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Canada > Media and entertainment Tier 1

The full-spectrum media and entertainment practice at Dentons provides a one-stop-shop service to clients across the industry, with producers, broadcasters, Hollywood studios, streamers, distributers and banks all on the team’s books. Arguably best known for its reputation in the audiovisual field, the group also shines in music publishing and video game-related matters. In Toronto, Ken Dhaliwal is sought after for his expertise in national and international film, television and streaming work, where he acts for all key sector stakeholders. Other key names in Toronto include media finance and copyright specialist Jim Russell; up-and-coming production and licensing partner Jayme Alter; and talented counsel Bob Tarantino. In Vancouver, Juliet Smith ranks among the go-to experts in British Colombia for audiovisual production and financing.

Practice head(s):

Ken Dhaliwal; Juliet Smith; Jim Russell

Other key lawyers:

Jayme Alter; Bob Tarantino; David Steinberg

Key clients

Banger Films

Lionsgate Films

Shopify – Shopify Studios

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Anthem Entertainment

Kilometre Music Group

Spyglass Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advised New Metric Media on various matters related to the production of several television series in 2022, including the latest seasons of the ‘Letterkenny’ series and its spin-off ‘Shoresy’.
  • Acted as Canadian production counsel on the first season of the television series ‘SkyMed’, produced by Piazza Entertainment for Paramount+ and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Advised Anthem Entertainment on various matters, including on the acquisition of a publishing catalogue of hits by songwriter Alex Izquierdo (professionally known as Eskeerdo).

Canada > Business immigration Tier 2

The team at Dentons is known for its skilled handling of work permits, intra-company transfers, business visitor entry preparation, applications to address criminal or medical inadmissibility, as well as the preparation of employment contracts for foreign candidates. The group is co-directed by Toronto-based Henry Chang, who specializes in United States and Canadian immigration law and is regularly sought out by multinationals and professional services firms. Co-leading from Vancouver, Helen Park routinely assists clients in the entertainment, manufacturing, software development, pharmaceutical, and food and hospitality sectors with Canadian work permit applications. Key contacts at associate level include Jonathan Mor and Denise Alba.

Practice head(s):

Henry Chang; Helen Park

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ulkasemi

Stellar Creative Lab

Barnstorm VFX

Aldea Services

Fix Network

Capital Power

Champion Petfoods LP

Alamos Gold

ICICI Bank Canada

Work4ce

VFS Services (Canada)

Young Life

Modern Manufacturing

Canada > Construction Tier 2

The cross-Canada team of global firm Dentons provides a comprehensive service, advising on major construction and infrastructure projects in both the private and public sectors. With an active client base spanning such areas as energy, utilities, transport, real estate, healthcare and government, the practice assists with procurement, contract drafting and negotiation, contract administration, in addition to litigation involving construction and engineering contractual disputes, design issues, professional liability, construction bonds and tendering processes. The team is led in Vancouver by Jana Mansour, a specialist in the procurement of transportation and energy projects for domestic and multinational clients, and Karen Martin KC, a seasoned litigator and arbitrator. At the Edmonton office, Dennis Picco KC brings over 30 years of experience to litigation and dispute resolution matters in the construction and energy sectors. Simon Elzen-Hoskyn (also in Edmonton) and Chelsea Wilson in Vancouver were promoted to partner in February and June of 2023. Partner Morgan Burris in Vancouver joined from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in May 2023. Jonathan Hillson in Edmonton departed in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jana Mansour; Karen Martin KC

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Picco KC; John Haythorne; Pierre Grenier; Karen Groulx; Lampros Stougiannos; Alexis Barr-Gusa

Key clients

Acciona

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

JGC Fluor BC LNG Joint-Venture

Régie Régionale de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Nunavik (RRSSSN)

Attorney General of Canada

City of Richmond

Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay

Montréal Port Authority

Enbridge

EllisDon

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel for Acciona, a multinational wastewater treatment plant contractor, against a municipal owner, the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD).
  • Advising JGC Fluor BC LNG Joint Venture in its role as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the construction of a multi-billion dollar LNG export terminal in Kitimat, BC.
  • Acting for plaintiff Enbridge in a claim against a pipeline construction consortium, which struck one of Enbridge’s pipelines while constructing an expansion.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

