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Dentons in Brisbane grows with another new partner

Dentons continues its growth trajectory with the addition of another new partner in Brisbane, Caroline Snow.

Caroline joins as a corporate partner specialising in equity capital market transactions, complex governance, regulatory and compliance matters. Caroline also brings extensive experience as a corporate advisor to property and mortgage fund managers, listed and unlisted managed investment schemes, financial services clients, and activist security holders.

Caroline’s appointment continues the growth of Dentons’ Brisbane office, with Caroline joining recent partner appointments of Recovery and Restructuring Partner, Claire Petersen; Banking and Finance Partner and Head of Office, Craig Chapman; and Real Estate Partner, Cara Richardson.

Dentons’ Australia Region Chair and Australasia CEO, Doug Stipanicev said that in just six months, four new partners had been added to Dentons in Brisbane, and that Dentons was well on the way to achieving a short term Brisbane partner target of ten.

“Brisbane remains an important market for Dentons. We understand the importance of providing a fully integrated, national solution for our clients, no matter where they are based.”

“With Caroline’s appointment, we have again expanded our offering in Brisbane for the benefit of our clients, and will continue this expansion in other Australian markets in the coming weeks and months.”

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, connecting top-tier talent to the world’s challenges and opportunities with 20000 professionals including 12000 lawyers, in more than 200 locations, in more than 80 countries. Dentons’ polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and award-winning client service challenge the status quo to advance client interests.

Dentons advises on largest real estate loan in Slovakia in recent years

Dentons’ Banking and Finance team in Bratislava has advised a club of banks led by Tatra banka (a member of the Raiffeisen Group), which teamed up with Slovenská sporiteľňa (a member of the Erste Group) and UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia on one of the largest real estate loans in Slovakia in recent years. The €116 million loan was provided to Eurovea 2, s.r.o. and will be used to construct the extension of the Eurovea shopping centre and Pribinova X office building in Bratislava. The developer JTRE began construction work on the extension in December 2019, with phased completion expected in 2022 and 2023.

Partner Stanislava Valientová led the team, supported by Managing Counsel Jozef Buday, and associates Richard Marcinčin and Peter Panek.

“Our amazing team again successfully and smoothly carried out the whole transaction to the great satisfaction of our clients. For several years now, we’ve had the honour to be the legal advisers of the financing banks on the landmark EUROVEA project in Bratislava.  We look forward to our future cooperation,” commented Stanislava Valientová, Co-Head of Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice in Bratislava.

“I was glad to support this project to build exclusive residences and retail spaces, which will contribute to the further development of our city.” commented Jozef Buday, Co-Head of the Real estate Practice Group in Dentons Bratislava.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, connecting top-tier talent to the world’s challenges and opportunities with 20000 professionals including 12000 lawyers, in more than 200 locations, in more than 80 countries. Dentons’ polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and award-winning client service challenge the status quo to advance client interests.

Dentons recognised as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

Dentons is proud to be recognised as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for five consecutive years. The firm continues to work with our environmental champions across our Canada platform to build a culture of environmental awareness, enhancing how we affect change.

Canada’s Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organised by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, designed to celebrate organisations who have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives.

“We are excited about the significant steps forward we have made as one of Canada’s green employers,” said John Esvelt, Chief Risk Officer. “Our people are passionate about environmental sustainability, and we’re proud of our collective efforts over the past five years to reduce our footprint across a number of processes throughout the firm.”

Dentons continues to identify innovative opportunities and promote wellness through eco-conscious programs to support the Firm’s shared value of minimising our environmental impact across our offices and within our communities. Recently, the firm moved to fully digital pay statement distribution system, removing the need to print pay statements for all 1300+ team members across Dentons Canada, reducing our carbon footprint. Here are some other ways Dentons is making our planet a little greener:

  • Eliminated our daily overnight interoffice mail services moving from daily deliveries to twice a week across Canada, reducing our environmental footprint by 60 percent
  • Equipping our team members with technology and replacing paper-driven processes with technology enabled solutions to increase efficiency and minimise paper consumption
  • Providing internal learning sessions on the merits of plant-based eating from a certified Plant Based Nutrition expert
  • Supporting a local packaging-free grocery store as part of the Vancouver Safety, Workplace Improvement, Sustainability and Health (SWISH) committee’s environmental wellbeing series

For more information on this award, visit Canada’s Greenest Employers.

