Senior Associate - Asset, Trade & Energy Finance

Date: 3 Dec 2023

Location: London, GB

Company: Dentons


Department: Banking and Finance
Duration: Permanent
Location: London
Reports to: Partner
Type of Role: Hybrid
PQE: 6 years+
Reference no: 5186


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.


The Role


We now have an opportunity for an ambitious Senior Associate to join our Trade and Commodity Finance team. The successful candidate will advise on a variety of structured commodity finance transactions, receivables 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, mentor more junior colleagues, raising your own profile and supporting the continued growth of our ambitious practice and the Firm.


Required experience, skills, and attributes


Technical Skills

  • Extensive, in-depth knowledge of a variety of structured commodity finance structures including borrowing base facilities, pre-export financings and pre-payment/advance payment transactions.
  • Experience in advising on receivables based financings, including supply chain financing.
  • Experience and familiarity with trade instruments, including in respect of governing rules such as UCP600, ISP98, URDG 758, etc.
  • You will ideally have experience of working with international clients.
  • Ability to work with independently.
  • Exceptional drafting skills and legal research ability.

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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