Senior Associate, Corporate (Private Equity)


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London, United Kingdom



The role

Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
Role Location: London EC1A
Role opening date: 27/09/2019  
Role closing date: 05/03/2020


DLA Piper thrives on complex challenges and delivers exceptional results to clients. We're a team of trusted advisors, innovators and game-changers, going above and beyond to challenge the status-quo.

This is your opportunity to become an integral leader and to manage high profile and pathfinding transactions across the UK and internationally. You will work with our global team to drive change, open new opportunities and accelerate growth for both our clients and our people.  To have maximum impact, you will deliver all phases of the private equity cycle across a broad variety of transactions.

This is your opportunity to join one of the few firms operating in private equity that can offer clients a genuine ability to execute cross-border deals seamlessly using our own private equity lawyers in all key markets and sectors that we operate. Find out how to join us now.


To support the world's leading enterprises, emerging startup companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities. By joining us, you are joining one of few firms operating in private equity that can offer clients a genuine ability to execute cross-border deals seamlessly using our own private equity lawyers in all key markets and sectors that we operate.


This is your chance to join a global team advising clients at all stages of their  transactions from mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and venture capital to private and public equity and debt offerings.

We have one of the world's leading private equity practices and we are looking to hire a Senior Associate to join our successful team. You will represent private equity institutions, management teams, debt providers and portfolio companies through all stages of the private equity life cycle.
We are becoming increasingly active in emerging markets and are recognised for our ability to craft innovative solutions for our clients evolving needs.

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

  • Debt
  • Fundraisings and investments
  • MBO
  • MBIs
  • BIMBOs
  • Secondary buyouts
  • Take privates
  • Management equity arrangements and incentives
  • PIPEs
  • Pre-IPO investments
  • Portfolio transactions
  • Public to private transactions
  • Exits, including trade sales and listings and refinancings


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 between 4 and 7 years' PQE 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.

  • Solicitor or barrister, ideally qualified in England & Wales or a Commonwealth jurisdiction
  • Experience across priate equity and M&A transactions across a range of sectors
  • Experience working across jurasdictions and/or  with emerging markets
  • Proven track record of leading deals and negotiations
  • 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
  • The Department / Practice Group


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 care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in
  • Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
  • Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual.

We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent. Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.

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 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.


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.