Associate: Mergers & Acquisitions

Melbourne, Victoria, au
Company: White & Case
Category: Business and Financial Operations Occupations
Published on 2021-07-23 06:15:15

Position Summary

We are currently looking for associates to join the M&A practice in our Melbourne office. As well as possessing excellent academic credentials and legal knowledge, you should also be commercially-minded, with a solid grasp of the market and an enthusiasm for the cut-and-thrust of international deal-making. Highly focused, you should display the organizational skills and composure needed to thrive in a demanding, fast-paced practice, working to tight deadlines and managing multiple work-streams and communication channels. Given the fluidity of the deal-making process, you should also be mentally agile—adept at thinking on your feet, and quickly adapting to changing circumstances. Excellent oral and written communication skills will be major assets—enabling you to negotiate effectively, and to seamlessly manage the flow of information between practice groups, clients and stakeholders. Regularly working in large, international and multidisciplinary teams, you should also demonstrate a collaborative approach and an ease interacting with a wide range of legal and business professionals. Proactive and self-motivated, you should be eager to take ownership of your work product and demonstrate the skill, talent and commitment to deliver outstanding results.

Our Practice Area

Drawing on a global breadth of knowledge and experience, we support major multinationals and leading corporations, banks, private equity funds and other visionaries to execute their largest, most complex multijurisdictional transactions. Combining deep local market knowledge with specialist expertise across the full spectrum of legal areas and business sectors, we have been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile M&A transactions worldwide, and numerous market ‘firsts’. As an associate in our practice, you will be working in an exciting working environment, handling challenging, time-sensitive deals that demand a cool head and positive mindset. From the moment you join, you will be interacting with multidisciplinary teams from across our international offices and practice groups, from Projects and Project Finance to Private Equity and Commercial Litigation. As well as learning from leading practitioners within our own group, you will therefore also be ideally placed to integrate yourself within the firm’s wider global network. You will also have opportunities to work on high-profile matters that involve the development and financing of complex projects in the natural resources, power and infrastructure sectors from a variety of client perspectives.We advise sponsors, investors, commercial banks, multilateral lenders, export credit agencies, insurance companies, underwriters, governments, contractors and off-takers. It’s not just our cutting-edge approach to achieving our clients’ goals that sets us apart, it’s our people.You will work with a diverse group of lawyers and support staff across our Australian domestic, regional, and international offices who are as much friends as colleagues.We strive for an environment that fosters collaboration and encourages our people to approach issues with new thinking while employing the established expertise and skills of our associates. We offer high quality, internationally oriented work on the most challenging deals, a competitive salary package and an opportunity to work as part of a truly global organization.

Duties and Accountabilities

  • Drafting and reviewing legal and technical documentation
  • Conducting legal and technical research
  • Analyzing commercial and legal information
  • Working directly with clients
  • Involvement in due diligence – analysis of agreementsand their subsequent description
  • Drafting legal memoranda on broad range of topics arising under commercial law and corporate law precedents
  • Providing direct assistance to senior lawyers on matters arising in the course of day-to-day provision of legal services to leading international and domestic corporate clients
  • Qualifications

  • PQE 1-4 years
  • Admission in Australia, New York and/or England & Wales qualification also considered
  • Strong academic record and intellectual curiosity, creative thinker
  • Ability to see the big picture
  • Team player
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills
  • Strong time management skills, ability to stay calm under pressure when juggling multiple projects
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • International experience a plus
  • Good understanding of the key risks and issues involved in cross-border transactions;
  • Experience on advising on numerous commercial contracts
  • Location and Reporting

  • This is an associate role based in Melbourne, with potential for international travel in the future.
  • The Firm may modify and amend this job description at any time at its sole discretion. 1The above is a general description of the essential duties associated with this position and does not represent an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all duties.

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