Firm Profile > Dentons > Vancouver, Canada


Cannabis Tier 1

Dentons cannabis group supports clients in regulatory and transactional matters, with key strengths in cultivation and production licensing, distribution and marketing, clinical trials and going public transactions. In addition to cannabis companies, the team supports various capital providers such as lenders and investors. The practice also has strong international capabilities, particularly for cannabis companies in the US and South America. Eric Foster in Toronto heads the group. With extensive experience in corporate finance and governance, he is a key adviser to emerging companies. The team also has partners in Calgary, Vancouver and Montréal.

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Truly knowledgeable about the intricacies of the practice area and well connected in the space

Eric Foster Andreas Kloppenberg have great industry knowledge and business acumen

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Dentons' media and entertainment group is highly regarded for its work in the film and television industries, where it acts for major Hollywood studios, digital media platforms, independent producers, and a host of other media companies. In addition to providing full-service tax, litigation, commercial and IP, and labour advice, the practice notably handles the financing of large-budget domestic and foreign films, television programmes and new media productions, acting for both borrowers and lenders. Ken Dhaliwal and Jim Russell jointly lead the team from Toronto; Juliet Smith in Vancouver is a standout figure in the media and entertainment market in British Columbia; and Jayme Alter is a rising star associate, also in the Toronto office.

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Key clients

Spin Master Ltd.


Elevation Pictures

Anthem Entertainment Group

First Generation Films Inc.

Take-Two Interactive

Blumhouse Productions

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

Shopify Inc.

Land of Dreams Productions Inc.

Banger Media Inc.

WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.

New Metric Media

Workin’ Moms

Breakthrough Entertainment

Sinking Ship Productions

Aviation Tier 2

According to clients, the team at Dentons is 'consistently a partner in identifying issues and providing solutions that work from a business perspective'. Acting for financiers, aircraft chartered companies, private operators and manufacturers, the team has particular strengths in aircraft finance, leasing and acquisitions. The team is also unique for its strong relationships with China-based clients. The aviation group is jointly led by Robert Quon in Vancouver and Toronto-based Carlo Vairo, 'a trusted advisor on aviation finance matters', who has 'a fantastic understanding of the Canadian aviation market'.

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The Canadian aviation practice at Dentons is quick to respond and is consistently a partner in identifying issues and providing solutions that work from a business perspective.

Carlo Vairo is excellent, responsive, and has a fantastic understanding of the Canadian aviation market.

Carlo Viaro is a trusted advisor on Canadian aviation finance matters. He is responsive and insightful and is a valuable co-counsel on our transactions that require Canadian law advice.

Carlo Viaro has deep knowledge of aircraft transactions in Canada and also cross-border transaction in and between the US and Canada. He’s responsive and his fees are reasonable.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The ‘result-oriented’ group at Dentons has received praise for its ‘excellent legal analysis and advocacy’. Well-represented throughout the firm’s offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, the group can also plug into its wider global network for support on cross-border cases. Calgary-based Gordon Tarnowsky QC leads the national litigation and dispute resolution group and is best known for his experience in energy and oil and gas disputes. Rachel Howie co-heads the Calgary litigation and dispute resolution group and is developing a strong practice in arbitration and litigation matters. Vancouver’s David Wotherspoon spearheads the growing British Columbia group, which also includes prolific senior associate Emma Irving. Matthew Fleming, who is the deputy head of the national practice, continues to raise his profile in Toronto, particularly in the class actions space. Quebec litigation head Margaret Weltrowska and Montréal-based associate Erica Shadeed are also recommended. In 2019, Morgan Camley and Sarah Nelligan joined the Vancouver office from Miller Thomson.

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‘The advice I routinely receive is practical and ethical, and factors in potential process costs of various scenarios. I’ve found Dentons to be particularly judicious about ensuring not just that the outcome of a particular file is good but that we reach that outcome in the most cost-effective way – this is a very consequential thing when a file involves multiyear, nine-figure disputes. I’ve also never had occasion to question the reasonableness of a Dentons invoice. I say this having worked with several other firms, including with other national and international firms.’

‘Dennis Picco handles the majority of my most complex commercial matters and has very much become a ”trusted advisor” for both business and legal strategy. Cristina Wendel has also been for several years a ”trusted advisor” with respect to any labour or employment matter. Her advice is sound, thoughtful, and practical.’

