Associate: Project Finance - LatAm Practice - U.S. at White & Case

White & Case

Full-Time

Miami, FL, USA

Not defined

23 Nov → 23 Dec

Job Description

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

We are currently looking for Spanish-fluent associates with domestic and international Project Finance experience to join our New York, Miami, or Washington, DC office.

You should demonstrate excellent legal knowledge, with a strong intellectual curiosity to keep learning and to develop your expertise over a broad range of industries and sectors. Combining strong analytical and drafting skills, you should be comfortable navigating the contractual intricacies of complex, large-scale projects. Highly organized and deadline-focused, you should be adept at managing multiple work streams, and delivering flawless work within short timeframes.

Personable and cooperative, you should enjoy working as part of a team, and be adept at building strong professional relationships. Good communication skills will be a significant asset, as will fluency in other languages pertinent to our work.

Working on major, high-profile transactions which can take months or years to close, you will need patience and focus, and-given the fluctuations in the pace of our work-a flexibility in terms of your hours. Excited by our practice, you should be keen to take on as much responsibility as possible, and display the proactivity of thought and action to exceed the expectations of both colleagues and clients.

Our Practice Area
White & Case's Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group has a worldwide reputation for helping sponsors and developers to achieve their most complex and ambitious project goals. The preeminent global law firm in this field; we offer our clients an unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge and experience, in jurisdictions across the globe and across all the major project development sectors.

From the moment you join us, you will be working with leading practitioners within our Group, as well as with colleagues from the firm's M&A, Capital Markets and Regulatory & Compliance practices, who contribute their sector-specific expertise to our multidisciplinary project teams.

As an associate, you will handle a significant amount of contractual work, and have the opportunity to support both financing and project development work streams.

The work can be demanding, but is always rewarding-both in terms of the constant opportunities for learning and professional development, and the satisfaction of contributing to high-profile projects which have a lasting impact on people's lives.

Duties and Accountabilities
• Drafting, reviewing and negotiating credit facilities and related financing documentation including security agreements, accounts agreements, intercreditor arrangements, etc.
• Drafting, reviewing and negotiating purchase and sale, procurement, project development, construction, joint venture, supply and offtake agreements.
• Counseling clients on joint ventures, private equity investments and strategic transactions for public and private companies industries related to our practice.
• Managing deal teams and processes across practice areas and geographic locations.
• Solving legal problems relating to heavily-regulated industries.
• Managing and conducting due diligence.
• Conducting brief or more complex research, or drafting of memoranda, depending on client needs.
• Serving as primary point of contact for clients, opposing counsel and other transactional legal teams.
• Exercising good judgment in internal and external written and verbal communications.
• Providing direct assistance to senior lawyers on matters arising in the course of day-to-day provision of legal services to leading international and domestic clients.
• Mentoring and training of junior team members and attendance at, and participation in, continuing education classes and client development initiatives.

Qualifications
• 4 years of relevant law firm or in-house experience
• Business fluency in Spanish required; fluency in Portuguese is a plus
• Strong academic record and intellectual curiosity, creative thinker
• Commercial and business awareness
• Ability to see the big picture
• Outstanding communication and negotiation skills
• Strong time management skills, ability to stay calm under pressure when juggling multiple projects
• Excellent drafting skills
• Driven by professional growth
• Strong professional presence
• Client service focus
• Team player
• Strong judgment
• Proactive, resourceful, takes initiative
• Long-term interest in business law
• International experience a plus
• Good understanding of the key risks and issues involved in cross-border transactions

Location and Reporting
• This role can be based in New York, Miami or Washington, DC.

Equal Opportunities

White & Case is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. It is our Firm's policy to recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law.

If you require assistance and/or accommodation to participate in our application and/or interview process, please email the recruiting contact listed for the relevant position. We will be happy to work with you.

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 aspsociated with this position and does not represent an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all duties.

Job Responsibilities

  • Working on major, high-profile transactions which can take months or years to close, you will need patience and focus, and-given the fluctuations in the pace of our work-a flexibility in terms of your hours
  • As an associate, you will handle a significant amount of contractual work, and have the opportunity to support both financing and project development work streams
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating credit facilities and related financing documentation including security agreements, accounts agreements, intercreditor arrangements, etc
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating purchase and sale, procurement, project development, construction, joint venture, supply and offtake agreements
  • Counseling clients on joint ventures, private equity investments and strategic transactions for public and private companies industries related to our practice
  • Managing deal teams and processes across practice areas and geographic locations
  • Solving legal problems relating to heavily-regulated industries
  • Managing and conducting due diligence
  • Conducting brief or more complex research, or drafting of memoranda, depending on client needs
  • Serving as primary point of contact for clients, opposing counsel and other transactional legal teams
  • Exercising good judgment in internal and external written and verbal communications
  • Providing direct assistance to senior lawyers on matters arising in the course of day-to-day provision of legal services to leading international and domestic clients
  • Mentoring and training of junior team members and attendance at, and participation in, continuing education classes and client development initiatives
  • This role can be based in New York, Miami or Washington, DC

Requirements / Qualifications

  • You should demonstrate excellent legal knowledge, with a strong intellectual curiosity to keep learning and to develop your expertise over a broad range of industries and sectors

  • Combining strong analytical and drafting skills, you should be comfortable navigating the contractual intricacies of complex, large-scale projects

  • Highly organized and deadline-focused, you should be adept at managing multiple work streams, and delivering flawless work within short timeframes

  • Personable and cooperative, you should enjoy working as part of a team, and be adept at building strong professional relationships

  • Good communication skills will be a significant asset, as will fluency in other languages pertinent to our work

  • 4 years of relevant law firm or in-house experience

  • Strong academic record and intellectual curiosity, creative thinker

  • Commercial and business awareness

  • Ability to see the big picture

  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills

  • Strong time management skills, ability to stay calm under pressure when juggling multiple projects

  • Excellent drafting skills

  • Driven by professional growth

  • Strong professional presence

  • Client service focus

  • Team player

  • Strong judgment

  • Proactive, resourceful, takes initiative

  • Long-term interest in business law

  • Good understanding of the key risks and issues involved in cross-border transactions

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