Firm Profile > Dentons > London, England

Dentons
ONE FLEET PLACE
LONDON
EC4M 7WS
England

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Dentons fields a 'very proactive, thoughtful' team, which is 'sensitive to business needs.' Team head Nick Graham is recognised for his expertise in adtech matters, data protection issues resulting from Brexit. and rights requests and the related litigation. Simon Elliott has advised on international data transfers and contentious data privacy matters. The practice recently gained Antonis Patrikios from Fieldfisher in late 2019; his expertise lies in cybersecurity breaches, contentious data subject requests and adtech mandates. Patrikios has also advised clients on regulatory investigations. Martin Fanning, who is a key contact for privacy law, assists global companies with their data requirements.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Good, pragmatic business focus, good knowledge of our business.’

‘Very proactive, thoughtful. Advice is sensitive to business needs as well as legal requirements.’

‘All are very knowledgeable and very well connected to the privacy community.’

‘Nick Graham has been a trusted adviser to us for years. He knows our business well and he and his team always give us reliable, risk-based, pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership

Avis Budget Group

Virgin Management

Intralinks

Essential Living

Aviva

Worldwide Clinical Trials

Carbonite

Virgin Atlantic

Emerging markets Tier 1

Dentons has a global emerging markets offering due to its vast network of offices around the world, among which London is a vital hub. The London group, which 'has excellent market knowledge and provides outstanding client attention', is experienced in transactions in Africa and is active in the Middle East, CEE, Russia and the CIS. Practice head Paul Holland excels in export credit finance and aircraft financing transactions in the CEE and CIS, India and Africa. Celia Gardiner, who handles commodity, trade and receivables finance, including invoice discounting transactions, is another standout partner. Also recommended are projects and project finance specialist Howard Barrie; head of debt capital markets David Cohen, whose work includes standout deals in Turkey and Ghana; Nick Hayday, who has expertise in bond issues on behalf of both underwriters and issuers; head of syndicated loans Isaac Felberbaum; Islamic finance partner Yusuf Battiwala, who handles shari'ah-compliant derivatives and structured finance; US securities partner Cameron Half; and counsel Lee McLernon, who specialises in asset finance.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The firm is focused and very professional. It works with integrity and is highly professional in engagements.’

‘The firm has excellent market knowledge and provides outstanding client attention.’

‘We have worked for many years with Dentons, especially in emerging markets in Africa and Turkey. The service has always been bespoke and the individuals are accessible at all times. They are also proactive in finding solutions, which is very important in order to close transactions efficiently and within tight deadlines.’

‘The partner we work with most frequently is Isaac Felberbaum and he always delivers best-in-class advice and service. He will not be reactive but will propose advice proactively during the course of a transaction.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Avia Solutions Group plc

airBaltic

Lietuvos Energija, UAB

Emirates NBD PJSC

Standard Bank

FirstRand Bank

Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Mashreqbank psc

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Koç Holding

JSC Silknet

CRI Group

E.P. Energy

CPI Property Group

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Chelyabinsk Pipe Manufacturing Plant Group

PJSC Uralkali

Hospitality and leisure Tier 1

Dentons is 'excellent' in the hospitality and leisure industry, with strength in depth in handling landmark hotel transactions and international large-scale project work. The highly-rated Simon Masri in London is the standout practitioner in the team and handles a mixed caseload, advising hotel operations, investors, and representing lenders and developers. The practice has a reputable franchising sub-group led by Warsaw-based global head Babette Märzheuser-Wood, and has a strong track record advising hotel owners and investors on franchising and licensing agreements. On the hotel acquisition side, corporate partner Matthew Tinger focuses on corporate real estate transactions, purchases, and acquisitions of hotels. The partnership has been bolstered with the arrival of Chris Heath , who brings deep industry knowledge related to hospitality development and financing. He joined from an in-house position at the Hilton in 2019. Mark Daliere is the UK and Middle Eastern head of hotels while Rick Ross is the global chair of the practice; both are based in Arizona.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The availability and the quality of advice given is excellent’

‘During Covid-19 they have raised the bar again to ensure tight deadlines are met. Should a task require additional resources to meet tight completion deadlines, the firm always ensures this happens and a deadline has not been missed.’

‘Simon Masri is highlighted for his quality of advice and availability.’

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

Islamic finance Tier 1

Dentons' London team works with partners based in the Middle East on a wide range of complex transactions. The firm strengthened its Islamic finance offering in 2019 by hiring Yusuf Battiwala from Allen & Overy LLP; he has particular expertise in Islamic derivatives and structured finance transactions. The group, which also includes Paul Holland and Matthew Sapte, advises clients on sukuk issuances, project and asset finance mandates and general lending matters. Reflective of the firm's first-rate reputation, it generates a significant amount of work from leading Islamic banks, bulge-bracket investment banks and other financial institutions. The firm is also one of two law firms to be regularly invited by the International Islamic Financial Market (the key industry body for Islamic finance) to discuss various initiatives.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

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

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The ‘creative ’ practice at Dentons leverages its global capacity and international expertise in a range of technology and telecoms matters. The group has particular experience in providing data protection, telecoms regulatory advice and handling cybersecurity issues. The practice also has expertise in innovative areas including robotics, autonomous vehicles, AI and blockchain. Telecoms specialist Jan Willem van den Bos is the ‘go-to partner in TMT for complex regulatory queries and projects’. He co-leads the team with Dan Burge, whose broad experience covers telecoms and IT matters; and Andy Lucas, who is singled out for advising private sector companies on technology projects in emerging areas.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Approachable, quick in response and turnaround, very good understanding of complex global projects.’

‘Good understanding of the specific nature, history, governance, services and solutions of our organization.’

‘Jan Willem van den Bos consistently shows himself to be a trusted, hands-on, pragmatic, business focused partner.’

‘We have worked with the TMT team at Dentons for a number of years and their knowledge of our business and approach to contracting is valuable.’

‘Relationship management is strong and effective. Use of individual lawyers across different offices allows them to offer a cost effective solution.’

‘Horizon scanning is good.’

‘Very personable and easy to work with, which compliments their technical capabilities and knowledge of the market.’

‘Tristan Jonckheer is of particular note. He can find pragmatic solutions and is not afraid to challenge our approach when appropriate.’

Key clients

Facebook

Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)

JCDecaux

Jaguar Land Rover

Transport for London (TfL)

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Upfield (KKR)

SITAONAIR

Africa Mobile Network

Equiis Technologies

Secure Meters

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

Dentons' strong international reach means that a substantial portion of the London corporate transactional work its M&A team undertakes is cross-border M&A on English law governed deals in geographies spanning Europe, Africa, the Middle East,the  US, Asia and South America.  Its lawyers have expertise across a broad range of sectors including real estate, manufacturing, energy, technology, insurance, financial services, gaming and insurance. David Collins , who heads the UK corporate department and co-chairs the global M&A group, has experience in both public and private M&A, ECM, and corporate advisory work. Other key names in the practice include Neil Nicholson , who is particularly experienced in emerging markets matters and real estate specialist Matthew Tinger. Jeremy Cohen is  skilled in relation to public company transactions including IPOs, equity fundraisings, takeovers, mergers, demergers, and private M&A.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Neil Nicholson is heads and shoulders above the rest. The veracity of his counsel, his friendship and his hugely responsive professional attitude is unparalleled’

Agile, flexible and willing to go the extra mile to get transactions done

Pragmatic, commercially minded legal advice undertaken with a ‘can do’ attitude.

The level of service provided by Dentons is outstanding. The team members have always made sure that we experience the value addition in all our deals. Their unmatched capability provides us plenty of opportunities to select the right investment decisions.

Key clients

Informa plc

Hurricane Energy plc

Sonco Gaming

Bonhill Group plc

PRS REIT

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC

Aprirose Limited

CK Holdings Co. Ltd

Bilby plc

DP Eurasia N.V.

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Science in Sport

Oil and gas Tier 1

Dentons leverages expertise across the full-spectrum of oil and gas matters, with a strong ability to handle complex matters across several jurisdictions, particularly in Africa, Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean. Core areas of expertise include regulatory work as well as project developments, financings, corporate transactions and high-value contentious claims. Charles Wood is a renowned figure for commercial and regulatory advice pertaining to LNG projects. Danielle Beggs and David Tennant co-head the 'very well put together, cooperative and commercially minded' group, which recently recruited Greg Hammond (from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP) and Paul Doris (from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP), strengthening the group's transactional capabilities in Africa and Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Dentons’ London energy practice is very well put together, cooperative and commercially minded.’

‘The firm seems to have endless resources and experience to draw from. Whatever the matter, the appropriate resource to solve or opine on the matter is accessible. ‘

‘Greg Hammond’s experience and engagement in the oil and gas industry allows him to contribute meaningfully to strategy discussions on both matters involving day-to-day business and interaction with regulators, and larger periodic corporate transactions. He provides useful benchmarks against market practice and what is and isn’t reasonable.’

‘They have an international presence, even in challenging countries.’

Key clients

BASF/Wintershall

Cadent Gas

Centrica

Hurricane

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Noble Energy

ONGC Videsh Limited

PetroIneos

PETRONAS

PT Trans Asia resources

Vitol

Rail Tier 1

Dentons advises on a broad spread of work across the rail sector, such as freight and passenger rolling stock procurement, rail finance, environment, safety, as well as high-profile international projects. Head of rail Matthew Hanslip-Ward led the team on advising on the West Coast Partnership (HS2) franchise bid and related High Court litigation, and his work extends to projects in the US, Africa, and South America. Christopher McGee-Osborne has recently advised clients on franchise renegotiations with the UK Government and provided franchise advice on the Western Rail Link to Heathrow. Senior associate Jonathan Smith has continued to advise MTR Crossrail on concession management for further stage opening on the Elizabeth Line, while counsel Martin Watt - considered an 'exceptional lawyer' - is highly experienced in rolling stock, franchising and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

They have a deep knowledge of the market practice and can provide commercial counseling when approaching contentious topics. They are also constantly updated in the statute evolution and provide valuable information about trends in legislation.’

Martin Watt is an exceptional lawyer with deep knowledge of the market and who is very helpful to manage complex negotiations.’

Key clients

MTR Corporation

Deutsche Bahn

Virgin (including Virgin East Coast)

Stagecoach

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (“Network Rail”)

Alstom

Transport for London

Mitsui

Rail Delivery Group

MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited

GB Railfreight

DB Schenker

China Rail and Signal Communication (CRSC) Co

CAF

Transnet

DB International Operations

Transdev

Retail and consumer Tier 1

Dentons’ highly regarded retail and consumer practice acts on a national and global level for a client roster comprising retailers, brands, restaurants, landlords and franchises. The group is a key name for high-profile mandates, and recently assisted Sports Direct with its acquisition of House of Fraser. It also advised The Edinburgh Woollen Mill on the off-market acquisition of Bonmarche by Spectre Holdings. With capabilities across the full gamut of retail work and notable strength in real estate and corporate mandates, the practice also leverages the firm’s online portal, Legal Front Door, to provide clients with a single point of access to the firm’s legal services and specialists. Derek McCombe leads the group from Glasgow; other key practitioners include commercial expert Scott Singer, who counts Sainsbury’s and John Lewis Partnership as clients; Miriam Best, who focuses on real estate matters and mixed-use developments; real estate litigator Bryan Johnston, and Martin Fanning, who handles IT, IP and data protection mandates.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The service that the team deliver is exceptional. They really make us feel like valued customers. The advice we receive is pragmatic, easy to interpret and helps us get to the desired result.’

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership

Sainsbury’s

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

TUI UK Limited

Pret A Manger

Sports Direct

AO Retailers

Virgin Management

Whittard

Charlotte Tilbury

Godiva

The Entertainer

Trade finance Tier 1

The commodities, trade and upstream finance practice at Dentons is highly respected for its work on cross-border financings involving emerging markets. With a varied roster of work that includes high-value syndicated receivables financing in Ghana, reserve-based lending for banks and oil traders, and structured trades involving commodity derivatives, the firm calls upon a dedicated team of specialists who work closely with the firm's global banking group. Among its clients are Ghana Cocoa Board, ING and ED&F Man Group. Practice head Celia Gardiner is 'a real trade finance specialist and a good operator' whose work includes receivables financing and invoice discounting transactions. Howard Barrie splits his time between projects and project finance, principally in Africa, and structured trade and commodity finance. His recent work includes advising a major lender on distributions of receivables finance and trade finance. Mark Cheney specialises in physicals commodity trading and structured commodities transactions in the energy sector. Senior associate Ian Clements is recommended for his work in Europe, Latin America and Africa, and counsel Lee McLernon for his advice to major export finance banks.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Celia Gardiner is a real trade finance specialist and a good operator.’

‘The team’s main strength is the ability to get straight to the heart of the matter and immediately address the task in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘While Celia Gardiner has been hugely helpful on a large number of matters, more recently Ian Clements has provided outstanding assistance which has meant Dentons has become our “go-to” firm.’

‘The banking and finance team of Dentons, led by Paul Holland, has been professional and efficient in every way. Their anticipation skills and reactivity have helped us enormously.’

Key clients

Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)

ING

Coöperative Rabobank U.A

ED&F Man Group

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

The 'dynamic' team at Dentons is acclaimed as ‘exceptionally thoughtful and diligent’. Its development and regeneration group, co-chaired by Richard Budge, supports clients at all stages of projects including acquisition, structure formation, project and development management agreements. Elsewhere, the firm’s broad international footprint is particularly key in the investment space where in addition to outbound work, the team represents numerous inbound investors from jurisdictions including India, South Korea, Canada, the US and Europe. Sectors including retail, built to rent, senior living, student accommodation and the private rented sector are integral to the practice which is also well-regarded for its corporate occupier work. Rob Thompson is ‘extremely attentive’ while Deepa Deb, whose strengths include residential-led mixed use schemes, is a ‘first-rate lawyer who excels at driving transactions’. Associate Carla Revelo is also a key member of the team and is carving out a strong reputation for large-scale portfolio investments.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I am very impressed with the consistently high level of service I receive from partners down through the different levels in the team. They respond to emails and calls promptly and most importantly, they explain the options I have on any issues clearly, and give sound advice on the implications of following a particular route. The other strength I like is that they are always prepared to be commercial when appropriate.’

