About this opportunity
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek offers a unique opportunity to experienced M&A lawyers working for tier-1 firms.
Are you looking for a new challenge at a progressive firm working on the most complex and prestigious transactions? And are you looking forward to relocate to the Amsterdam area (the Netherlands) to work on these matters with Dutch and international colleagues? Then please consider applying for this vacancy or reaching out to us for a 'digital' cup of coffee to get to know us.
Who are you?
We are keen to expand our dynamic M&A team with one or more senior associates, who get excited by working on complex, high-end matters in integrated teams. Dutch language skills or knowledge of Dutch law is not necessary.
The ideal candidate for this position:
- has approximately four years or more of relevant experience as a M&A lawyer and has experience with corporate law;
- has excellent analytical skills, is able to learn fast and has good judgement capabilities;
- has excellent drafting skills;
- is proactive, has good interpersonal skills and is a great communicator;
- is a strong and committed team member and contributor;
- is ambitious and willing to perform; and
- is looking forward to relocate to the Amsterdam area.
Relocating to the Netherlands is a "must have", however we are of course willing to help you – and your family if applicable – relocate.
About our M&A practice
We are ranked as the best Dutch M&A firm – although worth noting that the firm does not have a "showy" culture, this is not a place for big egos. We are part of the "Best Friends" network, which leads the European league tables in terms of deal value (2021, Mergermarket). We have several international lateral hires in our M&A group, including one who has been promoted to counsel and two who have become partner. Our private equity practice forms an integral part of our M&A department.
But more importantly, we offer a flexible place to work and an interesting career path to our people. While performing at tier-1 level, we want to enjoy working together; we have a strong aim to make the workload as sustainable as possible.
Our core values – courageous, curious and collective – form our anchor and compass. To a large extent, they underline the vision and direction of De Brauw, and they distinguish us from other firms. Collectiveness is an important part of our DNA. We are a OneFirm firm. With a positive, energetic and truly connected M&A group, we will have a strong basis to face the future successfully.
About the role of senior associate M&A
In this role, you will handle the most complex and demanding transactions in the Netherlands and abroad. Together with your team, you will provide pragmatic and strategic advice to our clients. You will work for corporate clients, founders, financial institutions and private equity clients.
You will become an integral member of our M&A practice and you will be involved in all aspects of M&A deals, from pitching, due diligence, drafting transaction documentation, providing strategic and governance advice, negotiating and making sure the deals get to signing / closing in an efficient manner.
You will be involved from the early stages of a project and acting as a key contact person for the client. You will quickly have a leading role in matters and a high level of responsibility.
Although you may develop a speciality, our firm encourages a generalist approach: you will work on both private M&A and public M&A matters. You may also work on reorganisations and be involved in parts of corporate litigation processes. Our M&A practice is part of our broader Corporate practice, which includes many other areas of expertise. You will closely work with colleagues from other departments, including employment, competition, corporate advisory (notarial) and tax.
About De Brauw
We – De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek – are an independent and international law firm deeply rooted in the Netherlands since 1871. We advise more than 70% of the largest multinationals with headquarters in the Netherlands. We specialise in high-quality legal advice in complex transactions, proceedings and regulatory issues for companies and financial institutions. Over the years, we have built up a large and close-knit international network of renowned law firms. We employ about 650 individuals in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Shanghai and Singapore.