Armstrong takes up the newly-created role, working alongside office head for Glasgow, Alison Bryce, and office head for Edinburgh, Kirsti Olson.
Dentons operates in 75 countries and arrived on the Scottish legal scene in a big way following the 2017 merger with Glasgow-headquartered Maclay Murray and Spens (MMS).
Armstrong joined the firm in 2011. An investment funds and corporate finance partner in the UK corporate practice, she recently led the merger of Scottish investment firm Murray Income Trust PLC with Perpetual Income & Growth Investment Trust, creating one of the largest investment trusts in the UK equity income sector.
“2021 marks the firm’s 150th anniversary in Scotland, and throughout our history we have advised Scottish clients on their most important legal matters,” said Armstrong.
“Our ambition is to continue this rich tradition, 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.
“We also bring to international businesses with investment plans in Scotland and Scottish businesses with international ambitions the scale and quality that no other law firm in the market can match.
“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.”
Paul Jarvis, who will become chief executive of Dentons’ UK, Ireland and Middle East region on May 1, 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.”
Over the past year, the firm’s Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow teams have advised clients on some of the highest profile transactions and matters in the Scottish market, including as lead adviser on the establishment of the Scottish National Investment Bank.