We are seeking an experienced, technically excellent and ambitious mid-level corporate M&A associate with a keen interest in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors for a role within our market-leading London Energy, Mining & Infrastructure (EMI) Industry Group.
The EMI Group is a multi-disciplinary industry-focussed practice group, which includes corporate, M&A, projects, Renewables, financing and construction specialists working together on some of the largest and most innovative transactions for a wide range of clients across the EMI sector. The EMI team in London consists of over 30 lawyers who form the core of the leading European Energy Practice we are building together with our EMI colleagues across EMEA. Our global EMI Group is one of the largest in the world, with over 1,000 lawyers involved in EMI/EMI Projects globally.
With its deep industry focus and expertise and established key client relationships, the EMI team is uniquely positioned to help our clients navigate the new and challenging energy landscape. It is an exciting and innovative time in the sector, with a transformational change to energy systems on a scale that has not been seen before and the team is looking to grow to take advantage of the opportunities that the changing world is bringing to our clients. We currently have a very strong pipeline of transactions, involving both traditional assets and increasingly renewables, cleantech and digital ventures.
Our clients include some of the pre-eminent global energy and resources groups, including panel appointments for BP, Shell, Rio Tinto and Vale, as well as financial sponsors, infrastructure investment funds and portfolio companies. Recent headline M&A transactions the group has worked on include advising:
- Shell, in its acquisition of sonnen, the German battery manufacturer and leader in smart energy storage systems for households.
- Lightsource BP, on the establishment of a £1bn solar asset investment partnership with BlackRock.
- Westinghouse, in relation to its emergence from Chapter 11 and $4.6bn sale to Brookfield.
- Hitachi, on its $11bn acquisition of part of the Swiss engineering group ABB.
- Tailwind Energy, in connection with its acquisition of UKCS oil and gas assets from EOG.
- Fiera Infrastructure Inc., on the acquisition of 41MW of UK solar asssets from Macquarie Group.
The role includes the full scope of responsibility expected of an M&A associate in a leading cross-border transactional practice, including in particular:
- Advising clients on a wide range of corporate matters, with a particular focus on complex, strategic cross-border M&A and joint ventures in the energy and natural resources sectors.
- Leading multi-party negotiations and successfully project managing relevant aspects of large-scale complex transactions across multiple jurisdictions.
- Taking a pro-active approach to business development activities. The group is highly entrepreneurial and actively encourages associates to develop client relationships in a wide range of settings.
- Being responsible for frequent and direct contact with clients, with a culture based on associates being given the level of responsibility they are ready for, rather than a PQE based method of work allocation.
- Regular opportunities for secondments with clients, including frequently at our panel clients. Posting to other offices under the firm's Associate Transfer Programme is also a possibility.
While experience in the EMI group's industry sector is helpful, the team's priority is to meet candidates with top-tier M&A experience who are enthusiastic about the sector and are keen to learn from their specialist colleagues.
The EMI group forms a core part of the wider London Corporate department, which is the largest within the office and sits at the heart of the firm's business. The Corporate department provides skilled M&A (public and private), capital markets, private equity, projects, reorganisations and financial services advice, alongside traditional company law, board level compliance and corporate governance support, to a wide range of clients, including listed PLCs, financial institutions and major multinational corporates. Our practice is broad, and much of what we do is cross-border.
The London Corporate team has over 150 fee earners and business professionals, and over 1,000 lawyers involved in EMI / EMI Projects globally. Our clients include nearly all of the world’s 100 largest public companies and more than three-quarters of the Fortune 500.
Why join us?
Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm. Founded in 1949, we advise many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organisations through our 13,200 people in 78 offices in 46 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard. Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way.
In London you will be part of an 950 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and is regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. We can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of a leading law firm but in a local office environment that is hardworking, yet friendly and supportive.
The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:
- Acritas’ Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, 2010- 2018 - ranked 1st
- The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17: currently ranked 66th
- The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2018: currently ranked 65th
- Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2012 - 2019: currently ranked 10th
- The Lawyer: The Global 200 2018: ranked 4th
- Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2015-18:Five awards:
- Best International Firm for Women in Business Law
- Most Innovative International Firm
- Best International Firm for Talent Management
- Best in UK
- Beatriz Araújo won Best in Corporate Governance
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The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate all or the majority of the following:
- Excellent academic credentials.
- Current experience in the corporate department of a leading City or US firm, with a keen interest and/or experience in the energy and natural resources sectors.
- First rate technical skills needed to support the client work of the department.
- The ability to confidently demonstrate a strong understanding of the law and how it affects our corporate clients, alongside good commercial awareness of how their businesses operate.
- Demonstrable business development experience, including the ability to develop strong relationships with clients and to take responsibility for these relationships.
- Outstanding communication and drafting skills and the ability to adapt style as required.
- Initiative and proactivity.
- Strong service orientation - a "client first" culture.
- Ability to work well in both a team and individually, and taking an active part in sharing knowledge and experience with the team.
- Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the Firm.