Dentons to combine with seven elite firms in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia

Combinations will uniquely position the world’s largest law firm to meet client needs in yet more places around the globe

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, is today announcing combinations with seven leading law firms. It will combine with a leading law firm in Kenya, two leading law firms in Mauritius, two leading law firms in the Caribbean, one based in the west in the Cayman Islands and another based in the Barbados with coverage across the Eastern Caribbean, a leading law firm in Indonesia and a leading firm in Malaysia. These combinations with seven elite law firms in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia further the Firm’s stated growth strategies in these dynamic and growing regions.

Dentons will combine with Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews in Kenya; Mardemootoo Solicitors and Balgobin Chambers in Mauritius; Dinner Martin in the Cayman Islands and Delany Law in the Eastern Caribbean (including offices in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago); Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) in Indonesia; and Zain & Co. in Malaysia.

These combinations will give Dentons’ clients access to the experience and talents of lawyers working in 73 countries, and will uniquely position Dentons to provide high-quality legal services to clients around the world.

The combinations in Kenya and Mauritius follow in the wake of last year’s combination in neighboring Uganda with Kampala Associated Advocates. Dentons traces its presence in Africa to the establishment of a Cairo, Egypt, office in 1964. It also has offices in Casablanca, Morocco, and Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, as well as Uganda. These combinations will further allow Dentons to pursue its Africa strategy to become a pan-African law firm that reaches more of Africa than its competitors.

The combinations in Barbados, the Cayman Islands and other islands in the Caribbean are forged in the wake of rapid expansion in Latin America, with a strategic alliance launched last year with Brazil’s Vella Pugliese Buosi Guidoni as well as  a combination with Gallo Barrios Pickmann in Peru. They also follow the earlier launch of Dentons Muñoz in Central America, and of Dentons López Velarde in Mexico and Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas in Colombia. These moves are part of Dentons’ long-term strategy to build our presence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The combinations in Indonesia and Malaysia follow on recent combinations with firms in nations that are also members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Singapore and Myanmar.

“We are growing faster in Latin America and the Caribbean—and with truly high quality firms—in a way that no one has ever done before,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “Our new offices in Mauritius and Kenya complement our growing pan-African presence, coming on the heels of our expansion in neighboring Uganda just last year. And our expansion in Indonesia and Malaysia builds on our presence in Singapore and Myanmar in the dynamic South East Asia region.”

“Clients within East Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia, and clients wanting to do business in those growing regions, will benefit from high-quality legal service on a truly global scale that only Dentons can offer,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “Our clients have access to the deep local knowledge that is provided by lawyers who are both in and of the communities they serve.”

The combinations enhance Dentons’ depth and reach in key business sectors and practice groups, including Banking and Finance, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Tax, as well as greatly boost our capabilities in infrastructure rebuilding.

“Our expansion in Kenya will build on our East Africa presence in Uganda, while our combinations in Mauritius will help us pursue our overall Africa growth strategy,” said Noor Kapdi, CEO of Dentons’ Africa region and Managing Partner of Dentons South Africa.

“These combinations with Dentons will allow us to continue our unprecedented, rapid growth in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Jorge Alers, CEO of Dentons Latin America and Caribbean region.

“Our expansion in Indonesia and Malaysia high-quality firms there will help us build on our currently strong South East Asia presence in region with very dynamic economies,” said Philip Jeyaretnam, S.C., Singapore Chief Executive Officer and Global Vice-Chair.

The seven combinations, following approval by partners and subject to meeting regulatory requirements in each jurisdiction, are expected to launch later in 2018.



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 recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.



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Legal giant, Dentons, partners with Techstars, to support global startup community

Toronto, January 29, 2018 – Dentons and Techstars are proud to announce their strategic partnership that will further help entrepreneurs grow their businesses around the globe.

Techstars is a US-based, worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Dentons will be one of the preferred law firms for startups in the Techstars program in six jurisdictions around the world: Canada, Dubai, Europe, France, Germany and Singapore.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Techstars, a leading organization in the tech community with the outstanding support they provide to founders of emerging companies,” said Andre Garber, Director of the Dentons Canada Startup Program.