‘Amjad Khadhair and Simon Elzen-Hoskyn have, as associates, worked on several of the more difficult matters we’ve handled. Their involvement gives me comfort that issues have been thoughtfully and thoroughly considered. I’ve come to trust their analysis and recommendations.’

‘The success of a team is greatly the ability to assign the right people to do the right tasks, and ensure the (common) goal is fully understood and communication is constant. In the mandate that we gave to Dentons, that ability was clearly demonstrated.’

‘Dentons has a team with good familiarity of the ICSID arbitration methods and procedures and a good support team here in Calgary who well understand the oil and gas industry.’

‘Denton’s team are meticulous and understand the importance of limiting the budget to contest our arbitration proceedings.’

‘Excellent legal analysis and advocacy Prompt action and careful attention to details. Very good client management and result oriented. Top echelon relative to other firms.’

‘David Wotherspoon is very knowledgeable of the law and strategies. Great leader and delegates work as appropriate to get the best result for the clients at the least cost. Top draw in Intellectual Property.’

Key clients

BP Canada Energy Group ULC

Canadian National Railway Company

Enbridge Inc.

FCA Canada Inc.

Husky Oil Operations

Edison S.p.A.

PetroChina Canada

Sunshine Oilsands

Niko Resources (Bangladesh)

Norrep Investment Management Group Inc.

Husky Oil Operations

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Sumitomo Chemical Company

Valent Canada Inc.


Toronto Hydro Corporation




Canadian National Railway Company

Sleeman Breweries


National Dental Examining Board


Primary Poultry Processors Association of British Columbia


Russell Industries Corp.

Well Health Technologies

Green Light Solutions

Knight Piésold

UPS SCS (United Parcel Service Canada)

Avis Budget Group

Subaru Canada, Inc.

Expedia, Travelocity and

FCA Canada Inc.

Audible Inc.

Indigenous law Tier 2

Dentons' Aboriginal law group advises clients on land claims and treaty rights, the negotiation and drafting of agreements and risk management issues related to project financings. The practice group has further expertise in regulatory and environmental law matters, and also represents clients before administrative and rule-making bodies. Montréal-based Ann Bigué has a strong reputation representing clients in the energy, natural resources and mining sectors. Practice head Bernard Roth in Calgary also has extensive experience in oil and gas-related matters.

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Conuma Coal Resources Limited

Enbridge Inc.

Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Northshore Forest Inc.

PETRONAS Canada (formerly Progress Energy Canada Ltd.)

Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Veresen Midstream

Vermilion Forest Management Company Ltd.

Telecoms Tier 2

Dentons is rated by clients for its 'in-depth industry knowledge with a sense of what is needed to provide actionable, practical advice'. The telecoms team plays a key role in corporate and financing transactions and complex regulatory matters. In particular, the group is a top choice in the broadcasting sector, where it can draw on the complementary expertise of the firm's media and entertainment team. Practice head Monica Song is highlighted for her responsiveness and her 'on-point understanding of the industry'. Based in the firm's Ottawa office, Song acts for a wide range of Canadian and foreign carriers and has particular expertise in radio communication matters. Also recommended is Gregory Kane QC, who has experience assisting clients with privatizations and copyright issues.

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‘Strong ability to address both small and large issues. Extensive knowledge and experience in Canadian telecoms.’

‘Greg Kane is fantastic–a real rock star!’

‘The Dentons Canada team is exceptionally professional and responsive. They combine in-depth industry knowledge with a sense of what is needed to provide actionable, practical advice.’

‘My principal point of contact with the Dentons Canada team — Monica Song — has been a pleasure to work with. She is professional, responsive and has in-depth industry knowledge to provide practical advice on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues.’

‘The team at Dentons is extremely responsive and very knowledgeable. They have consistently demonstrated good legal judgment and given us advice useful for our needs.’

‘Monica Song is one of the better outside counsel that we work with anywhere. She is extremely responsive and on-point with her understanding of the industry and her advice.’

Key clients

Shaw Communications Inc.

