Firm Profile > Dentons > Montreal, Canada


Canada > Cannabis Tier 1

With a strong global platform, Dentons acts for cannabis-sector clients on a number of key transactional and regulatory matters. In addition to advising retailers and producers, the team also assists financial service providers, including as lenders and investors, on their operations within the cannabis sector. In M&A, practice head Eric Foster advised Fire & Flower on its acquisition of Friendly Stranger Holdings, to make it the largest cannabis retailer in the Canadian market. On the regulatory side, the team has considerable strengths in product marketing, distribution and clinical trials, with a growing emphasis on non-traditional offerings, including edible cannabis products. Other key practitioners include Kimberly Burns, who offers expertise advising global cannabis companies on public and private acquisitions, as well as Nicole Bacsalmasi, who leads the cannabis team based in Alberta. While Shea Coulson departed to McMillan LLP, the team has been bolstered by the recruitment of health law expert Rose Carter QC.

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‘Outstanding client service and expertise.’

‘Eric Foster’s understanding of the marketplace evolution is unparalleled.’

‘Deep bench of subject matter experts in various areas that have a solid foundation in the industry.’

‘Commercially-minded but always provide the full view of risks. Do not hesitate to make a recommendation when asked. Good drafters and negotiators.’

Key clients

Tuatara Capital, L.P.

Roynat Inc.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp.

Green Leaf Medical, LLC

Bank of Montreal

Canopy Growth Corporation

Clever Leaves Holdings Inc.

SLANG Worldwide Inc.

Halo Collective Inc.

Gage Growth Corp.

Greenlane Holdings Inc.

PharmaCann Inc.

Green Thumb Industries

MMJ Group Holdings Limited

WeedMD Inc.

Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corporation

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Echelon Wealth Partners

Canada > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Dentons boasts a sizeable and experienced team across Canada that has a well-established presence in all segments of the entertainment industry, most notably in the financing and distribution of domestic and international film and television productions. The firm’s international network is a key differentiator, as is its ability to advise clients on emerging areas, including the negotiation of intricate production deals with studios, independent content producers and streaming services. Besides film and TV, the team’s expertise also extends to music, publishing and digital media assets, as well as IP protection and litigation. Sitting in the Toronto office, Ken Dhaliwal has a wealth of experience in big-budget foreign productions and international treaty co-productions, while Jim Russell  specializes in media financing work and other transactional matters. Also in Toronto, David Steinberg  is a key contact for the music industry and Jayme Alter  advises on many high-profile production and licensing issues. Vancouver-based Juliet Smith  is the go-to lawyer for multijurisdictional matters, advising US counsel and agents on producing in Canada.

Key clients

Banger Films

Blumhouse Productions

Elevation Pictures

Lionsgate Films

Netflix, Inc.

New Metric Media

Shopify Inc.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Workin’ Moms

WOW! Unlimited Media

Transport > Aviation Tier 2

Dentons' aviation practice is known for its transactional strength and is singled out for its ability to 'proactively identify red flags associated with Canada that would not be evident to practitioners outside the jurisdiction'. It acts for a number of leading airlines on their Canadian operations and investments, from small matters to large-scale mandates, and is noted for handling finance, acquisitions, and leasing. It also offers support on litigation. The team is jointly headed by Robert Quon in Vancouver, who is a key name for industry clients based in Asia, and Toronto-based Carlo Vairo , who is a 'go-to advisor for all Canadian aircraft finance work'. Kathryn McCulloch advises on drone-related matters.

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‘This team continually considers what matters to its clients and proactively identifies red flags associated with Canada that would not be evident to practitioners outside the jurisdiction.’

‘Carlo Vairo is my go-to advisor for all Canadian aircraft finance work.’

Canada > Dispute resolution Tier 2

According to one client, Dentons‘ dispute resolution service in Canada ‘delivers consistent and uncompromising quality and value‘. Offering the nationwide representation one would expect from the Dentons name, practitioners in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal assist with both national and region-specific disputes, while the wider global network makes the firm a popular choice for multinationals with cross-border conflicts. Mark Evans heads the national litigation and dispute resolution group from the Toronto office, where the firm has a strong presence in class actions. Matthew Fleming excels in that field, as well as securities litigation, product liability and regulatory cases. At the senior associate level, Ara Basmadjian is highlighted for his ‘creative litigation strategies‘. In Alberta, Gordon Tarnowsky QC has a distinguished practice in complex corporate, commercial and energy-sector disputes, while Rachel Howie is an experienced partner with a bright future, recently promoted from department co-lead to deputy lead for the national litigation and dispute resolution group. David Wotherspoon is a key contact in Vancouver, with 30 years of experience in a range of corporate and commercial disputes, as well as notable pro bono work. Emma Irving remains one to watch after her promotion to the partnership in February 2021. In Montréal, Margaret Weltrowska is a standout name in the market when it comes to class actions, and the office’s managing partner Claude Morency is another key name to note there, along with senior associate Erica Shadeed.

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‘The litigation and dispute resolution group is unique at Dentons because of its client-oriented approach to solving its client’s disputes. The group challenges the status quo and delivers consistent and uncompromising quality and value to its clients in new and innovative ways.’

‘We work with Ara Basmadjian in the litigation and dispute resolution group in Dentons’ Toronto office. We value the creative litigation strategies that Ara brings to solving our most complicated litigation matters. As a trusted advisor, Ara stands apart from other individuals we work with because he meets the needs of our company in both the litigation matter and our broader business objectives. He is a rising star in the commercial litigation practice.’

‘Committed to providing excellent service, deep industry knowledge in specialized areas in which they practice.’

‘Deep industry understanding, commitment to service to clients, excellent response time.’

‘Areas of expertise, such as CPA regulatory defence work and audit negligence defence work. Seamless provision of services nationally, or globally. First class lawyers who take a collaborative approach to the provision of legal services.’

