Reed Smith boosts London trade finance team with Dentons hire

Reed Smith has hired Dentons partner Jonathan Solomon to its London energy and natural resources group.

Solomon – who joined the firm’s City base today (9 September) – advises financial institutions, corporates and traders on structured finance, trade and commodity matters in a range of emerging markets, including Indonesia, Ukraine, Mongolia and Brazil.

In 2008, Solomon was also tasked with relaunching legacy Denton Wilde Sapte’s Singapore office.

The move comes as Reed Smith – one of most active firms in the London recruitment market in recent years – seeks to expand its finance offering in the City.

In April the firm hired former Clifford Chance structured finance and derivatives partner Claude Brown, as well as McDermott Will & Emery energy and commodities derivatives partner Rashpaul Bahia.

Other finance partners to have joined the firm in the last two years include Peter Zaman, Brett Hillis, Tamara Box, Helena Nathanson, Chris Borg and Nick Stainthorpe.

The firm has also made a concerted push in its global energy and resources offering, having opened offices in Houston and Singapore in the last year.

“There is a significant overlap in the products being used in the energy and natural resources and the financial services sectors,” commented energy and natural resources group co-head Kyri Evagora. “Jonathan’s arrival further enhances our offering in these areas.”

“We are, of course, a single global partnership and this is reflected in our approach to working with our clients,” Evagora added. “Our firm is structured and organised for us to work in this way.”

“My clients increasingly require advice in innovative structures around financing transactions involving resource rich and emerging markets including Southeast Asia, Mongolia and Latin America,” said Solomon.

His move is the latest in a number of departures from Dentons in recent weeks, following the relocation of former international arbitration head Paul Stothard to SJ Berwin, and transactional partner Dan Larkin to Bryan Cave.