Private Real Assets/Investment Management Lawyer - Vice President

  • Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom London England GB
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Morgan Stanley
  • 16 Aug 18 2018-08-16

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Company Profile
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.

As a market leader, the talent and passion of our people is critical to our success. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity, excellence and strong team ethic. Morgan Stanley can provide a superior foundation for building a professional career - a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow. A philosophy that balances personal lifestyles, perspectives and needs is an important part of our culture.

Department Profile
IM is a global asset management business offering a full range of investment solutions across all asset classes to institutional clients. The IM business in EMEA operates out of multiple hubs including London, Dublin, Luxembourg, Milan, Madrid, Netherlands and Frankfurt.

The IM business offers bespoke and pooled investment solutions to clients through segregated accounts and pooled funds. Within EMEA, IM manages a full range of investment strategies organised in the following business lines: Active Fundamental Equity, Global Fixed Income, Liquidity Solutions, Private Credit and Equity, Real Assets and Solutions & Multi-Asset.

IM operates public and private fund ranges in EMEA, UCITS and AIF, domiciled in jurisdictions including Luxembourg, Dublin and the UK.

IM products are distributed globally to institutional clients by IM directly and also through a large, authorised, intermediary distribution network.

IM’s client base primarily consists of large institutions including sovereign wealth funds, government entities, pension funds and other corporates.

Primary Responsibilities
Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division is seeking to hire a lawyer in London to provide legal coverage for Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s (“MSIM”) private investment fund management business in EMEA, in particular in relation to MSIM’s Real Assets business.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Advising investment professionals in connection with
    fundraising and marketing activities;
    • private equity, corporate and/or real estate M&A transactions;
    • acquisition, financing management and divestiture of investments; and
    • the compliance and corporate governance requirements arising from various statutory, regulatory and internal policy obligations;
  • Advising on the structuring in the EU of new private investment funds;
  • Advising on the application of all aspects of financial services regulation to the Real Assets Business in EMEA;
  • Advising, in conjunction with the other specialist colleagues within the MS Legal and Compliance Division, on investor disputes and issues relating to sanctions or Global Financial Crime compliance.
  • Review of marketing materials, investor presentations and RFPs/DDQ in connection with fund raising;
  • Supervision and coordination of external counsel with respect to private equity, corporate M&A transactions, fund formation, investment activity and regulatory matters.


Skills required (essential)

Areas of expertise in a combination (but not necessarily all) of the following areas are desirable:
  • Experience with private equity, real estate, infrastructure, funds of funds,private investment funds, cross border transactions, and fund formation.
  • private equity, corporate and/or real estate M&A transactions;
  • affinity with financial services regulation (including understanding of current regulatory framework affecting trading and investments (e.g. MIFID, AIFMD, Bank Holding Company Act of 1956)); and
  • at least 6 years PQE in a major law firm and/or in-house at a sell-side or buy-side financial institution or private equity house.

In addition, the following qualities will be expected:
  • Professional maturity, confidence, presence and initiative
  • Good judgment and practical outlook in the application of law
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Aptitude for risk and controls

Morgan Stanley is an equal opportunities employer. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where all individuals can maximise their full potential. Our skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the global communities in which we operate and who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.*LI-FH1