Firm Profile > Dentons > London, England

Dentons
ONE FLEET PLACE
LONDON
EC4M 7WS
England

Commercial contracts Tier 1

Known for its UK-wide and global resources, Dentons acts for big corporates as well as disruptive businesses entering the market, particularly in the area of new technologies. The firm has experience in advising on complex commercial matters in a range of sectors, including retail, energy, financial services and manufacturing. TMT specialist Martin Fanning advises on sourcing matters, commercial transactions, mobile projects, and large-scale IT and business process procurements. He co-leads the practice with Andy Lucas, who has expertise in large public sector outsourcing projects, as well as cyber security and cryptology. Their team includes Babette Märzheuser-Wood, who focuses on franchise and distribution agreements and IP-driven joint ventures; Scott Singer, whose work covers the breadth of commercial contracts; Henrietta Baker, who advises on a diverse range of commercial arrangements; and associate Sarah Lima, who has experience in major technology and telecoms projects in the financial services and public sectors.

Testimonials

‘The team is approachable, friendly and more than happy to take the time to talk through questions and issues’ 

‘They make themselves available at short notice and provide invaluable support’

‘Great business sense and innovative legal solutions’

‘Dedicated and with a drive to find a win-win solution’

‘A great team who are familiar with the challenges of working in house so are able to provide timely and pragmatic legal advice’

‘Martin Fanning understands the business and the commercial drivers for a project’s success’

‘Martin Fanning has great communication – he is clear, concise and to the point’

‘The team has extensive experience and can provide excellent advice with industry expertise’

Key clients

HM Government

Upfield

John Lewis Partnership

Sainsbury’s

Jaguar Land Rover

Home Office

The Restaurant Group plc

Ministry of Defence

EDF Energy

The Edrington Group plc

Airwair Doc Martens

LG

Tesla

Raytheon

UltraElectronics

Argos

Ministry of Defence

SkyKick

KKR

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 1

At Dentons, Simon Masri and senior associate Laura Gowing are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for £220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge is a standout in the retail space where the team's construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head Rob Thompson ‘goes the extra mile’ for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Testimonials

‘Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.’

‘The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.’

‘Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.’

‘Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.’

‘A client-focused practice with experts in their field.’

‘Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.’

‘Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.’

‘Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.’

‘Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.’

‘Commercially minded, good problem solving.’

‘Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.’

‘There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received’.

‘They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important’.

‘Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals’.

‘Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.’

Key clients

Aprirose

Apollo Global Real Estate

Park Hotels & Resorts

Topland

KSL Capital Partners

LGH UK Management Limited

Secure Income REIT

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin

Toyoko Inns

HPL (UK) Ltd

Realstar

Société Generale

Metro Bank PLC

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander

OCBC Bank

That Bournemouth Company

Commercial property: retail Tier 1

At Dentons, Simon Masri and senior associate Laura Gowing are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for £220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge is a standout in the retail space where the team's construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head Rob Thompson ‘goes the extra mile’ for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Testimonials

‘Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.’

‘The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.’

‘Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.’

‘Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.’

‘A client-focused practice with experts in their field.’

‘Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.’

‘Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.’

‘Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.’

‘Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.’

‘Commercially minded, good problem solving.’

‘Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.’

‘There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received’.

‘They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important’.

‘Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals’.

‘Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.’

Key clients

Abercrombie & Fitch

Argos (panel)

Avis

Bunnings (Part of Wesfarmers Group)

Charlotte Tilbury

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

F Hinds

Godiva

Hertz Europe

Home Retail Group

JB Global Limited (t/a Oak Furniture Land)

John Lewis Partnership

Pret A Manger

Sainsbury’s

Sports Direct

The Dune Group

The Entertainer

Upfield

Victoria’s Secret

Virgin Active

Whittard

Emerging markets Tier 1

Dentons has 'a strong partner-led team with very good emerging market experience, which is capable in both Reg S and 144A transactions'. The firm has a vast global network of offices, which enables its London finance practice to be involved in a large number of emerging markets. Its long-standing presence in Africa was enhanced by its combination with Kenyan law firm Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews, and the firm continues to be involved in syndicated lending, project and infrastructure finance, export credit finance, debt capital markets, trade and commodities finance, and energy finance across the continent. Howard Barrie who advises on project and infrastructure finance projects in Africa, as well as on structured trade and commodity financings, rejoined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. The firm has a similar portfolio of work in the Middle East and, increasingly, in the CEE,  Russia and the CIS. The firm is also growing its portfolio of work from China, having merged with a local law firm.  Head of banking and finance Paul Holland and trade finance specialist Celia Gardiner are highly recommended.

Testimonials

“Nick Hayday and Cameron Half are both experienced and ‘hands-on’ partners.”

Key clients

HSBC

Standard Chartered

Lietuvos Energija, UAB

Emirates NBD PJSC

Standard Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

FirstRand Bank

Gulf Energy Limited

Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Mashreqbank psc

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Koç Holding

JSC Silknet

CRI Group

E.P. Energy

CPI Property Group

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Environment Tier 1

Dentons handles environment-related transactions and provides regulatory advice. The firm is also experienced in defending allegations of environmental breaches. Practice head Stephen Shergold is ‘relentless in his evaluation and formulation of key strategies’ and specialises in the environmental regulations concerning oil and gas extraction, waste, and food production. The practice also advises on the sale and purchase of contaminated land and sites, and handles the environmental aspects of M&A transactions.

Testimonials

Dentons has the ability to identify and build a cohesive argument associated with key areas of vulnerabilities or ambiguity which has allowed them to highlight their technical knowledge and keen ability to bring strong arguments to address key stakeholders and their environmental responsibilities

A dynamic and energetic team that works well individually and collectively

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

PWC

AIG

Royal Mail Group

Renewi

Group 1 Automotive UK Limited

Avis Budget Group

Flex Ltd

Network Rail

GB Railfreight

World Fuel Services

Hills Waste Management Solutions

Aprirose Limited

Islamic finance Tier 1

Acting in conjunction with its extensive global network, which includes a strong presence throughout the GCC, Dentons is instructed by a litany of Islamic and conventional banks, which it advises on real estate finance transactions and a range of capital markets mandates. In particular, the team has noted expertise in Islamic structured finance, an aspect of the practice that was further strengthened in 2019 by the arrival of Yusuf Battiwala, who joined the firm from Allen & Overy LLP. The London-based team works especially closely with its colleagues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Matthew Sapte heads the wider banking and finance practice.

Testimonials

A very professional team that is always prepared to go the extra mile.

Extraordinarily professional, but at the same time approachable.

Key clients

Emirates NBD

Emirates Islamic Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Emirates NBD Capital

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Noor Bank

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The technology, media and telecommunications practice at Dentons handles a range of transactional, regulatory, compliance and contentious matters, with an impressive client roster spanning UK government departments, high-profile corporates, high-growth disruptive technology companies and telecoms businesses. The group, which is led by Andy Lucas, includes Martin Fanning, who has particular experience assisting clients in the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors. Lucas is frequently instructed on public sector IT projects; he recently handled the procurement of Transport for London's emergency services 4G LTE mobile communications programme. The team also includes head of the firm's global telecoms group Jan Willem van den Bos and IT specialist Dan Burge, who handles a range of major technology projects. Henrietta Baker and Tristan Jonckheer were recently promoted to the partnership.

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic

Upfield

Jaguar Land Rover

LG

Tesla

Raytheon

UltraElectronics

John Lewis Partnership

Sainsbury’s

MBNL (Mobile Broadband Network Limited)

Africa Mobile Networks (AMN)

Eleven Sports

Equiis Technologies

Stream Technologies

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Transport for London (TfL)

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC)

Virgin Mobile

Oil and gas Tier 1

Dentons' oil and gas offering covers the full value chain both at home and abroad under the joint leadership of Danielle Beggs and David Tennant. The firm's recent caseload includes, in particular, big-ticket corporate transactions and major project development matters in challenging jurisdictions. In Aberdeen, the firm recently welcomed counsel Kenny Paton from Webber Wentzel, who now leads the oil and gas team. Charles Wood, whose areas of expertise include LNG and gas projects and sales, is also a key contact.

Testimonials

‘The depth of experience at Dentons is almost unique in this sector. All areas of projects, energy and natural resources are covered by this team. The DNA of the firm could be reasonably said to be rooted in the “energy sector” and the firm has only gone from strength to strength.’

‘The key members of the team have stayed together over many years which is a positive sign in a profession which often sees movement of senior lawyers between firms.’

‘The Dentons team is highly skilled with a broad spectrum of experience which allows it to tailor the service to provide for our requirements. The group really makes an effort to get to know our business, which has resulted in it being recognised as a go-to firm within the industry.’

‘The team shows in-depth knowledge of the gas agreements structure and was able to bridge the gap for any commercial matters as well.’

‘Dentons is known for its human engagement, simplicity in communications, and reassuringly professional and capable approach.’

‘Liz Tout, Danielle Beggs, Charles Wood and David Tennant are the core of this group.’

‘Danielle Beggs consistently goes above and beyond to support clients when requested.’

