Solicitor, Financial Services - Maclay Murray & Spens

Market Rate
Professional Title
PQE Guide
3 - Any
Areas of Practice
Banking and Finance
Financial Services
Investment Funds
Structured finance
London Only

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Job Description

We are seeking a Senior Solicitor to work within the Financial Services practice of our London Office dealing with a wide variety of transactions and advisory matters. Our highly regarded transactional and advisory financial services practice, which is broadly split between our Edinburgh and London offices focuses on open-ended and closed end investment funds work, insurance and regulatory matters as well as carrying out all types of transactional work for financial services sector clients.

This is a great opportunity, to join a growing, successful high quality financial services law practice, to work with the largest institutions in the country, to work with high-profile clients in the two largest UK financial centres in London and Edinburgh, to work on technically challenging, complex work in areas of law which are constantly changing, but within a firm small enough that you will quickly belong, in a friendly but ambitious environment.

The pillars of our practice are asset management and insurance although our banking regulatory practice is also very well thought of. Our clients are among the top institutions in the country; we act for Aberdeen Asset, where we are their lead corporate and PLC lawyers; SWIP, Scottish Widows and Lloyds Bank, within Lloyds Banking Group, which makes our recent role as lead lawyers for Aberdeen Asset on its acquisition of SWIP a particularly exciting opportunity; Martin Currie, Invesco, Baillie Gifford, Threadneedle, Dalmore, Thesis, among other asset managers; Prudential, Royal London, Chesnara and other top UK insurers as well as a strong Lloyd's of London practice; then significant businesses in other parts of the regulated space like Railpen (pension funds) and HiFX (foreign exchange).

Our practice is a mix of corporate work for financial institutions, investment fund transactions and advice, insurance and banking reorganisations, reinsurance and distribution arrangements, regulatory advice to all parts of the FCA and PRA regulated space, and contentious work for regulated firms. Our investment fund business covers the range of fund types (listed, authorised, private) and asset classes (of the alternative assets - property, infrastructure, debt, and fund of funds and hedge funds), and we act for funds, fund managers, institutional investors and service providers to the funds industry including custodian banks.

The successful candidate is a financial services regulatory and investment funds lawyer, with at least 3 yrs PQE, with a reasonable amount of related experience, but credit will also be given to those with a willingness to learn. In addition to technical competencies, the suitable candidate will have good communication skills and will be able to work well in a team.

The candidate will have the drive and enthusiasm necessary to achieve results in a commercially driven environment as well as being able to work fairly autonomously.