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Firm Profile


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  • 233 South Wacker Drive
  • Suite 7800
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60606-6404

Firm profile submitted by Dentons

Global CEO: Elliott Portnoy
Global Chairman: Joe Andrew
US CEO: Mike McNamara
Number of lawyers: more than 8,880 in over 60 countries

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs, Nextlaw Global Referral Network and Nextlaw In-House Solutions. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which it lives and works. Dentons has received numerous accolades, including:
■ ‘Fearsome Fivesome’ by BTI Consulting’s Litigation Outlook 2016 and 2017
■ Recognized as ‘Litigation Powerhouse’ in seven categories by BTI Consulting’s Litigation Outlook 2017
■ Received ‘2017 Innovation Award’ by the American Carbon Registry
■ Awarded as ‘2017 Illinois Powerhouse’ by Law360
■ Ranked #1 patent prosecution firm in the US by Juristat top 100 2017 and 2018
■ Awarded as ‘Practice Group of the Year’ by Law360 in three practice areas: Native American, real estate and hospitality
■ Awarded ‘2017 Insurance Litigation Department of the Year’ by Daily Report
■ Awarded ‘Energy Firm of the Year’ by Who’s Who Legal 2017
■ Awarded ‘International Law Firm Innovation’ by Legal Week’s Innovation Awards 2016 and 2017

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

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.

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

Financial Services:
Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions and regulation in the world’s leading financial centers. 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.

Health Care:
A leader in the health and life sciences industry, Dentons boosts deep bench of lawyers who have spent decades immersed in the health and life sciences sector, helping organizations navigate continuously evolving political, regulatory and economic landscapes. Dentons leads with experience in all aspects of litigation, health care financing, and health care regulatory issues.

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 World Trade Center.

Intellectual Property:
Dentons’ lawyers identify, protect and help commercialize 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.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Dentons has one of the preeminent disputes groups in the world. Dentons’ lawyers have litigated bet-the-company matters including infrastructure arbitrations in the Middle East, investment treaty arbitrations in Africa, financial litigation in London, commercial claims in Poland and class actions and securities litigation in the US and Canada.

Public Policy & Regulation:
From analytical planning and risk management, communications strategy, to administrative and judicial intervention, Dentons navigates the critical intersection of business, law, regulation, policy and politics. Sub practices include compliance, environmental regulation, government affairs, government contracts, Native American law and policy, political law, ethics and disclosure and trade and exports.

Real Estate:
The real estate practice at Dentons is the largest in the world, and advises real estate owners, investors and lenders on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions undertaken in today’s market. Dentons’ hotels and leisure practice is consistently ranked among the best in the world.

Practices & Sectors:
Arbitration; automotive; aviation and aerospace; banking and finance; capital markets; communications; competition and antitrust; construction; corporate; corporate governance; defense and space; employment and labor; energy; environment and natural resources; financial institutions; forest products and agribusiness; franchising and distribution; gaming; government; government contracts; health care; hotels and leisure; immigration; infrastructure and PPP; insurance; intellectual property and technology; life sciences; life sciences and health care; litigation and dispute resolution; luxury, fashion and beauty; manufacturing; media, entertainment and sports; M&A; mining; Native American law and policy; pensions, benefits and executive compensation; privacy and cybersecurity; private equity; professional services; project development; public international law; public law; public policy and regulation; public procurement; real estate; restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy; retail; securities and corporate finance; tax; technology; trade, WTO and customs; transportation; trusts, estates and wealth preservation; venture technology and emerging growth companies; white collar and government investigations.

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