Senior Corporate Associate (4-7 PQE)
Permanent - Full Time
Business - Corporate
About Withers tech
As from August 2018, Withersworldwide merged with JAG Shaw Baker to form Withers tech, a unique legal offering designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, investors and technology companies around the world. Withers tech is a global venture capital and technology legal practice serving disruptors and innovators in the technology and life sciences sectors. Our experts operate out of the firm’s core territories in Europe (London, Cambridge and Milan), the US (San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York), and APAC (Singapore and Hong Kong), offering a global solution to clients seeking to scale and expand internationally.
The Withers tech team has been at the centre of the UK's thriving technology and venture capital sector for over a decade, advising on some of the most high-profile funding rounds in that time, involving companies such as Transferwise, Soundcloud, Habito and Revolut. On the investor-side, the team acts for many of the best-known venture capital funds such as Local Globe and Stride Capital both in the UK and globally, with specialist teams in the US and APAC.
Having been established with the mission of supporting and driving the growth of the innovation economy, Withers tech is responsible for driving forward the convergence of innovation and technology with other practice areas within Withersworldwide. Our lawyers support firm-wide global initiatives addressing the rapidly changing landscape of 'traditional', long-established sectors which historically have been slower to adopt innovation such as Real Estate, Hotels & Hospitality, Fashion & Luxury Brands and Sport. We also help drive forward social impact investment and innovative funding strategies for family offices, charities and philanthropic donations.
Withers tech is looking to add at least one senior member to its growing corporate and venture capital team, who will lead on core venture capital work, as well as be given the opportunity to support the wider corporate team within the firm.
As a Senior Associate in the team, you would manage all aspects of corporate and venture capital work relevant to IP-rich, high-growth technology and life sciences companies, overseeing and developing other members of the team. The Withers tech corporate and venture capital team advises clients at all stages of a company's life-cycle, and you would be expected to be as comfortable advising on early-stage company formation and pre-seed financings as you would advising on later-stage venture and growth funding rounds and exits and specifically M&A.
With this role, you will act for a range of clients, from entrepreneurs embarking on their first company and scientists spinning out innovative research ideas from universities, to seasoned and serial founders and investors in the venture capital community and mature companies. The role will also provide you the opportunity to drive forward a particular sector or area that is your passion within our expanding global practice and take advantage of the exciting opportunity to be a part of our strategic growth across EU, APAC and US.
Withers tech is looking for an ambitious senior lawyer eager to specialise in this key and increasingly central sector of the economy. We are keen to meet candidates who share our energy and excitement for this area of work, and who are looking to take the next step in their careers and develop their own practice as part of a growing and international venture capital team.
Key skills and experience
- 4-7 years post qualification experience
- Excellent academics and the benefit of a broad training in a well-regarded Corporate department
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Effective team player - able to work effectively in an established, close-knit team
- An enthusiastic and engaged attitude with excellent people skills and a good, clear communication style
- A willingness to take responsibility and ability to form strong working relationships across all areas of the practice
- Excellent technical ability and solid drafting skills
- Ability to communicate and handle client contact (both internal and external) from the outset
- A commercial and pragmatic outlook
- Familiarity with technology
- Keen interest in Business Development and helping to maintain and grow client relationships
- Working hours: 9.30am – 5.30pm but flexibility is a must
- 6 month probation period
- 12 week notice period
- Flexible benefit package including pension, private medical insurance, dental plan, season ticket loan, subsidised gym memberships, lifestyle discount scheme, the ability to buy and sell holidays, flu jabs, doctors consultation service, cycle to work scheme, on site café plus more
Withersworldwide is recognised as the only international law firm dedicated to supporting successful people, their families, their businesses and their philanthropic work. With offices in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Caribbean, we have the ability to provide a seamless service across borders understanding local laws and cultural differences. We have been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years and advise clients on their business and personal legal needs both at home and abroad. We have represented 70% of the Top-100 ‘Sunday Times Rich List’, as well as a significant number of people listed in the US (Forbes) and Asian (Hurun) Rich Lists.
The firm consists of three global legal Divisions: Business; Dispute Resolution and Private Client & Tax. Each Division is headed by a Divisional CEO and Divisional Operating Officer. There is also an overarching CEO of the global firm.
For further information, please contact the recruitment team.
Information for Recruitment Agencies
We endeavour to recruit and fill vacancies directly. However, when we do need to engage with agencies, we operate a preferred supplier list ('PSL') and will not be accepting unsolicited applications from non-PSL agencies for this role.
Equal Opportunities Employment Statement
It is our policy to provide equal opportunities for all employees/prospective employees in relation to recruitment, training and promotion. Decisions in these areas will be made only by reference to the requirements of the job and shall not be influenced by any consideration of ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability.