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Dentons Boekel migrates name and brand to Dentons

The partners of Dentons Boekel have decided to transition the name to Dentons, with effect from January 1, 2020. Dutch law firm Boekel combined with Dentons in 2017.

“Dentons Boekel has had a rich legacy of serving clients for more than 60 years in the Dutch market. We are delighted to have benefited from the brand and goodwill and are excited about Dentons’ next chapter in the Netherlands,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global Chief Executive Officer of Dentons.

“Connecting our new talent to colleagues and clients around the world is a key element of our global strategy,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chair of Dentons. “As the partners of Dentons Boekel have decided to transition from Dentons Boekel to Dentons, we are remarkably pleased with the success of the combination in the Netherlands, which is just one example of the uptick we are experiencing across so many of our markets around the world.”

Since joining Dentons in May 2017, the Amsterdam office has doubled in revenue growth. It has grown from 16 to 29 partners, adding new teams, and/or significantly enhancing capabilities in Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Energy, Private Equity, Intellectual Property and Technology, Tax and Real Estate.

Wendela Raas, Managing Partner in Amsterdam said: “We are delighted by the way this combination has played out, which is one of the reasons we decided to transition the name to Dentons at this time. We are fully committed to Dentons’ vision to always be the law firm of the future and look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues around the world under the Dentons brand.”

“The last two years have been transformative for our Amsterdam office,” said Marien Glerum, Benelux Managing Officer at Dentons. “Not only have we attracted top talent and strengthened our service offering, but we have also gained numerous new client relationships. At the same time, our existing clients have benefitted from the unmatched global coverage of the world’s largest law firm.”

Dentons has more than 100 lawyers in the Netherlands, and employs more than 10,000 lawyers in 181 locations and 73 countries around the world.

Hogan Lovells Celebrates the New Year with 29 Promotions

Global law firm Hogan Lovells today announced that 29 of its people have been promoted to partner effective 1 January across a network of 45+ offices in 24+ countries, spanning Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Speaking on the promotions, Hogan Lovells’ CEO Steve Immelt commented:

“Each of these individuals has demonstrated our core values through their hard work, client dedication, leadership behaviors and innovative thinking. Their additions to the partnership are a reflection of our truly global and diverse culture at the firm. The achievements of this talented group reflect the excellent work the firm does in recruiting and retaining the best people in a highly competitive legal marketplace. With that in mind, I am particularly pleased that more than 40 percent of our new partners and new counsel are women. I congratulate all those who were promoted and wish them every success as they continue their career with us.”

Each of Hogan Lovells’ five practice groups is represented in the 2020 partner promotions:

  • Eight in Corporate (including in Transactional, Real Estate, and Tax)
  • Seven in Litigation, Arbitration and Employment (including in Litigation, Arbitration, Investigations, White Collar and Fraud, and Employment)
  • Nine in Global Regulatory (including in Communications, Environment and Natural Resources, Medical Device and Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Health, International Trade and Investment, Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation, and Financial Services)
  • Two in Finance (including in Business Restructuring and Insolvency, and Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects)
  • Three in Intellectual Property, Media and Technology

The additions to the partnership are a reflection of Hogan Lovells’ progress as one of the legal world’s only true global law practices. The new partners include:

  • 14 in the Americas, spread across our Baltimore, Denver, Mexico City, New York, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. offices
  • Eight in the UK and Africa, in our London office
  • Six in Continental Europe, spread across our Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Munich, Madrid, and Rome offices
  • One in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, in our Tokyo office.
  • 13 women and 16 men.

In addition to the 29 new partners, 56 of our lawyers have been promoted to Counsel.

Our clients see us as an extension of their team, because we put ourselves in their shoes at every turn. They trust our recommendations, and we prove our worth time and again with commercially astute solutions.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.hoganlovells.com/

White & Case advises insurers on restructuring of Trakcja PRKiI

Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised AXA Ubezpieczenia Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń i Reasekuracji S.A., Credendo – Excess & Surety Societe Anonyme operating in Poland through Credendo – Excess & Surety Spółka Akcyjna Branch in Poland, Generali Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A., Korporacja Ubezpieczeń Kredytów Eksportowych S.A., Sopockie Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Ergo Hestia S.A., Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń S.A. and Uniqua Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A. on the restructuring of the financial debt of Trakcja PRKiI S.A. and its subsidiaries.

As a result of the restructuring, Trakcja PRKiI S.A. obtained overall financing of around PLN 1.2 billion in the form of various financial instruments including revolving loans, subordinated loans, funds from share capital increases, bank guarantees and insurance guarantees.

“This is one of the most complicated restructurings in Poland in recent years,” said White & Case partner Tomasz Ostrowski. “The document approval process took more than six months and involved more than ten financial institutions. The documentation is governed by Polish law, but the transaction also includes important elements of English and Lithuanian law.”

The White & Case team in Warsaw which advised on the transaction included partner Tomasz Ostrowski and local partner Aneta Urban.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.whitecase.com/

Hogan Lovells partner joins Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie has appointed trade and commodity finance lawyer Lodewyk Meyer as a partner in its banking and finance practice group in Johannesburg.

Meyer was previously partner of the banking and finance team at Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg, where he had been since 2015.

