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Dentons advises Aviva Investors on the sale of two warehouses in Wrocław

Dentons advised Aviva Investors on the sale of a portfolio of two warehouses (Wrocław Business Park) to a construction company managed by Dentons advised Aviva Investors on the sale of a portfolio of two warehouses (Wrocław Business Park) to a construction company managed by Griffin Real Estate.

Wrocław Business Park is a complex of two modern warehouse halls located in Wrocław at Bierutowska Street (Psie Pole district) with a total of 9,000 sq. m. of gross floor area. The divested portfolio enables to carry out orders based on the Crossdock Management System, which allows for repackaging of delivered goods and sending them directly to recipients without additional storage.

The transaction was managed by senior associate Hanna Żarska with the support of associate Adrianna Kończak from Dentons’ Real Estate team in Warsaw. Managing counsel Tomasz Krasowski advised on the tax aspects of the transaction.

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.

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.

Dentons builds on Brisbane presence with two new partners

Dentons continues to build on its Brisbane presence welcoming Craig Chapman and promoting Cara Richardson.

Craig Chapman, formerly Group General Counsel at Bank of Queensland, joins Dentons as a partner in the banking and finance team, and Head of the Brisbane office. Craig has a long and distinguished career with nearly three decades of industry experience. Craig has been selected by Australasian Lawyer as one of 2020’s leading in-house legal leaders and is also a finalist for Financial Services Lawyer of the Year at the 2020 Corporate Counsel Awards.

Cara Richardson has recently been promoted to partner in Dentons’ real estate group, and has specific experience working with large institutional companies dealing with commercial, industrial and retail leasing, disposal of businesses and land, acquisition of businesses and land and advising on property related matters.

Dentons’ Australia Chair and Australasia Region CEO, Doug Stipanicev, said the addition of Craig, and the promotion of Cara strengthens Dentons’ presence in the Queensland market, and increases the Firm’s client offering.

“Craig is an extremely highly regarded legal professional in the financial institutions sector, with a career spanning more than 30 years. We are delighted to have him join us”.

“Since opening in Brisbane, Dentons has always maintained a presence in the Queensland market and it is an important part of our client focused strategy”.

“In welcoming Craig and Cara to the partnership, we continue to build our strategy around what our clients in Queensland need, which is primarily within the financial institutions and real estate sectors. Given our commitment to the Queensland market, we are continuing to progress a number of opportunities to expand our local offering”.

Mr Stipanicev also said Dentons’ national presence across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth; and global footprint means that Dentons clients in Australasia will always have a team of experienced legal professionals ready to seamlessly continue to meet their needs.

Commenting on his move to Dentons, Craig said: “I have enjoyed my time in-house which has been incredibly rewarding and successful. I am excited to re-join private practice as a partner of Dentons with their strong history, capability and relationships in the banking and financial services sector, both in Australia and globally. I am also looking forward to the challenge of leading and growing Dentons’ Brisbane presence.”

Dentons to combine with Durham Jones & Pinegar in Utah

Dentons and Salt Lake City-based Durham Jones & Pinegar announced today a future combination. This announcement continues the growth of Project Golden Spike, a series of combinations launched earlier this year dedicated to advancing the first truly national US law firm capable of serving clients across the United States and globally.

As the legal profession’s transformation accelerates because of the pandemic and global economic crisis, there is no “New Normal” for any organisation for the foreseeable future. Companies now confront a “New Dynamic” of constant, accelerated change. With global legal perspective and business insights, Dentons is well-equipped to provide its clients with the tools and talent needed to adapt in this fast, challenging environment.

“This combination with Durham Jones & Pinegar is a testament to our commitment to helping clients navigate this New Dynamic,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “As the largest law firm in the world, we are constantly finding new ways to support our clients, wherever they may be. As we have seen from our initial Project Golden Spike combinations of Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby with Dentons US, when we work together, we are better able to help all our clients meet the evolving challenges they may face.”

“We are delighted to be combining with the talented professionals of Durham Jones & Pinegar in a key and growing market for our clients,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “The Salt Lake City metropolitan area is a model for the New Dynamic economy: a community with a history of strong economic growth and stability that continues to foster a vibrant, diverse group of innovative businesses and initiatives. We look forward to becoming the first global law firm with an office in the ‘Silicon Slopes.’”

Durham Jones & Pinegar is one of the largest and fastest growing top-tier law firms in Utah, with nearly 100 lawyers and offices in Salt Lake City, Lehi, Ogden and St. George. Known for its innovative and practical solutions, Durham Jones & Pinegar offers a spectrum of legal services in a number of specialised fields, including complex business and finance law, mergers and acquisitions, banking, commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, real estate, tax, estate planning, employment, family law and immigration.

