Associate, Investment Funds
Ashurst
London
2d ago

Job overview :

Ashurst combines the benefits of a leading funds practice with a supportive and collegiate environment. The firm is looking to make a long term investment in a strong lawyer who is similarly looking to make a long term career commitment to investment funds.

The candidate should be an ambitious lawyer, with demonstrable experience in a funds-related role at another major law firm.

Ashurst has a proven track record in developing funds associates, and the vacancy represents an outstanding opportunity for a team-player with strong technical skills and a commercial approach to progress.

Main tasks

  • Take day to day responsibility for client matters and actively progress complex matters with close partner support. You will be able to demonstrate well developed drafting skills, preparing legal documentation, including private placement memoranda and fund agreements.
  • Demonstrate confident and effective negotiation skills, able to conduct commercial negotiations with investors, fund managers and other parties.
  • Maintain close client contact, including assisting with commercial advice on market practice and fund terms and with project management.
  • Deploy effective communication with clients in order to understand their needs and how best to meet them. You will also have the ability to assist clients in arriving at practical and cost effective solutions.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and ability to identify when a team member needs support and be approachable for advice and to give constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrate commercial acumen - be able to understand the way our business, competitors and clients are developing and work with the business development team to use this information to develop business opportunities.
  • Build and maintain a network of business contacts.

  • Proactively identify opportunities to introduce your clients to other offices and practice areas, working intelligently with partners, other lawyers and the business development team to exploit opportunities.
  • Display excellent attention to detail, being able to identify inconsistencies or a misunderstanding of clients' needs.
  • Reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses and work not only on your own development, but also mentor and develop junior associates.
  • Essential skills and experience :

  • Qualified mid level lawyer with post-qualification experience at a major law firm
  • Experience at a law firm recognised for its investment funds practice in some or all of the above areas of work
  • Experience of drafting, reviewing and negotiating legal documents and agreements in a private practice environment
  • An adaptable person who is a fast learner, with experience of dealing with multiple jurisdictions
  • A team-player who can work effectively with colleagues at all levels
  • Client facing experience and the ability to understand and respond effectively to client needs
  • Experience of negotiating with counterparts
  • A commercial approach.
  • Salary : Competitive

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