‘Torquil Law makes a real effort to understand his clients and their requirements. He is a very impressive individual.’

Key clients

BASF/Wintershall

Centrica Storage Limited

Energy Networks Association

Government of India

Hurricane Energy Plc

National Grid Gas

Noble Energy

Oman Gas Corporation

Rail Tier 1

With 'in-depth knowledge of the rail sector', Dentons is 'strong across franchising, rolling stock and regulatory work'. The UK team, which operates across its London, Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, has a broad practice covering passenger and freight work, infrastructure development and operational issues, light rail, franchising and concessions, access and regulation, rolling stock procurement and maintenance issues. Health and safety, environment, technology, finance work and disputes are also key focuses of the team. Matthew Hanslip Ward continues to lead advice for MTR on its joint venture bid for the West Coast Partnership with Guangshen Railway Corporation (part of China High Speed Rail) and Renfe, the Spanish high-speed operator. Esteemed practitioner Christopher McGee-Osborne has a 'wealth of experience in the rail sector', while counsel Martin Watt provides 'outstanding analysis and commercially oriented creative thinking' and senior associate Jonathan Smith has 'excellent industry knowledge'. David Moore joined CMS in 2018.

Testimonials

‘Top-notch regulatory and franchising knowledge within the team’.

‘Matthew Hanslip Ward has a peerless breadth of experience within the market, offering a very considered approach’.

‘Clients receive an attentive service and relevant advice from Jonathan Smith and Matthew Hanslip Ward ‘.

‘The team is fully aware of the rail industry practice and provides helpful advice on current trends in the sector’.

 

Key clients

MTR Corporation

Deutsche Bahn

Virgin (including Virgin East Coast)

Stagecoach

Network Rail

Alstom

Transport for London

Mitsui

Rail Delivery Group

MTR Corporation (Crossrail)

GB Railfreight

DB Schenker

CAF

Transnet

DB International Operations

Arriva

Transdev

Trade finance Tier 1

'It is known as a top law firm in the market and has a great position in the market', remarks a client of Dentons. The firm's depth of expertise in banking and finance, energy and natural resources, as well as its presence in emerging markets gives its London team a strong standing in the market. Head of banking and finance Paul Holland leads the commodities, trade and upstream finance group  and deals with export credit financing and asset financing. In his team, Celia Gardiner has a long-standing reputation as one of the leading lawyers in the market and she frequently advises lenders and borrowers on financing transactions in the production, transportation and sale of commodities and in receivables financing and invoice discounting transactions. She also handles pre-export financing facilities, structured prepayment arrangements, borrowing base facilities and other working capital facilities for  traders, receivables financing, and restructuring and workouts in the natural resources sector. Howard Barrie rejoined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2018, and clients describe him as 'among the top lawyers in his field with enormous talent and experience'. Tim Pipe, who handles financings in the energy sector and in emerging markets, is also recommended.

Testimonials

“Howard Barrie is an excellent and very experienced lawyer. Negotiations even against very tough clients and very good lawyers are very comfortable, as he is able to be on par or exceed them with arguments and counterarguments.”

“Dentons has top professionals like Howard Barrie in trade finance. I would keep working with him notwithstanding the firm he is affiliated to.”

“Howard Barrie is one of the best lawyers in his category but he remains humble and he genuinely listens to the concerns of his clients. It has been a real pleasure to team up with him and I highly recommend his support.”

“Having Howard Barrie by your side in negotiations is really an advantage as he  is an outstanding lawyer and has tremendous knowledge and experience. Even against the industry’s top lawyers, he comes out on top.”

Key clients

Duferco SA

Commercial property: development Tier 2

At Dentons, Simon Masri and senior associate Laura Gowing are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for £220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge is a standout in the retail space where the team's construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head Rob Thompson ‘goes the extra mile’ for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Testimonials

‘Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.’

‘The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.’

‘Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.’

‘Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.’

‘A client-focused practice with experts in their field.’

‘Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.’

‘Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.’

‘Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.’

‘Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.’

‘Commercially minded, good problem solving.’

‘Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.’

‘There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received’.

‘They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important’.

‘Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals’.

‘Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey

Slough Urban Renewal

Stoke Wharf / Muse

That Group

HOOPP / Verdion

Sports Direct

Fraser Group

Transport for London (TfL)

Greater London Authority (GLA)

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

At Dentons, Simon Masri and senior associate Laura Gowing are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for £220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge is a standout in the retail space where the team's construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head Rob Thompson ‘goes the extra mile’ for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Testimonials

‘Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.’

‘The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.’

‘Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.’

‘Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.’

‘A client-focused practice with experts in their field.’

‘Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.’

‘Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.’

‘Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.’

‘Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.’

‘Commercially minded, good problem solving.’

‘Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.’

‘There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received’.

‘They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important’.

‘Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals’.

‘Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

Al Habtoor Group

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Castleforge Partners

Caudwell Properties

CBRE GI

Cerberus

E&Y

GE Pension Investment Fund

Greyhound Investing Corp

HSBC

Inhabit

KanAm Grund

Karlin Real Estate

Mayfair Capital’s The Property Income Trust for Charities (PITCH)

M&G real estate

Prestbury

Quintain

Rockspring

Secure Income REIT

Sigma Capital

Sports Direct

Tishman Speyer

Topland

Viridis Properties  Limited

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

Dentons’ data protection and privacy expertise encompasses GDPR implementation mandates, governance issues and global compliance projects including privacy compliance programmes and complex international data transfer projects. The dedicated team acts for a high-profile client roster, which counts John Lewis, Royal Mail, Virgin Atlantic, Aviva and First Data as key examples; it also regularly advises digital media companies on profiling, data analytics, social media, apps and location-based services as well as e-privacy regulations. The group also has experience in cyber risk management and regularly partners with cybersecurity experts to deliver both legal and forensic advice. Newly promoted partner Simon Elliott and Nick Graham jointly lead the department; Elliott has particular expertise in GDPR implementation projects and Graham is also global chair of the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity group. Martin Fanning, Scott Singer and Glasgow-based Ross Nicol are also recommended.

Testimonials

Dentons really takes its time to understand the client, its concerns and key focus and strategy.

The team has fast reaction times to queries and understands the time pressure in-house counsel can be under. It is very commercial and will not just give black letter law advice, but will ensure that it is practical for the circumstances.

Simon Elliott’s work is great, he is very flexible with his time and always available, and the advice provided is incredibly commercial and operational.

Nick Graham is a great partner and provides exceptional advice; he is very focused and mindful of the overall operational requirements of the client.

Martin Fanning and Simon Elliott are always on hand to answer queries and provide practical and user-friendly advice. They also have a good handle of what is happening in the industry.

Key clients

John Lewis

First Data

Virgin Management

Royal Mail

Intralinks

Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Bank)

Aviva

Worldwide Clinical Trials

Carbonite

Virgin Atlantic

Avis Budget Group

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Dentons' London ECM group is characterised by a strong presence in upper AIM deals, and an active emerging markets practice which is more geared toward the main market. The AIM side of the practice is partly fuelled by corporate issuers in the energy, real estate and natural resources sectors, though the team also has relationships with a number of prominent nomads and investment banks. On the main market, the team was recently involved in a high-profile privatisation by way of IPO. Key figures in the practice group include Neil Nicholson and David Collins who heads up the UK corporate department.

Testimonials

A fantastic international practice that is able to pull in other specialists as necessary.

Working with Dentons, a client knows that every base will be covered; there’s nothing the firm can’t do.

A joined up and pragmatic approach to problems.

Neil Nicholson is diligent, dedicated and an effective delegator. Nikolas Colbridge has huge success in international capital markets transactions.

Innovative and effective services at a very attractive price.

Key clients

Science in Sport plc

Bonhill Group plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe

RM2 International S.A.

Rosenblatt plc

RA International plc

Peel Hunt

Bilby plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

FreeAgent Holdings Limited

Hurricane Energy plc

Quiz plc

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Franchising Tier 2

Dentons’ practice is led by Babette Märzheuser-Wood, with Tim Constable leading the firm's franchise disputes group. The team is highly regarded for its retail sector expertise and also regularly handles matters in the restaurants, hotel, leisure, education and healthcare industries. Notable clients include Cath Kidston and Avis; the group also advised Debenhams on its new franchise strategy, and acted for Godiva on the restructuring of its franchise and distribution agreements in Vietnam, Korea, China and Indonesia. Märzheuser-Wood specialises in international franchise and concession agreements and IP-driven joint ventures, and is particularly active in hotel and leisure franchising.

Testimonials

Dentons is a truly global practice with a very strong presence in London. It has a strong record in the telecoms sector and is across the latest developments in the field, as well as taking a forward-looking approach to future challenges.

The group is very much hands-on with a great business sense leading to innovative legal solutions. It is dedicated with a drive to find a win-win solution.

