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Senior Manager - Legal, Corporate and M&A - London

Date: Apr 9, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID125440BR
Job TitleSenior Manager - Legal, Corporate and M&A - London
CountryUnited Kingdom
Service LineLegal Services
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Job Description
KPMG Legal Services

KPMG Legal Services Team has 98 lawyers within the UK, over 900 lawyers within Europe and over 1300 lawyers globally. Within the UK practice, KPMG focuses on:

- Corporate and M&A
- Financial services regulation
- Data protection, IP and IT
- Employment and immigration
- Corporate crime
- Tax litigation
- Global entity management services

KPMG’s vision is to provide its clients with fully integrated professional services, which include high quality legal services.

Financial services legal team

Within the Financial Services legal practice, the corporate legal team combines with the financial services regulatory legal team to win and deliver work for clients within the sector. Projects typically see KPMG’s lawyers working in single teams with regulatory consulting, corporate finance, deal advisory, management consulting, IT consulting and tax teams.

Recent examples of the team’s work have included:

- Acting for a listed client on its proposed acquisition of a UK bank
- Restructuring of the EU 27 business of a UK bank from a UK-passported hub into a new EU subsidiary, in light of Brexit
- Two transfers of banking businesses under Part VII of FSMA 2000
- Restructuring of a £2bn listed private equity fund into a commercial company and change in listing segment
- The establishment of a Lloyd’s managing agency joint venture
- Advising seven banking, commodities and investment management clients on the impact of Brexit and on subsequent restructurings
- Advising on multiple sell-side disposals of regulated businesses

The Financial Services team is closely connected with strong Financial Services legal practices in regulatory and corporate / M&A within KPMG’s international network. Strong connections in particular exist with Germany, Spain and Switzerland, with regular collaboration and travel.

What KPMG Legal Services is looking for from its lawyers

- Team players who enjoy working with people from different backgrounds and disciplines
- Approachable people who are keen to develop personally and professionally, and to assist with the development of junior team members
- Intellectually curious, open-minded and analytical people, with an eye for detail and pride in their work
- Driven and proactive professionals who deliver a great service to their clients
- Relationship builders who can spot and develop new opportunities both within the KPMG network and externally
- Flexible people who are able to deal with a fluid, changing work environment

Why you might want to join KPMG Legal Services:

- You can see the advantages of professional advice being provided within a multidisciplinary team
- You are ambitious and perceive the wealth of opportunities presented by a start-up legal practice in a leading global professional services firm
- You want the opportunity to develop client relationships and KPMG’s legal services capabilities
- You would like access to work with the largest global clients
- You are excited by the idea of being a member of a team that will grow significantly
- You want to broaden your experience and become a more rounded professional
- You want to achieve a sustainable work-life balance

Experience required

The applicant will be a corporate lawyer with strong experience in advising clients on M&A, capital markets transactions and restructurings, in particular in the financial services sector.

The applicant’s experience may include, for example:

- Acquisitions and disposals of regulated businesses (whether by share sale or business sale)
- Corporate restructurings in the banking, insurance and investment management sectors
- Loan portfolio acquisitions and disposals
- Joint ventures involving listed and/or regulated clients
- Transfers of banking or insurance businesses under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
- Cross border mergers and SE conversions and migrations
- Experience on ring-fencing or Brexit programmes
- Establishment and restructuring of funds (included listed investment funds) and fund management arrangements
- Real estate or infrastructure M&A, investment or funds establishment
- Capital markets programmes (equity or debt)

Strong international experience is required. The successful applicant will need to fit into an international practice and a global legal services team. Language skills are relevant.
The applicant must be able to demonstrate his/her ability to successfully lead transactions (while ensuring that other senior members of the team are kept informed and involved at appropriate times), and to supervise and develop more junior members of the team. Strong project management skills are a must. The applicant must have good experience of coordinating the provision of advice and the production of complex and interrelated legal agreements and documentation by advisers in several jurisdictions. While consulting appropriately on difficult issues, he/she must be able to deliver robust and appropriate legal advice and exercise sound judgement.

The successful applicant will have significant experience of working with demanding clients across a wide spectrum of size and activities, and will be expert at service delivery. He/she must be able to demonstrate sound client relationship and business development skills, and a keenness to develop these skills further. The successful applicant will be expected to take responsibility for servicing and building part of the existing business of the team. The successful applicant will help promote the team’s work through participating in team and firm events, giving internal and external presentations, and producing expert articles for publication.

Education and qualifications It is expected that the successful applicant will be a UK-qualified solicitor with a minimum of 6 years’ PQE experience, several years of which should have been gained in the UK at a reputable City firm (but applicants with other suitable experience will also be considered). Strong academic, technical, drafting and personal skills are essential.

Our DealAt KPMG, your long-term future is every bit as important to us as it is to you. That’s why our aim is to give you experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Whether it’s great training and development, mobility opportunities or corporate responsibility volunteering activities – you’ll gain a wealth of experiences on which to build a rewarding career. We’re a firm that encourages you to be yourself, values your contribution, and inspires you to act as a role model, always focused on doing the right thing for each other, our clients and our communities.

We’re at our best when you’re at your best; that’s why we’ve created ‘Our Deal’ and ‘The Academy’. Our Deal is the way we speak about the colleague experience and the expectations we have of our people. We expect the best from our people and in return we provide a stimulating, collaborative environment where each person can reach their extraordinary potential. Through ‘The Academy’, you’ll have access to communities which will support and develop you so that you build your skills and career. From introducing secondment programmes to preferential banking, and student loan payments to your birthday off, we’re making sure that our people have an amazing experience.

Flexible WorkingWhile our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a balanced lifestyle. We offer part time roles with flexible working arrangements which could include, annualised hours, early or late starts to fit around other commitments, shorter working days etc. We are happy to discuss your own requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements in more detail, should that be of interest and, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly.

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