Dentons’ strong skill sets in the midstream, CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage) and petrochemical sectors continues to pay dividends and the team is routinely engaged to handle major development projects for multinational energy clients. Among its recent highlights in this space, department co-head and transactional specialist George Antonopoulos is spearheading the group’s advice to Enbridge on the corporate, commercial and regulatory aspects of its proposed multibillion-dollar CCUS project. The Calgary-based team also draws on experienced counsel Michael Hurst, who is noted for transactional work, as well as regulatory experts Bernard Roth and Laura Estep.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hurst; George Antonopoulos; Bernard Roth

Other key lawyers:

Laura Estep; Hazel Saffery

Key clients

Enbridge

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Kingston Midstream (formerly Tundra Energy Marketing)

Cenovus Energy

Enhance Energy

BP Canada Energy Group

Suncor Energy

Syncrude Canada

Shell Canada

PETRONAS Canada

Carbon Engineering

ERCE

Saturn Oil and Gas

IPC Canada

Work highlights

  • Advising BMO Capital Markets, as the agent, on a project-finance style offering of approximately C$865.2m of fixed-rate senior secured amortizing bonds.
  • Advising Enbridge on all corporate, commercial and regulatory aspects of its proposed Carbon Capture Utilization Storage project.
  • Advising the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Inter Pipeline on its response to an unsolicited takeover bid by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, involving an auction process that concluded with Brookfield increasing its offer at a valuation of approximately C$15bn.

Canada > Telecoms Tier 2

The expertise of the practice at Dentons encompasses telecoms matters involving mobile satellite systems, online streaming services, user generated content platforms and cloud-based computing systems. Domestic and foreign satellite operators, broadcasters and tech companies regularly feature on the group’s client roster. Ottawa-based Monica Song steers the department; her practice has a particular emphasis on the satellite and wireless industries and cloud-based technology companies, with an increasing focus on earth observation satellite service licensing and broadband expansion projects. Key counsels include Gregory Kane KC, who represents telecoms clients in regulatory and appellate litigation, and Margot E Patterson, who advises multinational media companies on broadcasting regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Monica Song

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ligado Networks LLC

Spire Global

WorldVu Development LLC dba OneWeb

Transport > Aviation Tier 2

The team at Dentons is well-versed in aviation issues, namely complex and structured financing transactions and compliance mandates. International aviation financiers, commercial and business aircraft lessors, aircraft chartered companies, airports and private operators routinely feature on its broad client roster. Vancouver-based practice co-head Robert Quon specializes in assisting aviation and aerospace clients with corporate and commercial transactions. Alongside him, Kathryn McCulloch co-leads from Toronto and has niche expertise in the regulatory structure for drones; her robust traditional aviation practice includes representing commercial air operators in litigation. In Montreal, partner Marie-Josée Couture assists with financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Robert Quon; Kathryn McCulloch

Other key lawyers:

Canada > Cannabis Tier 3

Canada > Capital markets Tier 3

Led out of Calgary by national lead Bennett Wong, the capital markets practice at Dentons benefits from an additional five platforms across the country. The team is well-placed to represent all sides in debt and equity offerings, with a notable focus on debt issuances. Among its other attributes, the group is noted for its activity in the mining, technology and life sciences — including cannabis — spheres, as well as for its record in cross-border work. Additional key contacts include Calgary-based Dan Shea, who specializes in capital markets and private equity work; and Toronto’s Ora Wexler, whose securities focus spans transactional and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Bennett Wong; Ora Wexler; Eric Lung; Julien Bourgeois; Francois Brabant; Danny Wakeling

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Johnson; Bill Gilliland; Dan Shea; Ben Iscoe

Key clients

RBC Capital Markets

National Bank Financial Markets

BMO Capital Markets

TD Securities

CIBC Capital Markets

Corus Entertainment

Capital Power Corporation

Silver Mountain Resources

ATB Capital Markets

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

VIQ Solutions

AbraSilver Resource Corp.

Echelon Wealth Partners

Aya Gold & Silver

Eight Capital

Aldebaran Resources

Saturn Oil & Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised BMO Capital Markets, as lead agent and structuring advisor, on a C$865.2m project-finance style offering by DBRS Morningstar.
  • Advised the underwriters (RBC Capital Markets and National Bank Financial Markets) on Tamarack Valley Energy’s debt and equity offerings during 2022, totalling approximately C$444m.
  • Advised RBC Capital Markets, as the underwriters, on Keyera Corp’s debt and equity offerings during 2022, totalling approximately C$630m.

