Am Law 200 law firm Schulte Roth Zabel has added a Dentons finance partner to its London ranks.
Martin Sharkey joins Schulte Roth’s finance and derivatives practice after more than five years as a partner in Dentons’ London banking and finance practice, according to a statement.
Prior to this, Sharkey spent 13 years as a lawyer at Clifford Chance between 2003 and 2016. He specialises in providing strategic counsel for CLO managers, investors and arrangers, and also has experience in risk retention compliance, repackaging’s, and supply chain finance.
He has also been involved in a number of pro bono initiatives, including giving legal advice to the National Centre For Domestic Violence, and participating in fundraising events during his time at Dentons with The Albert Kennedy Trust – a homelessness charity for LGBTQ+ youth.
Speaking about the move, Sharkey said: “For me, Schulte is the right firm to make the transition to now, as I’m really looking to take my practice to the next level.”
Craig Stein, co-head of the firm’s finance and derivatives group in New York said in a statement: “Martin’s longstanding CLO practice in London creates excellent synergies with our U.S. CLO practice, and he will provide a valuable cross-border perspective to our clients.”
Sharkey’s move is the latest in red-hot lateral hiring market in London currently, with a number of high-profile moves in recent weeks.
The recent slew includes Judith Seddon’s move to Dechert from U.S. rival Ropes & Gray earlier this week, as well as the departure of Macfarlanes veteran Jonathan Conder after over 30 years at the firm. Conder joined Stephenson Harwood in its global wealth practice.
In a statement on Sharkey’s departure, a Dentons spokesperson said: “We thank him for his contribution and wish him well in the future.”