Environmental and related natural resource issues are truly global in nature, transcending borders and requiring multinational responses. Environmental regimes are constantly evolving, as both developed and developing countries seek to meet the impacts of a global economy on their air, land, water and public health. Companies operating in multiple jurisdictions need the help of lawyers with broad experience across regions and continents to navigate this changing landscape.
Dentons’ lawyers have broad experience with environmental laws across the globe.
Companies face increasing regulatory and public pressure to address the environmental impact of their business operations, often in multiple jurisdictions. We deal with environmental issues, including project development, impact assessment, permitting, climate change, product life cycle analysis, due diligence and risk management. Dentons is ready to listen and respond to all your environmental needs wherever and whatever they may be.
Our lawyers will work with you to plan for compliance with changing regulations and standards around the world. Dentons will guide you in seeking resolution of enforcement actions, defending permits and pursuing legal remedies where necessary. Rely on our help and advice to take a proactive stance in assessing and managing liability from production to disposal, for products you manufacture, or assets you acquire or sell. When major incidents do occur, look to our lawyers for strategic management counsel and representation.
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- Argonaut Gold: Advising in its proposed $341 million business combination with Prodigy Gold Incorporated. The transaction values Prodigy's equity at approximately C$341 million on a fully diluted in-the-money basis and implies an enterprise value of approximately C$277 million.
- BP Canada: Advising on the sale of Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) business to Plains Mainstream Canada ULC, a wholly owned subsidiary, for $1.67 billion. This is the most recent of several billion-dollar-plus transactions where Dentons has partnered with BP. The NGL business owns, operates and has contractual rights to a wide range of assets from both production and distribution functions, from extraction though to wholesale distribution of NGL products across Canada and in the Midwest United States.
- Honolulu Rail: Representing a coalition of government, business, environmental and historic preservation groups (including the former governor of Hawaii) in litigation over a $5.5 billion heavy rail line in Honolulu. The case involves several issues arising for the first time under new federal regulations implementing Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, including requirements for properly evaluating the prudence of alternatives and the role of Traditional Cultural Properties under the act.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Guam Preservation Trust: Assisting in litigation to prevent the Department of Defense from building a complex of firing ranges on the site of an 800-year-old village, considered sacred by the native Chamorro population on the island of Guam. We are currently advising our clients on efforts to help the Department of Defense identify other locations for the firing ranges. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is an area of particular strength for the Firm: The head of our US Environmental practice was the lead draftsman for the NEPA's implementing regulations (which apply to all federal agencies), and no NEPA document on which we have advised has ever been found inadequate in court.
- Patheon Inc.: Acting as counsel on the Canadian aspects of Patheon’s October 2012, $255 million deal with Netherlands-based VION N.V. to purchase its specialty pharmaceutical division, Banner Pharmacaps. This included the handling of the environmental and regulatory due diligence associated with the Canadian assets and operations.
- Pogo Producing Co.: Conducting environmental due diligence on the $2 billion sale of Calgary-based Northrock Resources Ltd. to Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA). Previous representation of Pogo in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Northrock from Unocal Corp meant that extensive environmental reviews of Northrock's oil and gas properties in Western Canada were conducted as part of both transactions.
- Sasol Petroleum International: Advising on the C$1.05 billion acquisition of a 50 percent working interest in Talisman Energy Inc.’s (Talisman) Farrell Creek shale gas assets in the Montney Basin area of northeastern British Columbia, a subsequent transaction with Talisman for similar consideration of C$1.05 billion, which expanded Sasol’s gas reserves in the area, with a view to the further development of a gas-to-liquids plant to be located in Canada and to serve the North American liquid fuels markets.
- Teledyne Technologies: Conducting environmental and regulatory due diligence associated with Teledyne's acquisition of DALSA Corporation for $337 million. This involved review of all environmental matters relating to the design, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance digital imaging products and semiconductors.
- Teledyne Technologies Inc.: Advising on its $337 million acquisition of publicly traded DALSA Corporation (TSX: DSA) (DALSA) by plan of arrangement. Teledyne is a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems with operations primarily located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico. DALSA, now Teledyne DALSA, Inc., is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing specialized semiconductor foundry services, with core competencies in advanced integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing.
June 9, 2014
June 10, 2013
The firm's Kazakhstan office has secured excellent rankings in a number of legal directories. Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 ranked Dentons as a Tier 1 international firm. Chambers Global, 2014 gave us a top-tier ranking in Energy and Natural Resources and General Business Law. IFLR1000, 2014 also gave us Tier 1 ranking and described that, "today, the new firm is considered as 'one of the two most significant players in the market.' " Read more
April 11, 2012
The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes 32 Dentons practices and 82 lawyers. Recognition for the Firm includes "excellent at representing their clients;" "top-notch firm, very good results with them;" and "always prepared, always accessible, and never fail to deliver." Read more
The firm's Kazakhstan office has secured excellent ranking in a number of legal directories. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012 ranked us as a Tier 1 foreign firm, while Chambers Global 2012 gave us a top-tier ranking in Energy & Natural Resources. IFLR1000 2013 also recognised the firm, describing SNR Denton as a "a familiar face on Kazakhstan's legal market." Read more
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August 25, 2014
Whilst we have not yet seen a US-style shale gas "revolution", the wheels of UK shale are certainly in motion. In January, David Cameron pledged to go "all out" for shale. In April, an industry-commissioned and Government supported study by EY (previously Ernst & Young) was published, estimating that shale in the UK could generate 64,500 jobs and stimulate an investment of £33 billion. In May, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee asserted that the exploration, appraisal and development of UK shale resources should be an "urgent national priority". Read more
August 20, 2014
Dentons Environment and Natural Resources partner Nick Yost looks at how the US National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has changed the way we think about environmental regulation and for good reason—its "action forcing" provisions and increased public involvement make it one of the most imitated laws in US history. Read more
In the first of the UK Energy Team's 'Shale Update Series', we discuss the recently published application criteria and terms for the 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round. Many but not all issues of concern to developers and others have been dealt with, in this latest piece of guidance from the UK Government, and the need for planning and environmental input at the licensing stage is also significantly increased. This paper seeks to delineate the new legal challenges that have surfaced and provides additional insight into the enhanced legislative entry barriers. Read more
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July 17, 2014
May 12, 2014
The American Lawyer recently honored Dentons with one of two Global Pro Bono Deals of the Year (Environmental) in its 2014 Global Legal Awards, recognizing the Firm's exceptional cross-border legal work to help the nation of Cambodia monetize sustainable environmental practices. The Firm's pro bono involvement in the matter helped open the gates for Cambodia's first Reduced Emissions for Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) project after years of development, allowing for the verification of carbon credits and access to private capital. Read more
April 29, 2014
A nationwide Dentons team led by New York Energy partner Andy Schifrin acted as lead project counsel for Mesquite Creek Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, in connection with its development and project financing of a 200.6 MW wind farm that will be located near Lamesa, Texas. Read more
Dentons has been awarded International Law Firm of the Year for Russia and Poland at the Chambers Europe Awards. The awards took place on the evening of Thursday 25 April in London. Read more
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