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Dentons - New York
  • 233 South Wacker Drive
  • Suite 7800
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60606-6404
  • Global Chief Executive: Elliott Portnoy
  • Global Chair: Joe Andrew
  • US Chief Executive: Peter Wolfson
  • US Managing Partner: Mike McNamara
  • Number of global partners: 944
  • Number of global lawyers/professionals: 2,580
  • OFFICES US locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Short Hills, Silicon Valley, St. Louis and Washington, DC. For information on Dentons’ 79 locations across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East, the UK and the US, visit www.dentons.com.

Firm Overview:
Established in 2013 through the combination of international law firm Salans, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton, Dentons is a new global firm driven to provide clients with a competitive edge in an increasingly complex, interconnected and global marketplace. Dentons connects clients to top-tier, innovative and integrated legal talent across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East, the UK and the US. The firm’s 2,500 lawyers and professionals in 79 locations across 52 countries are dedicated to providing clients with consistent high-quality service wherever they do business. As diverse and multifaceted as its global client base, Dentons is truly polycentric, forgoing a headquarters and dominant culture in favor of being able to offer clients solutions that are tailored to their business regions and legal needs.

Main Areas of Practice:
Dentons delivers client service through lawyers and professionals grounded in the following practice disciplines:
• Arbitration
• Banking and Finance
• Capital Markets
• Competition and Antitrust
• Corporate
• Corporate Governance
• Employment and Labor
• Energy
• Environmental and Natural Resources
• Franchising and Distribution
• Healthcare
• Immigration
• Insurance
• Intellectual Property and Technology
• Life Sciences
• Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Mining
• Native American Law and Policy
• Notary Services (Germany)
• Pensions, Benefits and Executive Compensation
• Privacy and Security
• Private Equity
• Project Development
• Public International Law
• Public Law
• Public Policy and Regulation
• Real Estate
• Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy
• Securities and Corporate Finance
• Tax
• Trade, WTO and Customs
• Transportation
• Trusts, Estates and Wealth Preservation
• Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies

The firm’s industry focus includes the following representative sectors:

Energy; Mining; Transportation; Infrastructure & PPP:
These award-winning teams have seen substantial growth in areas such as environmental and natural resources, oil and gas, project finance and energy trading.

Financial Institutions:
Several hundred lawyers and professionals worldwide offer expertise and depth to financial institutions and funds of every size, focus and geography, with capabilities in each of the firm’s global locations— including the world’s leading financial and commercial centers of London, New York, Paris, Toronto, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Moscow, Dubai, Chicago, Shanghai and Singapore.

For governmental bodies, regulatory agencies, public sector contractors,multilateral institutions and nonprofit institutions, Dentons offers counsel shaped by the experience of lawyers and professionals who have served in governments worldwide.

Life Sciences & Healthcare:
Dentons helps clients meet the rigors of a competitive marketplace and find solutions amid dramatic scientific and medical advances, healthcare reform,regulatory uncertainty, limitations on intellectual property protection and unstable financial markets.

Dentons services numerous clients in this sector, anticipating issues and providing creative and comprehensive solutions to today’s global challenges.

With a focus on understanding clients’business models and industries, Dentons services numerous manufacturing clients.

Real Estate; Retail; Hotels & Leisure:
Whether it’s offering strategic counsel to a hotel investor on key business and legal issues for a complex long-term management agreement, advising an online retailer with regard to product liability issues, or representing a major commercial real estate developer on environmental land use issues, Dentons comprises a core team of internationally respected lawyers who focus exclusively on these three key industries.

Technology; Communications; Media, Entertainment & Sports:
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; defense; forest products and agribusiness; gaming; luxury, fashion and beauty; private equity; and professional services.


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Antitrust - Illinois

THE FIRM Although this practice predominantly focuses on counseling and antitrust risk management, it also offers effective litigation expertise. Among those to whom it has recently provided antitrust advice are InterContinental Hotels and McDonald's, and it is currently working with Land O'Lakes on distribution and pricing issues.