Canada > Dispute resolution: Alberta Tier 3

Operating from branches in Calgary and Edmonton, the group at Dentons has experience advising on a wide range of commercial litigation matters in Alberta. Its key strengths include energy, competition and financial services litigation, product and professional liability litigation, and domestic and international arbitration. Leadership of the department is shared by four seasoned partners: Mercedes Hitesman and Wendy Moody direct the Edmonton office, while Kelly Osaka and John Cusano lead from Calgary. National practice head Rachel Howie is also based in Calgary, along with key litigator Gordon Tarnowsky, who is highly specialized in energy and oil and gas matters. Other key names include Dennis Picco KC and Simon Elzen-Hoskyn in Edmonton.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Osaka; John Cusano; Mercedes Hitesman; Wendy Moody

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Edison and Edison International

Tilray

Sawridge Trust and the Sawridge Trustees

Wawanesa

British Petroleum (BP) Canada Energy Group

Niko

Dynasty Power

Canadian National – CN

Suncor

EPCOR

Work highlights

  • Represented Edison and Edison International after Geophysical Services Incorporated advanced a claim against them alleging breach of contract and copyright, amongst other accusations.
  • Represented Tilray in a proposed national class action filed in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench that challenges the potency of several Canadian cannabis companies’ products.
  • Acted for the Sawridge Trustees in connection with a complex litigation concerning the distribution of assets estimated at $70m to a group of beneficiaries.

Canada > Dispute resolution: Ontario Tier 3

The Ontario group at Dentons offers clients support on commercial litigation, insurance litigation, shareholder dispute litigation, product liability litigation and class actions. Its varied client roster regularly features mayor players in the tech, retail, metallurgical, transportation, finance and insurance segments. Practice head Douglas Stewart majors on commercial and civil litigation with an emphasis on professional liability and insurance related matters. Key partner Matthew Fleming has forged a prominent reputation for class action, professional and product liability, regulatory and securities-related disputes. Other noted figures include experienced litigators Marina Sampson and Michael Schafler.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Stewart

Key clients

Canadian National Railway

Amazon

UD Trading

BDO

AIG

Twitter

Honda

Kia Canada

The Salvation Army

Deloitte

Canadian Airport Authorities

Work highlights

  • Represented three Amazon companies: Audible, Amazon and Amazon Canada, in putative class actions in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec regarding an alleged conspiracy with Apple and Apple Canada to allocate the market for digital audiobooks on a worldwide basis.
  • Represented Niantic following the allegation in class actions that elements of their games infringe the Competition Act.
  • Represented UD Trading in a $650m claim for damages and related relief against TransAsia Private Capital.

Canada > Dispute resolution: Quebec Tier 3

The Quebec group at Dentons brings together solicitors and litigators to act for clients involved in construction, retail, e-commerce, hospitality, automative and healthcare disputes. Montreal-based Margaret Weltrowska heads up the department and leads on commercial and civil litigation, class action, franchising and product liability matters. Key partner-level litigation contacts include Pierre Grenier and Claude Morency. They are supported by senior associate Erica Shadeed, who is active on commercial, marketing, and media-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Weltrowska

Key clients

Expedia, Travelscape, Hotels.com

FCA Canada

Audible, Amazon.com, Amazon.com.ca

Avis Budget

Wal-Mart Canada

Nissan Canada

AIG Insurance Company of Canada

Ernst & Young

Niantic

Unico

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

The mining practice at Dentons utilizes the strength of its global network to advise major multinational mining companies (including Rio Tinto) involved high-value, multi-jurisdictional financings and complex M&A. In addition, the firm provides comprehensive support with project development, environmental matters and with high-stakes litigation and arbitration. The group is chaired by Leanne Krawchuk KC in Edmonton, who brings expertise to M&A and supply and streaming agreements; and Robin Longe in Vancouver, who advises on joint ventures and the purchase and sale of mines and mining-related assets.  Another key figure is François Brabant in Montreal, who assists with securities and corporate governance matters. In addition to Brian Abraham KC, Kevin Rooney retired from the firm in February 2023. Jennifer Poirier departed in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Leanne Krawchuk KC; Robin Longe

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alamos Gold

Cerrado Gold

Procon

Sierra Metals

Black Rock

Aya Gold and Silver

Silver Mountain Resources Inc.

Kiska Metals

Ascendant Resources Inc.

Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Millennial Lithium on its acquisition by Lithium Americas Corp.’s proposed plan of arrangement.
  • Advising Aya Gold & Silver Inc. on its C$92m underwritten prospectus offering of common shares.
  • Advising Cerrado Gold Inc. in connection with a $20m secured note and stream agreement with Sprott Resource Streaming and Royalty Corp. to finance its Monte do Carmo gold project in the State of Tocantins, Brazil.

