Associate/Senior Associate

Date: 5 Jul 2024

Location: Dublin, IE, D01 W213

Company: Walkers Global

The Firm

Financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers, global corporations and family offices all rely on us for the legal, corporate, compliance, formation and fiduciary services they need to succeed in today’s markets. Sixty years of looking at the world through the same commercial lens as our clients means we deliver focused, clear, precise advice to get the deal done. Clients trust us to help them make good business decisions, create commercially sound products and strategies, resolve disputes and cement deals that are profitable. From offices across geographies, we deliver business critical advice and services in the same time zones as our clients. Frequently acknowledged as the go-to firm for offshore legal advice, in a changing world we are a safe pair of hands in six globally important financial jurisdictions. Consistently ranked in the top-tier of the leading legal directories, our people and our approach to solving our clients' challenges and ambitions are tried and tested, but that doesn’t mean we ever stand still. Markets change, regulations evolve, businesses adapt, and we keep on reinventing our services for the times we find ourselves in.

The Role

Walkers is currently seeking an ambitious and enthusiastic associates with a minimum of 2 years PQE to join its highly regarded Regulatory Group in Dublin. The Group advises on all areas of Irish and EU financial regulation and compliance, including MiFID II, PSD2, e-money, CRD, market abuse, anti-money laundering, financial institution M&A, the Central Bank of Ireland's fitness and probity regime and domestic banking regulation, as well as data privacy. The Regulatory Group has a thriving FinTech practice and advises on innovative business models and products with clients benefitting from the Group's expertise in licensing, payments regulation, AML and data privacy. The Regulatory Group has advised some of the highest profile FinTech, credit institution and investment firm migrations to Ireland from the UK in recent years. Members of the Regulatory Group contribute to numerous industry associations and working groups, including Blockchain Ireland, the Irish MiFID Industry Association and the Compliance Institute, with the team and individuals being ranked by Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR in FinTech, Data Privacy and in Regulation more generally. Walkers has a global regulatory group comprising regulatory lawyers practising across our global offices.

Key Focus Areas

You will play an integral part in our dynamic team of experienced lawyers and help to drive continued growth in a fast-paced area of practice.

  • You will be given the opportunity to work on a broad range of matters representing top tier clients located in Ireland as well as globally.
  • Work closely with our partners and associates advising on a wide range of Irish and EU legal and regulatory issues, acting for domestic and international banks, investment firms, FinTechs, international payment/e-money institutions, asset managers, funds and fund promoters, and international law firms.
  • You would have the opportunity to collaborate with regulatory colleagues in our other jurisdictions in business development, knowledge sharing and on client matters.
  • Collaborate with our global FinTech group, meeting monthly, and sharing knowledge from across our jurisdictions on FinTech matters, including in relation to crypto and DAOs.
  • Contribute to the Chambers Global Practice Guide for six jurisdictions, including Ireland. Walkers has a global regulatory group comprising regulatory lawyers practising across our global offices.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in an internationally focused, professional organisation which places huge emphasis on continuous professional development, mentoring and career development within a collegiate team-based environment.

The Person

We are seeking qualified lawyers at all levels of post qualification experience and who ideally have prior experience in financial services regulation in a recognised practice. However, we would also welcome interest from lawyers with regulatory or in-house regulatory experience and those with an asset management, general finance or banking or background with a strong interest in regulation. We are open to hearing from those current practicing in Ireland or those interested in returning or relocating to Ireland. Additionally we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following:

  • Strong academic credentials;
  • Excellent analytical, technical and drafting skills
  • A high level of commercial and business awareness;
  • A calm and measured approach to problem solving;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Interest in regulation and in becoming a trusted advisor;
  • A proven track record in managing competing priorities and deadlines.

Our Benefits

Our benefits

We offer excellent progression opportunities along with a competitive remuneration package and benefits including:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Dress for your day' dress code
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme;
  • Generous annual leave
  • Agile Working Policy
  • Health insurance cover
  • Pension scheme and firm contribution after 6 months
  • Life Assurance
  • Income Protection
  • Taxsaver and Bike to Work schemes
  • Professional Membership Fees paid
  • Learning & Development and Mentorship programmes
  • Educational bursaries and assistance
  • Social Committee, DEI Committee, CSR Committee and various sports, social and charity initiatives
  • Subsidised gym access / fitness classes
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • VDU eye testing and medical screening
  • Wellness programme

Our benefits

We offer excellent progression opportunities along with a competitive remuneration package and benefits including:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Dress for your day' dress code
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme;
  • Generous annual leave
  • Agile Working Policy
  • Health insurance cover
  • Pension scheme and firm contribution after 6 months
  • Life Assurance
  • Income Protection
  • Taxsaver and Bike to Work schemes
  • Professional Membership Fees paid
  • Learning & Development and Mentorship programmes
  • Educational bursaries and assistance
  • Social Committee, DEI Committee, CSR Committee and various sports, social and charity initiatives
  • Subsidised gym access / fitness classes
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • VDU eye testing and medical screening
  • Wellness programme