‘Rob Thompson is extremely attentive and gets the right balance between moments when detail is required and moments when we move onto the next point. He maintains a high level of service, which makes me as the client feel as though I am his number one client all the time.’

‘A dynamic and thoughtful team which understands the need for advice and recommendations – and then acting promptly on the client’s decision.’

Key clients

Aprirose

KanAm Grund

Karlin Real Estate

Greyhound Investing Corp

Helical

Vengrove

John Lewis

Sainsbury’s

Virdis Properties 5 Limited

Ho Bee Land Limited

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Dentons' ‘dynamic and thoughtful team’ is acclaimed as ‘exceptionally thoughtful and diligent’. Its development and regeneration group, co-chaired by Richard Budge, supports clients at all stages of projects including acquisition, structure formation, project and development management agreements. Elsewhere, the firm’s broad international footprint is particularly key in the investment space where in addition to outbound work, the team represents numerous inbound investors from jurisdictions including India, South Korea, Canada, the US and Europe. Sectors including retail, built to rent, senior living, student accommodation and the private rented sector are integral to the practice which is also well-regarded for its corporate occupier work. Rob Thompson is ‘extremely attentive’ while Deepa Deb, whose strengths include residential-led mixed use schemes, is a ‘first-rate lawyer who excels at driving transactions’. Associate Carla Revelo is also a key member of the team and is carving out a strong reputation for large-scale portfolio investments.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I am very impressed with the consistently high level of service I receive from partners down through the different levels in the team. They respond to emails and calls promptly and most importantly, they explain the options I have on any issues clearly, and give sound advice on the implications of following a particular route. The other strength I like is that they are always prepared to be commercial when appropriate.’

‘Rob Thompson is extremely attentive and gets the right balance between moments when detail is required and moments when we move onto the next point. He maintains a high level of service, which makes me as the client feel as though I am his number one client all the time.’

‘A dynamic and thoughtful team which understands the need for advice and recommendations – and then acting promptly on the client’s decision.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey

Slough Urban Renewal

That Group

HOOPP / Verdion

Sports Direct

Fraser Group

Transport for London (TfL)

Greater London Authority (GLA)

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

The 'dynamic' team at Dentons is acclaimed as ‘exceptionally thoughtful and diligent’. Its development and regeneration group, co-chaired by Richard Budge, supports clients at all stages of projects including acquisition, structure formation, project and development management agreements. Elsewhere, the firm’s broad international footprint is particularly key in the investment space where in addition to outbound work, the team represents numerous inbound investors from jurisdictions including India, South Korea, Canada, the US and Europe. Sectors including retail, built to rent, senior living, student accommodation and the private rented sector are integral to the practice which is also well-regarded for its corporate occupier work. Rob Thompson is ‘extremely attentive’ while Deepa Deb, whose strengths include residential-led mixed use schemes, is a ‘first-rate lawyer who excels at driving transactions’. Associate Carla Revelo is also a key member of the team and is carving out a strong reputation for large-scale portfolio investments.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I am very impressed with the consistently high level of service I receive from partners down through the different levels in the team. They respond to emails and calls promptly and most importantly, they explain the options I have on any issues clearly, and give sound advice on the implications of following a particular route. The other strength I like is that they are always prepared to be commercial when appropriate.’

‘Rob Thompson is extremely attentive and gets the right balance between moments when detail is required and moments when we move onto the next point. He maintains a high level of service, which makes me as the client feel as though I am his number one client all the time.’

‘A dynamic and thoughtful team which understands the need for advice and recommendations – and then acting promptly on the client’s decision.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

DBS Bank Limited

Knight Frank Investment Management

Mayfair Capital/Swiss Life

M&G Real Estate

Redevco

Sports Direct

Corporate governance Tier 2

Dentons advises clients across a variety of industries, including the public sector and financial services, on a range of issues, including Brexit, employment considerations, executive and non-executive compensation regimes, and regulatory compliance, with particular expertise in cross-jurisdictional compliance for US-based parent companies and their subsidiaries. The team is led by Martin Mankabady, who advises major corporates in highly regulated industries; alongside  Richard Barham, who primarily advises companies and governmental bodies on issues around mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings. Daren Allen handles contentious regulatory matters, including investigations and litigation, while newly-promoted partner Katharine Harle specialises in regulatory compliance work on behalf of FCA and SRA-regulated businesses and their senior leadership teams.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The individuals are knowledgeable, engaging and try to understand the clients business before advising.’

The Dentons’ team cover most of the legal disciplines we need including aviation leasing, corporate governance, employment and commercial contracts/disputes. They have a long-standing interest and expertise in the aviation sector. Their global coverage means they can support us in most jurisdictions where we need legal assistance.’

Key clients

Wizz Air

Fair Finance

North Essex Authorities

WorldFirst

Environment Tier 2

Dentons’ multi-disciplinary team handles a mix of environment-related transactions and contentious regulatory issues for clients, with cross-border expertise across the oil and gas, manufacturing, power, food and beverage, waste, chemical, hotel, and real estate sectors. Practice head Stephen Shergold specialises in the environmental regulations concerning oil and gas extraction, waste issues and food production, and has considerable experience in contamination and water pollution issues, environmental and safety incidents, investigations and prosecutions, and ESG commitments. According to one client, he is considered a 'go-to ESG partner in Europe and a global leader in the field'. The department also handles the environmental aspects of M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Dentons’ team have a strong understanding of environmental law and the ability to communicate how this effects us as a developer on brownfield land which was very positive. In addition they have a robust understanding of key measures such as insurances to offset risks which is key for us as a client.’

‘Sam Boileau – Sam is very thorough in considering the various aspects surrounding environmental law and clearly has strong experience working with major clients and development opportunities in the field.’

‘The ESG and Environment team are the out and out leaders in the UK. They are leading the industry at a time of unprecedented focus on ESG. They are qualitatively head and shoulders above their peers who are late to the party.’

‘Stephen Shergold is a leader in the ESG field. His wise counsel to some of the most influential companies, particularly in the Energy sector has a disproportionate effect on matters affecting the global environment. He has unrivalled multi-jurisdictional knowledge and is able to provide advice which navigates the heterogeneous landscape of legal, regulatory and ethical/reputational matters with great skill and savvy. He is the go to ESG partner in Europe and a global leader in the field with an acute understanding of how technology can add value to his practice.’

‘Annabel Hodge is an up and coming leader in the ESG field and her ability to quickly evaluate matters and provide pragmatic solutions is indispensable. Her deep knowledge of how tech can add value to implementing such advice is of great value to clients. She also partners with leading specialists to deliver whatever she views as the best results for her clients.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

PWC

AIG

Royal Mail Group

Group 1 Automotive UK Limited

Avis Budget Group

Flex Ltd

Network Rail

World Fuel Services

Aprirose

Channel Managing Agency

Humbly Grove

Peabody

Upfield

KKR

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 2

Complementing its strong UK position, Dentons combines in-house US expertise in London with a sizeable global footprint, making it a major player in cross-border ECM transactions. On the mid to high-cap side of the practice, the firm's strength in emerging markets ECM work was highlighted in 2019, when global practice leader Nik Colbridge advised FTSE 100 mining company Polymetal International Plc on its admission to the official list of the AIX and to trading on the Astana International Exchange (AIX). The firm also handles large transactions involving markets such as Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Russia. On the low to mid-cap side, Neil Nicholson, US securities law expert Cameron Half and associate Verity Kent advised Stifel Nicolaus Europe, as sole bookrunner, on Techniplas Inc's AIM IPO and placing of shares. David Collins is experienced in ECM transactions involving sectors such as technology, betting and gaming, financial services and healthcare, among others.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Good timely advice and understanding of the company and its objectives.

David Collins- attention to detail and solutions focused. Verity Kent- strong process control and organisation.

Neil and the team are very knowledgeable, proactive and commercial. I take it as read that lawyers can advise on the law and so what I am really interested in is applying the legal knowledge to practical circumstances.

Neil Nicholson is very helpful, pragmatic and solutions oriented. His assistant, Verity Kent, is also very good as is Cameron Half on US securities aspects.

Commercially focused capital markets team with a client-centric approach. Significant geographical breadth makes cross-border M&A particularly relevant.

Just the best – available, committed, careful and most of all pragmatic. They understand when I need a 10-page memo and when I need the bullet point answer to efficiently make decision.

Of all the legal companies and individuals I have used over my career, I feel Neil is heads and shoulders above the rest. The veracity of his counsel, his friendship and his hugely responsive professional attitude is unparalleled.

Neil Nicholson is solid. He has seen enough deals to know what works, what levers to pull, and how to get things accomplished in the most cost-effective manner.

Key clients

Science in Sport plc

Bonhill Group plc

RA International plc

RM2 International S.A.

Informa plc

Bilby plc

Quiz plc

PRS REIT plc

Hurricane Energy plc

Menzies (John) plc

Franchising Tier 2

At Dentons, the franchising team is noted for advising clients in the retail sector in particular, with additional expertise in the restaurant, hotel, leisure, education, and healthcare industries. As well as acting for established franchisors whose entire business model is based on franchising, the group also advises corporations who use elements of franchising strategically. Splitting her time between London and Warsaw, the team is headed by Babette Märzheuser-Wood, who specialises in international franchise and concession agreements, as well as IP-driven joint ventures. Tim Constable, who is the franchise disputes head, handles complex multi-jurisdictional franchise issues. The team also advises on IP protection and data privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aldar Properties

Hertz

Avis

The Entourage Group, The Butcher (Hamburgers)

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Hema BV

Cath Kidston

Manolo Blahnik

EasyGym Africa

Kwik Fit

Debenhams

North Island Company

Godiva

The Entertainer

Anya Hindmarsh

Listed funds Tier 2

Dentons provides a full-service offering to its listed funds clients, which include longstanding institutional managers including Aberdeen Standard, and several major REITs; the group advises on fund formations, launches, IPOs and a variety of corporate governance advisory matters. The team is divided between the firm's London and Edinburgh offices, with expertise in the Scottish market alongside strong cross-border capabilities. The team is jointly led by Guy Norfolk, who has notable relationships with Aberdeen Standard and Bailie Gifford; and Edinburgh-based Claire Armstrong, who advises funds on all aspects of formations and operations, with a particular specialism in closed-ended funds.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team provides prompt, thoughtful, pragmatic and user-friendly advice. Guy Norfolk (Partner) in particular stands out and he is well aided and supported by Claire Armstrong (Partner).’

‘The team has always provided what we need in a timely and accessible manner and we have always been satisfied with their contributions.’

‘I found our team at Dentons (London and Edinburgh) to be very knowledgeable and very willing to go beyond the ‘extra mile’ to see our project across the line. Eternally grateful!’

‘We really valued the customer-centric approach coupled with deep knowledge and expertise during a recent listed funds transaction. This took place over a period of months and not only were the team proactive and responsive throughout but they were clearly communicated well at their end and no balls were dropped. The proactive nature of the interactions and suggestions of where we had options or where there was only one legally allowable route was much appreciated. As you would expect the standard extensive contract work was completed efficiently.’

‘Guy Norfolk (Partner) and Jenna Lalji in particular. Guy – deep experience in our market; highly approachable and proactive; collaborative. Jenna – specialist knowledge on this subject matter; responsive.’

Key clients

Hansa Trust

Baillie Gifford & Co

Aberdeen Standard Investments

The PRS REIT

Invesco Perpetual

The Edinburgh Investment Trust

Jupiter US Smaller Companies

Jupiter Asset Management

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust

Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust

CQS New City High Yield Fund

Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust

Aberdeen Asian Income Fund

Aberdeen Japan Income Trust

Shires Income

Aberdeen Standard Asia Focus

Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust

Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Investment Trust

CQS Natural Resources Growth and Income

Planning Tier 2

With a client base that includes impressive names in both the public and private sectors, Dentons' planning team handles the full range of large-scale matters. Stephen Ashworth advises clients on strategies for major housing and retail schemes, as well as promoting CIL. He jointly leads the practice with Roy Pinnock, who advises developers, funds, lenders and planning authorities on strategies for large-scale development and major urban regeneration schemes. Notable ongoing work covers complex major section 106 agreements on new settlements as well as significant CPO applications. Both Michele Vas and Rachael Herbert stand out from a strong bench of senior associates; Vas advising on the delivery of urban extensions, new towns and CPO regeneration projects, while Herbert is an expert on extra care projects, appropriation and CIL, and advises on a range of complex brownfield schemes.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons has a wonderful planning practice. They have long specialised in high-end development work, and that tradition is carried on with aplomb by the present team. They combine excellent brain-power with commercial savvy and a client-friendly approach.’

‘Roy Pinnock is really excellent. As well as being very clever he has a briliant feel for what a case is really about and what really matters to a client, and -which I think is pretty important – is a very nice person.’

‘The team are very responsive which is what we need given the pace we work at. Their advice is clear and precise.’

‘Roy Pinnock is excellent at what he does, very experienced and can turn things around quickly.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Tide Construction

Telereal Trillium

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Mid Sussex District Council

North Essex Authorities

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Network Rail

Rockwell

Lands Improvement Holdings

Places for People

Chelmsford City Council

GLA Property/ Transport for London

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Dentons utilises its global network of offices, depth of resources and cross-border experience to advise on energy corporate and project financing transactions and large-scale development work across the globe, with particular expertise in Africa and the Middle East. Charles July chairs the energy, infrastructure and project finance group, and is currently acting for an equity investor on the development and financing of the 117MW Guanizul 2A solar project in Argentina. Solar power specialist Lucille De Silva and Mark Cheney, whose practice focuses on thermal and renewable power generation assets, are also key partners.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Dentons team benefits from a wide range of experience and expertise enabling them to advise on our project from every aspect we need.’

