Senior Associate, Equity Capital Markets and Public M&A


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Sydney, Australia



The role


The DLA Piper team operates globally across more than 40 countries, but we're still locally connected. That's because trusting and collaborative relationships with our clients and each other are at the heart of our success. We give you the platform to progress in a culture where you are empowered to make a meaningful impact. 

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. Joining our team will see you work closely with our Partners who are leaders in the field David Ryan and Elliott Cheung. 

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. 


Our team is 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.  

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 know talent is more than what's written on paper. It's the energy you bring and the way you work with your team. 

To be successful in this role you will need;

  • 5 plus years of legal experience preferably specialising in Public M&A and / or Equity Capital Markets 
  • Strong problem solving, drafting and negotiation skills 
  • Understanding of the industry and the day-to-day issues faced by our clients
  • Desire to pursue a long term career in Public M&A and / or Equity Capital markets
  • The ability to run a matter independently and progress matters efficiently
  • Strong stakeholder management skills

Be part of a team that thrives on complex challenges and delivering exceptional results, working with Partners who are recognised by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as leading lawyers. We're trusted advisors, innovators and game changers and now, we're asking you to join us and be part of building on our success.


  • Market leading work in a growing corporate practice
  • DLA Piper Career Academies, an award-winning international development forum designed to cultivate high performance and support your career goals
  • Agile working, we recognise 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.


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 may 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.