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Projects/Real Estate Lawyer

Posted 8 Jul 2022
Work experience
3 to 6 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
English (Fluent)

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Imagine yourself working in an international team, providing innovative, top-notch legal advice to clients who are the leaders of today and tomorrow in their sector and working seamlessly together across teams and offices. This is Clifford Chance. As a single, fully integrated global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collaborative and innovative way of working.

Our Amsterdam office has been providing clients with the high-quality advice and legal insight for almost half a century. We combine the Firm's global standards with our in-depth expertise and network in the Dutch market and abroad. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include major financial institutions, financial investors (which includes private equity and infrastructure investors), corporates from all sectors (including major tech companies), governments, regulators, trade bodies and non-profit organisations.

On a daily basis we focus on innovative ways of working to best support our clients and their businesses. In 2020 we have been awarded the prestigious Gouden Zandloper Innovation Award.

Quality of service and professionalism are highly valued, as are pro-active attitude and teamwork. We value work ethic, respect and good communication to get the best results for our clients and to ensure we create a welcoming and safe work environment for all our colleagues.

Who you will work with

The practice group Energy, Infrastructure & Real Estate is recognized by all leading legal directories as a top tier practice with top tier clients. The group has an impressive track record for its transactional advice in renewable energy (offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, nuclear, district heating) and related "smart energy" solutions, infrastructure and/or real estate or project finance.

Our basis is in Amsterdam, but our practice and our client base has a strong international character. The offering to our clients is a fully integrated product including commercial contracting, financing documentation, corporate and fund structuring and regulatory advice.

Our team, compromised of 1 Partner, 4 associates and 3 trainee lawyers has been advising key players of the sector, whether local or international, and has gained a strong reputation over the years as a result of its successful involvements in major Project Finance and Real Estate transactions.

We have a global outlook, coupled with experience of a variety of work in multiple jurisdictions, producing the quality of expertise required for major cross border work.

What you will be responsible for

In the context of the continuous development of our activities, we are currently looking for a talented lawyer with experience and interest in one or more of the following fields:

  • Commercial contracting, including construction contracts, power purchase agreements, service level agreements, sale and purchache agreements and/or;
  • Regulatory expertise, e.g. energy regulatory, environmental law, planning and zoning law, procurement law;

in the fields of Energy, Infrastructure and/or Real Estate.

As an associate in our Projects / Real Estate team, you will be working on some of the world's largest and most complex transactions. Our lawyers provide a seamless integrated service across our network of offices and across different areas of expertise including project finance transactions, project M&A, real estate transactions. real estate finance and advisory work.

  • You will provide legal and commercial expertise predominantly on project finance and real estate transactions as well as advisory work, across a wide raAnge of sectors including renewable energy, industrial sites, real estate (residential, hotel, logistics, office space, healthcare assets, industrials and data centres.
  • You will be developing relationships with clients and actively engaging in business development and thought leadership initiatives and seeking out opportunities for new work as you grow not only your legal but also entrepreneurial skill set.
  • You will be drafting complex legal documents clearly and concisely, creating solutions using legal knowledge and commercial judgement to advise and support leading multi-national clients.

Your career experience so far

You will have a solid background in Projects/Real Estate law or general law with the ambition to work on a variety of transactions, probably gained at a firm with a highly regarded profile. We are looking for associates who are able to think outside the box to create bespoke solutions to meet our clients' business objectives.

In short you bring:

  • 3 to 6 years of relevant experience in one or more of the areas of expertise mentioned above;
  • Enthusiastic about keeping up with the latest trends and decisions in project/real estate;
  • Intellectual curiosity and creative thinking;
  • Ability to see the bigger picture;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills;
  • Team player;
  • Proactive, resourceful, takes initiative;
  • Fluency in English.

It is crucial that you can demonstrate an appetite for business development, client relationship management and thought leadership.

A Dutch law qualification is required.

How we will support you

From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to continuously grow and develop your skills and knowledge. You will work in a dynamic, multicultural environment and in a fun team of energetic professionals. You'll get the opportunity to develop your legal and business skills by following tailored (international) trainings and courses with our Clifford Chance Academy.

  • You will be working for a firm and team with more tier one rankings than any other law firm.
  • You will be working with a broad range of clients and the firm's other teams and practice areas, not only in Amsterdam, but across the globe.
  • You will have exposure to work which often involves complex matters that frequently headline in the financial and business press, and also work involving emerging markets and technologies.
  • You will have extensive client contact both as part of your daily working routine but will also have the opportunity to develop client contacts through a wide range of opportunities including organising seminars for our key clients, or providing bespoke client training.
  • You will develop an unbeatable multi-disciplinary skill set as well as client facing skills whilst working with some of the best-known market leaders in their respective practice areas.
  • We will provide the opportunity for you to develop as a recognised practitioner in the field.
  • The role comes with a competitive salary & benefits package and attractive working conditions.

Clifford Chance is één van de meest toonaangevende en vooruitstrevende advocatenkantoren ter wereld. Op ons kantoor in hartje Amsterdam werken ruim 330 advocaten en niet-juridische collega's aan gecompliceerde internationale transacties en opdrachten voor eveneens toonaangevende Nederlandse en internationale ondernemingen, financiële instellingen, investeerders en internationale organisaties.

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