Simon Cook has followed Geoff Wynne from Dentons to Sullivan & Worcester’s new London office.

He joins as a partner, one of seven that will focus on structured trade and commodity finance (STCF) in emerging markets.

Specifically, Cook’s expertise is in the areas of STCF, project finance, receivables finance and borrowing-based facilities in Africa, the Middle East and the CIS.

Cook has worked at Dentons for 18 years, most recently in its Dubai office, which he worked in from 2008. His appointment has been welcomed by Jay Jenkins, who along with Mike Sullivan, heads up the firm’s New York trade finance practice.

Jenkins says: “We’ve worked with Geoff, Simon and their team over the years, and their addition is a tremendous boost to the scope of services we are able to provide. This is a great addition to the firm and a wonderful start for our London office.”

Managing partner Joel Carpenter adds: “The response we have had to date from clients and the wider market about our opening in London has been universally positive. By bringing Simon and Geoff together again we ensure they continue to play to each other’s strengths. We plan to build the office in London with practices linked closely to those of the wider firm.”

Cook himself spoke of his excitement at assuming his new role, saying: “Joining Sullivan & Worcester’s new office as it launches and being involved in its development is an opportunity I am looking forward to enormously. I am pleased to be back working alongside Geoff, as we build the firm’s international trade and emerging market finance platform in London.”