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Projects Associate - Project Development / Contracts

Employer
A&O Shearman
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Permanent
Practice Area
Banking & Finance, Project Finance, Construction
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE
Role Classification
Lawyer

Job Details

Job description

A&O Shearman is a leading global law firm operating in over thirty countries. We work on some of the most challenging and important deals and disputes and have built a reputation for delivering exceptional legal solutions that help our clients grow, innovate and thrive. Our business teams work hand-in-hand with our lawyers, Consultants and other specialist teams, and are ambitious, driven and leaders in their field. The legal industry is changing, and we're committed to leading that change by putting our people first, embracing new ways of thinking and integrating technology into our everyday work.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best and ask for the best of you. We provide challenge, support and a place for you to belong. And together we excel, working on meaningful projects of global significance.

Department purpose 
A&O Shearman is the world's leading Projects, Energy and Infrastructure practice. With over 70 partners and 250 lawyers worldwide, we have, since 2000, consistently closed more project finance deals globally than any other law firm and are an acknowledged market leader in the infrastructure acquisition space.

We advise the most sophisticated sponsors, project and construction companies, debt providers and governments across a wide array of sectors, including all aspects of renewables, power generation (thermal & nuclear) and transmission, social infrastructure, transport, telecommunications, waste & water, mining and natural resources and oil & gas (upstream, midstream and downstream).

We provide our clients with a totally integrated service on all aspects of projects and acquisition work in both the primary and secondary markets, drawing on and marshalling A&O Shearman's specialist skills in relation to, among other things, project development, deal-structuring, bankability, equity strategy, debt financing and refinancing (including bank, private placement capital markets, ECA and multilateral), hedging, contracts, construction and regulatory compliance.

Role purpose
The group is currently recruiting for mid-level associates with a broad skill base and relevant sector experience. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a strong track record in project development including construction, and/or project finance.

We are looking for someone with experience of EPC, PPAs, other revenue contracts, concessions, and other commercial contracts, preferably in a project finance context.  Strong project docs experience in all or some of the aforementioned, with a focus on actual greenfield project development matters (preference for sponsor side experience, but experience advising lenders, governments and contractors (in that order) is also helpful).  

All aspects of new energy projects (e.g. hydrogen, carbon capture etc), renewables, power generation (thermal & nuclear) and transmission, transport, waste & water, mining and natural resources and oil & gas (upstream, midstream and downstream) are of interest and experience in hydrogen, carbon capture and midstream O&G would be ideal.

Key relationships
•    Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Partners, Associates, Trainees and support staff
•    Business development team
•    The wider A&O Shearman fee-earning community across key departments (especially corporate and capital markets) and overseas offices

Role and responsibilities
•    Drafting, reviewing and amending documentation
•    Providing strategic guidance to clients through strong market awareness and an understanding of key objectives
•    Managing client expectations, deadlines and project delivery appropriately
•    Collaborating across teams, departments and jurisdictions in a fast paced, intellectually rigorous environment
•    Matter (or sub-section) management and maximising financial contribution
•    Leadership and supervision of junior team members
•    Recognising opportunities for business development, assistance with and implementation of group and firm-wide business development strategies
•    Proactive engagement with clients both on and off deal with a view towards building and maintaining strong client relationships
•    Legal and sector knowledge development and sharing (internally and externally)
•    Assisting with billing activities and timely invoicing

Key requirements 
•    Qualified lawyer ideally 3–5 PQE within a complex international organisation
•    Outstanding academic credentials
•    Resilient self-starter with the intellectual curiosity and versatility to continuously acquire, build upon and share knowledge
•    Experience in at least one of:

 

  • Project development related work
  • Project finance related work; or
  • Infrastructure acquisition work

•    Evidence of a keen interest in Projects, Energy and Infrastructure allied to strong technical knowledge across multiple disciplines
•    Highly motivated team player with excellent organisational skills
•    Clear and concise verbal and written communicator with outstanding interpersonal skills and a good eye for detail
•    Entrepreneurial drive
•    Strong commercial/business acumen
•    Clear understanding of law firm economics and an understanding of the firm's strategic priorities
•    A person of sound judgement and core values, able to establish a high level of credibility


  Should you require additional support at any stage of the recruitment process due to a disability or a health condition, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our recruitment team who will work with you to provide any adjustments as required.

We are an equal opportunities recruiter and do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic.

We recognise that our people are our most valuable asset, which is reflected in the wide range of benefits that are available to our employees. Some of these benefits include: our occupational pension scheme, group income protection cover, private medical insurance, mental health resources and free apps, health and wellbeing services encompassing an onsite gym, wellbeing centre and GP service, emergency back-up care support, parental and special leave, holiday entitlement increasing with length of service, holiday trading, season ticket loans and online discounts and lifestyle management services.

We recognise the value of flexible working and embraces hybrid working, allowing our people to work from home up to 40% of their working time. We do however remain committed to working together in person for the remaining 60% of time so that we can learn, grow and succeed together.

Additional information - External

A&O Shearman is a new global industry-leading law firm, with 48 offices in 29 countries worldwide. Our fluency in English law, US law, and the laws of the world’s most dynamic markets, enables us to provide unmatched insight and seamless delivery to clients. We work on challenging and important deals and disputes that have the potential to shape the future.

We offer exceptional opportunities for our people; opportunities to work for the world’s leading businesses; to transform the status quo, and to deliver your best work, helping you and your career to thrive, while delivering unparalleled outcomes for our clients.

Whether you're helping clients solve complex challenges, transforming the ways we manage our business, or ensuring the smooth-running of our operations, this is an environment where you can belong and excel. We provide first-rate training and development, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we provide support and ways of working that help you optimise your wellbeing.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best and ask for the best of you. And together, we will redefine success.

 

Company

A&O Shearman is global industry-leading law firm with 48 offices in 29 countries. We are a partner and trusted advisor to some of the world’s most sophisticated companies, governments and financial institutions. With the combined strengths of our legacy firms, Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling, we offer unmatched global breadth and depth, a forward-thinking perspective on the future and a one-firm culture of excellence to achieve unparallelled outcomes  for our clients and for each other.

We're at the start of an exciting journey, and this offers exceptional opportunities for our people. Whether you're helping clients solve their most complex challenges, transforming the ways we manage our business, or ensuring the smooth-running of our operations, this is an environment where you can belong and excel - whether you’re starting out, or taking the next step in your career.

We work to attract and retain the very best people – and we support them to build their future with us. As part of our high-performance culture, we have high expectations of one another in everything we do. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work in the way they see fit, to a standard we all share.

With us, you will constantly be learning and growing. We invest in you by offering exceptional professional and personal development – providing training, mentoring and practical support. And we nurture an environment and ways of working that promote positive wellbeing.

We have a powerful commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Your unique perspective, attributes and experiences are valued here and we invite you to bring your whole self to work.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best, we ask for the best of you, and we support you to achieve your potential. And together we excel.

Company info
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Telephone
+44 (0) 20 3088 0000
Location
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD
United Kingdom

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