Derivatives Lawyer (no agencies)

Term: Permanent
Department: Derivatives Group
Location: London
The Firm

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance & financial services and energy & natural resources.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley and Shanghai teams. Among our clients, we count social media sites and high street coffee chains through to pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and government departments.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.

We have more than 400 lawyers spread over nine locations, all providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.

We operate across our offices in Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, UK and US - Silicon Valley.

The Team

We are looking for a talented experienced lawyer in UK law to work in our highly-regarded Derivatives practice.

The Derivatives practice at Fieldfisher has been a market-leading practice for 25 years. We are highly ranked in all the leading directories (Legal 500, Chambers, IFLR, etc.) and our team has been described as providing 'faster, more tailored advice than many competitors' and as 'sensible, approachable and commercial'.

The team services an impressive client base that includes global and second tier investment banks, commercial banks, brokers, asset managers and wholesale markets service providers.

The team (which includes 4 partners) advises on derivatives and securities financing transactions and documentation, including drafting bespoke netting and collateral agreements, negotiating master agreements (such as ISDA Master Agreements, GMRAs and GMSLAs), drafting both structured and vanilla transaction documentation, providing guidance on new regulations, legal opinions and advising on closing out and unwinding transactions.

The team is part of the Financial Markets & Products Group and works closely with the Structured Finance team (comprising a further 6 partners) with whom resources are shared. Whilst this role is primarily to support the Derivatives practice, experience of, and interest in, structured finance as well as other financial transactions is helpful.This ambitious team is growing quickly and are looking for a lawyer to help with the on-going development of the practice. This is a challenging role that would suit an ambitious individual.

  • Proactively manage own matters
  • Support the partners and senior lawyers on larger transactions
  • High levels of direct client contact – candidates would be expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with clients.
  • Contribute towards business development strategy of the team by preparing briefing papers, attending and presenting at client seminars and developing their own contacts within organisations.
Key Skills & Experience
  • Relevant experience and a keen interest in derivatives.
  • Qualified lawyer with experience in UK law.
  • Strong academic record
  • Good legal skills including attention to detail in drafting and a genuine interest in the needs of the client
  • An ability to think laterally and identify related issues and problems
  • A confident and professional manner strong communication skills.

Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff.  All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.