Key clients

Aldar Properties

Avis

The Entourage Group, The Butcher (Hamburgers)

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Hema BV

Cath Kidston

Manolo Blahnik

EasyGym Africa

Kwik Fit

Debenhams

North Island Company

Godiva

The Entertainer

Anya Hindmarsh

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 2

Dentons has considerable experience in the secondary projects market, as well as advising on operational change and asset management matters in the infrastructure sector. Beyond its national practice, the group is also involved in rail, roads and airport projects on an international level, particularly in Africa. The team is jointly led by Dominic SpacieMatthew Hanslip-Ward and the Edinburgh-based Euan WilsonMark MacAulay in Glasgow is a key contact in procurement matters. Stewart Maciver, also in Edinburgh, has significant experience of infrastructure transactions.

Testimonials

This practice has excellent internal coordination of resources to provide support, and is able to respond quickly and effectively to all challenges.’

Dentons has a strong knowledge and practical problem solving skills.’

 

Key clients

BWP Issuer, BWP Project Services Limited and BWP Services

Her Majesty’s Government and the Official Receiver to Carillion plc

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Transport for London

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Gulf Energy

Mota Engil/ Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

BASF/Wintershall

Ministério dos Recursos Mineirais (MIREM) – Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources

Gulf Energy Ltd

Planning Tier 2

Dentons’ diverse roster of public and private clients instructs the planning team on large-scale projects covering a full range of matters. Housing-led regeneration schemes are a strong point for the team, with practice heads Stephen Ashworth and Roy Pinnock handling a number of major projects across the country. Other strengths include advising local authorities on their urban extension plans, garden community proposals, CPO applications and mixed-use development schemes. The team’s engagement with policy and legislation enables it to provide strategic advice regarding CIL, the emerging new town legislative framework and the evolving build-to-rent sector. The practice has a solid team of associates who handle complex work, including Michele Vas’ expertise with strategic residential urban extensions and Rachael Herbert’s involvement with the big-ticket 8,500 home Gilston Park Estate project.

Testimonials

Dentons has a long standing and distinguished presence in the planning area and offers exceptional experience and acumen.

The team has an excellent reputation and is well respected in the industry.

Michele Vas is first class.

Roy Pinnock is technically astute and a good negotiator with a human approach.

Roy Pinnock combines high intelligence and boundless enthusiasm with acute commercial judgement.

Melanie Blanchard, who is adored by clients, can always be relied on to provide immaculate organisation and support, delivered with unfailing grace and calm.

The Dentons team provides a great combination of technical knowledge, ability and individual personality. A team of excellent team players who are approachable and easy to get along with.

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Lands Improvement Holdings

Great Western Developments Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Mid Sussex District Council

North Essex Authorities

Uttlesford District Council

Network Rail

Rockwell

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Dentons' energy, transport and infrastructure team has a strong reputation for its work on high-value corporate M&A and financing matters. Lucille De Silva is a renowned expert in the field of solar PV and has advised on a number of key transactions such as Hanwha Q Cells' Yeka project in Turkey. The group is led by Charles July, who is adept at handling project development work, project and acquisition finance, private M&A and regulation in the energy sector.

Testimonials

‘The team at Dentons is well connected and has a great understanding of precedent matters and industry standards.’

‘The team is very responsive and has proved to be agile in its thinking. It combines strong M&A knowledge with strong commercial advice. Its experts liaise easily with their colleagues from other jurisdictions when needed, which is very helpful to provide a full picture of the overall matter. The relationship partner is always involved, which ensures that the client always has a senior representative to efficiently manage the relationship.’

‘Lucille De Silva is very hands-on and responsive.’

‘Charles July and his team act with high integrity, efficiency and a ‘can-do’ attitude with practical solutions to complex issues.’

‘Lucille De Silva has a very longstanding track record in M&A transactions. She has a very strong understanding of the main features of renewable energy projects, which has proved invaluable when shaping the negotiation contracts with counterparties.’

Key clients

Authority for Electricity Regulation , Oman

Centrica

Hanwha

International Finance Corporation

LCCC (Low Carbon Contracts Company)

Lightsource BP

OFGEM

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

Sports Direct

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

UK Government BEIS

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 2

At Dentons, 'Nicholas Plant and the team are extremely knowledgeable and versatile'. Plant frequently acts for key clients Apax and Blackstone; advising the latter in its auction sale of the international operations of RGIS, an inventory business.. The team is most often instructed by buyout funds, venture capitalists and secondary funds, as well as entrepreneurs and institutional investors. Energy, industry and infrastructure are key areas of sector specialism for the firm. In a major consumer goods highlight, Stephen Levy and Joseph Altendorff advised KKR on its €6.83bn acquisition of Unilever’s global spreads business. The deal involved the acquisition of business operations in over 100 countries. David Collins is head of the team.

Testimonials

I have worked with other top tier firms but I am extremely impressed with Dentons and Nicholas Plant in particular‘.

Nicholas Plant’s unique approach to matters and the level of detail and dedication he puts into a transaction certainly makes a difference. During negotiations we always felt like we were ahead of the game because of him.  He is extremely sharp and his knowledge of the practice and industry is outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend him‘.

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP (KKR)

CK Holdings Co., Ltd, the holding company of Calsonic Kansei

Scottish Equity Partners

Apax

Blackstone

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Martin Moller (founder of Nordic Aviation Capital)

Target Hero Limited

Leapfrog Investments limited

Graphite

Rutland Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Temasek

Verod

Property litigation Tier 2

The 'technically superb' team at Dentons is 'well integrated with other disciplines within the firm' and draws on a wealth of experience in representing its large blue-chip client base, including major retailers and banks, as well as public sector bodies and local authorities, in a wide range of property litigation. Recent instructions include business rate matters, vacant possessions, rights of light and other development-related issues as well as property issues arising from insolvency situations and landlord and tenant relationships. The 'exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced' Bryan Johnston heads the team; he 'is able to seize short-game gains while playing the long game, has a great strategic mind and knows when different or additional resources are needed'. Handling all areas of property litigation, he is also experienced in rating and valuation issues.

Testimonials

‘Bryan Johnston is always up-to-date on important decisions and movements in the market and has the client’s commercial needs at the forefront of his mind. He cuts through jargon to provide clear, tactical and commercial advice.’

‘The team has a very good manner in dealing with clients and provides commercially sound advice.’

‘Very professional, responsive and thorough.’

‘Very strong on issues affecting mixed-use developments.’

‘David Payton is very decisive.’

‘Strong property litigation team with expertise at every level.’

‘Provides practical advice after careful analysis.’

Key clients

Argos

Sainsbury’s

Sports Direct

Taylor Wimpey

City of London Corporation

Network Rail Infrastructure

BNP Paribas

Petronas

UBS

London Borough of Southwark

Official Receiver

Avis

Structured products and securitisation Tier 2

'The practice is really commercial, practical and focused on driving the deal ahead', remarks a client of Dentons. The structured products and securitisation practice covers a wide range of transactions including new and innovative areas of the market. It has worked on numerous challenger bank structured financings including Atom Bank's inaugural RMBS deal. It frequently acts in cross-border trade receivables securitisations, which in 2018 involved 20 sellers from 13 jurisdictions, and is a key adviser on EU risk retention requirements in US securitisations. Residential mortgage finance is another key pillar of the practice and encompasses RMBS, covered bonds and warehousing transactions. Leading partner Peter Voisey advises some of the most active originators and arrangers in that market. Led by up-and-coming partner Martin Sharkey, the European CLO practice goes from strength to strength, advising on warehousing, new issuance and refinancing transactions. Consumer loan securitisations, trade receivables transactions and, through Catriona ’Kitty’ Lloyd, advice to trustees are also key focal points for the firm. Edward Hickman, who co-leads the group with Voisey, has broad-ranging expertise in expertise securitisation, loan portfolio sales and structured utility bonds.

Testimonials

“We found the Dentons team to be well-balanced between being experts in their area but also being friendly and approachable. They understood the importance of the transaction to us and worked to resolve any issues as quickly and painlessly as possible. They are extremely dedicated and seem to genuinely like each other too.”

“Martin Sharkey has very good cashflow CLO product knowledge and a good network of supporting lawyers. He is engaged, available and very pleasant to work with.”

“Peter Voisey is hugely experienced but always available.”

“Dentons has the ability to provide sound and efficient securitisation advice for structured finance capital markets transactions.”

“Peter Voisey provided outstanding service from the very beginning of his engagement. His ability to synthesise the various transactions and provide sound advice to analysts is key for the legal department. In addition, he provides continued outstanding legal services.”

“The firm has very long and valuable experience in its field and covers several geographical areas in Europe, which is hard to find in other firms.”

” Edward Hickman  is an excellent negotiator and immediately gained the trust of all parties involved. He has outstanding knowledge of the sector.”

Key clients

Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited

Atom Bank

Barings (UK) Limited

Oaktree Capital Management

APS Investments

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Five Arrows

Citicorp Trustee Company Limited

Aviation Tier 3

Dentons is noted for its acclaimed aircraft leasing and finance practice, however the team also handles a gamut of instructions across the aviation sector with expertise spanning corporate, real estate, competition, employment, TMT and dispute resolution. Leveraging its broad network of international offices, the team has a strong airline following and it handles major international projects; it is advising Bugesera Airport Company on the development of the new $418m Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda.

