Dentons triumphs at the jubilee edition of CEE Investment Awards

For the 10th time in a row, Dentons has won the “Law Firm of the Year” title at the 2020 edition of CEE Investment & Manufacturing Awards, organised by EuropaProperty. During the gala event held online on 29 October 2020 as a culmination of the CEO Networking Forum 2020, the awards were granted in 34 categories to companies and individuals that were the most successful in the investment market last year. Additionally, Judit Kővári, Head of Dentons’ Real Estate practice in Hungary, was shortlisted for the “Professional of the Year” award.

“CEE Investment & Manufacturing Awards is an important event for the entire real estate industry. Our victory at this year’s jubilee edition is unique for us because it recognises a leading position of Dentons’ Real Estate team in Poland and the entire Central and Eastern Europe region, and acknowledges our colleague from Budapest to be amongst top professionals in CEE” – said Paweł Dębowski, Co-Head of Dentons’ Europe Real Estate group.

CEE Investment & Manufacturing Awards is a highly prestigious event in the real estate sector, focused on investments and sustained growth opportunities in the CEE region. At each annual gala, awards are handed in to the largest and most interesting projects, best professionals and firms with record results in the previous year, all of the above done with a view to fostering continued market growth. The winners are selected by an international jury consisting of real estate market experts from Poland and the CEE region.

Latham & Watkins recognised with Humanitarian Award

The Inner City Law Center has awarded Latham & Watkins it’s 2020 Humanitarian Award for being a “steadfast supporter and zealous pro bono partner.”

As noted in this short video presentation of the Award, while working with the Inner City Law Center, Latham has “fought unlawful evictions, [helped people] access safe and affordable housing, helped veterans get vital VA benefits, and fought for justice for the most vulnerable among us.”

The Inner City Law Center is a non-profit poverty-law firm serving the poorest and most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles. The Center fights for justice for individuals experiencing homelessness, low-income tenants, working-poor families, immigrants, people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities, and homeless veterans.

Thank you and congratulations to all our Latham attorneys and staff who have worked on so many matters with the Center and its clients over the past 20 years.

Dentons wins two CSR awards for the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative

Dentons has won two awards, together with five other firms, for its involvement in the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative. The Collaborative received awards for ‘Innovation in Social Responsibility’ at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe, and for ‘CSR Innovation (Multi-Firm) at the Legal Innovation Awards.

In addition to Dentons, the other members of the Collaborative include Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; White & Case; Ashurst; Allen & Overy; Charles Russell Speechlys; and the NGO, European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL).

There are more than 100,000 asylum seekers in Greece, most of them living in terrible conditions. Based on the island of Lesvos, the Collaborative aims to assist with the migration crisis by increasing migrants’ access to legal services, monitoring issues of process and rule of law, and building legal capacity in Greece. Volunteers travel to Lesvos to help asylum seekers with first instance interviews and family reunification with support from ELIL, which has provided free legal assistance on Lesvos through its team of full-time Greek asylum lawyers and volunteers since July 2016.

Haya Moubaydeen, associate in Dentons’ Amman office who travelled to Lesvos, said, “I was moved to act when I saw families, who have already gone through so much, being forced to live in overcrowded and difficult conditions. It was heart-wrenching to witness their plight but very rewarding to be able to help, even if in a small way.”

Bas Legger, associate in Dentons’ Amsterdam office who also travelled to Lesvos, added, “I am happy to have been the first lawyer to participate on behalf of Dentons in the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative. This project combines the strengths of six international law firms to support European Lawyers in Lesvos. At the time I went to Moria, there were 13,000 people in a camp with room for 3,100. When you walk past the tents in Moria and listen to the stories of the people there, it’s hard not to be thankful for what we have and want to help those in need.”

ELIL is a joint initiative of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and the German Bar Association (DAV). Dentons has provided pro bono support to ELIL since its inception and advised ELIL on its legal structure and implementation in nine European jurisdictions, which culminated in ELIL’s incorporation in Germany as a charitable limited liability company.

Projects, energy and infrastructure teams recognised at IJGlobal Awards

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright received Global Legal Adviser of the Year, Asia Pacific Legal Adviser of the Year and North America Legal Adviser of the Year accolades on July 13, 2020 at the IJGlobal Awards 2019, which recognised the best energy, infrastructure and mining deals and firms from around the world over the past year.

