Firm Profile > Dentons > London, England

Dentons
ONE FLEET PLACE
LONDON
EC4M 7WS
England

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 1

Dentons has a presence in many emerging markets, which brings a broad palette of work into the London office. The firm has more than 50 years' experience in Africa, Russia and the CIS region, as well as having a substantial workflow from the Middle East and CEE. The practice is particularly strong in cross-border finance work, and recently assisted HSBC with its $1.2bn joint programme with the Asian Development Bank to support the supply chains of Covid-19-related products in Asia and the Pacific. Head of banking and finance Paul Holland co-ordinates the practice, which calls upon the expertise of consultant Howard Barrie, who splits his time between advising on structured trade and commodity finance work and project finance issues, and debt capital markets specialists David Cohen and Nick Hayday. 'Borrowers and banks love working with them', say clients of syndicated loans expert Isaac Felberbaum and senior associate James Ingham, while Yusuf Battiwala is 'a subject matter expert with the right mix of knowledge of Islamic finance principles'. Counsel Lee McLernon is a key adviser to export finance banks.

Practice head(s):

Paul Holland

Other key lawyers:

Isaac Felberbaum; Yusuf Battiwala; James Ingham; Howard Barrie; David Cohen; Nick Hayday; Lee McLernon

Testimonials

‘Good quality service throughout the different practices in the group. Regarding emerging markets, the network is generally good.’

‘It has a large number of local offices and the ability to work with a wide range of local counsel across different time zones.’

‘Yusuf Battiwala is a highly experienced subject matter expert with the right mix of knowledge of Islamic finance principles, as well as derivatives and conventional structured finance.’

‘An excellent team and incredibly well known.’

‘Isaac Felberbaum and James Ingham are fantastic lawyers and dedicated. Borrowers and banks love working with them.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, professional and courteous.’

Key clients

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Standard Bank

FirstRand Bank

Emirates NBD PJSC

Mashreqbank psc

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Arab Banking Corporation

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

CPI Property Group

ING Bank N.V.

Ghana Cocoa Board

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A

E D & F Man Group

Natixis

Société Générale

Emirates Islamic Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Avia Solutions Group plc

airBaltic

Lietuvos Energija, UAB

Commercial Bank of Dubai

The Republic of Lithuania

UAB Ignitis grupė

JP Morgan

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 1

Dentons fields a leading global hospitality and leisure team that is able to leverage the firm's global reach, with strength across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It frequently advises owners, investors, high net worth individuals and capital sources, including investment funds and private equity firms. Core areas of work for the dedicated practice include sophisticated international acquisitions and dispositions, and day-to-day hotel operational issues such as employment, contract administration, legal risk limitation mitigation and commercial strategy. London partner Simon Masri has extensive experience in hotel investment and mixed-use development projects, for which the group is highly recommended. Masri has been very active guiding hotel clients during the Covid-19 pandemic, advising on restructurings, banking waivers and standstill agreements. Senior associate Laura Gowing is a key name for hotel financing and transactions. Mark Daliere is head of hotels for the UK and the Middle East, while Rick Ross chairs the global hotels group; both are based in Phoenix.

Practice head(s):

Mark Daliere; Rick Ross (US based)

Other key lawyers:

Simon Masri; Laura Gowing

Testimonials

‘Brilliant and personal service.’

‘Everything is concluded quickly, and with experience they optimise contractual documents to save time and deliver top results to get a deal done.’

‘Expert knowledge of all areas within the hospitality sector and proactive provision of guidance and support when dealing with borrowing opportunities for our customers.’

‘They are able to take on board the idiosyncrasies of your business and build them into the legal documentation. They are able to be extremely pragmatic and commercial and not solely dogmatic and box ticking in their approach so you genuinely feel and know they have your back.’

‘All those involved were very professional, knowledgeable and were able to navigate around a difficult period with a not so easy transaction.’

Key clients

Aprirose

Societe Generale

Metro Bank PLC

Topland

KSL Capital Partners

LGH UK Management Limited

Hilton

Santander

HSBC Bank plc

Secure Income REIT

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin

HPL (UK) Ltd

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 1

Dentons  is well-equipped to handle the full spectrum of Islamic finance transactions, with its UK team working closely with practitioners in the firm's Middle East offices. Areas of expertise include sukuk, project and asset finance transactions, as well as shari'ah-compliant derivatives and structured finance deals. Matthew Sapte is experienced in handling bond financings and asset-backed securitisations. He co-heads the practice with Yusuf Battiwala, who is knowledgeable about shari'ah-compliant derivatives and structured finance. Associate Annreika Ray, who joined the firm from Deutsche Bank in 2020, is becoming increasingly known for Islamic derivatives.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Sapte; Yusuf Battiwala

Other key lawyers:

Annreika Ray

Testimonials

The team has depth and breadth of practitioners who understand Islamic Finance structures and shari’ah requirements very well.’

Genuine effort to understand nuances of shari’ah requirements and implement in the structures and documentation without compromising on financial and credit issues.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Macquarie

Citibank

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

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Dentons extensive global network enables it to consistently handle significant, cutting-edge matters across the TMT sector,  acting for public and private sector clients. The team has particular strength in projects utilising emerging forms of technology, such as AI, robotic process automation and blockchain. In addition, it is well-known for assisting clients with cloud migrations, smart energy and digital transformation projects. In a recent highlight, demonstrating the firm's strength in the public sector, the team advised the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on the procurement of the UK Rural Broadband Project. Jan Willem van den Bos frequently supports telecoms clients with strategic projects, commercial transactions and negotiations with regulators. Dan Burge assists corporate clients with complex IT projects and outsourcing arrangements. Andy Lucas stands out for the depth and breadth of his TMT practice, which includes advising various government departments in relation to their strategic use of technology. Highly active partner Henrietta Baker advises technology start-ups, early stage companies and global players in relation to complex and often innovative IT outsourcing transactions and technology projects.

Practice head(s):

Jan Willem Van den Bos; Dan Burge; Andy Lucas

Other key lawyers:

Henrietta Baker

Key clients

Africa Mobile Network

Avis Budget Group

Capita

EDF Energy

Emtelle

Facebook

floLIVE

HM Government, including Transport for London (TfL)

John Lewis Partnership

Lebara

LikeZero

Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)

Oman Future Telecommunications

Ooredoo

Royal Mail Group

Sainsbury’s

Secure Meters

SITAONAIR

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Trustonic

UiPath

Upfield / KKR

Virgin Group

Wella International / KKR

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC)

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 1

Dentons has an unrivalled international footprint and sizeable London corporate team, making it a strong choice for bluechip clients undertaking mid-market M&A transactions. Helmed by new UK corporate head Neil Nicholson and London corporate lead Stephen Levy, the team regularly handles an array of high-value deals for multinational corporates, energy providers, major tech players, and real estate holding companies. Nicholson is noted for his ample experience in financial services and oil and gas, especially in emerging markets. Levy focuses on M&A and private equity matters, while Matthew Tinger specialises in hotels and real estate. On the asset management side, clients rate Guy Norfolk for his ‘impressive intellect and commercial pragmatism’, with recent highlights including key transatlantic deals in technology and media. David Collins is also recommended for his deep international M&A experience.

Practice head(s):

Neil Nicholson; Stephen Levy

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Tinger; David Collins; Guy Norfolk

Testimonials

‘The team displayed great patience and intellect in a transaction that grew into the most complex deal I have seen for its size.The Dentons team coped admirably with the complexity, particularly as the transaction was commenced in the early days of lockdown.’

‘Guy Norfolk’s intellect and commercial pragmatism were highly impressive. Guy was able to keep on top of a fiendishly complex commercial and financial arrangement in a way which seemed to defeat the financial advisers and was the key force in driving the deal to a conclusion. I know that not all lawyers could have played such a key role’

‘The level of service provided by Dentons is outstanding where their professional approach towards delivering appropriate advice, industry exposure, capabilities of the team members and commitment on our requirements make them unique. The entire team is prepared to carefully listen to our queries, analyse them with their expertise and provide us the perfect solutions throughout our relationship with Dentons.  The exemplary leadership of the partners is a major factor in their success.’

‘The individuals we work always have provided us the best quality service and the amount of efforts they make to fulfil our corporate and commercial deals specially in mergers and acquisitions. When we required the tasks to be completed with a strict timeline for the above purposes the experts were the biggest strength who always were ready to go an extra mile and accomplish all the tasks.’

‘Strong, interactive team, well staffed and supervised.’

‘Dentons has an all-round strong team and offers a full service of excellent legal counsel, as well as virtual data rooms, purchase price settlement services and other services.’

‘The Dentons team are true partners on a transaction and seek to understand not just the legal issues, but provide insightful, business-oriented advice and guidance.’

Key clients

Informa plc

Capita plc

Souter Investments

PRS REIT

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC

Aprirose Limited

CK Holdings Co. Ltd

Belfont Hotels

Allied Cigar Corporation

Novia Financial

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 1

Dentons has ‘deep knowledge of the industry’ and a strong track record of handling complex international deals across Africa and Asia. The energy and infrastructure practice is led by Charles July in London and focuses on the full range of traditional oil and gas work, as well as energy transition matters, particularly in hydrogen. Charles Wood remains a key practitioner in the group and specialises in LNG and gas projects; he’s also the name for electricity market reform and regulation. Core areas of expertise for the team include project development, financings, and corporate transactions. Greg Hammond  is a ‘well-experienced trusted advisor’ and is recommend for transactional work in Latin America. Other key members include Humphrey Douglas and energy disputes lawyer Liz Tout.

Practice head(s):

Charles July

Other key lawyers:

Charles Wood; Humphrey Douglas; James Meakin; Liz Tout; Greg Hammond

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the energy sector and pro-actively work on developing solutions to complex issues raised rather than just providing drafting language.’

‘Charles Wood is very good at asking difficult questions and spotting why something we thought was simple is actually more complex then helping us to think around the issue – or alternatively taking something that we thought was complicated and turning it into a clear easily understandable concept.’

The entire Dentons Team has a very good understanding as regards the client’s needs. We apreciated their pragmative approach. They provided great support throughout all stages of the M&A process. We were in particular impressed by their negotiation skills.’

Humphrey Douglas: always available, great to work with, impressive Industry Knowledge. Great support during negotiations. Understands the client’s needs and positions and knows how to best implement. James Meakin: Impressive expertise. We very much appreciated his support on all tax aspects of the M&A Transaction. Angela Saldanha: Great support during negotiations.’

Greg Hammond has provided practical and commercial corporate energy related advice for many years. A senior, well experienced trusted advisor to have on one’s side.

Key clients

BASF/Wintershall

Centrica

Equinor

PetroIneos

Ingenious

National Grid

PETRONAS

Vitol

Sev.en Energy AG

Hurricane

Noble Energy

Cadent Gas

Actis

OMV

ONGC Videsh

Transport > Rail Tier 1

Dentons advises clients on the full range of rail industry matters, including franchises and concessions, operations, regulation, rolling stock procurement and maintenance, while also supporting on major disputes. 2020 saw practice head Matthew Hanslip-Ward lead the firm's team on the renationalistion of the Northern franchise, as well as advising five franchises on Emergency Measures and Recovery Agreements. Christopher McGee-Osborne is a key resource regarding franchise renegotiations and renationalisations, while construction partner Mark Macaulay is an expert in the drafting of high-value infrastructure contracts. Counsel Martin Watt deals primarily in rolling stock, while senior associate Jonathan Smith specialises in franchising, concessions, and rolling stock, as well as railway law.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hanslip-Ward

Other key lawyers:

Christopher McGee-Osborne; Mark Macaulay; Martin Watt; Jonathan Smith

Testimonials

‘Dentons have been our trusted partner in the rail business for many years. With their knowledge and expertise in the rail industry, they provide practical and commercial advice for our biddings in the UK. They are approachable, helpful and always provide high qualify legal support.’

‘They have deep legal expertise for the international practice area, an extensive international network to call upon and a strong commercial founded upon their industry knowledge and insight.’

‘Fantastic industry knowledge, not only of the law but the politics and players also.  ‘

‘Matthew Hanslip-Ward and Jonathan Smith are trusted legal advisers of our team. They are very knowledgeable in the rail industry and understand our business and our internal operation. They are always ready to walk an extra mile for us when we require support.’

‘Working with Matthew Hanslip-Ward and his team is always a pleasure. Their knowledge of the UK rail market is second to none and in combination with their ability to see issues from a commercial and practical standpoint has meant that we have partnered with the team very successfully.’