Key clients

Emirates

Qatar Airways

TUI Travel Group

Wizz Air

Etihad Airways

LATAM

Azul Brazilian Airlines

flydubai

Airbus

London Luton Airport Operations

Mota Engil / Bugesera Airport Company

SITA

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Aided by its extensive network of international offices, the 'experienced and knowledgeable' team at Dentons is very accomplished at advising international banks on syndicated facilities in the EMEA region, including on transactions guaranteed by development banks/export credit agencies. The 'outstandingIsaac Felberbaum has 'many years of experience in the syndicated loan market' and excels at representing lending syndicates providing liquidity to other financial institutions in the emerging markets. Felberbaum is particularly well attuned to the Turkish market and, working alongside colleagues from the firm's Istanbul office, regularly acts for banking syndicates lending to Turkish banks. He recently advised a leading global bank and a syndicate of banks on a $980m one-year syndicated loan to Akbank Türk Anonim Şirketi.

Testimonials

Experience and know-how are two key ingredients and Dentons has this in abundance.

The team is personable, reactive and efficient.

Isaac Felberbaum is always attentive and responsive and ready to deal with any issue in a timely manner.

Key clients

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Mizuho Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Bank of Communications

Wells Fargo

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Commerzbank

Emirates NBD

Standard Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Bayerische Landesbank

Mashreqbank psc

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

ING Bank

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Dentons 'deals with important litigation and has done so for several years'. The financial disputes and investigations group's areas of expertise include wholesale banking disputes involving derivatives, letters of credit, fraud, and professional negligence. It is also experienced in investment banking disputes surrounding structured products, credit default swaps, and financial services regulation. Daren Allen is widely respected for contentious money laundering and bribery and corruption matters. Also key to the team are Richard Caird, Felicity Ewing, and Thomas LeylandNatalia Fludra is a notable senior associate.

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge of the law.

Dentons is a first port of call for banking litigation, as it is knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. Its advice is always clear and helpful, and the lawyers are quick to respond to any enquiry.

Thomas Leyland and Felicity Ewing are responsive and pleasant to work with.

Natalia Fludra is prepared to immerse herself in cases and makes efforts to understand the client’s perspective.

Key clients

Bank of London and The Middle East

Citibank

Commerzbank

DEPFA Bank

Santander UK

Société Générale

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

At Dentons, Simon Masri and senior associate Laura Gowing are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for £220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge is a standout in the retail space where the team's construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head Rob Thompson ‘goes the extra mile’ for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Testimonials

‘Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.’

‘The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.’

‘Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.’

‘Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.’

‘A client-focused practice with experts in their field.’

‘Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.’

‘Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.’

‘Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.’

‘Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.’

‘Commercially minded, good problem solving.’

‘Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.’

‘There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received’.

‘They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important’.

‘Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals’.

‘Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.’

Key clients

Aprirose

KanAm Grund

Karlin Real Estate

Greyhound Investing Corp

Helical

Vengrove

John Lewis

Sainsbury’s

Virdis Properties 5 Limited

Ho Bee Land Limited

Karlin Real Estate

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Dentons' contentious construction team, which is co-led by the 'technically superbAkin Akinbode and Gurbinder Grewal, acts for UK and international developers, contractors and funders, with experience in the development, energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm's huge global footprint enables the London practice to act on disputes relating to jurisdictions as far afield as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the Middle East. Grewal, who is well-regarded for his 'sharp legal brain' was lead partner advising Morgan Sindall on a dispute arising from the defective design and construction of steel work for a stadium redevelopment in Manchester. Newly promoted partner Esther McDermott is another 'stand out' member of the team, acting for employers, developers and contractors.

Testimonials

‘High profile clientele in the construction industry”

‘The team has a fantastic work ethic and are effectively managed at all levels.’

‘The quality of their written output is very high indeed.’

‘The team is commercial and technically brilliant; some of the best partners around.’

‘A well balanced team which combines legal expertise with a good understanding of the issues at hand.’

‘Akin Akinbode is pragmatic, sensible and has a commercial approach.’

‘Gurbinder Grewal is a great leader who is liked and respected by his team and his clients.’

‘Gurbinder has a sharp legal brain and is a shrewd tactician.’

‘Akin Akinbode has a fantastic domestic and international client base.’

‘Michael Wright is an absolutely tireless associate who is able to cope with a dozen competing demands at once.’

‘Akin Akinbode is technically superb.’

‘Natasha Manning and Michael Wright are excellent.’

‘Esther McDermott is a stand out member of the team. She combines a thorough understanding of relevant legal issues with a her superb organisational skills.’

Key clients

Official Receiver of England and Wales (liquidation of Carillion group)

Morgan Sindall Group

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

Dentons' client roster includes major contractors, developers, housebuilders and retailers, while the firm also acts on energy projects relating to both conventional and renewable power. The team is led by Mark Macaulay, an expert in employer-led development, especially in the real estate, regeneration and transport sectors. Macaulay was lead partner advising Network Rail on the Crewe area work project, an infrastructure project facilitating the connection between HS2 and the West Coast Main Line. Another major role for the firm saw it act for the official receiver to Carillion following the construction giant's collapse. Long-serving partner John Woolley left for Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2018.

Testimonials

‘Mark Macaulay offers clear advice and provides an innovative approach.’

‘Quality of listening and taking into account client needs.’

‘Pragmatism and experience in the field.’

‘Senior associate Anna Tostevin has provided quality work and shows the mental agility to adjust to changes in situation and/or orientations.’

 

Key clients

Kier Group

HM Government

Transport for London

London Luton Airport

Envac

Network Rail Infrastructure

Sainsburys

Debt capital markets Tier 3

Dentons is well known for the strength of its emerging markets debt practice, which relies on the firm's extensive global network to provide local law, English law and US securities law advice across more than 70 jurisdictions. The firm has a long track record of advising on transactions in Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS on behalf of sovereign, financial institution and energy-sector clients. One client remarks that the practice, led by David Cohen is a 'very dedicated team and pleasant to work with'; Cohen and key partner Nick Hayday are 'very experienced'. Among the firm's other 'pragmatic, user-friendly and hands-on partners' are US securities specialist Cameron Half and key advisor to trustees, security agents and other agency service providers Catriona LloydMatthew Sapte is also recommended for Sharia-compliant and structured debt transactions.

Testimonials

The team has hands-on partners with very good market experience; they are pragmatic and user-friendly‘.

David Cohen and Nick Hayday are both very experienced and provide very good client coverage‘.

Key clients

JSC Silknet

CPI Property Group

Coventry Building Society

Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited

Faurecia

Lietuvos Energija, UAB

FirstRand Bank

Chris Iacovides and Andri Antoniou (of CRI Group) – liquidators of Mriya Agro Holding Public Limited

Ryanair

Morgan Stanley

ABN AMRO

RBC Capital Markets

SMBC Nikko

Goldman Sachs International

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

E.P. Energy

Maire Tecnimont

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 3

The derivatives, commodities, trade and upstream finance group at Dentons has extended its capability with the addition of two new partners.  Yusuf Battiwala, who is is a recognised expert in derivatives, joined from Allen & Overy LLP. He handles OTC derivatives, repos and securities lending. Luke Whitmore, previously at Fieldfisher, has a similar practice but with a particular focus on the prime brokerage and futures market. The practice group led by Matthew Sapte handles all aspects of derivatives across the full range of asset classes, including interest rate, FX, credit, equity and commodity derivatives. Its work includes master documentation negotiations, clearing, hedging on financings and securitisations, and a range of highly structured derivatives transactions. It also assists clients with innovative funding structures utilising derivatives and has a prominent role in emerging market derivatives transactions.

Testimonials

“Matthew Sapte and Yusuf Battiwala are very knowledgeable and helpful.”

Key clients

Emirates NBD

Emirates Islamic Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Emirates NBD Capital

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Noor Bank

Fintech Tier 3

Dentons' fintech practice primarily acts for banks, payment service providers, trading platforms, insurance companies and corporations invested in the sector. The group has strengths handling commercial and regulatory matters spanning PSD2 compliance and implementation, product and platform launches, partnership agreements, procurements, outsourcing, acquisitions and ICOs. Outside of these areas the team has further expertise assessing contractual arrangements between parties, reviewing the regulatory status of clients and, more broadly, in handling specific regulatory challenges that clients may face. Practice head Jonathan Garforth has particular expertise in open banking, payments and peer to peer lending, while recently promoted partner Tristan Jonckheer specialises in financial services outsourcing and advises clients on agreements for the development of digital payment services and financial products.

Key clients

Dyson Technologies Ltd

MUFG Bank Ltd/MUFG Securities EMEA plc (“MUFG”)

Salt Exchange

Health and safety Tier 3

Dentons is highly skilled in investigations and health and safety issues surrounding transactions. Stephen Shergold co-heads the practice and is particularly strong in handling issues relating to the Control of Major Accident Hazards regulations involving chemical and equipment safety. Aberdeen based Malcolm Gunnyeon also leads the team and has a strong emphasis on the food and beverage, infrastructure, and oil and gas sectors.  Other notable names include Sam Boileau, who focuses on the oil and gas an retail sectors, and Helen Bowdren, who works on investigations and transactional support.

