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Highly Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
Location: London, EC1A 4HT
Role opening date: 09/09/2020
Role closing date: 09/10/2020

THE OPPORTUNITY

Our international leveraged finance team comprises 80 partners and 200 lawyers in over 35 locations. This means we can seamlessly advise our clients on cross-border leveraged finance transactions, as well as providing cutting edge legal advice in our domestic markets. We transform our clients financial strategies by offering innovative solutions and an excellent client service.

Clients know they can rely on us at all stages of their real estate transactions, from the term sheet and structuring stage, through closing, tranching, syndication and securitisation, administration, servicing and, if required, restructuring.

In recent years investors and lenders have increasingly combined traditional financing tools and created alternative finance structures, and we have developed a broad approach to meet the changing needs of the market.

* Internationally recognised for our representation lenders and borrowers in complex structured finance transactions
* Providing a cross border service through our global network of offices
* Representing lenders and investors in all financing elements relating to the acquisition, sale, and development, classes of real estate including commercial, industrial, retail, hotel, residential, care facilities and student accommodation.
* Fund representation includes all real estate investment strategies in terms of both business strategy and asset type, including core, value-added and opportunity funds, as well as property sector-specific funds, mezzanine loan funds, real estate securities hedge funds and funds that focus on structured finance products
* One of the preeminent law firms in the REIT and real estate securities industry. Our tax practitioners are familiar with all aspects of REIT taxation, including the use of operating partnerships in UPREIT structures, long-term incentive plans (LTIPs) and the pension-held REIT rules

The REF team has completed a number of high profile and high value transactions over the last two years including a £1bn financing of a multi-jurisdictional portfolio and the development financing of the new Tottenham stadium, so we can offer the right candidate with good experience in the best type of real estate finance transactions.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

By joining one of the largest teams of dedicated finance lawyers in the world, you will enjoy a uniquely dynamic range of work, acting for borrowers and creditors at all levels of the capital structure.

The main focus of their role will be finance work. A working knowledge of real estate is required, although the role would not be suitable for a candidate whose main focus is real estate but is involved in finance transactions.

You will have the opportunity to the lead associate support role to a partner on complex and high value transactions where the debt size would typically be in the range of £50-300m. On lower value or less complex transactions, they would take the lead role and have the ability and experience to run the transactions with minimal partner supervision. On all transactions they will in turn supervise more junior associates and trainees.

The team’s work involves a mixture of lender and borrower roles and the candidate would be required to work on both and so have a working knowledge of lender and borrower requirements and approaches to transactions. We advise our clients both on senior and mezzanine financings and a working knowledge of both, together with intercreditor arrangements, is required.

Usually the transactions will involve working alongside other groups, typically core real estate, corporate and tax. Experience of working on deal teams comprising different groups is therefore important and typically the deals will be led by the REF team so the candidate should also be able to coordinate and manage transactions.

We regularly work on deals involving other jurisdictions, both where the assets or the clients and/or other corporate entities are located outside the UK. As DLA is an international law firm with offices in multiple jurisdictions we are able to resource the whole of the transaction. Experience of multi-jurisdictional transactions would be preferable but is not essential, and the position offers the right candidate the ideal opportunity to develop UK focused experience into a European and international practice.

The underlying real estate we deal with is broad and varied ranging from investment rental income properties to cashflow business such as hotels and student accommodation and includes refinancing and acquisition financings of existing real estate as well as development financing. The ideal candidate will have had experience in all these types of real estate and businesses.

In addition to core real estate debt financing, the team is regularly involved in bond financings, distressed debt workouts and restructurings, agency work and advising servicers and special servicers. Another growing part of our business is stadium financing.

ABOUT YOU

We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have upwards of 5 years' PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to successfully undertake this role.

The ideal candidate will:

* Be a Solicitor or barrister, ideally qualified in England & Wales or a Commonwealth jurisdiction
* Should be an experienced REF lawyer, preferably from a REF team in a Silver or Magic Circle firm and/or a REF team with a no lower than tier 3 ranking in Chambers and Legal 500
* Demonstrate strong technical skills, with an international awareness and focus to their work
* Have gained exposure to leveraged/acquisition finance deals
* Have experience assisting clients dealing with distressed credit issues
* Have proven experience of leading matters
* Have experience of supporting a broad client base
* Proven track record of leading deals and negotiations
* Commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news
* Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working
* Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients
* Recognises and seizes opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
* Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts
* Awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
* Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure
* Proactive and innovative

ABOUT US

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

OUR VALUES

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

*

Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully

*

Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in

*

Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big

*

Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual.

We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent. Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.

