Project Finance Associate

Pertemps London Hub
London (Greater)
11 Mar 2018
10 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Our client is one of the leading global law firms. Our distinctive market position is founded on our exceptional breadth of practice, on deep industry knowledge, and on our 'one team' global approach. Formed through the combination of two top international law firms, their clients has around 2,500 lawyers on six continents. With a presence in the world's major financial and commercial markets, they are well placed to provide excellent business-oriented advice to their clients locally and internationally.

Our client has one of the broadest banking and finance practices of any major City law firm. By building on our well-established general corporate banking practice, and by developing a clear understanding of our clients’ business needs and the markets in which they operate, they've become one of the market leaders in:

Acquisition finance

Asset finance

Restructuring and Rescheduling

Structured Trade and Commodity Finance

Project Finance

Real Estate Finance

The practice operates internationally, with banking teams in Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Poland, Amsterdam, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. There are regular video conferences and face to face meetings with these offices and the cross-border "one stop shop" concept is contributing strongly to growth. In London there is strong co-operation with other groups, such as Private Equity and Corporate Finance on major acquisitions, and Capital Markets and Real Estate Finance on structured finance transactions.

Their Project Finance Unit concentrates their project finance expertise into a core team which draws on the combined skills and experience of lawyers in the key areas of:


Corporate and Commercial

Design and Construction.

The Project Finance Unit deals with a broad range of domestic private finance initiative/public private partnerships work and has a reputation for successfully closing even the most complex deals. The Project Finance Unit banking team deals with work across a broad spread of industry sectors for clients ranging from sponsors to lending banks. The practice has advised on a broad range of infrastructure deals, both domestic and international.

Representative Experience

Advising on the £600m financing of the acquisition of three regulated water businesses on a bridge-to-bond basis.

Advising on refinancing of two wind farm portfolios in Ireland (aggregate debt in excess of €350,000 and on financing of portfolio of 12 solar projects.

Advising on the transfer of an infrastructure loan portfolio of over 250 assets.

Advising on the establishment of a series of real estate and infrastructure debt funds and on the subsequent acquisitions of infrastructure loans.

Advising on the multi-tranched refinancing of a UK infrastructure asset including high yield and senior debt tranches.

Advising a leading infrastructure sponsor on facilities and private placements in excess of £900m.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Technical Ability

An understanding of legal principals of own practice area, along with a working knowledge of other practice areas.

Has project management responsibility, ensuring timely delivery to high quality standards

Stays aware of legal developments affecting any specialist areas and regularly attends appropriate training sessions

Client Focus

Has good working relationships with clients

Has a good understanding of client, the sector and the associated risks and opportunities.

Actively works to develop and strengthen new client relationships

Team Work and Interpersonal Skills

Acts as a source of advice to others, sharing knowledge and expertise

Has strong relationships and profile amongst senior colleagues

Ability to work effectively with others and to build a team

Firm Mindedness

Understands the industry and market in which the clients operate

Contributes to the management of the group/practice area by understanding the areas of specialism, the firm’s capabilities and business plan

Takes an active role in managing the firm's reputation both in and out of work

Understands the responsibility to give back to our communities.

Understands the value of a diverse workforce

Key Personal Behaviour for this role:

Demonstrates initiative and drive.

Displays gravitas, confidence and professionalism.




Resilient and able to perform effectively under pressure.

Demonstrates commercial awareness – aware of clients' commercial drivers and own role in achieving clients' business goals.

Demonstrates financial awareness – attention to budgets, costs and increasing profitability.

Has an appreciation of when to seek advice and guidance.

Takes ownership for own career development – proactive in soliciting performance feedback and addressing skills gaps.

Candidate Profile

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

They are looking for a banking lawyer with infrastructure and project finance experience, ideally 3-6 PQE (or equivalent experience). Candidates should be at a leading City or US firm. It is essential that the candidate has a strong academic background (minimum 2.1 degree) with excellent written communication and drafting skills. The successful candidate will also have outstanding technical skills, together with the ability to build relationships with clients and colleagues and work well in a team

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