Key clients

Official Receiver / PwC – in connection with the insolvency of Carillion

Group One Automotive

Aprirose

The Edrington Group Limited

John Lewis & Partners

Baxters Food Group Limited

Avis Budget Group

The Action Group

Aggreko plc

Menzies Distribution Limited

Zenith Bank (UK) Limited

Holland & Barrett Retail Limited

Auria

Local government Tier 3

Dentons has some long-established local authority clients such as the Greater London Authority, Essex County Council and Transport for London, and has a focus on large-scale regeneration projects. Stephen Ashworth is valued for providing 'a comprehensive service' and other key team members specialise in real estate (Virginia Glastonbury) and strategic acquisitions and disposals as part of redevelopment projects (Roland Gray). Bryan Johnstone handles real estate disputes and counsel Mark Bassett is a lead on public procurement work.

Testimonials

Dentons make every effort to understand the Council’s issues and provide a cost-effective solution. They invariably provide timely and helpful advice, and give an impression of wanting to help as opposed to simply providing a service‘.

Stephen Ashworth in particular makes every effort to provide a comprehensive service.’

Bryan Johnstone has undertaken some highly complex property litigation and is extremely highly rated by our surveyors. Overall they do come across as sympathetic to the Council’s aspirations.

Key clients

Essex County Council

Colchester Borough Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Greater London Authority

Southampton City Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

London Borough of Greenwich Council

Transport for London

The London Borough of Southwark

Braintree District Council

Southend On Sea Borough Council

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Hounslow Borough Council

Uttlesford District Council

Mid Sussex District Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Slough Urban Renewal LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Dentons' media and entertainment practice is well-placed to handle cross-border commercial, regulatory and corporate matters, due to its international reach. The firm acts for well-known brands across the film, TV, advertising, marketing, sports, esports, music, publishing, gaming, social media and interactive content sectors. In an example of its transactional expertise, the team advised digital media and events business, Bonhill Group, on its $27.1m reverse acquisition of the trade and assets of InvestmentNews from Crain Communications.

Testimonials

The team is strong on cross-border and complex transactions.

Key clients

A&E Networks

Ascential

Essence Digital

Legendary Pictures

Lions Gate Entertainment

MTG

ole! Media

Discovery/ Scripps Networks Interactive

Turner Broadcasting System

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 3

Dentons continues to attract prestigious clients which it regularly advises on the management and development of their European patent portfolios. The technology and medical device sectors account for a significant portion of the caseload, but the group also regularly acts for automotive, semiconductor, life sciences and manufacturing clients. Given the firm's global footprint, the team boasts a strong track record of highly international cases. Clients also profit from the firm's patent litigation offering. Justin Hill is the head of the practice.

Testimonials

Excellent patent expertise in London as well as great international connectivity with good quality lawyers of all types to allow efficient transfer of other legal work types needing international expertise.

Key clients

ARM

Dexcom

Hasbro

LG

Nokia

Raytheon

Starkey Labs

Tesla

Virgin

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Dentons’ pensions team leverages the firm’s corporate credentials to provide pensions-related transactional advice to household-name clients. Insolvency is also a strong point for the practice, with Elmer Doonan having worked on significant recent cases in this field. Regular standalone mandates include master trust implementation, deed restructuring, liability management including bulk transfers and restructuring exercises. Common contentious mandates include GMP equalisation disputes, indexing disputes and rectification claims.

Testimonials

The team has a wealth of experience with the ability to deal with new issues as they arise

Elmer Doonan is hugely experienced, thoughtful and extremely driven to produce the best he can for the client. His dedication makes him a lot of fans

Key clients

Official Receiver/Cabinet Office on Carillion liquidation

Barnardo’s Pension Scheme Representative Beneficiaries

Bishopsgate Investments & Hartwell Group

Delta Airlines (UK) Ltd Pension Scheme Trustees

KKR re acquisition of Unilever Spreads and Magnetti Marelli

EQT re acquisition of Azelis holdings SA

Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales

JCB Finance Pension Scheme

Bank of China

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Property finance Tier 3

Dentons has extensive experience advising on acquisition and development finance, particularly in relation to offices and high-end residential build-to-rent (BTR) properties. On the lender side, the firm acts for a number of major financial institutions, including several Asian banks, and it is also expanding its borrower and debt fund client base. Cross-border European financings are another area of strength. Practice head James Irvine's expertise includes hotel financing and restructuring; Simon Tweedle and Simon Masri, who focuses on property and hotel investment finance and mixed-use development projects, are also key contacts.

Testimonials

Dentons has a strong, professional and commercial team providing reliable output.

Simon Masri is accessible, helpful, professional and highly competent.

Dentons has a presence in a large number of European countries and this makes the firm unique when advising on pan-European deals.

James Irvine is a strong partner, who has the patience and the expertise to explain the key points to his clients and find a solution in a timely manner.

The firm has a strong panel of solicitors and provides excellent advice on property and banking-related matters.

Simon Masri has excellent knowledge and good availability to discuss matters  (we have spoken several times out of office hours). He is committed to getting deals completed and supported well by a strong team.

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

HSBC Bank

Metro Bank

DBS Bank

Société Générale

Chenavari Investment Managers and its funding entity (AREO II Sarl)

Ho Bee Land

Aprirose

McArthurGlen

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

United Overseas Bank

OCBC

Transport finance & leasing Tier 3

Although it is active in other asset classes, Dentons' five-partner practice is particularly accomplished at handling financings and leasing transactions for lessors, airlines, manufacturers and lenders in the aviation sector. An enviable roster of airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, continue to provide a significant volume of instructions to the team, with the 'excellentSerge Sergiou recently advising the former on its ECA-supported financings of two A380s - the first ECA financing for Airbus Aircraft since 2016. Nick Chandler heads the team, which also includes the 'vastly experiencedGreg Kahn and Sarah Dyke, who is 'very knowledgeable in the corporate jet sector'.

Testimonials

The team is very responsive‘.

Sarah Dyke is very thorough and customer friendly‘.

Nick Chandler has a deep understanding and knowledge of the sector‘.

Key clients

Emirates

Qatar Airways

Goshawk Aviation

Azul Brazilian Airlines

Chorus Aviation

Airbourne Capital

ALAFCO Aviation Lease & Finance

Wizz Air

Virgin Atlantic

TUI

Orix

Air Nostrum

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Dentons' London team 'gives fast, reliable and clear advice on difficult questions that also have cross-border strategic implications'. It advises corporate clients on a range of litigation, including post-M&A issues, corporate control, joint ventures and shareholder matters. Liz Tout heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice in London and Daren Allen is head of the financial markets and commercial disputes team. Other key lawyers include Craig Neilson, Simon Colledge, Adrian GilesDan Bodle and Thomas Leyland, while Tara Boateng is an experienced senior associate.

Testimonials

Top-notch service to clients at a competitive pricing level‘.

Adrian Giles is always available on very short notice‘.

Daniel Bodle is an extremely calm litigator who never loses sight of the clients’ objectives‘.

Key clients

Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Government of India

EDF Energy Customers

Cathay Investments 2

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

Benefiting from a 'can-do approach and practical attitude', Dentons' 'technical and commercial' six-partner team has 'broad and deep coverage', enabling it to effectively handle the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters for longstanding banking clients, insolvency practitioners, funds, and corporates. The team regularly draws upon the expertise of practitioners from across its corporate, finance, real estate and litigation practice groups, and has successfully done so on many high-profile mandates, including its recent work for the Official Receiver and Special Managers of Carillion. Contentious insolvency expert Neil Griffiths spearheaded the aforementioned mandate and is noted for his 'immense experience', enabling him to 'benefit from having dealt with many issues before'. Counsel Luci Mitchell-Fry  provides 'clear, concise and direct advice' to a range of stakeholders, including financial institutions, distressed corporate debtors and their management, across both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Testimonials

‘It is a friendly, approachable team which takes a collaborative approach to its clients.’

‘Strong and experienced across the board, especially in advising large banking syndicates.’

‘The quality of its members is excellent, from the newly qualified to the very experienced partners, and it interacts well with other teams where a particular case demands different but overlapping expertise.’

‘The team members are very experienced and knowledgeable in restructuring and insolvency and are able to advise on complex matters with ease.’

‘Byron Nurse has the ability to focus on the issues that really matter.’

‘Ian Fox is friendly, experienced, sensible, accessible, determined and results-oriented.’

‘Ian Fox is building up a reputation for himself as an excellent technical expert on domestic and international insolvency law.’

‘Tessa Blank combines pragmatism with legal ability.’

‘Luci Mitchell-Fry is very responsive and has the ability to quickly get to the heart of the issue.’

