Requisition Number: 2021-10-02019-0174-002
Job Title: KM Lawyer, M&A Practice
City: New York
State: NY
Shift: Monday - Friday; 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Hours: 40

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. The Firm was established in 1884 and has more than 1,000 lawyers. Headquartered in New York with offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the Firm provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients around the globe. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

KM Lawyer, M&A Practice

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Description/Job Summary

The M&A Knowledge Management Lawyer (KML) is responsible for overseeing the development of the Group’s Knowledge Strategy and implementing projects to meet the Group’s knowledge needs.  This is a highly visible role within the M&A Group, a group unrivaled in its reputation and one of the leaders in global M&A transactions. The KML will establish and manage a KM Committee of key partner stakeholders to define the Group’s priorities and will be responsible for presenting on the Group’s knowledge initiatives to Practice Group leadership.  The KML will leverage their legal expertise and understanding of the needs of practicing attorneys to build and implement knowledge solutions such as a collation of matter profiles, research materials, standard forms, model documents, other data compilations, and precedents.

The M&A Group is at the forefront of deal-making and corporate activity - $1.7 trillion in announced deals from 2016-2020 - and provides clients with insight into the most current trends and developments.  In support of that work, this role is responsible for active thought leadership and business development by monitoring and sharing market developments, and trends in the law or business environment, identifying areas to develop for both the Group and new and existing clients. With the support of the Knowledge Department, this role develops best practices to increase efficiency within the Practice Group and works closely on a day-to-day basis with attorneys to ensure those best practices are being followed. Additionally, the KML will provide legal and practical expertise to the Group’s practice, both directly and through the training and mentoring of associates.

Life at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Being a KM Lawyer at Simpson is a unique opportunity. We believe that work is more than the day-to-day tasks you execute. It is about the people you are surrounded by, the passion and energy you bring to solving problems and our shared purpose – our clients’ success. At Simpson you will have the opportunity to work with a team that is breaking new ground in knowledge and innovation.  We challenge old ideas and explore new ways of getting things done. Bring your ideas and a spirit of collaboration and in return you will be a part of a dynamic team where you can have an immediate impact on one of our key Practice Groups. 

Responsibilities/Duties

Knowledge Strategy

  • Build relationships with Practice Group leadership and provide expert consultation to establish yourself and the KM team as a trusted advisor
  • Own the end-to-end process for creating and driving the  development and implementation of the Practice Group’s short- and long- term knowledge  strategy
  • Undertake initiatives to drive Practice Group efficiency
  • Partner closely with other functions including Innovation, Practice Technology and Data Analytics to identify and implement solutions for the Practice Group

Thought Leadership

  • Monitor and inform the Practice Group of important legal and market developments; support the writing and publication of external client alerts on such developments
  • Assist in identifying issues and developments of relevance to key clients
  • Author and publish research on legal developments or new areas of law relevant to the Group

Knowledge Bank & Matter Management

  • Create, develop, and maintain forms, precedents, checklists, data points, and other substantive content for the Practice Group, ensuring such content is continuously up-to-date and accurately recorded
  • Identify, collect, and organize work product for the Practice Group in the relevant Knowledge database, ensuring content is readily accessible on the Firm’s intranet and other content sharing platforms
  • Work with associates to establish processes to capture matter descriptions and categorizations in the Matter profiling system and ensure full matter profiles are updated to reflect the work conducted
  • Assist with setting up a process for collecting valuable precedent information; periodically review transaction information, highlight trends, and make recommendations for template form changes, refine due diligence focal points, and negotiating positions  

Business Development

  • Assist and coordinate with business development on preparation of pitch-books and relevant materials for business development
  • Develop protocols for client required compliance or preferences and ensure that client specific information is disseminated to associates
  • Integrate compliance protocols, including updates and changes into transaction templates, due diligence forms, and transaction guides

Training & Mentorship

  • Work with the Firm’s training personnel and Professional Development to identify practice-related training needs of the Group; develop and deliver Group training, materials, workshop sessions, seminars, and various CLE programs targeted towards associates
  • Mentor associates by providing them with best practices and assisting them in locating practice-related knowledge resources and documents.
  • Be a source of legal, market, and practical expertise for all members of the Group, including providing direct support for client matters
  • Coordinate with Practice Innovation team and legal project management to identify opportunities to enhance the delivery of legal services within the Practice Group, and assist in the evaluation and piloting of legal technology, including document, expert systems, artificial intelligence applications, and client-facing applications

Other

  • Provide other knowledge support to the Group as may be assigned by the Practice Group Head, Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer, or KM Director


Required Experience

  • Minimum of seven years of experience in the relevant practice
  • Experience with both private equity and public M&A strongly preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant legal practices and documents
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Self-starter and highly motivated
  • Strong customer service and prompt response time to incoming requests
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to solve problems, both for technical issues and in situations involving collaboration with attorneys and non-legal staff/departments
  • Demonstrated good business judgment and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated good business judgment and analytical skills

Required Education

  • J.D. or equivalent
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