Key clients

Statkraft

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman

Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, Saudi Arabia

Equinor

IEP Infrastructure

Ingenious

LightsourceBP

National Grid

PetroIneos

Sev.en Energy AG

VLC Renewables

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

Dentons advises a wide range of clients, including buyout funds, venture capital, secondary funds, individual and institutional investors, offering them strong cross-border capabilities courtesy of the firm's global platform. Notable clients include KKR and Blackstone, with the practice advising on lower-mid-market deals up to bulge bracket. Notable sector specialisms include technology, infrastructure, financial services, and fintech. Global M&A chair David Collins oversees the practice, while key players include Nicholas Plant, who remains highly active in major cross-border transactions across a variety of asset types, and Stephen Levy, who works with funds, portfolio companies, and management teams from several industries. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of Paul Doris from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, as part of a wider expansion of the corporate team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

CK Holdings

Kohlberg & Company

KPS Capital Partners

Scottish Equity Partners

Centerbridge

Blackstone

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Martin Moller

Graphite Capital

Property litigation Tier 2

Dentons' property litigation team sits within the firm's wider property department and is noted for its knowledge of various sectors, including retail, commercial, industrial, hotels and leisure, transport and energy. Recent work included advice to clients on business rate matters, property disputes arising from insolvency and liquidation, landlord and tenant issues and dilapidations. Practice head Bryan Johnston is experienced in acting for telecommunications operators and landowners in Electronic Communications Code disputes. Construction-related cladding matters are another driver of activity.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

My experience of this team is that the senior solicitors dealing with the matter I was involved in were quietly efficient and effective. They ‘carried the ball’ well throughout this matter, which has run on for several years. They acted with polite professionalism both to ourselves as clients and to their opposite number. They were a pleasure to work with.’

They are a heavyweight property litigation team with both strength and depth.’

The team is exceptionally cohesive and integrated and there is exceptionally good legal ‘know-how’ within the team.

Bryan Johnston is a very experienced partner and head of the team. He in incisive and has exceptionally good technical ability, which is matched by commercial acumen.

Kirstin Dunn and Charlotte Phippen are also extremely talented individuals within the team and are delightful to work with.’

Great knowledge, expertise and pragmatism.

Bryan Johnston leads a knowledgeable and expert team. Always approachable, helpful and not diffident in the advice offered. Can always rely on him to come through with firm and sensible advice.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Co-operative Group

Dorchester Group Limited

The Official Receiver

Taylor Wimpey

ATS Euromaster

Securitisation Tier 2

Dentons is highly regarded for its mortgage loan expertise and its work in securitisations involving trade receivables, trade finance and auto loans. Clients note that the 'the team shows experience and is focused on delivering the best possible outcome for the client'. For residential mortgage finance, including RMBS, covered bonds and warehousing transactions, the firm regularly advises some of the most active originators and arrangers in the market. The practice continues to be involved in cutting-edge deals and in 2019 it handled a first-of-its-kind Spanish SME securitisation. The vastly experienced Peter Voisey (who has 'exceptional knowledge of the ABS market') and leading adviser on NPL transactions Edward Hickman jointly lead the practice. Martin Sharkey (who can 'quickly get on top of new issues and present his thinking in a logical and considered way') leads the firm's European CLO practice. He has more than 15 years' experience and specialises in acting for asset managers and investors in CLO, repackaging and fund finance transactions, as well as advising arrangers on private CLOs. Catriona ’Kitty’ Lloyd leads the UK corporate trust practice and her recent work includes advising global banks on new RMBS deals and post-transaction matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The firm has long and valuable experience from the RMBS market, and has developed an exceptional practice from performing RMBS transactions in the Nordic region.’

‘Peter Voisey has a great commercial understanding, is service-minded and has a great team working together with him.’

‘The team is exceptionally knowledgeable and can draw on experts within the group which is invaluable. They are accommodating and adaptable to changing timelines and always look to offer viable solutions to challenges being faced. They are very good at explaining complex matters in an easy to understand manner and are dedicated to the work undertaken. They share valuable insight into regulatory developments and the possible implications on an ongoing basis and not just during an appointed piece of work.’

‘The team works very collaboratively, and whilst they might have their individual focus and expertise, they never appear disjointed. The team shows experience and is focused on delivering the best possible outcome for the client. They are always adaptable and readily available to answer any questions.’

‘We have worked with Peter Voisey on a number of occasions and he has exceptional knowledge in regards to ABS which is invaluable. He is supported by a strong team which ensures that the work undertaken is completed to high standards. He is always approachable and happy to discuss situations and look at different solutions for any issues that might arise.’

‘The firm provides very strong coverage and is building a particularly strong reputation amongst the Building Societies for its securitisation and covered bond capabilities.’

‘Peter Voisey is an excellent all round capital markets and structured finance partner. He provides industry-leading guidance and assurance.’

‘Martin Sharkey can quickly get on top of new issues and present his thinking in a logical and considered way.’

‘The firm has an outstanding team of professionals who provide unparalleled advice across a variety of jurisdictions in a timely manner.’

‘Edward Hickman can manage complex legal drafting and address questions related to restructuring of debt into securitisation with timely responses.’

‘We are very impressed with the team, and having worked with them for the first time in 2019, we are now well into our second project, and were happy to appoint them to support us on this important piece of work, which for us is a key strategic transaction. It is an extremely responsive and flexible team, with work on the project spread across a number of individuals allowing each workstream to progress, but with no loss of central co-ordination.’

‘The team has shown an ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines and to find solutions as issues arise. Resourcing of the project has been great, with the partner clearly on deck and on the ball at all times, but with associates deployed who clearly have the right knowledge and commitment.’

‘We have been able to build a good working relationship with the partner and the team very quickly and the communication has been excellent. It is the most responsive law firm we have engaged with, which has allowed us to negotiate the path through a complex project far more easily than otherwise, and has supported us as priorities and approaches have changed.’

‘We are primarily advised by Kitty Lloyd who has a wealth of experience and always delivers prompt, commercial advice. We have been pleased with the quality of the advice and we look forward to doing continued business with the firm.’

‘We have always valued Kitty Lloyd’s practical and commercial approach to solving problems.’

Key clients

Atom Bank

Be-Spoke Capital

Skipton Building Society

Coventry Building Society

Barings (UK) Limited

Oaktree Capital

Stenn Assets UK

Principality Building Society

Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Benefiting from 'many years' experience in the field of asset finance and leasing', and able to leverage vast resources across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US, Dentons' five-strong team is particularly accomplished at handling significant cross-border aviation finance mandates. Led by the 'excellentNick Chandler, the scope of the work handled by the team is broad, reflective of the varied needs of an eclectic client base which includes airlines, lessors, banks and manufacturers. Having spent many years working in the Middle East, Paul Holland has a strong connection to the region and regularly advises Middle East-based carriers on their financing requirements, both from a pure commercial debt perspective, as well as as when underpinned by an export credit facility. Serge Sergiou is also a key member of the team and is well-versed across the myriad of structures - include tax-based leasing arrangements - to facilitate the financing of commercial airlines. The 'very practicalGreg Kahn heads up the shipping finance limb of the practice that is gaining increased traction among lenders, in particular, which are appreciative of its ability to provide 'specialised guidance on complex, cross-border financings'.  

Testimonials

‘Sarah Dyke is very knowledgeable and responsive in the corporate jet market.’

‘Nick Chandler is an excellent lawyer and a pleasure to work with. His team is trained very well and their pragmatic approach is much appreciated.’

‘Having a professional and considerate team like Dentons London makes incredibly challenging transactions seemingly smooth and simple. Without their patience, dedication and support it would’ve been easy to shirk the challenges presented. In-depth market knowledge and willingness to take ownership of critical legal elements of these structured financings are just some of the impressive skillsets Dentons possess within their highly personable and qualified team of lawyers.’

‘The team are always happy to aleviate the burden on the lending group by taking ownership of key steps/processes in the documentation and execution phases of transactions, only seeking guidance and clarification from lenders when necessary and of benefit.’

‘Having witnessed first hand their professionalism I would highly recommend Dentons Transport Finance & Leasing team to any lenders seeking counsel across the transportation sectors.’

‘Whilst the team in Dentons is relatively small in size they deliver incredible client service irrespective of their size and achieve turnaround times that would be the envy of their larger competitors. They are always available and are very pleasant to deal with.’

‘The team is astutely led and chaired by Nick Chandler. Lee McLernon is incredibly commercially minded and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure a client receives a satisfactory result.’

‘Greg Kahn takes the time to fully understand our business. He always tries to find the most practical solution.’

Key clients

Emirates

TUI Group

Goshawk Aviation

Chorus Aviation

Qatar Airways

Wizz Air

RBS/NatWest Markets/Lombard

Azul Brazilian Airlines

Standard Chartered Bank

Société Générale

Airbus (including Airbus Financial Services and Airbus Helicopters)

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

ALAFCO

The Export–Import Bank of China

ORIX

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Dentons is well-versed 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 practitioner spread across the firm’s huge international network of offices. Isaac Felberbaum heads up the syndicated loans team and excels at representing lending syndicates providing liquidity to other financial institutions in the emerging markets. The team was strengthened by the arrival in August 2019 of the ‘exceptional’ Simon Middleton  from Simmons & Simmons, particularly in light of his ‘broad-ranging banking prowess’ and niche Nordic expertise.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Mizhuo Bank

HSBC

Lloyds

Société Générale

Bayerische Landesbank

Ryanair

RBS / NatWest

Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)

Duferco SA

Sonco Gaming

JP Morgan

Landsvirkjun

Republic of Kenya

Duferco SA and Duferco International Trading Holdings SA (DITH)

Natixis

Credit Suisse

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

The financial and commercial disputes group at Dentons offers 'a wealth of experience of banking litigation', spanning the investment and retail sectors. Practice head Felicity Ewing (who handles banking litigation and contentious regulatory matters) heads up the team. Key contacts to note in London include the 'highly experienced' Richard Caird, who attracts praise for his 'excellent judgement', white-collar crime and investigations expert Daren Allen and recently promoted Natalia Fludra who is recommended for multi-jurisdictional finance disputes, civil fraud and contentious insolvency matters. Thomas Leyland moved to Walkers in Dublin.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team has been immaculately created to have real strength from top to bottom. There really isn’t a weak link and the business is available at a far more competitive price than flashier rivals’

‘Felicity Ewing is charming, determined, clear-sighted and brilliant’

‘Natalia Fludra represents a very compelling future for the practice. Fiendishly intelligent and great to work with, Natalia is a real feather in the cap for this top team’

‘Excellent and very long-established retail banking litigation team’

‘Richard Caird is a highly experienced practitioner with excellent judgement, who is particularly active in advising and litigating in the financial services regulatory arena’

‘Any banking client would do well to put Daren Allen as a “go-to” solicitor for any banking disputes’

Key clients

Commerzbank

Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”)

Barings (U.K.) Limited

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Dentons' 'first class' contentious construction team acts for housebuilders, retailers, developers and PPP stakeholders. The practice is led by Akin Akinbode who is 'an excellent strategist' and by Gurbinder Grewal, 'one of the sharpest minds in construction disputes.' Akinbode has a broad construction and engineering disputes practice but focuses particularly on PFI-related disputes. Grewal has been active on UK and international disputes work including energy matters and issues relating to defects in infrastructure projects. Esther McDermott is noted for her arbitration practice as well as her litigation experience  in the TCC.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team is first class. There are no weak links. The partners have a great flow of work from tier 1 contractor and consultant clients. They are all sector specialists with good profile. The associates are bright and totally specialised.’

‘Real strength in depth and industry big-hitters. Key strengths: client service and great capacity to get to the job done.’

‘The Dentons team is truly global with expertise in most jurisdictions. They also work on a wide range of projects. Their real strength is their in depth technical knowledge. They have a technical understanding of engineering and construction projects which allows them to get to the heart of the dispute.’

‘Gurbinder Grewal builds a fantastic rapport with clients. A pleasure to work with and work for.’

‘Akin Akinbode is an excellent strategist and analyst on complex contractual issues. Also a calm presence under pressure.’

‘Gurbinder Grewal has one of the sharpest minds in construction disputes. This combined with a near encyclopaedic memory makes him a fierce advocate.’

‘Esther McDermott works exceptionally hard and is deeply committed to assisting her clients. No task is too great.’

Key clients

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

Galliford Try Building

Leonardo S.p.A.

Morgan Sindall Infrastructure Limited

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

The team at Dentons has broad expertise of advising on UK infrastructure and international mining and energy projects, as well major housebuilding matters. The non-contentious practice is led by Mark Macaulay, who is highly experienced in the field as a construction procurement expert. He also has a noted international presence, having advised clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Transport is key sector for the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Aloqabank

Kier Construction

Transport for London (new panel appointment this year)

Helical plc

M&G Real Estate

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Galliford Try

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (new panel appointment this year)

Hammerson plc

Virgin Media

Corporate tax Tier 3

The London team at Dentons, which is integrated into a global network of offices, is well-placed to advise multinational corporates, private equity funds and financial institutions on their cross-border transactions. The group has a strong advisory practice, where it often assists with structuring issues. It also has a niche in advising tax risk insurers. Alex Thomas, who is a co-chair of the global tax practice (and also heads up the London team), leads on the insurance-related work. James Meakin is experienced in corporate and real estate transactional tax, while Alex Tostevin focuses on private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Most commercial tax teams are experts in their field, and sensitive to client needs. The Dentons team stands out because on top of all that, they are creative in their approach with innovative solutions to difficult complex problems. They go above and beyond.