Business immigration Tier 3

The business immigration team at Dentons has been highlighted for its ability to 'appreciate the urgency' of clients' requests and 'deliver every time'. Recognized for its experience handling inbound and outbound Canada-US immigration matters, the team routinely advises on global mobility matters, work permits and intra-company transfers. Among the team's clients are large corporation in the areas of technology, financial services, media and entertainment, oil and gas, and manufacturing. Henry Chang and Helen Park head the group from Toronto and Vancouver, respectively.

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‘Dentons business immigration services are unique in how quickly qualified, effective resources are applied to our requests. Often times, immigration issues are raised at the last minute and require an expedient response. Dentons appreciates the urgency of our requests and delivers every time.’

‘Henry Chang is quick to respond, highly knowledgeable, thoughtful and creative in his solutions, and easy for employees to understand. He makes our company’s needs a priority and moves quickly to give us clear direction and weighted options.’

Key clients

UP Cannabis (Now HEXO)

Aldea Services LLC

The Canadian Press

Galt & Company

Habitat Flats Central Prairie Lodges LLC

Henein Hutchison LLP

ICICI Bank Canada

Level5 Strategic Brand Advisors

OneStream Software, LLC

Ready Engineering

Capital Power Corporation

Alamos Gold Inc.

Capital markets Tier 3

Dentons is recognized by its strengths in the technology, cannabis and energy sectors, where it is most active for issuer-side clients. The wider firm’s extensive international network also sets the group apart, and, indeed, the capital markets group routinely teams up with colleagues internationally to advise on cross-border debt and equity offerings. Bill Gilliland in Calgary is recommended for natural resources-related transactions; Montreal-based corporate head Charles Spector has a broad practice that spans both debt and equity offerings; and Eric Foster in Toronto is noted for his focus on corporate finance matters in the cannabis space.

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‘The level of support and insight, based on decades of practical experience has been invaluable to me as a CFO.’

‘The Denton’s team also shares our sense of urgency when appropriate and reacts appropriately.’

‘Charles Spector and his team are dedicated to delivering milestones on time, in compliance with all applicable legislation and regs.’

‘Their dedication to completing a task is unparalleled and their flexibility and ability to react quickly when opportunities arise, is appreciated.’

‘Chuck’s ability to understand the situation from the client perspective and his general strong business and people skills makes us feel like we have a partner in business rather than just a well educated supplier.’

Key clients

BMO Capital Markets

Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.

RBC Capital Markets

National Bank Financial Inc.

TD Securities

Capital Power Corporation

Shaw Communications Inc.

Root Data Center Inc.

CIBC World Markets Inc.

Canopy Growth Corporation

Sprott Capital Partners LP

Bloom Burton

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Dentons’ Canadian arm handles a steady stream of mid-market deals from its six Canadian offices. The group is also recognized by its ability to secure top-flight deals in its core sectors, particularly oil and gas, cannabis, agribusiness, and media and telecoms. The firm’s increasing involvement in cross-border deals is another differentiator and, indeed, it routinely works alongside its international offices on multi-jurisdictional mandates, particularly deals involving the US. Calgary-based Dan Shea focuses on capital markets and private equity matters and co-heads the department together with Montréal-based Charles Spector.

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CIBC World Markets and RBC Dominion Securities

Instant Brands Inc.

Ontario Power Generation

Shaw Communications

Cascades Inc.

Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc.

Meritage Midstream Services III, LP and Riverstone Holdings LLC

Spectrum Equity

ROOT Data Centre

Bonnefield Financial Inc.

White Star Capital

Capital Power Corporation

Emblem Corp.

Focus Financial Partners, LLC

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp.

Cougar Drilling Solutions Inc.

Environment Tier 3

Dentons' environmental department is instrumental to the firm's ability to provide comprehensive service to clients in the areas of transportation, oil and gas, mining and property development. The practice group stands out in particular for its experience in major pipeline projects, but has built a reputation as a one-stop-shop for project planning and implementation, more broadly. In addition to handling due diligence, rick assessments and permitting, Calgary-based practice head Alex MacWilliam ('exceptional') also represents clients in regulatory proceedings relating to contaminated sites.

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Alex MacWilliam is exceptional. He has a very calm manner and is not pompous like many of his competitors. His knowledge of environmental law is encyclopedic.