Dentons advises the European Federation of Energy Traders

Dentons acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) and provided a legal opinion on the enforceability of the EFET General Agreement concerning the delivery and acceptance of natural gas and its collateral arrangements.

EFET promotes competition, transparency and open access in the European energy sector. It currently represents more than 100 energy trading companies, active in over 27 European countries.

Kyiv-based partners Natalya Selyakova and Maksym Sysoiev led the Dentons team, with significant support from Counsel Nadiya Shylienkova, Senior Associate Artem Lukyanov, and Associate Artur Savin.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, connecting talent to the world’s challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons’ legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons’ polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons advises on GEM Capital Holdings’ all cash offer for Volga Gas

Dentons has advised GEM Capital Holdings on its all cash offer for the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Volga Gas plc, an AIM listed independent oil and gas exploration and production group operating in the Volga Region of Russia, which has now been declared wholly unconditional.

GEM is a private limited liability company incorporated in Cyprus wholly owned by Anatoly Paliy which makes investments directly and through its subsidiaries in, inter alia, specialised chemicals, nanomaterials and technology companies. In addition, Anatoly Paliy holds interests in several oil and gas assets. The takeover was noteworthy in that it was not recommended by Volga Gas’ Board but was structured such that the offer was not opposed by the Volga Gas Board either.

Thomas Keane, Director of GEM, said: “We are grateful to Dentons for their very helpful and pragmatic advice and hard work on the transaction”.

Neil Nicholson, partner in Dentons’ UK Corporate team who led on the deal, said, “We were pleased to support the GEM Capital Holdings team to help deliver a successful transaction in less than straightforward circumstances.”

Alongside Neil Nicholson, the Dentons team in London included Corporate senior associate Simon Mitchell, Corporate associates Joe Collingwood and Charlotte Uden and Corporate trainee Andrew Gallagher.

Celebrating five consecutive years as one of BC’s Top Employers

Dentons has been recognised as one of BC’s Top Employers for the fifth consecutive year, reinforcing its status as an employer of choice for exceptional talent. Dentons is proud to have created an environment where its people can develop new skills, create a unique career path, explore and be supported in leadership opportunities, and collaborate with team members across its global platform, in addition to having a positive impact in local communities.

BC’s Top Employers is an annual competition organised by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognises British Columbia employers who lead their industries in offering outstanding places to work.

“Being recognised as one of BC’s Top Employers for five consecutive years is a huge accomplishment. Our continued success is a result of the commitment, enthusiasm and support for each of our team members,” said John Sandrelli, managing partner of Dentons’ Vancouver office. “We are proud to celebrate 40 years of being a part of the Vancouver community. Providing exceptional client service, taking action to improve our communities and supporting the success of both global clients and local businesses is what makes Dentons a great place to grow a career.”

The focus on its people is just one of the ways that Dentons is doing things differently. The diverse and unique strengths of Dentons’ exceptional talent help define its forward-thinking and inclusive culture. Here are some of the ways Dentons has come together to build the law firm of the future in Vancouver:

  • Participate in a number of activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, including the Rotary Club of Vancouver Bike-A-Thon, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Lawn Bowling, the annual Sun Run and a Healthy Habits Walking Club.
  • Help lead the fight for justice, opportunity and equality in our communities through pro bono and philanthropic commitments, including a week-long campaign in support of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and pro bono services to the Vancouver Pride Society, assisting with the transition of their annual Pride Parade to VanVirtualPride, an online week-long celebration due to COVID-19.
  • Take time to celebrate success and recognise accomplishments as one team through team celebrations, social events and barbeques.
  • Advance shared commitment of building an inclusive firm by developing diverse learning programs and community-focused initiatives, such as an Indigenous business student summer placement program in collaboration with a client.
  • Foster an eco-conscious environment that promotes wellness though sustainable practices in the workplace through its grassroots Workplace Improvement Sustainability and Health (WISH) Committee, like working with local restaurants to enable Dentons’ people to use reusable containers in lieu of using paper, Styrofoam or plastic to-go lunch boxes.

To learn more about our Vancouver office, career opportunities and how we are connecting BC to the world, visit our Dentons – Vancouver page.