panorama in claims against two unions and other related entities for antitrust and LMRA claims.
  • Represented Frontera Resources Corporation in a dispute against its former CEO related to allegations  of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and other issues.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 4

International firm Dentons connects its US workplace and employment counseling practice with a global network of lawyers with extensive experience. Its New York office focuses on restrictive covenant, trade secret and unfair competition litigation, while its California team has extensive experience in wage and hour class actions as well as global counseling and litigation avoidance. The practice is led by Atlanta-based partner Daniel Beale, who represents employers in litigation, administrative charges and governmental investigations. The firm has undergone significant expansion, hiring numerous shareholders; seasoned litigator Rodney Moore was among the new hires in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale; Robert Cottington; Andrew Gruber; Rick Hymas; Jo Ellen Whitney

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Verity Health Systems of California

Ripple

Sutter Health

Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc.

DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Ltd.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

Work highlights

  • Assisted multiple clients with navigating complex employment issues surrounding Covid-19, including exposure mitigation, leave issues, compensation adjustments and disability accommodations.
  • Assisting Verity in the context of its employment agreements, employee benefits, and employment policies at its various hospitals and entities.
  • Representing Sutter Health Board of Directors in employment and executive compensation matters involving its executive team.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

Benefiting from a global pool of real estate lawyers, Dentons is instructed by US and non-US borrowers in addition to banks, life insurance companies, debt funds, and other traditional and non-traditional lenders on a wide range of financing structures. In June 2021, the practice launched Dentons Global Advisors, comprised of industry leaders with the aim to form an integrated counsel to clients facing commercial, financial and regulatory challenges. New York based David Hall and Gary Goodman advise on construction and term financings, mezzanine financings and workouts, with Goodman recognized as an authority in LIBOR transition issues. Linda White chairs the US-wide real estate practice from Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Linda White

Other key lawyers:

David Hall; Garry Goodman

Testimonials

‘The Dentons team has worked hard to understand the personnel, systems and requirements of our institution. This knowledge and effort has been enormously useful to us. They have acted as close advisors to us with intimate knowledge of our needs, rather than simply as technical experts. ‘

‘They are all very fine lawyers, meticulous, collegial and friendly. Their sense of humor is a big plus.’

Key clients

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

United Overseas Bank

Midland Loan Services, a division of PNC Bank, National Association

Greenland US Holding, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Helaba in closing their first secured overnight financing rate (SOFR) loan, a $95m term loan secured by a 255-unit luxury apartment building in Jersey City, New Jersey.
  • Represented Midland Loan Services in closing a consent to transfer of interests for a joint venture’s $600m -plus acquisition of 42 industrial and four office properties.

Real estate Tier 4

Dentons is recommended for its real estate finance representation. It also handles an large volume of tax-driven transaction structuring, due diligence, leasing and REIT work, particularly in the Midwest. 2021 saw the firm introduce new innovative initiatives such as Global Advisors, the Allyship Initiative and its Golden Spike partnership with Utah, Iowa and Alabama-based regional practices. Practice chair Linda White, Todd Stennes and counsel Amber Morris are the key contacts in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Linda White

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Equity Resources, LLC

LIV Development, LLC

Sterling Bay Company

Heitman Capital Management

VanTrust Real Estate

Landmark Properties, Inc.

Riverside Investment and Development

Clarion Partners

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising in the $650m renovation of Willis Tower.
  • Advising LIV Developments in the acquisition and development of multiple parcels of land in the Southeast US for the development of $832m in Class-A, multifamily and senior housing projects in with an aggregate of 3,000 units.
  • Advising an energy company on real estate matters for the development of more than $4bn in renewable energy projects, most recently in connection with the 200 MW Plymouth Wind Project and 100 MW Contrail Wind Project, both of which are located in Iowa.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Dentons represents multinational clients active in retail, manufacturing, and energy industries in civil and criminal SALT litigation, including pre-trial investigation, pleadings, and trial. In Washington DC, co-head Jeffry Erney specializes in tax litigation and dispute resolution, often acting as lead counsel on major tax disputes and private letter rulings. Based in Louisville, co-lead Mark Lloyd covers areas such as administrative protest and settlement, federal excise tax, tax litigation, and appeals. DC-based managing associate David Mayhall is a key resource regarding civil tax controversies before the IRS as well as advising on tax legislation. Tax controversy expert Linda Pfatteicher joined from Squire Patton Boggs in June 2021. Scott Brian Clark departed in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jeffry Erney; Mark Loyd

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ashland Specialty

T. Ryan Legg Irrevocable Trust/Reliance Trust Co.

LaFarge North America

Valvoline, Inc.