‘Mark Evans is super responsive and always approaches issues in a practical manner. Mark has specific expertise in defending auditor negligence claims, which is key for our industry. Mark is always willing to collaborate with his clients to find new and efficient ways to deliver legal services.’

‘Seamless provision of services nationally, or globally. First class lawyers who take a collaborative approach to the provision of legal services.’

‘I have worked with most of the big firms in Canada, and Dentons compares very favourably to all of them. The attorneys we’ve worked with at Dentons have been extremely competent and have provided excellent representation to the company. Dentons is very cost effective compared to other firms and has a vast range of expertise and experience to address any legal matters that may arise. We genuinely enjoy working with Dentons and will never use another firm.’

Key clients


The Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (Infrastructure Ontario)



Consortium of 32 Airport Authorities


Reliq Health Technologies





BP Canada Energy Group

Canadian National Railway Company


FCA Canada

Husky Oil Operations


PetroChina Canada

Sunshine Oilsands

Niko Resources (Bangladesh)

Norrep Investment Management Group


Plains Midstream Canada

National Dental Examining Board

Primary Poultry Processors Association of British Columbia



Well Health Technologies

Dell Technologies

AIG Insurance Company of Canada

HSBC Securities Canada

CN Rail

Lower Nicola Indian Band



FCA Canada


Avis Budget Group

Wal-Mart Canada

Nissan Canada

Ernst & Young

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 2

Dentons fields a team made up of Aboriginal, environmental and regulatory law experts, which is particularly skilled at advising on natural resources and infrastructure project development. Recent work demonstrates the group’s strength in land claims and treaty rights, negotiation of agreements between industry clients and Aboriginal groups, and management of Indigenous law risks in the context of major project financings. Bernard Roth, who specializes in energy regulation and administrative proceedings, oversees the national group out of Calgary. In the same office, Laura K. Estep  is noted for assisting energy clients throughout all stages of project approvals. Joe Sebestyan splits his time between Calgary and Vancouver; main areas of activity include project approvals, duty to consult claims and Indigenous ownership agreements.

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‘Strong legal minds and high level of dedication towards achieving the client’ objectives.’

Key clients

Enbridge Inc.

Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

PETRONAS Canada (formerly Progress Energy Canada Ltd.)

Syncrude Canada Ltd.


Canada > Pensions Tier 2

Dentons‘ pensions, benefits and executive compensation team is jointly led by Mary Picard in Toronto and Scott Sweatman in Vancouver. Reflective of the growth of the practice, it won work from new clients recently, including names such as Certus Oil and Gas and Metro Vancouver Transport Police. The group's experience spans a variety of pensions matters, which range from plan administration and investment strategy to pensions litigation. Picard is noted for her experience of handling insolvencies, restructurings, financings, and corporate transactions. Sweatman assists clients with establishing and sustaining pension, benefit and deferred compensation plans, and counts a number of professional athletes as clients. Taylor Buckley is another key individual.

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Metro Vancouver Transit Police

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

3s Health

Humber College

Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC

Certus Oil and Gas

Vitro Flat Glass Canada

Canada > Telecoms Tier 2

Acting for an impressive portfolio of domestic and international names in the telecoms, technology and broadcasting sectors, Dentons has noted strength in representing clients in proceedings before the CRTC, transactional matters and public policy mandates. The firm’s international structure places it as a go-to destination for foreign industry clients looking to operate in the Canadian market, supporting them in all their corporate and compliance needs. Ottawa-based Monica Song , who is a seasoned practitioner in the satellite industry, wireless issues and licensing matters, chairs the Communications Law group. Also in the Ottawa office, Gregory Kane QC  has longstanding experience handling regulatory, transactional and privatization mandates in the telecoms and broadcasting segments.

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‘Dentons Canada has excellent breadth of knowledge and experience in telecommunications law, and has been able to advise on regulatory matters efficiently and effectively.’

‘Greg Kane and the attorneys who work with him are knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Vast historical command of telecom policy and regulation by the CRTC is invaluable.’

‘Greg Kane has decades of telecom experience, and provides timely and accurate answers and advice.’

Key clients

Banger Films

Blumhouse Productions

Elevation Pictures

Lionsgate Films

Netflix, Inc.

New Metric Media

Shaw Communications Inc.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Workin’ Moms

WOW! Unlimited Media

Canada > Banking and finance Tier 3

With significant expertise in multi-jurisdictional financings, Dentons' banking practice acts for a range of domestic and international lenders, including the Big Six national banks. It is particularly known for its emerging markets finance work, with expertise in the cannabis, fintech and cryptocurrency sectors. Dennis Wiebe leads the Toronto-based national team, with expertise in restructuring and lending transactions. Michael Henriques is known for his work on behalf of lenders, in particular sponsor/fund transactions. Heidi Clark and Montreal-based Joel Cabelli also offer broad transactional expertise. The team’s regulatory arm has been strengthened by Marisa Coggin joining the Toronto office from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

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‘Having a global presence is key; seamless transition when you need to work with lawyers around the globe – Dentons’ banking and finance group can put together a team very quickly. Dentons was able to provide us with legal counsel in a remote location.’

‘Ryan Middleton is extremely responsive and is always looking out for the client’s best interest and ways in which to make the work more affordable and delivered in efficient ways. Pricing is always reasonable and Ryan is always looking for innovative ways to price the work, as well as introducing technology to make the work more reliable and efficient. Ryan thinks outside of the box and is always looking for ways to deliver legal services that is outside of the norm.’

Key clients

The Bank of Nova Scotia

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

National Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

HSBC Bank Canada


JPMorgan Chase

Roynat Inc.

Ligado Networks LLC

Iris Merger Sub 2019, Inc.