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 team members have always made sure that we experience the value addition in all our corporate and commercial-corporate tax practices. Their unmatched capability provides us with plenty of opportunities to accurately abide the tax regulations.’

The entire team is prepared to carefully listen to our queries, analyse them with their expertise and provide us with the perfect solutions throughout our relationship with Dentons. The key success comes from the exemplary leadership of the Partners who shows the right guidance for the team members where the outputs from them make our tasks very easy and timely.’

The individuals we work with have always provided us with the best quality service, and the amount of effort they make to fulfil our taxation and legal requirements is highly valued and appreciated.’

Key clients

KKR

Atom Bank

Lloyds

Virgin

Avis

KPS Capital Partners

Her Majesty’s Government

John Lewis

Société Générale

Qatar Airways

Debt capital markets Tier 3

The debt capital markets group at Dentons is 'always on hand and provides excellent advice'. The practitioners are 'all thoroughly pleasant people, which really makes working with them enjoyable'. The firm is best known for its emerging markets DCM work, which is where it leverages its extensive global footprint. The London office has a strong track record in international bond issues with a nexus to Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, CEE, Russia and the CIS. Its sector expertise continues to expand, with aviation increasingly prominent. Clients of the firm include financial institution issuers and sovereigns. Practice head David Cohen works with Nick Hayday, US securities partner Cameron Half and corporate trustee specialist Catriona Lloyd . Associate Moeen Qayum is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The firm has an incredibly wide network and breadth of practice areas. it is very helpful in making introductions across multiple practice areas.’

Kitty Lloyd, David Cohen and Matthew Sapte support our business. Not only are they always on hand to deal with our needs and provide excellent advice, they are all thoroughly pleasant people and great to work with, which really makes working with them enjoyable.’

‘It is an excellent DCM practice consisting of a relatively small team of DCM veterans and juniors. It is very client-oriented with deep insight of both DCM and the real estate industry.’

Nick Hayday is a great partner who shows extreme client attention and a business-friendly approach.’

Top-quality support at a price far below the Magic Circle. Surely the thinking client’s choice.’

Mattew Sapte is one of the standout lawyers in the City. There is nothing this man cannot turn his hand to and although he is particularly praised for derivatives and Islamic finance work his understanding across the bond market is, frankly, unrivalled.’

Kitty Lloyd has very swiftly carved out a niche for herself in the increasingly important corporate trust advisory space. Knowledgeable and experienced across all kind of financings Kitty is one of the front rank of experts for corporate trust advisory work.’

Key clients

Avia Solutions Group plc

Koç Holdings

airBaltic

Standard Bank of South Africa / Standard Bank Group

JSC Silknet

Faurecia

CPI Property Group

Republic of Lithuania

Yaşar

FirstRand Bank

Finnvera

ČEZ

Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC)

Ryanair

Coventry Building Society

Chelyabinsk Pipe Manufacturing Plant Group

PJSC Uralkali

Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Dentons 'punches above its weight and is solid across the derivatives and structured products area, with demonstrated expertise in the developing and emerging markets'. Its work spans OTC derivatives, structured products, financings and CLOs. Within this, it has carved out a leading position in the field of Islamic derivatives. In fact, its understanding of emerging markets has led it to be involved in the reform of derivatives law in jurisdictions such as Egypt, Kazakhstan and Oman. Head of derivatives Matthew Sapte and head of the European CLO practice Martin Sharkey are the lead partners. Sapte's broad capital markets practice covers structured bonds, asset backed securitisations, receivables financings and derivative transactions in many asset classes. Sharkey handles CLOs, repackagings, fund finance, secured asset-backed lending and other types of structured finance. Yusuf Battiwala handles both conventional and Islamic derivatives on behalf of financial institutions, corporates and funds. Derivatives specialist Luke Whitmore, who joined from Fieldfisher in 2019, has experience in acting for broker-dealers and end users in the prime brokerage and futures markets.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Matthew Sapte and Yusuf Battiwala, who also handles Islamic derivatives, are great contacts to work and have very good expertise. Plus, the firm has a derivatives network across various countries with knowledgeable people, notably in Moscow, Muscat, Cairo and elsewhere.’

‘The Dentons team punches above its weight. The practice is solid across the derivatives and structured products area, with demonstrated expertise in the developing and emerging markets, which not all firms possess. The team’s knowledge of the repo and securities lending space is also commendable. Their advice in that realm is good and reflects an actual knowledge of market trends and practice that is hard to find. The prime brokerage and clearing market experience is also an asset. It is a specialised area that most firms don’t cover well; the team is expert advising on the documentation issues.’

‘Luke Whitmore is very able technically and provides sound, pragmatic advice. He advises not only on transactional work but also turns his hand to delivering critical regulatory advice and projects, which is an important skill set for derivatives lawyers in this time of regulatory change. When we work with Luke, we feel we get value for money and he always delivers on a timely basis. He has added significantly to the Dentons offering.’

‘Matthew Sapte is a solid adviser. His knowledge of derivatives and banking matters is well regarded. He provides clear and concise advice on complex issues. His expertise, particularly for work connected with the Middle East and CEE is important to us.’

‘Worth mentioning is consultant Laura Bates who works with Luke Whitmore. We appreciate her technical skills and “no nonsense” approach. She understands the requirements of large financial services firms.’

Key clients

Be-Spoke Capital

Barings (UK) Limited

Goldman Sachs

Citibank

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Emirates NBD

MUFG

Société Générale

JP Morgan

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Equity capital markets - mid-high cap Tier 3

Complementing its strong UK position, Dentons combines in-house US expertise in London with a sizeable global footprint, making it a key player in cross-border ECM transactions. On the mid to high-cap side of the practice, the firm's strength in emerging markets ECM work was highlighted in 2019, when highly regarded global practice leader Nik Colbridge advised FTSE 100 mining company Polymetal International Plc on its admission to the official list of the AIX and to trading on the Astana International Exchange (AIX). The firm also handles large transactions involving markets such as Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Russia. On the low to mid-cap side, Neil Nicholson, US securities law expert Cameron Half and associate Verity Kent advised Stifel Nicolaus Europe as sole bookrunner on Techniplas Inc's AIM IPO and placing of shares. David Collins is experienced in ECM transactions involving the technology, betting and gaming, financial services and healthcare sectors, among others.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Dentons team is not only fully on top of all legal aspects, but has also been able to get quickly up to speed on the industry specific aspects of our transaction.’

‘Able to provide great US market insight and value-add on transactions.’

‘Cameron Half is very impressive. He brings vast experience and great commercial awareness to bear on any transaction, a real joy to work with.’

‘Small and flexible team, good pricing.’

‘Cameron Half is able to deal with big transactions efficiently.’

‘As a client, we liked the very personal approach from the team and leading partners. Deep dive-in into problems and very professional advice based on deep commercial (not only legal) understanding of our problems.’

‘We would like to highlight Nik Colbridge and Cameron Half. We liked their very personal approach, deep understanding of the commercial side of the problems and high level of availability.’

‘Truly global coverage with particular strength in Greater China and Eastern Europe. Strong focus on the client and not on the billing and internal budgets. Significant added value while advising on legal matters. Very professional, with in-depth expertise on capital markets and equity transactions. They have a unique way of planning transactions.’

‘The team are very strong and capable but what sets them apart is the ability to tailor their legal advice to the commercial circumstances and apply an appropriate level of pragmatism.’

‘Neil Nicholson is a very capable lawyer. He is easy to deal with, proactive and commercial.’

‘Cameron Half is a hugely experienced US securities lawyer and, unusually in his field, is able to explain US securities law in a way that actually makes sense.’

‘Verity Kent is a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Availability, dedication, professionalism, great communication skills, presence and understanding of CEE markets.’

‘Professionalism, commitment, great commercial judgement and skills – Nik Colbridge really stands out.’

‘True specialists in ECM with extensive experience advising on international financing transactions of all sizes across a diverse range of sectors and markets.’

‘Nik Colbridge is probably one of the strongest ECM lawyers in London. We were very pleased with the smooth deal execution and seamless high-quality service.’

Key clients

airBaltic

Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC)

Polymetal International plc

Republic of Slovenia

The Ferretti Group

PRS REIT plc

Air Astana

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

The ‘exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable’ team at Dentons often works with counterparts based in the US, Canada, Germany and Belgium. The department focuses on trade and economic sanctions; a name to note in this space is Roger Matthews, who has honed his sanctions-related expertise at the HM Treasury and the European Commission. Matthews, who joined from Dechert LLP in 2019, is the head of the practice. The team is also well-positioned to advise on export controls, customs and Brexit-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

We work mainly with one individual Roger Matthews who we followed from Dechert when he moved. Roger has insightful and pragmatic advice on sanction issues – the specific area where we consult with him. He is not afraid to give opinions on complex matters and use his judgement to help us make business decisions.

Roger has insightful and pragmatic advice on sanction issues – the specific area where we consult with him. He is not afraid to give opinions on complex matters and use his judgement to help us make business decisions

The Dentons team is exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable, and seamlessly linked up with colleagues in Dentons’ offices across Europe and worldwide. Their expertise in UK, EU, US and other sanctions and export controls is second to none. Their advice and insights on the implications of Brexit and how best to navigate the risks and opportunities is invaluable.

Roger Matthews’ comprehensive grasp of sanctions and related compliance issues is world-class; one can count on the fingers of one hand the only other lawyers in his class in this specialist field. His advice is prompt, precise, thorough and highly constructive, providing a very clear understanding of our operational room for manoeuvre within the applicable regulations.

Anastasia Stankova is not only highly knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with, but also has the enormous advantage (as a native Russian speaker) of a deep understanding of and insight into Russian law that has proven invaluable

Key clients

Nynas UK AB

The Edrington Group

Spectis Robotics

Fintech Tier 3

Dentons advises clients in the financial services sector, including retail banks, payment platforms and start-ups, on corporate transactions, commercial agreements, technology development and regulatory compliance. Technology lawyer Martin Fanning has experience acting for fintechs in relation to procurement, outsourcing and partnership arrangements. Financial services specialist Jonathan Garforth has notable expertise advising banks, disrupters and investors on open banking, payments, electronic money and P2P lending. Tristan Jonckheer specialises in advising fintech clients on agreements underpinning new technology platforms. Antonis Patrikios joined the firm from Fieldfisher in 2019.

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Garforth is impressive on all fronts: with clients, with other lawyers, with his team. He galvanizes his team so well.’

Key clients

WorldFirst (Ant Financial and Alipay)

Multi-Service Technology Solutions, Inc

Firserv (formerly First Data)

John Lewis

Health and safety Tier 3

The health and safety group at Dentons assists clients with regulatory advice, enforcement and prosecution defence and transactional support, especially with relation to insolvency situations. Stephen Shergold has particular expertise in relation to chemical safety and equipment safety. Malcolm Gunnyeon is known for advising clients in the food and beverage, oil and gas and rail sectors. Other key industries for the department include healthcare and care homes, manufacturing, power, waste, insurance, chemicals and real estate development.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Malcolm Gunnyeon is an exceptional solicitor, always ensuring that the client gets the best personal service. He provides a Rolls Royce service’

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

Aggreko plc

Menzies Distribution Limited

Zenith Bank (UK) Limited

Holland & Barrett Retail Limited

Auria

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 3

Dentons has a strong infrastructure practice both domestically and across its extensive international network. The practice has particular expertise in transport and road matters, as can be demonstrated by its longstanding role advising Network Rail. Other notable clients include 3i Infrastructure and Dalmore Capital. The practice has been particularly active in PPP work abroad and is involved in a roads project in Liberia. Edinburgh-based Euan Wilson specialises in secondary market PFI/PPP transactions, while Dominic Spacie has a strong background advising financial institutions and government entities on PFI/PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

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

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail

Tfl (Transport for London)

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Gulf 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

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

Dentons' corporate insurance and regulatory team was strengthened in 2019 with the addition of Adriana Cotter from Sidley Austin LLP. Cotter brings experience in corporate and regulatory insurance work to the team, which is led by Martin Mankabady. The practice recently assisted insurers and brokers on a range of insurance issues, including providing advice on cutting-edge insurtech matters. In addition to serving as team head, Mankabady is global head of the firm’s insurance practice, and the team frequently collaborates with the firm’s offices around the world. Katharine Harle is another key contact; having previously worked for the Financial Services Authority, she has expertise in regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are generally available as needed at all hours. I feel as if they will answer additional queries without making us feel guilty on fees which is a real positive. They are also amenable to answering questions recently outside of a deal context on very precise points, for example on tax.’

‘Martin Mankabady is excellent at checking in on the service we are receiving and keeps very on top of the deals we are doing. He is also very personable and approachable.’

‘Excellent responsiveness and always on the ball. Their project management capabilities were vital to the success of the project.’

‘A real willingness to help and to be proactive. Very good knowledge of the law.’

Key clients

Mobius Life Limited

Vitality Life Limited

John Lewis Finance

Local government Tier 3

The team at Dentons has 'a good understanding of client requirements' and is experienced in all matter of large-scale regeneration projects, including planning, outsourcing, development, construction, and procurement. It also has a record of work on major housing schemes and complex litigation. Stephen Ashworth focuses on housing developments, including new towns and garden settlements. Since 2015, he has advised North Essex Authorities on key matters relating to promoting new town development corporations. Roland Gray advises local authorities on large portfolios regarding development regeneration work, while Miriam Best specialises in real estate and development transactions. In February 2020, Jennifer Robinson joined as counsel from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is professional and very knowledgeable in their given sectors of expertise. The partners have a good understanding of client requirements. I would recommend Dentons without hesitation.’

