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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

Derivatives and structured products

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Sapte - Dentons

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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Islamic finance

Within: Islamic finance

Dentons' ‚Äėvery impressive' team is headed by¬†Matthew Sapte¬†and includes Dubai-based partner Alex Roussos; both¬†are ‚Äėvery user friendly and very hands-on, offering good technical knowledge‚Äô. Recent highlights include advising a bank as dealers on the update of Sharjah Islamic Bank's US$3bn Trust Certificate Issue Programme; and advising a bank as facility and security Agent in respect of a shari'ah-compliant reserve-based lending facility worth $100m for the financing of exploration and production companies with onshore assets in Pakistan, led by Tim Pipe¬†.

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Trade finance

Within: Trade finance

Clients praise the 'responsive, clear, pragmatic' practice at Dentons, which excels in structured commodity finance, reserve based lending and export credit financing. A leading light in the market, Celia Gardiner leads the trade finance practice and is 'very strong at simplifying complicated matters, in addition to being very clear and persuasive in her explanations and arguments both with clients and counterparties'. She acted for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on the $1.3bn annual pre-export finance facility for the Ghana Cocoa Board, which is secured on the receivables generated by Ghana's export of cocoa. Tim Pipe advises lenders, borrowers, international financial institutions and trading companies on financings in the energy sector, with a particular focus on upstream oil and gas businesses, as well as in emerging markets including Russia and Nigeria. He handled a $640m structured facility for Neconde Energy on behalf of lender Africa Finance Corporation. Mark Cheney's main focus is physical commodities trading and structured commodity trades in the energy sector. The practice also calls upon the structured finance and capital markets knowledge of Matthew Sapte and the export credit financing expertise of London banking and finance head Paul Holland. Rising star and senior associate Ian Clements plays a key role in structured trade and commodity financing deals, and recently acted for security agent Natixis on the restatement of a $475m borrowing base facility.

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