Canada > Business immigration Tier 3

Dentons handles day-to-day Canada and US immigration issues for clients from a diverse range of sectors. From Toronto, Henry Chang has led advice to ICICI Bank Canada on all its Canada immigration matters but primarily representing the bank’s senior managers in their Canadian work permit applications, supported by senior associate Jonathan Mor. Helen Park  is the key contact in Vancouver and has particularly strong connections in the film and television industry, including preparing and filing several work permit applications for foreign workers for Bron Studios.

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I have worked with Helen Park and her team of lawyers and paralegals for over five years at two different companies. I’ve found Helen and team to be incredibly knowledgeable, and she takes the time to respond to all of our questions, thinking of solutions with our specific business needs in mind.

Key clients

Nanopay Corporation

ProSlide Technology

Aldea Services

Brookfield Residential Properties

Capital Power Corporation

Champion Petfoods


Get Set Games

ICICI Bank Canada

Team Group

Bron Studios

Canada > Capital markets Tier 3

Dentons is known for its extensive experience in cross-border work, leveraging both its national network and its significant international platform. It offers broad industry expertise, covering the energy, cannabis, technology and life sciences sectors, among others, with a particular emphasis on issuer clients. Montréal-based Scott Rozansky leads the team and is particularly active in the emerging technologies market. In Calgary, Bill Gilliland offers transactional support to energy and natural resources companies, and corporate group co-head Dan Shea advises both issuers and underwriters. In Toronto, Eric Foster has developed a notable practice advising in the cannabis industry, and associate Ben Iscoe offers cross-border experience. Ora Wexler, also in Toronto, is another key name.

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BMO Capital Markets

Calian Group Ltd.

RBC Capital Markets

Bloom Burton Securities Inc.

TD Securities Inc.

Capital Power Corporation

Shaw Communications Inc.

Cormark Securities Inc.

CIBC World Markets Inc.

GetSwift Limited

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Dentons' corporate practice is known for its broad array of specialist expertise, covering not only established industries such as mining and energy but also emerging ones including technology, telecoms and cannabis. The team offers a strong level of expertise in mid-market M&A, in particular those with a cross-border element. Its bench strength was notably strengthened in 2021 with the hiring of four partners from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Dan Shea and Charles Spector lead the national corporate team from Calgary and Montréal, while Alex Farcas leads the M&A team from Toronto. Robert Goodrich retired.

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‘Practical, collaborative, proactive, cohesive advice spanning multiple jurisdictions.’

Ora Wexler is responsive, proactive, and always willing to help. She knows how to find the best lawyers to staff a file, provides clear invoices, and goes the extra mile to ensure clients are provided with impeccable value. Ora is genuinely caring of client demands, pressures and dependencies and has the unique ability to empathize and do her best to accommodate which is extremely difficult to navigate given the increasing pace of work. In addition to her client relationship skills which go a long away, she is one of the best technical lawyers with a keen eye for the detail without losing sight of the big picture. And in addition to all of that, she has a keen sense of wellness, family and community which is admirable.’

‘The partner I work with is extremely bright, knowledgeable and experienced with corporate securities and approaches all situations with strong business acumen. The partner always looks for a solution to any problems that arise and will help the company navigate the various options moving forward.’

Key clients

ADRM Software, Inc.


Bayer CropScience

Bunzl Canada Inc.

Calian Group Ltd.

Cerrado Gold Inc.

Comet Holding AG

Dow Chemical Canada ULC

Dye & Durham

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp.

Focus Financial Partners, LLC

Groupe Lactalis

Ingredion Canada Corporation

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.

Strongco Corporation

Summit Partners

Canada > Environment Tier 3

With multidisciplinary expertise that cuts across corporate, regulatory and Aboriginal Law, Dentons is particularly noted for its ability to assist with environmental issues in the context of project planning, especially in the natural resources sector. Clean fuel standards, renewable energy and ESG issues are areas of recent growth for the department which already boasts strong credentials in the fields of climate change and emissions management. The firm houses a Global ESG Steering Group that brings together cross-discipline expertise across more than 80 countries to help clients find solutions to complex ESG challenges. Based in Calgary, Alex G MacWilliam  acts as counsel to clients from the energy, mining, transport, chemicals and real estate sectors in relation to regulatory approvals, contaminated sites and compliance issues.

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‘The team has the required knowledge of specialized legislation , an awareness of the regulators and their preferences and issues, as well as experience with technical consultants who work in the jurisdiction to support the legal process.’

‘Alex MacWilliam has great all-around knowledge.’

‘The strength of the team lies in its incredible pool of legal experts in different spheres of activities that concern us which cannot be found in other firms.’

Key clients

Alberta Conservation Association

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Enbridge Inc.

Great West Life Realty Advisors

Orkin Canada


Syncrude Canada Inc.

World Fuel Services

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Rocky Mountain Equipment

Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 3

The infrastructure and PPP team at Dentons is sought out by an array of clients, including private sponsors, public authorities, lenders and design-build contractors, in relation to innovative projects in Canada and emerging markets. The team manages a busy work flow that is populated by several mandates in the transportation and energy sector. Co-head Ilan Dunsky  in Montréal is a key contact for PPPs, project finance and development in these segments, and also advises on procurement matters. Fellow co-leader Jana Mansour , who is based in Vancouver, has a broad practice covering construction law, project finance and P3 work.

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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority


JGC Fluor

Montreal Port Authority

Atlantic Gold Corporation


Knight Piésold Ltd.

City of Victoria

Canada > International trade Tier 3

Known for providing ‘excellent legal advice and litigation services,’ Dentons‘ trade team is able to draw on the firm’s global footprint to act for its corporate client base. In addition to trade remedy, customs and sanctions advice, the team works closely with the firm’s government and public policy team, allowing it to effectively leverage government relations support on key trade matters. It is known for working under a number of trade agreement frameworks, including CUSMA, CETA, WTO rules. Paul Lalonde leads the Toronto-based team, with significant experience advising on government procurement and international investment matters.