AGILE WORKING

We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

PRE-ENGAGEMENT SCREENING

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.
Description

Highly Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
Location: London, EC1A 4HT
Role opening date: 09/09/2020
Role closing date: 09/10/2020

THE OPPORTUNITY

Our international leveraged finance team comprises 80 partners and 200 lawyers in over 35 locations. This means we can seamlessly advise our clients on cross-border leveraged finance transactions, as well as providing cutting edge legal advice in our domestic markets. We transform our clients financial strategies by offering innovative solutions and an excellent client service.

Clients know they can rely on us at all stages of their real estate transactions, from the term sheet and structuring stage, through closing, tranching, syndication and securitisation, administration, servicing and, if required, restructuring.

In recent years investors and lenders have increasingly combined traditional financing tools and created alternative finance structures, and we have developed a broad approach to meet the changing needs of the market.

* Internationally recognised for our representation lenders and borrowers in complex structured finance transactions
* Providing a cross border service through our global network of offices
* Representing lenders and investors in all financing elements relating to the acquisition, sale, and development, classes of real estate including commercial, industrial, retail, hotel, residential, care facilities and student accommodation.
* Fund representation includes all real estate investment strategies in terms of both business strategy and asset type, including core, value-added and opportunity funds, as well as property sector-specific funds, mezzanine loan funds, real estate securities hedge funds and funds that focus on structured finance products
* One of the preeminent law firms in the REIT and real estate securities industry. Our tax practitioners are familiar with all aspects of REIT taxation, including the use of operating partnerships in UPREIT structures, long-term incentive plans (LTIPs) and the pension-held REIT rules

The REF team has completed a number of high profile and high value transactions over the last two years including a £1bn financing of a multi-jurisdictional portfolio and the development financing of the new Tottenham stadium, so we can offer the right candidate with good experience in the best type of real estate finance transactions.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

By joining one of the largest teams of dedicated finance lawyers in the world, you will enjoy a uniquely dynamic range of work, acting for borrowers and creditors at all levels of the capital structure.

The main focus of their role will be finance work. A working knowledge of real estate is required, although the role would not be suitable for a candidate whose main focus is real estate but is involved in finance transactions.

You will have the opportunity to the lead associate support role to a partner on complex and high value transactions where the debt size would typically be in the range of £50-300m. On lower value or less complex transactions, they would take the lead role and have the ability and experience to run the transactions with minimal partner supervision. On all transactions they will in turn supervise more junior associates and trainees.

The team’s work involves a mixture of lender and borrower roles and the candidate would be required to work on both and so have a working knowledge of lender and borrower requirements and approaches to transactions. We advise our clients both on senior and mezzanine financings and a working knowledge of both, together with intercreditor arrangements, is required.

Usually the transactions will involve working alongside other groups, typically core real estate, corporate and tax. Experience of working on deal teams comprising different groups is therefore important and typically the deals will be led by the REF team so the candidate should also be able to coordinate and manage transactions.

We regularly work on deals involving other jurisdictions, both where the assets or the clients and/or other corporate entities are located outside the UK. As DLA is an international law firm with offices in multiple jurisdictions we are able to resource the whole of the transaction. Experience of multi-jurisdictional transactions would be preferable but is not essential, and the position offers the right candidate the ideal opportunity to develop UK focused experience into a European and international practice.

The underlying real estate we deal with is broad and varied ranging from investment rental income properties to cashflow business such as hotels and student accommodation and includes refinancing and acquisition financings of existing real estate as well as development financing. The ideal candidate will have had experience in all these types of real estate and businesses.

In addition to core real estate debt financing, the team is regularly involved in bond financings, distressed debt workouts and restructurings, agency work and advising servicers and special servicers. Another growing part of our business is stadium financing.

ABOUT YOU

We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have upwards of 5 years' PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to successfully undertake this role.

The ideal candidate will:

* Be a Solicitor or barrister, ideally qualified in England & Wales or a Commonwealth jurisdiction
* Should be an experienced REF lawyer, preferably from a REF team in a Silver or Magic Circle firm and/or a REF team with a no lower than tier 3 ranking in Chambers and Legal 500
* Demonstrate strong technical skills, with an international awareness and focus to their work
* Have gained exposure to leveraged/acquisition finance deals
* Have experience assisting clients dealing with distressed credit issues
* Have proven experience of leading matters
* Have experience of supporting a broad client base
* Proven track record of leading deals and negotiations
* Commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news
* Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working
* Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients
* Recognises and seizes opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
* Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts
* Awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
* Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure
* Proactive and innovative

ABOUT US

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

OUR VALUES

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

*

Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully

*

Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in

*

Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big

*

Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual.

We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent. Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.

AGILE WORKING

We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

PRE-ENGAGEMENT SCREENING

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.
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