Associate
DLA Piper
Manchester, United Kingdom
6d ago

Description

Our Vision. Your Future.

DLA Piper doesn’t follow trends. We start them. Now we’re offering you the opportunity to bring your ambition, initiative and entrepreneurial mindset to a global business that’s redefining the expectations of a law firm.

This recently expanded global Finance team embraces innovation and encourages diversity of thought and practice. We are now keen to talk to like-minded individuals

This is an opportunity for outstanding professionals with four or more years’ relevant sector experience to play a pivotal role in the evolution of our offering both in the UK and internationally - enjoying all the support you need to become part of the team’s success story and fulfil your potential in a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

Working alongside a dedicated team of Finance lawyers across more than 40 countries worldwide, you will enjoy a uniquely dynamic range of work, acting for borrowers and creditors at all levels of the capital structure.

If you have a commercial mind and a keen interest in activities that promote business growth, this is a tremendously exciting opportunity to develop your career with the world’s largest global law firm - reaching your full potential by exploring the opportunities and choices that shape your individual career journey.

Do you have the ambition and passion to join us on our journey of growth and success? If so, then help us redefine the possible - make the leap into your future, and speak to us today.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

DLA Piper understands that you're building a future and our priority is supporting you reach the full potential of your own personal career ambitions.

We are currently recruiting for two associates to join DLA Piper's global Finance Group, to be based in Manchester. Our team advises lenders and borrowers on complex, high value and high profile financing transactions in the UK and internationally.

The team has particular expertise in leveraged finance, corporate finance for PLC borrowers, real estate finance and asset based lending.

Our Finance Group are a close-knit, collegiate team with an emphasis on developing talent and finding opportunities for our associates to stretch themselves.

Recent transactions include :

  • Advised two International Banks on £50,000,000 of CLBILS facilities and £100,000,000 of RCF facilities to provide urgent liquidity to a COVID-impacted Company.
  • Represented a syndicate of lenders on £115,000,000 of facilities provided to a Company
  • Assisted our Client to implement a £50,000,000 ABL facility to provide working capital
  • Advised local lenders on the establishment and deployment of their rescue funding schemes such as CBILS and CLBILS
  • Advised our Client on a £50,000,000 receivables finance facility, generating working capital for the business following its recent acquisition
  • Advised our Client with regards to a $20,000,000 borrowing base facility, generating general corporate and working capital for the business in the UK and USA
  • Key areas of responsibility :

    By joining one of the largest teams of dedicated finance lawyers in the world, you will receive support from Partners devoted to developing and achieving your goals.

    Candidates will enjoy a uniquely dynamic range of work, acting for borrowers and creditors at all levels of the capital structure.

    Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to :

  • Working on a broad range of Finance transactions including leveraged finance, corporate finance for PLC borrowers, real estate finance and asset based lending
  • Representing lenders and borrowers in complex finance transactions
  • International deal exposure, advising regularly on cross border mandates alongside DLA Piper colleagues in other offices
  • Involvement in drafting a wide range of Finance Documents, including credit agreements, intercreditor agreements and security documents
  • Business development activities and contributing to client growth
  • Opportunities to develop specialist sector knowledge
  • Opportunities to work with Finance partners from across the UK, not just in your home’ office
  • Potential for client or interoffice secondments
  • ABOUT YOU

    We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants.

    Candidates who have between 0 - 3 years' PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to successfully undertake this role.

    The ideal candidate will :

  • Solicitor qualified (ideally) in England & Wales or a Commonwealth jurisdiction
  • Be an experienced finance lawyer within at least one of the practice areas mentioned above
  • Demonstrate strong technical skills in finance work, with an international awareness and focus to their work
  • Have experience working across a variety of sectors
  • Be willing to work in practice areas outside of their experience to become a more rounded finance lawyer
  • Commercially astute and stay current on key legal and business news
  • Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working
  • Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients
  • Understands positive client support
  • Knowledge of lender and borrower requirements and approaches to transactions
  • Experience of multi-jurisdictional transactions would be preferable but is not essential
  • Be able to handle multiple priorities, working to sometimes conflicting timescales in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Be able to build trust and rapport to develop effective relationships, internally and externally
  • Be keen to get involved in business development (with the right support from Partners and colleagues)
  • Comply with professional standards and all relevant regulatory obligations
  • Comply with the firm's systems, policies and procedures in all matters, including compliance, financial systems and time recording.
  • Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure
  • Proactive and innovative
  • The Department / Practice Group :

    DLA Piper's Finance team is one of the largest dedicated global practices. We offer market-leading insight into areas of finance, representing leading investment and commercial banks, public and private companies, and regulatory authorities that actively help shape the market.

    Our practice advises on all aspects of financing - including corporate debt finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance and asset based lending - across a broad range of sectors.

    Our extensive network allows our clients to tap into the deep resources of our global organisation, taking advantage of our lawyers’ understanding of the particular legal risks and business opportunities that prevail in all major world markets.

    ABOUT US DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

    Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed.

    Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

    OUR VALUES In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values :

  • Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in
  • Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
  • Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations
  • DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts.

    We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities.

    We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

    Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams.

    We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

    We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best.

    If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.

    AGILE WORKING We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly.

    That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

    PRE-ENGAGEMENT SCREENING In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.

    Primary Location

    United Kingdom-Manchester

    Finance, Projects & Restructuring

    Full-time

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