Senior M&A Legal Counsel
London - Howick Place

Job Reference: LHP-LEG-07446

Location: London - Howick Place

Closing Date: 22/10/2019

Department: Legal/Compliance

Division: Global Support

The Senior M&A Legal Counsel will work on a broad mix of transactions, including public and private M&A (including divestments), joint ventures, and securities offerings. Most of the work will have an international dimension and will range from larger scale, complex cross border transactions to smaller deals which provide greater leadership responsibility. The role will assume the following key responsibilities:


  • Provide proactive legal services, supporting the EMEA & APAC region in M&A legal matters including in relation to business strategy, performance and risk management
  • Working on a wide variety of complex private and public M&A transactions, with responsibility for progressing key legal workstreams, including being responsible for liaising with key stakeholders such as Corporate Development, Company Secretarial, Legal HR, Finance, Treasury, HR, Property and Insurance, as well as external stakeholders such as external counsel, accountants, corporate financiers, investment banking and corporate broking
  • Supporting on full scale worldwide or pan-regional acquisitions and divestments of existing businesses, new ventures and a variety of joint ventures, principally across the EMEA & APAC region and providing co-ordination and support on global or US focussed transactions
  • Supporting on securities/debt offerings including Bond and PPLN issuances, and other structured products as well as managing legal aspects of Informa’s existing EMTN and PPLN programmes
  • Front-line management of deals, including drafting and negotiating the key transactional documents, control of due diligence, advising on anti-trust issues, disclosure exercises and closings, managing projects to a budget, and taking responsibility for client satisfaction
  • Assisting with general corporate advisory work/training and other activities to keep in touch with internal clients and continue building relationships
  • Working as part of a team including assisting with the supervision of junior lawyers’ work and taking an active part in sharing knowledge and experience with the team
  • Work with other senior lawyers to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to legal issues and that efficiencies and synergies are harnessed across the Group 
  • Supporting on Group led restructurings and re-financings
  • Supporting on ad-hoc commercial work (e.g. outsourcing agreements, licensing arrangements, IT contracts)
  • working with members of the Team to audit, update and modify standard template contracts as and when needed


The ideal applicant will preferably need to demonstrate the following skills, abilities and qualifications:


  • A qualified lawyer with approximately 5-8 years post qualification experience (PQE is given as a guide only, this will not be a determining factor of suitability and applicants of other levels of PQE may apply) excellent academics and strong corporate transaction experience gained in a top law firm. Secondment or in-house experience will be considered favourably
  • Cross border M&A experience is essential
  • Direct experience of public and private transactions is essential given the nature of the Group’s deals. In this respect, knowledge of listing rules and familiarity generally with DTR would be advantageous
  • Must be able to work and lead autonomously on deals with minimal supervision and have credible experience of doing so. Be comfortable with negotiating commercial and non-legal issues (including price adjustment mechanisms e.g. working capital adjustments, earn outs) as well as purely legal corporate issues
  • Experience of working in media or content businesses would be helpful but not essential
  • Excellent commercial judgment enabling consideration of legal requests in a commercial, constructive and business-sympathetic way, balancing business needs with legal risk
  • A confident, dynamic and personable individual who is able to influence senior executives and stakeholders with ability to communicate at all levels in the organisation and build strong internal and external relationships
  • Collaborative, growth mindset team player who is able to get their “hands dirty” and assist with a variety of tasks
  • The ability to present clearly and effectively, especially to distil complex technical concepts into business terms
  • A self-starting attitude with flexible but robust approach with the ability to work autonomously and prioritise in a fast-moving “need it now” environment


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.