A leading publication for the energy and infrastructure market, IJGlobal also honoured the firm with 13 Deal of the Year awards for transactions completed in Asia Pacific, Europe & Africa, Middle East & North Africa and North America.

Nick Merritt, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Head of Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities, commented: “These accolades affirm our position as a market leader for project finance work in the infrastructure and energy sectors. We would like to congratulate all of our clients on their wins, and we are pleased to have been able to make a positive contribution to each and every of the named projects. We have had a strong year advising on many first-of-its-kind type projects and are grateful for the industry recognition from our peer group which continues to recognise our global scope and knowledge in the development and financing of ever more complex projects around the world.”

Anne Lapierre, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Head of Energy, said: “Being recognised for our involvement in a wide range of highly complex projects in oil, gas and renewables is a testament to the strength of our global team. While this year may present challenges to our clients, we remain committed to helping them achieve their objectives related to global projects.”

The firm advised on 13 award-winning transactions at the IJGlobal Awards 2019:

Asia Pacific

  • Asia Pacific Telecoms Deal of the Year – Kacific-1 Satellite
  • Advised Kacific Broadband Satellites Group on credit facilities totalling US$160 million to finance the construction, launch, ground system and initial operation for Kacific-1, a Boeing-built next-generation high-throughput Ka-band satellite. Led by Nick Merritt.
  • Asia Pacific Hydro Deal of the Year – Tina River Hydro
  • Advised Korea Water Resources Corporation and Hyundai Engineering Company Ltd as sponsors on the 15-MW Tina River Hydro Development Project. The deal marks the first large-scale infrastructure P3 project in the Solomon Islands. Led by Nick Merritt.
  • Asia Pacific Waste Deal of the Year – East Rockingham EfW
  • Advised a group of five senior financiers on the East Rockingham EfW project, which will be the second waste-to-energy facility in Western Australia aimed at addressing Australia’s growing waste crisis. The project was developed by a consortium led by Tribe Infrastructure Group, New Energy Corporation and Hitachi Zosen Inova. Led by Jo Crew.

Europe and Africa

  • European Portfolio Refinancing Deal of the Year – Project Keane Refinancing
  • Advised Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners on the Refinancing of an entire portfolio of onshore wind assets, which includes 17 360-MW projects in Ireland. Led by Rob Marsh.
  • European Refinancing Deal of the Year – Beatrice Offshore Wind
  • Advised a consortium of lenders on the senior debt refinancing of the Beatrice offshore wind project in Scotland. The consortium comprises 29 commercial and institutional lenders and 24 hedging banks. Led by Rob Marsh.
  • European Restructuring Deal of the Year – Irish Schools Bundle 5
  • Advised DIF infra 4 Limited as shareholder of Inspiredspaces Bundle 5 (Ireland) Limited on the restructuring and financing of completion works in relation to the Irish Schools Bundle 5 PPP project. Led by Mark Berry.
  • African Refinancing Deal of the Year – Société Ivorienne de Raffinage
  • Advised Africa Finance Corporation on the debt financing of Société Ivoirienne de Raffinage under a multi-currency long-term credit agreement for approximately US$675 million. Led by Anne Lapierre.
  • African Power Deal of the Year – Bridge Power
  • Advised the lenders to the Bridge Power Project in Ghana, sponsored by General Electric, Endeavour Energy and the Quantum Group. The project is a fast-deployment dual-fuelled LPG and natural gas power project, comprising approximately 400 MW of combined cycle power generation technology. Co-led by Martin McCann, Charles Whitney, Dan Metcalfe and Dan Giemajner.

Middle East and North Africa

  • MENA Water Deal of the Year – Taweelah IWP
  • Advised lenders, including Natixis, Siemens Bank and Mizuho Bank, to the successful bidding consortium, led by ACWA Power, on the US$1.2 billion Taweelah desalination independent water project (IWP) in Abu Dhabi. Led by Jo Emerson-Taqi and Paul Mansouri.

