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As an Associate Trainee in the Finance Team

What types of matters does the Finance team handle?
The Finance team mainly works with finance-related transactions and regulation-related matters. Typically, transactions are associated with corporate acquisitions or companies’ own financing needs. A typical client in transactions is an industrial operator, bank, or private equity operator, and in regulatory investigations a foreign finance institution. The team cooperates a lot with colleagues in Stockholm, and secondments between the two offices are common. It is particularly easy within the Finance team, because financing laws and documentation are often similar worldwide. Clients are also international, and the client can also be a foreign law firm.

The Finance team works, for example, with the M&A and Real Assets teams. In practice, finance matters are customised to the client’s needs, and matter documents are often based on at least partially standardised documents, which is distinctive for finance matters.

What are a trainees’ tasks in the Finance team?
The Finance team usually has two trainees at a time. Different transaction-related tasks and investigations are a part of the trainees’ tasks. The trainees assist lawyers with drafting transactions documents, especially documents related to contracts, minutes and other relevant documents. The trainees also participate in the signing and closing of transactions. Investigations can be anything within the area of finance, and often the investigated topics are something that have not been investigated before, and the trainees therefore have a change to engross in new topics.

The trainees take part in team meetings and other team activities, especially the team’s internal trainings and events. Like the other Finance team members, the trainees also have a chance to organise training/coaching to their colleagues. When it comes to documentation, the main working language is English.

What qualities does your team value in a trainee and when recruiting a trainee?
Especially a genuine interest and excitement towards finance and transactions alongside with motivation to learn new things are highly appreciated qualities in of trainees. Of course, previous experience, relevant studies, or business degrees are an advantage. Fluency in English is important, since a lot of the documentation is in English, and other language proficiency cannot hurt either. Usually, projects are handled with other members of the team, so cooperation skills are important.

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