Scottish Partner named as head of Dentons’ 150-strong corporate law division

Brian Moore, Partner at Dentons

Brian Moore will lead a team across the UK and Ireland

EDINBURGH-based Partner Brian Moore has been named as Divisional Leader for Corporate at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, covering the practice’s operations across the UK and Ireland.

Mr Moore will lead a team of 150 lawyers, including 50 in Scotland, which will handle disciplines including competition, corporate, and tax and will take on a larger remit with a broader management role.

His appointment is part of a wider restructuring within the UKIME region, which has been led by Abu Dhabi-based Paul Jarvis, who became UKIME Chief Executive on 1 May.

Dentons in Scotland has advised on a raft of recent corporate deals, including: the restructuring and sale of Bonmarché, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, and Ponden Home; the restructuring of clothing retailer Quiz’s bricks and mortar business; and the investment in leading online specialist sports retailer Sigma Sports by Primary Capital Partners.

The firm was also the lead legal advisor on the establishment of the £2 billion Scottish National Investment Bank.

Mr Moore said: “The corporate deals market is hot – both in Scotland and across the wider UK.

“We’re looking at a strong calendar opening up in front of us, with a busy pipeline of activity over the coming months.

“The pandemic has created lots of opportunities for companies that have the financial firepower to do deals – either through their own reserves or through access to capital – and there are plenty of owners willing to sell their businesses to the right buyer and on the right terms.

“We’re finding that companies are very acquisitive and opportunistic at the moment – they’re ready to take advantage of the corporate deals market having really opened up.”

Mr Moore’s appointment follows Claire Armstrong taking up the newly created role of Scotland Managing Partner in February.

Ms Armstrong’s promotion completed an all-female leadership team in Scotland, with Alison Bryce serving as Office Head for Glasgow and Kirsti Olson working as Office Head for Edinburgh.

Mr Moore added: “My appointment demonstrates that Dentons is focused on the skills and the talents of our people and not on their location.

“That’s also emphasised by Paul Jarvis, our new UKIME Chief Executive, being based in the Middle East.

“Many of my colleagues in the corporate division are dual-qualified and work with clients that operate in multiple jurisdictions – we allocate work according to client requirements and relationships and the team’s skills and capabilities, and not any arbitrary factor, like where their desks are located.”

Other appointments made as part of Mr Jarvis’s restructuring include Deepa Deb as Divisional Leader for Real Estate, and Alastair Young as Divisional Leader for the Middle East.

Recent recruits include Darran Stevenson as Chief Finance Officer and Victoria White as General Counsel.

Dentons’ UKIME executive committee is now 36% female, as is 50% of its board.

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