Funds Lawyer – 3Yrs+ Pqe – Johannesburg
Pinsent Masons
Gauteng, South Africa
1d ago
source : findojobs-za

FUNDS LAWYER 3YRS+ PQE JOHANNESBURG Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, with over 3,400 employees operating out of 26 locations across Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

We have a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in a deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which our clients operate.

Our global reach ensures that we are well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines.

The firm has significant multinational credentials in the financial services, energy, infrastructure, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors.

Services provided across these sectors include asset management and investment funds, corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans and incentives, technology and tax advice.

We champion change and promote progress to make business work better for people. Pinsent Masons has embedded a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives to create an environment in which its people can flourish.

We operate an agile working scheme, which offers our employees flexibility in terms of where, and how, they work. We stand out for our innovative approach to service delivery.

For example, the firm has developed a number of in-house legal technology and project management solutions, operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and a global Diversity and Inclusion consultancy, Brook Graham.

Put simply, we offer a range of professional disciplines to our clients, enabled by our people, process and technology. Awards Pinsent Masons has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, won the "Law Firm of the Year Award 2019 Legal Business" for the second time and is recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times.

Pinsent Masons was also named Law Firm of the Year 2018 by The Lawyer and is ranked No 4 on the UK Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2020 and named as one of Stonewall’s Top Global Employers 2020.

Brief We are seeking to recruit a small number of associates into our Johannesburg office to work as part of our international private funds team.

The candidates will be supported by colleagues locally but the opportunity is to work with partners and others in the UK as well as on mandates involving colleagues in Dublin and Singapore.

Our funds team work on a wide range of fund structures established and investing internationally that includes excellent experience on working with African managers as well as numerous institutional investors looking at funds in developing markets.

The ideal candidates will have at least 3 years’ experience of funds establishment and related work. Our Investment Funds Team Our Funds team acts for fund managers on the full range of their investment funds work, including fund structuring, formation and investment work with a focus on key sectors including real estate, energy, infrastructure, debt and buy-out funds.

We advise large asset owners on their investment into fund structures and on secondary transactions. As noted above, we have a strong African fund formation and fund investing practice.

Many of our fund work, including in Africa and other developing markets, has fed into our strong focus on impact investments and sustainable finance.

This is a growing area and the team has an excellent track record and has been shortlisted for this years’ The Lawyer Funds Team of the Year (for the third time in a row) and the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers award off the back of its work in impact funds.

Our Funds team has seen significant investment over the last few years and recently expanded the practice by promoting one partner.

We now need to recruit again to service our existing work but we have exciting plans which we believe will mean further significant growth as above we see a lot of this growth can come from impact work which is helping our clients make a positive global difference.

We are committed to invest further in the team and in this practice area. The successful candidate will be able to take an active and growing role in our work, with direct access to clients including established and early stage fund managers, including managers who are launching exciting and innovative new strategies.

The work will involve working with international clients and our international offices. We work closely with members of our tax team to provide the full service of legal advice for the structuring and establishment of funds.

The Funds team is a part of the financial services group and therefore has the full support of a team of regulatory lawyers to provide advice on the related financial regulation aspects of fund raising - e.

g. financial promotion and AIFMD. Our current team includes experienced partners with in-depth experience of all aspects of fund raising, including funds established in the Channel Islands, Luxembourg, Mauritius and the Cayman Islands.

We also have a strong investment funds presence in our Dublin office which, together with our existing UK team, gives rise to exciting opportunities, particularly following Brexit.

Our Funds team provides exciting opportunities to grow and develop. In recognition of our recent growth and having acted on complex, cross-border mandates our Funds team was nominated for Funds team of the year at The Lawyer awards in 2019 and again in 2020 (when we were commended) in addition to the 2021 nominations mentioned above.

We are at the early stages of an exciting journey with fantastic opportunities for new joiners to help further exploit established relationships within the firm, to explore new relationships from existing good connections and to work on high quality international work.

Basic requirements The ideal candidate will be able to support our team and will have experience of advising on various matters relating to the establishment of, and investing in, private investment funds.

  • It will also be essential that the candidate enjoys business development as we are a growing team. Relevant experience will include : drafting constitutional documentation of funds including limited partnership agreements, unit trust deeds and shareholder agreements;
  • drafting and negotiating ancillary documentation such as management agreements and administration agreements; advising on carried interest arrangements;
  • reviewing marketing material; negotiating fund documentation with investors and dealing with side letter requests; drafting LLP or shareholder agreements in relation to setting up new managers;
  • dealing with offshore law firms and administrators; reviewing fund documentation for institutional investors and preparing user friendly reports;
  • negotiating with fund counsel when acting for investors (either as cornerstone investor or as a minority investor); and discussing new funds with both start-up and experienced managers.

  • Additional attributes As well as having the experience mentioned above, the candidate should be : strong academically; happy to work on creating marketing material, know-how and being involved in business development this is a growing team and, accordingly, we would like the candidate to take an active part in that;
  • prepared to work on a small number of mandates that don't fit a traditional private funds role this will include joint venture agreements and occasionally advice on M&A transactions in the funds space although that type of work is always done with the support of our corporate team;
  • a team player who can work with different teams and lawyers across the firm; and keen to work in a growing international firm that is making headlines Should you require further details, please contact our in house Lateral Recruitment Advisor Anwen John who can discuss the role and requirements.

    Contact details : https : / / www.linkedin.com / in / anwen-john-36177ba1 / #LI-LRAJ

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