“Our team at Dentons is invested in the success of early-stage companies as well as investors and entrepreneurs active in this space,” added David Little, Chair of the Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies Group at Dentons Canada. “Our partnership with Techstars is another example of our commitment to companies early in their lifecycle.”

Dentons joins a distinguished list of organizations that work with Techstars to provide valuable educational content, mentorship and business advice, helping entrepreneurs fuel business growth and achieve their innovation goals. The Techstar Accelerator is a 3 month, mentorship-driven program culminating in a Demo Day where participating founders pitch their innovative ideas to investors.

“Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed,” said Amy Smith, VP of Partnerships at Techstars. “A key component to this success is giving entrepreneurs access to resources. Through this new partnership with Dentons, Techstars portfolio companies will have access to legal services in nearly every region of the world.”

“With a team of more than 150 lawyers around the world focused on advising founders and funders, Dentons is ideally placed to support Techstars in leading startups through global expansion,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “We will add value to their global ecosystem by being able to service startups locally as well as globally.”

“Dentons has become world-renowned as an innovator in the legal profession through a number of our initiatives designed to disrupt, differentiate and deliver, including our creation of Nextlaw Labs,” said Elliot Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “Techstars is perfectly aligned with our goal to drive innovation across all industries around the globe.”

This mutually-beneficial strategic partnership between Dentons and Techstars reinforces the Firm’s advanced capabilities in support of the global startup community. The partnership was finalized on January 11, 2018.

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About Dentons

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 recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.


About Techstars

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund.


About Nextlaw Labs

Nextlaw Labs is an industry-leading legal technology accelerator and global legal innovation consultancy. Nextlaw Labs is an autonomous, wholly owned subsidiary of global law firm Dentons and the first legal tech venture created by a law firm. Nextlaw Labs’ vision is to reinvent the business and practice of law via technology and deliver innovation as a service.


Welcome our new member – CMA Architects

CMA Architects are a Canadian Hungarian team of architects, interior architects and administrators who have, over 20 years, crafted a niche, quality design and project delivery practice.  With a portfolio of published and award winning projects ranging from offices to hotels to schools, landmark historical renovations to new build office tower, hotels to loft condo buildings CMA has delivered projects in 20 countries on 4 continents. CMA Architects are focused on design quality, quality execution and believe strongly in sustainable design having delivered LEED Gold certified offices buildings and educational buildings in both Europe and North America.

Dentons advises UniCredit and MUFG on EUR 750 million revolving credit facility for MOL

Budapest, 21 December 2017 – Dentons has advised UniCredit Bank AG, London branch and MUFG as coordinators on a EUR 750 million revolving credit facility provided by a group of 13 banks to MOL Plc., the Hungarian multinational oil and gas company. Société Générale acted as the facility agent.

The new facility has been arranged as a club deal with a group of MOL’s relationship banks. It has a tenor of five years (with two one year extension options) and can be drawn in both Euros and US Dollars.

Lee Federman, partner in Dentons’ Banking and Finance team, said, “We are delighted to have advised UniCredit and MUFG on MOL’s new revolving credit facility, which will serve to further enhance MOL’s financial profile and liquidity position.”

The Dentons team which advised UniCredit and MUFG was led by Lee Federman alongside Gergely Horváth, partner in Dentons’ Budapest office, and associates Alistair Stoddart and Emily Higgins in London.

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Sponsored by the IHBC (Irish Hungarian Business Circle), Clarke & White Property, St Andrew’s Association and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary.

Thank you Zsuzsa Bozó and Patrick McMenamin for all the hard work you have done!

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, announces new leadership roles at Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Ventures

Washington, D.C., December 7, 2017 – Dentons is pleased to announce that Marie Bernard has been named the new CEO of Nextlaw Labs, an accelerator of early-stage technology startups focused on the legal industry.

Dan Jansen, who currently serves as the CEO of both Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Ventures, effective immediately will focus on Nextlaw Ventures as CEO. Ventures had a successful first investment round in which it invested in 10 innovative legal tech companies located in the US and abroad. Seeking to build on that success, Jansen will spend his time preparing for a second round of investment so Dentons can continue to support its brand for innovation.

