Associate - Debt Finance - Brussels
16/08/2021

Région: Bruxelles
Fonction: Avocats
Environnement: Cabinet d'avocats
Matières: Droit financier et bancaire
Job Type: Temps Plein
Contract Type: Indépendant
Votre référence: LexGO16/08

We are currently looking for an associate to join the Banking practice in our Brussels office.

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White & Case is an elite global law firm serving leading companies, financial institutions and governments worldwide. Our long history as an international firm means we are perfectly placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they may be.

With lawyers operating from more than 40 locations, working in virtually every country of the world, we have invested heavily in building a high-quality full-service practice competing at the top of the market. We are distinguished by our on-the-ground presence in the world’s key financial markets and our strengths in handling complex cross-border work.

It’s not just about our global network of offices; it is the global interconnectedness of the Firm that our people, and our clients, value most. We work well together across geographic and practice boundaries. It is one of the reasons we attract and retain cross-border work. And why we attract a diverse group of people.

Our lawyers are globally minded, enterprising, collaborative and committed to excellence. Diversity is a core value of our Firm and it has been recognized with numerous awards and top rankings around the world. Our people represent 90 nationalities and speak 80 languages.

Position Summary

We are currently looking for an associate to join the Banking practice in our Brussels office.

In addition to strong academic credentials, you should possess the drive and determination needed to thrive in a fast-paced practice, handling the legal intricacies of large-scale financial transactions. Excited by the cut-and-thrust of deal-making, you should be undaunted by hard work and eager to demonstrate the dedication needed to deliver an outstanding work product.

Pragmatic and highly organized, you should be comfortable managing multiple workstreams and consistently meeting deadlines. Excellent communication skills will also be a major asset - enabling you to communicate information clearly and succinctly, and to be diplomatic when interacting with clients and outside parties. Able to see the big picture when it comes to deal context, you should also have a keen eye for detail - with the intellectual rigor to produce timely, flawless analyses of highly technical contracts.

Proactive and self-motivated, you should balance an independence of thought and action with an ease working collaboratively with colleagues. Ready for the challenges of a global law firm, you should be passionate about our practice and excited by the opportunity to work with - and learn from - colleagues across the firm’s international practices and offices.
 

Our Practice Area

With established teams in every major financial market, we are trusted by many of the world’s largest financial institutions, funds and corporate clients to handle their largest and most complex multijurisdictional transactions. Widely recognized as leaders in our field, we offer both international reach and a depth of local resources—advising on the full spectrum of financing matters, and structuring innovative, often ground-breaking deals.

From the moment you join us, you will be working alongside leading practitioners, supporting multi-disciplinary teams composed of colleagues from within our group and across the firm’s M&A, Capital Markets and Project Finance groups. An exciting, fast-paced practice, we expect our associates to deliver outstanding work to tight deadlines, and to display the cool head and positive mindset to flourish in a pressurized environment.

As a junior associate, you will be expected to take a lead on many of the day-to-day communication tasks involved in ensuring that deals are running smoothly—conveying information to colleagues, clients and outside parties, and responding to queries and requests. Your core responsibilities will also include vital contractual work, such as editing passes on ancillary documents to ensure accuracy and linguistic precision as well as legal research.

Supported by your team at every step, you will find the work both challenging and rewarding, with excellent opportunities for learning and professional development.


Duties and Accountabilities (1)

  • Active involvement in the legal analysis and structuring of financing transactions

  • Drafting documentation in connection with financing transactions

  • Supporting negotiations in connection with financing transactions

  • Liaising with clients, other parties in the transaction and their counsel 

  • Coordinating transactions across multiple jurisdictions 

  • Assistance with the organization of signing and closings

  • Conducting legal research and drafting legal memoranda to support the transactional and advisory practice

  • Involvement in due diligence: preparation and analysis of due diligence reports

  • Assisting with matter and project management

  • Actively following up on legal developments and market trends relevant to the practice and contributing to internal and client publications in this respect as well as keeping standard form precedents up to date

  • Joining educational seminars and practice group meetings

  • Providing active support to business development initiatives
     

(1) The above is only a general description of the essential duties associated with this position and does not represent an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all duties.

  • Recently graduated, possibly with a first legal professional experience

  • Strong academic record and intellectual curiosity, creative thinker

  • Commercial and business awareness

  • Ability to see the big picture

  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills

  • Strong time management skills, ability to stay calm under pressure when juggling multiple projects

  • Excellent drafting skills

  • Driven by professional growth

  • Strong professional presence

  • Client service focus

  • Team player

  • Strong judgment

  • Proactive, resourceful, takes initiative

  • Long-term interest in business and financial law

  • Fluency in English and Dutch (spoken and written), good knowledge of French

  • International experience is a plus 

Location

This is a full-time role based in Brussels, with potential for international travel

 

Intéressé(e) ?

Please apply online.

 

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