‘The excellent Luci Mitchell-Fry and Helen Anderson have excellent technical knowledge and both demonstrate an exceptional level of engagement and commitment.’

Key clients

AlixPartners

BDO

C&C Group plc

Carillion plc

Cerberus European Servicing

CRI Group Limited

Deloitte

Department of Health and Social Care

Ernst & Young

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton

HMRC

Jackie Stephenson

John Lewis

KPMG

Kraft Heinz

Official Receiver

PDVSA

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Department for International Development

Wolf Minerals Limited

Corporate tax Tier 4

The group at Dentons is able to draw on a substantial global office network to advise on tax matters with an international element across the private equity, corporate, real estate, and structured finance sectors. In addition, it has developed a niche in FinTech, advising clients on the tax consequences of blockchain technologies, anti-hybrid rules, corporate interest rate restrictions and compliance with the Criminal Finances Act 2017. Alex Thomas is head of the UK team and co-chair of the global tax practice. He specialises in corporate and real estate tax issues. Tax generalist James Meakin joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in March 2018.

Key clients

KKR

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Lloyds

Virgin

Avis

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Her Majesty’s Government

Qatar Airways

John Lewis

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 4

Dentons' London ECM group is characterised by a strong presence in upper AIM deals, and an active emerging markets practice, which is more geared toward the main market. The AIM side of the practice is partly fuelled by corporate issuers in the energy, real estate and natural resources sectors, though the team also has relationships with a number of prominent nomads and investment banks. On the main market, the team was recently involved in a high-profile privatisation by way of IPO. Key figures in the practice group include Neil Nicholson and David Collins , who heads the UK corporate department.

Testimonials

A fantastic international practice that is able to pull in other specialists as necessary.

Working with Dentons, a client knows that every base will be covered; there’s nothing the firm can’t do.

A joined up and pragmatic approach to problems.

Neil Nicholson is diligent, dedicated and an effective delegator, and Nikolas Colbridge has huge success in international capital markets transactions.

Innovative and effective services at a very attractive price.

 

Key clients

Science in Sport plc

Bonhill Group plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe

RM2 International S.A.

Rosenblatt plc

RA International plc

Peel Hunt

Bilby plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

FreeAgent Holdings Limited

Hurricane Energy plc

Quiz plc

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

EU and competition Tier 4

Due to its wide-reaching international network, the work of Dentons’ competition department certainly demonstrates a cross-border element. The group has particular strength in handling multi-jurisdictional merger control issues. On one such occasion, a team advised Total Marketing SA on the global merger control aspects of its acquisition of the Sahel petrol station business in Saudi Arabia. In another highlight, the team demonstrated its ability to handle complex work at an EU level as well, by advising Avis Budget Group on its £80m acquisition of Olympic Commercial and Tourist Enterprises — a transaction which necessitated a notification to the European Commission. The group acts across a wide range of sectors such as transport, TMT, financial services, energy, and real estate. Recently promoted partner Christopher Graf and counsel Rebecca Owen-Howes are key figures in the practice, which is led by department head Adrian Magnus.

Testimonials

The team provides clear and well-reasoned, yet concise advice on complex legal issues in a very efficient manner

Adrian Magnus is an expert in this complex field and displays a clarity of vision when it comes to advising and guiding clients through the specifics of competition law

Key clients

Avis Budget Group

Eleven Sports

Royal Mail Group

John Lewis & Partners/ Waitrose

Sainsbury’s

World Fuel Services

Total Marketing Services

Sita Information Networking Computing

Mizuho Bank

Enbridge

HM Government

Transport for London

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Global mega-firm Dentons describes its UK insurance offering as a "boutique practice with a focus on cross-border matters". Under the leadership of 'very safe pair of hands' Martin Mankabady, the team provides 'concise but comprehensive' advice to Lloyd's insurers, global brokers and start-ups on commercial arrangements and cutting-edge matters involving insurtech. Mankabady, who was recently appointed as global chair of the firm's insurance practice, works in tandem with recently promoted partner Katharine Harle, who is an expert on regulatory matters and previously worked at the Financial Conduct Authority. Adriana Cotter joined the team as a partner from Sidley Austin LLP in mid-2019.

Testimonials

‘Martin Mankababdy remains an expert on W&I, wordings and regulatory aspects. More broadly he is well regarded as a very safe pair of hands and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘We work very closely with Katharine Harle and Martin Mankabady and find them both to have exceptional understanding of our needs and demands; advising concisely but comprehensively.’

Key clients

AIG

Virgin

Ambridge

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

Dentons’ pensions team leverages the firm’s corporate credentials to provide pensions-related transactional advice to household-name clients. Insolvency is also a strong point for the practice, with Elmer Doonan having worked on significant recent cases in this field. Regular standalone mandates include master trust implementation, deed restructuring, liability management including bulk transfers and restructuring exercises. Common contentious mandates include GMP equalisation disputes, indexing disputes and rectification claims.

Testimonials

The team has a wealth of experience with the ability to deal with new issues as they arise

Elmer Doonan is hugely experienced, thoughtful and extremely driven to produce the best he can for the client. His dedication makes him a lot of fans

Key clients

Official Receiver/Cabinet Office on Carillion liquidation

Barnardo’s Pension Scheme Representative Beneficiaries

Bishopsgate Investments & Hartwell Group

Delta Airlines (UK) Ltd Pension Scheme Trustees

KKR

EQT

Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales

JCB Finance Pension Scheme

Bank of China

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Public international law Tier 4

Dentons leverages strong combined expertise from its network of international offices in investor-state arbitration, particularly under ICSID rules as well as in UNCITRAL proceedings, and also advises on broader public international law issues such as treaty interpretation, sovereign immunity, state succession, sanctions and human rights law. Liz Tout has particular expertise in disputes relating to energy and natural resources. Senior associate Catherine Gilfedder 'is a very strong practitioner in the field'.

Testimonials

Dentons has a growing public international law practice, and is increasingly taking on larger and more important briefs.’

Liz Tout is increasing her involvement in this area of law‘.

Key clients

GPF GP S.à.r.l

Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

Dentons handles criminal and civil proceedings and regulatory investigations, as well as dealing with internal investigations, compliance, confiscation and civil recovery matters. The firm often deals with investigations by the FCA, the SFO, local law enforcement and overseas regulators. Clients include the UK government, regulators, various compensation schemes and regulated firms. Daren Allen  heads the team and focuses on fraud, corruption, asset recovery, compliance investigations, litigation and dispute resolution. Roger Matthews joined as partner from Dechert LLP.

Testimonials

‘Celyn Armstrong gives strong and pragmatic advice – his experience as head of enforcement at the FCA gives considerable weight to his advice’.          

‘Daren Allen is the undoubted go-to individual in the city for contentious financial crime matters’.

Employment: employers Tier 5

Dentons' UK employment practice is led by Virginia Allen, who has a track record of work with clients in the technology, media and professional services sectors, with expertise in conducting investigations for clients. The London team benefits from the wider firm's huge global reach, handling cross-border matters for clients in conjunction with colleagues in offices as far afield as South Korea, the Philipines and Taiwan. Ryan Carthew, who 'fights hard and delivers excellent service for his clients', advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular focus on litigation. Long-serving partner Michael Bronstein left at the end of 2018 to take up a new role in the Government Legal Department.

Testimonials

‘The whole team at Dentons are ferociously bright and will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of their client’s best interests.’

‘The team offer practical advice that is easily understood.’

‘Good previous experience of difficult situations.’

‘Approachable and willing to explain the advice provided.’

‘Ryan Carthew’s greatest gift is his ability to achieve fantastic outcomes for his client.’

‘Ryan Carthew fights hard and delivers excellent service for his clients every time.’

‘The team have a wealth of experience and the ability to analyse complex situations.’

Key clients

Dyson Technology

Spotify

Double Negative

YourCash

LGT Capital Partners

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

Cross-border specialist Dentons is 'responsive, practical' and particularly experienced in transactional regulatory advice, as well as assisting financial institutions from around the globe in relation to Brexit. Michael Wainwright leads the non-contentious practice and has expertise in retail distribution platforms, capital resources requirements, asset protection and insurance. He led in advising Cofunds on the regulatory aspects of a contract with Nationwide Building Society to provide a new investment platform to administer an existing book of retail investments and to support new business. Also notable is the 'excellent and incisive' Jonathan Garforth, who specialises in fintech. The contentious arm of the financial services team acts on a range of issues including investigations, product misselling, whistleblowing and complaints handling. Celyn Armstrong leads the department, which is instructed by regulators as well as banks, asset managers and securities brokers.