Kroger Limited Partnership

Ventas, Inc.

Clint Deckard

Work highlights

  • Represented Kroger in a property tax appeal on Kroger’s property located in Scott County Kentucky.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 5

Dentons stands out from the crowd with its regional approach to white-collar crime and corporate investigations in the US market. Practice head Stephen Hill is based in Kansas City and is a veteran trial lawyer and former US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Key areas of focus for the team include internal investigations, government investigations and enforcement actions, anti-bribery and anti-corruption advice, and compliance matters. In January 2021, Steven Aaron left the firm, and Rachel Cannon also departed in June 2021; in October, David Kornblau joined from Covington & Burling LLP in New York.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hill

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Krigsten; Sara Holzschuh; David Kornblau

Testimonials

‘Dentons handled a complex internal investigation holistically and meticulously from the point of first contact.’

Key clients

YRC Worldwide Inc.

Kansas City Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Fresenius Medical Care

Total Energy

YRC Worldwide Inc.

Kansas City Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Fresenius Medical Care

Total Energy

Work highlights

  • Achieved a trial victory in 2021 for a major insurance client in various disputes and lawsuits against a joint venture partner in longstanding disputes involving the joint venture operating agreements, request for dissociation of the joint ventures, claims for breach of the ventures’ operating and management agreements, and claims for breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Secured a complete dismissal of a putative class action brought against YRC Worldwide and its affiliates.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

Dentons acts in a variety of construction matters, covering both construction documentation advice and litigation, from strong bases in St Louis, San Diego and New York. The construction focused attorneys are well integrated with related departments and the global Dentons network, with recent transactional and dispute resolution work involving projects in the energy, hospitality, healthcare and residential sectors, several including cross-border elements. Charles Vantine and John Haug co-lead the national department from St Louis and assist project owners, contractors and subcontractors with issues at all stages of a development. In New York, expert in complex commercial litigation, Jonathan Jemison is often engaged in construction disputes, and in San Diego, Jae Park is also a litigator with a significant construction practice. At the counsel level, Clay Counts supports on a variety of construction and development matters from St Louis.

Practice head(s):

Charles Vantine; John Haug

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Jemison; Jae Park; Clay Counts; Scott Smithson; Timothy Guntli; Alexander McDonnell

Key clients

McCormack Baron Salazar

Blackstone – Willis Tower

Mammoet Holding BV

IHI

1400 Baltimore Owner, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Blackstone on the $650m renovation of Willis Tower.
  • Representing Mammoet, its joint venture partner and the SPV they formed in a dispute regarding its failed 630-foot observation wheel project on Staten Island.
  • Acting for IHI in a dispute regarding a contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of a natural gas liquefaction facility and related terminal upgrades on Elba Island, near Savannah, Georgia.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Dentons has a full service offering, advising on cross-border matters in a range of sectors including healthcare, agriculture, telecommunications and aviation. Its expertise extends into the handling of reorganization and creditor’s right representation. Robert Richards leads the practice and is based in the Chicago office. Brian Greer departed in September 2021, while Chapter 11 and insolvency litigation specialist Andrew Helman joined the practice from Murray Plumb & Murray in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Robert Richards

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Maizel; James Irving; Tania Moyron; Andrew Helman; Lauren Macksoud; Geoffrey Miller; Sam Alberts; Tania Moyron

Testimonials

‘Sam Alberts is a first rate litigator in bankruptcy with a practical approach to maximize his clients’ interests. He and his team have been among the top practitioners in maritime bankruptcies I have been involved with.’

‘Sam Alberts: prompt; responsive; diligent; tireless advocate for his clients.’

‘Deep knowledge of chapter 11 processes from a legal and practical perspective. Pragmatic approach and well connected team among other firm practitioners involved in these complex processes.’

