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Tim Pipe

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Tim is a partner in the Banking and Finance group. He has considerable experience in advising lenders, borrowers, international financial institutions and trading companies in relation to financings in the energy sector (with particular focus on upstream oil and gas businesses), and in emerging markets (particularly the Russian Federation/CIS and Nigeria). Tim has worked on a wide range of financings, in particular reserve-based lending facilities, prepayment facilities, pre-export finance facilities, as well as more traditional corporate lending transactions. Tim has worked on financings for a wide range of borrowers, with recent transactions involving distressed national and independent oil companies in Africa, acquisition-focused independent exploration companies in Brazil and North Sea explorers.


Partner—Dentons (2015-present), Of Counsel / Senior Associate—Herbert Smith Freehills (2009-2015), Managing Associate—Linklaters (London and Moscow) (2003-2009), Lawyer / Trainee Lawyer—DLA Piper (1999-2003)

London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Dentons¬†is 'responsive, clear and pragmatic' on structured finance transactions in emerging markets. One client praises the lawyers' 'availability, really fast response times and excellent industry knowledge'. The firm has a large network of offices around the world, on which the London office draws for deep sector expertise and local market knowledge. Its track record in Africa goes back more than¬†50 years, though it also focuses heavily on the Middle East,¬†Russia and the CIS for banking and finance transactions. The firm's respected¬†Islamic finance practice frequently handles sukuks and other shari'ah-compliant structures. Capital markets is its key area of work in emerging markets, though it also handles¬†energy projects, and trade and project finance transactions. Its highlights deals from 2017 included acting for Lithuanian energy company Lietuvos Energija on its ‚ā¨300m green bond offering under its EMTN programme. This was the first international green bond issues in the CEE region, and¬†DCM specialists¬†Nick Hayday¬†and¬†David Cohen¬†¬†led the transaction.¬†Celia Gardiner¬†is a leading light in structured trade and commodity finance and one client describes her as 'very strong at simplifying complicated matters, and very clear and persuasive in her explanations'. She advised¬†Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on a $1.3bn pre-export finance facility for the Ghana Cocoa Board.¬†Paul Holland¬†leads the London banking practice and is a core member of the Islamic finance group.¬†US securities partner Cameron Half¬†handles high-profile debt and equity transactions.¬†Also recommended are¬†international oil, gas and power sector expert Danielle Beggs, infrastructure partner Dominic Spacie, energy sector finance expert Tim Pipe, and syndicated loan practice head Isaac Felberbaum.

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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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