Key clients

MTR Corporation

Deutsche Bahn

Arriva (including certain of its TOCs)

Virgin

Stagecoach

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Alstom

Transport for London

Mitsui

Rail Delivery Group

MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited

GB Railfreight

DB Schenker

DB International Operations

Transdev

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 1

The ‘very knowledgeable and cohesive’ retail and consumer group at Dentons fields experienced partners from a wide range of legal disciplines, with substantial track records in the sector. Derek McCombe, in Glasgow, heads the UK team, which is particularly active in complex corporate and real estate deals and leverages the firm’s online portal, Legal Front Door, to provide clients with a single point of access to the wider firm’s legal services and specialists. The department - which advises retailers, brands, restaurants, landlords and franchises - also handles restructurings, franchising, cybersecurity, dispute resolution and employment matters. The department is a trusted legal adviser to Sainsbury's - including Argos - across its full legal portfolio, with  Scott Singer playing a key role for the sumermarket giant. Real estate litigator Bryan Johnston and Tristan Jonckheer, whose practice revolves around technology, outsourcing and commercial contract matters, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Derek McCombe

Other key lawyers:

Scott Singer; Bryan Johnston; Martin Fanning; Tristan Jonckheer

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and cohesive team covering all aspects of a client’s requirements’

‘The team I work with, including Derek McCombe, stand out for giving exceptional knowledge, time and effort’

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership (including Waitrose)

Sainsbury’s (including Sainsbury’s Bank and Argos)

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

Quiz

Avis Budget Group

Sports Direct / Frasers Group

Virgin

Edrington Distillers Limited

Wella International/KKR

American Eagle Outfitters

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

Dentons’ dedicated commercial contracts team utilises the firm’s global network to handle a broad range of domestic and international mandates for high-profile clients including KKR, Sainsbury’s and Virgin Group. Scott Singer heads up the UK commercial division and is a key contact for retail and financial services clients, and Andy Lucas leads the TMT department. Other noteworthy individuals include the highly regarded Martin Fanning, Henrietta Baker, who focuses on the energy, manufacturing and transport sectors; and Tristan Jonckheer. Sarah Lima and Nick Harrison were promoted to the partnership in 2021. The group also leverages the firm’s legal manged services offering to streamline project work for clients.

Practice head(s):

Scott Singer; Andy Lucas

Other key lawyers:

Martin Fanning; Henrietta Baker; Tristan Jonckheer; Sarah Lima; Nick Harrison; Catherine Bingham

Testimonials

‘Strong team with diverse knowledge . Both partners and the team have good understanding of the industry sectors, hence the discussion becomes easy for a technical person with little understanding of the legal terms.’

‘Response time is good. Understanding of the subject is good. Team behaviour is very good. Turn around time for the responses is very good. Flexibility in adding resources to deal with urgent matters.’

‘Good knowledge and a willingness to help.’

‘Very good responsiveness.’

Key clients

Avis Budget Group

Capita

HM Government, including Transport for London

John Lewis Partnership

KKR

Royal Mail Group

Sainsbury’s (including Argos and Sainsbury’s Bank)

Secure Meters

UiPath

Virgin Group

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Acclaimed for its ‘excellent knowledge and commercial approach’, Dentons  employs its expansive international network to serve as a go-to option for international investors from the US, South Korea, India and Luxembourg, among other jurisdictions. Deepa Deb fronts the national real estate practice and her core strengths lie in mixed-use investment and development projects, especially those encompassing alternative asset classes such as student accommodation and multifamily; the team includes Rob Thompson, who is likewise active on both the development and investment fronts, bringing an intimate knowledge of hotel, logistics and high-end residential assets to the table. Elsewhere, Rupert Dowdell and Alex Coulter are among the key contacts for office, retail and industrial lease negotiations and asset management mandates while at the more junior end, associate Carla Revelo is developing a reputation for her transactional work, particularly in respect of vast investment portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Deepa Deb; Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Alex Coulter; Rupert Dowdell

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge – they always respond with a commercial approach.’

‘Dentons offer good client service and are responsive, approachable, likeable and commercial.’

‘Alex Coulter has been the primary contact at Dentons and has personally handled all the transactions that we have undertaken. Alex is very hands on, thorough, approachable, commercial but also fun to work with.’

‘Rob Thompson is very experienced, thorough and commercial.’

‘Highly responsive; lots of partner contact; added value outside of billable work.’

‘Rob Thompson and Carla Revelo are always there when needed and are able to go the extra mile to get a deal agreed. Working so closely with them is like having an extension to your team.’

‘Simon Masri is a hands-on partner with confidence in his team so you don’t only deal with him.’

Key clients

RTP Global

Harrison Street

Frasers Group Plc (Sports Direct)

Heitman

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose

Realstar

Redevco

Royal Mail

Taylor Wimpey

Transport for London

Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 2

Dentons advises FTSE-listed clients, financial institutions and clients in the public sector on an array of governance issues, including annual reporting and regulatory compliance work, ESG issues, and governance concerns arising from transactions and business strategies. The team is led by Martin Mankabady, who has a strong focus on the insurance sector and handles operational resilience issues and the redrafting of corporate governance codes, alongside Richard Barham, who primarily advises on governance issues relating to transactions and joint ventures, including a number of cross-border matters. Candice Chapman focuses on highly regulated industries, while Celyn Armstrong handles contentious financial services sector work. Senior associate Marija Bračković specialises in financial crime mandates, including drafting frameworks for regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Martin Mankabady; Richard Barham

Other key lawyers:

Candice Chapman; Celyn Armstrong; Marija Bračković

Testimonials

Richard Barham is the main contact for this type of work and I trust him to give me good advice, properly researched and, when needed, pragmatic solutions. He provides clarity in an understandable way, without the legal jargon.’

Highly qualified knowledgeable and personable team across all disciplines with extensive global reach. Clear and concise advice delivered within agreed timescales.

Personable, friendly and engaging, at the same time pro-active and knowledgeable with extensive experience gained from having worked for respective regulators. Collaboration between partners across different complementary disciplines. Difficult and challenging situations are discussed and challenged in an open and supportive way. Written advice is clear, concise and addresses the issues.

Key clients

Wizz Air

North Essex Authorities

WorldFirst

National Bank of Egypt

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

Technically excellent on both the law and the technology’, Dentons takes the lead on global cybersecurity and data protection matters, providing cross-disciplinary advice in relation to data incidents and compliance work. The practice also handles regulatory investigations and litigation following data breaches, contentious data subject access requests and privacy activist complaints. Nick Graham leads the team and has recently been assisting businesses with the fallout from the Schrems II ruling. Simon Elliott provides international data advisory support, while Antonis Patrikios handles data privacy and cybersecurity matters. Martin Fanning, who is ’exceptionally strong on client relations’, is recommended for binding corporate rules and international data transfer projects, and counts financial institutions and large corporates among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Nick Graham

Other key lawyers:

Simon Elliott; Martin Fanning; Antonis Patrikios

Testimonials

‘This team is one of the strongest I’ve worked with in the field’.

‘They spent time getting to know our business inside out’.

‘They are commercial and experienced, and able to give strategic, risk-based advice’.

‘Martin Fanning picks up with positivity whatever challenge we take to him, is creative in problem solving, and very calm and constructive’.

‘They have demonstrated rich experience in data privacy laws to help our company expand our business in the EU’.

‘Antonis Patrikios has a deep understanding of adtech and his advice is always pragmatic and commercial’.     

‘Their reaction time and quality of deliverables and advice exceeds our expectations’.

‘One of the strengths that we value is its global network, which makes it possible to efficiently offer a one-stop service to a multinational enterprise like us’.

Key clients

Avis Budget Group

Aviva

Essential Living

John Lewis Partnership

Virgin Atlantic

Worldwide Clinical Trials

Real estate > Environment Tier 2

The team at Dentons is praised for its ‘combination of skills and commercial acumen’, as it handles multi-jurisdictional transactional work, advises corporate clients on environmental regulation and assists them in contentious situations. The practice’s client portfolio spans the oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, retail, real estate and insurance industries. ‘Very engaging’ environment expert Stephen Shergold leads the team and is at the forefront of the firm’s ESG work - a key area for which the firm has developed products and platforms to help corporate clients assess their exposure or manage their performance throughout their supply chain. Helen Bowdren plays a central role in the team, acting on large, cross-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shergold 

Other key lawyers:

Sam Boileau; Helen Bowdren; Annabel Hodge

Testimonials

‘Great capability within the environmental sphere.’

‘Stephen Shergold is very engaging.’

‘Sam Boileau is very detailed and a strong specialist in the environmental legal aspects – both his knowledge and his understanding and experience of working with his various counterparts in the negotiations and transactions proved invaluable in supporting the successful closing out of these transactions.’

‘The Denton’s environmental team is extremely commercial. Their knowledge of environmental matters is second to none, which is coupled with an excellent understanding of environmental insurance and M&A. It is this combination of skills and commercial acumen that makes Dentons stand out. Our instructions are invariably complex and require multi-disciplinary input – Dentons is the only law firm that we have found that is able to deliver practical, commercial opinions and solutions in a rapid and easy-to-understand form.’

‘Stephen Shergold and Helen Bowdren bring in additional resources if necessary, and both are extremely knowledgeable in environmental law. Moreover, they have taken the time to really understand our business and the markets in which we operate. They provide rapid, commercial opinions on complex matters. They are always willing to discuss matters ‘off the clock’ and are approachable and personable. We often involve Dentons in our client discussions, which is testament to the trust we have in the team and our main contacts.’

‘Excellent environmental knowledge with a strong commercial awareness.’

‘Stephen Shergold’s knowledge can be invaluable and his ability to work with non-legal stakeholders is appreciated by the business.’

Key clients

BASF

AIG

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

Centrica Storage Limited

Avis Budget Group

SSE

Network Rail

SCOR

KPS Capital Partners

Peabody

SLIP

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 2

Dentons acts for a range of top international brands, leveraging its global network to assist with cross-border franchising arrangements. Key areas of work for the team include data privacy, commercial contracts, competition, compliance and disputes. Babette Märzheuser-Wood (who works across the firm's London, Warsaw and Düsseldorf offices) advises on international franchising, area development and master franchise agreements. Anna Copeman is recommended for trade marks, franchising and brand licensing work. Ross Nicol handles non-contentious IP and IT matters. Tim Constable is a name to note for franchise disputes.

Practice head(s):

Anna Copeman; Ross Nicol; Babette Märzheuser-Wood

Other key lawyers:

Tim Constable

Testimonials

‘Babette is gifted at coordinating cross-border teams and sourcing the best (and often the most economical) advisers from the Dentons global network.’

‘Babette ensures that the team is focused on commercially-driven outcomes and is dedicated to positive results for her clients.’

‘Billing is always fair and reasonable.’

‘Babette and her team have a genuine interest in understanding our business and partnering with us to ensure they are advising on realistic aspects of work for us and not academic and improbable issues.’

‘The team are pragmatic, commercially-minded and exceptional at collaborating with the business.’

Key clients

M&S

Lina Stores

Island Poke

Joel Robuchon

Ralph Lauren

Hertz

Avis Budget Group

IWG

Wagamama

Flight Club

The Avocado Show

Manolo Blahnik

Virgin Group

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 2

The Dentons infrastructure practice advises on UK projects as well as leveraging the firm’s global presence to advise on matters across the globe, including in Liberia, Nigeria and Jamaica. Another area of work is assisting clients on the expiry of their projects, notable examples being a wastewater project, an army equipment project, an acute hospital project and a naval equipment/services contract. Edinburgh-based Euan Wilson specialises in large infrastructure and project finance transaction. He co-leads the team with consultant Dominic Spacie, who has experience advising banks, institutional investors, development finance institutions, contractors and various government entities on domestic and international PPP, PFI and concession-based infrastructure-related projects.

Practice head(s):

Euan Wilson; Dominic Spacie

Testimonials

‘Make themselves available whenever required’.

‘Commercial. Very quickly focus on what is important and give confidence’.

‘What made Dentons unique was the close relationship with their clients and their expertise in Privately funded infrastructure projects’

‘The  team I worked with was very close, reachable and personal. They integrated perfectly with the rest of the team as if they were part of the company. At the same time they were very professional when it came to giving their best advice; even if they knew they were contradicting what we wanted to hear.’

Key clients

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

Ministry of Defence

Department for Education

World Bank

ISS Mediclean

Ofwat

Amey

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail

Tfl (Transport for London)

Britishvolt plc

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Proserve Energy

Greater London Authority

Mota Engil/ Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Lands Improvement Holdings and Gallagher

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Great Western Developments Limited

Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 2

Dentons fields strong teams in London and Edinburgh, which advise major asset managers on IPOs and secondary equity raisings, as well as complex regulatory and fund management issues. Of particular note is the firm's work on fund mergers via Section 110 documentation, and changes in investment management, which often involve multijurisdictional elements. Guy Norfolk in London is an experienced figure within the investment trust space. He co-heads the practice with 'knowledgable' Edinburgh-based partner Claire Armstrong, who has a strong focus on undertaking advisory and transactional work for closed-ended funds. Senior associate Owen McLennan handles a broad range of primary and secondary fund structurings and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Guy Norfolk; Claire Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Owen McLennan

Testimonials

We use Dentons as a firm because of their extensive knowledge of the listed funds sector together with their all round excellent team.

Guy Norfolk heads up the listed funds team and has a wide an extensive knowledge of the sector. Very pragmatic and able to be results focused.

Claire Armstrong – Very knowledgeable and key to running complex projects.