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Xavier Van Overmeire


‘Dentons’ trade team provides excellent legal advice and litigation services. ’

‘Paul Lalonde is a noted and respected trade lawyer. ’

‘Practical approach to legal issues; additional expertise in procurement law.’

Key clients

United Kingdom Department of International Trade

Tosyali Algeria

Saje Natural Wellness

Champagne Edition

Atakas Celik

Kik Custom Products

World Vision Canada

Suncor Energy Inc.

QVC Inc.

Scierie Alexandre Lemay et fils inc.

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 3

Dentons undertakes a mix of contentious and non-contentious work for clients in the public sector, as well as those operating in industries such as health services, entertainment, manufacturing and professional services. National practice head Christian Létourneau, who is based in Montréal, has in-depth expertise in psychological harassment cases. In Toronto, Andy Pushalik advises clients on a wide range of sensitive HR issues, such as those arising from corporate restructurings, as well as harassment complaints and workplace investigations. April Kosten in Calgary is another up-and-coming lawyer to note. Eleni Kassaris in Vancouver acts for clients in both an advisory capacity and as litigation counsel in relation to workplace disputes.


‘I really appreciate the work they have done for us in Canada. The reach across the country has been fantastic. I like having a local contact who can connect us with other lawyers in our areas of Canada if needed, or that they will consult with their colleagues to get additional information.’

‘I have really enjoyed working with April Kosten. April has really been able to take the time to get to know our organization, our culture and our approach to things. This has allowed her to really customize advice to how it can work for our company.’

‘Competent and knowledgeable team of seasoned lawyers ready to provide all the required legal advises. Better ownership of the case by partner assigned when compared to other firms.’

‘Impressive knowledge of all issues at stake. Clear understanding of the client needs and objectives, and-excellent strategic advice. Partner impressive in pre-trial discovery: very well prepared and strong in examination of witnesses. Arianne Bouchard stands out as an excellent labour law lawyer and meets all expectations.’

‘The employment team who supports us – headed by Eleni Kassaris – is exceptional from all perspectives because they are practical, responsive and have the breadth and depth to deal with unusual situations as well as commonplace events. Further, the team’s experience has been critical in circumstances requiring a sensitivity and nuanced approach with their advice and interactions with people.’

‘Extremely responsive, highly competent, efficient, and creative problem-solvers. They are knowledgeable about our industry and have taken the time to thoroughly understand our specific business and how we operate. Our internal legal, human resources and business teams all enjoy working with the Dentons team.’

Andy Pushalik is a star partner whose practice reflects a commitment to common sense strategic advice and sound expertise in the employment and labour space. As a trusted adviser, he is someone I can put with comfort in front of my board and senior management team to help us navigate the most complex “people” and employment issue. Would unequivocally recommend Andy.

Key clients

Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association (ACSTA)

Aon Canada

Avis Budget Group

Canadian National Railway Company

Champion Petfoods

Comet Group

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. (FFHC)

Fluor Constructors Canada

Husky Injection Molding


Mead Johnson Nutrition (Canada)

Quest University Canada

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

The global mining practice at Dentons is singled out for its experience in international inbound and outbound investments involving the mining sector. With particular strength in transactions and projects in Latin America, the practice also has significant presence in mandates across Canada. Leanne Krawchuk  – the mining group’s first female co-lead in Canada and globally- is engaged by mining producers in the gamut of commercial matters, M&A and securities deals. She is based in Edmonton, while Brian E Abraham QC is the name to note in Vancouver.

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Gran Colombia Gold Corp.

Sprott Capital Partners LP

Aethon Minerals

Regulus Resources Inc

Livent Corporation

Jervois Mining Limited

Margaux Resources Ltd.

Knight Piesold Ltd.Aya Gold**



Cerrado Gold Inc.

Cormark Securities Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.,

AIM3 Ventures Inc.

Aya Gold & Silver Inc.

SRG Mining Inc.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Based in Calgary, Dentons‘ oil and gas team is able to work through all aspects of a transaction, whether it be in the context of M&A, energy finance and joint venture structuring. Project development and energy regulations are also among the team’s core specialisms. The practice, which has notable strength in the midstream and petrochemical industries, is jointly led by three highly-regarded energy partners: Michael Hurst, who leads on transactional work involving oil and gas assets, financing and structuring of greenfield projects; Bernard Roth, who is a contact for regulatory matters and administrative proceedings; and George Antonopoulos, whose experience encompasses commercial transactions and large-scale projects. Laura K. Estep  regularly guides clients throughout all stages of the regulatory process.

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‘The Dentons energy practice team have provided end to end advice for a transaction that has involved divestment of oil and gas assets, environmental regulatory issues, emerging legislation and policy, insolvency, securities law as well as several other practice areas. Their advice has been seamless, informed, well thought out and always right on point.’

‘George Antonopoulos is a key problem solver during complex negotiations, advising on corporate commercial strategy and evaluating options and opportunities.’

‘Hazel Saffery assists with novel approaches, emerging policy, and general advice for how to manoeuver within regulatory constraints. She has excellent knowledge of commercial and regulatory issues.’

Key clients

Enbridge Inc.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Kingston Midstream (formerly Tundra Energy Marketing Limited)

Cenovus Energy Inc. (combined with Husky Energy Inc. in 2020)

Enhance Energy

BP Canada Energy Group ULC

Suncor Energy Inc.

