Recruitment Update – Corporate M&A and Equity Capital Markets

A brief update on the demand for corporate M&A and equity capital markets lawyers in the London market. Whilst M&A and, not least, equity capital markets activity has been mixed and generally subdued, bar recent headline grabbing deals eminating from the USA, there are modest signs of an uptick.

In particular, a small number of US and English law firms are looking to selectively invest. Amongst the US law firms, there is a demand at the mid-level for first rate Corporate M&A lawyers, particularly lawyers with private equity experience and, on the finance side, not surprisingly, we are seeing demand for lawyers with acquisition finance and, especially LBO knowledge and experience.

We are also seeing corporate M&A activity in the mid-market as one or two English firms seek to bolster their corporate offering, especially in private equity. Indeed, just at the moment, for example, Oyster is recruiting for a Senior Associate with Corporate M&A/Private Equity experience and also for a 7-8PQE Equity Capital Markets lawyer.

Looking ahead over the next 12-18months, we expect there to be a continued uptick in demand for lawyers with private equity or acquisition finance experience.

For details of these and other opportunities in private practice in areas such as Real Estate, Financial Services Regulation and Shipping please contact Michael Pickup.

Date Published: 27 February 2013

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