Associate - 2-6PQE - Debt Capital Markets

Simmons & Simmons
South East England
16 May 2019
13 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The role:

Simmons & Simmons offers world class coverage of all aspects of international capital markets work, from debt capital markets to our leading derivatives, structured products and securitisation practices.

We act for financial institutions and corporates through our network of offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and we are on the panels for all financial institutions who are active in capital markets.

In a world of fast-moving regulatory change, we believe that it is critical to provide our clients with a joined-up service combining transactional experience with regulatory expertise. Our capital markets team works closely with lawyers in our market-leading financial regulatory practices through which we have been involved in leading industry initiatives affecting the international capital markets.

We offer a service which has a reputation for being both partner-led, with significant partner involvement from initial structuring to execution, and cost-effective.

We are innovative, having worked on some of the most ground-breaking transactions in recent years, as well as developing a number of award-winning online legal resources and document automation tools. We also have a dedicated listings team which keeps in close contact with the principal European competent authorities.

Having recently expanded our debt capital markets group with the addition of a number of strong appointments, we are now seeking an associate to join the group in London. Ideally candidates will have experience and a background in debt capital markets and will have between 1.5 and 6 years' post qualification experience.

Our debt capital markets team has extensive experience advising financial institutions and corporates on international securities transactions.

We advise issuers, investment banks and institutional investors on a wide range of financings including:

convertible and exchangeable bonds
ECP programmes
EMTN programmes
Islamic financing (including Sukuk)
liability management and bond restructurings
regulatory capital and corporate hybrids
straight debt
strategic equity solutions
structured debt and high yield bonds.

For more information on our Debt Capital Markets group please see our website: .

Person specification:

Excellent academics

Applicants will ideally have between 2 and 6 years' post qualified experience in Debt Capital Markets which will have been gained at another leading City practice
Strong client focus with an ability and willingness to get actively involved in marketing and business development
Commercially driven
Able to work effectively as part of a diverse and inclusive team

Firm introduction:

Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm, providing clients with commercially aware legal advice, whenever and wherever they need it. We have over 1,600 people situated in key business and financial centres across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

We understand that our firm is equal only to the strengths of our people and place great emphasis on recruiting and retaining staff who meet our high standards. Our philosophy for international growth has been to build practices around local teams who understand the culture, business and languages of the countries and regions in which we operate. In doing so, we believe that we have succeeded in developing a closely knit and cohesive network that meets local business needs as part of a global service.

Our business services groups provide integrated support for our global operations. The firm is organised in line with our clients' requirements into key practice areas and sector groups. Our sector focus allows us to better appreciate the environment in which our clients operate and to work with them to achieve their objectives. Our client base includes leading financial institutions and a significant number of the current FTSE 100 and Fortune Global 500 companies.

Our focus on a small number of sectors means we are able to understand and respond to our clients' needs. Our industry sectors are: Asset Management & Investment Funds, Financial Institutions, Life Sciences and Telecoms, Media & Technology (TMT). We also focus on the E&I market, in particular through our international projects and construction teams. We have a track record for innovation and delivering value to clients through new ways of working. The core practice areas, from which we draw our sector teams, are: corporate, dispute resolution, employment, pensions & employee benefits, EU, competition & regulatory, financial markets, information, communications & technology, intellectual property, projects, real estate and tax.

For additional information on the firm, please visit our website at .

Equal opportunities:

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to equal opportunities in employment.

We believe in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Simmons & Simmons we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. We are supportive of flexible working arrangements wherever possible and we would encourage you to discuss this with us, should this be something you are interested in.

Please note our job descriptions refer to PQE levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider an application from you if you are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role.

Background screening:

All recruits of Simmons & Simmons will be required to go through our background screening process. Depending on the position you apply for this may include a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) certificate. We undertake not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a DBS certificate on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. The firm's policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is available on request.