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Structured Finance Associate Senior level (5 PQE)

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7 Jul 2022

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The Structured Finance Team at Reed Smith in London includes 13 partners, two counsel and 17 associates, along with four trainees, making us one of the largest structured finance and corporate trust teams in the City. We are a collegial, friendly team that often works across other finance practices and other Groups and offices within the firm. Senior Associates in the team play a key role, not only leading on transactional matters, but also in professional and business development initiatives where the team encourages an entrepreneurial spirit. The team is involved in a wide range of transactions, including all types of structured finance products such as securitisations (such as CMBS, RMBS, auto loan and consumer receivables), secured note programmes non-performing loans, loan portfolio sales, corporate trust, derivatives, project finance, alternative and speciality finance and social impact finance. The team advises all major transaction participants, such as arrangers, originators, issuers, lenders, borrowers, investors, buyers, sellers, servicers, agents and trustees, in relation to all types of structured finance, securitisation and structured product transactions involving a wide variety of underlying assets across numerous jurisdictions.

The Firm

Reed Smith is a global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in 29 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.

London is our largest office with approximately 700 people, including over 300 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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  • To be part of a team providing high quality legal service to all Reed Smith clients;
  • Manage transactions from engagement to closing, including due diligence, preparing and negotiating key transaction documents, coordinating closing and communicating with the client; Lead teams on transactional matters , sharing knowledge with junior team members to help them develop their skills;
  • Attend and represent Reed Smith at client meetings and business development events, as required;
  • Develop and maintain good client relationship skills, gaining clients' confidence and that of other professionals and advisers;
  • Contribute to knowledge management initiatives and know-how, including participation and attendance at relevant training sessions;
  • Actively seek feedback from colleagues, along with giving feedback to more junior colleagues, where appropriate;
  • Input and participate in pitch/panel documents and presentations; and

Identify hot topics and support business development initiatives (including client presentations and alerts, webinars, blog-writing and social media strategy

Key Skills, Attributes and Experience

Legal skills and experience:
  • Qualified lawyer with more than 5 years' post qualification experience in a well-regarded legal firm;
  • Relevant experience including experience of capital markets, structured finance and structured products, including securitisation (CMBS, RMBS, auto loan and consumer receivables), non-performing loans and loan portfolio sales, corporate trust and agency, alternative finance, derivatives, project finance and social impact finance;
  • Experience of advising arrangers, dealers, originators, issuers, trustees, lenders, borrowers, servicers, agents and investors in a wide range of debt instruments, structure finance, securitisations, high-yield bonds, finance and project finance;
  • Familiarity and experience drafting, negotiating and reviewing transaction documents typical to securitisation transactions and loan sale transactions (including sale and purchase agreements)
  • Experience negotiating, reviewing and drafting the relevant documents in structured finance transactions, such as offering memoranda, trust deeds, security documents, servicing agreements and all relevant ancillary documents; and
  • Familiarity negotiating, drafting and reviewing LMA based credit facilities and finance documents, including facility agreements, fee letters, investor letters and related security agreements;

Other key skills:
  • Commitment to excellent client service;
  • Ability to work co-operatively with colleagues, working well in both a team and individually;
  • Desire to be proactively involved in business development and marketing;
  • Ability to network and handle client contact from the outset;
  • Ability to delegate to and mentor more junior team members, such as trainees and paralegals, as appropriate;
  • Enthusiasm for firm-wide initiatives, including volunteering and pro bono projects;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of sector knowledge and commercial awareness;
  • Effective time management and a solid understanding of how a law firm works as a business;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and drafting skills, with the ability to communicate clearly to clients, other transaction 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; and
  • Commitment to excellent client service and the highest professional conduct.

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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