Sources say: "Efficient, responsive and knowledgeable."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephen Libowsky is recognized by sources for his "very good underlying knowledge of the law." Among his recent highlights is advising James Hardie on a significant potential merger.

Senior statesman Alan Silberman is held in high regard for his experience and ability to "extemporaneously give you an answer that might take another lawyer weeks to do." A trusted and respected practitioner, he is the chair emeritus of the nationwide antitrust practice.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

THE FIRM Dentons's Chicago restructuring and insolvency group benefits from the firm's international resources and continues to have a solid reputation in this area. The group works on a wide range of cases including Chapter 11 proceedings, distressed M&A situations, and out-of-court workouts. The group has recently been involved in a number of matters relating to real estate and aviation. The team recently represented Northstar Aerospace (USA) in its Chapter 11 case, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in the American Airlines bankruptcy. 

Sources say: "I think they gave outstanding service. Extremely pragmatic in their approach."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Fruman Jacobson is currently representing PBGC in the bankruptcy cases of American Airlines and Eastman Kodak. He has particular expertise in representing public and private debtors, and cochairs the firm's credit markets and subprime team.

The highly "experienced and talented" Robert Millner is recommended for his creativity during bankruptcy litigation, particularly on behalf of insurance companies and financial institutions. He recently represented Safeco Insurance Company as insurer in the Chapter 11 proceedings of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province.

Corporate/M&A - Illinois

THE FIRM This group deals with a diverse range of matters within the M&A and private equity world, including regulation, financing and privatization. The group handles matters for well-established international clients, and is also noted for its work with startups.

Sources say: "Excellent at representing their clients."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Froy focuses on areas including securities offerings and M&A in both a domestic and international context, and is also sought for his expertise in compliance issues. He heads the manufacturing sector team globally, as well as the Chicago office's corporate and business transactions practice.

Linda Harris has a broad practice that covers leveraged buyouts, workouts and private equity, acting for both domestic and international clients.

Donald Lubin covers the spectrum of corporate matters, including restructurings, M&A and the defense of takeovers. He is particularly noted for his work with senior management and directors.

Environment - Illinois

THE FIRM This group is noted for its handling of the full spectrum of environmental matters, from litigation to regulatory compliance. The team provides environmental advice to an impressive array of industrial clients, such as Citgo Petroleum and Sterling Valuation Group. Recent work has included several rulemaking and enforcement procedures relating to water quality standards and a proposed wastewater permit.  

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Superb practitioner" Jeffrey Fort has an outstanding reputation, and is hailed for his ability to "cover a wide range of topics, from policy to transactions to fundraising." 

Healthcare - Illinois

THE FIRM The group is well placed to deal with all aspects of healthcare matters and is able to draw on the expertise of other teams when necessary. The team is particularly recognized for its expertise in alignment and partnership matters. In addition, its members are noted for their strengths in healthcare finance, representing healthcare providers and also financial institutions acting as credit providers to nonprofits.

Sources say: "The quality of service I have experienced has been excellent across the board in terms of high legal acumen in every area, prompt response and follow-through."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kathryn Ashton is a key contact.

Insurance - Illinois

THE FIRM The Chicago group at this well-regarded national practice is known for its comprehensive litigation experience in complex matters as well as upholding the firm's longstanding tradition in regulatory issues. The dispute resolution arm has been involved in a range of coverage, mass tort and insurance bad faith claims on behalf of major insurers such as The Travelers Companies and Chartis. On the transactional and regulatory side, the team has dealt with insurance M&A and complex insolvency issues.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Johnson focuses on complex insurance disputes and is regarded by commentators as "a very tough but reasonable advocate." He has recently represented MMIC and Chartis in coverage litigation, as well as acting for Travelers on a range of asbestos, toxic tort and environmental cases. 

