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Structured Finance Associate

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The Team

The structured finance team at Fieldfisher is looking to recruit an experienced lawyer.  Ideally, the candidate will have experience advising on securitisation, structured finance and capital markets transactions and/or similar financing arrangements, but the team will consider outstanding candidates with other relevant experience looking to specialise in this area.

The team is part of the Financial Markets and Products Group at Fieldfisher which has been a market-leading practice for 25 years. The Group is highly ranked in all the leading directories, including the Legal 500, Chambers and IFLR.  The Group has been described as providing 'faster, more tailored advice than many competitors' and as 'sensible, approachable and commercial'. The Group services an impressive client base, which includes global and second tier investment banks, commercial banks, brokers, asset managers and wholesale markets service providers.

The structured finance team currently compromises of five partners, a director, a senior associate and three associates (with support from the wider Group and related professional support lawyers, trainees and paralegals). The team regularly works with other specialist teams in the London office and with our other UK and European offices. The team advises on securitisation, asset backed finance, loan portfolio servicing and trustee and agency matters. Recent quotes about the team from Legal 500's securitisation review include:

‘The team is responsive and helpful. Their ability to get to the crux of the matter from our perspective sets them apart.’

‘Their attention to detail and the level to which they care makes them so easy to work with.’

‘The mix of excellent client focus and deep expertise makes their offering unique. The team works hard to provide a first-rate result. All departments at Fieldfisher interact well together to give an all-round service which is at least the equal of its Magic Circle peers.’

‘The firm has great strength in structured finance and alternative finance. They spearhead virtual bondholder meetings using technology. They are very innovative.’

‘The team is extremely personable, generous with its time and supportive of my business'.

The team advises on a wide range of transactions. Recent examples include:

  • Acting for arrangers on a new $500m receivables-backed securitisation involving assets in the US, Singapore, France and Switzerland;
  • Acting for the senior bondholders on the restructuring of a PFI backed social housing bond;
  • Advising bond issuers and trustees on the restructuring of multiple residential mortgage-backed securitisation transactions totalling in excess of £10bn that had been affected by counterparty rating downgrades and LIBOR discontinuance
  • Acting for a bond issuer on the warehouse refinancing of five residential mortgage-backed securitisations totalling £292m;
  • Acting for an oil and gas company on a new privately placed mini-bond listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange;
  • Acting for a loan servicer on the establishment of its securitisation loan servicing business in Milan in Italy (supported by our Milan office);
  • Acting for a film finance company on its launch of a £250m innovative finance ISA offering;
  • Acting on the securitisation of bridging and development loans for a number of leading specialised lenders.

The team prides itself in its friendly, collegiate and supportive culture and its non-hierarchical structure.

 

Responsibilities

  • Proactively manage own matters
  • Support the partners and senior lawyers on larger transactions and lead transactions on a supervised basis, where appropriate.
  • High levels of direct client contact – candidates would be expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with clients.
  • Contribute towards business development strategy of the team by preparing briefing papers, attending and presenting at client seminars and developing their own contacts within organisations.

 

Key Skills & Experience

The candidate must have the following skills qualifications and experience:

  • Legal understanding of structured finance;
  • A keen interest in structured finance;
  • Must be a qualified lawyer in England and Wales or another common law jurisdiction;
  • Experience with a well-reputed City or international firm, ideally working on structured finance transactions;
  • Experience in advising on structured finance transactions, which may involve complex features, extensive documentation and multiple jurisdictions;
  • Good Bachelor's Degree from a good University;
  • Good legal skills including attention to detail in drafting and a genuine interest in the needs of the client;
  • An ability to think laterally and identify related issues and problems;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Able to work as a team and independently;
  • A confident and professional manner.

 

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The Firm

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy and natural resources, technology, financial services and life sciences.

Our clients range from household social media, technology and media companies, as well as global financial institutions, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, major FMCG brands and public bodies.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and knowledge, on time and on budget.

Our network has more than 1,550 people working across the world providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.

We have 25 offices in 11 countries and our team is based in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.

Most recently, the firm has been recognised for its work across a number of practice areas.  We have been shortlisted for M&A Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2021; Litigation Team of the Year at the Lawyer Awards 2021 and for Innovation in rescue, restructuring and recovery award at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2021.

Nº employees 1001-5000
Founding year 1835
Products / Services Advocacy, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Civil Litigation
Mission Fieldfisher is a European law firm built around its people. We are a full-service firm with market-leading practices in technology, financial services, energy and natural resources and life sciences. As an entrepreneurial, pragmatic and socially conscious firm, we embrace our purpose as a trusted, client-focused corporate citizen. We believe The Future is Human*, so we take a collaborative approach with our clients, shaping our services to their needs and integrating cutting-edge legal technologies where appropriate. Our European network is supported by our offices in the US and China and international partner firms, enabling us to advise clients around the world with seamless efficiency and dedication across time zones and disciplines. We work with many of the biggest organisations globally and are proud to support numerous charity partners and causes. When it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG), we lead from the front in our industry and make ourselves accountable to our clients and our people for our actions.
overview Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in technology, financial services, energy & natural resources and life sciences.

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