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Matthew Sapte

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Matthew Sapte is a partner in the firm’s banking and finance department and specialises in debt capital markets and derivatives. Matthew regularly advises bank and corporate clients on a wide range of matters, covering bond financings (including Eurobonds, sukuk issues, exchangeables and MTN programmes), asset backed securitisations, receivables financings (including power supply contract monetisations) and derivative transactions (whether OTC, credit linked or finance related).


Assitant lawyer Dentons (formerly SNR Denton) 1991-93; transaction manager then assistant director Dentons America (formerly SNR Denton) 1993-97; lawyer Nomura International/Capital Company of America; partner Dentons (formerly SNR Denton) 2002-present.




Trainee membership: The Law Society of England and Wales.


Selwyn College (1989 Natural Sciences and Law); York College of Law (1990 Law Society Finals ).

London: Finance

Debt capital markets

Within: Debt capital markets

Dentons is well known for the strength of its emerging markets debt practice, which relies on the firm's extensive global network to provide local law, English law and US securities law advice across more than 70 jurisdictions. The firm has a long track record of advising on transactions in Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS on behalf of sovereign, financial institution and energy-sector clients. One client remarks that the practice, led by David Cohen is a 'very dedicated team and pleasant to work with'; Cohen and key partner Nick Hayday are 'very experienced'. Among the firm's other 'pragmatic, user-friendly and hands-on partners' are US securities specialist Cameron Half and key advisor to trustees, security agents and other agency service providers Catriona Lloyd. Matthew Sapte is also recommended for Sharia-compliant and structured debt transactions.

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Derivatives (including commodities)

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Sapte - Dentons

Within: Derivatives (including commodities)

The derivatives, commodities, trade and upstream finance group at Dentons has extended its capability with the addition of two new partners.  Yusuf Battiwala, who is is a recognised expert in derivatives, joined from Allen & Overy LLP. He handles OTC derivatives, repos and securities lending. Luke Whitmore, previously at Fieldfisher, has a similar practice but with a particular focus on the prime brokerage and futures market. The practice group led by Matthew Sapte handles all aspects of derivatives across the full range of asset classes, including interest rate, FX, credit, equity and commodity derivatives. Its work includes master documentation negotiations, clearing, hedging on financings and securitisations, and a range of highly structured derivatives transactions. It also assists clients with innovative funding structures utilising derivatives and has a prominent role in emerging market derivatives transactions.

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Islamic finance

Within: Islamic finance

Acting in conjunction with its extensive global network, which includes a strong presence throughout the GCC, Dentons is instructed by a litany of Islamic and conventional banks, which it advises on real estate finance transactions and a range of capital markets mandates. In particular, the team has noted expertise in Islamic structured finance, an aspect of the practice that was further strengthened in 2019 by the arrival of Yusuf Battiwala, who joined the firm from Allen & Overy LLP. The London-based team works especially closely with its colleagues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Matthew Sapte heads the wider banking and finance practice.

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