Key clients

Alberta Conservation Association

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

Capital Power

City of Edmonton

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Enbridge Inc.

Great West Life Realty Advisors

Groupe TNT Inc.

HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan)

Katz Group

Morguard Investments Limited

Noralta Lodge Ltd.

Orkin Canada


Syncrude Canada Inc.

World Fuel Services

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Rocky Mountain Equipment

Infrastructure projects Tier 3

Rated by clients for its professionalism and client-focus, Dentons infrastructure team is most active in projects in the energy and transportation sectors, where is advises clients such as private sponsors and public authorities, lenders, contractors, and more. In addition to its domestic projects work, the firm also has a strong international focus, having recently been involved in several cross-border matters involving Europe and South America. The infrastructure and PPP practice is co-chaired by Jana Mansour in Vancouver and Ilan Dunsky in Montréal.

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They work as a team and we know that when they give an opinion to the client they have consulted senior lawyers and have bounced ideas and strategies previously.  Also, we know that have taken into consideration the client’s concerns.

The lawyers we work with are very professional and have done detailed research before providing an opinion.

Key clients

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

ENMAX Corporation

International trade Tier 3

Dentons' strong global footprint across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia, lends itself well to advising clients on bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, such as the WTO, NAFTA, and CPTPP. Hailed as being 'very flexible to the client's needs', the group works closely with teams from across the firm's full-service platform. In particular, the practice group often works with the firm's oil and gas practice, making it a go-to for clients in the energy sector. Toronto-based practice head Paul Lalonde has experience of government contracting law, international trade and anti-corruption matters.

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Great expertise, shows flexibility on alternative arrangements, very responsive to our needs.

Paul Lalonde has a great knowledge of his field and provides practical and business-focused advice.

Paul Lalonde is an excellent trade lawyer. He understands the intricacies of complex trade laws, and knows how to navigate those laws to his client’s advantage.

Key clients

Angang Steel Company Ltd. and Angang International Trade Corporation

ATAKAS Celik San. Ve Tic. A.S.

Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Ennis Fabric Ltd.

General Dynamics Land Systems Canada Inc. (GDLSC)

Kik Custom Productions

Scierie Lemay

Suncor Energy Inc.

T Co Metals

Welspun Group

Labour and employment Tier 3

Dentons' labour and employment group handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work, regularly advising on compliance, workplace investigations, health and safety and executive compensation, among other matters. Christian Létourneau in Montréal heads up the national practice and has niche expertise in psychological harassment cases. Andy Pushalik leads the Toronto group and is sought after for sensitive HR issues. Sector strengths include health services, manufacturing, professional services, transportation, and public sector.


‘Knowledgeable, proficient and professional.’

‘Andy Pushalik is a phenomenal advocate and advisor.’

Key clients

Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association (ACSTA)

Mikisew Group of Companies

Champion Petfoods

Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.

Alamos Gold Inc.

Canadian Media Producers Association

Canopy Growth

Reliq Health Technologies Inc.

Ontario Power Generation Inc.


Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Canadian National Railway Company (“CN”)

Commonwealth Plywood Ltée

Mining Tier 3

The team at Dentons focuses on cross-border mining mandates involving assets in jurisdictions throughout Africa and Latin America. Experienced in the full range of regulatory, transactional and contentious work, the department's client list is made up of investors and mining companies, as well as industry service providers. Of recent note, the arrival in January 2019 of Kevin RooneyOra Wexler and Alex Farcas from Baker McKenzie to the firm's securities and M&A group has significantly bolstered the practice's transactional capabilities. Edmonton-based Leanne Krawchuk co-chairs the firm's global mining practice. Brian Abraham QC in Vancouver is also recommended.

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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.

Oil and gas Tier 3

Dentons is sought after to advise on commercial and regulatory matters related to the sale and purchase of upstream and midstream assets, energy project development and the regulation of energy infrastructure. In particular, clients note the team's ability to seamlessly handle multi-jurisdictional transactions. The oil and gas practice is particularly specialized in the midstream industry where it has seen significant growth. Transactional lawyer Michael Hurst jointly leads the department with regulatory expert Bernard Roth and commercial specialist George Antonopoulos. Laura Estep is also recommended.


In a transaction that I had involving entities in 5 different countries, Dentons was able to provide services in each jurisdiction in a coordinated fashion.

