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Associate - Johannesburg

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Baker & McKenzie
09 May 2014
06 June 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa
Experience Level
Not Disclosed

Further information

Summary of Roles Available
Our Banking Group has a number of opportunities available globally including:

  • Mid-level associate to join the London team
  • Associates at all levels to join the Johannesburg team
  • Mid-level associate to join the Singapore the team
  • Mid/Senior-level associate to join the Sydney team

All the teams are an integrated part of the Firm's Global Finance group of approximately 500 lawyers who cover the world's key financial money centres, many of whom are regularly featured in the top tier of rankings in both Legal 500 and Chambers. We are able to advise sponsors, borrowers, lenders, corporate entities and financial institutions on all aspects of financing transactions – from origination, negotiation and documentation to closing. We also advise clients on enforcement situations, workouts and reorganisations and the full breadth of structured and capital markets offerings. We are noted for our expertise in acquisition finance, securitisation, bank lending, financial regulatory work and project finance, especially advising on cross-border deals, bespoke complex transactions and those involving emerging markets.

Associates are given regular and direct contact with clients, with a culture based on associates being given the level of responsibility they are ready for, rather than a PQE based method of work allocation. Developing relationships with clients including gaining a good knowledge of the client’s businesses, economic drivers, market and sector requirements in order to ensure advice is relevant and commercial is intrinsic to the role.

There are regular opportunities for secondments with clients and posting to other offices under the firm's associate transfer programme is also a possibility.

The successful individuals will be engaging in business development activities and being active in the promotion of the firm and seeking opportunities for new work. In addition, you will be working as part of a team including assisting with the supervision of junior lawyers’ work, and taking an active part in sharing knowledge and experience with the team.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate all or the majority of the following:

  • A qualified lawyer with excellent academics credentials
  • Current experience in the banking department of a leading Firm
  • First rate technical skills needed to support the client work of the department
  • Commerciality and demonstrable business development experience
  • Excellent written communication and drafting skills
  • Initiative and proactivity
  • Maturity and gravitas
  • Strong service orientation - a "client first" culture
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with clients and to take responsibility for this relationship
  • High work standards
  • Flexible work practices
  • Outstanding communication skills and the ability to adapt style as required
  • Ability to work well in both a team and individually
  • A keenness to learn

Diversity and Inclusion
Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the Firm.

The Firm
Baker & McKenzie is a truly global law firm. We have more offices in more locations than any other law firm and most of our work has an international dimension. With more than 10,000 people in 46 countries, few other firms can claim to be so multi-national.

Yet big does not mean impersonal. One of the things you'll notice about Baker & McKenzie is our culture. We call it Fluency, which describes how we work, think and behave when we are at our best. Every person in the firm is measured not just on the basis of how they perform but how they perform in this Fluent culture.

And, because we have no global head office, at the local level we can offer you the best of both worlds: the work, pride and experience of being part of one of the world's leading law firms but in a local office environment that is friendly and supportive. No matter what the role or level, our strategy is to encourage and support every Baker & McKenzie person to be the best they can be.

We are also actively committed to serving the community we operate in through numerous corporate social responsibility and diversity initiatives. We place an important emphasis on the development and well being of our people. We look to enable all of our employees to be the best they can be in order for them to deliver an excellent client service.

With its rich natural resources, growing financial markets and rapidly expanding economies, Africa is fast becoming the new frontier for global investors and multinationals. South Africa is particularly attractive given the sophistication of its financial markets, low business tax rates and strong transportation infrastructure.

For more than 30 years, Baker & McKenzie has been helping clients seize opportunities in South Africa and across the continent. Our Johannesburg-based team, an integrated part of our international Africa Practice, has worked on significant projects in more than 40 countries. We advise governments, domestic and multinational companies, project sponsors, banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of legal issues, including project finance, M&A, capital markets, dispute resolution, private equity and regulation.

As the world's second largest continent, we have a deep knowledge of Africa’s local markets and a big-picture view of the economic and cultural diversity. In order to meet the increasing legal and business needs of our clients in this region we need to ensure that we have a team of professionals who can help deliver and offer practical and innovative solutions in our growing South Africa office.

Please click on the 'Apply Now' icon to start the online application process for this role, and we will be in touch.

For more information please contact in confidence Krupa Patel, Recruitment Manager on 020 7919 1623.

Baker & McKenzie is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all. This is intrinsic to everything we do and underpins Baker & McKenzie's vision to be the premier global law firm. This vision cannot be achieved without harnessing the imagination and the creative problem-solving capability of talented people whatever their background. Our unique international culture is reflected in the drawing together of a worldwide family of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds in all of our offices.

The offices mirror the wider firm in encouraging the best people, regardless of race, religion or belief if any, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or age, to fulfil their professional aspirations with us so as to create an exciting and diverse legal environment.

Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie is an instinctively global law firm that provides sophisticated advice to many of the world's most dynamic and global organisations