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Job Title Associate, US Securities
Location London

Associate, US Securities

Ashurst's US capital markets team

About Ashurst

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here.

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Team overview:

The US capital markets team sits with the Equity Capital Markets (ECM) team in our Corporate division but is also active on debt capital markets (DCM) transactions, debt private placements to US insurance companies and other institutional investors, fund transactions, US aspects of European merger & acquisition transactions and other finance work. The team also works alongside the firm's US high-yield debt team.

The profile of Ashurst's ECM practice has grown hugely over the past 15 years. Originally a reputable practice principally for domestic London-based listings (mostly representing corporate issuers), it has expanded its scope to include underwriter representations and international transactions. Today, we represent all the major bulge-bracket investment banks on ECM transactions in addition to a wide range of corporate issuers.

The transactions we work on include initial public offerings (IPOs) and share listings, rights offerings and other secondary share offerings, investment grade and high-yield debt offerings, fund offerings, jumbo note programmes for bank issuers, US private placement debt offerings with ACIC documentation, tender offers and exchange offers and corporate restructurings.

We increasingly act on transactions in continental Europe and further afield, with representative transactions including Germany, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium and Indian.

Representative investment bank clients include Citi, Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Numis and UBS. Representative corporate clients include Angel Trains, EnQuest, Green REIT, Lamprell, Pedemontana, Renewi, Softcat and Vedanta.

Job overview:

We are currently looking for a junior capital markets lawyer who is US- qualified to join our team in the London office. We are looking for someone who is eager to take responsibility and who has the confidence needed for extended client contact. Outstanding English-language writing skills are essential, as are attention to detail and an ability to grasp legal concepts quickly. A JD is strongly preferred. The ability to conduct business in German would be a plus.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the drafting of prospectuses;
  • Drafting of legal documents and agreements;
  • Assisting on and overseeing documentary due diligence on issuers;
  • Negotiating agreements under the supervision of more senior lawyers;
  • Playing a leading role in transaction management; and
  • Contributing to departmental know-how.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Admission to the bar with good standing in a US jurisdiction, with a preference for New York;
  • Outstanding English-language communication skills, particularly writing skills; and
  • Experience in US securities law transactions.

Career advancement:

An established Associate Career Path Framework is in place clearly defining expectations and outlining opportunities for promotion.

Secondment opportunities:

Opportunities often arise for associates to spend time on secondment in house with a key client of the firm. From time to time, secondment opportunities also come up within other Ashurst offices in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.