We have worked with other firms; however, none have met the standards of Dentons.’

We spent some time reviewing our legal panel and Dentons were successful in their bid. In recent years, we have had many dealings with them and have always been impressed by their responsiveness and attempt to find a practical solution in order to match our priorities.’

‘Bryan Johnston is focused and very client-dedicated. He has very sound legal and practical judgement, a high level of attention to detail and is able to combine property, commercial and local government expertise. He is easy to work with and a team player.’

 

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

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

The media and entertainment practice at Dentons is a popular choice for clients involved in cross-border transactions in the sector. Jointly led by corporate partner Darren Acres, IP expert Anna Copeman and commercial technology specialist Andy Lucas, the team leverages its full-service capability and international reach to advise clients from traditional media and entertainment companies (including in the film, TV and music industries) to digital sector clients including e-sports and gaming companies. For privacy and cybersecurity issues, of counsel Tatiana Kruse and Antonis Patrikios, who recently joined from Fieldfisher, are names to note.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ascential

Bonhill Group plc

City Loft LLC, owner of Adjarabet

Essence Digital

Informa PLC

Herschend Entertainment Studios

Legendary Pictures

Lions Gate Entertainment

MTG

Sonco Gaming

Nordic Entertainment

Facebook

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 3

Dentons specialises in the development and implementation of sophisticated patent portfolio strategies, with a focus on tech sector clients, including numerous Cambridge-based technology players and, increasingly, direct overseas clients. The group has particular strength in software and AI patents and a successful track record in the prosecution of patents for space sector clients. As part of the wider firm's global IP platform, the team has cross-border expertise and provides comprehensive IP services. Justin Hill directs the practice. Counsel Alison Gallafent, an expert in the life sciences, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, joined from HGF Limited in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Dentons patent team provide a great combination of excellent work product and broader strategic thinking. We have a great relationship with their team. Everyone knows each other and has a good sense of each person’s expertise. The team are approachable and easy to talk with. We have a transparent fixed fee structure that provides value for money. Anything outside of the scope of this fee structure is discussed in an open way. The Dentons team are always willing to adapt to our needs and discuss accordingly.’

‘Justin Hill provides excellent commercial and strategic input.’

Key clients

ARM Holdings

Benevolent AI

Dexcom

Positec

Raytheon

Royal Mail Group

Tesla

Virgin

Starkey Labs

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

The pensions practice at Dentons is part of the overall people, reward and mobility team, which is led by Virginia Allen and Eleanor Hart - who joined from Slaughter and May in early 2019 - and features the 'hugely experienced' insolvency expert Elmer Doonan. The London partners are supported by associates in Milton Keynes and Scotland to provide a joined-up, cost-effective offering across the UK. Key recent cases have seen the firm advise on complex issues concerning liability, excepted life policies, death in service arrangements and age discrimination, working with clients across sectors including travel, government and publishing. On the non-contentious side, the team regularly provides support on the pensions aspects of major corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very solid and dependable advice from Eleanor Hart and Elmer Doonan‘.

Eleanor Hart is very conscientious and hard-working.’

‘Elmer Doonan is now one of the elder statesmen amongst pensions solicitors and is able to bring an excellent mix of contentious and non-contentious experience‘.

Eleanor Hart is particularly strong. She is able to anticipate our needs and respond quickly. She provides significant value by quickly identifying and addressing problems‘.

Key clients

Centerbridge Partners L.P. (Centerbridge)

Alight Solutions

KPS Capital Partners

TUI UK Limited

KKR / LGC Science Group Holdings

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Trustees of the Delta (UK) Pension Scheme

Moore Stephens Master Trust

SONI Limited

BorgWarner Inc. (BorgWarner)

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

The pensions practice at Dentons is part of the overall people, reward and mobility team, which is led by Virginia Allen and Eleanor Hart - who joined from Slaughter and May in early 2019 - and features the 'hugely experienced' insolvency expert Elmer Doonan. The London partners are supported by associates in Milton Keynes and Scotland to provide a joined-up, cost-effective offering across the UK. Key recent cases have seen the firm advise on complex issues concerning liability, excepted life policies, death in service arrangements and age discrimination, working with clients across sectors including travel, government and publishing. On the non-contentious side, the team regularly provides support on the pensions aspects of major corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A mixture of pensions and insolvency which stands out from all other practices in this area’.

‘Elmer Doonan is a hugely experienced pensions litigator, with a great hands-on approach with clients’.

Key clients

JCB Finance Pension Scheme

Virgin Atlantic Airways

TUI UK Limited

Property finance Tier 3

Dentons has a very broad offering in acquisition and development finance, acting for traditional banks as well as niche student housing specialists and commercial lending experts. Simon Tweedle leads the team and has extensive experience in advising lenders on all asset classes, often in matters involving multiple European jurisdictions. Other key individuals are James Irvine and Simon Masri, who are both particularly active in the hotels sector. Notable properties the team advised on recently include the former US Embassy on Grosvenor Square in Mayfair and 30 Gresham Street in the City of London.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The practice is well placed in multiple locations, which lends itself to expertise in cross-jurisdictional transactions.’

‘Good knowledge all round and able to explain complex matters clearly. Friendly, approachable and helpful, with the knowledge and experience to deliver and ability to network internally and globally.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

HSBC Bank

Metro Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland/ NatWest/ Lombard

DBS Bank

Société Générale

Chenavari Investment Managers and its funding entity (AREO Sarl)

Ho Bee Land

Aprirose

McArthurGlen

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

United Overseas Bank

OCBC

Raven Property Group

Delin

Cheyne Capital

TMT Tier 3

Dentons ' broad practice offers experience in emerging and innovative technologies, including robotics, AI, the cloud and Fintech, as well as TMT work relating to the public sector and cybersecurity. The team is led by Andy Lucas, who has expertise advising UK Government departments on a variety of matters. He works with Martin Fanning, who focuses on commercial transactions, projects and procurement; and Scott Singer, who specialises in data issues. Also notable is senior associate Sarah Lima, whose strengths include blockchain and outsourcing projects

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Facebook

Royal Mail Group

Avis Budget Group

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Jaguar Land Rover

Transport for London (TfL)

Upfield (KKR)

Virgin Group (including Virgin Atlantic)

Emtelle

JCDecaux

HM Government

John Lewis Partnership (including Waitrose)

Sainsbury’s

Informa PLC

Intralinks

Carbonite

Airwair (Dr Martens)

Intapp

Arriva UK Trains Limited

Aviation Tier 4

Dentons advises airlines, charter companies, private operators, manufacturers, aircraft leasing companies, financial institutions, airports and governmental agencies on a range of aviation work, including matters relating to asset-based financings, M&A, aircraft leasings, regulatory issues, litigation, commercial work and intellectual property mandates. The practice is headed in London by Nick Chandler.

Practice head(s):

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

Dentons' 'highly efficient and commercially savvy group of litigators' advises corporate clients on issues ranging from post-M&A disputes to corporate control issues, joint venture and shareholder disputes. Practice head Liz Tout counts energy, engineering and construction, rail and IT sector disputes among her specialisms. Other names to note include Simon Colledge, who specialises in professional negligence, fraud and contentious insolvency matters; Adrian Giles who frequently works with the firm's global network in cross-border disputes and Craig Neilson , who is 'always able to keep on top of a fast-moving piece of fraud litigation' and has particular expertise in financial crime and freezing injunctions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Power house team with big names, fantastic at international commercial and investment arbitration, with substantial public international law capability as well.

A highly efficient and commercially savvy group of litigators.Very good at delivering brilliant results through well-managed litigation.

Dentons offers strong global reach with has been invaluable in the cross-border asset tracing advice we have received. I think this international presence is difficult for others to rival.’

Adrian Giles is a very astute commercial litigator who invariably knows where to fight the battles and how to get the best results.

Sophie Palmer is a very effective senior associate with bags of experience’

‘ Rathi Thiagamoorthy is a star in the making – extremely wise beyond her years and hugely committed to getting the best for her clients’

‘Tara Boateng is another very impressive associate.

Craig Neilson stands out as a partner always able to keep on top of a fast-moving piece of fraud litigation. He does not miss even the smallest of points, while keeping a clear sight of the client’s overall commercial objective. He is responsive, reliable, straightforward, re-assuring and no nonsense. He is a good listener and grasps the issues quickly, providing clear, intelligent and confident guidance.

Key clients

GPF GP S.à.r.l.

Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Government of India

Ecotricity Group

EDF Energy Customers Limited

Cathay Investments 2 Limited

First Milk Limited

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

The 'highly experienced' team at Dentons 'combines intellect with commerciality', and is 'focused on getting the job done and achieving the best result for the client', across a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious mandates. The firm is well connected to numerous banking clients and IPs, ensuring that it handles a considerable volume of deals in the domestic mid-market. Led by the 'very experiencedNeil Griffiths, the team is perhaps best-known for its formal insolvency work and any commercial disputes (including fraud and asset tracing) that may subsequently arise. The 'effective and efficient' Tessa Blank is a 'force of nature' and is particularly recommended for contentious matters. Counsel Luci Mitchell-Fry is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The highly experienced team is focused on getting the job done and getting the best result for the client.

The team is engaging to work with, understands the issues faced and provides suitably tailored advice.

A great set of intelligent and motivated partners, who combine intellect with commerciality.

The team is exceptional. They are very well-organised, thorough and you feel part of a team when (as external counsel) you work with them. The partners have an encyclopedic knowledge of their field.

Neil Griffiths is a very experienced practitioner, with strong client relation skills.

Ian Fox is particularly smart, both in terms of IQ and also emotional intelligence. He can read the clients needs and wants, and deliver.

Tessa Blank is a force of nature. She is effective and efficient and never loses sight of what needs to be done.

Jonathan Sears is one of the most intellectually engaged associates I have worked with.

 

 

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Knight Frank

Ernst & Young

KPMG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

BDO

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton

Jackie Stephenson

John Lewis

Energy and infrastructure Tier 4

Dentons ' highly specialised team of experienced institutional finance and corporate lawyers have wide-ranging cross-border experience acting for both lenders and borrowers on M&A transactions and investments into energy infrastructure and regulatory matters. Charles July has more than 30 years' experience in project development work, project/acquisition finance and private M&A in the sector. In the renewables and solar energy sector, Lucille De Silva is the go-to adviser, while Mark Cheney focuses on thermal and renewable power generation assets and structured commodity trading arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Statkraft

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman

Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, Saudi Arabia

Equinor

IEP Infrastructure

Ingenious

LightsourceBP

National Grid

PetroIneos

Sev.en Energy AG

VLC Renewables

EU and competition Tier 4

Dentons is well-versed in multi-jurisdictional matters in the areas of merger control and competition investigations. Its successful performance is enhanced through the firm’s extensive global presence and its cooperation with firms participating in its NextLaw Network. Also worthy of note, the group utilises online resources to provide competition compliance training. Adrian Magnus leads the practice, which routinely acts alongside the firm’s corporate group for clients in the real estate, energy, transport and financial services sectors. Christopher Graf is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The Dentons team is highly professional and effective and understands us a client very well.

Christopher Graf and Sophie Albrighton were the perfect team members to support us in the best way possible. I can highly recommend them to all other clients.

 

Key clients

Avis Budget Group

Enbridge

Informa

Royal Mail Group

John Lewis / Waitrose

Sainsbury’s

World Fuel Services

Total

Sita Information Networking Computing

Mizuho Bank

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

The international financial services practice at Dentons has broad expertise covering  areas such as banking regulation, Fintech, payments and Brexit work. The firm is increasingly active in the insurance and asset management space. Michael Wainwright leads the team and is known for regulatory capital, client asset protection, insurance, savings and investment work. Also recommended are Katherine Harle, who has experience advising on the financial services compensation scheme; and Jonathan Garforth, who focuses on consumer finance and payments law.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Prepared to invest time and intellectual capital in areas which benefit the industry as a whole’

‘Michael Wainwright is always great to deal with. He looks at a matters with a wider perspective, which illuminates issues’

‘Katherine Harle has a practical approach to issues’

‘They are super responsive and work particularly well as a team’

‘Their expertise in this area is unparalleled’

‘Jonathan Garforth is super. He works tirelessly for his clients. He is extremely bright and is keen to find the best solutions. He is heavily engaged with multiple matters, but always seems to find the time to respond to issues as they arise’

‘Kamraan Akhtar is a rising star. Highly capable, pragmatic and energetic’

‘Neil Nicholson is pragmatic, solution focused. Highly capable whilst also being able to build relationships and move things forward’

Key clients

Mobius Life Limited

Novia Financial plc

Vitality Life Limited

Natixis

Soutter Investments

Multi-Service Technology Solutions, Inc

BTS Digital Ventures Limited

Atom Bank plc

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 4

The patent group at Dentons  maintains a solid reputation for patent litigation under practice head Campbell Forsyth. With assistance from associates Jennifer Cass and James Marsden, Forsyth is handling High Court proceedings concerning patent infringement and validity, SPC licensing and Arrow declarations for technology and pharmaceuticals companies. A team led by European patent head Justin Hill offers the full scope of commercial, advisory, transactional and prosecution services (registered patent attorneys sit within the team). High-growth technology clients are a focus.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is formed by competent, organised, efficient people.

A very thorough approach to numerous difficult issues in a complex patent case.

Campbell Forsyth, partner, is ably assisted by his very well-organised and meticulous associate, James Marsden.

