Requisition Number: 2021-12-02110-0174-001
Job Title: KM Lawyer, Registered Funds
City: New York
Shift: Monday - Friday; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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.
The Knowledge Management Lawyer (KML) for Registered Funds is responsible for helping to develop the Knowledge Strategy for the Registered Funds Group and implementing projects to meet the Group’s knowledge needs. This includes a collation of research materials, standard forms, model documents, matter profiles, terms grids, other data compilations, substantive know-how and precedents. With the support of the Knowledge Department, this role develops best practices to increase efficiency within the Practice Group. The Registered Funds KML will collaborate and coordinate efforts with the Investment Funds and Regulatory Funds KMLs to ensure seamless support for the Firm’s Funds practice.
This role also supports the Group’s thought leadership and business development efforts by actively monitoring and sharing legal and market developments, and trends in the law or business environment, and identifying areas to develop for both the Group and new and existing clients.
Additionally, the Registered Funds KML will provide legal and practical expertise to the Group’s practice, both directly and through the training and mentoring of associates.
Coordinate with the Knowledge Department and Practice Group attorneys to develop and implement solutions and best practices to increase efficiency in the Practice 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, accurately recorded and leveraged by attorneys
Identify, collect and organize work product and substantive know-how 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 attorneys 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 producing closing binders and collecting valuable precedent information, periodically review transaction information, highlight trends and make recommendations for template form changes, refined procedural focal points and negotiating positions
Monitor and inform the Practice Group of important legal and market developments; supporting 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
Assist and coordinate with business development on preparation of pitch-books and relevant materials for business development
Coordinate requests between partners and business development in compiling research on existing or prospective clients
Develop protocols for client required compliance or preferences and ensure the 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 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 attorneys
Mentor associates by providing them with best practices and assisting them with locating practice-related knowledge resources and documents.
Be a source of legal, market, and practical expertise for all members of the Group
Coordinate with Practice Innovation team 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
Collaborate and coordinate efforts with the Investment Funds and Regulatory Funds KMLs to ensure seamless support for the Firm’s Funds practice
Collaborate with other KMLs in the Firm and attend Knowledge Department meetings to facilitate the sharing of best practices and knowledge
Coordinate with other support groups and departments of the Firm, i.e. Business Development and others, to improve content, procedures and communications to stream-line processes and satisfy various departmental needs
Provide other knowledge support to the Group as may be assigned by the Practice Group Head, Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer , and Knowledge Management Director
Minimum of seven years of Registered Funds experience required
Extensive knowledge of relevant legal practices and documents
Outstanding communication, 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 technical issues and situations involving collaboration with attorneys and non-legal staff/departments
Demonstrates good business judgments and analytical skills
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is committed to a collegial work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The Firm prohibits discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation, protected veteran’s status or any other legally protected status. “Gender” includes actual or perceived sex, a person’s gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the legal sex assigned to that person at birth. This Policy pertains to every aspect of an individual’s relationship with the Firm, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, transfer, discipline, termination, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.