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Job Title: Corporate: FSR - Associate 1-3 PQE
Herbert Smith is a leading and full-service international law firm with a 1,300-lawyer network across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The key to our success is our commitment to quality – the quality of our services, our people and the environment we create for them. Quality is the guiding principle running through our international network. As a result, we are recognised as being in the top tier in each of our main areas of work: transactions, projects and disputes.

The firm enjoys a formidable reputation for its expertise in both domestic and international litigation and arbitration. We also have a long-standing reputation for advice on mergers, acquisitions and takeovers as well as all forms of financing.

It is the breadth of the firm's contentious and non-contentious practices that distinguish Herbert Smith from its competitors. The firm aims to add value to its clients’ business, seeking commercial solutions rather than focusing on the narrow legal issues that may arise.

Our commitment to client service also stands out as a key differentiator – in 2011 Herbert Smith was ranked the number one firm by Chambers UK for client service.

Practice Area - FSR

Regulatory issues cut across the traditional law firm divide between "contentious" and "non-contentious" work. That is why we have brought together a team with the skills and expertise to assist clients at all stages of the regulatory process, including:

authorisations and issues surrounding corporate restructuring

advice on compliance and risk management policies and procedures – including advice on the implementation of new regulatory requirements

advice on responding to compliance problems, including conduct of reviews or internal investigations (whether or not at the request of the regulator)

advice and representation during regulatory investigations and enforcement actions – combining heavyweight litigation expertise with leading regulatory capability and top-ranked public lawyers, we handle the full range of civil, criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions that can result from a regulatory failure

We understand the challenges faced by financial institutions managing regulatory risk across multiple jurisdictions. We have extensive experience of assisting clients on such issues – from advising clients on compliance strategies for business lines that operate across national boundaries to managing regulatory investigations/enforcement involving multiple regulators and of specialist regulatory expertise local to each relevant jurisdiction.

Our lawyers have a broader range of experience than many legal advisers: outstanding technical and professional skills are a prerequisite for our work, but they are not enough on their own. An in-depth understanding of regulatory policy and process and how it impacts on our clients is crucial.

Our regulatory team includes Partners who have previously gained several years' experience working in senior in-house legal roles within the regulator or within financial institutions. We have also invested heavily in ensuring that our associates spend time on secondment with clients and with the UK Financial Services Authority. These have included recent secondments to the UK FSA's General Counsel's Division MIFID team and Enforcement Division.

Recent credentials include advising:

- global investment bank internal review of stability issues arising from activities of a team of financial advisers and related litigation

- a major UK retail bank on an OFT investigation into credit card default charges under UTCCRs and FSA inquiry into Mortgage Exit Administration fees

- a number of large investment houses and banks on potential enforcement action in areas such as market abuse, as well as advice on internal investigations undertaken at the stage where the matter is being considered by FSA supervision (i.e. pre-enforcement stage), with a view to avoiding enforcement

- Sir Philip Watts, ex-Chairman of Shell, in relation to the joint FSA/SEC investigation of alleged market abuse arising from the restatement of Shell’s proved reserves

- a major life company on a review of the circumstances surrounding the collapse of a fund, the sale and distribution of life policies linked to that fund and the company’s response to the collapse

- a major UK bank on the compliance issues arising from the establishment of an equities syndication operation

The Role

Herbert Smith is presently recruiting for group LCA (which sits within our wider Corporate Division) and comprises eight partners and approximately 21 associates, plus trainees and paralegals.

The lawyers in the contentious part of this practice area work extremely closely with their counterparts on the non-contentious side, sharing client work, business development and general know-how. Incoming associates will have the rare and highly valuable opportunity of becoming involved in both contentious and non-contentious work, although we are only looking for those with non-contentious experience for this particular role.

The Candidate

• We would expect the successful candidate to have approximately 1-3 years' experience in financial services regulatory work, dealing with large, complex matters. We would consider those with less or more experience, providing they meet the required competencies

• We would be particularly interested in candidates with experience in advising on the regulatory elements of investment banking matters

• Academic excellence is essential for all positions within Herbert Smith. We would always expect at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent). All applications should include full academic details including grades, subjects and transcripts where appropriate

• Excellent spoken and written communication skills
Job Details
Job Ref: 10-14154-LON
Hours: Full-Time
Location: London
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: Negotiable
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