Senior Associate- Venture Capital - Corporate

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What does the role involve?

We are looking for an experienced solicitor to join our very busy and highly regarded Venture Capital and Investments team, which sits within the firm's Corporate and Commercial National Service Lines ("NSL"). Each year, our team advises on between 85 and 100 investment transactions which raise in aggregate more than 300 million.Our clients range from institutional venture capital funds, business angels and angel groups, family office funds and corporate venture investors.We also work with entrepreneurs, start-ups and spin-outs, through to growing and mature businesses, helping them to raise equity or quasi equity funding from seed and early stage sources through to growth capital and pre-IPO investment.  The work includes:- Acting for investors on their portfolio investments, portfolio management issues and exits- Advising start-ups and spin-outs on their initial set ups and seed financings- Advising fast growth businesses on their fundraisings and a range of other corporate work (eg re-organisations, shareholder matters, etc)- Acting as a key point of contact at the firm for fast growth businesses when we are assisting them with a range of other services (eg employment, tax, share options, IP, commercial contracts, etc) to help manage our delivery of these services to such clients

Why should I apply?

The Venture Capital and Equity Investments team is a busy growing team which is highly regarded both in the market and by its peers. Our clients include businesses which have scaled rapidly to become global leaders in their markets and investors whose investment portfolio includes businesses successfully sold to Google, Amazon and Apple, to name a few and others listed on AIM. Our lawyers are also thought leaders in a number of areas in this sector, for example, university spin outs and we were heavily involved in Future Fund investment rounds.This role would give any senior corporate lawyer an opportunity to help grow and manage a leading national practice and team focussing on investments in ambitious fast growth and often highly disruptive technology businesses, and develop strong client relationships.

What experience is required?

You will be a solicitor of 4+ years qualified in corporate with experience gained in a City or large regional firm. Ideally you will have experience of equity investment work with a strong background in transactional work and be able to demonstrate both working as part of a team and/or managing transactions and teams with limited supervision. You will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of, and an interest in helping to grow and manage a team and a practice.

What skills and attributes would I need?

Essential:- Good academics - 2.1 degree or equivalent with good A levels or equivalents- Technically strong- Excellent drafting and written communication skills- Strong interpersonal skills and team skills- Willingness to take initiative and to participate in marketing and business development activities- Systematic and methodical approach to work with ability to demonstrate these skills- Strong experience of corporate transactional workDesirable:- Experience of equity investment work- Evidence of an understanding of what is needed to help grow, develop and manage a corporate practice- Business development experience

Who would I be working with?

You will work principally with Corporate partner, Zickie Lim, who heads up the 14 strong Venture Capital and Investments team, but you will also work with partners and associates across the Corporate and Commercial National Service Line. The Venture Capital and Investments Team is part of the cross office Corporate and Commercial National Service Line headed up by partner, Kevin Lowe.

Pre-employment screening

In the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening including SRA and DBS.
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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

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The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to access your character and suitability

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.

Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. Please click the link below to find further information regarding diversity and inclusion at Mills & Reeve.

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