Key clients

Baillie Gifford & Co

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Invesco

Murray Income Trust

The PRS REIT

The Edinburgh Investment Trust

Hansa Investment Company

Jupiter US Smaller Companies

Invesco Select Trust

Invesco Enhanced Income

City Merchants High Yield Trust

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust

Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust

CQS New City High Yield Fund

CQS Natural Resources Growth and Income

Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust

Aberdeen Asian Income Fund

Aberdeen Japan Income Trust

Shires Income

Aberdeen Standard Asia Focus

Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust

North American Income Trust

Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Investment Trust

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 2

At Dentons, practice head Justin Hill has built a patent prosecution destination practice for technology clients. Specialising in high-stakes strategic advice, the caseload includes prestigious mandates from the semiconductor, manufacturing, logistics, life sciences and technology sectors, primarily for corporate clients, but also for public bodies. The volume of work handled for UK-based technology clients, in particular those from the country's most prestigious research centres such as Cambridge, has grown in 2020. Stand-out features are the Seraphim Space Camp Accelerator, aimed at space technology clients, and the firm's TechConcierge programme, aimed at supporting high-growth technology companies with strategic commercialisation advice. Embedded in one of the world's largest law firms, the practice is an excellent choice for cross-border matters. In 2020, the team's heft in the market expanded significantly with the addition of new junior attorneys and the promotion of two senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Justin Hill

Other key lawyers:

Marie Jansson-Heeks; Liz Dawson; Alexander Rees

Testimonials

Provide strategic perspective on intellectual property especially related to patent portfolio.  I am convinced that the team we work with are the best in the world at what they do.

Diverse backgrounds when it comes to associates and partners so all of our diverse innovations are covered at any given point.

The team have strong credentials and are genuinely client-focused: They showed a really good understanding of our company’s circumstances and drafted a clear and robust legal agreement to get us the best available outcome.

Ability to distil inventions to core patentable attributes, worksheet for tracking and generating complementary IP.

Justin Hill has years of valuable experience and has provided very good advice on how to approach negotiations, taking account of the realities for both our company and our counterparts.

Key clients

ARM Holdings

Dexcom

Zuru

M&S

Positec

Raytheon

Royal Mail Group

Starkey Labs

TikTok

Virgin

Zentiva

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

Dentons advises both government and investors on the full spectrum of planning law. It is known for its expertise in large-scale housing and mixed-use regeneration projects, CPO and infrastructure funding advice. The team has seen an increase in instructions from specialist asset classes such as build to rent, co-living schemes and developments in the elderly care sector; an area in which senior associate Rachael Herbert is an expert. Practice head Roy Pinnock has extensive experience acting on strategic land promotion and major regeneration schemes and is supported by counsel Michele Vas, who specialises in the delivery of urban extensions, new towns and CPO regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Roy Pinnock

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Herbert; Michele Vas

Testimonials

‘Good sector and technical knowledge.’

‘I have always found the Dentons’ planning team a real pleasure to work with. They embrace thought leadership and have a focus on working towards sustainable outcomes.’

‘Roy Pinnock of Dentons is one of the leading solicitors in this field. Vastly experienced and able to bring an independent and highly informed and considered approach to all planning problems.’

‘They have a commitment to training and development within the planning industry, which sets them somewhat apart from many. Their approach matters strategically and makes connections outside of a strictly defined legislative framework.’

Key clients

Anschutz Sports Holdings Limited

Bedford Borough Council

Colchester Borough and Tendring District Councils

London Green and Topland

Network Rail

Peabody Development Limited

Places for People Developments Limited

Queensgate Investments

Reselton Properties Limited

Sainsbury’ Supermarkets Ltd

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Southend on Sea Borough Council

SSE

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Telereal Trillium

Tide Construction

Transport of London

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Dentons’ power practice leverages the firm's huge international footprint to handle large cross-border energy mandates across Africa and the Middle East. The group has a significant track record of work covering project financing, energy transition and regulatory regimes. Practice head Charles July has over three decades of experience advising on renewable energy across EMEA, and has of late been advising on an offshore wind project in Morocco. Humphrey Douglas handles transactional matters, whilst global energy co-chair Christopher McGee-Osborne is a key name for large-scale power, electric, and oil and gas matters. Solar power specialist Lucille De Silva is another key contact, while Humphrey Douglas can draw on his experience as general counsel for a Middle Eastern state energy company. Senior associate Tom Guilfoyle works across emerging markets on project financings.

Practice head(s):

Charles July

Other key lawyers:

Humphrey Douglas; Christopher McGee-Osborne; Lucille De Silva; Tom Guilfoyle

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable about current regulation, but also very valuable at guiding our strategic approach when approaching uncharted territory and recommending how to approach and what to request from new regulations.’

’We have been working fundamentally with three partners. Charles July has led the effort and has been always approachable and all our interactions have led to better understanding of the issues. Christopher McGee-Osborne’s knowledge and expert advise on energy and government approach has also been a key active to develop our regulatory strategy.’

‘Very experienced expertise in the energy sector, in particular gas.’

‘Precise, creative, responsive; Charles July is very experienced.’

‘Humphrey Douglas, our point of contact, makes the whole Dentons experience unique!’

Key clients

Equinor

LightsourceBP

National Grid

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Sev.en Energy AG

Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman

Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, Saudi Arabia

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Actis

China Nuclear Power Design Company

International Finance Corporation

Power by Britishvolt

Octopus

Statkraft

Viking Energy Shetland

Northland Power

SSE

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

Dentons stands out for its extensive global presence, which allows it to advise private equity clients on transactions involving large numbers of jurisdictions, often with lawyers on the ground. The team also advises across a broad range of industry sectors, including real estate, technology, consumer goods, and manufacturing. Stephen Levy leads the team from London, advising PE houses, management teams and portfolio companies on transactions. Nicholas Plant is another key contact, with experience of handling complex international transactions.

Practice head(s):

Brian Moore; Stephen Levy

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Plant; James Davison; Joseph Altendorff;

Testimonials

‘The team have a can-do attitude and are very entrepreneurial. They work with clients to overcome inevitable roadblocks in a commercial and mutually beneficial way, reducing transaction friction.’

‘The team is very responsive and has a “can-do” attitude. They were able to jump on a matter very quickly when another firm got tied up with internal process requirements.’

‘Pragmatic and hard working. Very responsive. Did a great job of coordinating counsel from various jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Allied Cigar Corporation and Gemstone Investment Holding

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP (KKR)

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

KPS Capital Partners

Scottish Equity Partners

Centerbridge

Blackstone

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Martin Moller (billionaire founder of Nordic Aviation Capital)

Graphite Capital

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Astorg Mid-Cap

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

The 'technically astute' team at Dentons is well versed in major property litigation and also provides alternative dispute resolution services to an impressive roster of blue-chip clients across various sectors. Its recent retail sector work includes ATM rating and rights to light disputes, while freehold owners in the hospitality and leisure sectors also instruct the firm on trespass and development-related issues, among others. Led by 'master strategistBryan Johnston, the team is also well placed to handle landlord and tenant disputes, neighbourly matters and disputes arising out of tenant insolvencies. In addition, private clients retain the practice to assist with restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Johnston

Testimonials

Bryan Johnson is a very experienced leader of the team and really has an extremely thorough and very up-to-date knowledge of this area of law.

Dentons got to grips with the case immediately and I had all the contact I needed, both with the partner and his assistants.

They were very supportive right the way through and I would highly recommend the team.

The team is headed up by Bryan Johnston, who is a master strategist and an excellent all-round technical lawyer. The team he leads is built around his values and strengths, making the team technically astute and canny with it.

Having worked with a few large firms, we were particularly impressed with their professionalism, willingness to listen, approachability and attention to detail. They also adopted a very commercial approach and made us feel that no question was too stupid to ask. We would certainly use them again and would recommend them without hesitation.

We found the whole team to be very approachable, down-to-earth, personable, efficient and utterly professional. We were delighted to work with them.

A first-rate team with strength and depth. One of the go-to teams on rights of light disputes.

Dentons’ property litigation team has strength and depth at all levels of seniority. They think tactically and are intensely focused on the outcome for the client.

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Co-operative  Group

The Official Receiver

Taylor Wimpey

ATS Euromaster

Argos

London Borough of Southwark

Sainsbury’s Bank

Prestbury

Secure Income REIT

Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

Dentons is praised for being 'truly devoted to the transaction and giving excellent legal advice'. The firm is known for its expertise in mortgage loans, trade receivables, trade finance and auto loan securitisations, and the core team in London is able to leverage a global network of offices to handle cross-border transactions. Its work on innovative transactions is typified by its advice to Oaktree Capital Management on a €470m deal for Retiro Mortgage Securities plc backed by Spanish non-performing loans, which was Europe's first Rule 144A NPL securitisation. Practice heads Peter Voisey and Edward Hickman, who led the Retiro deal, are elder statesmen of the securitisation market. Voisey recently assisted Coventry Building Society with the establishment of its RMBS master issuer programme, which has a pool of loans totalling £1.15bn. Martin Sharkey leads the European CLO practice and is 'very solution-oriented and provides very considered and pragmatic advice'. Catriona ’Kitty’ Lloyd is highly regarded for her advice to trustees, security agents, custodians, cash managers, account banks and other agency providers on securitisation.

Practice head(s):

Peter Voisey; Edward Hickman

Other key lawyers:

Martin Sharkey; Catriona (Kitty) Lloyd

Testimonials

‘The team provides a very professional service and the individuals are very responsive and accessible.’

‘Martin Sharkey is very solution-oriented and provides very considered and pragmatic advice.’

‘The team has been truly devoted to the transaction and given excellent legal advice.’

‘Martin Sharkey has excellent commercial insight and is hands-on and available.’

‘Dentons has transformed itself with the arrival of Peter Voisey and his team. Peter’s team bring a level of expertise in the field of structured finance which is unrivalled in the city. His quality of advice and understanding of matters impacting building societies is exceptional. Peter also understands the social aspect of member businesses and keeps a good eye on costs to ensure best value for his clients.’

‘I think the team’s strength is Martin Sharkey’s leadership. He has strong substantive knowledge, is very personal and marshals his team well. His team is able to handle multiple, complex, time sensitive matters simultaneously.’

‘The Dentons team have some exceptionally talented individuals who always look to try find the best solution for their client. They are always available to talk through any issues and have a wide range of expertise to cover a wide range of legal topics. They are very supportive at helping institutions work through new regulations and highlighting key developments.’

‘I really value the consistency of the team and how they understand and get to know an organisation.’

Key clients

Coventry Building Society

Barings (UK) Limited

TMF

Five Arrows

Principality Building Society

Atom Bank plc

DBRS

Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley

Co-operative Bank

Skipton Building Society

Oaktree

Centerbridge

KKR

International Finance Corporation

Be-Spoke Capital

Finance > Trade finance Tier 2

Dentons is 'a legal firm with the right attitude - they walk with clients through the journey until the completion of the assignment'. Veteran trade finance specialist Celia Gardiner retired, but the firm continues to be involved in high-value transactions. It recently assisted Ghana Cocoa Board with the $1.3bn pre-export financing of Ghana's 2020/21 cocoa crop. Howard Barrie leads the practice and splits his time between structured trade and commodity finance and project finance, principally in Africa. Tim Pipe, who handles upstream oil and gas financing, and Mark Cheney, who focuses on physical commodity trading and structured commodities deals in the energy sector, are the principal practitioners. Senior associate Ian Clements is recommended for deals in Western Europe, Latin America and Africa.

Practice head(s):

Howard Barrie

Other key lawyers:

Tim Pipe; Mark Cheney; Ian Clements; Matthew Sapte

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable, professional and courteous.’

‘Dentons is a legal firm with the right attitude. They respond to demands from clients swiftly. They walk with clients through the journey until the completion of the assignment. They understand the client’s business and billing is very flexible and reasonable.’

‘I have worked with both Matthew Sapte and Mark Cheney. Both Mark and Matthew are engaged and fully available when I have needed them and I appreciate the intellectual curiosity that they apply to the transactions that I have worked on. I feel it is very collaborative. They are also very transparent about fees and open to flexible fee arrangements.’

‘Ian Clements is very friendly and personable and is easy to approach. He sets out a timeline for completing work or getting back to you and always delivers on time. He provides straightforward advice on key points in a commercial manner.’

‘The individuals at Dentons understand client business and culture. They are flexible and always available to help. The standout partner is Howard Barrie and the standout associate is Ian Clements.’

Key clients

ING Bank N.V.

Ghana Cocoa Board

Coöoperative Rabobank U.A

E D & F Man Group

Natixis

FBNQuest Merchant Bank

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Led by Nick Chandler, the ‘very experienced and super responsive‘ team at Dentons is best-known for its aviation finance work for a balanced array of airlines, manufacturers, lessors and lenders. Although a good deal of the recent work handled by the team had a restructuring flavour to it, from advising lessors on deferral exercises, through to more formal insolvency mandates, the team also managed to close some notable new money mandates. Chandler was at the forefront of much of this work, including his representation of TUI Group on the $84m pre-delivery financing provided by Carlyle Partners to fund the purchase of 12 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Serge Sergiou continues to spearhead the firm’s relationship with Airbus, including advising it, alongside the firm’s Dublin office, as a stakeholder in relation to the Irish Examinership of Norwegian Air Services. The ‘very experiencedPaul Holland is also recommended across a range of commercial and ECA-backed financings, as well as on work involving a significant nexus with the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Nick Chandler

Other key lawyers:

Serge Sergiou; Paul Holland; Sarah Dyke; Stephen Temple; Lee McLernon; James Francis

Testimonials

It is a very experienced team and super responsive. It compares very well with other firms we use as they proactively push through issues with sensible suggestions that work for us.’

Paul Holland is very experienced.’

‘Lee McLernon is excellent.’

