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Stephenson Harwood LLP
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Category: Associate Jobs
Job title Department Private Equity & Investment Funds Associate Corporate
Location Level Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M 7SH Junior-Mid level

About the firm Our values Individuality We encourage creativity and
develop talent. Commitment To be the best and deliver the
highest standard. Stephenson Harwood is a law firm Teamwork (headquarters in London) where our people
We work together to build

are committed to achieving the goals of our
close, long-term relationships

clients - listed and private companies,

institutions and individuals. Our diverse mix Straight talking of expertise and culture results in a
combination of deep local insight and the We say what we mean and do

capability to provide a seamless what we say.

international service.

These values express the personality of our
Our experience encompasses corporate, firm. They are the behaviours we encourage
commercial litigation and arbitration, in our people and the standards which
employment and pensions, finance, marine inform our decisions and actions.
and international trade and real estate.

We assemble teams of bright thinkers to Our vision to 202 match our clients' needs and give the right
advice from the right person at the right To be a successful, independent firm, where

time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talented people work together in an

talent to overcome the most complex entrepreneurial environment, building long

issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice term client relationships.

that is set squarely in the real world.
This vision is about who we want to be. It is

Stephenson Harwood is fully committed to as much about our values as about our

ensuring that all employees are treated character – the attributes we want to see

fairly and with dignity and respect and has from all of our people. It also reflects the

built a culture that values meritocracy, importance of remaining independent - a

openness, fairness and transparency. The clear sign that we are confident in our own

firm values individuality and recognises the future.

benefits of having a diverse workforce.


Private Equity & Investment Funds This role is to work jointly across the private equity and funds teams which form part of the
wider corporate department. The private equity team consists of partners and 6 associates

which has doubled in size in the last 8 months and continues to grow. The Funds team

comprises 6 partners and 8 associates. Whilst all associates within the team are actively

encouraged to work for a wide range of partners to broaden their experience and expertise

across the corporate disciplines; with the emphasis on flexibility of approach and being an "all

rounder", there will be an expectation for this role to have a primary focus on private equity

investment funds.

This role is therefore expected to be able to advise across a wide range of private equity

transactions with a core focus on private equity funds in relation to secondary transactions,

co-investments and private fund formation.

The corporate team are given commercial and transactional support by experienced, high

quality specialists in banking, commercial contracts, competition, tax, employment and

pensions, intellectual property, information technology, intellectual property and financial

regulatory issues.

The department runs regular legal training sessions covering the core practice areas listed

above as well as associate development centres focusing on 'soft' skills and BD. The ongoing

support and development of our associates is regarded as essential to our future growth and


Main responsibilities  Clear, concise and unambiguous preparation and drafting of corporate documentation  Conducting legal research using internal and external knowledge management resources  Liaison with clients  Developing own informal internal and external network of contacts  Building excellent working relationships with clients and peers within SH  Attending business development and profile raising events (client seminars, graduate
recruitment activities)

Attributes / skills required  Investment funds lawyer with experience in M&A  Corporate governance experience should include DTR's and Listing Rules advice as well as
practical corporate support, including for example Articles of Association preparation and

Annual Report reviews.  Ability and desire to work within a small, but growing, ambitious and entrepreneurial team  Background in a firm with an excellent investment funds reputation  Ability to acquire, consolidate and apply fundamental and up-to-date knowledge of the law  Accuracy and attention to detail  Excellent verbal communication skills  Organised and able to work to strict deadlines with the ability to prioritise realistically  Good housekeeping/file management practices; managing and recording time promptly

and accurately  Resilient with the ability to handle setbacks and pressure  Cooperative and collaborative in approach and able to develop excellent working

relationships at all levels and within all roles  Ability to operate professionally and proactively at all times  Self aware and an active participant in self development  Flexible, a lateral thinker  Exhibits an understanding of the Firm’s position in the market and how it distinguishes its

services from its competitors  Excellent academic and professional qualifications

This is indicative only and does not represent an exhaustive list of responsibilities. The firm

reserves the right to alter or change the responsibilities at any time, in line with the firm's strategy and

business needs.


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