Dentons dynamic duo remains for another 3 years

by Steve Randall20 Nov 2018

Two of the key architects of Dentons fast and wide global expansion will remain in their management roles for another three years.

Global chairman Joseph Andrew and global CEO Elliot Portnoy have held their roles since the firm was formed from a three-way merger in 2013.

Having guided the firm to the world’s largest with more than 9,600 lawyers in 174 locations across 78 countries, the pair have also overseen innovations including the Dentons Nextlaw Labs, Nextlaw Referral Network, and Nextlaw In-House Solutions.

In a statement the duo, re-elected unopposed, said:

“We are as energized and engaged today as when we started and look forward to realizing our partners’ shared passion around providing clients with the deepest, most experienced and most diverse global pool of lawyers available. As a polycentric law firm, Dentons is proud of its diversity in culture, gender, ethnicity and viewpoints. We look forward to continuing to lead Dentons and increasing our global brand and reputation as the law firm that is innovating most to best serve clients in the future.”

Global, national firms advise on Victoria wind farm deal|
Teams from Herbert Smith Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin have advised on the Dundonnell Wind Farm in Victoria.

It’s the largest successful project of the Renewable Energy Auction Scheme and will have 80 turbines with an expected total installed capacity of 336MW.

Herbert Smith Freehills advised Tilt Renewables on the project development with a team led by partner Toby Anderson and senior associate Daniel Ficyk; Special counsel Michael Voros and solicitor Stephanie McSwiney assisted on planning and land matters; and Partner Kris Percy and solicitor Josh Singer advised Tilt Renewables in respect of the grid connection arrangements with AusNet Services and AEMO.

HSF also advised the syndicate of lenders, including Australian and international banks on the financing of the wind farm. This team was led by partner Miles Wadley with assistance from senior associates Nadine Kilpatrick and Amelia Fleming, solicitor Erin MacMullin and graduate Will Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Gilbert + Tobin advised Tilt Renewables as borrower’s counsel on the financing, led by banking & infrastructure partner Adela Smith with senior consultant Lisa Hamilton and lawyer Vern Lim assisting.

Hong Kong lawyer is only Dorsey promotion outside US
Dorsey & Whitney has named its latest partnership promotions with 15 lawyers making partner on 1st January 2019.

Most of the new partners are US-based with Hong Kong trademark lawyer Lilian Shi the exception.