In-House Corporate M&A Lawyer (TECH) 2-5yrs

England, London, City of London / London, England
bonus and excellent benefits
Closing date
23 Aug 2019

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Sector/Practice Area
Corporate, M&A, Information Technology
Vacancy Type
Lawyers, In-House
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A US software/SaaS technology business has created an opening for a Senior Corporate M&A Lawyer with at least 2.5 yrs PQE, ideally gained from the Tech sector. You will work alongside other teams within the Legal function to maintain a consistent end-to-end legal support to wider business colleagues on M&A transactions. Your main role is to provide 1st class end-to-end M&A legal advice whilst working closely with the Corporate Development Team on the execution of transactions across EMEA.

You will report to the UK General Counsel and work alongside other teams within the Legal function where you will primarily focus on M&A legal advice and lead on transactional work in a leadership role. You will help grow the Corporate Development Team in respect of transactions in multiple jurisdictions (and often cross border), adopting a collaborative business partnering approach. You will ensure M&A governance is obeyed legal and non-legal team members to ensure the company is prevented of legal risks within the M&A process. As the company's lead Corporate M&A Lawyer you will actively participate in all assigned projects and deals as a core team member, including delivery or core legal M&A activity and accountability. You will advise and assist the Deputy General Counsel on other strategic corporate projects, such as share buybacks, rights issues, special dividends, bond issuances and debt financing. You will identify and pursue opportunities to improve the company's approach and ability to negotiate M&A transactions, including through developing/updating internal templates for core transaction documents. An exciting part of this role requires you to build a strong working relationship with key stakeholders and wider business colleagues and pro-actively assist with the elimination of inefficiencies. You must be a pragmatic lawyer who can advise, influence and support key stakeholders at all levels across our worldwide operations to ensure close alignment between the Legal function and business areas and identify and progress value creation opportunities.

For this role candidates will need to have a minimum of 2.5 yrs solid cross border M&A legal experience and excellent drafting and reviewing skills, lawyers with experience of both UK and US transactions would be advantageous. Must be competent in advising on equity and/or DCM transactions and have a natural flair in providing general corporate ad hoc legal advice.

Must be currently working for a leading City Law Firm or in-house with Corporate M&A experience. My client is more focused on the quality of the candidates Corporate M&A experience, so sector is less important however it would be advantageous for candidates to have some exposure within SaaS, Cloud, commercial contracts, data privacy and experience of working in commerce (particularly within the Technology sector). In addition, you will need experience of advising publicly listed companies and familiarity with obligations affecting listed companies. Experience working on financing and refinancing transactions would be advantageous.

gmk was founded in 1998 by Jon Garrett and Lynne McCarroll, both of whom qualified as solicitors before moving into legal recruitment in the early 1990’s.

The Business
At gmk we can assist you throughout your career from NQ to partner level. As legal recruitment specialists, we act for all major law firms (both UK and US) and can keep you up to date on all roles currently on the market. Market knowledge gained since 1998 means we can advise you on the difference between firms, the work on offer, size and structure of the team, and the working culture and practices the firm adopts.

We take time to get to know our clients, to understand their needs and requirements, and have built up an extensive range of contacts amongst partners, other lawyers, and human resources personnel, enabling us to source as many positions as possible, to give you as much choice as possible.

For our candidates we provide an individual service tailored to each unique situation. Whatever level of pqe you are, we can offer you a personal service, focused on your skills and career aspirations. Your CV will NEVER be sent out without your express consent, and we promise to keep you fully updated throughout the process. We aim to provide a service of the utmost professionalism and integrity, ensuring that we listen to and respond to your needs. You are not a number. We want you to stand out from the crowd.

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