Nick Hayday > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile



Nick is a partner in Dentons’ Capital Markets practice. He focuses on a wide range of securities work, including advising underwriters and issuers in connection with issues of debt (listed eurobonds, private placements, medium-term note programs, loan participation notes), equity, equity-related and Islamic Finance securities in international markets. Nick has particular experience in the emerging markets, especially in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa, where he is forging a reputation for executing difficult deals to demanding timetables.


  • Partner – Dentons (2017 – present)
  • Counsel – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2016 – 2017)
  • Senior Associate – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2011 – 2015)
  • Managing Associate – Linklaters (2008 – 2011)
  • Associate – Linklaters, including a secondment to the Equity and Debt Transaction Legal team at Nomura in London (2004 – 2008)
  • Trainee Lawyer – Linklaters, including a secondment to the Prague office and to the Debt Capital Markets Transaction Execution Group at J.P. Morgan in London (2002 – 2004)


  • Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2001, LPC
  • University of Bristol, 1999, B.A. (History)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Nick HaydayDentons

Dentons provides ‘timely deliverables and good visibility of the process‘, with one client remarking that the firm ‘always comes up with required solutions and is very professional in dealing with other parties‘. The firm is best known for its emerging markets debt practice, and lead partner David Cohen assisted Republic of Kenya with its offering of $1bn in amortising notes to institutional investors in the US. Nick Hayday, who is ‘very client-oriented and has excellent relationship skills‘, has a diverse practice that sees him act for underwriters and issuers in connection with eurobonds, private placements, MTN programmes, and loan participation notes, as well as Islamic finance securities. Hayday and Cameron Half, who leads the US Securities practice in EMEA, acted for Georgian telecommunications company JSC Silknet in its $300m debut Rule 144A/Reg S bond issue. Catriona ’Kitty’ Lloyd is a key adviser to corporate trustees and security agents. Senior associate Victoria Wyer is ‘great at coordinating different work flows‘.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

Dentons is praised by clients for ‘timely deliverables and good visibility of the process‘, with one client remarking that the firm ‘always comes up with the required solutions and is very professional in dealing with other parties, even when disagreements arise‘. Head of banking and finance Paul Holland oversees the firm’s emerging markets group, which has a strong presence in Africa, the Middle East, the CEE, CIS and Russia, as well as other developing markets. Debt capital markets partner Nick Hayday  is ‘a wonderful lawyer who instils confidence in a client‘. He assisted CPI Property Group, a major owner of income-generating real estate in the Czech Republic and the CEE region, on a €700m sustainability-linked bond issue. Debt capital markets specialists Cameron Half, who was part of a team that advised JSC Silknet in Georgia on a $300m bond issuance and who ‘contributes from his vast expertise and pragmatic solutions‘, and David Cohen are key members of the emerging markets group. Trade and export finance specialist Ian Clements is ‘very attentive and understands the issues‘. Dominic Spacie  specialises in projects, particularly infrastructure transactions, in Africa and the Caribbean. New energy and infrastructure partner Colm Ó hUiginn, who joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in 2022, and finance partner James Ingham are also key to the practice.