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 3

Over recent years, Dentons’ power group has increasingly leveraged the wider firm’s strong oil and gas offering to work at the intersection of energy transition matters. It also continues to maintain a robust standalone power practice, which has experience across all industry segments, including generation, distribution, transmission, and battery energy storage. Department co-head Vivek Bakshi splits his time between Toronto and Calgary and is recommended for power-related transactions, including M&A and project development. Calgary-based energy regulation specialist Bernard Roth and Montreal-based litigator Pierre Grenier are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Vivek Bakshi; Bernard Roth

Other key lawyers:

Pierre Grenier; Helen Newland; Hazel Saffery

Key clients

Capital Power Corporation

Rio Tinto Alcan

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Ontario Power Generation

Syncrude Canada

Canadian Solar

Enbridge

Investment Management Company of Ontario

Alberta Electric System Operator

Atura Power

Work highlights

  • Advising Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and Investment Management Corporation of Ontario on negotiating co-investment arrangements and the collective acquisition — alongside others — of AusNet Services, worth approximately A$10.2bn.

Canada > Environment Tier 3

Dentons’ integrated environmental law offering leans into the firm’s Indigenous law, corporate and regulatory law practices to provide full-service coverage of related issues, particularly in the natural resources sphere. Calgary-based counsel Alex MacWilliam heads both the environment and natural resources group and the climate change strategies practice; he frequently represents Canadian and multinational clients on an array of environmental law matters, from regulatory approvals and compliance, through to emergency response and crisis management. Mira Gauvin is a key contact in Montreal. Mai Rempel recently retired.

Practice head(s):

Alex MacWilliam

Other key lawyers:

Mira Gauvin; Hazel Saffery; Colin Lipsett

 

Key clients

Alberta Conservation Association

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Enbridge

Great West Life Realty Advisors

Orkin Canada

PETRONAS Canada

Syncrude Canada

World Fuel Services

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Rain Carbon

Work highlights

  • Advising the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on environmental matters relating to all aspects of its operations, including potable water system, wastewater treatment system, solid waste landfills and engineering operations.
  • Advising EPR Properties on its acquisition of the Village Valcartier hotel and water park complex, together with the Calypso Park waterpark complex, including contractual and environmental matters.
  • Advising Air Products Canada on existing contamination issues concerning the investigation and acquisition of a property, for the purposes of construction and operation of a hydrogen plant just outside of Edmonton, Alberta.

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 3

The group at Dentons focuses on representing industry clients in matters involving Aboriginal law issues, both before regulators and courts, including the Supreme Court and provincial superior courts. In addition, land claims, treaty rights and the evaluation of Aboriginal risks in the context of project financings come under the umbrella of the group’s expertise. Calgary-based practice head Bernard Roth focuses on energy regulation and administrative processes, while Laura K. Estep is noted for assisting major energy companies through all stages of the regulatory process, including representation before the Canada Energy Regulator.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Roth

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Enbridge

Enbridge Pipelines

PETRONAS Canada

Syncrude Canada

Hydro-Québec

Teal Jones Group

Canada China Business Council

Work highlights

  • Advised on the nature and extent of the client’s delegated consultation obligations and on how to effectively negotiate with First Nation communities.
  • Prepared a report which analysed the legal, political, and economic barriers to engagement by Indigenous businesses with the Chinese market, and outlined potential solutions to address those challenges.
  • Representing and advising in four litigation matters brought by the Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam in relation to their assertion of Aboriginal title and rights on lands affected by hydroelectric projects of Hydro-Québec, and which also involve claims in damages of approximately C$2bn.

Canada > Insurance Tier 3

Dentons’ national insurance practice remains in growth mode. Following the hire of a large team from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in February 2022, the practice was further enhanced in December 2022 with the hire of Montreal-based insurance specialist Nathalie Durocher, who has a focus on professional liability and regulatory compliance. The arrival of Durocher, who joins from a lawyers collective, provides the group with a valuable Quebec platform. The national department continues to be led from Toronto by corporate and regulatory insurance expert Laurie LaPalme and insurance litigator Douglas Stewart.

