Associate, Private Funds
Queen Mary University of London – Law
In my third year of university, I completed several vacation schemes which helped me to make an informed decision about the type of law firm at which I would like to work. At Weil, I felt that every member of staff is valued and difference is welcomed, and, because the firm is a major market player, I knew I would get the chance to work with some of the very best clients in the industry and, by extension, get to work on some of the biggest, most sophisticated deals.
Now, almost four years in, I am an associate in the private funds team at Weil. My daily routine can involve reviewing and drafting limited partnership agreements as well as advising clients on European elements of fundraisings. At Weil you get quite a lot of responsibility during your training contract, so the transition to qualified lawyer is more of a gradual process than a big jump. You are well-supported, but you are also encouraged to be proactive about your development, and to use your initiative.
Weil has a friendly, supportive culture and hands-on approach to training – you are never left feeling alone, as the associates and partners are extremely helpful and make a real effort to talk you through, and check over, your work. There are also weekly training sessions for the entire team so that we can keep up-to-date with the latest developments affecting the private funds industry.
Since I have started as a newly-qualified lawyer, I have been engaged on several news-grabbing projects. Recently, as part of a team I have advised KKR Credit on the formal creation of a new business which specialises in the investment and restructuring of non-performing loans. The transaction was seen as pioneering, both in terms of scope and scale, as the establishment of the business has involved complex multi-jurisdictional regulatory, tax and commercial considerations. For me, it was absolutely fantastic to be involved.