In her new role, Bernard, who will be based in Berlin, will work closely with Dentons’ leaders across the globe to develop Nextlaw Labs 2.0, helping to bring competitive advantage to Dentons, as well as design, develop and deliver “innovations as a service” to Dentons’ clients.

Jansen will remain very closely involved with Nextlaw Labs, as a Strategic Advisor, and continue to manage relationships with Nextlaw portfolio companies.

Bernard was most recently Europe Director of Innovation at Dentons, has served as Strategic Advisor to Nextlaw Labs, and she has been recognized in the Fastcase 50 as one of the world’s leading innovators in law. She will work closely with Dentons, clients and industry leaders to help shape the future of the legal industry.

“We welcome our dynamic new leadership structure as we enter the exciting next phase of our Nextlaw enterprises,” said Dentons Global CEO Elliott Portnoy.

Dentons launched Nextlaw Labs in 2015 as an autonomous, wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to developing and deploying new technologies that transform the business and practice of law.

One year later, Dentons announced the Nextlaw Global Referral Network, an innovative global platform that is now the largest legal network in the world, with over 500 members firms and more than 30,000 lawyers covering every major jurisdiction in the world.

Then, earlier this year, Dentons continued to execute on our vision and launched the Nextlaw Global Public Affairs Network, a bold venture representing our firm’s ability to deliver a digitally based, fully integrated, cross-functional solution that we can truly say solves clients’ business problems, not just legal ones.

Last month, Dentons rolled out our newest Nextlaw initiative, Nextlaw In-House Solutions, providing clients with sophisticated consulting solutions that go above and beyond the practice of law, taking us into the new realm of the business of law.

“Dentons, through Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Ventures, is poised to take another step in challenging the status quo of the legal profession,” added Dentons Global Chairman Joe Andrew.

About Dentons

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 recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Welcome our new member – Alfonz Hamori

Hi, my name is Alfonz,

I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and at the age of 18, after spending some time in Germany, I moved to Vancouver, Canada. In 2011 my wife and I decided to sell everything and start a new adventure to give our children a broader perspective of life, and so we moved to the south of France. After a successful five years in the abundance of sunshine and in the latest chapter of our lives, we are now living in Hungary and are very excited to be here!

I have had businesses in Canada, France and now in Hungary, ranging from the automotive sector to wine and tourism and language education.

This past year I have been very busy creating our new life here, finding the right schools, a nice area to settle in and ultimately, building a house.

Now that we have our routine and my projects have come to an end, it is time for me to get out there and start something new!

I speak fluent English, Hungarian, conversational French and I look forward to being a member and meeting other like-minded people sharing our ideas and experiences.

Hungary Work Study Program- Information for potential employers

Through a six-week practicum in Budapest, student interns receive first-hand international experience working for either a multinational or local Hungarian company or organization.

The students work various projects according to the needs of the organization to which they are assigned. Student interns are unpaid volunteers for their company or organization. Work terms are academically rigorous, full-time work that provides both the student and the organization with a useful, meaningful work product within the six-week term.

Students in this program are upper-level undergraduate students with strong academic credentials. They are chosen from a list of qualified applicants and have the background and experience to provide the organization with meaningful work.

We have run the program successfully for two years, in 2015 and 2017. Participating companies have been very pleased with the work of our students and have been involved in the program since its beginning. Sample projects from previous years include: marketing research and financial analysis with focus on eastern European countries; marketing plan for newly developed products; researching export possibilities to North America; cold calling different institutes in North and South America to market existing and new products.

Students worked on key elements of the Canada European Union Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) that was implemented this September. They’ve compiled extensive lists of businesses in several Canadian provinces, wrote e-books on “How to do Business in Canada?” and “How to do Business in Europe? Afterwards they put together an export readiness questionnaire to be sent out to the above companies, and worked on a report detailing Benefits and opportunities for CETA investors. A sports marketing major student worked for a Hungarian soccer club on their international marketing image and website to measure effectiveness on their social media outreach towards fans. Two students worked for a healthy lifestyle promoting PR firm writing a 40 page research paper highlighting the functional food and beverage statistics of various countries to determine opportunities and potential threats of functional food wending machine start up business in the global economy.


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