Key clients

ARM Holdings

BenevolentAI

Cavour Limited and Lottoland Holdings Ltd

Dexcom

Positec

Raytheon

Royal Mail Group

Tesla

Virgin

Starkey Labs

BNF Capital Limited

Emtelle UK Limited

KKR

LGC Science Group Holdings Limited

Lottoland Holdings Ltd

Seraphim Space Camp Accelerator Ltd

SkyKick

Virgin

Zentiva

To add more

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Dentons' dedicated trade mark and soft IP practice is led by practice head Anna Copeman. Transactional IP is a point of focus; private equity houses engage the team on portfolio acquisitions, disposals and investments in IP-rich companies. Copeman and Campbell Forsyth, who co-heads the Europe patent litigation practice, have substantial litigation experience involving unlawful streaming, digital copyright and pass-off disputes for online gambling, telecoms, sports, automotive and FMCG clients. Licensing and brand protection strategy is also routinely handled by the team, with assistance from associates James Marsden and Anna Brown.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

BNF Capital Limited

Emtelle UK Limited

KKR

LGC Science Group Holdings Limited

Lottoland Holdings Ltd

Seraphim Space Camp Accelerator Ltd

SkyKick

Virgin

Positec

Zentiva

Kohlberg & Company LLC

Sainsbury’s

Warner Music

Virtual IP Assets (888 gaming company)

Caudwell Properties (109) Limited

BM PolyCo Limited

Upfield (previous Unilever margarine and spreads Flora

group)

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Dentons' trade mark prosecution practice is one of the cornerstones of its full-service worldwide trade mark offering. Given the firm's international set-up, the group focuses on complex cross-border work, particularly the management and structuring of large trade mark portfolios and their commercialisation through licensing. The retail, technology, finance and public sectors account for the majority of instructions. Solicitor Anna Copeman directs the UK trade marks practice. Litigator Campbell Forsyth heads the UK IP group and co-chairs the global IP group.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Dentons’ trade mark practice on a number of occasions. They are always engaged and responsive. A key strength of the practice is the collaborative approach – you really do feel as though you are working as part of a team. I very much enjoy working with them.’

‘Anna Brown is a senior trade mark attorney at Dentons. She is very knowledgeable when it comes to trade mark law and I was particularly impressed with her excellent client-handling skills. Very confident and approachable and she really put the client at ease.’

Key clients

BNF Capital Limited (‘BNF’)

Emtelle UK Limited

KKR

LGC Science Group Holdings Limited (‘LGC’)

Lottoland Holdings Ltd

Seraphim Space Camp Accelerator Ltd

SkyKick

Virgin

Positec

Zentiva

Kohlberg & Company LLC

Sainsbury’s

Warner Music

Virtual IP Assets (888 gaming company)

Caudwell Properties (109) Limited

BM PolyCo Limited

Upfield

Public international law Tier 4

Dentons' practice, which is headed up by Liz Tout, advises states and private entities on investment treaty arbitration proceedings, treaty interpretations, investment structuring and protection matters, and sovereign immunity issues. Other key areas are state responsibility, state succession, sanction, export control, human rights, free trade agreement and WTO issues. Additional names to note are Roger MatthewsJames Langley and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder.

Practice head(s):

Venture capital Tier 4

Under the leadership of the 'proactive and attentive' Joseph Altendorff and David McGrory  (based in London and Edinburgh respectively), Dentons is 'increasingly visible in the market' for a balanced mix of founders, funds and corporate venturers. The group is also able to leverage complementary practice areas including the IP, tax and corporate departments, and also utilises the expertise of venture capital practitioners in strategic locations globally including the US, Singapore, France and Germany.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We found the team energetic, pragmatic and approachable. We particularity appreciated the speed in which they delivered their advice. They also negotiated with the other side very well.’

‘Joe Collingwood was very helpful and delivered the reports on time.’

‘Approachable, adaptable and extremely pragmatic. Ability to deliver brilliant products and great strategic advice within a limited budget.’

‘Outstanding knowledge of the market allows relevant assessment of deal value against market norms. Ability to breakdown technical advice into easily digestible proposals to allow quick business decisions and approvals from senior stakeholders. Extremely personable. Joe Collingwood is unwaveringly positive and calm – his knowledge and experience far exceeds his qualification levels. The person you want on your team to get the deal done!’

‘Joseph Altendorff – Joe has supported us on two successful capital raises. What stands out is his deep knowledge and understanding of the sensitives around term-sheet negotiation. Raising capital is a very stressful process and Joe’s calm and confident stewardship made all the difference.’

‘Joseph Collingwood – Joe was instrumental in supporting our negotiations and deal closures of our 2 latest investment rounds. Joe was able to understand the complexities and politics of each round. What made Joe unique in my mind is his ability to explain to the executives the key issues that needed clarity in order to facilitate a deal.’

‘The venture capital team at Dentons is incredibly passionate about working with young companies and supporting investors in the process. We have been working with Dentons for six months now and I’ve been very impressed with how attentive the team has been and their keenness to understand our business and integrate our systems and processes together. They clearly know the US and UK market very well, and are capable of providing great steers when working on investments. For me, their proactively and willingness to support our portfolio companies is what sets them out from the crowd.’

‘Joseph Altendorff is a dynamic individual with a solid grounding in the UK venture capital market. He is proactive, attentive and willing to get resources on a deal from the Denton’s network where appropriate.’

Key clients

Octopus Ventures

ClearMacro

Hybrid Air Vehicles

ATAI Life Sciences

Roku

Ripple Labs

Raw Stadia

Two Rivers Media

Naked Energy

Stepsize

Scottish Equity Partners

Employers Tier 5

The people, reward and mobility department at Dentons has particular expertise in the financial services, retail, transport, TMT, travel and energy sectors. Another area of strength is its handling of cross-border employment matters, given the resources offered by the wider firm's huge international network. The team's client base includes major household names, for which it advises on transactional work and Employment Tribunal litigation. Virginia Allen heads up the national practice. Purvis Ghani recently joined from Stephenson Harwood in November 2019, bringing his strong international practice to the team

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent global reach with consistent advice across regions.’

‘Purvis Ghani is technically excellent, very pragmatic, and provides easily digestible advice.’

‘I find the Dentons team very easy to deal with. They always provide pragmatic commercial advice, and understand the quirks of our particular business and management team.’

‘Purvis Ghani is excellent to work with. He quickly and calmly grasps complex scenarios and helps achieve realistic and workable solutions. In addition to being an expert in his field, Purvis has great listening skills and a diplomatic approach. Purvis is very easy to engage with and has provided an exceptional level of availability and commitment.’

‘Virginia Allen is an outstanding lawyer, and a great business partner to work with. She runs a very high-skilled employment law team and gives prompt and practical advice that we can actually use.’

‘A global presence, willingness to offer alternative fee arrangements and strong commercial acumen in the UK team.’

‘Practical commercial advice, responsiveness and business partnering approach.’

 

Key clients

Spotify AB

Centerbridge Partners L.P. (Centerbridge)

Informa Plc

Bank of China

Arcline Investment Management (Arcline) and Astro Acquisitions, LLC

Cargologicair Limited

Cathay Investments 2 Limited (Cathay) and PNC Global Logistics (PNC)

Alight Solutions

Refinitiv

Thomson Reuters

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

The regulatory disputes practice at Dentons has ‘real strength in depth' and is 'able to find the right individual for the right job'. The firm acts for foreign-owned banks operating in the UK, banking clients facing cross-border regulatory and compliance issues, asset management and foreign exchange clients. In addition, the department is instructed by the FCA, Financial Services Compensation Scheme and various financial institutions, particularly in relation to multijurisdictional matters. Practice head Celyn Armstrong advises on a range of contentious regulatory issues, including FCA and PRA enforcement investigations, section 166 skilled person reviews, internal investigations and remediation exercises.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team has an extraordinary wealth of contentious financial regulatory experience, with a real understanding of both the in-house and regulators’ points of view, which makes them extremely well placed to give top quality advice to firms and regulators alike’

‘Richard Caird is one of the most skilled and experienced litigators in the City, whose judgement is to be trusted implicitly’

‘Katherine Harle is incredibly bright and fearlessly tenacious’

‘A very strong team of associates whose great technical ability means the team can be trusted to deal with the most complex legal issues, with the benefit of sound strategic management from the partners’

‘They have a can-do attitude and are focused on solutions driven outcomes’

‘Stand out partners and associates are Eleanor Hart for her expertise on regulatory issues and Faye Garvey for her commercial expertise and sheer hard work’

‘The team has a broad range of experience and strong partnerships with colleagues around the world’

‘Natalie Fludra has good experience in internal financial services investigations, attention to detail and an approachable manner’

Key clients

Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”)

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited (“FSCS”)

Société Générale

UK Government – Finance and Complex Legal Services Panel

Interactive Brokers

International arbitration Tier 5

Dentons' 'very professional and meticulous international arbitration specialists' are recognised for their expertise in emerging markets including Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, and the CIS. The team is particularly noted for energy and infrastructure arbitrations, and has experienced an increased volume of banking disputes. Other sector specialisms include the hotels, gaming, media, telecoms and mining industries. Liz Tout heads up the London group, which includes Dan BodleJames Langley and London and Moscow-based Dominic Pellew, along with counsel Matthew Vinall and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable but also practical and down-to-earth. They deal with cases with the minimum of fuss and with a reassuring sense of being in control. In depth industry knowledge, especially in the oil and gas sector, really shines out, e.g. when talking with the clients or with expert witnesses.’

‘Liz Tout – hugely experienced, always unflappable with a strong sense of what points will appeal to a Tribunal.’

‘James Langley – a rising star. Exceptionally bright and enviably organised.’

‘Matt Vinall – very experienced and knowledgeable with a particular flair for numbers, e.g. in large quantum disputes.’

‘I have been particularly impressed by Catherine Gilfedder and James Langley – valued by me for their overall hands-on good sense and competence.’

‘Liz Tout has a unique talent of detailed analysis of the issues and can quickly spot an area that requires more analysis and research.’

‘Dentons is a classy arbitration team with bags of experience and the ability to work cross-border with ease.’

Key clients

Government of India

Mining and minerals Tier 5

Dentons' department leverages its offices in many of the key mining jurisdictions across the globe to provides clients with high-quality insight into the mining sector. The practice handles mining financings and transactions, litigation, and issues relating to mining operations. Darren Acres, Helen Bowdren, Dan Bodle and Joseph Altendorff are the London-based contacts.

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

Dentons handles FCA, SFO and local law enforcement and investigations. Its main focus in London is financial crime, including money laundering, corruption, insider dealing, market abuse and financial sanctions. Daren Allen heads the regulatory, trade and investigations group, and counts large international banks among his clients. Katharine Harle was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths are knowledge and experience in their field’.

‘The individuals are very engaging and easy to deal with’.

Sport Tier 5

Focusing primarily on corporate and commercial work, Dentons has been involved in newsworthy deals such as advising Saracens on its use of the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, as well as advising Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley on the potential sale of Newcastle United. Practice head Richard Barham, who worked on those particular matters, is known for his work on M&A, financing and bidding for major sports events. Senior associate Nick Harrison, who focuses on commercial contracts in both sport and retail, is also recommended - he is based in the firm's Milton Keynes office and is able to draw on experience gained from a number of previous in-house stints.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Nick Harrison is a great commercial lawyer. His previous in-house experience is invaluable when advising clients.’

Key clients

Watford Association Football Club Limited

Saracens Limited

Science in Sport Limited

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Mash Holdings (owner of Newcastle United)

Esports Awards Limited

Hibernian Football Club

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1

Basketball Entertainment Partners Ltd

Falkirk Football & Athletic Club Limited

Acquisition finance Tier 6

While Dentons may lack the market share and regular flow of leveraged finance work of some of its higher ranked peers, under the leadership of the versatile Catherine Astruc, it has a solid pedigree in the market for banks, corporates and sponsors. The arrival of Simon Middleton  from Simmons & Simmons in September 2019 also enhances the firm's capabilities, particularly in light of his knowledge and experience of the UK and international markets.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

DBS Bank

Chenavari / AREO Sarl

Aberdeen Standard Investments

HSBC Bank

Lloyds Bank

KPS Capital Partners

Immigration

The business immigration offering at Dentons is led by immigration head Jessica Pattinson, who works in tandem with UK and Middle East people, reward and mobility head Virginia Allen. The team is particularly strong on handling the immigration implications of corporate transactions, including the impact of TUPE and Tier 2 sponsor licence reporting. Other areas of expertise include Brexit readiness advice, due diligence work and dealing with disciplinary procedures following illegal working activities. Key sectors for the practice - which also includes lawyers in Milton Keynes, Glasgow and Edinburgh - include financial services, technology and energy.

Testimonials

‘They dedicate seasoned professionals to our account who know that not every case is straightforward. They know what questions to ask, they consider the bigger picture, anticipating potential issues and intervening accordingly. They can handle complex queries and quote sensibly for out of scope requests.’

‘I have used immigration lawyers at other firms but I feel that the service provided by Dentons was superior.’

‘We’ve had a longstanding working relationship with Dentons and that just makes the conversations we have with them more valuable. Simply put, they understand our business, our culture and values and tailor the advice they give us to support that.’

‘My primary contact is with Jessica Pattinson. My experience has been entirely positive. I had worked with Jessica prior to her move to Dentons and her informed, pragmatic approach sets the tone for her team. She understands our company and our population and reflects similar values, making for a very positive working relationship.’

‘My experience of working with Jessica Pattinson was wholly positive, she was honest, responsive, extremely knowledgeable and willing to support us in the small detail as well as the more larger priority details. I would certainly recommend anyone to contact her for this process.’

‘We’ve worked over the last couple of years with Jessica Pattinson and found her ability to react quickly to our needs and give us options as we consider what we are looking to do. I really value the truly open and honest relationship we have and her ability to provide solutions and think commercially.’

