Finance Associate (Senior-Level)

Reed Smith
06 Mar 2018
24 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
UK Job Description

Job Title
Finance Associate (Senior-Level)

Job Location

We are seeking a senior-level associate to work across both the Real Estate Finance and Leverage Finance team in our Financial Industry Group in Reed Smith's London office.
We are looking for a candidate who can work across both teams to help build the practice and broaden and deepen our client relationships.
The role sits within the Financial Industry Group which consists of more than 210 lawyers and is one of the largest practices dedicated to clients in the financial sector - advising domestic and global banks, asset managers, insurance companies, investment banks, and investment management companies and advisers.
Real Estate Finance We act for an impressive list of UK, European and US lenders and, due to the strength of our Real Estate team, count many of the world's biggest real estate investors as our clients. One of the objectives of the team is to further develop our lender-side practice, so any contacts and experience of acting for real estate lenders would be an advantage. Our real estate finance team acts on all types of real estate financing and deal structures including origination, securitisation, servicing, syndication, workout and enforcement of loans secured by real estate assets throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond.
Made up of lawyers with significant real estate finance experience, and fully supported by real estate, financial services and capital markets capabilities, the Real Estate Finance team handles all types of secured, conventional and participating loans (including bridge and mezzanine loans), sale and leaseback structures, securitisation and project financings; and the wider real estate finance group acts regularly on the formation and structuring of asset-specific and pooled real estate funds and vehicles, limited partnerships, structured legal entities, and joint ventures of all kinds.
Leveraged Finance The European leveraged finance team is made up of specialist lawyers in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Munich, complemented by specialists in New York and other US financial centres. They are experienced in acting for leading mid-market private equity sponsors, banks and alternative credit providers. The work done by the leveraged finance team in London includes both sponsor and lender side transactions, with a focus on the lender side towards acting for the alternative credit providers.
The successful candidate will have a great deal of exposure to complex and high profile deals and enjoy day to day interaction with clients. The partners work closely with all of the team to provide hands-on mentoring and training whilst giving lawyers enough freedom to develop. A great deal of support is provided to help establish and develop client relationships on an individual and team-wide basis. Previous finance experience from a well-regarded City team is required.

The Firm
Reed Smith is a global law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 26 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 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 and this is evidenced by numerous awards:
  • Legal Week, Best Legal Employer 2015
  • The Guardian UK 300 most popular companies to work for th position
  • Financial Times 2015 - winner of the Architect of Meritocracy Award with the Apollo Project
  • Law Society Excellence Awards 2015 - winner of Excellence in Diversity
  • The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2015 - winner of Most Effective Diversity Programme
  • All About Law 2015 - shortlisted for Best for Job Satisfaction (Vacation Scheme) and Best Opportunities for Career Progression (Training Contract)
  • The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2015 - shortlisted for Excellence in Training/Talent Management and Most Effective Diversity programme
  • Legal Education and Training Group 2014 - winner of the Best programme (Client Development)
  • Managing Partners' Forum 2014 Awards for Management Excellence - winner of the Best Programme for Leadership Development

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  • Previous experience of real estate finance and leveraged finance from a well-regarded City or international firm.
  • Ability to lead deals and interact with clients and senior business stakeholders.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of commercial awareness.
  • Excellent written communication and drafting skills.
  • Self-confident, proactive, pragmatic approach to tasks and projects.
  • Highly enthusiastic and self-motivated.
  • The ability to interact and build relationships with people at all levels
  • Ability to work well in both a team and individually.
  • Excellent transaction management skills and experience of managing junior associates.
  • 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.
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.

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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.