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Senior Corporate Paralegal – Asset Management

Posted Jan 19
Full Time
On Site
Boston, Massachusetts
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About Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray LLP is a preeminent global law firm focused on providing the highest-quality advice on our clients’ critical legal and business issues. Our global team of 2,500 talented professionals regularly helps clients meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and achieve key goals.  These colleagues work together across a global office network that includes offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

We are a contemporary firm that can bring more than 150 years of legal and institutional history to bear on the challenges clients face in today’s 24/7 global business environment. Our collaborative approach gives our clients—which include many of the world’s most respected companies and institutions—ready access to leading corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies.

With an international presence, we focus on a number of key industries, including private equity; asset management; life sciences and health care; investment banking; technology, media and telecommunications; and consumer and retail.  Our clients include global industry leaders, financial institutions, investment firms, private equity firms, hospitals and health care organizations, educational institutions, and individuals.

We have consistently been recognized for our leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, finance, asset management, real estate, tax, antitrust, life sciences, health care, intellectual property, litigation & enforcement, privacy & cybersecurity, and business restructuring.

Ropes & Gray is an equal opportunity employer.

 

JOB SUMMARY

Participate as a team member and assist attorneys and paralegals in the corporate department, with a particular focus in Asset Management. In addition to the essential functions detailed below, the paralegal will be considered a leader in the practice and paralegal group. Availability for overtime and flexibility for travel are required.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Familiar with differences between Hedge Funds, Private Investment Funds, Registered Funds; able to understand both the fund and investor sides of a matter.
  • Independently manages closing logistics for transactions; demonstrates understanding of common types of transactions; drafts supporting certificates and schedules; coordinates large document productions; develops system for tracking delivery of documents; prepares state, UCC, and federal regulatory filings as necessary; resolves common problems encountered in transactions and corrects with minimal assistance; forms appropriate opinions for corrective actions after consideration and deliberations.
  • Demonstrates familiarity of unique or uncommon events in life cycles of public and private companies; familiarity with the state and federal reporting requirements in connection with regulatory matters and company documents; understands the annual update process, including information requests from portfolio managers, third-party services, investment advisers, etc., and takes a leading role with coordinating with the financial printer.
  •  Assists in organizing relevant documents related to fund formations and private fund investments; provides ongoing corporate maintenance for private investment fund clients of the firm.
  • Exhibits high-level understanding of SEC and EDGAR filing processes; shows understanding of common SEC and state filings for a variety of entities (e.g. private companies, trusts, mutual funds, public companies); demonstrates familiarity with common exemptions and their application with the SEC and various states; assists in tracking of annual and follow-on filings; can perform basic research into appropriate exemption in connection with filings
  •  Provides initial drafts of board meeting agendas and minutes, including language that might be outside of the typical quarterly items discussed at such meetings.
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of tasks and projects in primary area of expertise.  Works proactively to stay up-to-date on developments in practice area.  In unique situations, can develop a logical course of action.
  • Assists and mentors more junior paralegals; recognizes different learning styles and adjusts method of instruction accordingly when supervising on projects; confirms comprehension by others of instruction; guides attorneys and colleagues in identifying and obtaining firm resources.

 

ESSENTIAL CAPABILITIES:

  • Must demonstrate the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of the firm's internal and personnel affairs.
  • Able to interact and collaborate effectively with all levels of personnel, including management staff and support staff.  Possesses strong oral and written communication skills.  Able to successfully manage and lead a team.
  • Able to be a proactive self-starter, who understands the details within a much larger context.  Serves as a resource, facilitator and mentor to effectively support the needs of the department.
  • Must be flexible and able to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities.  Able to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple, detailed tasks.
  • Must be able to anticipate problems and issues and exercise independent judgment to make sound, justifiable decisions and take action in solving problems while knowing when and to whom to escalate issues.
  • Must be team-oriented and able to share information, goals, opportunities, successes and failures with the appropriate parties.  Able to influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Possesses excellent attention to detail and follows up and follows through on deliverables.
  • Owns professional development by actively seeking out feedback and learning new skills.  Takes ownership of deliverables and is accountable.
  • Able to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations.
  • Able to effectively work in a multi-office environment and a culturally and educationally diverse environment.
  • Able to travel nationally and internationally on short notice.

 

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

Performs other work-related duties as assigned by individuals within the corporate management structure.

 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree and want a career position. Four years experience, or more, as a corporate paralegal or comparable work experience preferred. The position will involve significant contact with lawyers and paralegals at the firm and requires strong interpersonal and communication skills.  The candidate must be a demonstrated self-starter who is both highly organized and a team player.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The candidate will work the standard work hours with expected overtime.

Incumbent is expected to work the hours necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.  The above job description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.  Firm management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.