Dentons has appointed Claire Armstrong to the newly-created role of Scotland managing partner.
Working alongside office head for Glasgow Alison Bryce and office head for Edinburgh Kirsti Olson, she is tasked with driving forward its strategy to be the leading international law firm in Scotland.
Armstrong joined the firm in 2011, working her way up to being an investment funds and corporate finance partner in the firm’s UK corporate practice.
She recently led the merger of Scottish investment company Murray Income Trust with Perpetual Income & Growth Investment Trust, creating one of the largest investment trusts in the UK Equity Income sector, with gross assets of around £1bn.
“Our ambition is to continue a rich tradition of working with clients across Scotland, from well established brands and household names with whom we have longstanding relations, through to start ups and all businesses in-between,” stated Armstrong.
“I look forward to working with Kirsti and Alison and the Scottish team as we take Dentons forward on its journey from Scotland’s oldest commercial law firm to Scotland’s leading global law firm.”
Over the past year Dentons’ Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow teams have advised on transactions including the establishment of the Scottish National Investment Bank, securing M&G Real Estate the largest office pre-letting in Edinburgh to date at Haymarket, and Law Debenture’s acquisition of the company secretarial unit of KonexoUK.
Paul Jarvis, who will become chief executive of Dentons’ UK, Ireland and Middle East region on 1 May, said: “I’m delighted to have such a strong leadership team in Scotland.
“Scotland is an important market for our clients across the world and I’m very much looking forward to working with Claire and the other partners in Scotland to deliver on the exciting plans we have for our Scottish business.”
At the start of this month, rival law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn poached Dentons’ entire 20-strong Scottish private client team, creating one of Scotland’s largest private client practices.
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