Associate, Corporate (3-6 PQE)

DLA Piper
11 Jun 2019
09 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

DLA Piper's global Corporate team is one of the largest teams in the world and is perfectly positioned to support the world's leading enterprises, emerging start up companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities.

In the UK, our clients benefit from access to our strong City practice, as well as a strong presence in the key commercial regional centres in Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Understanding the industry and the day-to-day issues faced by our clients is critical to our success. That's why, alongside their legal experience, all DLA Piper corporate lawyers have additional industry-specific focus, whether it be in Banking, Energy, Healthcare, Hospitality and leisure, Insurance, Life sciences, Manufacturing, Technology or other sectors.

Some of our recent experience in Edinburgh includes:

BrewDog on the GBP213m sale of a 22.3% stake to private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners
First Reserve on the institutional buyouts of Rigmar Services Limited and Interocean Marine Services Limited
Energy Ventures on the institutional buyouts of Aquaterra Energy Limited and Enpro Subsea Limited
Vespa Capital on the management buyout of Interactive Meetings Limited and Lumi Technologies SASU
Vendors on the disposal of Random 42 Limited to Graphite Capital
Scottish Equity Partners, Hermes Private Equity and the Environmental Energy Fund on the institutional buyout of Anesco Limited
Ivanhoe Cambridge on the disposal of St Enoch's Centre Unit Trust and related entities to Blackstone
Omega Advisers on the refinancing of Fanduel
Miller Homes on its acquisition by Bridgepoint Capital
Moneycorp on the acquisition of First Rate FX
Vendors on the disposals of Red Spider Technology Limited and Intelligent Well Systems Limited to Halliburton
Vendors on the disposal of Meta Downhole Limited to Schlumberger
MeadWestvaco Inc on its global group reorganisation and capital reduction programme
Moody's Corporation on its European group reorganisation and debt restructuring

We are now seeking to recruit an exceptional corporate lawyer from a leading City or regional corporate practice with particular expertise in major corporate M&A and/or private equity work.


The Corporate team handles hundreds of M&A transactions each year domestically and internationally, with the mid-market forming the mainstay of the work we do in the UK. We act for numerous domestic and international corporate and institutional clients.

Working as part of our market leading team, candidates will undertake a broad diet of work that will cover our core Corporate services including:

Cross-border M&A (public and private), including:
inception, planning and due diligence
deal execution
post-merger integrations
joint ventures
growth by alternatives to M&A
Capital Markets (equity and debt)
Private Equity
Investment Funds
Venture Capital
Corporate Governance


We pride ourselves on having a collegiate environment and we are looking for down-to-earth but confident lawyers with strong leadership potential. We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have between 3 and 6 years PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to undertake this role .

The ideal candidate will:

specialise in M&A and/or PE work;
have strong technical skills, with an international awareness and focus to their work;
be able to demonstrate an excellent academic record and the ability to manage more junior lawyers;
be able to create and deliver sustainable, high quality client service whilst also considering client's wider business objectives; and
be keen to get involved in business development and help drive the practice forward.

Our Corporate practice group is a truly International practice with an established track record of growth and development. Career prospects for the right candidates are excellent.

This job description is not designed to be exhaustive and can be varied as required to develop or fulfil this role.

The firm offers excellent training, learning and development programmes, as well as a genuine opportunity to experience a wide range of work and clients in a friendly, supportive environment.


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in
Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual.

We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent. Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.


We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.