Corporate Transaction Lawyer - Team Lead (2636)

30 Nov 2017
03 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Latham & Watkins, a leading global law firm, is currently seeking a Corporate Transaction Lawyer - Team Lead to join our vibrant office in Manchester. As one of the largest law firms in the world, Latham's commitment to attracting the best and brightest talent has greatly contributed to the firm's success. Driven by the belief that our strongest asset is our people, Latham & Watkins is dedicated to fostering an environment that supports personal and professional development. Latham's global platform, unique collaborative culture, and deep resources provide unparalleled opportunities for career progression.

Latham offers a generous total compensation package with bonuses awarded in recognition of both individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham's comprehensive benefit program which includes health insurance as well as group income protection and life assurance, a pension plan, wellness programs, employee discounts and more.

The Corporate Transaction Lawyer - Team Lead applies his or her experience, management skills, and advanced degree education to lead and work alongside a group of Corporate Transactional Lawyers who provide high quality, specialized support to Latham's practice, primarily but not exclusively in the area of M&A due diligence.

This includes, but is not limited to, the review of contracts, organizational documents, real estate leases and license agreements, as well as the preparation of reports summarizing the results of that review.Corporate Transaction Lawyers, including the Corporate Transaction Lawyer - Team Lead, review and analyze documents for primarily US- and UK-based transactions. The reports they generate include summaries of change-of-control triggers, anti-assignment provisions, most-favored-nation clauses, and other contract-based "red flags" raised by the proposed M&A or similar transaction. The Corporate Transaction Lawyers - Team Lead is a staff position, and therefore is not part of the associate population or partner-track. Additional roles and responsibilities include:

•Serves as the primary point of contact and liaison to the partners, counsel and associates providing assignments to the Corporate Transaction Lawyer team.
•Supervises, directs and develops the Corporate Transaction Lawyers on his or her team. Organizes, assigns, delegates and coordinates the work of the Corporate Transaction Lawyers to ensure objectives are met timely and accurately. Generates a formal performance evaluation for Corporate Transaction Lawyers based on input from associates, counsel and partners.
•Manages, trains, and coaches Corporate Transaction Lawyers and leads them in their professional development endeavors.
•Makes recommendations to the Director of Attorney Development and the Human Resources department with respect to hiring, training, counseling, and disciplining Corporate Transaction Lawyers.
•Generates performance evaluations for direct reports, and recommends salary increases.
•Performs due diligence by reviewing corporate documents, including but not limited to contracts, organizational documents, real estate leases and license agreements, to identify important provisions and terms in connection with US and UK M&A transactions.
•Prepares summaries of the results of the review of corporate documents, including change-of-control triggers, anti-assignment provisions, most-favored-nation clauses, and other contract-based red flags raised by the proposed M&A, Private Equity or similar transaction.

•Interacts with associates, counsel, and partners to seek guidance on the terms and provisions that are relevant to a specific transaction, and to provide updates on and legal analysis regarding the results of due diligence.
•Works effectively with Virtual Data Room tools (e.g., Intralinks, Merrill, etc.) to access due diligence materials.
•Possess a willingness to learn and use cutting-edge technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI) or machine-based learning software and legal project management tools, to assist in due diligence review and reporting process.
•Attends training sessions and team meetings with other Corporate Transaction Lawyers.
•Maintains all continuing legal education requirements.
•Maintains accurate timecards to account for hours worked in support of legal and firm matters.
•Acts within scope of authority in a manner consistent with firm guidelines, policies and practices.
•Completes additional projects on various issues as needed.
•Promotes effective work practices, works as a team member, and shows respect for co-workers.

The successful candidate will have the following: Qualifying Law Degree and Legal Practice Course; or Other Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course. Must be admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and holding a current practising certificate, or qualified and admitted in a US jurisdiction.

Extensive related experience at a law firm required. Experience conducting due diligence in connection with M&A transactions, or other corporate process, highly desired. Excellent organizational and analytical skills (e.g., organizing, planning, problem-solving and decision-making, commitment to diversity). Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment with a customer service focus. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Highly skilled technical writing. Highly proficient oral presentation and teaching skills. Strong analytical skills. Organizational skills needed to manage time well, prioritize effectively, and handle multiple deadlines. Ability to develop a strong knowledge of firm policies and procedures. Knowledge and proficiency in PC applications, including MS Office and other programs necessary to complete thorough analyses and reports, and to enhance and deliver high quality written work summaries and presentations. Willingness to learn and use cutting-edge technology, such as AI or machine-based learning software and other legal project management tools. Ability to work under time constraints and solve problems independently and cost-effectively.

Latham & Watkins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity, equal opportunity and sustainability enables Latham & Watkins to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world's leading law firms.

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