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Dentons - London
  • 5 boulevard Malesherbes
  • Paris
  • Paris
  • France
  • 75008
  • Global Chief Executive Officer: Elliott Portnoy
  • Global Chair: Joe Andrew
  • Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer: Mitch Dudek
  • Canada Chief Executive Officer: Chris Pinnington
  •  Europe Chief Executive Officer: Tomasz Dąbrowski
  • UKMEA Chief Executive Officer: Matthew Jones
  • US Chief Executive Officer: Peter Wolfson
  • Number of global partners: 944
  • Number of global lawyers/professionals: approximately 2600
  • Clients benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and CIS, the UK and the US who are committed to challenging the status quo to offer creative business and legal solutions.

Firm Overview:
Dentons is a global firm driven to provide clients with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Dentons was formed by the March 2013 combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons is built on the solid foundations of three highly regarded law firms. Each built its outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes – individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and start-ups; local, regional and national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.

Main Areas of Practice:
Dentons delivers client service through lawyers and professionals grounded in the following practice disciplines:
■ Aboriginal (Canada)
■ Arbitration
■ Banking and Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Competition and Antitrust
■ Corporate
■ Corporate Governance
■ Employment and Labour
■ 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 (United States)
■ 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

Dentons’ leading practices include:
Dentons has one of the world’s leading energy practices covering North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This is the team clients call to guide them on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution—oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities and large customers, new energy and old.

Real Estate:
The Real Estate practice at Dentons is the largest in the world. With teams located across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Dentons guides real estate owners, investors and lenders in both developed and emerging markets. The firm advises clients on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions undertaken in today’s market. Dentons is also home to a Hotels and Leisure practice consistently ranked among the best in the world.

Insurance is another of Dentons’ signature practice areas. Dentons’ lawyers represent global insurers on their most significant coverage claims, financial litigation and regulatory investigations. Dentons’ litigators are renowned for handling class actions challenging insurer business practices and disputes over the consequences of natural and man-made catastrophes, such as Hurricane Katrina and the World Trade Center.

Financial Services:
Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions and regulation in the world’s leading financial centres—London, New York, Paris, Toronto, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Moscow, Dubai, Chicago, Shanghai and Singapore. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Leveraging core practices at each of Dentons’ legacy firms, Dentons has one of the preeminent disputes groups in the world. Dentons’ lawyers have litigated bet-the-company cases and arbitrations ranging from infrastructure arbitrations in the Middle East, investment treaty arbitrations in Africa, financial litigation in London and commercial claims in Poland, to class actions and securities litigation in the US and Canada.

With a corporate practice that encompasses multibillion- dollar purchases of public companies, corporate governance and formation, venture and private equity investing, compliance and operations, and alliances and breakups in virtually every corner of the world, Dentons’ scope and reach is as broad as the universe of corporate interests.

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
Dentons’ teams formulate the strategies that will result in the optimal solution for trustees, bondholders, investors, traders, debtors, creditors and creditor committees around the world as they pursue claims for their clients through negotiation and litigation.

Intellectual Property:
Dentons’ lawyers identify, protect and help commercialise IP in the most highly developed markets—and in jurisdictions where IP laws and enforcement are still evolving. Dentons’ lawyers and technical/scientific advisors represent global corporations, academic and research institutions, inventors and artists, venture capital firms and others invested in patents, trademarks, copyrights and proprietary property.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate & Business Transactions
  • Employment, Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Public Policy & Regulation
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Venture Technology


  • One Fleet Place,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4M 7WS
  • Tel 0207 242 1212
  • Fax (020) 7246 7777
  • DX 242
  • Website : www.dentons.com

Banking & Finance - Central & Eastern Europe

Marcell Clark is greatly experienced in cross-border real estate and real estate finance transactions. He is known for his work across CEE, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.

Timothy Stubbs heads the banking and finance practice in Russia, and is recognised for his CEE banking and finance work. "He has very deep knowledge of the financial sector and of financial regulations," say interviewees. "He really is one of the best foreign lawyers working in Russia."

Warsaw-based Mateusz Toczyski heads the European banking and finance group. He has particular expertise related to project finance, financial restructuring and banking matters.

