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Special Counsel / Senior Associate - Investment Management

K&L Gates Australia

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 07/04/2017

Job Category:

Legal / Banking & Financial Services

Job description:
Special Counsel / Senior Associate - Investment Management

Opening Date06-Apr-2017

Closing Date30-Oct-2017

Job LocationSydney

GroupFinancial Services


About Us


What makes K&L Gates different? Why should you choose us over our competitors? It is hard to answer this succinctly, but in short, we’re not just excellent lawyers and legal professionals - we are also appreciated for our deep commitment to client service.

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The benefits our firm offer to clients are unrivalled. We are at the forefront of issues affecting our clients and are focused on providing ground breaking, value-driven solutions to enhance their businesses. The combination of our practice strength, global platform, and unwavering commitment to unsurpassed client service is a true differentiator in the legal services marketplace.

Let us show you what a fully integrated global practice and an unwavering commitment to unsurpassed client service can mean for your career.

Practice information

Elizabeth Hastilow leads the Sydney Investment Management team and is a Practice Area Leader for the firm's international financial services practice. Elizabeth has a demonstrated track record of assisting clients through complex investment funds transactions, buying and selling investment funds management businesses and significant regulatory and business change. She is proactively involved in industry and government discussions on major regulatory reforms shaping the investment management industry in Australia. In 2017, Elizabeth was recognised as one of Australia's top investment funds lawyers by the Chambers Asia-Pacific legal directory.

What does the role involve?

We can offer you the opportunity to join a high performing team which often works on international and cross border matters. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to fulfil this position.

On a day to day basis you will have the chance to:

  • Work in a team-based environment, working collaboratively, with the partners and senior associates
  • Prepare transaction documents for investment management business acquisitions and disposals and major investment management outsourcing arrangements
  • Prepare investment fund formation documentation including constitutions and product disclosure statements
  • Prepare advices on corporate and financial services laws impacting investment managers in Australia
  • Assist global investment managers operating in the Australian market
  • Obtain offshore advice from other K&L Gates offices for Australian investment management clients with overseas operations, in particular in the US, UK, HK and Singapore
  • Assist investment management clients undergoing ASIC enforcement action and where significant regulatory breached have been identified
  • Assist investment management clients with business transformational projects

What can we offer you?

There are many law firms to choose from. But what if there were a law firm that really is different from the others? At K&L Gates it's about more than practicing law or making a living. It’s about building something amazing - creating a legacy for you, the firm, our clients and the communities we serve.

We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces our diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals, an approach that ultimately enables us to serve clients more effectively. We are all in it together. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done.

Although we take pride in our willingness to run through walls for clients, we also value the importance of laughing with clients, colleagues, or friends. We expect you to work hard, but we don’t want you to be a robot.

About you

We value our culture at K&L Gates and are proud of our friendly and respectful reputation. We are looking for likeminded individuals who in addition to possessing technical excellence are able to work collaboratively in a team to get things done.

We are looking for a lawyer with 6+ years' experience in a corporate/commercial practice area. Previous financial services experience, although not essential, would be beneficial. You should be practical and proactive in your approach in addition to demonstrating strong problem solving skills and work well in a team. A high level of client service is expected as are excellent organisation, written and oral communication skills. Candidates with career aspirations are encouraged as there is the opportunity for career progression.

The extras

As an Employer of Choice for gender equality we thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces our diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.

In addition you can expect a variety of financial and non-financial benefits including

  • Salary continuance insurance
  • Discounted health insurance
  • Vitality initiatives including a gym subsidy, flu shots, endless fruit and great coffee
  • Social club and sporting teams
  • Pro-bono programs and community involvement via our payroll giving program, Global Day of Service and charitable fundraisers
  • Onsite learning and professional development programs including a Management and Professional Excellence curriculum.

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