Syncrude Canada Ltd

Meritage Midstream

Shell Canada


Carbon Engineering Ltd

Transport > Other transport Tier 3

Dentons offers broad transportation industry support, providing regulatory and transactional advice to road and rail clients. The team has close links with the firm's infrastructure practice, with its attorneys particularly known for their PPP expertise for road and rail projects. It also has notable strength advising governments and agencies on major public transit projects. Michael Ledgett and Ilan Dunsky lead the team from Toronto and Montreal respectively. Ledgett advises public and private sector groups on transport matters, including autonomous vehicles, while Dunsky focuses on infrastructure.

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Mark Glynn

Key clients

Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium

Network Rail Consulting

Canadian Urban Transit Association

Canadian National Railway Company

The Dow Chemical Company

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 3

With strong energy-related transactional capabilities, Dentons is equipped to advise clients on acquisitions, disposals and new projects relating to both conventional and renewable sources of energy. The energy team has been increasingly retained by Canadian clients engaged in cross-border transactions, often involving European jurisdictions. Bernard Roth in Calgary and Toronto-based Vivek Bakshi , the latter of whom has a wealth of experience in regulated electricity markets, jointly oversee the department, which is further noted for its regulatory offering.

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‘Very experienced and thorough in their knowledge of energy regulatory matters. Attention to detail, strategic in their advice. Good client relationships and communications.

‘Helen Newland has vast experience and knowledge of energy legal and regulatory matters. She is easy to deal with and provides excellent strategic advice. Her attention to detail and foresight has proven invaluable. Excellent written communication skills. She becomes part of the “team” in dealing with stakeholders in a way that’s much appreciated.’

‘Broad reach across disciplines – ability to protect asset developers with strong contractual experience and peripheral support in areas like IP ownership and protections.’

Key clients

Capital Power Corporation

Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.

Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Syncrude Canada Ltd

Canadian Solar Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

Investment Management Company of Ontario

Canada > Public procurement Tier 3

Dentons acts for a varied client base comprising key industry players in technology, energy, construction, infrastructure and defense, and is recommended for its ‘great reputation for delivering excellent procurement advice and litigation services’. Showcasing the ability to assist with public procurement at all levels of government and across the country, the department has a strong track record in high profile bid challenges and in the drafting of procurement and tendering documents. Based in Toronto, Paul Lalonde is the main point of contact in the team. He has a wealth of experience in government-contracting disputes. In the same office, Sean Stephenson focuses on government contracts and procurement challenges.

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‘Dentons has a great reputation for delivering excellent procurement advice and litigation services. ’

Key clients

Amazon Web Services

Waterfront Toronto

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Montreal’s University Health Centres CHUM, MUHC, Sainte-Justine UHC


VF Worldwide Holdings

West-Can Seal Coating Inc.

FTI Professional Grade Inc.

Tiree Facility Solutions

Canada > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Dentons houses ‘a team of strong and technically proficient lawyers‘ that stretches across the country. The standalone real estate practice offers expertise on the entire spectrum of matters, with a particular emphasis on acquisition and disposition deals, financing transactions and all facets of construction projects. Based in Vancouver, Karen Martin and Jana Mansour oversee transactional and contentious work pertaining to cross-border infrastructure and construction projects. Clark Kassian is a key contact in Calgary, while Jillian E Shortt splits her time between Calgary and Toronto. In Montréal, Claude Morency has built a strong reputation in construction disputes.


‘Dentons has a team of strong and technically proficient lawyers that are very personable and understand what it takes to get across the finish line in the most efficient manner while achieving desired results.’

‘Karen Martin and John Haythorne are recommended.’

Key clients

Hopewell Development

Ontario Teachers Pensions Plan/The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Polygon Group of Companies

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp.


H&R Block


ABC Management, Lafleur Restaurants Inc., Le Petit Quebec Management Inc.

Angus Inc. (operating as Hero Certified Burger)

BOX’D by Paramount

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Dentons' team undertakes a mix of domestic and cross-border bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring work for clients, and it has particular expertise in the energy, mining, retail, cannabis and real estate sectors. The group is also known for its work for major lenders and accounting firms, including distressed asset acquisitions and security issues, with the firm on regular approved restructuring counsel lists. Calgary-based partner David Mann, who heads up the practice, has over 25 years of restructuring experience. John Sandrelli in Vancouver is also a key name.

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John Sandrelli


Very collaborative team, assertive at the right time, capable and versatile professionals.’

Key clients

Alvarez and Marsal



Royal Bank of Canada

Wilmington Trust, National Association

Wilmington Trust, National Assocation

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Deloitte Restructuring Inc

BDO Canada Limited

Triust Bank

Canada > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

Dentons has a comprehensive Canadian competition practice, providing merger control and litigation support to its clients. Benefitting from the global platform its firm provides, the team offers particular expertise in cross-border transactions, with a particular emphasis on complications arising out of the Investment Canada Act. It also has a broad range of industry expertise, covering the media, energy, manufacturing and extraction sectors, among others. Sandy Walker and Barry Zalmanowitz QC lead the team out of Toronto and Edmonton respectively.

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‘My experience working with Sandy Walker and Simon Kupi was great. They both demonstrated strong analytical, economic, writing and communication skills. They took the lead in drafting a detailed and persuasive submission to the Canadian Competition Bureau, along with responses to numerous follow-up requests for information. The work they did was instrumental to the parties obtaining clearance for the transaction.’

‘Industry-leading expertise and unparalleled experience. This combination leads to thorough and practical advice.’

‘Clear and effective communication at all times. Deadlines are always achieved, often in advance of promised timelines. Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C. is clearly at the top of the field in his practice area. He is well respected by his peers as well as all of the folks in our organization that he has interacted with.’

Key clients


Bayer AG

Capital Power

Enbridge Inc.

Husky Energy

Lions Gate Entertainment

Lactalis Group

Meritage Entities

Ontario Power Generation

Shaw Communications

Sleeman Breweries

Suncor Energy

The Katz Group of Companies

Transport Canada

The Herjavec Group Inc.