Corporate/M&A - Central & Eastern Europe

Catherine Joffroy has significant experience in advising French clients on investment matters in CEE, with particular focus on Russia and Ukraine. She also advises clients from these countries on domestic French matters, including project finance and joint ventures. She is bilingual in French and Russian, and also fluent in English.

Piotr Nowaczyk co-heads the international arbitration group in Poland. He enjoys a stellar reputation in arbitration, and often acts on cases that have their seat in various CEE countries.

Projects - Central & Eastern Europe

Warsaw-based Arkadiusz Krasnodębski heads the energy practice in CEE and focuses on the energy and utilities sector. "He is one of the top players in the market, no question," say sources.

Arbitration (International) - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Recently merged global player with sizeable arbitration presence around the continent, most notably in France and Eastern Europe. Extensive knowledge across Europe in the oil and gas sector, utilised on numerous major commercial and investment cases.

Work highlights Recently acted for Gazprom on an SCC arbitration against the Ministry of Energy of Lithuania, concerning gas pricing. The case was valued at USD1.9 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Warsaw-based Piotr Nowaczyk is a market leader in Polish dispute resolution, and is respected for his counsel and arbitrator work within the wider European arbitration community. He has long-standing expertise in construction, oil and gas, and M&A-related disputes.

Sources recognise Barton Legum in Paris for his extensive knowledge of investment arbitration cases, drawn from his decades of experience in the USA and France, including four years acting as chief of the NAFTA Arbitration Division. His wide-ranging caseload as counsel recently included representing the government of Australia in an UNCITRAL case against tobacco giant Philip Morris, concerning cigarette packaging.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, government of the Czech Republic, Covec, GE, OMVPetrom.

Dispute Resolution - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Particularly strong in CEE and the Commonwealth of Independent States, with superb dispute resolution capabilities in Poland and Russia. Also noted for its excellent teams in London and Paris. Areas of expertise include contract disputes, competition, insolvency and criminal litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Availability: "The lawyers are very devoted to their work and are available 24/7.”

Work highlights Represented Chinese company Covec in a EUR200 million dispute with the Polish Ministry of Treasury and its subcontractors Dolnośląskie Surowce Skalne, TR Construction and Decoma. The litigation is related to the construction of the A2 Berlin–Warsaw motorway.

Notable practitioners  

London-based Lionel Rosenblatt leads the global litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution department.

Significant clients Gazprom, government of the Czech Republic, ING, Setra Lubricants, Ciments Français.

International Trade - Europe-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong experience in representing respondents in EU trade defence proceedings, particularly clients from Russia. Advises on the implications of Russia's accession to the WTO, and on issues pertaining to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Work highlights Acted for major ferrosilicon producer CHEMK on an EU sunset review investigation related to current EU anti-dumping duties on ferrosilicon imports.

Advised the China Iron & Steel Association on the Malaysian anti-dumping investigations into steel rod imports from China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea and Turkey.

Notable practitioners  

Brussels-based Edward Borovikov is a "great legal mind" who is known for his extensive experience in the trade defence arena. He advises clients on various anti-dumping cases and customs disputes, and is commended for his responsiveness.

Significant clients Acron Group, Novolipetsk Steel, RUSAL, Guardian Glass, Severstal.

Banking & Finance - France

Philippe Max handles domestic and international transactions, namely acquisition, project, structured and asset finance in the railway sector. Clients value him, saying: "When you call him out of the blue he can find the right document almost immediately, recall why we made a certain decision and give good advice."

Jean-Marc Allix enters the ranking following strong market recognition: "He is very detail-oriented, flexible and fast."

Corporate/M&A - France

Paul Morel heads the corporate practice. The team combines a strong local presence with a well-established international network, and assists clients with corporate matters and M&A transactions across a number of sectors, including financial services, aerospace, luxury goods and life sciences.

Catherine Joffroy has significant experience in advising French clients on investment matters in CEE, with particular focus on Russia and Ukraine. She also advises clients from these countries on domestic French matters, including project finance and joint ventures. She is bilingual in French and Russian, and also fluent in English.

