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Investment management solicitor 3 to 5 years' PQE at Macfarlanes

Investment management solicitor 3 to 5 years' PQE

Macfarlanes London, Greater London Full Time

The investment management practice is looking to recruit an alternative funds solicitor with three to five years’ PQE to join its successful team.

About Macfarlanes

We are an independent London-based law firm with a high profile client base from around the world. We are known for the quality of our work, both in terms of our ability to handle the full range of corporate and commercial matters, and the fact that we can advise our clients on their private affairs. We handle work of the highest quality and complexity on a wide range of matters.

Our size and partner-led approach enable us to give our clients a more personal service underpinned by the highest standards of commitment and care.

As well as that, our independence allows us to choose precisely the right lawyer or firm for our clients' needs in any jurisdiction in the world.

What this means for you

Offering a partner-led service enables our fee earners to learn and develop through working closely with a senior member of the team. Our size means that you will often be very close to the front line or in a client facing role, gaining a greater insight into the issues facing our clients. 

We expect all our fee earners to assume real responsibility, as well as to participate in client and business development activities. That means wider exposure for you and a steep learning curve.

Our matters often have a cross-border element, so our fee earners frequently liaise with global businesses and specialists in overseas jurisdictions.

The importance we place on the development of our fee earners’ legal and commercial skills has allowed us to develop the excellent reputation we have – we believe our education and training programme is second to none.

We all work together as part of a cohesive and supportive team, with the firm recognising, appreciating and rewarding the efforts of its employees.

Practice overview

Our investment management practice consists of five partners, 16 solicitors, 5 trainee solicitors, eight paralegals and one professional support lawyer. We are one of the broadest based investment management practices in London. Our work covers the entire spectrum of investment management work from private equity, private debt, venture capital, infrastructure, real estate and hedge funds through to regulated funds (including UCITS). Our major areas of focus at the moment are on private equity managers, private debt, institutional asset managers and VC managers. We are also doing a lot of interesting work on hybrid funds (blending closed-ended funds with open-ended funds) and for alternatives managers looking to attract capital from DC pension funds and the mass-affluent.

The team advises fund managers, other service providers and investors on a range of matters relating to their work and ongoing strategic issues. Many of our clients' projects bring together a number of disciplines; we frequently draw on the expertise of our tax colleagues, as well as derivatives and trading, corporate, and regulatory lawyers to provide a seamless service, however complex the work.

International issues are commonplace in what we do. Whether we are advising in relation to the formation of a fund or seed deal arrangements, our independent status ensures that we are able to instruct the very best local counsel. As a result, clients benefit from the highest quality advice suited to their needs and the specific matter in hand.

Our client base

We act for many of the leading institutional asset managers across private equity, private debt, real estate and other alternative asset classes and advise on all aspects of their business. Some of our key clients include; Hayfin Capital Management, Legal & General, Aberdeen Standard, Alcentra, Old Mutual, Alchemy, Goldman Sachs and 17Capital. Our advice does not end with the launch of the fund, we develop long-term relationships advising on corporate, regulatory and trading matters on a daily basis.

The role

The individual will be required to carry out a broad range of good quality work. Key duties will include:

  • acting as lead associate on alternatives fundraisings;
  • advising on incentive arrangements;
  • potentially advising on the funds aspects of wider alternatives asset management transactions and secondaries; and
  • contributing to group education sessions and know how.
  • This job description encompasses the main duties of the role and is by no means exhaustive. It is anticipated that duties may vary from time to time according to the needs of the practice area.

    The candidate

    We want to recruit a lawyer that fulfils the following criteria:

  • three to five years’ post-qualification experience from a leading institutional investment management practice or in-house at an alternative asset manager;
  • primarily focussed on alternative funds (private equity, private debt and real assets);
  • strong academic qualifications from degree upwards;
  • ambitious, with a genuine commitment to develop their professional and legal skills and the profile of the team; and
  • articulate and confident to deliver at the highest standard within a team of highly competent solicitors at the top of their game.
  • Our commitment to inclusion

    At Macfarlanes we believe that an inclusive, forward-thinking culture is both intrinsically important and enables us to provide innovative solutions to our clients. We have identified the continued development of inclusivity as a key priority and are committed to fostering a broad and diverse culture throughout the firm, from entry level to partnership. We continually review our processes to ensure that all of our people enjoy the same chance to develop and advance.

    We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, bringing different perspectives and experiences, making Macfarlanes an exciting and stimulating place to work. We seek to recruit the best candidates, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity, background, religion, physical abilities, sexual orientation or any other characteristic.

    As part of our commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce, we ask you and/or your recruiter to answer all the diversity questions when submitting an application to Macfarlanes. This data will allow us to measure our progress towards improving the diversity of our applicants, and ultimately, our hires. Our diversity data reporting is anonymised to maintain the privacy of applicants. If you have any questions relating to how the diversity data is used, please contact a member of the recruitment team.

    Should you require any adjustments during the application and/or interview process, please do not hesitate to inform your recruiter or a member of the recruitment team. Please note, the job description is available in other accessible formats (for example, large print).

    Direct applications only. Strictly no agencies.

    Key people

    Stephen Robinson

    Stephen advises a wide range of investment managers, fund sponsors and investors on the structuring, establishment and operation of investment funds and related activities. He specialises in structuring private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and credit funds.

    Stephen advises across the full range of investment management and fund related activities and advises clients in all aspects of their business including the establishment, raising and ongoing operation of numerous types of private investment funds. In addition he advises on complex co-investment and carried interest arrangements and has expertise in fund formation across all major fund jurisdictions including Luxembourg, Ireland and the Channel Islands. He also advises clients on house related matters such as internal governance, spin-outs and client restructurings.

    He also advises major institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds and global asset managers on their investment activity across primary, secondary and co-investment transactions.


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