Coverage litigator Donna Vobornik has represented insurance companies in a variety of environmental cases across the country, particularly on behalf of major insurer Travelers. Peers respect her expertise in this arena and identify her as a target for referrals.  

Transactional and regulatory specialist Corinne Carr regularly represents insurance and reinsurance companies in sophisticated issues. She has recently been involved in a number of regulatory issues on behalf of major insurance brokers and property and casualty insurers. 

Labor & Employment - Illinois

THE FIRM The Dentons employee benefits and executive compensation practice group is noted for its strong ERISA focus and knowledge of other areas such as pension plans and retirement plans. Notable clients include the Hewlett-Packard HR and compensation committee.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Pamela Baker "knows her stuff and gives sound, practical advice," according to clients. She is an expert in ERISA matters, deferred compensation and executive incentive arrangements.

Litigation - Illinois

THE FIRM This firm's litigation team has an established reputation for its work in securities litigation, insurance litigation and consumer class action defense. In a recent key mandate the team represented MetLife in a nationwide class action. Sources are particularly appreciative of the team's creative approach toward cases.

Sources say: "Excellent writing, advocacy skills, diligence and client responsiveness." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Roger Heidenreich is head of the US litigation and arbitration practice and a key contact.

Media & Entertainment - Illinois

THE FIRM The collective wealth of knowledge and experience that this team brings to the table has seen it firmly established as a leader in the media litigation space. Clients are especially quick to commend the highly responsive service provided by the group, which regularly represents newspapers, publishing houses and authors across a range of matters including libel, copyright, trademark and privacy issues. Among its recent highlights, it has been acting on behalf of household names such as NBC and Yahoo!. 

Sources say: "Always prepared, always accessible, and never fail to deliver.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Samuel Fifer continues to be a much-lauded figure in the space and remains a popular choice of counsel for a host of high-profile clients, especially in IP and technology disputes. Recent examples of his work include assisting Al Jazeera with a variety of matters, including cable distribution, and advising Village Voice Media on internet law and other related issues.

James Klenk draws particular praise from commentators for his experience, judgment and deep understanding of media and entertainment matters. He is frequently called upon to act on behalf of organizations in the broadcast, digital and print arenas, and is also particularly noted for his aptitude in First Amendment matters. 

Natalie Spears continues to develop her practice within this strong media and entertainment team, representing a broad range of media entities, such as NBC and Chicago Tribune, in a variety of matters including defamation, privacy and First Amendment rights. Sources are quick to celebrate her responsiveness as well as her ability to understand clients and the marketplace they occupy.

Real Estate - Illinois

THE FIRM Dentons's real estate practice group provides in-depth advice across the gamut of real estate concerns to clients from all sectors. Of late, the team has been particularly active on tax credit and advantaged work and refinancing matters. The firm is well placed to draw on the relevant expertise of colleagues in other offices across the globe and maintains its reputation as a real estate powerhouse.

Sources say: "A group of well-respected, senior practitioners."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The preeminent Patrick Moran specializes in real estate financing, development, leasing, construction and joint ventures. He has been highly active on multibank revolving credit facilities and specialty leases. Sources have “high respect for him,” describing him as “very steady” and “very trustworthy.”

Mark Mehlman has a wide-ranging practice encompassing real estate finance, including loan workouts, partnerships, joint ventures and transactions involving the hospitality sector.

With more than 30 years' experience in the real estate arena, Eric Schiller has a "wonderful reputation" among interviewees. He represents all manner of institutional clients and large corporations in commercial finance and real estate matters. He is particularly experienced in joint ventures, real estate financings, acquisitions, workouts and sales.

Jana Cohen Barbe is recommended as an expert in tax credit issues relating to low-income housing, renewable energy credits and historic tax work. 

Steven Davidson is experienced in handling real estate financing, including loans focusing on securitization, credit enhancement transactions and products concerned with interest rate protection. Sources hold him in high regard and comment that he is "technically strong." 