Key clients

Emirates

TUI Group

Qatar Airways

Goshawk Aviation

Chorus Aviation

Avolon Aerospace

Wizz Air

TAP Airlines, Portugal

Société Générale

Airbus (including Airbus Financial Services, Airbus Helicopters Leasing Services and Airbus Helicopters)

Bocomm Leasing

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

ALAFCO

The Export–Import Bank of China

ORIX

airBaltic

National Australia Bank

Bank of Montreal

The Air Ambulance Service

Domodedovo Airport

Avia Solutions Group

LCI Operations Limited

Omni Helicopters International

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Dentons is adept at handling cross-border syndicated lending transactions, governed by UK law, for borrowers (including investment grade corporates) and commercial banks, where it is also aided by practitioners spread across the firm’s extensive international network of offices. The 'commercial and enthusiastic' Isaac Felberbaum heads up the syndicated loans team and has a particular niche advising banking syndicates on the provision of loan facilities for other emerging markets-based financial institutions, particularly those based out of Turkey and Africa. Simon Middleton  is a 'safe pair of hands' and has 'many years of experience advising bank syndicates and borrowers in loan financing matters', particularly with a nexus to the Scandinavian market. The arrival in January 2021 of Will Turner  from Linklaters LLP also bolsters the team, by dint of his expertise advising global banks on financings for investment grade and cross-over credits within Europe and the emerging markets.

Practice head(s):

Isaac Felberbaum

Other key lawyers:

Simon Middleton; Catherine Astruc; Will Turner; James Ingham

Testimonials

Not only is the team highly skilled and experienced but their client service focus makes them extremely easy to work with and the quality of their work makes the whole process more efficient, resulting in more positive experiences for both borrowers and lenders.’

Key strength of the team is the partner attention given to transactions rather than leaving the whole process to associates.’

Superb team – very well staffed and incredibly focused.’

Isaac Felberbaum and James Ingham. Absolute top lawyers: commercial, engaged, enthusiastic and willing to go above and beyond for clients.’

I cannot speak highly enough of Simon Middleton. Simon has many years of experience advising bank syndicates and borrowers in loan financing matters and his expertise and approach sets him apart from other private practice lawyers. Rarely have I come across a lawyer able to balance both the legal and commercial needs of his client in the context of a transaction so well.’

Simon Middleton puts equal focus on quality advice and technical drafting as he does on client experience and transaction focus. He is a safe pair of hands with transactions of any level of complexity, and gives the same level of attention and professionalism to both the most complex structured financing as to the simplest amendment.’

Key clients

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB)

CPI Property Group

Ryanair

ICBC

Nordea Bank

SMBC

Mizuho Bank

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Emirates NBD Bank

Leonteq Securities AG

JP Morgan

Credit Suisse

Handelsbanken

Standard Bank

Fidelity Bank

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Leumi

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Staffed with excellence from top to bottom‘, Dentons‘ financial disputes group is a popular choice for retail banks in high-value litigation. Felicity Ewing (who is noted as being ‘definitely someone you want in your corner‘) has a breadth of experience including in defending banks in group claims. Ewing leads the team which includes ‘hugely experienced banking litigatorRichard Caird and the ‘technically exceptionally strong Natalia Fludra. Thomas Leyland re-joined the practice from Walkers.

Practice head(s):

Felicity Ewing

Other key lawyers:

Richard Caird; Natalia Fludra; Tom Hanson; Thomas Leyland

Testimonials

Dentons have a long-established, highly regarded banking litigation practice. They tend to act for the major retail banks on their most high profile and commercially significant disputes.’

Richard Caird – a hugely experienced banking litigator who has excellent judgment and is enormously well respected in the market. Felicity Ewing – an very highly regarded banking litigator who continues to win high-profile instructions for the firm. Tom Hanson – a very clever associate who clearly is going places.

Richard Caird – veteran litigator who has been there, seen it all several time and bought a cupboard full of t-shirts – including as a senior in-house lawyer he brings searing insight, wry humour and a no-nonsense attitude to bear within an approach that is at once both supportive and challenging. He deserves immense credit for building an exceptionally qualified and capable team with consistent effort and attention to detail over a period of 15 or 20 years.’

Felicity Ewing – calm in a storm and razor-sharp when it matters. Felicity is an absolute joy to work with. Intellectually hugely capable but with people skills not frequently associated with litigators. Definitely someone you want in your corner.

Natalia Fludra – technically exceptionally strong and intellectually at the very top of the tree Natalia is one of those rare litigators that is very easy to work with and yet more than willing to tell her clients when they are wrong – a hugely under-rated skill in a market seemingly all too frequently driven by those who want to fit an argument to the client’s wishes rather than to the law and the facts. A superstar.

This team represents surely the best value banking litigation option in the City. Staffed with excellence from top to bottom and yet available at prices far below what the quality suggests it should be. The practice is also backed by top flight banking/capital markets partners led by the incomparable Matthew Sapte.’

Key clients

Commerzbank

Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”)

Barings (U.K.) Limited

NatWest

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

Acclaimed for its ‘excellent knowledge and commercial approach’, Dentons  employs its expansive international network to serve as a go-to option for international investors from the US, South Korea, India and Luxembourg, among other jurisdictions. Deepa Deb fronts the national real estate practice and her core strengths lie in mixed-use investment and development projects, especially those encompassing alternative asset classes such as student accommodation and multifamily; the team includes Rob Thompson, who is likewise active on both the development and investment fronts, bringing an intimate knowledge of hotel, logistics and high-end residential assets to the table. Elsewhere, Rupert Dowdell and Alex Coulter are among the key contacts for office, retail and industrial lease negotiations and asset management mandates while at the more junior end, associate Carla Revelo is developing a reputation for her transactional work, particularly in respect of vast investment portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Deepa Deb; Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Richard Budge

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge – they always respond with a commercial approach.’

‘Dentons offer good client service and are responsive, approachable, likeable and commercial.’

‘Alex Coulter has been the primary contact at Dentons and has personally handled all the transactions that we have undertaken. Alex is very hands on, thorough, approachable, commercial but also fun to work with.’

‘Rob Thompson is very experienced, thorough and commercial.’

‘Highly responsive; lots of partner contact; added value outside of billable work.’

‘Rob Thompson and Carla Revelo are always there when needed and are able to go the extra mile to get a deal agreed. Working so closely with them is like having an extension to your team.’

‘Simon Masri is a hands-on partner with confidence in his team so you don’t only deal with him.’

Key clients

Abbey Developments

Frasers Group Plc

Harrison Street

Heitman

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose

Realstar

Redevco

Royal Mail

RTP Global

Sigma Capital

Taylor Wimpey

Transport for London

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Acclaimed for its ‘excellent knowledge and commercial approach’, Dentons  employs its expansive international network to serve as a go-to option for international investors from the US, South Korea, India and Luxembourg, among other jurisdictions. Deepa Deb fronts the national real estate practice and her core strengths lie in mixed-use investment and development projects, especially those encompassing alternative asset classes such as student accommodation and multifamily; the team includes Rob Thompson, who is likewise active on both the development and investment fronts, bringing an intimate knowledge of hotel, logistics and high-end residential assets to the table. Elsewhere, Rupert Dowdell and Alex Coulter are among the key contacts for office, retail and industrial lease negotiations and asset management mandates while at the more junior end, associate Carla Revelo is developing a reputation for her transactional work, particularly in respect of vast investment portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Deepa Deb; Alex Coulter; Simon Masri

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge – they always respond with a commercial approach.’

‘Dentons offer good client service and are responsive, approachable, likeable and commercial.’

‘Alex Coulter has been the primary contact at Dentons and has personally handled all the transactions that we have undertaken. Alex is very hands on, thorough, approachable, commercial but also fun to work with.’

‘Rob Thompson is very experienced, thorough and commercial.’

‘Highly responsive; lots of partner contact; added value outside of billable work.’

‘Rob Thompson and Carla Revelo are always there when needed and are able to go the extra mile to get a deal agreed. Working so closely with them is like having an extension to your team.’

‘Simon Masri is a hands-on partner with confidence in his team so you don’t only deal with him.’

Key clients

RTP Global

Brydell Capital

Harrison Street

Realstar

Heitman

Frasers Group Plc (Sports Direct)

Redevco

Castleforge

Aprirose

KSL

PRS REIT

Cerberus

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

Dentons advises a number of clients, including developers, contractors, retailers and PPP stakeholders, on construction dispute avoidance and resolution. Internationally, it provides arbitration support in key international matters, while domestically, its work is diverse, covering litigation and a number of ADR methods. It also has expertise in advising on distressed PFI projects. Akin Akinbode and Gurbinder Grewal lead the team, advising on a number of construction and engineering matters including PFI and energy-from-waste disputes. Esther McDermott is also known for her work in the TCC.

Practice head(s):

Akin Akinbode; Gurbinder Grewal

Other key lawyers:

Esther McDermott

Testimonials

‘The team has real strength across all areas of construction dispute practice – international arbitration, domestic litigation and arbitration, and adjudication. They have strong personnel in every area.’

‘Akin Akinbode has a superb client base and quality of instructions for international arbitration work and is a careful thinker and strategist.’

‘Gurbinder Grewal offers fantastic client care, great energy in his work, and is a really persuasive writer and thinker.’

‘The Dentons team has depth gained from a team which has worked together for a long time. Regardless of which partner or associate you are working with, you can count on them to be well prepared.’

‘Gurbinder Grewal has exceptional intellect which allows him a keen grasp of the technical details of a dispute. Not only will he provide a capable analysis of the legal points, he will also have a firm understanding of the expert and factual evidence.’

‘Tenacity in seeking good results. All the staff are results focused.’

 ‘Esther McDermott is very sharp and well organised.’

‘The team has extensive experience, strength in depth and is great to work with.’

Key clients

G.E. C.I.F. Trustees Ltd

Galliford Try Building

Leonardo S.p.A.

Morgan Sindall Infrastructure Limited

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Dentons offers its clients expertise across a number of major construction sectors, advising on UK real estate matters and both UK and international energy and infrastructure developments. The team has a strong international client base in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, and domestic strength in housebuilding matters. It also has a growing emphasis on renewable energy.  Mark Macaulay leads the team's non-contentious arm and primarily acts on employer-led development work domestically while advising on broader issues internationally.

Practice head(s):

Mark Macaulay

Key clients

Marks & Spencer plc

Kier Construction

Transport for London

Helical plc

M&G Real Estate

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Galliford Try

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Power by Britishvolt Limited

Virgin Media

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 3

Dentons has an experienced tax risk and warranty and indemnity practice with a broad global client base. The team is led by Alex Thomas, who leads the UK tax practice and co-heads the global tax practice. James Meakin advises on the tax aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, including M&A, group reorganisations and joint ventures. Alex Tostevin's 'technical capabilities' are singled out by clients, as is his strong background in private equity work.

Practice head(s):

Alex Thomas

Other key lawyers:

James Meakin; Alex Tostevin; Alastair MacLeod

Testimonials

I admire Alex Tostevin’s technical capabilities greatly and enjoy collaborating with him and his team.’

The level of service provided by Dentons is outstanding. The team’s professional approach, industry exposure and capabilities make them unique.’

Throughout our relationship with Dentons, the entire team is always well prepared and will always carefully listen to our queries. The team’s expertise allows them to deliver the perfect analysis and solutions to our problems.’

The individuals we work with have always provided us with the highest quality of service and their effort is highly valued and appreciated. Whenever we have a strict timeline, the team are prepared to go the extra mile to accomplish all the tasks.’

Key clients

KKR

Atom Bank

Lloyds

Virgin

Visa

KPS Capital Partners

Her Majesty’s Government

John Lewis

Swiss Life

Barclays

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 3

Dentons is known best for its emerging markets DCM practice, which relies on the firm's global network of offices. The London office is a key hub for international bond issues across Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, CEE, Russia and the CIS, though it also handles domestic and European deals. For instance, Nick Hayday advised Ryanair on its €850m issuance, which was the first bond issuance by a European airline since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 'They know and understand the market and are innovative, endlessly patient and supportive', remarks one client. David Cohen leads the practice and is a highly regarded partner for public, listed eurobonds, commercial paper, private placements and liability management transactions. US securities partner Cameron Half and corporate trustee specialist Catriona Lloyd also play key roles in the practice. Associate Moeen Qayum and senior associate Victoria Wyer  are emerging as a key advisers to both issuers and managers.

Practice head(s):

David Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Nick Hayday; Cameron Half; Catriona Lloyd; Moeen Qayum; Victoria Wyer

Testimonials

‘Dentons DCM practice is full of experts who apply the law practically and persuasively. They know and understand the market and are innovative and problem solving. Endlessly patient and supportive.’

‘Partners worthy of mention are David Cohen and Nick Hayday. Working with David is a genuinely enjoyable experience, safe in the knowledge that you are in the hands of an expert. New senior associate Victoria Wyer is a major asset to the team. Her knowledge and expertise on ECP documentation and conventions were invaluable when working on the CCFF at the height of last year’s crisis.’

‘Dentons’ capital markets capabilities has broadened in recent years, with hires in the DCM, securitisation and bond trustee areas. It’s always great to work with the team and this gives us greater scope to do so.’

‘David Cohen is an experienced, highly knowledgeable partner. He provides commercially driven, reliable advice. He is also a pleasure to work with. Victoria Wyer is a dedicated, details-focused senior associate who is a safe pair of hands across a variety of types of transactions.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and readily available. Happy to think outside the box.’

‘Great lawyers giving great advice, but fun to work with too.’

