Professional Support Lawyer ("PSL") - Equity Capital Markets

White & Case   •  

New York, NY

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 76 days ago

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Firm Summary


White & Case is an elite global law firm serving leading companies, financial institutions and governments worldwide. Our long history as an international firm means we are perfectly placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they may be.


With lawyers operating from more than 40 locations, working in virtually every country of the world, we have invested heavily in building a high-quality full-service practice competing at the top of the market. We are distinguished by our on-the-ground presence in the world’s key financial markets and our strengths in handling complex cross-border work.


It’s not just about our global network of offices; it’s the global interconnectedness of the Firm that our people, and our clients, value most. We work well together across geographic and practice boundaries. It’s one of the reasons we attract and retain cross-border work. And why we attract a diverse group of people.


Our lawyers are globally minded, enterprising, collaborative and committed to excellence. Diversity is a core value of our Firm and it has been recognized with numerous awards and top rankings around the world. Our people represent 90 nationalities and speak 80 languages.



Position Summary


An experienced US qualified securities attorney who has an in-depth understanding of the needs of transactional securities attorneys as well as the ability to help to develop a US securities knowledge strategy for the Group and implement projects to meet the Group’s US securities knowledge needs, with particular focus on US securities law aspects of Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets and High Yield transactions. You should be able to identify, analyse and monitor developments in the US securities legal and business environment, in order to keep both the Group and its clients up to date and identify areas to develop the Firm’s reputation and practice; provide a wide array of US securities legal and practical expertise to support the Group’s practice, both through responding to fee earner queries and through the mentoring of junior attorneys; help to create, develop and manage the Group’s collection of US securities forms, precedents and research materials; organise, design and deliver Group training both on a local and global basis; work with Group members and the Marketing Department to identify opportunities to develop business from new and existing clients; and provide other support as needed.


Specific responsibilities described below may vary depending on the Group’s needs and the split of work with the existing English law-focused Capital Markets Professional Support Lawyers.



Duties and Accountabilities


Lawyer Training and Technical Expertise


  • Work with the Group and the existing Capital Markets (“CM”) Professional Support Team to identify the practice-related US securities law training needs of the Group; organise, design and deliver (personally or with others), refine and/or standardise training both for the US qualified attorneys and US securities training for the non US qualified lawyers, including seminars, workshops and offsite training both in the local office and on a global and regional basis via video conference
  • Occasional involvement in other firm-wide training programmes, as required, including core training programmes and induction courses
  • Mentor first years and junior attorneys
  • Be a source of legal, market and practical US securities law expertise for all members of the Group and more widely around the Firm, including the provision of direct support for client matters where appropriate


Current Awareness and Thought Leadership


  • Monitor and keep the Group and the Professional Support Group informed about important developments in US securities law and business environment
  • Use your knowledge and expertise to identify trends in US securities law and business environment with particular emphasis on US securities and regulatory aspects of the Debt and Equity Capital Markets and High Yield spaces, and help the Group to develop new legal products, identify possible new services, and suggest innovative ways to deliver the Firm’s services more efficiently to its clients
  • Work with the existing CM Professional Support Team to prepare current awareness newsletters on a broad array of US securities and regulation topics for the Group and the Firm’s clients
  • Work with Firm librarians to determine requirements and policies and to implement processes regarding practice-related current awareness and alerts from internal and external sources
  • Work with the Partners to author and publish research, client bulletins, “thought leadership” pieces and responses to key regulator consultations on legal developments or new areas of US securities law relevant to the Group
  • Participate in industry events relevant to the practice of the Group to raise the Firm’s profile as a thought leader and keep up-to-date with developments when feasible


Standard Forms


  • Draft US securities standard forms and develop accompanying notes and assist the existing CM Professional Support team with reviewing existing forms from a US securities perspective
  • Ensure standard forms are updated to reflect changes in law, regulation, market standards and best practice
  • Work with the existing Capital Markets Professional Support team, lawyers around the Firm’s global network and the wider Professional Support group to “internationalise” forms and to develop common tools and processes to move towards consistent and efficient use of forms and other Knowledge Management (“KM”) resources throughout the global Group




  • Conduct deal debriefs on US securities transactions for precedent collection and deal/market trend analysis (including covenant comparison for sovereign and high yield deals)
  • Create practice notes and other useful know-how in relation to an array of US securities and regulation topics including public debt and equity securities offerings, SEC registrations and filings, compliance, corporate governance and due diligence.
  • Work with the existing CM Professional Support team to operate and implement procedures for capturing, filtering, storing, accessing and disseminating know-how within the Group
  • Work with the existing CM Professional Support team to develop material on the Firm intranet/KM systems and encourage fee-earners to use the Firm’s intranet, KM systems and other know-how sources


Client-Facing Initiatives


  • Work with the Group, the CM Professional Support Team and the Marketing Department to identify opportunities to develop business from new and existing clients through writing articles and briefing notes and preparing and delivering client training, etc.


Matter Management and Collaboration


  • Work with the Group and Marketing Department to establish processes to capture matter descriptions and categorisations in the Matter Profiling System


Central Knowledge Projects


  • Take the lead in rolling out new knowledge systems and encouraging use of existing systems among the Capital Markets Group including sharing inductions of new attorneys and summer students with other CM Professional Support Lawyers
  • Contribute to global Knowledge programmes and projects to support Firm collaboration, efficiency, consistency and to enhance US securities law expertise across the Firm




  • Answer technical US securities law-related questions on Debt Capital Markets/Equity Capital Markets/High Yield and other US regulatory topics arising from fee-earners
  • Attend regular meetings of the Firm’s Professional Support Lawyers and training meetings
  • Attend global conference calls of the Firm’s Professional Support Lawyers and Knowledge Department
  • Attend regular meetings of the Group and provide US securities and regulatory updates at the meeting
  • Attend relevant external training and conferences to keep up-to-date with relevant developments in US securities law and regulation, the business environment and professional support arena.





Essential requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree with Juris Doctorate and licensure in good standing in at least one of the United States, preferable New York
  • Sound legal experience in a large law firm, including experience and market knowledge of US securities law and practice
  • Advising issuers, underwriters, placement agents and initial purchasers in public and private U.S. and Global offerings of securities including SEC registered offerings of equity and debt, Rule 144A offerings, Regulation S offerings and Regulation D private placements including compliance with and reporting under the 1933 Act and the 1934 Act
  • Previous experience as a professional support lawyer is highly desirable
  • At least six years’ experience as a securities attorney




  • Commercial awareness and client-orientated approach
  • High professional standards with commitment to quality product
  • Excellent drafting and research skills
  • Well-developed organizational and communication skills
  • Understanding of learning process and different ways of training
  • Personality to make impact in the Group and to shape and influence policy
  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to interact with people at all levels, including other support areas
  • Pragmatic, self-motivated, flexible and good team-worker
  • Lateral thinker with initiative to establish, implement and complete projects
  • Comfortable with IT



Location and Reporting


  • This role based in New York and reports to the Director of Professional Support and the ECM Partners



The Firm may modify and amend this job description at any time at its sole discretion. Nothing herein creates a contract of employment or otherwise modifies the at-will nature of employment.


1The above is a general description of the essential duties associated with this position and does not represent an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all duties.


Primary Location

: United States-New York


: Knowledge

Job Posting

: Sep 28, 2018, 6:29:23 AM