Senior U.S. Associate / Counsel

Experience level: Senior Level
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Capital Markets (US Practice)
Location: London
The department

Skadden's Capital Markets team is consistently recognized as one of the top advisers on capital markets transactions and has acted on some of the largest and most complex offerings worldwide. We are one of the few, if not only, major law firms with a London office that can offer a truly integrated trans-Atlantic team capable of advising on complex high yield and leverage loan transactions. The strength of our US practice operating out of London, alongside our English, French and German practices, has meant that we have undertaken some of the highest-profile high yield offerings to date.

The Role

We operate as a single fully integrated team of English and US lawyers, working hand in hand with the English qualified associates in the London office.  The successful candidate will work on a mix of high yield and debt capital markets (DCM) transactions, leveraged buyouts and other complex financings and in very close cooperation with the banking and M&A teams.

Person Specification

We are looking for a US qualified capital markets senior associate / Counsel.  The role requires a candidate with excellent experience in managing client relationships and the ability to assist clients on day to day issues.  Excellent written communication and drafting skills are also required as well as the ability to demonstrate initiative.  They must also possess the skills to take on a high degree of responsibility within a fast paced but friendly environment.  A high level of academic achievement required.

The candidate will have significant experience advising European based Issuers on high yield offerings, bridge to bond transactions, other underwritten financings, liability management transactions and other complex financings. They should be able to service our increasing FPI clients along with European corporates and sponsors.


We pay generous rates and provide our lawyers with a highly competitive benefits package.  The package includes:

  • Discretionary year-end bonus
  • Technology allowance
  • 22 days holiday and 3 personal days
  • Enhanced Family leave
  • Private medical insurance
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Gym allowance
  • Travel Insurance

Mentoring and Hybrid Working

Associates who join Skadden laterally participate in our mentor program, Skadden Integration+, which specifically focuses on the unique needs experienced attorneys face during professional transitions. 

These efforts, along with our professional development and other Skadden benefits, including a hybrid work model (which remains subject to review), consists of working Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the office (for full-time attorneys), and living proximate to the office, underscores Skadden's long-standing commitment to investing in its people, culture and diversity.

Training and Development

Skadden has a sophisticated training programme that includes both in-house and external seminars and training sessions.  We also pride ourselves on providing our lawyers with "on-the-job" training and constructive "real-time" partner feedback.  The formal training programme includes:

  • Regular team meetings
  • Regular corporate know-how meetings.
  • Weekly and monthly training seminars and workshops for all levels covering legal topics relevant to the firm’s practice areas and skills.  These are presented by partners and associates and external specialists, QC’s and other professionals.
  • Live video-links to seminars presented across Skadden’s network of offices.

Pro bono

Skadden strongly encourages its lawyers to assist, through pro bono work, those individuals and groups unable to afford legal services. A number of pro-bono opportunities are also available to our lawyers through our pro-bono programme.  We are affiliated to LawWorks, a registered charity which supplies pro-bono projects to the firm.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to our success as a global law firm, giving us a wealth of different perspectives from which to address our clients’ most pressing issues across a wide spectrum of industries, geographies and cultures. We strive to develop initiatives at Skadden to specifically address diversity, equity and inclusion goals — including for recruiting, professional development, attorney retention and advancement, and cross-cultural awareness — while also continually inculcating inclusion principles into the fabric of the firm. This includes ensuring that all job applicants are treated fairly regardless of, for example, age, disability, sex, race and sexual orientation as per our Equal Employment Opportunity statement. If you require adjustments to be made during the selection process, please speak to a member of the recruitment team (Nicola Kerley, Attorney Recruiting Manager