Mid Level Asset Finance Lawyer

Clifford Chance LLP London a month ago



May 14, 2021


Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.

We have the world's leading international finance practice and act on many of the financial markets' ground-breaking deals. We have become trusted advisers to the corporations and financial institutions that define the global markets.

The Group

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, 30 Associates and 11 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

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.

2021 Awards

Airline Economics – Law Firm of the Year, Overall Deal of the Year, Capital Markets Deal of the Year, Debt Deal of the Year, Editor's Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year, Recapitalisation Deal of the Year, Restructuring Deal of the Year, Supported Finance Deal of the Year

Chambers Europe Awards – Europe-wide Law Firm of the Year 2021

2020 Awards

Airfinance Journal Awards – Overall Deal of the Year, ABS Deal of the Year, ABS E-notes Deal of the Year, Asia-Pacific Deal of the Year, Bank Loan Deal of the Year, Latin America Deal of the Year, Lessor Unsecured Bond Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year, Middle East Deal of the Year, Tax Lease Deal of the Year

Airfinance Journal Legal Survey- Overall Winner. Additional Top Rankings: Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Guaranteed Financing, Commercial Loan, Operating Leases, Legal Transaction of the Year

Airline Economics – Overall Deal of the Year , European Supported Deal of the Year, Capital Markets Deal of the Year, Americas M&A Deal of the Year, Fund of the Year (New Fund), Fund of the Year (Long-term Performance), Debt Deal of the Year

International Network

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.

Key Responsibilites

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)

Client Focus

In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit lawyers who not only have the very highest level of technical skills but are also Client Focused.
We are looking for lawyers who:

  • can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to learn about our clients' business;

  • can work in teams, sharing knowledge and motivating and coaching their juniors and contributing to overall success;

  • are empathetic, responsive and reliable;

  • are commercial and innovative in the solutions they deliver to clients;

  • are good at fostering relationships with clients;
Key requirements

Although 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.

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.

Competitive Salary and discretionary bonus, plus a range of exceptional benefits including pension, private medical cover, life insurance and income replacement insurance.