Kitty Lloyd is a trusted adviser who is always willing to go the extra mile. Always available, even on holiday! Has a pragmatic and commercial approach too. David Cohen – always on hand and available to deal with queries, inspires confidence and is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Nick Hayday and Victoria Wyer in particular are very commercial, technically strong and able to communicate clearly and effectively with all parties. David Ferris an excellent addition as a PSL, producing some really useful material.’

Key clients

Ryanair

Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

Coventry Building Society

CPI Property Group

Commercial Bank of Dubai

The Republic of Lithuania

Faurecia

Avia Solutions Group

UAB Ignitis grupė

Domodedovo Airport Group

O1 Properties

Eurochem Group

BNY Mellon

Deutsche Bank

Law Debenture

Montepio

airBaltic

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Dentons has 'a well experienced and down to earth team' that is best known for its emerging markets structured finance work, which covers the full range of derivatives transactions, as well as structured products and CLOs. The firm is among the market leaders for Islamic derivatives, and is also prominent in repos, securities lending and the emerging area of ESG-related transactions. 'Standout specialist and well respected practitioner' Matthew Sapte leads the derivatives practice and is also a skilled partner for structured debt transactions. Yusuf Battiwala is frequently called up to advise financial institutions, corporates and funds on both conventional and Islamic derivatives and structured finance instruments. He recently advised EBRD on new legislation for the derivatives and repo markets in each of Egypt and Kazakhstan. Martin Sharkey is the lead partner for CLOs. Luke Whitmore also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Sapte; Martin Sharkey

Other key lawyers:

Yusuf Battiwala; Luke Whitmore

Testimonials

‘A well experienced and down to earth team.’

‘Mathew Sapte is a standout specialist and well respected practitioner.’

‘The team provides a very professional service and the individuals are very responsive and accessible.’

‘Martin Sharkey balances strong technical expertise with a pragmatic and client-focused approach.’

‘ A dedicated and hardworking team, very efficient and professional.’

‘They are all very dedicated and provides with good input quickly.’

‘The personnel that we have dealt with are very responsive and commercial and link up well with other colleagues in the firm to finesse their advice. Over the last year we have received specialist advice on the latest legal and market operation of certain derivative clauses which greatly assisted our negotiations to close out certain transactions on a sound commercial basis.’

‘Luke Whitmore and Matthew Sapte are our primary contacts. Both are able practitioners. Luke’s expertise across the various product areas provides a one-stop shop for much of the advice we need. Matthew is a skilled banking lawyer with significant experience in managing emerging market legal issues. Both are engaged and available. Also a strength is their focus on providing value for clients. They understand the pressures on clients to manage costs and work hard at delivering cost effective advice – this is a great strength.’

Key clients

Be-Spoke Capital

Barings (UK) Limited

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Citibank

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FADB)

Emirates NBD

MUFG

Société Générale

JP Morgan

Gulf International Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

National Bank of Bahrain

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce / CIBC Capital Markets

Macquarie Bank Limited

Leonteq Securities AG

Ebury

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 3

Dentons is well-placed to handle an array of domestic and cross-border equity capital markets transactions, with its wide national reach being complemented by in-house US securities expertise and a far-reaching global presence. Key figures in the team include global equity capital markets head Nik Colbridge and Neil Nicholson, who leads the practice in the UK. The team is adept at handling small to mid-market IPOs and large international listings, as well as secondary offerings and public M&A. Clients include FTSE 250 companies and AIM-listed corporates, investment banks, NOMADs and brokers. In 2020, Cameron Half led advice to VGP NV on a €200m Rule 144A/Regulation S placement via an accelerated bookbuild offering to institutional investors, as well as a separate €109.18m Rule 144A/Regulation S placement of its existing ordinary shares held by its Belgian subsidiary. In another matter, Nicholson and senior associate Verity Kent acted for Science in Sport on its £4.5m share placing on the AIM market. Notable institutional clients include Canaccord Genuity, Peel Hunt, Stifel Nicolaus Europe and N+1 Singer.

Practice head(s):

Nik Colbridge; Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Half; Verity Kent

Testimonials

The team were highly flexible and able to adapt to a changing deal structure without any issues. The team were attentive and always available to assist where necessary.’

Verity Kent and Neil Nicholson were excellent to work with. Easy to have a sensible conversation with on the best way forward for the client and able to articulate the implications of legal advice or structuring clearly and concisely.’

All members of the team are very helpful and have proven themselves competent.’

Neil Nicholson has proven extremely adept at locating the ‘right’ legal resource for whatever we require. The advice is always commercially sensible and he provides what is needed rather than everything under the sun.’

The team is very proactive and helpful. They have strong knowledge of the law but the ability to apply that pragmatically to the circumstances.’

Neil Nicholson is very commercial and is very useful as a sounding board on a variety of different matters. Cameron Half is a very good US securities lawyer. Verity Kent is an extremely strong associate.’

Key clients

airBaltic

Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC)

Polymetal International plc

PRS REIT plc

Air Astana

VGP NV

D P Eurasia NV

O’Key Group S.A.

Frasers Group plc

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Dentons is well-placed to handle an array of domestic and cross-border equity capital markets transactions, with its wide national reach being complemented by in-house US securities expertise and a far-reaching global presence. Key figures in the team include global equity capital markets head Nik Colbridge and Neil Nicholson, who leads the practice in the UK. The team is adept at handling small to mid-market IPOs and large international listings, as well as secondary offerings and public M&A. Clients include FTSE 250 companies and AIM-listed corporates, investment banks, NOMADs and brokers. In 2020, Cameron Half led advice to VGP NV on a €200m Rule 144A/Regulation S placement via an accelerated bookbuild offering to institutional investors, as well as a separate €109.18m Rule 144A/Regulation S placement of its existing ordinary shares held by its Belgian subsidiary. In another matter, Nicholson and senior associate Verity Kent acted for Science in Sport on its £4.5m share placing on the AIM market.

Practice head(s):

Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

David Collins; Brian Moore; Verity Kent; Cameron Half; Nik Colbridge

Testimonials

The team were highly flexible and able to adapt to a changing deal structure without any issues. The team were attentive and always available to assist where necessary.’

Verity Kent and Neil Nicholson were excellent to work with. Easy to have a sensible conversation with on the best way forward for the client and able to articulate the implications of legal advice or structuring clearly and concisely.’

All members of the team are very helpful and have proven themselves competent.’

Neil Nicholson has proven extremely adept at locating the ‘right’ legal resource for whatever we require. The advice is always commercially sensible and he provides what is needed rather than everything under the sun.’

The team is very proactive and helpful. They have a strong knowledge of the law but the ability to apply that pragmatically to the circumstances.’

Neil Nicholson is very commercial and is very useful as a sounding board on a variety of different matters. Cameron Half is a very good US securities lawyer. Verity Kent is an extremely strong associate.’

Key clients

Science in Sport plc

Bonhill Group plc

RA International plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Informa plc

Bilby plc

Quiz plc

PRS REIT plc

Hurricane Energy plc

Menzies (John) plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe

Canaccord Genuity

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

The lawyers at Dentons are 'willing to get their hands dirty' when assisting clients with sanctions, export controls, WTO law and trade remedies; in 2020, the group has also been heavily involved in Brexit-related issues. The practice has developed significantly in recent years and has been appointed to the new UK government trade law panel to assist with WTO disputes and trade negotiations. When it comes to advising on sanctions, practice head Roger Matthews 'understands what the client wants' and previously worked at the European Commission and HM Treasury Sanctions Unit.

Practice head(s):

Roger Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Anastasia Stankova

Testimonials

The team are very knowledgeable. They were very good at identifying the issue and coming up with ideas to solve the problem. They quoted for the work and did not go over the cost quote.’

Experienced in the area. Willing to get their hands dirty. Not afraid to challenge the status quo.

Very client oriented, the client comes first and Dentons is there to provide advice that adds real value to the transaction.

Roger Matthews. He gets it. He understands what the client wants, the things that they haven’t thought about and meets their needs. Straightforward and very effective.’

The area of practice that we sought advice on, regulations relating to PPE, is fairly niche. The advice provided was very detailed and specific, which was invaluable.’

Roger Matthews was a pleasure to work with – his advice was provided efficiently and the advice that was given was of a very high standard in a very fast moving and evolving area of law.’

Key clients

Aggreko

Frog Bikes

BASF

Tui Travel Aviation Finance

John Lewis

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

Dentons combines the strengths of its TMT and financial regulation practices to advise on high-value payments, electronic money, crypto, digital banking and IT outsourcing transactions. It acts for innovative banks, non-traditional lenders and fintech firms. ‘Outstanding partnerJonathan Garforth co-heads the team with Martin Fanning (who is recommended for IT matters in the financial services industry) and Alison Bryce.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Garforth; Alison Bryce; Martin Fanning

Other key lawyers:

Tristan Jonckheer; Antonis Patrikios

Testimonials

‘They know their stuff inside out and work collaboratively.’

‘They are always keen to push the boundaries of what is possible for their clients.’                         

‘Jonathan Garforth is incredibly bright; he is always coming up with innovative solutions for his clients and finally is absolutely on top of his game.’

‘They are truly global in a work area that is without borders. It is important that law firms that serve this area reflect that.’

‘The Dentons team is able to connect with colleagues around the globe for country-specific regulatory advice.’

‘The team sets itself apart in its human and personable approach.’

‘They explain and navigate a complicated topic like regulations in a clear and understandable manner.’

‘Jonathan Garforth is widely respected and a team player who sees the bigger picture.’

Key clients

Ant Group (World First, Ant Financial and Alipay UK)

Paypal Inc

TreviPay (Multi-Service Technology Solutions, Inc)

John Lewis Partnership

ING Bank N.V., London Branch

FCMB Bank (UK) Limited

Karma Technologies International Limited

Cheddar Payments Limited

Aventus Network Services Limited

cashbackApp (Enigmatic Smile Limited)

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

The health and safety team at Dentons  maintains a balance of transactional, advisory, and regulatory defence work across the energy, transport, food and drink, and manufacturing industries, advising a number of well-known clients in these sectors.  Environmental law specialist Stephen Shergold  leads the London operation alongside Malcolm Gunnyeon, who also leads the Scottish health and safety team. Shergold's practice focuses on oil and gas, waste, and contaminated land, among other related specialisms. Helen Bowdren maintains an international practice and works with clients including chemical manufacturers.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shergold; Malcolm Gunnyeon

Other key lawyers:

Helen Bowdren; Sam Boileau

Testimonials

‘Having a brilliant lawyer with no people skills or vice versa, would be a disaster for us. Malcolm Gunnyeon has both skill sets: extensive experience in health and safety and also the ability to be supportive, especially when dealing with emotional issues for us as an organisation.’

‘Malcolm Gunnyeon understands the need of the oil and gas sector in Aberdeen.’

‘Compassion and ability to be empathic as well as forensic in their analysis and advice. Always responsive and flexible when we require updates.’

‘Malcolm Gunnyeon is friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.’

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

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

At DentonsMartin Mankabady is the global head of the firm's insurance practice. His wide-ranging expertise includes M&A, restructurings, commercial matters and regulatory issues. Another name to note is Adriana Cotter, whose recent work included advice to clients on the implications of Brexit, and also on policy wording and Part VII transfers. Regulatory partner Katharine Harle  is noted for her previous experience working as an in-house counsel for the Financial Services Authority.

Practice head(s):

Martin Mankabady

Other key lawyers:

Adriana Cotter; Katharine Harle

Testimonials

I think that Martin Mankabady is a combination of a very personable and technical lawyer. Martin makes himself available regardless of workload and has a non-combative tone and nature on multi-party calls, which puts people at ease, and in my opinion, makes for a more collaborative and smooth process.’

Interpersonal, problem-solving and always driving any process forward in a positive manner.

Martin Mankabady is experienced, helpful and friendly, who always has the time to help. Adriana Cotter is understanding, articulate and dedicated to find solutions for clients, and always does so in a personable approach.’

A very responsive team that has expertise globally. Very useful in the world of insurance, where it is important to understand applicable regulations in every individual jurisdiction.

Martin Mankabady is extremely responsive and very commercial. A pleasure to work with.

Very responsive, hard working and give good clear advice.’

Dentons ensured that they were available and engaged with us round-the-clock.

A very proactive approach to solving insurance issues and working closely with contacts in the insurance brokerage market to achieve desirable outcomes for coverage.