Practice head(s):

Laurie LaPalme; Douglas Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Arthur Hamilton; Derek Levinsky; Nathalie Durocher; Marisa Coggin

Key clients

AXA XL Insurance

Arch Insurance Canada

Wawanesa Life Insurance Company

Aviva Canada

AIG

Lloyds of London

NFP Canada Corp

Greenstone

Accelerant Holdings

Lockton

Work highlights

  • Advising multiple insurance carriers in Canada on compliance with the new requirements of the French Language Charter under Bill 96.
  • Advising Till Capital on the sale of Omega Insurance Holdings and its two wholly owned subsidiaries (Omega General Insurance Company and Focus Group) to Accelerant Holdings.
  • Representing Arch Insurance in all actions brought against it relating to the cancellation of educational tours due to the global pandemic.

Canada > International trade Tier 3

Dentons has been busy on the economic sanctions and export controls front of late, where it has advised major domestic and multinational clients — and law firms — on complying with Canadian rules on Russia, among other jurisdictions. The group also handles customs law, trade remedies and trade policy matters. Toronto-based regulatory specialist Paul Lalonde heads the department and specializes in government procurement and international trade. Of counsel Sean Stephenson, also in Toronto, possesses growing experience in international trade, including investment treaty arbitration, WTO law and trade remedies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lalonde

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Motorola Solutions

Tosyali Algeria

Borets Canada

Spartan Controls

Kik Custom Products

World Vision Canada

Suncor Energy

Scierie Alexandre Lemay et fils

Trimark Tubulars

West-Can Seal Coating

Work highlights

  • Represented Trimark in the antidumping investigation into certain oil country tubular goods 3 from Austria.
  • Represented West-Can Seal Coating in an arbitration under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement bid protest mechanism and the Canada Free Trade Agreement against the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.
  • Advised Motorola Solutions on trade and export compliance due diligence concerning three M&A transactions during 2022.

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 3

The practice at Dentons supports clients across a range of labour and employment matters, including litigation and arbitration, wrongful dismissals, health and safety law, human resources issues, contracts, workplace investigations and training programs. While the firm fields offices located in six Canadian economic hubs, Toronto is the seat of national lead Andy Pushalik, who routinely assists clients with sensitive advisory human resources matters and labour and employment litigation. Additional key partners include Eleni Kassaris, who works from Vancouver; Montreal-based Christian Létourneau; and April Kosten (Calgary).

Practice head(s):

Andy Pushalik

Key clients

Canopy Growth Corporation

Rain Carbon

InnVest REIT (Hilton Quebec)

Alamos Gold

Work highlights

  • Assisted Canopy Growth Corporation with general employment advice and conducting internal workplace investigations.
  • Assisted ABCRC with counsel on all areas of labour and employment law.
  • Assisted Champion Petfoods with corporate structuring, occupational health and safety and labour and employment advice.

Canada > Pensions Tier 3

Canada > Public procurement Tier 3

The expertise of the Dentons group encompasses public procurement at all levels of government, including federal, provincial, municipal and Crown corporations. The practice’s sectoral experience includes technology, energy, construction and defence. Practice head Paul Lalonde leads from Toronto and specializes in government procurement, international trade and arbitration. Partner Sean Stephenson is noted for his knowledge of government contracting law.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lalonde

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amazon Web Services

Waterfront Toronto

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

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

TeamDynamix

VF Worldwide Holdings

West-Can Seal Coating

FTI Professional Grade

Tiree Facility Solutions

IBI Group

ECA Robotics

Fox News Network

Department of Justice Canada

Lifelabs

ECA Robotics

Campbell Drug Stores

Work highlights

  • Represented Amazon Web Services in challenging the implementation of a federal Request for a Supply Arrangement for Government Contract Centre Services valued at $150m at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
  • Represented Tiree Facility Solutions as the successful bidder in the procurement challenge at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal brought by Tiree’s competitor in relation to a project management project for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

Canada > Real estate Tier 3

Dentons leverages the bench strength of its global network to provide a comprehensive service to real estate companies and developers, entrepreneurs, owners and tenants of commercial retail, office and industrial buildings, shopping centres and hotels, in addition to purchasers, sellers and investors (financial institutions, pension funds, REITs), on a diverse spectrum of real estate matters. The practice is led by Clark Kassian in Calgary, who brings expertise to acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, land development and commercial leasing; Katarzyna Sliwa in Toronto, who manages complex negotiations related to approval processes for development and redevelopment projects; rail, hotel and leisure specialist Lyle Zulak in Calgary; Robert Bothwell in Edmonton, who joined from Bennett Jones LLP in February 2023; Sheldon Disenhouse in Toronto, who focuses on commercial leasing; Philip Rimer in Ottawa, who specializes in real estate and infrastructure transactions with Indigenous stakeholders; Scott Wilson in Vancouver, who brings experience to acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations, and energy and infrastructure projects; and Marie-Andrée Thibault, who arrived at the Montreal office from Fasken in May 2023. Other key figures include Jillian Shortt, who operates out of the Toronto and Calgary offices and who assists with the creation of single and two-tier joint venture structures and limited partnerships. Isaiah Banach joined as counsel in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Clark Kassian; Katarzyna Sliwa; Lyle Zulak; Robert Bothwell; Sheldon Disenhouse; Philip Rimer; Scott Wilson; Marie-Andrée Thibault

