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Celia Gardiner has joined Dentons’ banking and finance practice as a partner. She will work closely with the firm’s commodities, bank regulatory and project finance practices to further develop the Dentons’ relationships with existing bank clients and commodities trading houses, with a particular geographic focus in Asia and Africa, areas in which the firm is expanding.

“The recent fall in commodities prices has opened up new areas of work in the extremely active trade finance market. Dentons’ reputation in commodities and trade finance will no doubt result in increased activity in both transactions and disputes,” says Gardiner.

Paul Holland, partner and head of Dentons’ banking and finance practice in the UK, says, “Celia is the most recent of a number of lateral hires we have made in the banking practice as we seek to expand and strengthen our finance offering to benefit our clients.”

Gardiner has extensive experience in international commodities and trade finance, and was previously working at Watson Farley & Williams, where she was a partner in the commodities and export finance practice. She joined Watson Farley & Williams as a partner in 2008, after spending five years at Reed Smith. Prior to Reed Smith, she also gained experience at Landwell (now PwC Legal), Norton Rose and the Bank of England.