Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm, providing
clients with commercially aware legal advice, whenever and wherever
they need it. We have over 1,600 people situated in key business and
financial centres across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
We understand that our firm is equal only to the strengths of our
people and place great emphasis on recruiting and retaining staff who
meet our high standards. Our philosophy for international growth has
been to build practices around local teams who understand the culture,
business and languages of the countries and regions in which we
operate. In doing so, we believe that we have succeeded in developing
a closely knit and cohesive network that meets local business needs as
part of a global service.
Our business services groups provide integrated support for our
global operations. The firm is organised in line with our clients'
requirements into key practice areas and sector groups. Our sector
focus allows us to better appreciate the environment in which our
clients operate and to work with them to achieve their objectives. Our
client base includes leading financial institutions and a significant
number of FTSE 350 and Fortune Global 500 companies.
Our focus on a small number of sectors means we are able to
understand and respond to our clients' needs. Our industry sectors
are: Financial Institutions, Asset Management & Investment Funds,
Healthcare & Life Sciences, Telecoms, Media & Technology (TMT)
and Fintech. We also focus on the Energy & Infrastructure market,
in particular through our international projects and construction
teams. We have a track record for innovation and delivering value to
clients through new ways of working. The core practice areas, from
which we draw our sector teams, are: corporate, dispute resolution,
employment, pensions & employee benefits, EU, competition &
regulatory, financial markets, information, communications &
technology, intellectual property, projects, real estate and tax.
Simmons & Simmons has a market leading Derivatives practice
(ranked Tier 1 in Legal 500). We hold a unique position amongst the
other premier law firms operating in this sector in that not only do
we advise investment banks, but also act as the adviser of choice to
highest profile end-users in the European derivatives market,
including the largest hedge fund and institutional asset managers.
We are seeking an energetic and ambitious Supervising Associate or
Managing Associate to join this leading buy-side Derivatives team,
which is an integral part of our award winning asset management and
investment funds practice.
You will be actively encouraged to develop your own personal
relationships with clients and supported in marketing and business
You will have exposure to a wide variety of work, including:
Reviewing and negotiating the full spectrum of derivative and
trading documentation for hedge fund and other asset management clients
Providing strategic advice to buy-side clients on all regulatory
change projects impacting the derivatives and trading market market,
including EMIR, SFTR, Securitisation Regulation, SFDR, MiFID2,
BMR,BRRD and IBOR transition.
Supporting clients in their implementation of UMR initial margin
projects for Phases 5 and 6.
Drafting netting and collateral enforceability opinions and reviews.
Advising on UCITS asset eligibility and AIFMD requirements
impacting portfolio transactions.
Drafting and negotiating custody documentation (including the
application of client money and assets rules / CASS), IMAs, TMAs and
prime brokerage agreements.
Collaborating with fund lawyers on fund prospectuses and other
Drafting or reviewing derivative hedging instruments for financing transactions.
Partnering with industry bodies such as AIMA, the Investment
Association, EFAMA and ISDA.
Project management of large-scale cross-border advisory projects.
Candidates will ideally have 4+ years' PQE with experience in
buy-side derivatives gained at a leading law firm or in-house. There
is no upper limit on expected PQE, and we would welcome a range of
applications at all levels beyond 4+ years.
The successful candidate must be:
Conscientious and ambitious
Agreeable but prepared to question and challenge.
Innovative - bringing fresh ideas and open to new ways of working