Key clients

ADAM Asset Management Ltd

Consonant (previously called Asylum Aid)

Banijay UK Limited

Gateway Guardianship UK Limited

Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd

SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd

United Artists Corporation Limited

Fortna UK Limited

Ocean Partners UK Limited

Banking and finance Tier 1

In addition to its work on the panels of all major UK banks, Dentons advises international banks on matters including senior secured facilities, bridging finance facilities and securities. The team also advises large corporations on borrowing agreements. The practice is led by Peter Cox, and also includes Christopher Colclough, a specialist in real estate finance. Senior associate Faye Garvey frequently advises on leverage and real estate finance transactions, and is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team are very approachable, accessible and knowledgeable. The key strength is the value they place on developing long term relationships in addition to being highly solution minded.’

‘Peter Cox adds value by taking personal responsibility.’

Key clients

HSBC

RBS/NatWest

PJ Care Group

Lloyds Banking Group

British Arab Commercial Bank

Marshall Motor Holdings

BGF

Metro Bank

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

The Dentons team advises regional and international clients, including bluechip companies and financial institutions, on disputes covering banking, commercial fraud and corruption to product liability and franchising. Practice co-head James Fairbairn handles a wide range of matters, including professional negligence and construction disputes. Practice co-head Tim Constable is known for his work on freezing injunctions and search and seizure orders, as well as international product liability. While the team was previously divided across Milton Keynes and Watford, the Watford base was closed during 2020 after a successful shift to remote working during the coronavirus lockdown. Lawyers and staff previously based there will now work remotely, with the option to use the Milton Keynes office when necessary.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Kenneth Davies

John Bridle and J & S Bridle Associates Limited

National House-Building Council

Cox Powertrain Limited

Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringay

MedImpact International LLC

Pathfinder Mozambique

Microvast Power Systems

Publishing Plc

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

The Milton Keynes team at Dentons is unique in the local market for its position in the mega-firm's vast global network, and the team regularly act in tandem with other offices on cross-border and international issues. The practice handles all types of commercial property matters, with high-value clients in areas such as telecoms infrastructure, retail, charities, and the public sector. Practice leader Roland Gray specialises in development work in key sectors, as well as landlord and tenant matters. Other names of note include Robert Wyatt and counsel Greg Rigby.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A professional and approachable team; Knowledgeable of clients’ business and able to understand what is required from legal documents. Prepared to input into strategic conversations.’

‘A dynamic and commercial team.’

‘Prepared to give on the spot advice. Always available, never seems to avoid contact.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Sainsbury’s

Argos

Metro Bank

Taylor Wimpey

National House-Building Council

Royal Mail

Department for Work and Pensions

Oak Furniture Land

John Lewis

Network Rail

Transport for London

ATS Euromaster

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

The corporate and TMT team at Dentons is regularly involved in significant international and cross-border transactions, with specialist sectors ranging from automotive to TMT. Christopher Colclough has been promoted to head of corporate, while senior associate Nick Harrison, who leads on the commercial side, has been promoted to head of TMT in the Milton Keynes base. Newly promoted partner Faye Garvey focuses on private M&A, joint ventures, and corporate reorganisations; automotive lead Francesca Bettermann was recently promoted to counsel, while senior associate Matthew Wilmot is another key member of the team. New additions have included associate Ryan Chia, who joined from Tollers LLP in June 2019, and associate Fasil Hussain, who joined from Neves.

Testimonials

The team is very professional, honest, available, and accessible.

Fine command of the law in the area we were dealing with. Matthew Wilmot has been the perfect fit for our requirements. He is easy to work with and neatly coordinated the other team members’ input.’

My experience of Dentons has been of exceptional service, tailored to my specific needs, reliability coupled with kindness and, when necessary, humour.’

Dentons is well known for its in-depth knowledge of certain industries, particularly banking.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Silverstone Circuits Limited

John Lewis Partnership

Group 1 Automotive UK Limited

Energie Corporation Limited (founders of)

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Sharjah Islamic Bank

TOTAL Lindsey Oil Refinery Limited

FMC Friction Solutions Limited

Saracens RFC

Slough Urban Renewal LLP

Cox Powertrain

Euro Food Brands

Polyco Healthline

Sk:n Clinics

Roku Inc

Canopy Growth Corporation

Heritage Automotive

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The team at Dentons offers the full range of advice on employment matters, from complex cross-border international employment issues to day-to-day HR matters. Its clients are regularly drawn from the retail, transport, technology, and media sectors. Practice leader Sarah Beeby advises on large-scale restructuring and redundancy matters, as well as complex outsourcing arrangements. Michelle Lamb focuses on multijurisdictional transactional and outsourcing matters, while senior associate Verity Buckingham deals with senior exits.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team provides focused, pragmatic, responsive advice, which is always practical and outcome-focused.

The team is efficient, thorough, and on the front foot. They are proactive and supportive of their clients. They give sound advice as to when to fight and when to settle for commercial reasons. They are highly rated and for very good reason.

Verity Buckingham is diligent in her work, highly effective against opposing solicitors and excellent with clients. In a recent case she remained calm, collected, and well-mannered in the face of an extremely difficult opponent. She shows that no matter how aggressive the litigation, there is no need to lose composure and compassion.

Sarah Beeby and team offer pragmatic, sound advice within often tight turnaround times. There is a large team that ensures coverage and responsiveness.

Sarah Beeby is our main contact with who I have worked with for many years. She is pragmatic, doesn’t sit on the fence, is available, and is responsive. She gets to know our business and how we like to be advised and is an excellent sounding board. Verity Buckingham is also sound, pragmatic, and friendly.

Dentons offer world-class services to all types of clients. Dentons greatly assisted us in our journey from startup through to acquisition by a FTSE 100 company. Without Dentons, I doubt we would have got the results we did. When you have a big corporation on the other side of the table, you need a powerful law firm backing you. The employment team assisted in the acquisition and ensured we negotiated the best contracts, remuneration, and earn-out deals. They went above and beyond what was required and worked around the clock to ensure the deal was a success.

The team is quick to respond and are always available to discuss matters as and when required.

Superb knowledge and always a member of the team available to help. The whole team has a good understanding of our company’s structure, contracts, and policies.

Key clients

TUI UK Ltd.

Cognita Schools Ltd.

Essential Living Management Ltd.

V.Ships UK Ltd.

HSBC Bank plc

KCI UK Holdings Ltd.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.

Coty UK Ltd.

Chanel Ltd.

Holland and Holland

Ripple Europe Ltd.

Bilby plc

Rackspace Ltd.

Science in Sport plc

AON Service Corporation

KPS Capital Partners

Wizz Air Ltd.

Immigration Tier 1

Dentons provides complex advice on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters to commercial clients from a variety of sectors. Its work includes applications to join the Register of Sponsors, Leave to Remain and Leave to Enter applications, British citizenship applications, and appeals to the First Tier Tribunal. The team has also been working closely with clients on Brexit readiness projects, providing training to in-house legal and HR teams and workforce planning around the end of free movement. 'Exceptional' associate Verity Buckingham leads the Milton Keynes practice.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Always responsive with sound advice and recommendations. Personally very approachable and good to work with.’

Verity Buckingham is always very responsive’

In my six years of in-house immigration, I have worked with a number of immigration providers – primarily Big Four. Dentons’ immigration team, under Jessica Pattinson, stands out as understanding our industry and understanding what we need from them as their client.’

Verity Buckingham was exceptional. She followed up promptly, is very attentive to details, remembers key dates and facts. Very respectful in all communications and clear in her advice.’

Key clients

ADAM Asset Management Ltd

Consonant (previously called Asylum Aid)

Banijay UK Limited

Gateway Guardianship UK Limited

Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd

SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd

United Artists Corporation Limited

Fortna UK Limited

Ocean Partners UK Limited

Professional negligence Tier 1

Dentons' professional negligence team has considerable expertise in the financial services and construction sector, undertaking claims for a wide roster of banking clients and international players. The claimantfocused practice is overseen by Tim Constable , who is noted for his strong claimant lender work and James Fairbairn. The group also includes senior associate Sarah Rutnah who is recommended for her experience of commercial disputes. While the team was previously divided across Milton Keynes and Watford, the Watford base was closed during 2020 after a successful shift to remote working during the coronavirus lockdown. Lawyers and staff who were previously based there will now work remotely with the option to use the Milton Keynes office when necessary.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Watford team has excellent strength and depth of experience and very good client focus; very responsive.’

‘Tim Constable is always goes the extra mile for his clients; very concerned that the whole service should be the best it can be.’

‘Sarah Rutnah is utterly calm and capable; the person you want to have your back.’

‘Dentons has an extremely impressive presence in this field, particularly in the context of claims by financial institutions against solicitors and valuers, arising in the property context. The work that the team is involved in has an increasing mix of international cases of some complexity, which is reflective of the profile the team has gained.’

‘Tim Constable has an excellent knowledge of the law, and excels when analysing difficult points. Tim is also a great strategic thinker, and provides clear leadership for the legal team. His client service is fantastic, he articulates the client’s position very persuasively in correspondence, and is definitely someone you would want in your corner on a complex case.’

‘The team have many years of experience acting in professional negligence and liability litigation unlikely to be matched in other firms.’

‘Tim Constable combines a wonderfully cheerful personality with huge intelligence and diligence as a fearsome litigator.’

 

Key clients

Barclays Bank plc

Co-operative Bank plc

London Borough of Haringey

National House-Building Council

Santander Bank plc

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Property litigation Tier 1

Dentons' property litigation department has considerable experience acting across the banking, finance, energy, development, retail, hotel and leisure sectors. The team handles all elements of landlord and tenant disputes, property contract disputes, leasehold enfranchisements and property trust work. Key clients are provided with use of the firm's Apperio software, an IT program allowing them to track and monitor legal spending on matters. Bryan Johnston leads the practice, while property contract expert David Payton is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very experienced and highly competent team working for national clients.

David Payton is a very good litigator. Thomas Nolan is an excellent associate with a good eye for detail.

The breadth and depth of skills is impressive – basically, Dentons can deal with any dispute where there happens to be a property involved, no matter what the complexity or size.

Bryan Johnston is head of the real estate litigation team. He is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced and is relentlessly focused on the client’s objectives. Thomas Nolan is experienced beyond his years. He is particularly strong on advising developers and landlord on tenants’ rights of first refusal at complex mixed-use developments.

Key clients

Network Rail

Sainsbury’s

Sports Direct

Taylor Wimpey

RBS

Santander

Thomson Reuters

Knight Frank

Persimmon Homes

Topland

Sport Tier 1

Milton Keynes-based senior associate Nick Harrison leads the sports team at Dentons, which handles work including partnership agreements and sponsorship matters for major sports teams. The practice is able to draw on the wider firm's vast international reach, benefiting from support from colleagues in the corporate, employment and construction disputes teams. Sports clients can benefit from the firm's capabilities in specialist areas such as tax, planning and specialist financing. James Fairbairn and Tim Constable are both recommended for their expertise in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Watford Association Football Club Limited

Saracens Limited

Science in Sport Limited

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Esports Awards Limited

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1

Oliver Turvey

Construction Tier 2

Dentons' Milton Keynes based construction practice specialises in non-contentious work, advising clients on major developments in the commercial, retail, leisure, rail  and high-end residential sectors. Jane Miles leads the practice and has over 20 years' experience leading on complex transactions for household name developers, retailers, banks and rail entities. Shaun Tame acts as a project counsel for clients during the construction phase, advising on issues such as contractor/consultant non-performance and payment processes under the CDM regulations.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

McArthur Glen (Cannock Designer Outlet Limited)

Verdion

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Sports Direct

Kier Property Developments

Hammond Rutts Investments

John Lewis

The Topland Group

Mamma Mia The Party!

Network Rail Infrastructure

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Dentons' South East IT & telecoms offering is led by senior associate Nick Harrison in Milton Keynes. Providing assistance to domestic and international clients (notably the Middle East), the team has substantive experience in the media and retail sectors. Specifically, it has worked on behalf of Sainsbury's, John Lewis Partnership and Argos. Counsel Chris White is recommended for re-contracting issues.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Network Rail

Sainsbury’s

Argos

John Lewis Partnership

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Sharjah Islamic Bank

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Dentons' insolvency and restructuring practice has strong working relationships with many of the UK's leading clearing banks. The team also advises corporate clients on matters related to insolvency, and receives instructions from insolvency practitioners and liquidators. The practice includes counsel Andrea Dunsby, a 'first class insolvency lawyer', who was based in the Cayman Islands for 13 years, and continues to advise on matters with links to that jurisdiction. Insolvency executive Mark Goward is also a key part of the team, and advises on contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. While the team was previously based in the firm's Watford office, the base was closed during 2020 after a successful shift to remote working during the coronavirus lockdown. Lawyers and staff formerly based there will now work remotely with the option to use the Milton Keynes office when necessary.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons have a strong insolvency and corporate recovery team. Any team with Andrea Dunsby in it is a good team.’

‘Andrea Dunsby is the standout performer for me. She is as good as any solicitor I have worked with in this area. Really excellent legal knowledge, including of Cayman and other Caribbean procedural and substantive law. Great client handling skills – keeping calm and managing even the most difficult of clients. I would entrust her with my litigation!’

‘Andrea Dunsby is a first class insolvency lawyer.’

Key clients

BDO

Avison Young (GVA Grimley)

Begbies Traynor

Eddisons Commercial

Alsop

Jones Lang LaSalle

Lambert Smith Hampton Group

Griffins

Lamberts

Uruguay > Banking and finance Tier 2

The banking group at Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga is arguably best known for its activity in the project finance sphere. Other core areas of activity include corporate lending, restructuring and capital markets. Well versed in representing both banks and borrowers, the team counts several multinational lenders among its clients and its international experience should expand further following its 2020 tie-up with global brand, Dentons. Nicolás Herrera Alonso is a key contact and advises on a spread of banking, corporate and capital markets issues. Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga Jr focuses on project finance, with strong skill sets in both energy and infrastructure deals. Other recommended names include seasoned corporate finance partner Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga and Mariela Ruanova who handles a mix of regulatory and transactional work.

