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Martin Sharkey

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Before joining Dentons in 2016, Martin was at Clifford Chance for 13 years.


King's College London, 2001, Law

London: Finance

Derivatives and structured products

Within: Derivatives and structured products

At Dentons, 'the service, the pricing and the availability all click into place'. The firm handles all aspects of derivatives work including flow documentation negotiations, clearing, commodities hedging, securitisation swap intermediations and a broad range of plain vanilla and structured emerging market derivatives transactions. Derivatives specialist Matthew Sapte leads the practice and one client describes him as 'reasonable, very accommodating and very knowledgeable', adding that he is 'a calm person to have on a transaction'. He handles a broad range of work including credit-linked, equity-linked, conventional and Islamic derivatives. He recently advised BNP Paribas, as swap provider, on securitisation swaps entered into in connection with notes issued by Bluestep Mortgages Securities No. 4 DAC. He also assisted Investec Bank with its trading relationships with fund counterparties in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Luxembourg. The firm also has a strong CLO practice led by Martin Sharkey. Also recommended are Mark Cheney, who specialises in the development, financing and acquisition of energy and infrastructure assets, and in energy trading; and Peter Voisey and Edward Hickman, who handle structured finance and securitisation. The firm also has greater capacity in trustee, tax and regulatory matters in the derivatives market thanks to the hires of Catriona Lloyd from Linklaters LLP, Alex Tostevin from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP  and Jonathan Garforth from Allen & Overy LLP.

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Within: Securitisation

Dentons¬†provides 'excellent service and has in-depth knowledge in the area'.¬†RMBS, covered bonds and warehousing transactions are key areas of activity for the practice, which is also prominent in the CLO market. It also handles consumer loan transactions and trade receivables deals, as well as playing a key role for trustees and agents.¬† Highlights included acting for a Portuguese securitisation vehicle on the ‚ā¨176m acquisition of non-performing loan portfolios by a Portuguese bank and their subsequent securitisation.¬†Peter Voisey¬†led that deal and is noted for his 'enormous breadth of experience and commitment to ensuring work is seen through to successful completion; he is great to have on your side'.¬†Edward Hickman¬†, who co-leads the practice with Voisey, advised¬†Oaktree and Mars Capital on the ‚ā¨500m securitisation of non-performing Irish mortgage loan portfolios. CLO specialist¬†Martin Sharkey¬†has 'market-leading product knowledge and good commercial sense'.¬†Catriona Lloyd¬†joined from¬†Linklaters LLP¬†to work with¬†David Cohen¬†in the firm's dedicated¬†international corporate trust and agency practice.

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