Other key lawyers:

Jillian Shortt; Sonja Homenuck; Jules Mikelberg; Jeff Coape-Arnold; Wilfred Chan

Key clients

Parkland Corporation

Canadian National Railway

EPR Properties

Avenue 31 Capital Inc.

Mizrahi Development Inc.

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Flato Development Inc.

CanFirst Capital Management

Vopak Development Canada Inc.

Nature Conservancy Canada

North Central Co-operative Association Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Mizrahi One Bloor Project Limited Partnership regarding the development, and other matters associated with the 1 Bloor Street West Project, an 85-story building with a current project budget of C$1.6bn.
  • Advised CanFirst in multiple real estate transactions including a C$222.6m acquisition of a 13-property portfolio in Ontario from IG Investment Management Ltd.
  • Represented EPR Properties in its acquisition of the Village Valcartier hotel and water park complex north of Québec City, together with the Calypso Park waterpark complex in Limoges, Ontario.

Transport > Other transport Tier 3

The transport group at Dentons routinely receives a variety of road, rail and public transit mandates. Its road transport expertise covers trucking and bus regulation and dangerous goods matters. In the rail sphere, it is equipped to advise on mixed-use systems and associated regulatory issues. With regards to public transit, the group regularly advises government agencies and private sector developers, operators, lenders and investors on public transit projects. Toronto-based practice head Michael Ledgett covers advisory matters, while Marina E Sampson is noted for her litigation skill.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ledgett

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Canadian National Railway Company

Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium

Department of Justice Canada

Ontario Public Transit Association

Work highlights

  • Successfully advising Canadian National Railway Company in obtaining multiple injunctions in Ontario and across multiple provinces where unlawful blockades of CN’s railways crippled the country’s rail infrastructure and economy for several weeks.
  • Advising Canadian National Railway Company in a lawsuit brought by Canadian Pacific Railway Company  against Canadian National Railway Company, Procor Limited and Glencore Canada Corporation d/b/a Norfalco Sales.
  • Advising Canadian National Railway Company in a high-profile lawsuit brought by the Province of Ontario.

Canada > Banking and finance

Dentons’ global network is reflected in a client list that encompasses a range of non-Canadian banks and alternative lenders. The group also routinely advises Canadian borrowers and domestic financial institutions, with a focus on the energy, infrastructure, TMT and financial services industries. Ryan Middleton and Robert de Guzman co-head the transactions-focused team from Toronto and Edmonton respectively. Other key names in Toronto include Dennis WiebeMichael Henriques and Heidi ClarkJoel Cabelli and Marie-Josée Couture are noted in Montreal.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Middleton; Robert de Guzman

Key clients

Royal Bank of Canada

Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

Canada Infrastructure Bank

TD Greystone Mortgage Fund

BDC Capital

Fiera FP Business

Certus Oil and Gas

Capital Power Corporation

Meridiam Infrastructure North America Corporation

Energera

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of Nova Scotia, as agent, on a syndicated C$360m non-revolving senior secured credit facility.
  • Advised Energera on the refinancing of its term and operating credit facilities with HSBC Bank Canada.
  • Advised Canadian Infrastructure Bank on its financing of clean energy infrastructure projects in the City of Markham, through Markham District Energy.

Canada > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

The 14-strong group at Dentons leverages the firm’s international presence to provide counsel on cross-border and multi-region antitrust and competition law matters. Its expertise covers merger reviews, abuse of dominance, pricing practices, distribution arrangements and advertising. Toronto-based practice co-head Sandy Walker routinely represents clients in the financial services, technology, mining, oil and gas and entertainment sectors. Alongside her, Barry Zalmanowitz KC co-leads from Edmonton and advises clients on compliance with the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Walker; Barry Zalmanowitz KC