Testimonials

‘Celyn Armstrong leads a team of financial services experts who provide first class service in a timely manner’

‘Dentons have a highly skilled financial services offering that benefits from both the large corporate clients it has as an international firm and the personal attention it is able to give individuals as a result of their working methods’

‘The team is very responsive, with the individuals making themselves fully available in order to allow an effective negotiation when a contentious matter arises’

‘An immensely impressive team with great strength in depth. The core financial markets disputes group is particularly impressive at all levels, and capable of handling the most complex and high value disputes’

‘Celyn Armstrong is a valuable adviser. The legal and regulatory analysis he provides shows a high level of technical and industry knowledge and a great ability to address business issues and provide practical solutions within a given legal and regulatory framework’

Key clients

Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”)

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited (“FSCS”)

Interactive Brokers

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Cross-border specialist Dentons is 'responsive, practical' and particularly experienced in transactional regulatory advice, as well as assisting financial institutions from around the globe in relation to Brexit. Michael Wainwright leads the non-contentious practice and has expertise in retail distribution platforms, capital resources requirements, asset protection and insurance. He led in advising Cofunds on the regulatory aspects of a contract with Nationwide Building Society to provide a new investment platform to administer an existing book of retail investments and to support new business. Also notable is the 'excellent and incisive' Jonathan Garforth, who specialises in fintech. The contentious arm of the financial services team acts on a range of issues including investigations, product misselling, whistleblowing and complaints handling. Celyn Armstrong leads the department, which is instructed by regulators as well as banks, asset managers and securities brokers.

Testimonials

‘The team is fresh, capable and hungry, nothing is too much and their stamina is amazing’

‘Their knowledge of consumer law, payment services and new cutting edge law is excellent’

‘Take the time to understand goals and objectives’

‘One of the qualities that really stand out is their ability to understand new concepts quickly. They are also fun to work with’

‘Jonathan Garforth is very responsive and conveys complex legal advice in layman’s terms, identifying issues which had not been  considered. He is bright, full of energy and light on his feet.’

Key clients

Cofunds Limited

M&G Real Estate

WM Partners

Mobius Life Limited

Natixis

Vitality Life Limited

Target Global Advisors Limited

Intellectual property Tier 5

The practice at Dentons handles the full range of litigation, advisory, transactional and prosecution matters, and benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's extensive global network in international matters. Patent litigator Campbell Forsyth heads up the team, which also includes separate patent and trade mark prosecution teams led by patent attorney Justin Hill and Anna Copeman respectively. Other key names include associate James Marsden, who focuses on patent and trade mark litigation.

Testimonials

Although they are working within the largest law firm in the world, there is never any feeling that Campbell Forsuth, James Marsden and the team are unavailable or distracted from the individual cases.

Campbell Forsyth is an enthusiastic leader but never gets carried away or ruffled by events.

Associate James Marsden provides an excellent point of contact and source of guidance as a right hand to Campbell.

Key clients

Emtelle Ltd

Positec

Sumitomo Corporation

Lottoland Limited

Virgin

Twentieth Century Fox (National Geographic)

Hasbro

Nokia

Virtual IP Assets (“888” gaming company)

A&E Television Networks

Sainsbury’s

International arbitration Tier 5

Dentons is 'vastly experienced, has strength in depth and always fights for clients' interests'. The firm's international arbitration specialists are recognised for their particular expertise in emerging markets such as Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, central and eastern Europe and the CIS. Liz Tout heads the dispute resolution team in London; London and Moscow-based Dominic Pellew is noted for matters involving Russian and CIS parties; and Dan Bodle has helped develop the firm's growing African disputes practice. Other key advisers are counsel Matthew Vinall and senior associate Catherine GilfedderJames Langley was promoted to partner.

Testimonials

The team gets to grips with all the issues, including non-legal ones‘.

Liz Tout is very experienced, has an excellent reputation and gets to the nub of issues‘.

New partner James Langley is very good‘.

Senior associate Catherine Gilfedder deserves special mention‘.

Key clients

Government of India

Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Posco Daewoo

Deutsche Bank

ONGC Campos

Total

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Mining and minerals Tier 5

At Dentons, the mining offering covers corporate and M&A matters including share and business transactions, fund matters and equity capital markets under the leadership of Neil Nicholson. Other key names include Will Gunston  and Evgenia Laurson, who focus on insolvency and restructuring and project financing matters respectively.

Sport Tier 5

Dentons’ sports law group primarily handles corporate work, including acquisitions and sales of football clubs and companies, financings and insolvencies, and commercial work, covering licensing rights agreements, hosting agreements and competition launches. In the contentious space the team represents players, clubs and private companies, typically in contractual disputes. Practice head Richard Barham specialises in M&A, financing, league structures and event bidding. Associate Nick Harrison handles the majority of the team’s commercial contracts work for a broad spectrum of clients.

Key clients

Eventica Communications re World Football Forum

Kevin Magnussen (Formula 1 Driver) and Jack Jones/Bestseller regarding Renault F1 team

Willmott Dixon Regen (re Brentford FC)

Woodstock Partners (sale of Oxford United FC)

Morgan Sindell (dispute regarding Lancashire Cricket Club)

Saracens RFC

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Science in Sport plc

Venture capital Tier 5

Dentons, which has a growing focus on venture capital work in London, is now also better placed to handle matters outside the capital on the back of of its 2017 merger with Scots firm Maclay Murray & Spens, and the team is gaining increased market traction for a balanced mix of investor and investee clients. Afforded significant bandwidth by virtue of being able to key into complementary practice areas including IP, tax and corporate, and also able to leverage the expertise of venture capital practitioners in key locations globally (including the US, Singapore, France and Germany), the team has the capacity to provide a comprehensive and holistic service, irrespective of location. London-based team head Joseph Altendorff is a key name for founder-led and management-owned businesses throughout their growth cycle to IPO or exit.

Testimonials

The overall team is extremely forward-thinking with its approach to venture capital.

It is active in the ecosystem, knows all the key players, adds tremendous insights from Silicon Valley and, overall, is very pragmatic on fee arrangements for earlier stage companies or situations.

Joseph Altendorff is a young partner but clearly marked out for the very top of the profession.

Justin Hill’s ability to absorb large quantities of highly technical information and then to distill it into something manageable is second-to-none.

Key clients

Scottish Equity Partners

Yellow Brand Protection

Atom Bank

Altec, Inc

Oculis

MTGx Investments

Jaja Finance

Waldo

Naked Energy

Stepsize

Hybrid Air Vehicles

Display Data

Goldwind

Acquisition finance Tier 6

Led by Catherine AstrucDentons' 11-strong team handles acquisition finance work for international banks, alternative lenders and private equity sponsors. Following the departure in November 2018 of Lee Federman to Jones Day the  team only has one partner in its ranks, but despite its relatively small size on the ground in London it is able to effectively leverage the firm's wide-ranging international network of offices and consequently generates a significant flow of mid-market cross-border mandates, particularly in emerging markets.

Key clients

Standard Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 6

Dentons' geographic scope covers jurisdictions including the Middle East, Africa, CIS, Europe and North America, acting on transactions governed under English Law from the London office. Key sectors over the past twelve months have included gaming and entertainment, hospitality, energy and financial services. Following the firm's Scottish expansion through its 2017 merger with Maclay Murray & Spens, Dentons has played a more active role in M&A transactions in the food and beverages sector. David Collins co-chairs the global M&A group, as well as leading the UK corporate department. He advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions across a range of sectors.

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP (KKR)

CK Holdings Co., Ltd

Natixis Investment Managers

Lactalis Group S.A.

Bonhill Group plc

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Science in Sport plc

Hurricane Energy plc

Autonomous Research LLP

Stonepeak Partners LP

C&C Group plc

Ho Bee Land Limited

Aprirose Limited

Esta Investments Pte Ltd

Verod Industries

Banking and finance Tier 1

The banking and finance team at Dentons is on the legal panel for several major UK banks, while also acting regularly for overseas banks as well as for high-profile regional and international borrowers. The practice’s sector specialism includes automotive, manufacturing, TMT, financial institutions and real estate. Peter Cox heads the practice. Senior associate Faye Garvey is another name to note.

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

British Arab Commercial Bank

RBS/NatWest

Metro Bank

P J Care Group

NHBC

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Dentons’ commercial litigation practice stands out for its expertise in international work, particularly in the field of financial disputes and investigations. The team specialises also in professional negligence and breach of contract disputes, franchising, product liability, asset finance, fraud and construction. Clients are from the banking, insurance, construction, energy, automotive, sports, retail and leisure sectors. James Fairbairn and Tim Constable head the practice from the Milton Keynes and Watford offices respectively. Watford-based Clare Stothard and Steven Mills are specialists in investment and retail banking disputes.

Testimonials

Tim Constable is brilliant‘.

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Virgin

Total

Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey (Haringey Council)

National House-Building Council

Sainsbury’s Argos

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Taylor Wimpey

Saracens Ltd

Hertz

Cox Powertrain Limited

Barclays

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Milton Keynes-based Dentons’ practice is a leader across the full range of commercial property matters, including development and house building, real estate finance, infrastructure and regeneration. Its domestic and international clients are drawn from sectors including retail, banking, the automotive industry, logistics, education and the public sector. Roland Gray heads the team. Robert Wyatt and Greg Rigby are other names to note.

