Asset Management - Infrastructure Investment Group - Fund Execution Team Professional - Associate/Vice President

Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time
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JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of more than $2.7 trillion, over 240,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries. It operates across four business segments including Asset & Wealth Management, Corporate and Investment Banking, Commercial Banking and Consumer and Community Banking.

J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, is a global leader in investment and wealth management. Its clients include institutions, high-net-worth individuals and retail investors in every major market throughout the world. The division offers investment management across all major asset classes including equities, fixed income, alternatives, multi-asset and money market funds. For individual investors, the business also provides retirement products and services, brokerage and banking services including trusts and estates, loans, mortgages and deposits.

Asset Management is a leading investment manager of choice for institutions, financial intermediaries and individual investors, worldwide. With a heritage of more than two centuries, a broad range of core and alternative strategies, and investment professionals operating in every major world market, we offer investment experience and insight that few other firms can match.


Group Overview:

The Infrastructure Investment Fund (IIF) advised by the Infrastructure Investments Group at JPMAM (IIG) identifies, analyses, acquires and manages infrastructure and infrastructure-related assets generally located in member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

IIG is a collaborative team of over 40 infrastructure professionals split between London and New York. IIG has a strong focus on governance, operational excellence and responsible investment.

Position:

The Fund Execution Team (FET) of IIG focuses on legal and risk management matters for IIF.

FET is seeking an English qualified lawyer to build the team and assist in providing legal and strategic support on all aspects of infrastructure acquisitions and asset management as well as regulatory matters affecting IIF and its portfolio companies. FET works closely with the business team, internal JPMAM legal and compliance departments, external counsel and other advisors.

The successful candidate should be a motivated and proactive self-starter, and should have strong communication, interpersonal and organisational skills, a collaborative approach and the ability to balance legal and commercial considerations and challenge where needed.
The role will report to the senior FET professional in London.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide support with legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues and contractual arrangements relating to M&A, internal governance, asset management, co-investment and financing
  • Work effectively and collaboratively within FET, the broader IIG team, portfolio company management and boards, outside counsel and JPMAM stakeholders to bridge the commercial and legal discourse
  • Ensure appropriate risk management, governance, consistency and best practices in contractual arrangements
  • Work effectively with relevant JPM stakeholders to identify and resolve potential compliance, legal, regulatory and corruption issues in transactions
  • Assist in continuous business improvement in asset management, including governance, risk management, policies and procedures, ESG matters, legal/compliance, regulatory, audit and reporting
  • Liaise with external counsel, advisers and providers to achieve efficient, commercial and cost-effective advice and support
  • Transaction Matters:
    • Draft, review and manage initial transaction phase documentation including confidentiality agreements, engagement letters, exclusivity agreements, release letters and term sheets
    • Appoint and interface with external transaction counsel
    • Transaction document review and participation in negotiation including SPAs, shareholder agreements, legal due diligence reports, reliance letters and finance documents
    • Provide input into Investment Committee and board materials
    • Oversee legal due diligence process together with the business team
  • Internal Matters:
    • Draft, review, update, process and file standard internal agreements
    • Interact with various stakeholders (both internal and external) including other JPM lines of business and control functions, investors and portfolio companies
    • Monitor, update and improve practices and procedures
    • Involvement in development and implementation of strategic initiatives including ESG, sharing of best practices and operational efficiencies
    • KYC and internal due diligence

Performance capabilities:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced international team environment
  • Intellectual rigour and strong analytical skills
  • Strong and effective interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Willing and enthusiastic to learn about the business and all stakeholders
  • Proactively determine needs and ensure they are met
  • Demonstrate commitment to team values, ESG, strategic objectives, effective risk management and broader legal and compliance requirements
  • Effectively handle multiple demands and competing priorities
  • Ability to take the initiative and work with some degree of autonomy but also use discretion to ask for assistance
  • Hands on problem-solving and trouble-shooting ability
  • Maintain familiarity with policies and practices and take a role in change management
  • Ability to identify, understand and balance contractual, business and legal risks and suggest appropriate risk mitigation measures
  • Regularly report status of work to ensure issues are resolved and deadlines met
  • Knowledge of French, Spanish, German or any other European language useful (but not essential)

Qualifications, Education and Experience:

  • Strong academic credentials
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales

Professional Experience:

  • 3+ years PQE legal experience in an international law firm or legal team of a corporate, investment fund or financial institution
  • International experience required
  • M&A / infrastructure finance / general corporate experience, ideally within the Energy and Infrastructure sectors

This role encompasses the performance of regulated activity. The successful candidate will therefore be subject to meeting regulatory requirements in the assessment of fitness, propriety, knowledge and competence (as assessed by the Firm) and (where appropriate) approval by the relevant regulatory authorities to carry out such activities.