Matthew Sapte > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile



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 ).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

(Leading individuals)

Matthew SapteDentons

Dentons is ‘able to efficiently bring its various experts to the table for complex matters whether they involve regulation, disputes or more recently sanctions work‘ and it ‘punches well above its weight in terms of the service provided and expertise across products‘. The firm is greatly experienced in structured finance transactions in emerging markets, including Islamic derivatives, and his also present in emerging market niches, cryptocurrencies. Head of derivatives Matthew Sapte acted for Leonteq Securities in the structuring, documenting and negotiating of a sharia-compliant Trust Certificate Issuance programme. Key partner Luke Whitmore is ‘thoughtful and knowledgable, and is always ready to get on the phone and discuss issues‘. Yusuf Battiwala  moved to Norton Rose Fulbright and CLO specialist Martin Sharkey moved to Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP.

London > Finance > Islamic finance

Acting on its own, as well as frequently in conjunction with lawyers based out of the firm’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices, Dentons provides a strong service to both conventional and Islamic banks, primarily in relation to capital markets mandates. Team head Matthew Sapte has vast transactional experience, both in terms of sukuk bond issuances, as well as in relation to derivates and structured products – where his expertise is regularly sought after by banks developing templates and structured products. Yusuf Battiwala joined Norton Rose Fulbright in March 2022.