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Associate Mid-Level - Funds Finance

Closing date
11 Jul 2022

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We are seeking a mid level associate 3/4 years PQE to join our successful and growing team in London.

Reed Smith is a market-leader in the area of funds finance, working with financial institutions on some of the most high-profile deals in the market. The London funds finance team has grown to five specialised partners (nine partners in Europe) and 25 associates. This makes the Reed Smith team the largest - and still-growing - funds finance group in London, and indeed in Europe. The firm's funds finance team has a global footprint, with a strong presence in key financial markets, including London,

The Firm

Reed Smith is a global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in 30 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States .

Operating as one global partnership, we represent leading international businesses, from FTSE 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises; advising clients on cross border transactions, international commercial disputes and regulation. We specialise in industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, energy and natural resources, entertainment and media, shipping and real estate.

We all share a common culture, with core values supporting the firm's commitment to add value, achieve excellence, and promote professional development. London is our largest office with approximately 600 people, including over 350 fee earners across the full range of commercial practice areas.

Consistent with the firm's strategy, the office has grown significantly over the past five years. Key to this growth has been our ability to successfully integrate new hires into our business and give them a platform to flourish. We place a huge significance on listening to our people and incorporating their ideas wherever possible.

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  • Provide a high quality legal service to all Reed Smith clients in all aspects of area of funds and subscription finance
  • Manage transactions from start to finish, including due diligence and structuring exercises, preparing and negotiating key transaction documents and co-ordinating closing
  • Provide strategic corporate advice as required and co-ordinate advice from relevant overseas jurisdictions
  • Attend and represent Reed Smith at client meetings as required
  • Develop and maintain good client relationship skills, gaining clients' confidence and that of other professionals
  • Contribute to departmental precedents and know-how, including participation in relevant training sessions
  • Input and participate in pitch/panel presentations
  • Identify hot topics and support business development initiatives (including client presentations, webinars, social medial strategy) Your key skills and experience
  • A common law jurisdiction qualified lawyer with at least 5 years' post qualification experience with relevant experience in a well-regarded City firm;

Key Skills, Attributes and Experience
  • A UK qualified lawyer with 3 years+ years' post qualification experience with relevant experience in funds finance in a well-regarded City firm
  • Experience of leveraged and real estate finance or corporate lending transactions, but principally lender side LMA documents, is desirable
  • Very good understanding of English law security is essential
  • Intercreditor experience is advantageous
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of sector knowledge and commercial awareness
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and drafting skills, with the ability to communicate clearly to clients, external counsel and other transaction parties
  • Self-confident, proactive, pragmatic approach to tasks and projects with the ability to take the initiative to drive transactions towards completion;
  • Highly enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Ability to interact and build relationships with people at all levels
  • Ability to work well in both a team and individually
  • Ability to interact and build relationships with people at all levels
  • Desire to be proactively involved in business development and marketing with a view to handling networking and client contact from the outset
  • Commitment to excellent client service and the highest professional conduct
  • Ability to network and handle client contact from the outset;
  • Ability to delegate to more junior team members, such as trainees and paralegals, as appropriate;
  • Enthusiasm for firm-wide initiatives, including volunteering and pro bono projects;
  • Effective time management and a solid understanding of how a law firm works as a business.

At Reed Smith, we welcome direct applications either in response to one of our advertised vacancies or on a speculative basis. Please click on the "Apply Now" button to submit your details and we will be in touch.

No search firms/agencies please.

Reed Smith's success depends heavily on the effective utilization of qualified people, regardless of their race, ancestry, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, veteran's status, or any characteristic protected by law. As a firm, we adhere to and promote equal employment opportunity for all.

We are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities or long-term health conditions. If you have a disability or a long-term health condition and require adjustments to be made for you within the recruitment process, please contact a member of the Recruitment team. For more information on our approach to diversity and inclusion please visit our website.
This employer is a corporate member of myGwork - LGBTQ+ professionals, the business community for LGBTQ+ professionals, students, inclusive employers & anyone who believes in workplace equality.
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