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Paul Holland

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Paul Holland is head of the Banking and Finance Department in London. He has broad experience in a wide range of financial disciplines. Having started off as a project finance lawyer with a particular focus on the Middle East, his practice has migrated through several disciplines including trade finance, real estate finance, acquisition finance and aircraft finance. Latterly, Paul has focused on non-aviation export credit which has almost led him full circle back to project finance. Throughout his legal career, there has been a consistent emphasis on the emerging markets and in particular the Middle East where Paul was based for seven years. He travels regularly to the region and a lot of his work either emanates from or is connected to the Middle East. He has a good working knowledge of both written and spoken Arabic. Through his long association with the Middle East, he has also significant experience and understanding of Islamic finance and he has written and spoken frequently on this subject. Paul has acted for a wide range of clients including banks, export credit agencies, sponsors, lessors and corporate borrowers. He advises frequently on complex cross-border, structured finance transactions often with a capital markets element.


Lawyer Clifford Chance 1988; lawyer Fox and Gibbons, Dubai 1993-96, partner 1996-97; partner Dentons Dubai 1998-99, partner Dentons London 1999-present.


Senior courts of England and Wales.

London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Holland - Dentons

Within: Emerging markets

Dentons has 'a strong partner-led team with very good emerging market experience, which is capable in both Reg S and 144A transactions'. The firm has a vast global network of offices, which enables its London finance practice to be involved in a large number of emerging markets. Its long-standing presence in Africa was enhanced by its combination with Kenyan law firm Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews, and the firm continues to be involved in syndicated lending, project and infrastructure finance, export credit finance, debt capital markets, trade and commodities finance, and energy finance across the continent. Howard Barrie who advises on project and infrastructure finance projects in Africa, as well as on structured trade and commodity financings, rejoined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. The firm has a similar portfolio of work in the Middle East and, increasingly, in the CEE,  Russia and the CIS. The firm is also growing its portfolio of work from China, having merged with a local law firm.  Head of banking and finance Paul Holland and trade finance specialist Celia Gardiner are highly recommended.

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Trade finance

Within: Trade finance

'It is known as a top law firm in the market and has a great position in the market', remarks a client of Dentons. The firm's depth of expertise in banking and finance, energy and natural resources, as well as its presence in emerging markets gives its London team a strong standing in the market. Head of banking and finance Paul Holland leads the commodities, trade and upstream finance group  and deals with export credit financing and asset financing. In his team, Celia Gardiner has a long-standing reputation as one of the leading lawyers in the market and she frequently advises lenders and borrowers on financing transactions in the production, transportation and sale of commodities and in receivables financing and invoice discounting transactions. She also handles pre-export financing facilities, structured prepayment arrangements, borrowing base facilities and other working capital facilities for  traders, receivables financing, and restructuring and workouts in the natural resources sector. Howard Barrie rejoined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2018, and clients describe him as 'among the top lawyers in his field with enormous talent and experience'. Tim Pipe, who handles financings in the energy sector and in emerging markets, is also recommended.

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