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Legal Counsel (M&A)

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    Mid & Senior Level
  • Legal
  • London
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  • You need 3-6 years of M&A experience, public and private transaction knowledge, cross-border expertise, autonomous deal leadership, media/content industry insight, strong communication skills, commercial judgment, collaboration mindset, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • You will be responsible for providing legal support on complex M&A transactions, managing key legal workstreams, and collaborating with various internal and external stakeholders to ensure successful deals and client satisfaction.


  • A qualified lawyer with approximately 3-6 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) strong academics and relevant 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, and experience in APAC countries is advantageous
  • 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 with 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 environment


  • 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 issuances, as well as managing legal aspects of Informa’s existing EMTN programme
  • Front-line management of deals, including drafting and negotiating the key transactional documents, management of due diligence, advising on anti-trust issues, disclosure exercises and closings, managing projects to a budget, and taking responsibility for client satisfaction
  • Working with key stakeholders on transitional separation and integration planning and execution following divestments and acquisitions
  • 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 collaborating with other lawyers and taking an active part in sharing knowledge and experience with the team
  • Work with 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


What type of transactions will the M&A Legal Counsel be working on?

The M&A Legal Counsel will work on a broad mix of transactions, including public and private M&A (acquisitions and divestments), joint ventures, and other corporate transactions with an international dimension.

What are the key responsibilities of the M&A Legal Counsel role?

The key responsibilities include providing legal services in M&A matters, managing complex M&A transactions, supporting on securities/debt offerings, managing due diligence, advising on anti-trust issues, and assisting with transitional separation and integration planning.

What qualifications are required for the M&A Legal Counsel position?

The ideal candidate should be a qualified lawyer with approximately 3-6 years post qualification experience, with strong academics and relevant corporate transaction experience in a top law firm. Cross border M&A experience is essential, with experience in APAC countries being advantageous.

What are some of the benefits of working as an M&A Legal Counsel at the company?

Some of the benefits include flexibility in working arrangements, a welcoming community with social events and diversity networks, career development opportunities, generous annual leave and personal benefits, as well as strong wellbeing support and recognition for great work.

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