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Mid-level Debt Capital Markets Lawyer

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Associate/Assistant
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JR-2094 Requisition #

Summary: Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise.  The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of: commercial activity; capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; and litigation and dispute resolution.  Clifford Chance has 33 offices in 23 countries and over 3,200 legal advisers.

Clifford Chance Dubai is a full-service office which is completely integrated with, and supported by, our global network. We advise clients on major transactions in the Middle East and beyond. Our clients include public and private corporations, investment banks and financial institutions, governments and international bodies. Our lawyers specialize in providing a seamless integrated service.

Clifford Chance offers the Middle East's most experienced debt and equity-linked capital markets team, offering our clients expertise across jurisdictions and across the full range of capital markets products.

The Group: We were the first firm to commit to building a full capital markets execution capability in the Middle East. We are active in structuring and executing a wide range of high-value conventional and Islamic-compliant capital market transactions for clients across a broad spectrum of jurisdictions including the GCC, the wider Middle East region, Asia and Europe.

We work on a broad variety of matters under both English and UAE law including:

  • medium term note programmes;
  • eurobonds;
  • sukuk transactions;
  • regulatory capital issues;
  • liability management transactions;
  • convertible and exchangeable bonds; and
  • structured financings.

Our clients include issuers, dealers, arrangers, underwriters, originators and investors.  We act for the leading global and regional financial institutions and corporates located not only in the Middle East, but also in Europe, the Americas and Asia. We work with global clients such as Barclays, Citi, HSBC, JP Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank and leading regional financial institutions and corporates such as Dubai World, Majid Al Futtaim and Emirates Airlines.

Key Attractions: “Outstanding capital markets team covering the full spectrum of both debt and equity matters, with an impressive reputation for its structured finance practice. Offers a broad presence across the GCC region, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Notable experience in IPOs, capital increases, sukuk and securities.”

Chambers Global 2017: Middle East: Capital Markets – Tier 1

  • We are one of the world's leading global capital markets practices, with the Middle East's most experienced capital markets team.
  • We were IFLR Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
  • Our work on the most complex and innovative deals has helped further cement our reputation and has established our team as a market leader.  You will work on leading deals for top tier clients across the GCC in a dynamic and fast-growing market.  The range, calibre and international scope of our deal flow is unrivalled. For instance, in the recent time we have advised on the following key transactions:
    • advising National Bank of Abu Dhabi P.J.S.C. on its issue of U.S.$587,000,000 3.00 per cent. Notes due 2022 under its U.S.$7,500,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme, the first ever green bond issued from a financial institution in the region (in accordance with the Green Bond Principles). The bonds were listed on the London Stock Exchange and admitted to its dedicated green bonds segment.
    • advising on First Gulf Bank P.J.S.C.'s consent solicitation exercise in connection with its merger with National Bank of Abu Dhabi P.J.S.C. This involved 29 series of Notes issued across its: (i) Euro Medium Term Note Programme; (ii) Trust Certificate Programme; and (iii) Australian Note Programme. This was also one of the largest and most complex liability management exercises ever undertaken in the Middle East.
    • advising on Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC's issuance of U.S.$500,000,000 reset subordinated perpetual notes by MAF Global Securities Limited, irrevocably guaranteed on a joint and several basis by Majid Al Futtaim and Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC.
    • advising on: (1) EQUATE Petrochemical B.V.'s multi-tranche issue of: (i) U.S.$1,250,000,000 4.25 per cent. Notes due 2026; and (ii) U.S.$1,000,000,000 3.00 per cent. Notes due 2022, each under the U.S.$4,000,000,000 Global Medium Term Note Programme unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed, jointly and severally, by EQUATE Petrochemical Company K.S.C.C. and The Kuwait Olefins Company K.S.C.C.; and (2) EQUATE Sukuk SPC Limited's issue of U.S.$500,000,000 3.944 percent Certificates due 2024 under the U.S.$2,000,000,000 Trust Certificate Issuance Programme of EQUATE Sukuk SPC Limited and EQUATE Petrochemical Company K.S.C.C.
    • advising the Government of Kuwait on its debut 144A GMTN Programme establishment and U.S.$8bn drawdown thereunder, as well as advising the Sultanate of Oman on raising more than U.S.$10bn in both the conventional and Islamic capital markets.
  • We are committed to working with clients as integrated team members - which means that, from day one, our lawyers have hands-on client contact.
  • We are proud of our reputation for being a friendly, supportive, meritocratic and diverse group and reinforce this with regular social events - both ad hoc and organised.
  • We run a sophisticated global training programme including local monthly courses run by The Clifford Chance Academy, to ensure that our lawyers are kept at the forefront of any technical legal developments.
  • Our remuneration package is one of the most attractive in the market.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Our associates are given the chance to handle a tremendous variety of work, and together with our Resource Manager, our partners actively work towards ensuring individual lawyers receive their preferred mix of work.
  • You will be given responsibility for working closely with clients and other lawyers. This means that you will develop outstanding transaction management and organisational skills as well as developing superb technical abilities and client facing experience.

 

Skills & Experience:

  • We are currently seeking outstanding mid-level capital markets lawyers who have gained relevant experience in a top tier firm. Prior exposure to DCM is helpful.
  • In all cases, candidates should have first class legal ability coupled with a practical commercial approach. Candidates should also demonstrate excellent drafting, analytical and communication skills; and enjoy being part of a friendly outgoing team. You must also have exceptional results throughout your academic history.

Equal Opportunities: At Clifford Chance we understand that our true asset is our people. We believe that each and every one of us should experience an equality of opportunity and an equality of experience here. We are always working to develop and deliver the best and most innovative approaches to make that happen. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society. We are therefore committed to treating all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, color, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. 

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