Linda White represents tenants and landlords in complicated leasing matters involving office and retail units. She attracts praise from market sources for her excellent capabilities, particularly in leasing work. She also has strong expertise in workouts, financing and telecom.

Head of the real estate practice Robert Fernandez is "responsive and patient," according to clients. He is experienced in advising institutional lending clients on senior debt, equity financing and leasing issues.

Technology - Illinois

THE FIRM Dentons is widely recognized for its leading strategic sourcing practice, with interviewees paying tribute to the depth of experience housed within the team. The practice is focused on customer-side representation, while also employing its previous experience acting on behalf of vendors to the client's advantage. Clients from a range of sectors including energy, healthcare, technology and retail acknowledge the business acumen that backs up the team's technical brilliance.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Established practitioner Ross Docksey is held in the highest regard by members of the legal community. He remains well known for the stellar quality of his work structuring complex outsourcing transactions and strategic alliances.

Rosemary Gullikson wins plaudits for her clear understanding of the market place, with interviewees remarking: "She has a strong ability to get deals done efficiently for her clients and is focused on reaching an agreement in a way that protects her clients." She is valued for the experienced and professional manner with which she guides clients through ITO, BPO and technology contracting transactions.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

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Capital Markets - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team is widely acknowledged as a formidable force across the full range of MBS and ABS transactions. It is frequently a favored choice for market participants on RMBS matters. Notable clients include Citi, Wells Fargo and Guggenheim Securities.

Sources say: "They have a good set of expertise across the board."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephen Kudenholdt represented Barclays Capital on the issue of $30 billion of government guaranteed asset-backed securities under the National Credit Union Administration guaranteed notes program. He is "really smart" and an "excellent lawyer with a lot of presence," sources say.  

Erik Klingenberg is "concise and understandable," "has a good bedside manner" and is "good at keeping his cool and making the argument that is appropriate," satisfied clients say. His areas of expertise include CMBS and RMBS, ABS and commercial paper.

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

THE FIRM This global firm attracts tremendous praise from clients for its exceptional industry knowledge and responsiveness. Over the past year, the electricity group has been particularly active on representing clients such as Otter Tail Power and New York Regional Interconnect in transmission issues. Notably, the team has been appointed as regulatory counsel for the City of New Orleans in multiple cases that are to be heard before FERC and at all levels of the court system.

Commercial Awareness "In addition to significant expertise at FERC, the lawyers understand how the markets function." "I value their strategic advice in resolving complex political issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Excellent regulatory lawyer" Stuart Caplan continues to impress clients, who report: "He is incredibly thoughtful, bright, diligent and a real pleasure to work with." Recent high-profile highlights include serving as FERC counsel on behalf of Bayonne Energy Center in various issues arising out of a major gas-fired power plant project.

Clinton Vince is another accomplished attorney at the firm and is lauded by market sources for his "excellent advice and counsel" and "broad industry experience," which clients say is "invaluable in dealing with our challenges."

Insurance - Nationwide

THE FIRM This widely acclaimed firm houses a formidable insurance practice, with 15 US-based offices and over 60 worldwide. Dentons has experience in dealing with a diverse range of financial, property and casualty, class action and bad faith coverage cases. Clients praise it for taking a result-oriented approach which they find to be ideal for high-exposure cases. The practice has recently mourned the passing away of eminent insurance practitioner Paul Glad.

Sources say: "Top-notch firm, very good results with them. They are good litigators, good strategists, and they understand the insurance industry."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly recommended Reid Ashinoff is "a good strategic thinker on a pragmatic level" according to sources. He has been busy acting for Genworth Financial Wealth Management in several class actions involving federal securities and mortgage-related consumer protection lawsuits.

Cochair of Dentons's global insurance sector, Michael Barr is "strong on strategy, argument, case management and very good in resolution settings as well." He has been heavily involved in cases relating to the financial industry crisis, for example representing Royal Indemnity in a surety-related fraud trial.

