New York Positions

Litigation & Enforcement  – Career Associate Position for Antitrust Merger Control Practice – Boston, New York or Washington, D.C.

The Litigation and Enforcement practice group at Ropes & Gray is currently seeking a junior-level Career Associate to join the antitrust merger control team in the Boston office. The Career Associate will provide legal services and support to our transactional practices with respect to antitrust merger control issues. Primary responsibilities of the position include the preparation, review and filing of Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) and international merger control filings and working with federal and state antitrust authorities and comparable foreign authorities to obtain clearance as expeditiously as possible. The Career Associate will have significant interaction with clients, lawyers, paralegals and opposing counsel. This position is a non-partnership track position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Working with other firm attorneys, clients and opposing counsel to prepare, review and file HSR and international merger control filings
  • Providing advice regarding premerger notification obligations to clients and other lawyers
  • Assisting with training of and providing advice to associates on HSR and merger control issues
  • Liaising with Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and other antitrust agencies with regard to coverage and reportability questions and clearance issues

EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE: 

  • JD degree 
  • 1-3 years of legal experience preferred 
  • Experience with or exposure to private equity deals, structure and governance issues desirable 

ESSENTIAL CAPABILITIES: 

  • Superior project management skills 
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to be proactive self-starter who understands details within a much larger context 
  • Must respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities; ability to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple, detailed tasks 
  • Must be team-oriented and able to share information, goals, opportunities, successes and failures with the appropriate parties 
  • Ability to plan, organize, manage and/or carry out multiple related activities 
  • Ability to work in a multi-office environment 
  • Working knowledge of computer software programs, including Word and Excel 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

Normal. Incumbent is expected to work the hours necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. 

Senior Knowledge Management Attorney (IPT/Licensing, Collaboration and Venture Capital Transactions) - Boston or New York

The Strategic Transactions group at seeks a senior attorney with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a corporate transactional role at a top-tier law firm with a focus on IP transactions and/or Life Sciences to join the firm as a non-partnership track Legal Knowledge Management (“KM”) Attorney. This position can be located in either our Boston or New York office.

Knowledge Management is critical to harness and share the information that we develop and allow us to provide legal service in a manner that is more efficient and effective.

The KM attorney will assist in defining, implementing and promoting KM tools, systems and processes to improve the quality and efficiency of our work in negotiating and drafting documentation for licensing, collaboration and venture capital transactions for our clients.

The ideal candidate will have relevant practice experience and an interest in knowledge management, such as working with forms and managing precedent documents and checklists.  Areas of required substantive expertise include license and collaboration agreements, other commercial agreements, venture capital, private financings and emerging company issues.  A strong background in the life sciences and/or technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) space is preferred.  Familiarity with or exposure to public securities offerings, U.S. securities laws, and mergers and acquisitions is beneficial, but is not required.

The Senior KM Attorney’s responsibilities will be primarily non-billable, but may also include billable client deliverables (expected to account for no more than about a quarter of the attorney’s time). We offer competitive compensation, including salary and bonus.

Responsibilities 

Working closely with the Practice Group Leaders (“PGLs”), partners and other lawyers in the practice group, and coordinating with members of the firm’s knowledge management, professional development and practice development departments, the Senior KM Attorney will have the following primary responsibilities:

  • Help the group assess its KM needs and define its KM goals and priorities with respect to licensing, collaboration and venture capital transactions. Identify, recommend and implement effective strategies and solutions in light of current and ongoing developments.
  • Implement document management and precedent tracking system for the group, including meta-tagging deal information to facilitate user search and working with client matter teams to ensure uniform use of preferred filing systems.
  • Develop new forms and improve precedent and checklist management systems. Update KM resources to reflect legal changes and developments. Advise the group’s attorneys on substantive questions within areas of expertise and regarding use of appropriate forms, precedents, checklists and other KM resources, and assist them in tailoring KM resources for specific client needs.
  • Prepare and advise attorneys on the preparation of KM-related client deliverables. This may include, among other responsibilities: drafting legal memoranda and conducting legal research in response to discrete client questions.
  • Assist in maintaining deal term grids (summaries of deal terms).
  • Serve as the group’s representative on firm-wide KM-related task forces and working groups; share, coordinate, and adopt best practices. Coordinate on behalf of the group with respect to firm-wide and Corporate Department KM initiatives, and with other practice groups.
  • Train attorneys, paralegals and others on the group’s KM resources, precedent and forms libraries, and other KM matters and systems. Assist in maintaining practice group reference and training materials.
  • Evaluate and recommend third-party resources (industry organizations, conferences, publications, etc.) that deliver legal and market knowledge relevant to the practice. 
  • Strengthen links between knowledge sharing and the information systems, and improving integration among information systems across the firm to facilitate the seamless exchange of information and data.

Qualifications

  • J.D. and a minimum of 5 years of relevant practice experience, including experience working in a large law firm. Practice experience may be a combination of in-house and large law firm positions.
  • Ability to establish credibility with Ropes & Gray attorneys and work with professional staff across a variety of functions in a multi-office environment.
  • Strong writing ability, including technical contract, drafting skills, ability to communicate clearly, and excellent research skills.
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and be able to handle multiple projects at the same time. Must be able to re-prioritize work to keep up with the needs of the business.
  • Experience with and comfort in using internet and intranet technologies as well as spreadsheet software.
  • Strong organizational, project management, and systematizing skills and proven attention to detail. 


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.

Benefits Group – Boston or New York

The Employee Benefits Group is seeking a Boston or New York based career ERISA attorney. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of experience working on ERISA-related plan investment issues such as the “plan asset” rules, private investment funds (private equity and hedge funds), investment management agreements, asset manager ERISA compliance, prohibited transactions and exemptions. Familiarity with defined contribution plan services arrangements and investment products is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Possess an excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively and on team-oriented projects
  • Ability to effectively, proactively and accurately manage multiple tasks and complex projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Dedication to outstanding client service
  • Ability to communicate effectively (in writing, in person, telephonically) with colleagues and clients at all levels of seniority
  • Confidence when speaking to opposing counsel 

Education and Experience Required

  • J.D. required
  • Three to five years of ERISA/employee benefits preferably in a law firm or in-house
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