Fitch Ratings

Financial Services

Leveraged Finance - Director Legal Role

The candidate will collaborate with a variety of sector teams in covering leveraged issuers and liaise across various groups at Fitch. This requires that the individual be comfortable developing and maintaining professional relationships in order to fully realize Fitch’s resources.In addition to a legal degree and capital markets experience, qualitative credentials such as enthusiasm, interpersonal skills, and passion for learning and achievement will weigh meaningfully in the selection of the candidate. A self-directed individual comfortable with complexity, with a team-player mind-set, strong focus on results, and a solid work ethic will thrive in this opportunity.
The individual will conduct, author and publish research on companies under coverage , as well as important themes related to credit documentation for corporate issuers. The individual will also be involved in special projects related to creating formal training and enhancing our team’s internal procedures. There will be opportunity for accelerating responsibility as the candidate demonstrates capacity for an enhanced role.
A healthy dose of intellectual curiosity is critical, along with a demonstrated willingness and ability to break down topics of analytical complexity. Fitch has a team-oriented work environment, so excellent communication skills are essential, as is a high productivity work-ethic and a results-oriented mindset.

Essential Functions Of This Position Include

Conducting thorough analysis of debt and legal structure documents.
− Authoring insightful research on topics such as covenant structures, emerging documentation language, as well as general trends in legal documentation related to corporate debt;lending facilities, for example), etc.
Performing analysis of key quantitative and qualitative factors influencing credit quality for individual entities.
Ultimately communicating analysis to external audiences (primarily institutional investors, sell-side analysts and media) in meetings, conference calls, press releases and written research reports- Conducting and/or participating in meetings with Leverage Finance industry management teams;
Presenting analysis of companies to internal credit rating committees;

Involvement in communicating rating rationale to external audiences (primarily institutional investors, sell-side analysts and media) in meetings, conference calls, press releases and written research reports;
•Participating in the evaluation of other credits within Corporates, as well as other related credit groups.

Position Requirements
− Bachelor's degree required; MBA, CFA/CPA or other advanced degree or certification a plus; JD heavily preferred
− Legal background or formal credit training required
− 3-7 years relevant experience, preferably in capital markets/leveraged finance;
− Superior analytical, quantitative, and organizational skills;
− Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as ability to work well within a team;
− Flexibility and adaptability as priorities change;
− Expertise in Excel and Word;

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