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Associate: Debt Finance

Employer
White & Case
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
16 Aug 2024

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

Job Details

Firm Summary

White & Case is an elite global law firm serving leading companies, financial institutions and governments worldwide. Our long history as an international firm means we are perfectly placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they may be.

With lawyers and staff operating from more than 47 locations, working in virtually every country of the world, we have invested heavily in building a high-quality full-service practice competing at the top of the market. We are distinguished by our on-the-ground presence in the world’s key financial markets and our strengths in handling complex cross-border work.

It’s not just about our global network of offices and shared services centers; it’s the global interconnectedness of the Firm that our people, and our clients, value most. We work well together across geographic and practice boundaries. It’s one of the reasons we attract and retain cross-border work. And why we attract a diverse group of people.

Our lawyers are globally minded, enterprising, collaborative and committed to excellence. Diversity is a core value of our Firm and it has been recognized with numerous awards and top rankings around the world. Our people represent 90 nationalities and speak 80 languages.

Position Summary

We are currently looking for associates to join the Debt Finance practice in our London office.

In addition to strong academic credentials, you should possess the drive and determination needed to thrive in a fast-paced practice, handling the legal intricacies of large-scale banking transactions. Excited by the cut-and-thrust of deal-making, you should be undaunted by hard work and eager to demonstrate the dedication needed to deliver an outstanding work product.

Pragmatic and highly organized, you should be comfortable managing multiple workstreams and consistently meeting deadlines. Excellent communication skills will also be a major asset—enabling you to communicate information clearly and succinctly, and to be diplomatic when interacting with clients and outside parties. Able to see the big picture when it comes to deal context, you should also have a keen eye for detail—with the intellectual rigor to produce timely, flawless analyses of highly technical contracts.

Proactive and self-motivated, you should balance an independence of thought and action with an ease working collaboratively with colleagues. Ready for the challenges of a global law firm, you should be passionate about our practice and excited by the opportunity to work with—and learn from—colleagues across the firm’s international practices and offices.

Our Practice Area

With established teams in every major financial market, we are trusted by many of the world’s largest banks to handle their largest and most complex multijurisdictional transactions. Widely recognized as leaders in our field, we offer both international reach and a depth of local resources—advising on the full spectrum of financing matters, and structuring innovative, often ground-breaking deals.

From the moment you join us, you will be working alongside leading practitioners, supporting multi-disciplinary teams composed of colleagues from within our group and across the firm’s M&A, Capital Markets and Project Finance groups. An exciting, fast-paced practice, we expect our associates to deliver outstanding work to tight deadlines, and to display the cool head and positive mindset to flourish in a pressurized environment.

As an associate in the practice, you will be expected to take a lead on many of the day-to-day communication tasks involved in ensuring that deals are running smoothly—conveying information to colleagues, clients and outside parties, and responding to queries and requests. Your core responsibilities will also include vital contractual work, such as editing passes on ancillary documents to ensure accuracy and linguistic precision.

Supported by your team at every step, you will find the work both challenging and rewarding, with excellent opportunities for learning and professional development.

Duties and Accountabilities1

  • Demonstrate technical excellence and commercial awareness
  • Extensive experience acting for top tier lenders and sponsors in connection with cross-border leveraged finance transactions
  • Experience with a top tier international Firm

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of Post qualification experience 
  • Strong academic record and intellectual curiosity, creative thinker
  • Commercial and business awareness
  • Ability to see the big picture
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills
  • Strong time management skills, ability to stay calm under pressure when juggling multiple projects
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Driven by professional growth
  • Strong professional presence
  • Client service focus
  • Team player
  • Strong judgment
  • Proactive, resourceful, takes initiative

Location 

This is London based role reporting to the London Debt Finance Partners. 

Equal Opportunities

White & Case is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. It is our Firm’s policy to recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law.

If you require assistance and/or accommodation to participate in our application and/or interview process, please email the recruiting contact listed for the relevant position. We are a Disability Confident (Committed) Employer. We will be happy to work with you.

Note to recruitment agencies: Our internal Recruitment team are responsible for all end-to-end lateral recruitment processes. All agencies must sign White & Case terms of business, which are office specific. Candidates submitted by an agency without terms of business agreed with the appropriate office, and/or outside of our online application tracking system, will not be considered a formal introduction.

Any applications and CVs sent directly to White & Case Partners and employees will not be accepted as formal introductions. If you have any questions, please contact the London Recruitment team.

When engaging with agencies, we are supported by our preferred suppliers.


The Firm may modify and amend any job description at any time in its sole discretion. Nothing herein creates a contract of employment or otherwise modifies the at-will nature of employment.

1The above is only a general description of the essential duties associated with this position and does not represent an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all duties.

Company

White & Case is an elite global law firm serving leading companies, financial institutions and governments worldwide. Our long history as an international firm means we are perfectly placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they may be.

With lawyers operating from more than 40 locations, working in virtually every country of the world, we have invested heavily in building a high-quality full-service practice competing at the top of the market. We are distinguished by our on-the-ground presence in the world’s key financial markets and our strengths in handling complex cross-border work. 

It’s not just about our global network of offices; it’s the global interconnectedness of the Firm that our people, and our clients, value most. We work well together across geographic and practice boundaries. It’s one of the reasons we attract and retain cross-border work. And why we attract a diverse group of people.

Our lawyers are globally minded, enterprising, collaborative and committed to excellence. Diversity is a core value of our Firm and it has been recognized with numerous awards and top rankings around the world. Our people represent 90 nationalities and speak 80 languages.

Company info
Website
Telephone
020 7532 1000
Location
5 Old Broad Street
London
EC2N 1DW
GB

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