‘Sam Alberts provides hands on and thorough dedication to the cases. He has an excellent network of partners in other firms which is key for negotiations and navigating these complex and fluid processes.’

‘Our team at Dentons is extremely knowledgeable about bankruptcy proceedings, particularly the idiosyncrasies of the system in our area. They know the parties involved, how to navigate the system, and are extremely helpful in setting our strategy.’

‘Tania Moyron is very knowledgeable, talented and tactical. When combined with the knowledge and experience of her partner, Sam Maizel, they are a formidable team. The support organization behind Tania and Sam is also very conscientious and professional.’

‘Dentons has a talented and diverse group of restructuring professionals throughout the country. It is innovative in terms of finding talent regardless of location and incorporating them into the firm structure.’

‘Healthcare experience is top notch.’

Key clients

Agspring Mississippi Region LLC and four affiliated companies

Verity Health System of California, Inc. and 17 related entities (“Verity”)

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative

Sturm, Ruger & Company Inc.

OMP/NSF Malta Limited

Astria Health

RSG Group

GenCanna Global USA, Inc. et al.

Ohana Real Estate Investors LLC

Travelers Indemnity Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Verity Health Systems of California, Inc. and 16 related entities in its chapter 11 cases with an approximate debt value of $1.4bn.
  • Represented Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in In re Bear Communications in its chapter 11 case.
  • Represented Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative in its efforts to resolve hundreds of millions of dollars in claims by ERCOT against Rayburn through in or out of court means in connection with Winter Storm Uri earlier this year and the resulting Texas power crisis.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Leveraging its robust national footprint, Dentons works with a mix of individuals, corporates, and institutional investors on a range of matters, including REMIC and pass-through entity taxation. St. Louis-based co-head Nick Kappas is highly experienced in federal tax credit transactions and tax-exempt bond financing at the state and local level. In Kansas City, co-head Bruce Davison is noted for his wide-ranging capabilities in M&A and private equity transactions, while Kelli Wikoff focuses on tax considerations for limited liability companies and S corporations.

Practice head(s):

Nick Kappas; Bruce Davison

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Midwest Renewable Capital, LLC

US Bancorp Community Development Corporation

St. Louis Development Corporation

Advantage Capital Partners

Southern Bancorp Bank

McFarlane Aviation, Inc

High Bluff Capital Partners

Energy Distribution Partners

Big Cypress Acquisition Corp

Heartland Home Services

The Jordan Company, L.P.

DiversiTech Corporation

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 7

The financial services regulation team at Dentons is well-known for its focus on the residential mortgages market. The practice’s clients in this space include prominent multinational banks, private equity funds and underwriters, and it provides broad advice on the regulatory aspects of mortgage financing, origination and trading as well as on investment into the market. The team is jointly led by John Holahan in Washington DC and Matthew Yoon in New York.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Yoon; John Holahan

Key clients

Barclays

BNP Paribas SA

Nomura Group

JP Morgan Chase

Deutsche Bank

Citibank

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

CMG Financial Services

Carrington Capital Management LLC

First American Financial Corporation

Clayton Holdings, Inc.

New Residential Investment Corp.

Bayview Loan Servicing

Cantor Fitzgerald

SitusAMC

Work highlights

  • Advising Barclays’s mortgage trading and underwriting desks on Wall Street in connection with the management of financing lines and residential mortgage assets.
  • Advising Citi’s mortgage financing, trading and securitization desks, one of the largest participants in the market, on mortgage regulations.
  • Advising Nomura’s whole loan trading, financing and securitization businesses in the United States on regulatory issues.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Dentons' privacy and cybersecurity is based in Washington DC and Houston and works across the globe on data security incidents, while also advising on compliance with domestic and global regulations.

 

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com

Main areas of practice

Dentons lawyers and professionals provide services in the following practice disciplines and industry sectors:

Energy: Dentons has one of the world’s leading energy practices, covering North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The firm guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Clients include oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities and large customers, new energy and old.

Real estate: the real estate practice at Dentons is the largest in the world, and advises real estate owners, investors and lenders on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions undertaken in today’s market. Dentons’ hotels and leisure practice is consistently ranked among the best in the world.