Testimonials

They have exceptional knowledge about project financing and their experience in transactions in the Uruguayan market is remarkable.’

The firm stands out for its permanent availability and quick responses to the required advice.

They are a prestigious firm that seeks to participate in the most innovative work that takes place in Uruguay.’

The team that attends us, led by Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga, provides quick and precise answers and a good knowledge of the business at hand.

I can affirm that Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga Jr is the undisputed reference in terms of project financing in Uruguay. His general knowledge on the subject is astonishing but even more so the knowledge of each specific project and the client’s business.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

Atlantica Yield

COPASA

Espina

Saeta Yield

Sacyr

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

Saceem

Banco Itaú

NGE

KfW IPEX-Bank

Credit Agricole

Allianz GI

FirstCaribbean International Bank

CaixaBank

Banco de Sabadell (Miami)

Aldesa

Rover Alcisa

Uruguay > Corporate/M&A Tier 2

Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga’s busy team handles a broad range of transactional and corporate governance matters, with significant skill sets in M&A, restructuring, private equity and company incorporations. The firm’s comprehensive industry experience spans all sectors but it is best known for its specialist expertise in the food and beverage, agribusiness and technology spheres. Already well versed in cross-border deals, its recently announced combination with Dentons should equip it with further multi-jurisdictional firepower. Nicolás Herrera Alonso is a key name and splits his practice between corporate and banking matters. Corporate specialist Virginia Brause is also highly regarded for her strong international experience, with PepsiCo, McDonald’s and Ericsson among her key clients. Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga Jr is noted for his activity in the agribusiness and energy areas.

Testimonials

The team is accessible and responds promptly to needs that arise. The firm’s professional prestige is a guarantee for clients and competitors.’

The team is comprised of lawyers of excellence, who are committed to their work.

They field accessible lawyers, who provide a global response to the needs of the client.

Lawyers demonstrate great dedication towards clients in all aspects.’

It is a highly co-ordinated team that provides us with support at all times, from a broad perspective and from all the points of view that are needed to define a problem, action, etc.

Nicolás Herrera Alonso is an outstanding and highly professional specialist.’

We value the team’s human and professional qualities, particularly Virginia Brause.’

Key clients

McDonald’s

Claro

Visa

Google

PepsiCo

DLF Seeds

Grupo Cobra (ACS)

Ericsson

Mondelez

Marfrig

Zurich Santander Seguros Uruguay

RedPagos (Nummi)

ASEO (Pulso)

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

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

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

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

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

Technology, media 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
UK & Middle East Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Cohen
UK & Middle East Managing Director Lisa Sewell
Photo Name Position Profile
 Akin Akinbode  photo Akin Akinbode Akin specialises in the resolution of engineering and construction disputes, as well…
Mr Daren Allen  photo Mr Daren Allen
 Stephen Ashworth  photo Stephen Ashworth Stephen advises on a broad based planning, projects and regulatory practice acting…
 Catherine Astruc  photo Catherine Astruc Catherine is a partner in the Banking and Finance practice and has…
 Nigel Barnett  photo Nigel Barnett Nigel Barnett is legacy co-head of the Global Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy…
 Danielle Beggs  photo Danielle Beggs Danielle Beggs is a partner in the firm’s Energy and Infrastructure group.…
 Miriam Best  photo Miriam Best Miriam is a real estate partner specializing in property development, acting for…
 Catherine Bingham  photo Catherine Bingham Catherine Bingham, partner, has specialized in advising on major technology, infrastructure and…
 Alistair Black  photo Alistair Black Alistair is a partner in the London office, specializing in the development…
 Dan Bodle  photo Dan Bodle Dan specialises in international arbitration for clients in both the energy and…
 Sam Boileau  photo Sam Boileau Sam focuses on UK and EU environmental and safety law, and has…
 Helen Bowdren  photo Helen Bowdren Helen is a partner in the Environment and Safety team. She advises…
 Richard Budge  photo Richard Budge Richard chairs the Dentons global Construction and Development group and co-chairs the…
 Dan Burge  photo Dan Burge Dan is a leader in Dentons’ Tier 1 ranked Technology practice and…
 Richard Caird  photo Richard Caird Richard is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in…
 Nick Chandler  photo Nick Chandler Nick is the Chair of Dentons’ Global Aviation group. His main areas…
 Candice Chapman  photo Candice Chapman Candice Chapman, who joined the firm as a trainee solicitor in 1998,…
 Robyn Chatwood  photo Robyn Chatwood Robyn is a managing associate whose practice covers franchising and distribution, commercial contracts,…
 Mark Cheney  photo Mark Cheney Mark is a partner in the Energy and Finance team of the…
 David Cohen  photo David Cohen David Cohen is a partner in Dentons’ Capital Markets practice. His practice…
 Jeremy Cohen  photo Jeremy Cohen Jeremy is the CEO of the UKMEA region of Dentons and specialises…
 Simon Colledge  photo Simon Colledge Simon is a litigation partner who is qualified in England and Scotland…
 David Collins  photo David Collins David is the head of the UK Corporate department and co-chair of…
 Anna Copeman  photo Anna Copeman Anna focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, both contentious and…
 Alex Coulter  photo Alex Coulter Alex is a Partner in the Real Estate practice and is based…
 Lucille De Silva  photo Lucille De Silva Lucille De Silva is a partner in Dentons’ Energy, Transport and Infrastructure…
 Elmer Doonan  photo Elmer Doonan Elmer Doonan is a partner and head of pensions group with over…
 Humphrey Douglas  photo Humphrey Douglas Humphrey is an energy partner in Dentons’ London office with over 20…
 Sarah Dyke  photo Sarah Dyke Sarah Dyke is a partner in the Banking and Finance department of…
 Felicity Ewing  photo Felicity Ewing Felicity is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in…
 Martin Fanning  photo Martin Fanning Martin is a partner and Technology, Media & Telecoms Sector Head, based…
 Isaac Felberbaum  photo Isaac Felberbaum Isaac Felberbaum is a partner in the Banking and Finance practice and…
 Campbell Forsyth  photo Campbell Forsyth Campbell is Co-Head of the Europe Patent Litigation practice. He is one…
 Ian Fox  photo Ian Fox Ian is a partner in the Restructuring and Insolvency practice, focusing on…
 Celia Gardiner  photo Celia Gardiner Celia is a consultant in the Trade and Commodity Finance team of…
 Nick Graham  photo Nick Graham Nick Graham is the Global Co-Chair of Dentons’ Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. He specialises…
 Gurbinder Grewal  photo Gurbinder Grewal Gurbinder focuses on resolving contentious construction and infrastructure disputes through arbitration, adjudication,…
 Neil Griffiths  photo Neil Griffiths Neil co-heads the Dentons UK and Middle East Restructuring and Insolvency Group,…
 Matthew Hanslip-Ward  photo Matthew Hanslip-Ward Matthew is a specialist in transport, and a recognised leader in the…
 Gilla Harris  photo Gilla Harris Gilla has experience covering all aspects of commercial litigation and specialises in…
 Nick Hayday  photo Nick Hayday Nick is a partner in Dentons’ Capital Markets practice. He focuses on…
 Celia Hayward  photo Celia Hayward Celia is a banking partner in Dentons’ London office. She focuses on…
 Andrew Henderson  photo Andrew Henderson Andrew provides a full service real estate, corporate real estate and real…
 Edward Hickman  photo Edward Hickman Edward Hickman is a leading structured finance partner, with expertise in all…
 Paul Holland  photo Paul Holland Paul Holland is based in London but has spent many years working…
 James Irvine  photo James Irvine James is a multi-specialist corporate finance lawyer with emphasis on real estate finance…
 Charles July  photo Charles July Charles is the Practice Group Leader of the Energy, Infrastructure and Project…
 Greg Kahn  photo Greg Kahn Greg is a partner in the Banking and Finance department in London.…
 Amandeep Khara  photo Amandeep Khara
 Tatiana Kruse  photo Tatiana Kruse Tatiana is legacy head of the Intellectual Property and Technology and Communications…
 Raj Kulasingam  photo Raj Kulasingam Raj specialises in infrastructure and utility projects, including projects in the power,…
 Stephen Levy  photo Stephen Levy Stephen is a senior corporate partner and specialises in UK and international…
 Amanda Lewis  photo Amanda Lewis Amanda Lewis is a consultant in the Firm’s Technology, Media and Telecoms practice. She is…
 Andy Lucas  photo Andy Lucas Andy Lucas is a partner and Head of the firm’s Technology, Media…
 Richard Macklin  photo Richard Macklin Richard is Global Vice Chair serving on the firm’s global board and…
Mr Adrian Magnus  photo Mr Adrian Magnus Adrian is Head of Dentons’ Competition practice in the UK. He has over 30…
 Simon Masri  photo Simon Masri Simon, a partner in our London office, has extensive experience of all…
 Christopher McGee-Osborne  photo Christopher McGee-Osborne Christopher has 33 years’ experience at Dentons, works right across the government,…
 Simon Middleton photo Simon Middleton Simon is a partner in Dentons’ London office, where he is a…
 Craig Neilson  photo Craig Neilson Craig is a partner in the Dispute Resolution practice in Dentons London…
 Neil Nicholson  photo Neil Nicholson Neil is a corporate partner in our London office advising on share…
 Guy Norfolk  photo Guy Norfolk Guy is a partner based in our London office and head of…
 Dominic Pellew  photo Dominic Pellew Dominic qualified as an English solicitor in 1995, and spent the early…
 Roy Pinnock  photo Roy Pinnock Roy is a partner in the Planning and Public Law team, bringing…
 Tim Pipe  photo Tim Pipe Tim is a partner in the Banking and Finance group. He has considerable experience…
 Nicholas Plant  photo Nicholas Plant Nicholas is co-leader of Dentons’ global private equity practice. He has more…
 Paul Salmon  photo Paul Salmon Paul is a consultant in the Corporate practice of the firm’s London office. He…
 Matthew Sapte  photo Matthew Sapte Matthew Sapte is a partner in the firm’s Banking and Finance department…
 Serge Sergiou  photo Serge Sergiou Serge Sergiou specialises in all areas of asset finance and leasing with…
Mr Martin Sharkey  photo Mr Martin Sharkey Martin is a leading CLO, securitization and structured finance practitioner and partner…
 Jason Sheard  photo Jason Sheard Jason is a real estate specialist with extensive experience in investment, real…
 Stephen Shergold  photo Stephen Shergold Stephen Shergold is a partner in the Environment and Natural Resources team…
 Scott Singer  photo Scott Singer Scott is the Head of Dentons’ Corporate and Commercial division. He focuses…
 Madeleine Smallwood  photo Madeleine Smallwood Madeleine is a partner in the Real Estate practice with particular expertise…
 Dominic Spacie  photo Dominic Spacie Dominic is a consultant (formerly a partner for 20 years) whose experience…
 David Tennant  photo David Tennant David is a partner in the Dentons’ Energy and legacy Project Finance…
 Alex Thomas  photo Alex Thomas Alex is the head of Dentons’ legacy Tax practice in the UK.…
 Greg Thwaites  photo Greg Thwaites Greg Thwaites is a consultant in Dentons’ London office. He is a…
 Matthew Tinger  photo Matthew Tinger Matthew Tinger is a partner in the Corporate department of the firm’s…
 Liz Tout  photo Liz Tout Liz is head of Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in London.…
Mr Simon Tweedle  photo Mr Simon Tweedle Partner
 Michele Vas  photo Michele Vas Michele is a member of the Planning and Public Law team. She…
 Peter Voisey  photo Peter Voisey Peter is a leading securitization and structured finance practitioner and partner in…
 Michael Wainwright  photo Michael Wainwright Michael is a partner in Dentons’ London-based Financial Services and Funds practice.…
 Martin Watt  photo Martin Watt Martin is a counsel in the Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance practice.…
Mr Nigel Webber  photo Mr Nigel Webber Nigel has been a partner in the Firm’s London Corporate practice for over 15…
 Nichola West  photo Nichola West Nichola has been in the Dentons’ Real Estate team for over 30…
 Charles Wood  photo Charles Wood Charles specializes in LNG and gas projects and sales, downstream gas and…
 Logan Wright  photo Logan Wright Logan is a London-based member of the global Banking & Finance practice,…
 Jan Willem van den Bos  photo Jan Willem van den Bos Jan Willem heads Dentons’ multiple award-winning UKME Telecoms team – which is…
Number of UK partners : 182
Number of other UK fee earners : 578

The Lex 100 Verdict

International and 'incredibly ambitious' Dentons attracts prospective trainees looking for a 'polycentric culture' and a 'strong regional practice where you are given London-quality work, without having to do the hours'. Trainees comment that the firm is 'incredibly ambitious and looking for junior lawyers who were willing to get stuck in'. A trainee adds that 'the potential growth opportunities are incredible; they are as ambitious as I am'. Described as 'far-reaching and multi-cultural', the firm practises a 'broad spectrum of law, which allows for the opportunity to test the waters' in different areas during the training contract. Its regional strength in Scotland and in Milton Keynes is applauded. The quality of training is also highly regarded with trainees adding that 'the firm puts a lot of effort into specific trainee training and making sure you are up to date with industry developments'. Complaints of long hours, outdated offices, slow implementation of agile working, plus competition over international secondment places, are alleviated by the changes being carried out at the firm and its 'ambition'. A trainee adds, 'I don't ever feel like I'm stagnating as there's a constant push to continue to win work from bigger and better clients'; another highlights the 'friendliness of colleagues at every level, people seem like they really enjoy being here'. For prospective trainees looking to work on international matters either from London or UK-wide regional offices, with a smaller intake size and a high degree of training and quality of work, Dentons is worth a closer look.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ICT

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

About Dentons

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dentons supports German subsidiaries of the Recylex Group in restructuring

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