Equity Capital Markets and Public Mergers and Acquisitions Senior Associate


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Sydney, Australia

The role


We are currently looking for high performing Senior Associate with strong experience in Public M&A and/or Equity Capital Markets to join our team in either Sydney or Brisbane. 

By joining our Australian Corporate Team, you will have the widest platform to progress your career across core areas of corporate law from mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and venture capital to private and public equity. This is your opportunity to support the world’s leading enterprises, emerging start-up companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities.
For the eleventh consecutive year, DLA Piper was the highest ranked legal advisor in the world for M&A deal volume, according to Mergermarket’s league tables. In Australia, this includes us advising on many of the most significant venture capital, growth equity, ECM and M&A deals. In 2020, DLA Piper won Transaction Team of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards and Mergermarket Australia’s Energy Mining and Utilities M&A Deal of the Year. 


This is your chance to join a global team advising clients at all stages of their transactions. 

We are perfectly positioned to support leading enterprises, the brightest start-up companies and financial institutions in their development, growth and strategic and other investment activities. From mergers and acquisitions and venture capital, to equity capital markets, we support clients through all stages of their lifecycle to execute transformational transactions to ensure successful deal outcomes.  

You will deliver exceptional results to clients on a broad range of complex issues including:

  • Cross-border M&A (public and private), including:
  1. inception, planning and due diligence
  2. odeal execution
  3. post-merger integrations
  4. joint ventures 
  5. growth by alternatives to M&A 
  • Equity Capital Markets  
  • Private Equity
  • Strategic Commercial Contracts 
  • Corporate Governance. 

Your day-to-day responsibilities could include:

  • Drafting transactional documents 
  • Formulating and workshopping creative deal structuring solutions 
  • Playing an active role in negotiations 
  • Building client relationships during every step of a transaction
  • Mentoring associates, paralegals and taking an active role in the team


We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have upwards of 5 years’ legal experience are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to undertake this role. 

  • Experience across public M&A transactions and / or Equity Capital Markets across a range of sectors 
  • The ability to run a matter independently and progress matters efficiently
  • Understanding of the industry and the day-to-day issues faced by our clients
  • Experience working across jurisdictions and/or with emerging markets
  • Proven track record of leading deals and negotiations 
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news 
  • Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working 
  • Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients
  • Recognises and seizes opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
  • Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts
  • Awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
  • Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure
  • Proactive and innovative.

This is a truly exciting time to join a diverse team where every voice is heard, and your success is recognised. So, find out more about being valued for who you are as well as what you do, in a global law firm that commits to you and your career. 


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work. 

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.