Capital Markets Lawyer - Head of Department - Mid-sized U.S. Law Firm
Our client is the London office of a mid-sized U.S. law firm which has established a profitable and rated finance practice in recent years. Its core finance practice ranks highly in all the main directories and it also has a complimentary disputes practice which handles commercial litigation and international arbitration. Most of the work is cross-border and often in the emerging markets particularly sub-Sahara Africa, CIS, Asia and Latin America.
Most of the clients are on the bank lender side and their multi-disciplinary team advises on project finance, structured finance, asset finance, trade/receivable finance, securities and compliance issues. The group is able to advise on transactions involving English law and
New York law.
The partners in London all come from large international law firm backgrounds and have expertise in numerous established and emerging/frontier markets including Russia/CIS, sub-Sahara Africa, Maghreb, the Middle East including Israel, Asia and Latin America. They also have strong links in Europe to Italy, France and Spain. One of the missing links in the London office is that capital markets.
Several of their international offices are generating debt and equity capital markets work which they cannot currently refer to the London office which does not yet have the capability to service it. There is also a huge opportunity to extract deal flow from their tire 1 lender panel clients of investment banks in London and finance houses here and in the emerging markets.
Suitable candidates will currently be partners in international law firms in London with debt and/or equity capital markets experience. You will also have a strong book of contacts and the ability to generate some of your own work, but a full portable practice is not necessary as there will be ample opportunity for generating work from the firm’s client’s which is currently being outsourced to other firms in London.