Associate - Asset, Trade & Energy Finance

Date: 12 Sep 2023

Location: London, GB

Company: Dentons


Department: Banking and Finance
Duration: Permanent
Location: London
Reports to: Partner
Type of Role: Hybrid
PQE: 3-6 years 
Reference no: 5202


The Department 


Our Asset, Trade and Energy Finance (ATEF) group covers a range of areas of specialised finance, including asset finance (particularly in respect of aviation finance), trade and commodity finance, asset-based lending, project finance and export finance.

The Trade and Commodity Finance team within ATEF enjoys demand from clients looking for expertise in complex commodity, trade, receivables, export and structured financings, and is highly ranked in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories. Our portfolio of clients includes major UK and international banks, trading houses, specialist funds and high profile borrowers.

Our market-leading Asset-Based Lending practice complements the Trade and Commodity Finance practice and the firm's wider Banking & Finance practice. We are one of only a few firms in the City to have a credible specialist ABL team. Our ABL client base spans the full spectrum of the market, ranging from UK clearing banks and major overseas financial institutions to independent asset based lenders and funds. As a result, the team is regularly engaged in advising on a wide variety of transactions, including syndicated ABL facilities, sponsor-backed deals, non-recourse receivables purchase facilities, supply chain finance and borrowing base facilities. The team also regularly advises on hybrid deals which combine ABL facilities with other types of finance (such as unitranche facilities or high-yield bonds) in the capital structure and involve complex intercreditor arrangements. 


The Role


We now have an opportunity for an ambitious Associate to join ATEF and support both the Trade and Commodity Finance and Asset-Based Lending teams. The successful candidate will advise on a variety of structured commodity finance transactions, asset-based lending structures, receivables finance and supply-chain finance deals as well as transactions involving the use of trade finance instruments within a supportive and friendly team environment. Maximising our global presence and local expertise, you will connect with colleagues throughout the firm globally and manage international transactions to meet our clients' needs.

This role presents fantastic long term career prospects for the right candidate. You will build client relationships, contribute to business development and thought leadership, raising your own profile and supporting the continued growth of our ambitious practice and the Firm.


Required experience, skills, and attributes


Technical Skills

  • Experience of a variety of structured commodity finance structures such as borrowing base facilities, pre-export financings and pre-payment/advance payment transactions, and receivables based financing structures.
  • Experience of receivables financing and asset based lending facilities.
  • You will ideally have experience of working with international clients.
  • Enthusiastic about keeping up with the latest trends in the areas we cover.
  • Proven ability to communicate well at all levels.
  • Proven ability to organise and prioritise effectively.
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team whilst also using initiative.
  • Able to demonstrate flexibility and ability to adapt to change.
  • Ability to build effective client relationships.
  • Ability to solve problems and deal with client matters.
  • Strong aspirations to succeed.
  • Evidence to support keen interest in business development.


Personal Attributes

  • Teamwork - Maintains productive and harmonious relationships within own team and across the firm to achieve objectives. Promotes team based working and shares knowledge. A sociable team player.
  • Communication - Communicates clearly, concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Adaptability to change - Is receptive to changing requirements in the job and the firm. Adapts approach to meet new priorities and able to promote new ideas and improvements.
  • Customer focus - Proactive in identifying and addressing the needs of clients and internal customers to ensure the delivery of valuable and efficient services.
  • Problem Solving - Analyses problems and information, evaluates options and risks in order to identify the most appropriate solutions. Bases decisions on sound judgement and initiative.
  • Achievement - Displays a high degree of commitment and purpose in pursuing objectives. Prioritises plans and organises workload. Focused and energetic in ensuring tasks are carried through to successful completion.
  • Personal Effectiveness - Projects confidence, self-motivation and enthusiasm. Displays a positive attitude and demonstrates self-control when under pressure.


Firm Profile

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. 


Diversity & Inclusion 


Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.


Equal Opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email 



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