New York Positions

Litigation and Enforcement Group – Career Associate for Anti-Corruption and International Risk Due Diligence and Portfolio Company Monitoring – Boston, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C.

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For more information, please contact Edward Lafayette - Edward.Lafayette@ropesgray.com

The Anti-Corruption and International Risk (ACIR) practice within the Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group of Ropes & Gray LLP is seeking a junior to mid-level career associate attorney to be based in our Boston, Chicago, New York, or Washington, D.C. office.  The firm is seeking candidates with a minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in litigation and/or due diligence, portfolio-company monitoring focused matters. The career associate in this position will be primarily responsible for assisting the ACIR practice with due diligence and portfolio monitoring reviews for private equity and other sophisticated investor transactions.  Experience with anti-bribery laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA), trade sanctions, export control, anti-money laundering, and private equity transactions is strongly preferred.  Experience with proactive compliance work and building compliance programs is also helpful.

In addition to the primary responsibilities listed above, the career associate will also assist with coordinating internal teams, marketing efforts, client pitches, and preparing client presentations and CLE programs. The career associate will play a key role in the development of junior associates through oversight and management of substantive work, as well as training and recruiting efforts.

As a member of our Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group, the successful candidate will practice alongside some of the most recognized attorneys in the profession.  Applicants must have excellent attention to detail, demonstrated leadership ability, strong client management skills, and be team-oriented.  Experience with project management is a plus.  Prior law firm experience is preferred.  Ropes & Gray LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

Knowledge Management Attorney (Finance) - Boston or New York

We seek a finance attorney with at least 6-8 years of experience in leveraged finance practice, with significant experience in private equity sponsor representation, to join our finance group as a Knowledge Management Attorney (KMA).  The KMA will work with the current Knowledge Management Counsel (Counsel) to harness and share information to enable us to provide legal services in a manner that is more informed and more efficient.  The KMA will work with the Counsel in implementing and promoting KM tools, systems and processes, with a focus on sponsor-side acquisition financing.  The KMA will work closely with the Counsel and it is expected that some job responsibilities may be shared with the Counsel while others will be the sole domain of the KMA. Ideal candidates should have both relevant practice experience and knowledge management experience, such as analyzing precedent documents and working with forms. 

The KMA’s responsibilities will be primarily non-billable, but may also include billable client deliverables (expected to account for no more than a quarter of the attorney’s time). This position will be based in Boston or New York. We offer competitive compensation, including salary and bonus. It is expected that the role will be a full-time position.

Objectives and Responsibilities

  • Evaluate and stay abreast of Ropes & Gray and market precedents and share knowledge about developments in terms with practice group members.
  • Update and manage forms and other materials to reflect changes and developments in finance terms and practice.
  • Read industry publications daily to gain legal and market knowledge informative to the finance practice, and generally be aware of developments in the finance practice.
  • Advise the practice group on legal and regulatory developments affecting private equity sponsors, strategic borrowers and credit fund managers.
  • Provide input and guidance to practice group members regarding substantive topics within the leveraged finance practice.
  • Support client-matter teams with deal-related research.
  • Help create presentations and/or training materials for specific transactions and/or business development activities.
  • In coordination with practice group lawyers, prepare and update practice insight tools, including memoranda on commonly encountered legal issues and legal developments for internal communications, client alerts, podcasts, webinars and other business development materials.
  • Draft, update and manage training materials for junior and mid-level associates.
  • Work with information systems service team to assist with document management and precedent tracking systems to facilitate user search and ensure uniform use of preferred filing systems.
  • Organize practice group resources, including KM tools, on firm intranet.
  • Train attorneys, paralegals and others on documentation management protocols and other KM systems.
  • Generate and coordinate agendas for practice group workshops and other internal knowledge sharing meetings.
  • Collaborate with Chief of Legal Knowledge Management and KM Attorneys within the firm’s other practice groups and geographies to share best KM practices and resources.

Qualifications

  • J.D. and a minimum of 6-8 years of relevant practice experience in finance practice, with a focus on private equity sponsor representation.
  • Ability to establish credibility with Ropes & Gray attorneys and work with professional staff across a variety of functions in a multi-office environment.
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and be able to handle multiple projects at the same time. Must be able to prioritize work to keep up with the needs of the business. 
  • Strong writing ability, including technical contract drafting skills and ability to communicate clearly.
  • Experience with and comfort in using internet and intranet technologies.
  • Strong organizational, project management, and systematizing skills and proven attention to detail.

Knowledge Management Attorney (Executive compensation and employee benefits) – Boston or New York

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The executive compensation and employee benefits group seeks a highly motivated benefits lawyers work within the executive compensation and employee benefits practice group to evaluate areas where KM would benefit our clients and attorneys, create and maintain model and precedent workspaces by benefits sub-practice area (traditional benefits, ERISA, transactional), populate and maintain the benefits digital library, populate and maintain the executive compensation grid, maintain an ongoing deal/matter database for executive compensation and benefits matters, assist with tagging matters for balanced scorecard and keep abreast of market trends and identify content for client alerts, and assist with any other KM related projects that arise.  

Responsibilities:

  • Create, update and manage forms, checklists, and other KM resources. Update KM resources to reflect legal and regulatory changes and developments.
  • Create and/or improve precedent filing systems. Implement document management and precedent tracking systems to facilitate user search of and access to KM resources. 
  • Update, maintain, and ensure uniform use of preferred filing guidelines and related document management systems. 
  • In coordination with Benefits Group lawyers, assist with preparing memoranda on legal issues and legal developments for internal communications, presentation at practice group lunches, and client alerts.
  • Keep abreast of legal developments and trends and disseminate information to the group and flag developments for client alerts when appropriate.
  • Respond to attorney requests for research on forms and/or precedent.
  • Organize and update KM tools on the Intranet site.
  • Develop and manage deal/matter lists for practice areas. 

Job Requirements:

  • J.D. and a minimum of 5 years of practice experience. Experience at a large law firm is preferred, but in-house counsel experience will also be considered. 
  • Strong writing ability, ability to communicate clearly, and research skills. 
  • Ability to establish credibility with Ropes & Gray attorneys and work with professional staff across a variety of functions in a multi-office environment. 
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, and proven attention to detail.  
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