Key clients

Amazon

Bayer

Capital Power

Enbridge

Husky Energy

Lions Gate Entertainment

Lactalis Group

Meritage Entities

Ontario Power Generation

Shaw Communications

Sleeman Breweries

Suncor Energy

Transport Canada

The Herjavec Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Groupe Touchette on the competition law aspects of its acquisition of National Tire Distributors from American Tire Distributors.
  • Counsel to HSBC entities in connection with putative class actions in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice alleging that several major financial institutions and their subsidiaries conspired to fix and/or manipulate gold and silver prices.
  • Advised KPS Capital Partners on multiple significant cross-border acquisitions, including its proposed $3.45bn acquisition of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The corporate practice at Dentons leverages the bench strength of its global network and experienced team to advise major multinationals (including Lions Gate Entertainment, Motorola Solutions and Polaris Renewable Energy) involved in high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions. Assisting companies across such industries as tech, cannabis, mining, telecoms, infrastructure, energy, biotech and entertainment, the group’s full service extends to M&A, restructurings, proxy fights, competition and antitrust matters, joint ventures, regulated industries and transactional tax issues. The practice is led in Toronto by Alex Farcas, who utilizes extensive M&A experience and niche expertise in the cannabis space, and Jason Saltzman, who arrived from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in July 2022, and who is practiced in share purchases, asset purchases, take-over bids, exchange offers and plan of arrangements. Other key figures include blockchain and mining specialist Kimberly Burns in Vancouver; and corporate finance expert Ora Wexler and senior associate Alex Eckler in Toronto. Grant MacKenzie departed the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alex Farcas; Jason Saltzman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Gage Growth Corp

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

The Parent Company

FAX Capital Corp.

American Builders & Contractors Supply Co., Inc.

Bayer

Polaris Renewable Energy Inc.

Energy Fuels Inc.

Starlight Investments Capital

Magnet Forensics Inc.

Saturn Oil & Gas Inc.

Aldebaran Resources Ltd.

Dye & Durham Corporation

Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation

Eagle Quest International Ltd.

Hangry Solutions

Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services, Inc.

APM Global Holdings Pty Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented the special committee of the board of directors of Magnet in a publicly announced C$1.8bn acquisition by Thoma Bravo by way of a plan of arrangement.
  • Represented Motorola Solutions (MSI) on four acquisitions in 2022, including: the acquisition of Australia-based Barrett Communications, the acquisition of Futurecom Systems Group, and the acquisition of Rave Mobile Safety.
  • Representing Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation in a proposed separation of its Studio and Motion Picture business segment and its Streaming and Content business segment into two independent, NYSE-listed operating businesses.

Canada > Dispute resolution: British Columbia Tier 4

Dentons's Vancouver office handles a range of real estate and contractual disputes, as well as supporting clients in the transportation, tech and mining sectors with arbitration and litigation. Commercial litigation specialist Morgan Camley heads up the practice. Emma Irving, an up-and-coming partner, is acclaimed for her work on contract and transactional litigation, class actions and personal injury defence. Senior associate Mélanie Power's practice focuses on representing government, private and public sector clients on a broad range of litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Morgan Camley

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CN Rail

Niantic

Canada Mink Breeders Association

HSBC

Swissport Canada

Well Health Technologies

Dell Technologies

AIG Insurance Company of Canada

Amazon

Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 4

Dentons enjoys a prominent reputation for transport-related infrastructure matters, where it has a strong record on behalf of public sector clients, including Transport Canada and Montréal Port Authority, among others. The group also acts for developers and lenders on Canadian and international projects. Montreal-based Ilan Dunsky co-heads the department and handles an array of procurement, project development and finance matters. Vancouver-based Jana Mansour co-leads the group and also contributes to the construction and project finance teams.

Practice head(s):

Ilan Dunsky; Jana Mansour

Other key lawyers:

Mathilde Carrière; Lampros Stougiannos; Charles Bardou

Key clients

Department of Justice Canada (Transport Canada)

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Livent

JGC Fluor

Stadler

Montréal Port Authority

CIB

Enbridge

Knight Piésold

City of Victoria

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Justice Canada and Transport Canada on the structuring and procurement of the High Frequency Rail Project.
  • Advising Montréal Port Authority on the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a new container terminal on its Contrecœur property.
  • Advising Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on procurement and design-build matters for the expansion of the container terminal in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown waterfront.