Canada > Tax Tier 4

Dentons' team plays a key role advising on M&A-related tax issues, and it is also noted for its expertise in indirect tax and income tax matters. On the contentious side, the group is prominent in tax audits and litigation. Clients include entities from the cannabis, venture capital, fintech and entertainment industries. In addition to advising corporates, the team also acts for high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts. The practice is jointly led by Mark Woltersdorf in Edmonton and Toronto-based senior partner Mark JaddLarry Nevsky is another key partner in the Toronto office.

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Larry Nevsky

Key clients

Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Cornerstone OnDemand Inc.

Bonnefield Financial Inc.

Groupe Lactalis / Lactalis Americas

Kering Americas Inc.

Michaels Stores

Credit Suisse

Clever Leaves International Inc.

Portag3 Ventures

Dow Inc. and Dow Chemical Canada ULC

Treasury Metals Inc.

Getswift Limited

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.

Kinaxis Inc.

Auvik Networks Inc.

Absorb Software Inc.

Procore Technologies Inc.

Ledn Inc.

Calian Group

Canada > Technology Tier 4

Dentons‘ technology team in Canada stands out for its fintech expertise, regularly counselling entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capital funds, established businesses, government agencies and health institutions. Venture capital financing work remains the heartbeat of the department, but the team works closely with the firm's banking and finance and cybersecurity groups to assist with a range of commercial matters. Ottawa-based partner David Little, who regularly acts for leading venture capital investors, co-heads the practice with Tom Sides in Edmonton.

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‘Dentons have a great capacity to bring strong experts to the table regardless of the focus area or nuance. This is especially useful when they can add geo-based experience across different markets and jurisdictions. In our many years working with Dentons, we’ve not felt as if anything other than an A team has been put in front of us, and when we’ve needed rapid scale up for last minute deals, Dentons has always come through.’

‘Don Luck follows up on complex engagements to understand how things played out months/year after the deal closed–wanting to ensure that any lessons learned or practicalities can be understood to make the next time easier. This is incredibly unique in my experience.’

Exceptionally responsive, knowledgeable, sharp, positive and professional team lead (Chase) and team.

Chase Irwin is a cut above the rest – highly focused, articulate, quick to understand and always offering high-value guidance. Unlike most, has a strategic and business perspective that adds value beyond just drafting and verifying. Amazing to work with.

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Celtic House Venture Partners

Information Venture Partners Fund III

Ligado Networks

Bitcoin Well


Moregidge (d/b/a Doorr)

The Sampler App



Founders and other shareholders of Motoinsight


Canada > Intellectual property

Dentons is building its offering in intellectual property, led by Montréál-based Panagiota Dafniotis, leveraging the firm’s global network to advise on disputes and IP strategy.

Canada > Insurance

Looking to expand with major hires from Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Dentons offers both regulatory and transactional expertise to its clients, across personal and commercial lines.

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, the Nextlaw Global Referral Network, the Nextlaw Public Affairs Network and Nextlaw In-House Solutions. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

As part of the renowned global team, Dentons has an established history in six of Canada’s key economic centres – Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. With roots reaching as far back as 1839 in Canada, the firm is truly “in and of the community,” providing clients with legal services in common and civil law.

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Dentons is well-positioned to support the success of the Firm’s clients and the vast array of international players that are investing and developing their presence in the Canadian economy. To complement the Firm’s legal services, Dentons is committed to creating and nurturing an environment of diversity and inclusion, where the diversity of its workforce contributes to the enrichment of the Firm, its professional practice and its community. Dentons strives to provide clients with the highest standard of representation and service, provided by a diverse team of highly experienced people. As a testament to the Firm’s continued dedication in this area, Dentons is proud to be named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2011-2019) and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers (2017-2019).

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Dentons secures final victory for ICT on European patent infringement case against ESSITY

Global law firm Dentons is pleased to announce that the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court have all issued final decisions dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) three ply toilet paper. With Dentons’ counsel, ICT successfully demonstrated beyond a doubt that its branded and private label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859. 

Dentons has been advising Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A since 2016. Based in Lucca, ICT is a leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, and has subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland.

The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain have confirmed ICT’s argument that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.

Dentons partner David Masson served as lead partner and represented ICT in France. Dentons partner Dr. Constantin Rehaag represented ICT in Germany, and PwC partner Alejandra Matas Brancós represented the client in Spain, with the support of Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso.

David Masson, lead lawyer on the case, commented: “It has been very interesting to understand ICT’s own technology and work closely with different teams, including ICT’s R&D department, which has been part of all strategic and technical decisions throughout the case”.

Constantin Rehaag, who represented the client in the German court hearings and coordinated the work with the client’s patent attorneys, said: “This is an outstanding success of a great team formed by the client, who provided us with invaluable technological insight, the team of patent attorneys and, finally, by the Dentons teams in France, Spain and Germany.”

The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.

In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other private labels produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analyzed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts - in first instance and appeal - rejected the claims and ordered Essity to pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.

In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, which is well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In August 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German subsidiary of ICT did not infringe the German part of the patent 1 081 284.

In Spain, after a first decision in favor of Essity in the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a written appeal that ICT’s products - and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain three-ply private label products - did not infringe the Spanish part of the patent 1 081 284.

About ICT

Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons advises Snam on US$10.1 billion consortium investment in ADNOC Gas Pipelines

Global law firm Dentons advised Italian-based multinational energy infrastructure operator Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49 percent share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ADNOC Gas Pipelines is valued at approximately US$20.7 billion (US$10.1 billion for 49%).

