Corporate Lawyer/Senior Lawyer
About the team
PwC is one of the largest professional services firms in the world. Since 1 October 2016 PwC’s legal capabilities have been fully integrated into the rest of PwC’s business as a multidisciplinary practice. Before that, PwC Legal was a PwC network firm for more than 20 years. The legal offerings provided by PwC’s legal network match those provided by any traditional law firm but our operating model means that we offer a seamless multidisciplinary service combining our legal capabilities with the expertise which exists across PwC, including tax, consulting, transaction services, business recovery, sustainability and climate change, corporate finance, forensics and audit and assurance. No other law firm offers such an integrated service.
The PwC Legal network is the largest legal network by geography. We have over 3,500 lawyers in 90 countries and immigration service providers in 116 countries.
The Corporate practice is one of the largest practice groups in the Legal network at PwC. Our Corporate lawyers are based in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The Corporate team focuses on corporate and business structuring projects ranging from significant multi-territory reorganisation projects to smaller intra-group reorganisations, as well as M&A and private equity work. The team also has specialisms in advising on demergers, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, LLP set ups and LLP conversions as well as European company law (cross-border mergers and SEs).
Our clients include numerous household name multinationals and listed groups as well privately owned companies, high net worth individuals, start-ups, fast growth companies and inbound groups. Our structuring practice focuses on clients ranging from multinationals and listed groups, for whom the work is very much multi-jurisdictional in nature and often done with other legal teams in the PwC international network, to smaller privately owned companies and our M&A practice tends to focus on privately owned companies, inbound groups and mid-tier PE houses. Our teams often work with tax, corporate finance
We are looking for 4 year + PQE lawyers with a general corporate law and transactional background to join this busy, friendly team and help support the continued expansion of the team. The role will be based in London at our Embankment Place office.
About the role
Like the rest of our team, we expect the person in this role will enjoy an interesting and challenging workload. We work on a wide range of projects across the specialisms covered by our group; most of our projects involve understanding and applying technical areas of law in detail. A large proportion of our work is carried out alongside non-lawyers in PwC such as tax and deals advisers. Not only does this give us access to projects that other law firms don't see, but it has helped our lawyers develop a deeper understanding of business issues and the commercial context for our advice. Unquestionably, PwC is one of the best known businesses in the world; the PwC brand attracts top tier businesses and many of our clients are household names.
Our team consists of 11 partners and directors and c40 other fee earners. The team also includes a banking and finance team and a number of trainees and paralegals. PwC has aspirations to continue growing its Legal offering and the growth of the Corporate practice is a significant part of these plans. Being a small and busy team, there is a variety of work and there is the opportunity to get involved in technically challenging projects for high profile clients in a meaningful way where you are valued and given responsibility within a suitably supported learning framework.
Typical projects which the relevant person will get involved in might include corporate group reorganisations (domestic and international), joint ventures, shareholders agreements and LLP deeds, mergers and demergers, sales and purchases of privately owned businesses, advising on returns of value to shareholders (share buybacks and other returns of capital), advising on VC and PE investment rounds and capital raisings, private placements, growth capital, pre and post-sale advice and management and wider employee incentive plans.
The successful candidate(s) will be energetic, enthusiastic and keen to embrace the challenge of turning their hand to many different types of corporate work rather than doing similar deals time and time again. The nature of working so closely alongside professionals in PwC's various teams across London and the regions, as well as worldwide, leads to an incredibly diverse range of work that the team is asked to assist with. –We also have team members out on secondment to high profile clients in the UK and overseas. A high level of technical competence is expected as well as knowledge of the mechanics of corporate transactional work.
Each member of the team is encouraged to develop relationships with clients and with the professionals in PwC with whom we work on a daily basis. You will be expected to run certain matters under the supervision of one of the Corporate partners or directors and to work closely alongside the other fee earners in the team. Organisational skills and the ability to take on significant levels of responsibility on transactions will therefore be key attributes. A desire to network and build relationships within PwC and with clients is also important.
Skills and experienceEssential skills:
Qualified solicitor in England & Wales or equivalent common law jurisdiction.
Excellent academic background.
A solid general corporate law and private company M&A background.
Experience of intra-group corporate and business structuring work.
An interest in working in a variety of corporate areas.
Strong client service skills.
4 years + PQE.
Primarily a team player but also able to work under own initiative.
Clear, articulate and confident in written and verbal communication skills.
Willingness to get involved in business development and networking activities.
Business development experience.
Strong IT skills.