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Fielding offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, the national restructuring group at Dentons is well-versed in cross-border insolvency matters, in addition to representing clients before the Supreme Court of Canada. The department’s sectoral expertise spans energy, mining, retail, pension plans, natural resources and real estate restructuring, while clients include secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, and consulting firms. Robert Kennedy heads the Toronto team. Vancouver office managing partner John Sandrelli is another key contact. Former co-practice head David W Mann  departed the firm in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Robert Kennedy

Key clients

Alvarez & Marsal

BP Energy

Wilmington Trust, National Association – Calfrac

Farber

Deloitte Restructuring

Clover Condo

SunTrust

PwC – Clover Calgary

BDO Canada

Deloitte – Express Gold

Wilmington Trust re: Dominion Diamond Mines

Laurentian Bank of Canada

Connect First Credit Union

Work highlights

  • Counsel for Alvarez and Marsal Canada in its capacity as the Receiver of 55 large real estate properties formerly owned by Strategic Group, pursuant to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
  • Acted for BP Energy to negotiate an ongoing post-filing supply agreement where BP was owed approximately $230m from the insolvency of Just Energy.
  • Acted for Deloitte Restructuring in its capacity as Monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Express Gold Refining.

Canada > Tax Tier 4

Working from six Canadian offices, the 46-strong tax group at international firm Dentons is regularly instructed by Canadian and foreign multinationals, private equity funds and financial institutions for its tax structuring and litigation expertise. Toronto-based practice head Mark Jadd focuses on the income tax aspects of M&A, restructurings and financings, and has niche expertise providing tax counsel to film and television industry clients. Also in Toronto, partner Larry Nevsky handles a range of transactional, advisory and contentious tax matters. Vancouver-based litigator Joel Nitikman is an additional key figure.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jadd

Key clients

Special Committee of Magnet Forensics

NFP and NFP Canada

Starton Therapeutics

Lions Gate Entertainment

Kerr Industries

Saturn Oil & Gas

Enbridge

Bonnefield Financial

Portage Ventures

Motorola Solutions

TPCO Holding

Collins Family Trust

Belmont Nominee

Damis Properties / Microbjo Properties

The Preston Family Trust II

Polystar Packaging

Work highlights

  • Represented the Special Committee of the board of directors of Magnet in its C$1.8bn acquisition by Thoma Bravo by way of a plan of arrangement.
  • Advised NFP and NFP Canada on its acquisition of Newport Private Wealth, a Toronto-based private wealth management firm.
  • Argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in a tax case discussing the availability of the equitable remedy of rescission.

Canada > Technology Tier 4

The over 40-strong team at Dentons is known for assisting clients with matters relating to blockchain, fintech, cryptocurrency, virtual reality and AI, as well as offering regulatory and M&A counsel. Ottawa-based David Little co-heads the group and has focused his practice on venture capital financings. Alongside him, senior counsel Tom Sides co-leads from Edmonton and specializes in technology, intellectual property and privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

David Little; Tom Sides

Key clients

Miovision Technologies Incorporated

Lytica

Beedie Investments / Beedie Capital

Graphite Ventures

Field Effect Software

Kinaxis

Colliers Group International

Hangry Solutions

FemTherapeutics

BDC Capital

KATEK SE

The Sampler App

EBOX

Meridiam Infrastructure North America Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Meridiam Infrastructure North America Corporation on a Master Network Access and User Agreement (ISP services) and an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Services Agreement, for the construction of telecommunications networks in Alberta
  • Advised Kinaxis on its acquisition of MPO, a European headquartered company that offers a unified global cloud-based SaaS platform for multi-party orchestration of orders, inventory and transport.
  • Advised global cyber security company Field Effect on its $34.5m Series A financing led by Edison Partners.

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 is recognised 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 they 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.

Dentons offers an unmatched presence across the globe with experienced lawyers in more than 80 countries. With more than 500 lawyers across the firm’s Canadian offices, Dentons provides clients with on-the-ground legal experience across many industries — private and public business — in key sectors of the Canadian economy.

Dentons is well-positioned to support the success of its 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.

Whether clients are conducting business in Canada or looking to expand internationally, Dentons offers local knowledge, global proficiency and exceptional depth of talent. Explore the legal services that Dentons provides at www.dentons.com.

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Edmonton (Office Managing Partner) Fausto Franceschi
Vancouver (Office Managing Partner) John Sandrelli
Ottawa (Office Managing Partner) David Little
Montréal (Office Managing Partner) Christian Létourneau
Calgary (Office Managing Partner) George Tai
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Dentons Rodyk’s Annual Thought Leadership Event Explores the Cornerstones of Singapore’s Success

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Dentons advised on the global offering of €75 million 4.60 per cent. Credit Enhanced Bonds due 2026 for Gaoyou City Construction Investment Development Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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