Our Debt Capital Markets practice is at the forefront of providing commercially astute advice to major Australian and global clients. Our transactions are not only in the Australian market but a significant number are offshore. Our expertise has been reflected in our DCM team being finalists both in the Australasian Law Awards and in the Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2018. 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 Debt Capital Markets practice advises on a broad range of transactions including domestic and offshore debt programmes, high yield bonds, additional Tier 1 and Tier 2 issues, green bonds, sustainability bonds, social impact bonds, structured finance and securitisation transactions.

Historically, the securities group has been part of the Sydney Corporate Group and the Debt Capital Markets practice is part of that group. The Corporate Group is organised in the following subgroups.

  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity

We have recently appointed Duncan McGrath, a high-profile, senior debt capital markets lawyer who has joined the Sydney office as partner. Duncan was previously a partner at Gilbert + Tobin, where he established and headed that firm's DCM and securitisation practice and has also worked at Allens, Allen & Overy and Goldman Sachs.

The firm is expanding its Debt Capital Markets practice globally, including in Sydney, where it is experiencing strong client demand.

Experience Required

We are seeking a General Associate with 2-3 years’ PQE in debt capital markets and structured finance/securitisation experience gained in a top tier firm, to add value to our team.

Ideally the candidate comes from a similar top tier firm environment, where they have developed strong technical, drafting and commercial skills. They should have a strong client service ethic, initiative and drive, and work well as part of a team. A strong academic background is essential, in addition to:

  • High work standards
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with clients and to take responsibility for this relationship
  • Strong service orientation
  • Good communication skills

Baker McKenzie's Capital Markets team was rated the #1 legal team in the Australian market (for both issuers and lead managers) by Thomson Reuters in 2016 and Q1 of 2017.

In 2017 ACRITAS ranked Baker McKenzie the #1 global law firm brand, for the eighth consecutive year, and the #1 law firm brand in Asia Pacific.

The Firm

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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 77 locations across 47 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. Locally, we have an inclusive culture of learning, coaching and opportunity where you will work in small teams on matters that often cross borders. We value people who think ahead and get noticed.

To Apply

If you are self motivated and excited by the connectivity that a global law firm can offer, then we would like to hear from you. Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role. We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application.

For a confidential discussion and further information, please contact Mitch Barreca, Senior Talent Management Consultant on (02) 8922 5575.