Senior Associate - ECM/Corporate

Location: United Kingdom
Office: Birmingham
Discipline: Corporate & commercial
Contact name: Aimee Kaja

Contact email: [email protected]
Contact phone: 0161 234 8727
Vacancy reference: 021370
Closing date: 19 January 2024
Startdate: 29 September 2023 - 29 September 2023

What does the role involve?

We need an experienced Corporate Solicitor with equity capital markets experience to join our growing Corporate Team. You could be based in any of our seven offices. You will have a particular focus on equity capital markets work – which will include initial public offerings, secondary fundraisings and day to day advice on the legal and regulatory regime applicable to listed and quoted companies. You will also advise on mergers & acquisitions where there is a listed or quoted company involved – for example as buyer or seller or as the target company.  You may also undertake a broad mix of other general corporate work including private company mergers & acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, fundraising, shareholder agreements and general corporate advisory work. Much of your work will have an international aspect. Depending on experience, you will either support partners and other members of the team, or you will work on your own matters largely unsupervised. 

What experience is required?

You will be an associate of 5+ years' qualified with experience gained in a City or a well-regarded regional firm. You will have a good background in transactional work and be able to demonstrate both working as part of a team on transactions, and/or managing transactions largely unsupervised. You will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of, and an interest in, helping to grow a practice. 

What skills and attributes would I need?

  • Good academics 
  • Experience of running transactional work as the day-to-day fee earner on the deal 
  • Evidence of understanding what is needed to help grow and develop a practice 
  • Willingness to initiate and participate in marketing and business development activities 
  • Technically strong 
  • Excellent drafting and verbal/written communication skills 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Good time and paper management skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team skills 
  • Experience of equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions 

Who will I be working with?

You will work closely with the head of our equity capital markets practice,  Stephen Hamilton, an experienced equity capital markets specialist corporate lawyer. You will also work with other corporate partners across the busy corporate and commercial team that operates as one national service line (“NSL”) across our seven offices and internationally with our global network of best-friend firms. The NSL is led collectively by  James Hunter (corporate head) and by  Kevin Lowe (NSL head). The NSL is supported by professional support lawyers. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability. 

Disclosure and barring service check and security clearance

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (to check for any previous criminal convictions and cautions) and, given the nature of the work-type, you may also be required to undergo national security vetting to SC level – the latter can be undertaken following commencement of employment. 

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.