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Work Department

Banking and Finance




Ian is a Partner (previously Senior Associate, made Partner in 2021) in Dentons’ London office. He is a member of the Trade and Commodity Finance practice group.

Since qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2009, Ian has focused on international structured trade and commodity finance transactions, including the production, transportation and sale of commodities, and receivables financing and invoice discounting transactions.

Ian acts for banks, borrowers and commodities trading houses and has particular experience of borrowing base, pre-export, prepayment and Islamic financing structures as well as extensive general banking experience.

Previous employment:

  • Associate/Senior Associate – Watson Farley & Williams LLP (2009 – 2015)
  • Legal Secondee – ABN AMRO Bank N.V., London Branch (2010 – 2011)
  • Trainee Solicitor – Watson Farley & Williams LLP (2007 – 2015)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Trade finance

(Rising stars)

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The commodities, trade and upstream finance practice at Dentons provides ‘sound and knowledgeable advice‘ on a broad spectrum of complex and cross-border work, and it counts ING Bank, ED&F Man and Trafigura among its key clients. Lead partner Tim Pipe has extensive experience in the English law upstream oil and gas financing market and frequently works on financings and re-financings in the sector across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America. Simon Prendergast, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard, is regarded as a leading asset-based lending and receivables financing lawyer and he frequently advises UK and international banks, as well as numerous large corporates. Ian Clements frequently handles syndicated borrowing base, pre-export and structured prepayment financings, as well as bilateral secured trade finance facilities, receivables financing transactions, trade finance distributions and export credit financings.

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.