Global Chief Executive Officer: Elliott Portnoy
Global Chairman: Joe Andrew
UK & Middle East Chief Executive Officer: Jeremy Cohen
UK & Middle East Managing Director: Lisa Sewell
Number of UK partners: 182
Number of other UK fee earners: 578
THE FIRM Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index and a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner, Dentons is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways. With a legacy of legal experience that dates back to 1742, the firm serves the local, regional and global needs of private and public clients.
In October 2017 Dentons merged with leading Scottish law firm Maclay Murray & Spens, significantly enhancing the firm’s scale and capabilities across the UK. Dentons now operates from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Milton Keynes and Watford.
In 2015 Dentons launched Nexlaw Labs, a global innovation platform focused on developing, deploying and investing in new technologies to transform the practice of law (www.nextlawlabs.com). In 2016 it launched a free, quality-based legal referral network known as Nextlaw Referral Network, which covers all of the world’s major legal jurisdictions and enables member firms to refer clients to the law firm most appropriate for their needs (www.nextlawnetwork.com). In 2017 Dentons launched Nextlaw In-House Solutions, a strategic consulting service, with more than 50 former general counsel across the globe ready to provide integrated, multi-disciplinary solutions to in-house counsel (www.nextlawinhouse.com).
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Banking & Finance: Dentons has one of the largest banking practices in the UK and is privileged to be seen as a trusted legal adviser to the majority of banks and financial institutions. The firm’s practice spans all service lines, from general corporate lending to more specialist areas such as lending funds.
Corporate: Dentons’ corporate practice represents and works with clients on the full range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities, corporate finance and corporate governance. The firm’s strengths are most evident in cross-border transactional work, including transactions spanning the entire firm, from North America to Europe and the rest of the world, China to the Middle East, Africa to Latin America, Russia to the UK, and many more.
Dispute Resolution: Leveraging core practices at each of Dentons’ legacy firms, Dentons has one of the pre-eminent disputes groups in the world. In the UK, Dentons’ commercial litigation team is particularly well known for its work in energy, construction and engineering, banking, financial services, restructuring and insolvency, and international arbitration.
Energy: This global award-winning team has expertise in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters including electricity, oil and gas, environment and natural resources, project development and finance, and energy trading. The firm’s lawyers handle a wide variety of power generation matters, including those related to renewables, nuclear, natural gas and coal.
Real Estate: Dentons’ lawyers have a deep and wide-ranging understanding of the fundamentals of real estate. The firm plays a significant part in advancing ideas and practice across the industry and is best known for its expertise in development and regeneration, real estate finance/restructuring and insolvency, real estate funds, utilities, hotels and leisure, retail and rail.
Technology, Media & Telecommunications: With a multidisciplinary team around the globe of several hundred lawyers and professionals operating at the convergence of innovation, strategy, finance and law, Dentons represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 and emerging growth companies to venture capital firms, private equity firms and investment banks. Additional sector expertise includes: automotive; aviation and aerospace; construction; defence; forest products and agribusiness; gaming; luxury, fashion and beauty; and professional services.