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Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm in association with Dentons
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Jordan > Projects and energy Tier 1

Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm in association with Dentons is a popular destination for sponsors on high-end energy and infrastructure projects in Jordan. The firm has been active in renewable energy developments in recent years, although its expertise extends to other asset classes including conventional energy, transport and water, to name a few. Clients appreciate the ‘timely, accurate, efficient, and friendly‘ advice, and single out Ala’ George Musleh for providing ‘excellent service’. Other key lawyers include managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen, while senior associate Haya Moubaydeen and Dia Zaiter are ‘just brilliant‘. Another strong differentiator is the team’s access to the firm’s impressive international network.

Practice head(s):

Safwan Moubaydeen

Other key lawyers:

Dia Zaiter; Ala’ George Musleh; Haya Moubaydeen

Testimonials

‘It was a pleasure to work with Dentons Jordan. They were always available and they usually bring good answers to our different legal questions. I appreciate working with this team and will not hesitate to call them for others cases.’

‘The team were always available and we got answers to our questions as soon as we asked them. Availability and good legal knowledge are very important to conduct any financing deals. We found a good service with this team.’

‘The team provided timely, accurate, efficient, and friendly counsel to us, performing a variety of legal services and advice.’

‘Ala’ George Musleh has been one of the best professional services providers we have ever worked with. Ala’ has always provided excellent service. He is quick to analyze a legal problem and provide practical, business-oriented results in a timely and cost-effective manner. During the lockdown due to the pandemic, Ala’ was a great help to us and answered all our requests and questions during this hard time.’

‘The team is excellent with outstanding leadership and incredibly bright lawyers. They are client focused, commercially minded and consistently provide high quality reliable advice. There is very good value for money without compromising on excellence. Their exemplary client service, super responsiveness, level of expertise and skill are what sets them apart.’

‘Senior associate Haya Moubaydeen and legal consultant  Dia Zaiter are just brilliant. They are highly skilled, precise, efficient, client-focused and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Fujeij Wind Power Private Shareholding Company

Gama Güç Sistemleri Mühendislik ve Taahhüt A.Ş. (Gama)

Amman Asia Electric Power Company (AAEPC)

Philadelphia Solar

Al Husainiyah Power Generation Company

Al Badiya Power Generation Company

Al Shams for Specialized Energy Company

Questerre Energy Corporation

Thales Middle East FZ LLC (previously registered under Gemalto Middle East FZ LLC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Fujeij Wind Power Private Shareholding Company on the Fujeij Wind Power Project, one of the largest renewable energy projects in Jordan, on ongoing matters.
  • Advising Al Husainiyah Power Generation Company on the Al Husainiyah solar park project, including the full range of energy, corporate, insurance, customs, tax, employment and regulatory matters.
  • Assisted Al Badiya Power Generation Company in achieving the Financial close for the 10 MW Photovoltaic Power Plant Facility in Al-Manara District as well as on negotiating its expansion and ongoing corporate, employment and regulatory matters.

Jordan > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm in association with Dentons has a prominent position in  Jordan’s commercial legal market. The firm acts for a broad mix of major banks, energy and utility companies, and manufacturers. The clientbase benefits from the firm’s strong regional and international presence, and managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen splits his time between the firm’s Jordan and Qatar offices. Other key team members include the ‘very approachable and flexibleAla’ George Musleh and Dia Zaiter.

Practice head(s):

Safwan Moubaydeen

Other key lawyers:

Ala’ George Musleh; Dia Zaiter; Haya Moubaydeen

Testimonials

‘Ala’ Musleh has been very approachable and flexible in his dealing with us. He has understood our challenges and has acted upon such needs providing adequate service.’

‘Good professional response by the team.’

‘They are undoubtedly one of the leading firms in the market and have top quality teams who consistently deliver high quality work. They know the law and you know you will get a good quality product with them. Dentons is expanding continuously and the team is able to leverage the strength of the firm’s global network to advise and assist us anywhere in the world and obtain quick access to lawyers with the right expertise and depth of jurisdictional knowledge to meet our needs. The team has been advising us on various corporate and commercial matters for a long time. Their expertise in this area is broad and deep. They are very practical, proactive, reliable and highly responsive to our needs. They are great partners and have always given us sound and thoughtful advice.’

‘The two individuals who I would like to highly endorse are senior associate Haya Moubaydeen and legal consultant  Dia Zaiter. They have excellent command of the issues and the law and provide advice that takes into account our approach as a business. They are really passionate about their practice, incredibly responsive and ready to undertake any task on any timeline to get the job done. They are very sharp, with great attention to detail and have great insight of what our business needs and how it operates.’

Key clients

Adidas Levant Limited

AerCap Ireland Limited

Agence Française de Développement

Ahli Bank QSC

Al Amar Foods (part of the Domino’s Pizza larger group)

Al Badiya Power Generation Company

Al Hamawi Roastery NEW

Al Husainiyah Power Generation Company

Amazon Web Services

Amazon.com Services LLC

Amman Asia Electric Power Company

Axa France Vie

Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

CHANEL Limited FZE

CRIF S.p.A.

