Global CEO: Elliott Portnoy
Global Chairman: Joe Andrew
US CEO: Mike McNamara
Number of lawyers: 9,000+ lawyers and 17,000+ total people in 175 locations in 78 countries
Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs, Nextlaw Global Referral Network and Nextlaw In-House Solutions. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which it lives and works. Dentons has received numerous accolades, including:
■ Awarded as ‘2018 Illinois Powerhouse’ by Law360
■ Ranked #1 patent prosecution firm in the US by Juristat top 100 2017 and 2018
■ Ranked in top 5 by BTI Consulting’s Brand Elite rankings
■ Awarded ‘US Midwest Firm of the Year’ and ‘Most Innovative International Firm’ by Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards
■ One of three firms named Technology Titans by BTI Consulting
Main Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
Dentons US practice represents debtors, acquirers, lenders, creditors, ad hoc and official committees, governmental claimants and other parties in Chapter 11 and 15 cases and out of court restructurings and is part of its global restructuring group which has over 200 attorneys worldwide.
With a corporate practice that encompasses multibillion-dollar purchases of public companies, corporate governance and formation, venture and private equity investing, compliance and operations, and alliances and breakups in virtually every corner of the world, Dentons’ scope and reach is as broad as the universe of corporate interests.
Dentons has one of the world’s leading energy practices. The firm not only advises US clients looking to expand internationally (and vice versa), but also offer clients expertise across jurisdictions. Dentons guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Clients include oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities, large customers, new energy and old.
Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions and regulation in the world’s leading financial centers. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.
A leader in the health and life sciences industry, Dentons boasts a deep bench of lawyers who have spent decades immersed in the health and life sciences sector, helping organizations navigate continuously evolving political, regulatory and economic landscapes. Dentons leads with experience in all aspects of litigation, health care financing, and health care regulatory issues.
Dentons’ lawyers represent global insurers on all aspects of their business, from company formation, mergers and acquisitions, product development, and regulatory compliance. The firm’s lawyers represent these insurers on their most significant coverage claims, financial litigation and regulatory investigations. Dentons’ litigators are renowned for handling class actions challenging insurer business practices and disputes over the consequences of natural and man-made catastrophes.
Dentons’ lawyers identify, protect and help commercialize IP in the most highly developed markets—and in jurisdictions where IP laws and enforcement are still evolving. Dentons’ lawyers and technical/scientific advisors represent global corporations, academic and research institutions, inventors and artists, venture capital firms, and others invested in patents, trademarks, copyrights and proprietary property.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Dentons has one of the preeminent disputes groups in the world. Dentons’ lawyers have litigated bet-the-company matters including infrastructure arbitrations in the Middle East, investment treaty arbitrations in Africa, financial litigation in London, commercial claims in Poland and class actions and securities litigation in the US and Canada.
Native American Law:
Dentons’ track record is virtually unmatched as a Band 1 ranked firm when it comes to helping clients construct strategies that take into account the frequent interplay of the courts, the regulatory role of federal agencies, the influence of Congress and the realities of the current political climate. Clients benefit from lawyers who have served at the federal agencies and in congressional offices, and who have a deep knowledge of fee-to-trust issues, tribal governance, complex litigation, cultural protection, and business development (gaming, energy, 8a, tribal bonding, conventional financing and tax analysis).
Dentons fields a team of 100 real estate lawyers in the U.S. and more than 1,300 worldwide, providing clients with access to top legal advice wherever they do business. Real estate owners, investors and lenders engage Dentons on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, and debt and equity transactions in today’s market. In addition, Dentons’ Hotels and Leisure practice is consistently ranked among the best in the world.
As the world’s largest law firm, Dentons is able to draw on recognized leaders and an unmatched network of talent and industry knowledge to assist clients with their most important transportation issues and projects. The firm prides itself on establishing long-term relationships as trusted counselors to its clients and on bringing a mix of legal, strategic, and business acumen to its engagements that sets us apart.