Edinburgh-based partner Brian Moore has been named as divisional leader for Corporate at global law firm Dentons, covering operations across the UK and Ireland.

Mr Moore will lead a team of 150 lawyers, including 50 in Scotland, handling areas including competition, corporate, and tax and will take on a larger remit with a broader management role.

His appointment is part of a wider restructuring within the UKIME region, under Abu Dhabi-based UKIME chief executive Paul Jarvis, who took up post on 1 May. Other appointments include Deepa Deb as divisional leader for Real Estate, and Alastair Young as divisional leader for the Middle East.

Mr Moore’s appointment follows Claire Armstrong taking up the newly created role of Scotland managing partner in February, completing an all-female leadership team in Scotland, with Alison Bryce serving as office head for Glasgow and Kirsti Olson as office head for Edinburgh.

Dentons’ UKIME executive committee is now 36% female, as is 50% of its board.

Mr Moore commented: “The corporate deals market is hot – both in Scotland and across the wider UK.

“We’re looking at a strong calendar opening up in front of us, with a busy pipeline of activity over the coming months.

“The pandemic has created lots of opportunities for companies that have the financial firepower to do deals – either through their own reserves or through access to capital – and there are plenty of owners willing to sell their businesses to the right buyer and on the right terms.”