Insurance: Dentons’ lawyers represent global insurers on their most significant coverage claims, financial litigation and regulatory investigations. Dentons’ litigators are renowned for handling class actions challenging insurer business practices and disputes over the consequences of natural and man-made catastrophes, such as Hurricane Katrina and the World Trade Center.

Financial services: Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions and regulation in the world’s leading financial centers. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Dentons has one of the preeminent disputes groups in the world. Dentons’ lawyers have litigated bet-the-company matters including infrastructure arbitrations in the Middle East, investment treaty arbitrations in Africa, financial litigation in London, commercial claims in Poland, and class actions and securities litigation in the US and Canada.

Corporate: with a corporate practice that encompasses multibillion-dollar purchases of public companies, corporate governance and formation, venture and private equity investing, compliance and operations, and alliances and break-ups in virtually every corner of the world, Dentons’ scope and reach is as broad as the universe of corporate interests.

Intellectual property: Dentons’ lawyers identify, protect and help commercialize IP in the most highly developed markets – and in jurisdictions where IP laws and enforcement are still evolving. Dentons’ lawyers and technical/scientific advisors represent global corporations, academic and research institutions, inventors and artists, venture capital firms and others invested in patents, trade marks, copyrights and proprietary property.

Bankruptcy and restructuring: Dentons’ teams formulate strategies that result in the optimal solution for trustees, bondholders, investors, traders, debtors, creditors and creditor committees around the world as they pursue claims for clients through negotiation and litigation.

 

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Dentons Rodyk kicks off 2023 with the introduction of next generation leaders

Singapore’s Big Five law firm Dentons Rodyk unveiled its new Executive Committee and also announced the admission of two outstanding young individuals into the senior partnership of the firm, with effect from 1 January 2023.

Court of Appeal releases written grounds for upholding decision in US$1.48b environment related claim

The Singapore Court of Appeal on 2 December 2022, issued its written grounds for upholding the High Court (General Division)’s decision in Ok Tedi Fly River Development Foundation Ltd and others v Ok Tedi Mining Ltd and others [2021] SGHC 205. The appeal was successfully resisted by the Dentons Rodyk team led by Mark Seah, Co-Head of the Litigation Practice and comprised Andrea Gan, Martin See, Alexander Choo and Philip Teh. TSMP Law Corporation’s Mr Adrian Tan and Dr Tang Hang Wu acted for the Appellants.

Mr. Phuc Le rejoined Dentons LuatViet to strengthen its offshore legal services

Dentons LuatViet is delighted to welcome back Mr. Phuc Le to join our firm as a Special Counsel. He will primarily provide legal services to our clients in the US and Moscow.

Singapore Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk Boosts Corporate Practice with Two Senior Lawyer Hires

Singapore, 1 July 2022 – Singapore’s Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk are today announcing the arrival of senior corporate lawyers Evelyn Ang and Emily Low. Together with six other lawyers, they join Dentons Rodyk from Big Four accounting firm EY’s Singapore law practice, Atlas Asia Law Corporation (AALC). The news follows Dentons' recently launched combination with leading Vietnamese law firm LuatViet, as the Firm pursues its goal of being the leading pan-ASEAN law firm.

Dentons launches combination with LuatViet in Vietnam

Dentons has launched its previously announced combination with leading Vietnamese law firm, LuatViet, which has more than 40 legal professionals serving clients from offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Former Deputy Director of Attorney-General’s Chambers Navin Naidu joins Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk

Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Attorney-General’s Chambers’ former Deputy Director Navin Naidu to the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice.

How Singapore’s Big Five law firm Dentons Rodyk is embracing the future of work and ditching its traditional office for good

Visions for the future of work have never been bolder. The COVID-19 pandemic changed notions on how many felt a work environment should be. The world was rushed into accelerating technology adoption, increasing digital connectivity and embracing virtual collaboration. As we usher in a new and dynamic decade, Dentons Rodyk envisions the future of work by ditching its traditional office for good and introducing a permanent hybrid work model.

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 DentonsDentons 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

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 DentonsDentons 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 

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 HentrichAbout DentonsDentons 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

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 DentonsDentons 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

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 EnergySev.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 DentonsDentons 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

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 InsolvencyAbout DentonsDentons 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