The transaction is one of the most important in the global energy infrastructure sector, as well as Snam’s first acquisition outside Europe.  ADNOC Gas Pipelines holds the tariff-based rights for the 38 pipelines that connect ADNOC’s upstream activities to Abu Dhabi’s consumption points and the export and interconnection terminals to neighboring Emirates.

The transaction was financed by a pool of international banks for approximately $8 billion, plus an equity contribution from each of the consortium members.  In addition to Snam, the other consortium members included Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NH Investment & Securities.

Dentons acted with a cross-border team from Italy and UAE, coordinated by partner Sara Biglieri in Milan.  Partners Luca Pocobelli (Rome) and Mhairi Main Garcia (Dubai), counsel Claudio Segna (Milan), senior associate Craig Hughson (Abu Dhabi) and associate Stephanie Hawes (Dubai) advised on corporate and M&A aspects. Partners Alessandro Fosco Fagotto (Milan) and Stephen Knight (Abu Dhabi), counsel Franco Gialloreti, senior associate Tommaso Zanirato and junior associate Giulia Caselli Maldonado (all Milan) advised on financing aspects. Partner Michele Carpagnano (Rome) and associate Giulia Giordano (Rome) advised on the competition and antitrust aspects.

Snam’s internal legal team was led by General Counsel, Marco Reggiani - assisted by Michela Schizzi, Senior Vice President Regulated Assets Legal Affairs - and included senior legal counsels Rosanna Pallotta and Claudia Jolanda Fanelli.  The legal aspects related to the financing were handled, together with Marco Reggiani, by Gloria Bertini, Head of Finance and Capital Market Legal Affairs and Roberta Di Mauro, legal counsel.

Dentons advises Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund

The EU Malaria Fund was initiated by the kENUP Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting research-based innovation with public and societal benefit. The fund is managed by the IBB Group. The target volume of the fund amounts to €280 million, with a first closing of €70 million on June 3, 2020. A Dentons team from Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich provided comprehensive advice to IBB Group on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund. This included the development of the legal and tax conception of the fund, regulatory advice, corporate law support on the setup of the fund, and the negotiation of the financing agreements with the EIB, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other investors. Berlin-based partner Dirk-Reiner Voss and Frankfurt-based partner Arne Klüwer jointly led the Dentons team, with support from partners Stephan Busch, Matthias Santelmann and senior associates Holger Hölkemeier and Bernd Düsterbeck in Berlin; counsel Verena Etzel and Oda Elmoutaouakil in Frankfurt; partner Axel Schlieter in Dusseldorf, and partner Richard Fagerer in Munich. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons advises on ACS Group’s €500 million NEU-CP Program

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has advised Spanish-based multinational construction group, Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A. (ACS), on the renewal of its €500 million Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU-CP) Program. The NEU-CP program is registered with the Central Bank of France, with the involvement of BNP Paribas, BRED Banque Populaire, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank N.V. and Natixis, as dealers for the Notes. Headquartered in Madrid, the ACS Group is a worldwide leader in construction and services. It is currently the only non-financial issuer with a NEU-CP Program registered with the Central Bank of France. Dentons’ Capital Markets group in Madrid advised ACS on all aspects of the transaction. Partner Ignacio Corujo led and coordinated the transaction with the support of junior associate Ana Artola. Ignacio Corujo joined Dentons in January this year to establish and lead the Capital Markets group in Spain. In addition to this most recent deal for ACS, he has closed several high-value debt capital markets deals since his move, including most notably, Grupo Cajamar’s €1 billion issuance of mortgage bonds, as well as Sacyr’s renewal of its €500 million EMTN Program. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.  

Dentons advises UniCredit on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked financing for Gunvor Gro

Global law firm Dentons has advised UniCredit Bank AG as Mandated Lead Arranger, (Sustainability) Coordinator, Bookrunner, Facility Agent and Security Agent as well as the lenders on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked borrowing base facility agreement with Gunvor Group. Gunvor Group will use the funds to cover the working capital requirements of its Ingolstadt refinery. The innovative financing model is tied to the borrower's achievement of predetermined ESG key performance indicators (Sustainability KPIs) and provides for a sustainability discount or premium in case the company overachieves or underperforms the predefined targets. An independent sustainability auditor will report on the performance of the Sustainability KPIs on an annual basis. The ESG-based scoring of certain key performance indicators provides a unique way for borrowers and lenders to communicate their commitment to sustainability and incentivizes sustainable corporate measures. Participating banks included DZ Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, Erste Group Bank, Commerzbank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, CA Indosuez (Switzerland), Bank of China and First Abu Dhabi Bank. Gunvor Group is one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover, creating logistics solutions that safely and efficiently move physical energy from where it is sourced and stored to where it is demanded. With strategic investments in industrial infrastructure – refineries, pipelines, storage and terminals – Gunvor Group further generates sustainable value across the global supply chain for its customers. UniCredit is one of the pioneers in sustainable loans in the German market. Düsseldorf finance partner Dr. Axel Schlieter fully advised the bank on the drafting and negotiation of the loan agreement. The Dentons team further comprised Julia Heitmann (senior associate, Banking and Finance, Düsseldorf) and Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, Banking and Finance, Frankfurt). Axel Schlieter is a core member of Dentons’ Sustainable Finance group in Europe and is regularly involved around the topics of issuance of green bonds and on sustainable financing. Advisors to UniCredit: Dentons (Düsseldorf): Dr. Axel Schlieter, (lead partner), Julia Heitmann (senior associate, both banking and finance, Düsseldorf), Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, banking and finance, Frankfurt am Main) UniCredit inhouse lawyers: Carina Engelhardt, Alexander Strigin, Christian Hentrich About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons advises Qair on refinancing of the acquisition of Rzepin and Linowo wind farms in Poland

Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice team advised Qair SAS, Qair International and Qair Polska Sp.z o.o. in connection with the refinancing of two wind farms under operation, Rzepin (58 MW) and Linowo (48 MW). The financing institutions are BNP Paribas and EBRD. The two wind farms are part of Qair’s larger portfolio of almost 200 MW of renewable energy sources, which also includes 93 MW of new capacity from three wind farms – Udanin (50 MW), Parzeczew (9 MW) and Września (9 MW) – and 25 MW of solar photovoltaic. The project was supervised by Mateusz Toczyski, Head of the Europe and Co-Head of the Global Banking and Finance practice, and led by Tomasz Zwoliński, counsel, with assistance from lawyers Klaudia Szymańska-Rutkowska, Katarzyna Mazur, Katarzyna Kaptur and Jakub Walawski. Supporting the Warsaw team were counsel Surbhi Malhotra-Trenkel in Munich and partners Jean-Marc Allix and Olivier Genevois, and associates Djésia Meziani, Philippine de Fouchier and Hugo Casasnovas in Paris. Dentons’ London team consisting of partner Matthew Sapte and associate Annreika Ray advised on the hedging documentation. “We are very pleased and honored to have had this opportunity to assist Qair in yet another wind power project the company has undertaken in Poland,” said Mateusz Toczyski. “We would like to congratulate Qair on this financing and to wish every success with further developments and investments in Poland and elsewhere in the world,” added Tomasz Zwoliński. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons advises Sev.en Energy on aacquisition of US-based Blackhawk Mining

Dentons has advised international energy group Sev.en Energy on its strategic acquisition of US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining, LLC. C. The transaction comes on the heels of Sev.en Energy’s acquisition of a 17% ownership interest in Corsa Coal in May 2020, further reinforcing its access to the metallurgical coal mining industry in the US market. Blackhawk Mining is one of the largest metallurgical coal producers in the US. With annual production capacity of seven to eight million tonnes of metallurgical coal among its five underground and open pit mining complexes in West Virginia and Kentucky, Blackhawk Mining is an important supplier of metallurgical coal both locally and internationally. It also owns three thermal coal mine complexes producing three to four million tonnes per annum. In 2019, Blackhawk Mining had $1bn revenues and $120m EBITDA.   Commenting on the acquisition, Dentons partner Petr Zákoucký, said: “Having worked for Sev.en Energy for many years, I am inspired by their sustained dynamism, and by this bold strategic move, even during these difficult market conditions. We were delighted to have opportunity to play our role in this success.”   Alan Svoboda, Executive Director of Sev.en Energy who leads the Group’s international expansion added: “Once again, the Dentons team exceeded our expectations and delivered the transaction within a tight time frame of less than a month, nailing both the complexity of the deal and challenges created by the current worldwide pandemic. What was really outstanding was the dedication and flexibility that the entire team showed.”   Dentons’ cross-border team was composed of partners Petr Zákoucký (Prague, Energy/M&A), Ilan Katz (New York, M&A), Lee Smith (New York, Finance), Christopher Van Bever (Lexington, Mining) and John Rhine (Evansville, Mining) Robert E. Richards (Chicago, Insolvency), Managing Associate Gregory DiBella (New York, M&A) and Associate Barbora Obračajová (Prague, Energy). Alvarez & Marsal advised Sev.en Energy on financial due diligence and Weir on technical due diligence.   About Sev.en Energy Sev.en Energy owns significant coal and energy production assets in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. It is the largest private operator of coalmines and conventional power plants in the Czech Republic, and employs more than 3,500 people. In 2019, Sev.en Energy acquired additional power generation assets from Swiss energy group Alpiq and a 50% stake in the multinational energy company – InterGen N.V., which is one of the leading independent power generators with gas-fired power plants in the UK and coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Australia. When pro-forma aggregated with the financial results of InterGen and Alpiq CZ, Sev.en Energy group combined revenues in 2019 were EUR 1,4 billion and EBITDA of EUR 319 million.   About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons supports German subsidiaries of the Recylex Group in restructuring

Global law firm Dentons is assisting Weser-Metall GmbH and Harz-Metall GmbH, both subsidiaries of the French-German Recylex Group, with their restructuring through ‘self-administration’ proceedings. In addition, Dentons restructuring lawyers Andreas Ziegenhagen and Dirk Schoene and their team are advising the German management of the Recylex Group within the scope of its self-administration. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic decline in metal prices, the German subsidiaries of Recylex have each applied for protective shield proceedings under German insolvency law. The aim of the protective shield is to allow the companies to continue their individual restructuring measures and to return to economic stability after the pandemic - if necessary, in a new shareholder structure. Weser-Metall produces about 100,000 tons of lead per year at its headquarters in Nordenham (Lower Saxony), making it the third largest lead smelter and the second largest lead recycler in Europe. Harz-Metall has its headquarters in Oker in the Harz Mountains and is one of the leading European recycling companies for lead and zinc contaminated waste. The Recylex group has a total of eleven operating units and two administrative sites in France and Germany. In addition to the companies supported by Dentons, two other companies in the group, Norzinco GmbH and PPM Pure Metals GmbH, have also submitted applications for protective shield, whilethree other German subsidiaries requested self-administration under creditor protection. The Group's French companies are not affected. Andreas Ziegenhagen, Head of the Europe and German Restructuring practice, said: "With the filing for protective shield proceedings, we are making use of the most restructuring-friendly court proceedings in the interest of all stakeholders of the companies”. Advisor to Harz Metall / Weser Metall / German management of Recylex: Dentons (Berlin): Andreas Ziegenhagen (Partner, Restructuring, Berlin/Frankfurt), Dirk Schoene (Partner), Dr. Jan Seelinger (Counsel), Dr. Benjamin Kurzberg (Counsel), Judith Schmid (Senior Associate), Dr. Jakob Pickartz (Senior Associate), all Restructuring and Insolvency About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.