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Dentons - New York
  • 4520 Main Street
  • Suite 1100
  • Kansas City
  • Missouri
  • USA
  • MO 64111-7700
  • 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: approximately 2,600
  • OFFICES US locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, 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’ more than 75 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 approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations across 50+ 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:
■Banking and Finance
■Capital Markets
■Competition and Antitrust
■Corporate Governance
■Employment and Labor
■Environmental and Natural Resources
■Franchising and Distribution
■Intellectual Property and Technology
■Life Sciences
■Litigation and Dispute Resolution
■Mergers and Acquisitions
■Native American Law and Policy
■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
■Trade, WTO and Customs
■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:
This global award-winning team has expertise in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters including electricity, oil and gas, environment and natural resources, project development and finance and energy trading. Attorneys handle a wide variety of power generation matters, including those related to renewables, nuclear, natural gas and coal.

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.

Dentons provides global services to this sector with an unmatched deep bench in insurance litigation, regulatory, complex coverage and bad faith claims, transactions, investigations, public policy, insolvencies and risk management.

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.

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 core teams of lawyers who focus on each of 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; and professional services.


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Corporate/M&A - Missouri

What the team is known for Acts for both local and national clients, with considerable experience in private equity, healthcare and public company work. The Kansas City office of this global law firm benefits from the support of the Dentons international platform.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Davison offers extensive expertise in the tax aspects of M&A and real estate transactions. He has deep knowledge of various corporate structures, including limited liability partnerships and tax-exempt organizations.

Steven Rist is noted for his expertise in private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts and the sales of companies or portfolios.

Michael Van Dyke has experience in M&A transactions involving venture capital and SMEs. He also acts for lenders and financial institutions.

Market sources describe Robert Fisher as "an extremely capable senior partner" for whom they have "great respect."

Seasoned practitioner John Marvin's experience extends from initial public offerings and takeover defense to venture capital financing and traditional M&A work.  

Litigation - Missouri

What the team is known for Enjoys a strong reputation for class action defense, and for its growing capabilities in white-collar criminal matters. The Kansas City office has a strong client roster, which includes national and global clients from the insurance, consumer electronics and financial services industries.

What's new? Stephen Hill and Patrick McInerney joined the firm from Husch Blackwell in 2013, along with four other lawyers.

Work highlights Represented Bank of America in litigation brought by an estate alleging that bank professionals had failed to advise on certain estate planning measures.

Acted for Springleaf Finance on a class action alleging misleading provisions in loan documents.

Notable practitioners  

Former US Attorney Stephen Hill specializes in white-collar criminal defense. He has substantial experience of the healthcare sector and related disputes.

St. Louis-based Stephen Rovak is active in a variety of commercial and business disputes, including IP and product liability litigation.

Curtis Woods is held in high regard for his expertise in both commercial and white-collar disputes. He defended Bank of America in the abovementioned estate planning litigation.

White-collar crime specialist Patrick McInerney represents clients before state and federal legislature, and in SEC and DOJ investigations.

The accomplished Jerome Wolf acted for MEDS Holdings on a complex contract dispute between founding partners of healthcare company SDEM, which was acquired by MEDS Holdings.

Significant clients Sprint Nextel, Mediacom, Committee on Admissions and Grievances, Wolfe Automotive Group.

Real Estate - Missouri

What the team is known for International firm with a presence in both St. Louis and Kansas City. Offers clients a broad-ranging real estate service, drawing on firmwide resources to act for local and regional companies from a variety of industry sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"I appreciate their responsiveness, expert understanding of the law, and ability to work with me on solutions that accomplish our business objectives."

Work highlights Represented Mercy Healthcare Systems with respect to the design build contracts for the development of a 120,000 sq ft telemedicine healthcare facility.

Represented Wells Fargo in a $75 million portfolio of miniperm financings and construction loans.

Notable practitioners  

Jennifer Marler has a strong reputation for lenders' side real estate financing. Sources say she is "extremely business-savvy and very efficient and straightforward, with an eye for getting documents ready for execution."

Kansas City-based John Snyder earns "high marks across the board" for his responsiveness, commercial awareness and comprehensive knowledge of the property industry, particularly regarding financing.

Significant clients Alley III Owner, McCormack Baron Salazar, Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, PNC Bank.