Theodore Matheny divides his time between the firm's Moscow and Paris offices. He has a wealth of experience in advising clients on corporate matters in the Commonwealth of Independent States. M&A, joint ventures, regulatory and tax are notable areas of expertise, especially in connection with the construction industry.

Based in Madrid, Alejandro Alonso's practice covers M&A, real estate and litigation. He is admitted to the Bars of Barcelona, Madrid and Paris, and is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, French, English and Italian.

Judith Aron splits her time between Berlin and Moscow. She often advises French clients on joint ventures, corporate matters, private equity and cross-border M&A.

Moscow-based Mathieu Fabre-Magnan is a key contact for French clients. He advises on corporate, M&A and competition law matters, and has significant experience of transactional work in Russia and Eastern Europe. He speaks English, French and Russian.

Pirouzan Parvine is admitted to the Bar in Paris and Warsaw and is one of the co-ordinators of the firm's global French desk. He has broad experience in handling projects in a number of emerging markets.

Foreign Desks The German desk, headed by Johannes Jonas and Ralf Nitschke, acts for clients from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The team includes several native speakers who advise clients from a range of industries on acquisitions, joint ventures and day-to-day legal matters.

Dispute Resolution - France

Barton Legum is widely respected and described as having "a great deal of investment arbitration expertise." He heads the firm's investment treaty arbitration practice and has 25 years of experience in the area. 

Jean-Christophe Honlet is the global head of the firm’s international arbitration practice group. He acts as counsel, expert witness and arbitrator in commercial and bilateral investment treaty disputes.

Dominic Pellew divides his time between the London and Moscow offices. He is dual-qualified in France, speaks French and has previously acted for a number of French clients.

Dispute Resolution - France

Christine Sévère heads the Dentons Paris litigation group and is the main point of contact for the practice. The firm has long-standing experience of litigating in a variety of areas, including M&A, finance and competition/EU law.

Intellectual Property - France

Isabelle Leroux assists with patent, trade mark, design and copyright issues. She has significant experience of both domestic and cross-border litigation, but is also instructed by clients in an advisory capacity. One interviewee describes her as "very good for trade mark issues."

Senior counsel Gérard Delile's broad expertise encompasses trade marks, patents, designs and copyright. He also has experience of matters involving domain names, unfair competition and trade secrets, and counts major names from the banking and fashion industry among his clients. 

David Masson advises on IP and IT law matters, as well as handling contentious cases. Sources appreciate that he is "efficient and proactive in proposing solutions."

Tax - France

Sandra Hazan is noted for her work on M&A, audits and transfer pricing. She has a particular focus on the luxury goods industry. Clients praise her ability to "quickly understand what the key points are and manage relationships very efficiently."

Corporate/M&A - Germany

Judith Aron splits her time between the firm's Berlin and Moscow offices. She advises Russian and French clients on joint ventures, corporate matters, private equity and cross-border M&A. She recently represented GL Events in negotiations regarding various international events in Russia, including the Sirha 2013 conference for delegates from the restaurant and food trade, and test games and events for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. 

Jörg Karenfort heads Dentons' competition, regulatory and trade practice group in Europe from the firm's Berlin and Brussels offices. Recent mandates include advising Gazprom on antitrust proceedings by the European Commission. Clients say: "He has very profound knowledge of competition law but at the same time always keeps things very efficient - touching upon the details but not more than necessary. He keeps it short and simple, which we like."  

Krzysztof Sajewski is based in the firm's Warsaw office and heads its German desk. He receives praise for his expertise in corporate matters related to Ukraine and Germany. 

Moscow-based Florian Schneider is praised by sources for his ability to propose "innovative ideas" and "find solutions for both parties" in negotiations. He advises Russian and foreign clients on real estate, tax, labour and IP matters, and can advise on mandates related to Germany. He speaks both German and Russian.

Foreign Desks The Germany desk in Paris, headed by Johannes Jonas and Ralf Nitschke, acts for clients from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The team includes several native speakers who advise clients from a range of industries on acquisitions, joint ventures and day-to-day legal matters.

M&A, finance and real estate specialist Krzysztof Sajewski heads the firm's Poland-based Germany desk. The group includes a number of German speakers who can advise on a broad spread of legal issues involving the two jurisdictions.