Key clients

AIG

John Lewis Finance

Mobius Life Limited

Vitality Life Limited

Public sector > Local government Tier 3

The team at Dentons  frequently advises local authorities on matters relating to large-scale regeneration projects. Based in London, Stephen Ashworth leads the team on work including housing developments. Roland Gray acts on strategic acquisitions and disposals on behalf of local authorities, while counsel Michele Vas deals with urban regeneration projects. In Milton Keynes, head of the property litigation team Bryan Johnston is a key resource for local authorities seeking advice regarding real estate litigation. Miriam Best retired in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Ashworth

Other key lawyers:

Roland Gray; Michele Vas; Bryan Johnston

Key clients

North Essex Authorities (Essex County Council, Braintree District Council, Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council)

Northamptonshire County Council

Greater London Authority

Southampton City Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Transport for London

London Borough of Southwark

Braintree District Council

Southend-on Sea Borough Council

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

London Borough of Hounslow

Uttlesford District Council

Mid Sussex District Council

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Dentons’ media and entertainment team in London, which is part of a larger international practice, acts for clients in the film, TV, animation, digital media and games sectors. Its varied workload includes regulatory, M&A, data protection and IP matters. The group is jointly led by technology specialist Andy Lucas, corporate partner Darren Acres and Anna Copeman, who focuses on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Andy Lucas; Darren Acres; Anna Copeman

Key clients

Peters Fraser Dunlop Group Limited

Virgin Group

BBC Scotland

Warner Music Group

Yamaha

Facebook

MTG

Nordic Entertainment

Anthem Entertainment

Sonco Gaming

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

Dentons pensions practice sits within the wider people, reward, and mobility team. Providing advice for sponsoring employers of DB and DC schemes, the practice is headed by Virginia Allen and Eleanor Hart. The team's non-contentious and dispute resolution practices cover the gamut of pensions law and the firm's global reach sees the team regularly advising in complex global corporate transactions, sometimes involving as many as 40 countries. Elmer Doonan is widely known for his insolvency expertise and advises trustees/employers on pension restructurings, acquisitions, and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Allen; Eleanor Hart

Other key lawyers:

Elmer Doonan

Testimonials

‘Eleanor Hart –  not only is she incredibly responsive, but she is also proactive. She anticipates her clients’ needs and sees around the corners. I am confident that when working with Eleanor, I am unlikely to be caught by surprise. She is able to be so proactive because she has a deep underlying knowledge of her clients’ pension schemes. I have worked with many firms who are able to address issues when raised, but Eleanor helps solve issues before they become problems in the first place.’

‘Strong insolvency expertise’

Key clients

BorgWarner Inc.

Refinitiv Limited

KPS Capital Partners

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Dentons' pensions practice sits within the wider people, reward, and mobility team. Providing advice for sponsoring employers of DB and DC schemes, the practice is headed by Virginia Allen and Eleanor Hart . The team’s non-contentious and dispute resolution practices cover the gamut of pensions law and the firm’s global reach sees the team regularly advising in complex global corporate transactions, sometimes involving as many as 40 countries. Elmer Doonan is widely known for his insolvency expertise and advises trustees/employers on pension restructurings, acquisitions, and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Allen; Eleanor Hart

Other key lawyers:

Elmer Doonan

Testimonials

‘Eleanor Hart –  not only is she incredibly responsive, but she is also proactive. She anticipates her clients’ needs and sees around the corners. I am confident that when working with Eleanor, I am unlikely to be caught by surprise. She is able to be so proactive because she has a deep underlying knowledge of her clients’ pension schemes. I have worked with many firms who are able to address issues when raised, but Eleanor helps solve issues before they become problems in the first place.’

‘Strong insolvency expertise’

Key clients

BorgWarner Inc.

Refinitiv Limited

KPS Capital Partners

JCB Finance Pension Scheme

Virgin Atlantic Airways

TUI UK Limited

Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

Dentons acts for major financial institutions and corporate borrowers, as well as private banks and private wealth teams, regarding investment and development financings. With a sizeable global network, it is adept at cross-border and European financings. 'Commercial' practice co-head Simon Tweedle has expertise in advising both borrowers and lenders on asset classes such as offices, retail and residential properties, hotels, care homes, student accommodation and shopping centres. Co-head James Irvine focuses on real estate finance involving hotels and related restructurings. Simon Masri similarly has expertise in hotel investments.

Practice head(s):

Simon Tweedle; James Irvine

Other key lawyers:

Simon Masri

Testimonials

‘Having worked with the banking and property team on a regular basis, they are easy to work with, take care of matters diligently and get the job done. The banking team are continually on top of things, with James Irvine always looking after our interests but, at the same time, retaining a commercial approach to get the deal done. The property team always seem to get the job done, dealing with issues before they reach me so limited input is often required.’

‘Highly commercial with the ability to pull in the wider expertise of the firm when required.’

‘Simon Tweedle is one of the most commercial and helpful real estate finance lawyers in the market. I will use him as a sounding board on wider matters as well as the deals he is appointed on.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

HSBC Bank

Metro Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

NatWest

Lombard

DBS Bank

Société Générale

Chenavari Investment Managers

Ho Bee Land

Aprirose

McArthurGlen

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

United Overseas Bank

OCBC

Raven Property Group

Cheyne Capital

InfraRed Capital Partners

Patrizia AG

Mayfair Capital

Swiss Life

Industry focus > TMT Tier 3

Dentons is particularly active in the technology sector, providing clients with advice in relation to software licensings, cloud services, outsourcings, patent protection issues; the firm is also involved in various prominent public sector projects. In one standout matter, the team is advising Transport for London in relation to the roll-out of 4G on platforms, stations and tunnel sections of the TFL estate for the first time. Group co-head Andy Lucas regularly advises clients in relation to major IT projects; he is also well-known for advising on the use of emerging technology, such as AI and health tech. Fellow co-head Martin Fanning is highly regarded for his expertise in commercial technology transactions, electronic and mobile commerce projects and large-scale IT, telecoms and business procurements. Senior associates Sarah Lima and Rachael Morris are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andy Lucas; Martin Fanning

Other key lawyers:

Simon Elliott; Sarah Lima; Rachael Morris

Testimonials

‘I worked extensively with Martin Fanning and Sarah Lima on a project that we undertook and appreciated their industry knowledge on the subject matter. Their pragmatic and commercially oriented approach made the difference for us in closing the deal. We appreciate the flexibility and promptness in the delivery of their engagement.’

Key clients

Aptiv Technologies

ARM

Artos

Benevolent.AI

Capita PLC

Capsule Technologies

Congenica

Dexcom

Facebook

Informa

InTapp

IntellectEU

Intralinks

LikeZero

OpenText

Raytheon

Ripple Labs

SITA

Starkey Labs

TechnologyOne

TikTok

Trustonic

UiPath

Ultra Electronics

YouGov

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

Dentons advises airlines, airports, and private operators on cross-border aircraft finance and leasing, as well as regulatory issues, banking and finance, intellectual property and M&A. Practice head Nick Chandler is particularly experienced advising on leasing structures, ECA-supported financings, and leasing and purchase structures.

Practice head(s):

Nick Chandler

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

Dentons's 'excellent' dispute resolution group excels in international disputes, where it is able to leverage its extensive global network. The firm has recruited Addleshaw Goddard London practice head Louisa Caswell to lead its UK disputes division; she joins in November 2021. Felicity Ewing and counsel Adrian Giles are key contacts for M&A and corporate disputes. Liz Tout and Thomas Leyland (who recently rejoined the team from Walkers' Dublin's office) have experience in energy and outsourcing disputes respectively while the 'exceptional' Craig Neilson and the 'absolutely excellent' recently promoted partner Natalia Fludra both count finance and fraud among their areas of specialism. Simon Colledge left to join gunnercooke LLP.

Practice head(s):

Felicity Ewing

Other key lawyers:

Liz Tout; Thomas Leyland; Craig Neilson; Natalia Fludra; Adrian Giles; Dominic Pellew

Testimonials

Excellent offering particularly in high value international litigation where the firm can use its talented lawyers from various offices around the world.

Craig Neilson is an excellent partner. He is extremely responsive and diligent, and is always thinking of creative and imaginative approaches to a dispute. He is also very pleasant to work with.

Adrian Giles – a brilliant strategist and very calm under pressure.’

Natalia Fludra is absolutely excellent and a star in the making. Adrian Giles is incredibly hard working, intelligent and approachable. Dominic Pellew is a great tactician.’

Top team in this field; with particular strength in fraud. Thorough understanding of the area. Very experienced partners supported by very able assistants.

Incredibly flexible and reliable and willing to provide support at very short notice. Their understanding of our business means they offer pragmatic solutions.

Key clients

PWC

GPF GP S.à.r.l.

Government of India

Ecotricity Group

EDF Energy Customers Limited

Cathay Investments 2 Limited

First Milk Limited

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

Praised for its willingness to 'think-outside-the box and provide succinct commercial advice', Dentons is a popular choice for banks on restructuring matters, as well as for IPs and debtors on more formal insolvency mandates. Under the leadership of the 'unflappable and highly experienced' Neil Griffiths, the firm has been extremely active on some  high-profile domestic work across a range of sectors, including some, such as retail and leisure, that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The 'fantastically organised and committed' Tessa Blank and 'technically outstanding' counsel  Luci Mitchell-Fry are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Neil Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Ian Fox; Catherine Astruc; Celia Hayward; Richard Pallot-Cook; Jason Sheard; Luci Mitchell-Fry; Tessa Blank; Mark Price

Testimonials

Exceptional advice and service. Always thinking outside-the-box and providing succinct commercial advice.’

Great commercial awareness, attention to detail and speed of response on highly complex and challenging restructuring cases.’

‘Exceptional experience, down-to-earth commercial approach, willing to think outside the box.’

Neil Griffiths is virtually unflappable, highly experienced and provides very reassuring advice.’

‘Ian Fox knows his stuff, puts in the hours, and provides clear advice.’

Richard Pallot-Cook provides first-class commercial advice.’

Tessa Blank is fantastically organised and committed.’

‘The techically outstanding Luci Mitchell-Fry provides commercial and robust advice.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Knight Frank

Ernst & Young

KPMG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

BDO

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton

Jackie Stephenson

John Lewis

Chanel

Airwair International (Dr Martens)

Marks and Spencer

Sports Direct

Worldpay

Virgin/Stagecoach

Arriva Group Plc/Deutsche Bahn AG

Network Rail

DB Schenker

Employment > Employers Tier 4

Presided over by Virginia Allen, Dentons’ practice has extensive experience handling Employment Tribunal litigation and transactional support work for high-profile clients from a broad range of sectors. Leveraging the firm’s international network, the group is skilled at advising on cross-border projects, ranging from large-scale reorganisations to assistance with redundancy processes, employee exits, and grievances and disciplinaries. Restrictive covenant expert Purvis Ghani is a key name in the department, which in September 2020 saw the departure of Ryan Carthew.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Allen

Other key lawyers:

Purvis Ghani; Rebecca Jorgensen

Key clients

Spotify AB

Sainsbury’s

London Stock Exchange / Refinitiv

John Lewis

Sports Direct

Royal Mail

Marks and Spencer

Reuters News

CBRE

Société Générale

Bank of China

Informa Plc

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

The Dentons financial regulatory disputes team sits within the financial markets disputes group, with a strong client-base of UK banks. The group is known for cross-border matters, as well as acting for foreign-owned banks operating in the UK facing cross-border regulatory and compliance issues. Lawyers are also regularly instructed to defend claims against the FCA and the financial services compensation scheme (FSCS). Celyn Armstrong leads the team, which includes financial crime and conduct expert Daren Allen and Richard Caird, focuses on the work for regulators, as well as specialising in internal investigations. Katharine Harle has a growing reputation in FCA enforcement proceedings, as well as leading on much of the FCA panel work.

Practice head(s):

Celyn Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Daren Allen; Richard Caird; Katharine Harle; Craig Neilson; Natalia Fludra

Testimonials

We have found the level of support to be second to none. The team takes a pragmatic approach, tailored to our business. They have consistently shown themselves to be flexible, to find appropriate solutions and been very quick to revert on complex matters at very short notice.’

Craig Neilson consistently demonstrates a strong knowledge of our industry and is able to apply it to find pragmatic solutions. He is very easy to deal with and always reliable.’

Technical expertise; efficient commercial service.’

Dentons have a substantial international presence and are regularly instructed in high-value commercial cases with cross-border implications. They act for both governmental authorities and private clients and have built a team with impressive expertise and diverse professional “back-stories”.’

Celyn Armstrong, who has acted as a senior regulator and at a number of high-profile financial services firms, is a disciplined and authoritative presence in any financial services case whilst recently-made partner Katharine Harle provides energy and expertise to all her cases.’

Dentons has a first rate team of specialists in financial services disputes, capable of dealing with the most challenging matters around. They punch well above their weight.’

Key clients

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited (FSCS)

Société Générale

UK Government – Finance and Complex Legal Services Panel

Interactive Brokers

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

The financial regulation team at Dentons sits within sits within the banking department, which it supports on transactional banking work. Areas of expertise include regulatory capital matters, licensing and conduct of business requirements. The London office works closely with the firm's global office network, giving it the edge in cross-border regulatory issues. Jonathan Garforth focuses on consumer finance and payments regulation, while Greg McEneny has a specialism in financial products. Michael Wainwright leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Wainwright

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Garforth; Greg McEneny

Testimonials

Outstanding client service. A real matter of strength in depth. They are across all areas of non-contentions and regulatory practice.’

Jonathan Garforth is an industry leader. Charming, super capable and a team player.’

From my perspective, Jonathan Garforth is well versed in UK financial laws and regulations, his experience and professional dedication helped us to remove potential obstacles and eliminated legal risks. When we were in dilemma during that case, he was always able to provided valuable and practical advice. Working with him and his team were a very pleasant experience. Although due to the Covid-19 pandemic, their office was closed for quite a long time, Jonathan managed to response in a timely manner and provide the support.’

Jonathan Garforth and I worked together on a global leading capital raising transaction last year, Jonathan and his team were responsible to provide certain legal opinion regarding UK financial regulations.’

Key clients

HSBC

ING Bank, N.V.