Given their size and variety of the Dentons practice, they are able to bring in subject matter experts where others cannot.

Key clients

Enbridge Inc

AltaGas Ltd

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Kingston Midstream (formerly Tundra Energy Marketing Limited)

Cenovus  Energy

Enhance Energy

BP Canada Energy Group ULC

Suncor Energy Inc

Syncrude Canada Ltd

Junex Inc

Posco Daewoo E&P Canada Corporation

Meritage Midstream

Shell Canada


Carbon Engineering Ltd

Other transport Tier 3

Dentons is active in the rail and road sectors, drawing on the strength of the firm's wider infrastructure group. Jointly led by Toronto-based Michael Ledgett and Ilan Dunsky in Montréal, the team is also recognized for its strength in public sector-transportation matters. Ledgett is a recommended advisor for public sector clients, as well as for private sector participants. Dunsky co-chairs the firm's wider infrastructure and PPP group.

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Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

Network Rail Consulting

Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)

Canadian National Railway Company (CN)

Pensions Tier 3

Mary Picard and Scott Sweatman are the names to note in Dentons' pensions group. The team has experience across a range of pensions work, covering administration and regulatory matters, issues arising from corporate transactions and insolvency, and pension plan mergers. Picard is based in Toronto, and Sweatman is in Vancouver.

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Power Tier 3

Dentons energy team routinely advises on asset acquisitions and disposals and new project developments and regulatory approvals, with an emphasis on natural gas-fuelled power stations. The practice is jointly led by Toronto-based transaction specialist Vivek Bakshi and regulatory expert Bernard Roth, who is based in the firm's Calgary office. Another key name in the team is Helen Newland, who is active in a variety of operational and development matters involving power and utilities projects.

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Capital Power Corporation

Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.

Ontario Power Generation Inc. (“OPG”)

Public procurement Tier 3

With offices in Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver, Dentons handles procurement matters nationwide, and is experienced in both supplier and buyer side work. Among the team's sector strengths are technology, energy, infrastructure and construction, and defence. Toronto-based Paul Lalonde is recognized by clients as a 'top-notch procurement lawyers', who 'adds great value to every discussion about procurement law'. Lalonde is noted also for his work in government-contracting disputes, and the team as a whole has extensive experience representing clients in high-profile bid challenges.

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Denton’s public procurement practise is very strong. Paul Lalonde is a top notch procurement lawyer.

Paul Lalonde is very knowledgeable, and very strategic. He adds great value to every discussion about procurement law. He is also a terrific person to work with.

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Harris Corporation

Medi+Sure Canada Inc.

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

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Waterfront Toronto

VF Worldwide Holdings

Real estate Tier 3

Dentons' 'efficient and experienced' real estate group advises investors, property owners and developers on commercial leasing; project finance, construction and development; and single-asset and portfolio investment deals. Its offices across Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia make up a strong domestic presence, while the firm's expansive international network allows for seamless advice in multi-jurisdictional mandates. Sonja Homenuck in Toronto leads the national practice group. Also recommended are Arnon Dachner and Sheldon Disenhouse in Vancouver and Toronto, respectively.

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Efficient, experienced team with lots of back-office support.

Key clients

Hopewell Development

Ontario Teachers Pensions Plan/The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Polygon Group of Companies

Qualico Developments

Qualex Landmark

MacBain Properties

Triovest Realty Advisors

China-East Resources Import & Export Co.


Kinaxis Inc.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Dentons' restructuring team has developed deep expertise in the areas of energy, mining and natural resources, retail and real estate. The team regularly attracts restructuring mandates from accounting firms and lenders, and is also recognized for its work on distressed asset sales and various security issues. David Mann leads the department from Calgary and is assisted by Vancouver-based John Sandrelli, who has handled restructuring matters for a variety of international companies.

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Ascent Industries Corp.

Ernst & Young Inc.