His experience also includes roles at Norton Rose Fulbright, Bowman Gilfillan, Standard Chartered, Nedbank and Absa. Throughout his career he has advised banks, structured trade and speciality funds, and actors in the commodity value chain in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the US.

“Lodewyk’s hire forms part of our strategy to grow our transactional practice in Africa through strategic recruitment and organic promotions,” says Baker McKenzie managing partner Morne van der Merwe. “Lodewyk’s skills in trade, finance and investment in Africa are invaluable to multinational organisations who must negotiate a multitude of trade and finance laws and regulations when transacting across borders in Africa.”

Roland Berger appoints eight new partners in Europe

In home-country Germany, Frank Pietras and Uwe Weichenhain have joined the firm’s leadership. Pietras is based in Roland Berger’s Munich office and is an automotive expert. He specialises in automotive advisory, commercial due diligence, growth strategy, market & product strategy and business processes transformation.

Uwe Weichenhain has been with the consultancy for over a decade, and has been named a partner in the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure arm. He is an expert in new technologies that drive the transition towards sustainable infrastructure, including offshore wind, power transmission, gas and LNG, hydrogen, and digital technologies.

In the Netherlands, where Roland Berger has a team of around 100 consultants based in Amsterdam, Koen Besteman and Sameer Mehta have been promoted to partner level. Besteman specialises in the life sciences, and biopharma industry, supporting companies with innovation management, new market development, business cases, and setting up value models for research projects and portfolios. He also has gained extensive experience supporting universities with strategic and financing topics.

Having joined Roland Berger in 2010, Sameer Mehta focuses on merger & acquisition and investor support services. He works with private equity firms and corporate clients on topics related to due diligence, growth & performance improvement and restructuring. Mehta advises clients in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare and industrial products, with a particular focus on automotive, media, technology and steel.

In Sweden, Benny Guttman has been appointed a partner in the Gothenburg office. He has previously worked for three consulting firms, Accenture, EY and McKinsey & Company, prior to joining Roland Berger in 2017. In between consulting, he spent eight years at Volvo, the last six of which he was Senior Vice President at Volvo Logistics where he headed Strategy, Corporate Values and Operational Development. Guttman’s work is focused around strategic and operational improvement at clients in the automotive, manufacturing, med-tech and retail industries.

Artem Zakomirnyi has been serving the consulting firm for over twelve years, working from the offices in Moscow, Russia, and Kiev, Ukraine. He specialises in strategic and operations work in the consumer goods and retail industries. Zakomirnyi also has a deep understanding of supply chain and logistics topics, for both the traditional retail as well as online (e-commerce) retail channels.

Based in Bucharest, Romania, Szabolcs Nemes has been with the firm since 2001, in the period developing industry expertise in energy & utilities, telecommunications and transportation. His functional expertise spans strategy development, large-scale transformation, definition of new organisation models, operational excellence and efficiency improvement. Nemes supports clients in Romania and throughout the Central Eastern European region.

Last but not least, the Frenchman Pierre-Antoine Bodin, who has been named a partner in Roland Berger’s Pharma and Healthcare practice. Prior to joining the management consultancy in 2012, he spent eight years in various supply chain and marketing positions at pharma companies Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.

Beyond the eight new partners in Europe, Roland Berger also promoted four partners in Asia and the Middle East.

How overseas growth can enhance your business

Expanding overseas can play a critical role in the prosperity of many mid-market companies, so it’s no surprise that 37% of businesses expect to increase exporting in the coming year. And if companies are not considering overseas growth, they can be sure their competitors will be.

Forging New Ground

One company that is already looking at exporting well beyond Europe’s shores is Norfolk-based Centurion, which has been making protective head gear, including helmets and face screens, since the nineteenth century. To safeguard its future, CEO Jeff Ward led the business through a total rebranding and restructure when he joined three years ago.

“Centurion is a 140-year-old business and, while our history is something we’re enormously proud of, it was hindering our progress,” says Ward.

“There’s no getting away from the fact that we were stuck in the past. Yes, we’d developed our product range and, yes, we were doing OK, but we weren’t growing and our approach to business was dated. We expected new business to come to us instead of going all out to raise our profile, to network and to make the types of connections that would lead to new contracts.”

Despite being one of the leading players in its sector, Ward says Centurion lacked visibility and definition in the market. “We were too vague about our identity, about what made us stand out from our competitors. Starting from scratch and looking at every aspect of our business helped us focus our attention on who we were and on our goals – the most vital of which was expanding overseas.”

Approaching Overseas Growth

Ward worked with our advisers on several aspects of Centurion’s restart, including raising its profile locally, optimising its R&D tax relief and, more recently, overseas growth. Over the past year, its international sales have grown by 30% – from £6 million to £9 million – and Ward expects this to continue in 2019, mainly in the Middle East and the US, where the company has a new partnership.

Repositioning itself in both the domestic and international marketplace was key to Centurion’s recent growth. “Exposure, perception and connections are vital when you are trying to expand,” says Ward. “Grant Thornton elevated our profile, initially on a local level by showcasing our company and its success as one of the top 100 businesses in Norfolk, and then by advising on our overseas growth. These are still early days, but I’m happy with the opportunities that are opening up. I’m excited about the partnerships we’ve established and hope that more will follow this year.”