Corporate Associate, Cambridge

PQE: 1 year +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Corporate
Location: Cambridge
Company background

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, BirminghamCambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. With 141 partners and over 850 people in total, our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family.

We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Our lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. In these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight.

By joining forces with the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper in July 2019, we have added significant depth to our core practice. The move builds on the expansion of our litigation and arbitration offering and has introduced us to the maritime community in which Thomas Cooper has long been a key player.

Our continuing commitment to excellence is backed by a track record which dates back nearly 300 years. We pay great attention to matching your requirements with the right skills, delivered cost effectively and within the appropriate timescale.

Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups. We are conscious that our culture and close working relationships are vital assets and we are determined to maintain these as we increase in size. 

Our broad international focus is supported by well-established links with law firms throughout the world. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, networks with representatives in over 100 countries, and many of our lawyers play leading roles in various international bodies.

The department

Our highly regarded corporate team provides clear, pragmatic and practical advice to businesses large and small from the UK and around the globe on the corporate transactions and the legal issues they face.

The Penningtons Manches corporate team advises businesses of all sizes as well as management teams, shareholders, investors and lenders. We guide our clients through the transaction process from initial start up to growth and development transactions, whether by equity or debt funding, acquisition or joint venture, reorganisation or restructuring, disposal via sale, listing or buyout and help them to achieve their goals in a calm, clear and pragmatic way.

Our clients cover a broad spectrum of industry sectors but are predominantly in the technology, private wealth, life sciences, property, retail and fashion sectors.

We also advise on all aspects of the governance and administration of companies, including directors’ duties, board and shareholder issues, constitutional and share capital issues and company secretarial services. Our team works closely with every client to gain a thorough understanding of their business and objectives. Where required, we involve our specialist colleagues in our other teams such as tax, intellectual property, real estate, employment, pensions and banking and finance to provide focused and expert advice.

A significant proportion of the work we do has an international element and we work with our international networks to ensure seamless delivery of service on cross-border projects.

Summary of role

Our corporate team in Cambridge is looking for 1-4 years’ PQE associate who trained with and is now working at either a City firm or a major regional practice. Candidates should have strong academics and exposure to a broad range of corporate transactional work. Ideally they will also have some experience of or interest in venture capital work, including the drafting of investment agreements and ‘VC style’ articles of association. The team is involved in a good mix of corporate work, primarily in the technology sector, weighted equally between M&A transactional work and venture capital fundraising, and acts both for investee companies and institutional investors in London and across the South. Excellent support and progression opportunities are on offer.