Alvarez and Marsal Canada Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

HSBC Canada

Wilmington Trust, National Association

Guy Gissin


Banking and finance Tier 4

The Canadian arm of global firm Dentons has worked hard to raise its profile in banking and finance over recent years. A safe pair of hands for mid-market domestic and cross-border lender-side work, the group also has experience in representing borrowers. Toronto-based Dennis Wiebe leads the national group and focuses on lending transactions and restructuring and insolvency work. Michael Henriques is another key contact in Toronto and is recognized for his solid lender-side practice. The group also draws upon the experience of Toronto’s Heidi Clark and Montréal-based Joel Cabelli, both of whom advise on a full spread of finance matters.

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Credit Suisse AG

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Mizrahi Commercial (the One) LP

The Bank of Nova Scotia

National Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

HSBC Bank Canada


BNP Paribas

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Competition and antitrust Tier 4

Dentons' competition group has experience in a full range of antitrust work, with capabilities across regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Leveraging the firm's expansive global footprint, the practice group is a strong choice for cross-border matters particularly in the US and throughout Asia, and increasingly in nationwide mandates involving multiple Canadian provinces. The practice group is jointly led by Barry Zalmanowitz QC in Edmonton, and Toronto-based Sandy Walker, a 'very practical' regulatory expert.

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The team is incredibly responsive and takes the time to learn about and understand your specific business needs, which they then incorporate into their advice and guidance.

Sandy Walker has advised me on competition issues for over 10 years and she provides very practical advice, and helps me understand competition risk and how to effectively manage it in our business dealings.

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Bayer AG and Bayer Inc.

Capital Power

Daimler and Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

Husky Energy

Lions Gate Entertainment

Mercuria Energy Group Limited

Meritage Entities

Ontario Power Generation

Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.

Shaw Communications

Sleeman Breweries

Suncor Energy

The Katz Group of Companies

Tax Tier 4

Dentons is recognized for its experience of transactions in the fields of technology, entertainment and energy. Joint practice head Mark Jadd and up-and-coming partner Larry Nevsky lead the M&A segment of the practice group, working closely with the firm's corporate and securities group, and financial services team. The team also has strengths in tax litigation. Edmonton-based Mark Woltersdorf leads the national tax group. The practice group has a presence across Canada, but is especially strong in Toronto and Edmonton.

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Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Bonnefield Financial Inc.

Bayer AG

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp.

Riverstone Holdings LLC and Meritage Midstream Services III LP

Portag3 Ventures

Renewi PLC

Canadian National Railway

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Teledyne Technologies Inc.

Root Data Centres

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

Comweb Corporation

AB Volvo

Technology Tier 4

A 'cohesive team with extensive technology experience', Dentons' Canadian technology practice provides 'very practical, client-focused' advice to venture capital investors, as well as early-stage entrepreneurs and growth companies. The practice group has been very active in venture capital financing, though highlights from the past year have also shown the team involved in large-scale joint ventures and other commercial arrangements. Ottawa-based David Little co-chairs the group with Tom Sides in Edmonton, who has extensive experience dealing with IP, privacy and data security.

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‘Cohesive team with extensive technology experience. Client-focused and provide very practical business advice that goes beyond pure legal work.’

‘David Little is an exceptional first class partner. Knows his clients very well and thus can advise on a level not offered by other firms.’

Key clients

AltaML Inc.

AngelList, LLC and AngelList Advisors, LLC

Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Comcast Corporation

Comcast Ventures

Complete Innovations Inc.

Dream Payments Corp.

EBT Medical Inc.

Eddy Travels Inc.

Envenio Inc.

Equifax Canada, a subsidiary of Equifax Inc.

Information Venture Partners

Information Venture Partners II, L.P. and Information Venture Partners II (International), L.P.

Information Venture Partners III. L.P. and Yaletown Innovation Growth Limited Partnership

InsureGO Inc.

KoraPay Technologies Inc.

Loop Financial, dba Lending Loop

Motoinsight Inc.

Netcoins Inc.

Portag3 Ventures II Investments LP

Power Financial Corp. / IGM Financial / Great-West Lifeco and Portag3 Ventures LP

SecureKey Technologies

Spectrum Equity

StackAdapt Inc.

The PUR Company Inc.

The Pythian Group Inc.

The Sampler App Inc.

UK Finance (formerly British Bankers Association)

United Way of Greater Toronto

Virtual Schedule Builder (VSB)

White Star Capit

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.

Dentons offers an unmatched presence across the globe with experienced lawyers in more than 170 locations serving 70+ 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 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.