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

ATS Euromaster Limited

Argos Limited

Kier

Standard Chartered Bank

Taylor Wimpey

Nokia UK Limited

Network Rail

Citi Bank

UBS Bank

British Arab Commercial Bank

Avis Budget Group

John Lewis Partnership

Oak Furniture Land

Royal Mail Group

Scania (Great Britain) Limited

Southampton City Council

Department for Work and Pensions

Transport for London

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Dentons' Milton Keynes-based corporate and commercial team stands out for its global focus, which is reflected in the increasing number of cross-border and international transactions in which it has been involved. The client portfolio includes a number of prestigious owner-managed businesses and well-known UK-based companies. The team has specific expertise in the automotive sector. Managing partner and practice head Andrew Harris specialises in transactional M&A, private equity and funding work. Peter Cox , Christopher Colclough and senior associate Faye Garvey are also recommended.

Testimonials

We have an excellent, open relationship with this team‘.

They are responsive, knowledgeable, solution minded and proactive‘.

The team  is lead by people who display an appetite to partnership, high ethics and a positive attitude‘.

The team members take all aspects seriously, respond proactively and are keen to ensure they go the extra mile to bring resolution to matters‘.

Peter Cox and Faye Garvey are outstanding members of the team‘.

Ryan Chia is an up and coming talent making a name for himself in Milton Keynes advising corporate clients‘.

Key clients

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Group 1 Automotive UK Limited

Polyco Healthline Limited

Tripod Crest Limited

Home Décor GB Limited

Africa Mobile Networks

Informa plc

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The Milton Keynes-based employment team at Dentons is part of the nationwide people, reward and mobility practice, which specialises in a wide range of employment, benefits and immigration matters. The team has a longstanding expertise at the international level, catering for prestigious clients in the retail, transport, technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Sarah Beeby heads the practice. Senior associates Verity Buckingham and Michelle Lamb are also recommended.

Testimonials

They offer a practical and commercial approach to employment and HR matters.

I would highlight their ability to understand the commercial aspects of situations and the sound and practical advice they give for you to be able to achieve the results you need.

I have always found the team reliable, responsive and solution-focused.’

They are a pleasure to work with and an invaluable partner for our team.

 

Key clients

TUI UK Retail/TUI Airways

Barclays Bank plc

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP

Auria Solutions Ltd

Cognita Schools Limited

Calsonic Kansei

Topland Group Holdings Limited

Wizz Air

Operative

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Sainsbury’s/Argos

3M

Avis Budget Group

Sodexo Motivation Solutions UK Limited

Amalia Illgner

Weetabix

Acelity

Royal Mail Group

Rackspace

Immigration Tier 1

Dentons handles the full spectrum of business immigration matters, including applications of sponsorship, advising on temporary and permanent visa applications and also acts as Level 1 users in managing and addressing Home Office compliance issues. Associate Verity Buckingham heads the practice from the Milton Keynes office.

Testimonials

The team at Dentons are knowledgeable, punctual, resourceful, and provided personalised service – knew every one of our members by name and their individual circumstances. Associate Verity Buckingham is truly dedicated and is remarkably impressive.

Key clients

Ocean Partners UK Limited

Providentia Capital LLP

Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd

ADAM Asset Management Ltd

Asylum Aid

Professional negligence Tier 1

Dentons is skilled in handling high-value negligence matters for its international roster of clients, which include major financial institutions, blue-chip companies, and high-net-worth private individuals. Milton Keynes-based James Fairbairn is the key name to note, bringing a blend of his litigation experience to professional negligence matters. Also recommended is practice head Tim Constable in the Watford office.

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey

National House-Building Council (NHBC)

West Bromwich Building Society

Co-Operative Bank

Barclays Bank

Property litigation Tier 1

Bryan Johnston heads up Dentons' 'commercially aware' real estate litigation group, which has 'superb technical knowledge'. The 15-strong team regularly acts for global banks, residential developers, insurers, retailers and public sector bodies. In 2018, the firm handled cases at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Senior associate Gemma Hunter-Barnes has experience of acting for clients such as Network Rail and Sports Direct in contentious property matters.

Testimonials

Able to approach high-value complex property litigation with both sound legal analysis and good tactical judgment‘.

Proactive and client focused property litigation experts‘.

Dentons are very approachable and a collaborative approach with counsel; they take the smaller instructions just as seriously as the larger ones‘.

 

Key clients

Network Rail

Sainsbury’s

Sports Direct

Taylor Wimpey

RBS

Knight Frank

Topland

UBS AG

Thomson Reuters

RBS

Avis

Construction Tier 2

Led by Jane Miles, who is noted for her transactional expertise, Dentons' Milton Keynes office focuses exclusively on non-contentious construction. The majority of the group's notable client list comprises of major developers and fund clients. In addition to advising on the day-to-day construction complexities of live projects, the team assists clients with negotiating contractual changes and drafting bespoke agreements.

Testimonials

Dentons’ construction team was skilled at adapting building contracts and consultant appointments to suit our needs; it collaborates seamlessly with the real estate practice‘.

 

Key clients

Troy Verdion

Kier Property Developments Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

McArthur Glenn

Sports Direct

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Taylor Wimpey

HSBC

John Lewis

Viridis

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Dentons' Watford based insolvency team continues to focus on working with the UK's leading clearing banks. Working in conjunction with the firm's London office, it is able to cover the whole range of insolvency and restructuring work. With international and cross-border experience, Andrea Dunsby heads the team along with property and personal insolvency expert Steven Mills, who also heads the Watford office and Dentons' regional banking litigation practice.

Key clients

Avison Young

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor LLP

Eddisons Commercial Limited

GVA (Bilfinger)

Jones Lang LaSalle

Lambert Smith Hampton Group

Griffins

Moore Stephens LLP

Carter Backer Winter

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Dentons' Thames Valley team focuses on non-contentious IT advice, for clients both within the software industry, and those outside seeking IT advice. The team has particular experience with retail sector clients, bolstered further by the addition of senior associate Nick Harrison, who rejoined from an in-house position to head the team. The team also has a strong record of procurement, contract, and outsourcing advice in the automotive, Oil and Gas, and media spheres.

Key clients

TOTAL (Total Lindsey Oil Refinery Limited)

The Sainsbury’s Group

The John Lewis Partnership

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Saracens Limited

NHBC

Sita Information Networking Computing UK Limited

United Bank of Egypt

Mavens Limited

Polyco Healthline Limited

Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.  A leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index and a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner, Dentons is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways.  With a legacy of legal expertise that dates back to 1742, the firm serves the local, regional and global needs of private and public clients.

In October 2017 Dentons merged with leading Scottish law firm Maclay Murray & Spens, significantly enhancing the firm’s scale and capabilities across the UK.  Dentons now operates from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Milton Keynes and Watford.

In 2015 Dentons launched Nexlaw Labs, a global innovation platform focused on developing, deploying and investing in new technologies to transform the practice of law (www.nextlawlabs.com).  In 2016 it launched a free, quality-based legal referral network known as Nextlaw Referral Network, which covers all of the world’s major legal jurisdictions and enables member firms to refer clients to the law firm most appropriate for their needs (www.nextlawnetwork.com).  In 2017 Dentons launched Nextlaw In-House Solutions, a strategic consulting service, with more than 50 former general counsel across the globe ready to provide integrated, multi-disciplinary solutions to in-house counsel (www.nextlawinhouse.com).

Types of work undertaken:

Banking & Finance: Dentons has one of the largest banking practices in the UK and is privileged to be seen as a trusted legal adviser to the majority of banks and financial institutions.  The firm’s practice spans all service lines, from general corporate lending to more specialist areas such as lending funds.

Corporate: Dentons’€™ corporate practice represents and works with clients on the full range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities, corporate finance and corporate governance.  The firm’€™s strengths are most evident in cross-border transactional work, including transactions spanning the entire firm, from North America to Europe and the rest of the world, China to the Middle East, Africa to Latin America, Russia to the UK, and many more.

Dispute Resolution: Leveraging core practices at each of Dentons’ legacy firms, Dentons has one of the pre-eminent disputes groups in the world.  In the UK, Dentons’€™ commercial litigation team is particularly well known for its work in energy, construction and engineering, banking, financial services, restructuring and insolvency, and international arbitration.

Energy: This globa award-winning team has expertise in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters including electricity, oil and gas, environment and natural resources, project development and finance, and energy trading.  The firm’€™s lawyers handle a wide variety of power generation matters, including those related to renewables, nuclear, natural gas and coal.

Real Estate: Dentons’€™ lawyers have a deep and wide-ranging understanding of the fundamentals of real estate.  The firm plays a significant part in advancing ideas and practice across the industry and is best known for its expertise in development and regeneration, real estate finance/restructuring and insolvency, real estate funds, utilities, hotels and leisure, retail and rail.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications: With a multidisciplinary team around the globe of several hundred lawyers and professionals operating at the convergence of innovation, strategy, finance and law, Dentons represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 and emerging growth companies to venture capital firms, private equity firms and investment banks.  Additional sector expertise includes: automotive; aviation and aerospace; construction; defence; forest products and agribusiness; gaming; luxury, fashion and beauty; and professional services.

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