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Fujeij Wind Power Private Shareholding Company

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Lesaffre

Middle East Telecommunication SAL – MEATEL

Philadelphia Solar

Seara Food Europe Holding B.V.

SITA Information Networking Computing BV

Thales Amewa FZE (previously Gemalto Middle East FZ LLC)

Trilux Medical GmbH & Co. KG

True Aero LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising EBRD on its investment Al-Hadatha Telecom and Technology PSC (Company) in Jordan through a loan and investment grant of up to US$8 million
  • Advised Thales on its award to supply the Ministry of Interior, through a joint venture with OFFTEC, with its electronic smart ID cards.
  • Advising Philadelphia Solar on several photovoltaic panel supply contracts and related joint development agreements.

Jordan > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm in association with Dentons has a versatile disputes practice that is regularly sought out by major domestic and international clients. The firm handles a range of mandates including international arbitrations and mediations, as well as more localised labour, tax and customs, commercial and financial claims. Managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen divides his time between the Amman and Doha offices, and has a good track record in litigation. Partner Ala’ George Musleh is also active in this area. Legal consultant and litigation head Dia Zaiter covers commercial, banking and regulatory disputes and is especially active on the tax litigation side.

Practice head(s):

Safwan Moubaydeen; Ala’ George Musleh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

adidas Levant Limited

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

American University of Madaba

Fujeij Wind Power Company

Philadelphia Solar Company

Kibar Industry

Gama Güç Sistemleri Mühendislik ve Taahhüt A.Ş.

Digital Systems for Trading Co. (OSN Group)

Discover Jordan Tours

Work highlights

  • Advising adidas Jordan  in regards to all litigation and mediation matters in Jordan including customs, employment, financial, and leasing claims.
  • Advising Citibank on various litigation matters, including 11 ongoing lawsuits in relation to financial claims and criminal complaints.
  • Representing Philadelphia Solar Company before the Courts of Jordan in approximately 15 lawsuits including financial claims, customs and tax issues, and employment law.

Qatar > Banking, finance and capital markets

Dentons is highlighted for its ‘sound knowledge of the Qatari market’, having operated in the jurisdiction for more than a decade. It is particularly singled out for its strength in the aviation sector; jointly led by Doha managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen and Zaher Nammour, the group handles aircraft financings and leasings for major national aviation companies. Elsewhere, other recent work included project finance transactions, bilateral loans and murabaha agreements.

Practice head(s):

Safwan Moubaydeen; Zaher Nammour

Testimonials

‘Dentons is one of the most staffed international firm in Qatar. Partners have always been very responsive. They are reasonable, listen to our expectations and needs and correct the advice accordingly.’

The English law quality expertise in the country is unique and assist in local deals as well. It is definitely a firm to go to.’

‘Zaher Nammour is the partner that we use, who is very knowledgeable and commercial, which is not usual in this type of jurisdiction.’

Sound knowledge of current developments in the Qatari market. Zaher Nammour is very responsive and tailors his advice to the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Axia Power Holdings B.V.

Castlelake L.P.

Qatar Aviation Lease Company

Work highlights

  • Acting as local counsel for Castlelake in connection with aircraft sale and leaseback transactions, including providing advice on issues of enforcement of security, registration and ownership rights and local aviation law regulations.
  • Acted as Qatari legal adviser in relation to advising and assisting Qatar Aviation Lease Company (QALC) as lessee on the refinancing of aircrafts.
  • Acting for Axia Power Holdings B.V. as local lenders counsel in respect of the 800MW PV Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Project (IPP) in Al Kharsaa, Qatar.

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm. Our global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of all sizes all over the world. We are the first truly polycentric global law firm and our structure affords flexibility in responding to client business needs wherever in the world they arise.

Our presence in the Middle East is among the largest of any international law firm and spans the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt and our offices collaborate closely both across the region and internationally. With over 50 years of experience in these markets, our long-standing relationships with government officials, financial institutions and other intermediaries provide a strategic advantage for our clients.

Established in 2007, our associate office in Amman locates us in the heart of the Middle East and is an important part of our regional network. Operating in association with Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm, the office is staffed and managed by a team of Dentons lawyers advising both local and international clients on a wide range of international and domestic matters.

Our Amman team has worked with the major international and local clients on some of the most cutting-edge deals in Jordan and the wider region. We work closely with major Jordanian decision makers and institutions to ensure our clients receive the advice they need to meet their strategic business objectives.

We are well positioned to advise on all aspects of doing business in Jordan, including corporate and commercial transactions, finance matters, intellectual property, public procurement, energy and infrastructure projects, dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation. Clients benefit from our collaborative and disciplined approach, combining our global reach with our nuanced understanding of the unique legal and business environment in Jordan.

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About ICT

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

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Dentons advises 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 EnergySev.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 DentonsDentons 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 InsolvencyAbout DentonsDentons 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