PCF

Multi Service Technology Solutions, Inc

World Fuel Services Corporation, Inc

Coventry Building Society

Employment > Immigration Tier 4

At Dentons, Jessica Pattinson advises clients on the full range of corporate immigration matters and compliance issues. She plays a key role handling the immigration aspects of corporate transactions, such as TUPE-related issues and sponsor licence reporting, and also leads the firm's cross-sector international remote worker initiative. She is particularly knowledgeable about immigration issues faced by clients in the creative and media sectors, as well as the oil and gas, energy and renewables industries. The immigration team is a core pillar of the national people, reward and mobility practice, which is led by Virginia Allen.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Pattinson; Virginia Allen

Testimonials

‘They are straight talking and take it down to layman’s terms as necessary. They make sure we are invited to additional virtual events to aid learning, and not just on the topic we work with them most often on.’

‘The team were very responsive to our needs. Took account of the size of the organisation, the resources available and our specific requirements and adjusted both their approach and advice accordingly.’

‘Jessica Pattinson was the main contact and I cannot praise her down-to-earth, proactive advice and support enough.’

‘The team make an effort to know their client, know how we like to work and are real partners in supporting our UK immigration needs. Jessica Pattinson sets the tone and her team is approachable, accessible, knowledgeable and can be trusted to provide pragmatic and robust support and guidance.’

‘The depth of knowledge is excellent, which gives a good sense of value for money.’

Key clients

Acro Aircraft Seating Limited

Bank of China Limited

Ceridian Europe Limited

Hunter Boot Limited

The Institute for Government

NBCUniversal International Limited

Reservoir Group Limited

Tishman Speyer Properties UK Limited

Upfield UK Services Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 4

Dentons combines a sophisticated patent prosecution outfit (led by Justin Hill) with a strong bench of litigators, making it well-placed to excel in highly technical disputes. Campbell Forsyth’s expertise cuts across the life sciences, manufacturing and telecoms sectors. Ongoing highlights include acting for generic pharmaceutical companies in multi-patent infringement and validity proceedings relating to fibre optics technology and SPC invalidity actions. Jennifer Cass and James Marsden were promoted to senior associate in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Campbell Forsyth; Justin Hill

Other key lawyers:

Marie Jansson-Heeks; Jennifer Cass; James Marsden;

Testimonials

A hardworking, experienced and tight-knit team, which know what their clients want and will work unceasingly to achieve it.

Campbell Forsyth is a market-leading patent litigator with huge experience both in the pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors. He has an extraordinary eye for detail, whilst also being able to structure a case to maximise pressure and get the result which his client wants.

Their breadth of experience makes them very easy to work with as they can tackle any of our very varied inventions.

Fantastic team that know their stuff inside and out.

Campbell Forsyth is always thinking several steps ahead, and able to caution well in advance of any pitfalls or traps. He is always keeping track of the numerous issues and questions to be resolved.

Key clients

ARM Holdings

Dexcom

Emtelle UK Limited

M&S

Positec

Raytheon

Royal Mail Group

Starkey Labs

Tesla

TikTok

Virgin

Zentiva

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Dentons’ IP offering in London works closely with its Scottish and European counterparts to execute cross-border transactions and IP-rich investments; a recent example saw co-head Anna Copeman providing advice to Warner Music on the copyright aspects of high-value investments in music portfolios and businesses. On the contentious side, Copeman leads a team assisting with cross-border brand disputes in the fashion sector. Senior associate Jennifer Cass assists with both contentious and non-contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Anna Copeman; Campbell Forsyth

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Cass; James Marsden

Testimonials

I work with Anna Copeman and James Marsden in the IP team and they have advised me excellently in several matters. No nonsense, but flexible in their approach and consideration to find innovative solutions.

Anna Copeman is simply fantastic. She is quick to respond, calm in a crisis and really knows her stuff.

All legal advice and support is clear and transparent so I knew exactly what was happening and what certain processes meant, and why they were important.

Key clients

American Eagle

Emtelle UK Limited

Glencairn

KKR

Lottoland Holdings Ltd

M&S

Positec

Warner Music

Virgin

Zentiva

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Dentons' team is best known for energy, infrastructure and project-related disputes, as well as its work involving Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS, and the Middle East. Energy disputes specialist Liz Tout leads the team, which includes London and Moscow-based arbitration specialist Dominic Pellew, energy and TMT expert Dan Bodle, and the 'extremely smart' James Langley. Counsel Matthew Vinall is 'particularly good with numbers', and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder acts in commercial and investment treaty disputes.

Practice head(s):

Liz Tout

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Pellew; Dan Bodle; James Langley; Catherine Gilfedder; Matthew Vinall; Sophie Palmer

Testimonials

Teams that are always lean and efficient, making full use of their in-house expertise but then drawing on the independent Bar when appropriate.

The team has a very strong partner group, which is well supported by the rest of the client-facing team.

Dentons has a particularly high-profile international presence. They also have very good legal brains, are commercial and creative, and have good rapport with clients.

As approachable as they are knowledgeable.

Always enthusiastic, delivering great results for clients with the minimum of fuss.

Liz Tout is hugely experienced, and has an instinctive sense of commercial and legal merits.

James Langley is extremely smart and fantastically well organised.

Counsel Matthew Vinall is a seasoned operator, who is particularly good with numbers.

Key clients

Government of India

Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Posco Daewoo

Deutsche Bank

Newcastle United Football Club

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Dentons specialises in strategic trade mark portfolio advice for global brands and large UK companies. As part of the world's largest law firm, the group is highly adept at multi-jurisdictional matters, including disputes and enforcement issues. Practice head and solicitor Anna Copeman shoulders a varied caseload that includes high-profile contentious proceedings as well as strategic licencing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Anna Copeman

Other key lawyers:

Anna Brown; James Marsden

Key clients

American Eagle

Emtelle UK Limited

Glencairn

KKR

Lottoland Holdings Ltd

M&S

Positec

Warner Music

Virgin

Zentiva

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 4

Dentons' practice covers investment treaty disputes, treaty interpretation, investment protection, sovereign immunity, state responsibility, state succession and sanctions. In addition, other key areas include WTO issues, and business and human rights issues. Energy specialist Liz Tout leads the practice, which includes experienced partners Roger Matthews, James Langley and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder.

Practice head(s):

Liz Tout

Other key lawyers:

Roger Matthews; James Langley; Catherine Gilfedder

Testimonials

The Dentons London team wins interesting instructions and is a safe pair of hands.

Really good, likeable team that devotes itself to difficult cases.

Long established and well-deserved reputation for very high-quality work in London.

Dentons provides great quality legal services at reasonable pricing, with adequate staffing at all seniority levels.

Liz Tout has excellent judgement.

James Langley is a reassuring presence and Catherine Gilfedder is a notably exceptional senior associate. Top-class, hands-on performers.

James Langley is an absolutely hands-on partner. He is always responsive and has a quick turn-around time.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 4

With a cross-disciplinary offering that draws on the expertise of practitioners in the IP, employment and financial regulatory groups, Dentons delivers a 'high-quality experience' to a growing roster of early stage companies and investor clients. Leveraging strong relationships with stakeholders throughout the VC sector, the 'bright and hardworking' Joseph Altendorff  is able to effectively provide a 'very joined-up service' to clients, ranging from start-ups to institutional fund clients. On the investor front, Altendorff played a pivotal role in securing instructions from new client Octopus Ventures (including US transactions) and has also been central to the firm's efforts to strengthen its ties with corporate venturers. Edinburgh-based partner David McGrory  co-heads up the team alongside Altendorff.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Altendorff; David McGrory

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Collingwood; Kimberley Goh

Testimonials

The team is extremely helpful/proactive, highly professional, and easy to work with. It is always striving to create value and deliver a high-quality experience.’

A well connected VC practice with a global reach. Good experience with VC investments in seed through to Series B.’

When presented with legal or even operational roadblocks the Dentons team are outstanding at taking the time to find (often multiple) creative solutions to the issue while always being mindful of sensitivities.’

Joseph Altendorff is an excellent client friendly partner. He is bright, hard-working, and able to offer legal advice that is focused on the clients objectives.’

Joseph Altendorff and Joseph Collingwood are a stand-out team who are always ready to provide helpful advice / guidance, and are also very generous with their network. I highly recommend their work in the venture capital arena.’

Joseph Altendorff is the consummate professional who knows how to deal with all sorts of personalities and takes the rough and the smooth with a smile. He understands venture capital in depth and more importantly which points are important which are not – super commercial and very responsive. He is well connected in the VC eco system, deeply engaged and truly cares about the clients and deals he advises on.’

Joseph Collingwood provides excellent and pragmatic advice. He is able to think strategically, as well as to cover the detail.’

Key clients

Octopus Ventures

Evolution Equity Partners

Marks & Spencer plc

Capita Business Services Limited

Yusuke Kubo

Adjacent V1 LP

Bennett Winch Ltd

REACH Accelerator UK Limited

Norma Investments and Vollin Holdings

ATAI Life Sciences

BehindBras Group Ltd

Power by Britishvolt plc

Scottish Equity Partners

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

Dentons is highly capable in multijurisdictional merger clearances, as well as handling international FDI filings. The group is  strong in investigations, having recently represented Yamaha Music Europe in a CMA investigation into the musical instruments sector. Adrian Magnus leads the team and advises clients from the financial services, retail and energy industries, while  Christopher Graf is experienced in the aviation and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Magnus

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Graf; Rebecca Owen-Howes; Adele Behles

Testimonials

The team is very much focused on our needs; they provide us with the advice required and the persons in charge are very, very professional, with a very friendly attitude and way of communication. As a client we feel very well advised and supported.’

Christopher Graf has become a very reliable and trustful adviser who understands our needs and supports us in the best way possible.

Key clients

Yamaha Music Europe

TOTAL

Avis Budget Group

Enbridge

Royal Mail Group

John Lewis/Waitrose

Sainsbury’s

World Fuel Services

KPS Capital Partners

Statkraft

Marshall Motor Group

Informa

Mizuho Bank

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

Dentons fields a dedicated business crime and investigations group, but also utilises experts in complementary groups such as international trade, financial services regulatory, cybersecurity and commercial litigation. The team acts for corporates suspected of criminal offences, third-parties with commercial ties to criminally accused corporates, and victims of financial and employee fraud.

Other key lawyers:

Craig Neilson

Testimonials

Genuine expertise in banks and money laundering.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 5

The team at Dentons , which is able to draw on the wider firm's extensive international footprint, is led by Richard Barham, who is instructed on a wealth of cross-border M&A and financing deals in addition to matters concerning league structures, corporate governance and event bidding. The wider team is also well-regarded for its proficiency in broadcasting and media right sales, disputes, stadium planning and construction, as well as commercial agreements such as sponsorship and partner deals. Motorsport and rugby-related matters are particularly prevalent within the recent workload and the group is also home to long-standing expertise in football.

Practice head(s):

Richard Barham

Other key lawyers:

James Fairbairn; David McGrory; Chris White; Nick Harrison

Testimonials

‘Commercially-minded advice, offering not just the letter of the law options but risk based real world solutions too.’

‘Really quick turnaround times – they really invest in the client to get to know their needs.’

‘Nick Harrison is really great with getting to know the needs of clients.’

Key clients

St James Holdings (owner of Newcastle United)

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Saracens (Premier Team Promotions)

Scottish Cycling

Esports Awards Limited

Major Chinese Port

Hibernian Football Club

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1

Basketball Entertainment Partners Ltd

Falkirk Football & Athletic Club Limited

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 6

With three partners in London with a core focus on acquisition finance mandates and also able to leverage the expertise of lawyers spread across the firm's extensive international network, Dentons is increasingly well-positioned to advise banks and private equity sponsors on cross-border mandates, including those with a nexus to the emerging markets.  Former Simmons partner Simon Middleton  co-heads the team alongside Catherine Astruc and is particularly noted for his lender side work within the Nordic markets.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Astruc; Simon Middleton

Other key lawyers:

Will Turner

Testimonials

Simon Middleton is our main relationship partner and is a highly trusted advisor that we use for a large number of our financing transactions. We always have confidence that we will receive excellent service from Simon and his team.’

Key clients

Nordea

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken

DBS Bank

Chenavari / AREO Sarl

Aberdeen Standard Investments

KPS Capital Partners

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Dentons' Milton Keynes team plays a key role in the context of the firm's wide UK and international banking and finance offering. Led by Christopher Colclough, the group advises a mix of UK and overseas-based banks, as well as regional and international borrowers. Colclough has a notable focus on real estate finance transactions; his recent work included financings and refinancings of premium London retail and offices spaces. Also noted for her real estate finance expertise is Faye Garvey, who is also knowledgeable about syndicated and bilateral lending, as well as acquisition finance transactions. Senior associate Neill Pemberton has a wealth of experience of handling Islamic finance transactions for major Middle Eastern banks.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Colclough

Other key lawyers:

Faye Garvey; Neil Pemberton

Testimonials

‘We have continued to receive the same high level of service as always. We have never felt the need to move anywhere else for the services this team offers us.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

RBS / Nat West

Barclays Bank plc

Metro Bank

QIB

National Bank of Egypt

Home Décor

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander UK

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The Milton Keynes team at Dentons acts on behalf of both regional and international clients, including bluechip organiations and financial institutions, covering a broad range of disputes relating to product liability, professional negligence, commercial fraud, franchising and construction. Practice co-leader James Fairbairn is described as 'incredibly bright and quick', handling complex contract disputes and product liability cases. Practice co-leader Tim Constable focuses on international disputes, covering commercial fraud and corruption, as well as having experience in freezing injunctions and search and seizure orders. Rob Francis is recommended by clients. Clare Stothard and Steven Mills left in late 2020 as part of a large disputes and investigations team which joined TLT.