“We are excited to be combining with Dentons, a widely respected law firm that, like us, clearly prioritises innovation and adaptability, especially during these extraordinary times,” said Todd Leishman, Chairman and President of Durham Jones & Pinegar. “Our combination with Dentons will allow our clients to continue to be served by lawyers they know and trust, who can now connect them to colleagues across the country and around the world.”

Building on Dentons’ global polycentric model, Project Golden Spike increases the quality and breadth of service to clients on a national and global scale, while also enabling US member firms like Durham Jones & Pinegar to retain their defining characteristics and provide in and of the community insight wherever clients need it.

“In times of accelerated change, the model of law firm combinations needs to continue to transform,” said Toby McClamroch, Managing Partner of Dentons United States Region. “Through the Golden Spike model and this combination with Durham Jones & Pinegar, Dentons is able to foster true collaboration between member firms and continue its trajectory to better serve clients across our focus on the 100 largest legal markets in the US.”

At launch of the combination with what will be known as Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar, Dentons will extend its reach to 188 locations -with 37 in the US- in 76 countries.

In 2020 to date, Dentons has launched six combinations:

  • Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, the inaugural member firms with Dentons US as part of Project Golden Spike;
  • Dentons Kensington Swan in New Zealand;
  • Dentons Lee in South Korea;
  • Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga in Uruguay; and
  • Dentons Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena in Argentina.

Dentons has also opened offices in the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia.

Dentons appoints three partners to European leadership roles

Global law firm Dentons has announced the appointment of three partners to European practice and sector leadership roles. Anita Horváth will co-lead the Europe Energy sector group, Christopher Rose will lead the Global Private Services sector group within Europe, and Thomas Schubert will lead the Europe Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies group.

Anita Horváth

As Co-head of the Europe Energy sector group, Anita Horváth will serve alongside fellow co-head, Arkadiusz Krasnodębski, to further develop Dentons’ transactional offering within the energy sector. Based in Budapest, she is among the premier lawyers advising on complex domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions in Hungary, and frequently leads multi-jurisdictional deals. In addition to her regional appointment, Anita was also recently named Co-head of the Corporate and M&A practice in Hungary, alongside partner Rob Irving. She has been a partner at Dentons since 2015.

”Having advised most of the premier energy players on their strategic projects in Hungary and CEE, I look forward to replicate our Energy team’s success on a European level. As Dentons is home to the largest energy-focused team of lawyers in the world, in my new role, I plan to further enhance our strength in advising developers, investors, contractors, financiers, governments and regulators on their energy sector related projects.” commented Anita Horváth.

Christopher Rose

In his newly created role, Christopher Rose will establish and lead the Global Private Services group within continental Europe to provide cross-sector and cross-practice legal advisory services to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices around the world. Rose has been a partner and Head of the Europe Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies group at Dentons since 2017. He advises on cross-border venture and growth capital investments, as well as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. An emerging markets specialist, he has advised on over 250 transactions in Russia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. He regularly represents emerging growth companies in all stages of development, with a particular focus on e-commerce, food and beverage, technology and entertainment.

“Over the past several years, I have worked extensively with high-net-worth individuals and family offices, advising them primarily on their investments and acquisitions. This new role goes far beyond that,” said Christopher Rose. “Whether our clients need support with their venture capital, private equity or real estate deals, tax issues, estate planning, dispute resolution, or regulatory matters, our Global Private Services group will act as their ‘concierge’ to our global firm. We will pull together the right team of Dentons professionals, provide them with transparent fee quotes and manage their projects from beginning to end to ensure the best results.”

Thomas Schubert

Thomas Schubert, a partner in the Berlin office, will take over as Europe Head of the Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies practice from Christopher Rose. Schubert has significant experience in technology M&A and in assisting aspiring growth companies on the implementation of innovative digital business models, including blockchain technology. A well-regarded transactional lawyer, he advises on M&A deals, private equity investments, venture capital transactions and joint ventures. He is also respected for his work in the energy and renewable energy sector, and he will continue in his role as Co-Head of the Energy section of the Europe Regulatory group. He has been a partner at Dentons since 2015.

Thomas Schubert commented, “Digitisation is fundamentally changing about every industry sector. This calls for a totally new approach of doing business. Continued investments in new innovative business models by VC funds as well as corporate investors will be key for a successful transition. I am honoured to taking over the coordination and lead of Dentons’ European Venture Technology Group with the goal of further growing our interaction with and impact on the global ecosystem.”

Tomasz Dąbrowski, CEO of Dentons Europe, commented on the appointments, “Dentons remains strongly committed to our strategy to enhance our offering in key sectors and practices across the European continent. I am therefore delighted that three talented partners – Anita, Chris and Thomas – will use their experience and creativity to further develop quality, innovative solutions for our clients.”