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about 1 month ago
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Category: Associate Jobs


The Equity and Debt Markets Group is part of the capital markets practice of the firm. EDM has had a leading market position for some time now, and as part of a global practice, we also have a strong presence in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

EDM has an enviable client base comprising of most of the major investment banks whom we advise in their lead manager capacity and big name issuer clients. The fact that we act for both issuers and managers on capital markets transactions is a strength, as associates see both sides of a transaction.

We also have a corporate trustee team in EDM advising trustees on a wide range debt deals, frequently alongside a separate team in EDM or another practice within the firm (e.g. Structured Finance, Derivatives, Banking, Project Finance) who represent the banks on the transaction. This role is for a lawyer in the EDM corporate trustee team.

Key Responsibilities and Challenges

Corporate trustee associates in EDM advise on a broad range of products: debt, convertible bonds, liability management, securitisations, secured lending, repackagings, structured finance, project finance, Islamic finance, custody, account bank, bondholder meetings, modifications and other discretions, debt restructuring, potential and actual defaults. Our clients comprise all the major providers of trustee and agent services in the international capital markets.

The team has a first class reputation in the market.

You will work on innovative and pioneering deals which are often cross-border transactions. For example, we frequently act for trustees and agents on emerging market transactions such as Russian deals, as well as complex structured finance transactions or acquisition finance o project finance secured loans. You will need to be able to undertake complex analyses of legal issues. You will be expected to take initiative in advising on transactions, although support on a partner, peer and trainee level is always available, and the team has a collegiate and supportive culture.

As part of a global and large practice, teamwork is vital and you will often work alongside with colleagues in our overseas offices.


· Taking initial instructions internally or externally, delegating where appropriate;

· Technical skill and interest in the law relating to trustees and agents; and

· Reviewing documentation, demonstrating familiarity with client documentary requirements and standards, as well as precedents and market standards. Typically, corporate trustee lawyers have a review and not a drafting role.

Client Relationship Management

· Taking a lead role in advising the client under appropriate supervision;

· Providing commercial and legal advice to the client; and

· Demonstrating thorough market knowledge to identify current trends and concerns in relevant industry sectors. Able to present ideas to the client to resolve current market issues and anticipate potential problems.


· Supervising team and demonstrating control (particularly of documentation) through effective delegation;

· Debriefing at the end of a matter or at other appropriate stages;

· Co-ordinating, coaching and monitoring the work of others to facilitate achievement of objectives; and

· Effective organisation of documentation review and meeting transaction deadlines.

Business Development

· Networking with client to capitalise on new business opportunities; and

· Contributing to quality know-how and transaction bibles and their upkeep.


· Delivering practice specific training to develop junior associates;

· Coaching less experienced associates and trainees; and

· Regularly giving and seeking clear performance feedback to/from others.

Characteristics, Skills & Experience required


· Candidates will ideally have 1-2 PQE


· Able to maintain a polite and professional demeanour when dealing with clients;

· Networking skills;

· Organisational skills;

· Ability to communicate assertively when under pressure; and

· Ability to influence using appropriate techniques.


· Innovative and practical;

· Team player;

· Proactive;

· Commercially minded; and

· Motivates others.

Please note this role will be open from 02 October 2019 to 01 November 2019. A competitive remuneration package will be offered for this role.

Further Information

A band of PQE as advertised on a role does not intend to preclude applications from those candidates that may have more or less PQE. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to how long we would expect a qualified lawyer to have practised so as to have gained the necessary skills for the role as described.

Information for Recruitment Agents

Linklaters endeavours to recruit and fill vacancies directly. However, when we do need to engage with agencies, Linklaters operates a preferred supplier list and will not be accepting unsolicited applications from non-PSL agencies for this role.


This list of duties and responsibilities above is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job. As such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

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