Litigator Ronald Kent is a favorite among clients, who comment that "his calm demeanor and good sense of humor only add to the effectiveness of his thoughtful but aggressive approach to litigation." His practice focuses on natural and man-made catastrophic losses, but he has wide experience also in general insurance matters.

The firm recently mourned the passing of market-leading practitioner Paul Glad, one of the deans of the contentious Bar.

Insurance - Nationwide

THE FIRM With impressive resources across the nation and worldwide, this firm offers the full range of insurance regulatory services to clients. Alongside a strong California presence, Dentons has 15 offices across the USA. The group remains strong in the reinsurance space, where it advises clients, including Fortune 500 companies, on regulatory matters.

Sources say: "Lawyers are top notch in their field and are recognized as such in the industry. They have the right relationship and expertise."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of the firm's insurance regulation practice, San Francisco partner Kara Baysinger works on regulatory and transactional matters on behalf of clients in the insurance and reinsurance space.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

THE FIRM The dynamic team at Denton operates across the full spectrum of venture capital activity, representing emerging growth companies as well as investment banks and notable venture capital firms, including Canaan Partners. Leveraging a global network of expertise in the space, the team is able to support its clients in all nature of transactions, from financings and investments to exit strategies.  

KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Gajer was lately called upon by MCMC to guide it through a $15 million Series C offering and related acquisitions.  

Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

THE FIRM The lawyers at this firm are recognized for their deep understanding of the leisure industry and ability to apply this knowledge in a wide variety of matters. The firm focuses on advising its clients on hotel acquisitions, developments and operations, in addition to being particularly respected in negotiating hotel management agreements. Recent highlights include representing KSL Capital in its joint venture partnership for the purchase of the Essex Hotel in New York.

Commercial Awareness "They understand how the lodging industry works. This experience alone sets them apart from most other firms who treat hotels simply as an extension of their real estate practice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Ross is praised by market sources for his knowledge of the sector and outstanding technical skills. He advises owners, operators, developers and lenders on a wide variety of operational and transactional matters. Sources respect him for being "perfectly realistic about where the deal is going." 

Meghan Cocci represents hotel operators, investors and owners in a wide variety of negotiations and transactions. Sources say: "She is wonderful - she is approachable, knowledgeable and responsive."

Mark Daliere has a practice that focuses on representing hotel developers, owners, operators and investors in a wide variety of matters. He is particularly noted for his ability in the negotiation of hotel management agreements.

Native American Law - Nationwide

THE FIRM Dentons offers a comprehensive Indian law service, covering both regional and federal issues, and acting primarily for tribal governments. The team is highly regarded for its expertise in Congressional and government agency lobbying, and also covers finance and development matters. Recent work highlights have included representing the Tohono O'odham Nation in a complex series of legal processes related to the nation's land claim settlement.   

Sources say: "They have vast resources in legal and government relations services, deployed expertly in the service of clients."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Heather Sibbison draws praise for her handling of especially complex issues, particularly those with a government relations aspect. She is characterized as "a very talented and creative strategic thinker" who puts clients' interests first.

Steven McSloy is "a tremendous practitioner," whose arrival at Dentons has been described as "a big coup" for the firm. He represents both Indian tribes and financial institutions in the negotiation of major financing agreements. 

Nicholas Yost is particularly well known for his expertise in regulatory and environmental law, and he has recently acted on behalf of several tribal governments with regard to the opening of casinos on their lands. 

Outsourcing - Nationwide

THE FIRM Dentons maintains a strong strategic sourcing practice, most notably from its Texas and Illinois offices. Members of the team regularly handle a range of international transactions for market leaders from a variety of industries including healthcare, finance, insurance and energy.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers hold established practitioner Ross Docksey in the "highest regard." He represents buyers and vendors in BPO and ITO transactions.

Rosemary Gullikson wins praise for her business acumen, with one interviewee noting that she has "a very strong understanding of the marketplace - she has an understanding of what is doable." Gullikson chairs the firm's US outsourcing practice.