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Magic Circle play: Dentons hires Clifford Chance veteran Voisey

Dentons continues to build its City offering through lateral recruitment, confirming the hire of Clifford Chance (CC) senior capital markets partner Peter Voisey (pictured) in a bid to capture greater market share.

The firm has also hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer projects lawyer Alistair Black who joins as a partner and will work within the firm’s energy, transport and infrastructure practice (ETI).

Voisey retired from CC’s partnership at the end of April last year after 15 years at the firm, having joined its securitisation practice in 2000 from Hogan Lovells.

He will now work alongside Dentons structured finance partner Ed Hickman, who joined the firm in 2012 from Linklaters, to further grow the practice.

Black, meanwhile, joins from Freshfields where he was a senior associate. He specialises in LNG, oil and gas, conventional, renewable and nuclear power and petrochemicals sectors, and his skillset covers project development, project finance and corporate M&A.

Dentons London head of banking & finance Paul Holland said: ‘The recovering markets, increasing regulatory cost of capital and rise of alternative sources of finance all present an opportunity for us to build out a high quality structured finance practice in London. As the market continues to evolve away from traditional loan financing Peter’s arrival will help us to move up the quality ladder and secure more complex transactions from our existing banking relationships.’

London head of ETI Matthew Hanslip Ward said: ‘The global energy markets offer huge opportunities for Dentons. The confluence between the gas and oil and electricity generation industries, and shift towards renewables, means that those firms with a real energy pedigree and a seamless global network are well-placed to capture work in this strategically important sector.’

Dentons has recently made multiple hires to boost its UK offering, including Pinsent Masons corporate partner Stephen Levy earlier this month, while in January it hired Matthew Arnold & Baldwin’s 75-strong banking and finance litigation team, including 11 partners and 64 fee earners. Last year Nikolas Colbridge and Martin Mankabady joined the firm from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Clyde & Co respectively.

See ‘The pitch’ for our in-depth analysis of Dentons.