Practice head(s):

James Fairbairn; Tim Constable

Other key lawyers:

Rob Francis

Testimonials

‘Tim Constable goes above and beyond to provide commercial and practical solutions, minimising risk, prioritising strategic goals and providing exceptional and experienced advice.’

‘The team, led by Tim Constable, has a great reputation for delivering quality legal advice internationally.’

‘James Fairbairn is incredibly bright and quick. His mind cuts straight through the case and focuses on the core issues.’  

‘Rob Francis is intelligent, thorough and rigorous coupled with an approachable and friendly manner towards clients. Hard working and dedicated to obtaining results.’ 

‘Tim Constable is a big presence in the international space, with years of experience and a sixth sense for litigation strategy.’

‘Genuine commercial and strategic advice to ensure successful outcomes. True partnering alongside in-house counsel, dedicated to enabling the conclusion of contentious matters in a controlled and considered fashion. Exceptional international network for non-UK contentious work.’

‘Rob Francis is always available and keen to assist, demonstrating a total command of every aspect of the matter he works on. One of his particular strengths is being able to deliver a work of outstanding quality within short time frames.’

Key clients

National House-Building Council

Kenneth Davies

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Iliv Realty Pte

Independent Office for Police Conduct

Cox Powertrain Limited

Royal Mail Group

IG Index Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Based in Milton Keynes, Dentons acts on behalf of high-profile clients in the infrastructure, retail, banking, telecoms and public sectors on the full scope of commercial property matters, frequently involving cross-border and international elements. Practice leader Roland Gray promotes a ‘collaborative and inclusive approach’, and specialises in landlord and tenant matters, as well as development work. Robert Wyatt handles a range of commercial property transactions involving the acquisition, management and financing of commercial buildings, while counsel Greg Rigby advises on railway property work. Other key members of the team include senior associates Neill Pemberton and Lorna Rogers.

Practice head(s):

Roland Gray

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wyatt; Greg Rigby; Neill Pemberton; Lorna Rogers

Testimonials

‘The lead partner Roland Gary, from the get go, has been proactive in promoting a collaborative and inclusive approach. I feel my interests are protected and his approach is one of attempting to seek the best possible outcome, but equally aware that some times this isn’t always achievable. In these circumstances, the risks and liabilities are clearly defined. I have found this approach to be a common theme that runs through the whole Denton’s team. Their reaction was fast and displayed a real determination to get stuck in and play a full part.’

‘Dentons work collaboratively across many functions to ensure objectives are delivered, but equally to ensure the right level of protection is gained in all transactions.’

Key clients

The National Bank of Egypt

Taylor Wimpey

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Oak Furnitureland Group

Group 1 Automotive

Eastbrook Facilities Limited (SPV)

National Crime Agency

Mulberry Homes

Abbey Developments Limited

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

The corporate and TMT team at Dentons regularly handles substantial cross-border and international transactions, specialising in sectors including automotive, insurance and venture tech/funds. Head of the corporate department Christopher Colclough has a track record of work on complex cross-border transactions, while head of TMT Nick Harrison leads the commercial side. Faye Garvey advises on private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Ryan Chia is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Colclough; Nick Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Faye Garvey; Ryan Chia; Chris White: Francesca Bettermann

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Group

John Lewis Partnership

Royal Mail Group

Sharjah Islamic Bank

Cavendish Online

Cognita Schools

Silverstone Circuits Limited

White Clarke Group

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Appello Careline Limited

Saracens Limited

Roku Inc

Euro Food Brands

Alpha Blue Ocean

Energie Fitness

Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The Milton Keynes employment team at Dentons advises clients in the retail, transport, telecommunications and media sectors on a broad range of matters including cross-border international issues, employment tribunal claims and day-to-day HR matters. Practice leader Sarah Beeby has considerable experience in complex redundancy and restructuring exercises, TUPE transfers, as well as handling the employment aspects of large-scale corporate transactions. Michelle Lamb covers a spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional outsourcing and transactional work. Verity Buckingham deals with contentious employment disputes and regularly advises key clients on HR matters.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Beeby

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Lamb; Verity Buckingham

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, pragmatic and offers decisive advice, reflecting the commercial realities of the situation and industry.’

‘Sarah Beeby is the standout lawyer in the team. Always responsive and timely advice which is clear, concise, pragmatic and commercial and always tailored to the requirements of the brief.’

‘Their communications are always clear, concise and progressive.’

‘Sarah Beeby is simply outstanding as a team leader, coordinator and lawyer, giving direct support and advice. It is clear that her team hold her in high regard and that she gives them every opportunity to develop and grow.’

Key clients

TUI UK Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Chanel

Holland and Holland

Bilby plc

Rackspace Limited

Science in Sport plc

Wizz Air Limited

Saracens

Royal Albert Hall

Engage Partners Limited

DF Capital Holdings plc

Marks & Spencer plc

Total SA

Lionsgate Entertainment Inc

Under Armour

Buccaneer Media

Souter Kent Limited / Likezero Limited

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

The claimant-focused team at Dentons is highly regarded for dealing with claims against accountants, construction professionals, architects, and solicitors. In 2020, the team closed its Watford office and moved to an entirely agile working environment, while still being able to draw on its long-established Milton Keynes base. Practice co-chair and solicitor advocate James Fairbairn offers 'astute advice' and many years of experience, working with Tim Constable, an 'excellent negotiator' who has particular expertise in banking matters. Senior associate Sarah Rutnah is also seen as a 'standout' member of the team, often acting for international corporations.

Practice head(s):

James Fairbairn; Tim Constable

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Rutnah

Testimonials

‘A responsive, capable and very client-focused team, who understands their banking clients’ needs and priorities.’

‘Tim Constable is very bright and very client-centric, extremely pragmatic and an excellent negotiator.’

‘Dentons have a very high quality professional negligence practice. They have real in-depth knowledge and deal with claims on a friendly but perspective basis. ’

‘Tim Constable is one of the ablest solicitors in professional negligence. He has a real attention to detail, writes very well and is liked by both clients and opponents.

The practice has particular talent in dealing with professional negligence disputes that arise out of banking transactions involving solicitors and valuers.’

‘Tim Constable is an excellent lawyer. He has a fine grasp of the law and is adept at tackling the most technical of issues. His communication skills are first rate.’

Sarah Rutnah stands out as a talented associate who has been a rising star for some time now. She is bright, personable and a team player who you definitely want on your side.’

‘James Fairbairn is very experienced and grasped the issues immediately, giving us good advice on how the case would proceed. He was also very careful to highlight the pros and cons of proceeding with legal action and to carefully consider the other parties arguments so that we could comprehensively rebut them. As laymen, we were always concerned that once you started legal actions, it could become like a runaway train, but James always kept everything on an even keel and advised us on next steps and costs well before they had been actioned. His astute advice ultimately led us into a satisfactory settlement with the other party.’

Key clients

National House-Building Council

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Dentons’ renowned property litigation practice is regularly sought after by numerous high-profile retailers, financial institutions, infrastructure groups and developers. It frequently appears in proceedings at the Supreme Court, High Court and First-Tier Tribunals. The team covers the gamut of contentious property work, including cases relating to landlord and tenant disputes, rights of light, nuisance, negligence, adverse possession and property insolvencies. It is also increasingly sought after for advice on rating disputes. Bryan Johnston's work spans a number of segments, including offices, retail, industrial and hotels. He works with David Payton and senior associate Gemma Hunter-Barnes. Another key individual is senior associate Thomas Nolan, who is noted for his residential property litigation focus.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Johnston

Other key lawyers:

David Payton; Gemma Hunter-Barnes; Thomas Nolan

Testimonials

‘The team are approachable, available, dedicated and experts in their fields. We have had a number of difficult and complex cases. The real strength is the individuals, no problem or case is too trivial, they dedicate their time fully to us and feel like true clients not just a number or a fee. This is very different to other firms.’

‘I have worked with a number of individuals at the firm and each individual is approachable and available. Nothing is ever too much trouble, they react proactively to the cases we have and sometimes have very short timescales and turnaround.’

They are all outstanding and I have confidence in the advice being given at all times, there is never a point that as a client we feel exposed or unsupported.’

‘Dentons has a very good and effective property litigation team offering high quality advice.’

‘Bryan Johnston is an exceptionally intelligent and strategic partner.’

‘Great all round performance, expertise and very good to deal with.’

‘Standout team members are Gemma Hunter-Barnes and Thomas Nolan. Bryan Johnston is also an excellent partner, good to deal with and technically excellent.’

Key clients

Network Rail

Sainsbury’s

Sports Direct

Taylor Wimpey

RBS

Santander

Thomson Reuters

Knight Frank

John Lewis

Topland

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

Dentons sports team works in close collaboration with its London team to provide major names from the worlds of rugby, esports, formula 1 and fitness with advice on the full range of commercial agreements. Nick Harrison, promoted to partner in May 2021, leads the sports practice outside of London and works with Saracens RFC on numerous commerical issues. The group also has a disputes offering; spearheaded by James Fairbairn, it was bolstered by the November 2020 arrival of associate William George from Harneys.

Practice head(s):

Nick Harrison

Other key lawyers:

James Fairbairn; William George

Key clients

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Saracens Limited

Premier Team Promotions Limited

Esports Awards Limited

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Regularly working alongside its network of national and international offices,  Dentons’ Milton Keynes construction team regularly takes on non-contentious mandates for  blue-chip corporates and financial institutions. In the past year, the team has worked with developers and funds in the commercial, retail, and rail sectors on multi-phase developments, procurements, and contract reviews. Practice head Jane Miles is highly experienced in major development work, most notably in the rail and retail space. Tasmyn Brittlebank  advises on the construction aspects of real estate finance transactions. Shaun Tame regularly advises on procurement and contract issues.

Practice head(s):

Jane Miles

Other key lawyers:

Tasmyn Brittlebank; Shaun Tame

Testimonials

‘I consistently find Dentons to be exceptional in terms of their approach, advice, ability and experience. What I have particularly found a huge positive is their desire to truly collaborate as a team. Their boldness is also to be commended. I often compare other legal firms with the Dentons team, and use my experiences with Dentons as the benchmark.’

‘Shaun has a wealth of experience and is always very clear in his advice, which leaves no room for doubt.  ’

‘The team are very professional, approachable and knowledgeable. The legal advice received on our projects was very insightful and they maintain a very personable approach.’

‘Shaun Tame is approachable, friendly and has a wealth of legal knowledge and expertise on offer.’

‘Jane Miles  is a very practical partner, looking for solutions rather than over complicating matters.’

Key clients

Realstar Group

Sports Direct

Verdion

Karlin Property

Kier Property Developments Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

McArthur Glen (Cannock Designer Outlet Limited)

Ernst & Young LLP

John Lewis

Whitgift School

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Dentons is well known for advising employers in relation to the EU settlement scheme and visa arrangements in light of Brexit. It is also recognised for supporting companies with issues arising as a result of the pandemic, including the retention and recruitment of foreign staff. Senior associate Verity Buckingham handles various immigration and global mobility matters for corporate clients, illustrated by the fact she holds Level 1 User status on many sponsor management systems. Associate Rhona Azir is noted for her expertise in business and personal immigration arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Verity Buckingham

Other key lawyers:

Rhona Azir

Testimonials

‘A solid reputable team working together for years.’

‘Verity Buckingham was outstanding in advising on every matter however large or small. She has great attention to details, was able to advice promptly on frequently changing rules. I worked with her over the years and the quality of service was impeccable.’

‘The Dentons team is responsive and flexible enough to answer questions on a wide variety of topics. They also have contacts around the world in the event I need legal advice in a country in which they do not operate.’

‘The team are knowledgeable, responsive and assist effectively with small and more complex queries.’

‘Verity Buckingham provides thoughtful information on a variety of employment and immigration questions.’

Key clients

ADAM Asset Management Ltd

Banijay UK Limited

Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd

SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd

United Artists Corporation Limited

Fortna UK Limited

Ocean Partners UK Limited

The KCS Group Europe Limited

The Corporation of the Hall of Arts and Sciences

TUI Airways Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Dentons is best known for its work with companies outside the tech sector looking to integrate IT into their businesses, though the firm is more than capable of advising technology companies. Nick Harrison, promoted to partner in May 2021, leads the TMT group in Milton Keynes and has advised major companies on the procurement of IT services. In a recent highlight, in 2020 Harrison advised Sainsbury's with its strategic IT supply arrangement with NCR. Chris White is another name to note, and assists clients from the automotive, financial services and education sectors with their commercial IT needs.

Practice head(s):

Nick Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Chris White

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Group (Sainsbury’s and Argos)

John Lewis Partnership

Royal Mail Group

Sharjah Islamic Bank

Cavendish Online

Cognita Schools

Silverstone Circuits Limited

White Clarke Group

Marshall Motor Group

Appello Careline Limited

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Types of work undertaken
Banking and 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 global 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 and 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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Dentons secures final victory for ICT on European patent infringement case against ESSITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ICT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dentons supports German subsidiaries of the Recylex Group in restructuring

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