North America

  • North America Battery Storage Deal of the Year – Lāwa’i Solar and Energy Storage
  • Advised Societe Generale as lenders on the financing of the combined 20 MW solar PV and 20 MW/100 MWh AES Lāwa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project in Kauai, Hawaii – the largest operational solar and storage system in the world. Co-led by Ben Koenigsberg and Jim Berger.
  • North America Utility Deal of the Year – ESAP Modernisation Project
  • Advised the Department of Justice in providing procurement advice and transaction support services to Public Services and Procurement Canada for the Energy Services Acquisition Program’s Energy Service Modernisation P3 project. Led by John Naccarato.
  • North America Wind Deal of the Year – Clearway Repowering
  • Advised Clearway Energy on the US$381 million repowering of two Texas wind farms – the 161 MW Wildorado wind farm in Oldham County and 121.9 MW Elbow Creek wind farm in Howard County. Co-led by Rob Eberhardt and Jim Berger.
  • Latin America Water Deal of the Year – BRK Ambiental
  • Advised sponsor BRK Ambiental Participações S.A in relation to the BRL denominated IDB financing provided in respect of BRK’s wastewater infrastructure project in Recife and Goiana in northeast Brazil. Led by Charlie Johnson.
  • At last year’s awards, IJGlobal recognised Norton Rose Fulbright as Legal Adviser of the Year – North America (private sector) and the firm advised on 18 Deals of the Year. The year prior, Norton Rose Fulbright was named Global Law Firm of the Year and Europe and Africa Law Firm of the Year, while advising on 15 Deals of the Year.

Multiple wins for Pinsent Masons at China Business Law Awards

International law firm Pinsent Masons has won in three categories and two Belt and Road Deal of the Year awards at China Business Law Journal’s annual awards.

The categories the firm won for were:

  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Industrials & Manufacturing

Helena Chen, Joint Head of China said, “We are extremely proud to have received this recognition – which demonstrates the strength of our legal expertise in the Chinese market. We’ve been offering a complete range of legal advisory services to clients for more than 37 years, supporting businesses in both international and domestic operations. These awards reflect this, as well as our market leading position.”

Wei Liu, Head of China Corporate team said, “We have many long-term clients in these sectors, showing the trust they have in us and the services we provide. We are very delighted to be recognized in such a wide breadth of specialities.”

China Business Law Journal’s annual China Business Law Awards are judged on a number of criteria, including nominations received from in-house counsel and other qualified observers.

Pinsent Masons has also received two “Deal of the Year – Belt and Road” awards by China Business Law Journal for its work on the Greece MINOS 50 megawatts concentrated solar power project, and a Nigerian railway and port project.

Mark Hu, partner of Beijing office and the lead partner of the two winning projects, said, “We are thrilled to win the Belt and Road Deal of the Year awards again this year. We have been supporting Chinese clients on their outbound investments in Belt and Road countries since the inception of the initiative. We provide a chain of services throughout the life cycle of projects, including the investment, contracts, project development and financing, disputes resolution, compliance, and our experience spans across infrastructure and energy sectors.”

Pinsent Masons has been operating in China since 1983, and has three offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Recent highlights in China include advising China Education Group on its AUD $128 million acquisition of King’s Own Institute, which was China Education’s first overseas acquisition, and one of the few overseas acquisitions by Chinese investors in the education sector. The team has also advised BP Ventures on its investment in R&B Tech, which was BP’s first investment in artificial intelligence (AI) technology in China.

Linklaters triumphs at the City of London’s Clean City Awards

Linklaters has been awarded the Chairman’s Cup – the highest accolade – in the Large Site category, at the City of London Corporation’s Clean City Awards.

Now in its 25th year, the Clean City Awards Scheme promotes and rewards best practice in waste management by City of London businesses, recognising efforts and commitment to adopting sustainable waste management practices. This year, there were 107 entries from businesses across the City.

Linklaters received particular commendation for its “Ditch the Dispo” campaign, now in its fourth year, which has prevented one million sets of plastic cutlery from entering circulation since 2017, in addition to, 140,000 coffee cups and lids per annum since 2018.

Suzanne Roberts, Global Environment Practitioner at Linklaters, comments: “Linklaters is immensely proud of being recognised by the City of London Corporation as one of the trailblazers in implementing bold and successful waste minimisation initiatives.

We have continually challenged stakeholders to support new initiatives, the circular economy and minimise our environmental impacts. As a result, we have many well-established initiatives embedded in our work culture and continue to identify opportunities to reduce waste creation further.”

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