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Asset Finance Mid-Level Lawyer

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Accounting & Finance, Legal
England, UK
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023

Job Overview

Our Global Asset Finance Group is a market-leading practice with an excellent industry reputation. We are uniformly ranked as a Tier One firm within the Asset Finance: Aviation industry by both Chambers and Legal 500 and have an extensive history of advising on award-winning and ground-breaking transactions across asset finance sectors.

We believe the strength of our practice comes from our emphasis on team spirit. The London team comprises 5 Partners, 28 Associates and 9 Trainees.

The Asset finance practice group provides advice in relation to all major types of financing for big ticket assets including:

  • Aircraft

  • Maritime

  • Rail

  • Infrastructure

  • Defence Assets

Who you will work with

The asset finance group in London is part of a much wider network of outstanding asset finance lawyers. The worldwide asset finance practice has active teams in Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, USA, UAE, The Netherlands, China, Russia, France and Singapore.

Our lawyers are positively encouraged to join teams in other offices as part of full-length secondments. Secondments to Hong Kong, Singapore and New York are regularly embarked upon by our lawyers for periods up to two years.

What you will be responsible for

Our core business is to structure, document and negotiate innovative transactions combining different sources of financing including secured lending, tax and operating leasing, export credit finance, PPP/PFI and Islamic finance. We are a sector focused team working with other areas of the firm on deals in the broader asset finance and transportation sectors (including capital markets, M&A, restructuring, repossession and disputes).

Clients in this area include banks, institutional investors and other non-bank funders, leasing companies, airlines, shipping companies, rolling stock companies, manufacturers and export credit agencies. The London team acts for banks and borrowers, and across all asset classes, allowing lawyers within the group to gain a wide variety of experience.

What you will do

As part of our asset finance practice, you will provide advice to clients in relation to all major types of financing for big ticket assets including Aircraft; Maritime; Rail; Infrastructure and Defence Assets.

You will work as part of a team in helping to structure and implement innovative products combining different sources of financing, including secured lending, tax and operating leasing, export credit finance, PPP/PFI and Islamic finance.

You will also work with other areas of the firm on deals in the broader asset finance and transportation sectors (including capital markets, M&A, restructuring, repossession and disputes).

Your career experience so far

Although strongly preferred, previous experience in asset finance is not essential. You will need outstanding academics, excellent finance experience from a well-respected firm and be able to show a real desire to focus in this area.

As well as recruiting from City and National firms, we also welcome applications from lawyers outside of the UK.

There is much interaction between the London team and teams based in our international offices. As a result, fluency in other languages would be a plus, although this is not essential for the role.

Your remit will be to:

  • Have responsibility for drafting legal documents clearly and concisely.

  • Create solutions using your legal knowledge, applying effective research techniques.

  • Challenge and test advice against legal compliance and risks.

  • Be proactive to pursue and expand legal knowledge to ensure legal knowledge and technical expertise up to date.

  • Utilise client focus initiatives in terms of driving understanding and monitoring service levels of their individual client needs.

  • Engage with knowledge resources effectively and collaborate in knowledge initiatives for the Firm.

  • Manage matters with a disciplined practice - comprising of timely timesheet submission, adhering to matter opening and conflicts clearance processes.

  • Adopt best delivery tools: e.g. templates, Legal Support Centre, Resource Management, Legal Project Managers, Matter Balance Reports.

  • Manage your self-development – ensure annual completion of mandatory and relevant skills, risk and legal training.

  • Take full participation in the annual appraisal process.

How we will support you

From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to continuously grow and development your skills and knowledge. From formal training, informal coaching and mentoring through to skills-based and technical training and on the job learning.



About the Firm

Whatever your area of expertise, you will find a range of career opportunities at Clifford Chance. And wherever you’re heading, Clifford Chance is where you can be true to your ambitions.

Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures and languages. In a world where commercial success increasingly relies on globalisation, we offer clients a truly international perspective, and we offer our people a rewarding and stimulating career.

We're proud of our approachable, friendly and team-based way of working. Highly professional and self-assured, with an entrepreneurial streak, our people are more than happy to share their expertise and knowledge.

Hybrid Working

This role follows our 'balanced' hybrid working approach and as long as business needs allow, you will be supported to work in a hybrid way with the expectation of working from the office for a minimum of 50% of your time.

Please see our careers site for further information on our working environment.

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Equal opportunities

At Clifford Chance we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society.

We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. Find out more here.

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