Why Baker McKenzie?

At Baker McKenzie not only do we pride ourselves on leading pay and a great culture, joining a leading Global Law firm provides unique development opportunities to grow in a highly supportive working environment throughout all stages of your life. We know our people value flexibility around when and where they work. So we are committed to offering a more adaptable way to work, we call this BAgile. As a highly valued employee we will also provide you with an extensive range of wellbeing, recognition & benefits offerings.

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The role

We are looking for a Senior Associate or Special Counsel with six+ years' Post Admission Experience in M&A and ECM to join our Transactional Practice Group (TPG) in Melbourne.

The Team

Our TPG is at the forefront of providing commercially astute advice to major Australian and global companies. We are particularly well known for our high-end mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity practices. With offices across the globe, we provide our clients with something that no other Australian law firm can offer – a leading Australian practice with access to an integrated global platform.

Our areas of experience include corporate governance and compliance, corporate advisory, due diligence, foreign investment, hostile and recommended takeover bids, joint ventures and alliances, privatisation/corporatisation's, public/private partnerships, as well as spin-offs, demergers and stock exchange listings.

As the world's largest M&A practice, over 1,300 lawyers execute more cross-border transactions than any other law firm, gaining the experience and expertise critical to helping clients mitigate risk and achieve our goals across industries including healthcare, media, renewables, retail, industrials, insurance, food and beverage, and technology. For more than a decade, we have been ranked number 1 for M&A in emerging markets by deal volume. We close a deal somewhere in the world nearly every day.

Our lawyers assist clients through all stages of a transaction, from preparing the business for sale or performing due diligence, to negotiating the transaction documents, coordinating the closing across multiple jurisdictions, and integrating the operations of the resulting business. Recent notable transactions include: GSK's US$60 billion consumer health joint venture with Pfizer; Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB) acquisition of CBA's global asset management division; sale of Australasian Fibre Business, Orora; Tencent's A$300m investment in AfterPay Limited; and Booking Holdings Inc's recent acquisition of Hotels Combined Pty Ltd.

What we're looking for -

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum six years' experience in similar top tier or leading international firm environment;
  • Experience in and strong understanding of corporate transactions (Private M&A, Pubic M&A and ECM);
  • Corporations Act and ASX experience with change of control transactions and capital raisings;
  • Exceptional technical, drafting, and commercial skills;
  • Strong client service orientation;
  • Relevant legal qualifications;
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team (including across Australian offices and internationally);
  • Interest in the support and training of junior team members;
  • Strong business development aptitude, interest and experience;
  • Relevant legal qualifications;
  • Strong academic background;
  • Commitment to high work standards; and
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

About the Firm

At Baker McKenzie, we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global. Our Australian practice was established in Sydney in 1964, in Melbourne in 1982 and in Brisbane in 2014. Our lawyers work seamlessly with our global colleagues, collectively providing a capacity of more than 5,600 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 78 locations across 46 countries.

Baker McKenzie Australia can offer you access to complex, market leading matters working with some of the world's best legal minds – people who know the law and who understand business. We have an unrivalled ability to provide training and secondment opportunities across our global network.

Diversity & Inclusion

Baker McKenzie is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture for all its employees, with equal opportunity for all to progress and have a meaningful career with our Firm.

Our application process

Please apply by selecting the "apply now" link below and completing an online application form.

As part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive we encourage applications from all genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.