Capital Markets Associate (US Securities)

South East England
09 Aug 2017
15 Aug 2017
Contract Type
The firm

Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. .

The department

In today's dynamic business and regulatory environment for corporate transactions, our clients need a partner with knowledge, versatility and determination to help you achieve your goals.

Our lawyers work on the full spectrum of corporate transactions and are located in offices across the globe in order to deliver seamless, integrated solutions to clients. Using a forward-thinking approach, Dentons works together with the client to create innovative solutions, helping them preserve value while managing risk.

From strategic planning through due diligence to post-closing integration, we are by our client's side, helping them effectively and efficiently meet their business needs. Our practical approach, coupled with sound, constructive and responsive advice, allows clients to navigate roadblocks at critical moments.

With transactional expertise, deep knowledge of the industries in which our clients operate and far-reaching experience in advising global, national and emerging companies, we maximize our global presence and local expertise to meet client needs.

Purpose of role

Our Capital Markets team deals with a broad range of UK and international equity and debt capital markets work, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, equity linked offerings, eurobond issuances, and ADR and GDR faciltiies.

The team's clients are primarily investment banks, financial advisors, banks and corporates, and transactions range from mid-market domestic deals to complex cross-border financings and restructurings, focused on EMEA emerging markets.

The team is looking for an associate with at least 2 years' post-qualification experience to support international capital markets transactions. Ideally the candidate will have significant experience within the capital markets team of an international law firm, working for underwriters and issuers in connection with equity and debt offerings, and have familiarity with disclosure, due diligence, and advising on US securities laws.

You will maintain client relationships, contribute to business development and thought leadership, raising your own profile and supporting the continued growth of the capital markets practice.

The role would be ideal for a 2 to 4 year pqe lawyer.


You will take a lead role on a variety of transactions across a range of sectors

Build and maintain client relationships

Contribute to business development

Coach and mentor more junior members of the team

Coordinate and cooperate with colleagues in other practice groups and offices

Contribute to thought leadership and raise the profile of the firm externally

Required experience, skills and attributes

Technical Skills

Strong academic record, including a JD or US LLM degree or equivalent

Admission in New York State or another US jurisdiction

Experience with high-profile Rule 144A equity and debt offerings

Capital markets experience and legal expertise gained within a top-tier firm including:

Acting for underwriters on international capital markets transactions and with a strong understanding oftheir key concerns

Drafting and negotiating standard transaction documents, including underwriting documentation, legal opinions and comfort letters

Acting for issuers and with strong disclosure drafting skills across a range of industry sectors and markets (including, in particular, emerging market issuers)

Managing and coordinating capital markets due diligence

Flexibility across a range of equity and debt transaction structures and offerings

Experience of a range of different transaction structures, including stand-alone bonds, medium term note programmes, liability management transactions, IPOs, follow-on offerings and capital markets aspects of M&A transactions

You will ideally have experience of working with international clients in the corporate sector

You will ideally have experience of preparing and participating in pitches to clients

Ability to work independently

Exceptional drafting skills

Personal attributes

Is dedicated to exceptional client service

Excellent business development ability and demonstrates market focus

Strong financial and business awareness

Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

Demonstrates good judgment and resilience skills

Shows strong initiative and drive and takes control of own career development

The salary for this role is competitive.

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities. In light of our recent combination, Mandarin language fluency would be particularly advantageous given that China is now core to our strategy.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If, as a result of a disability, you believe that there are aspects of the recruitment process or job that you would find more difficult than a non-disabled person, please tell us as soon as possible. We will then be able to discuss with you any reasonable adjustments that could be made to the recruitment process or the job itself.