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Corporate Legal Assistant, Legal Analyst – Finance

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is an elite global law firm with world-class practices across the board. Clients know they can rely on us for their most challenging legal and business matters. From offices in the world’s key financial centers and political capitals, our more than 1,000 lawyers collaborate seamlessly to deliver exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative, practical solutions.
Job title
Corporate Legal Assistant, Legal Analyst – Finance
New York
Corporate Legal Assistants
Reports to

Legal Assistants Coordinator – Finance

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (overtime as required)

Position Summary

Finance Legal Analysts primarily assist attorneys during the bidding phase of acquisition financing transactions, where an investment firm (“sponsor”) negotiates with potential lenders to finance the acquisition of a target company. Outside of acquisition financing deals, Finance Legal Analysts work on a variety of tasks, including the preparation and verification of transactional documents to comply with local regulations, assisting Davis Polk’s Finance attorneys with other client-related matters, and helping with the development of practice resources and other special projects.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gather, organize, and compare terms from precedent deals
  • Assist with preparation for client calls/meetings
  • Take detailed notes during conference calls
  • Revise, proofread, and distribute draft commitment papers and other transactional documents under attorney supervision
  • Draft correspondence and documentation under attorney supervision
  • Maintain and organize correspondence
  • Assist with due diligence matters by organizing and reviewing documents
  • Conduct factual research assignments and draft memoranda
  • Perform lien searches with detailed review
  • Prepare and file various liens in applicable jurisdictions
  • Assist with reviewing collateral documentation
  • Obtain charter documents and good-standing certificates from the Secretary of State in applicable jurisdictions
  • Assist attorneys with pre-closing, closing, and post-closing transactions
  • Prepare and coordinate signature packages
  • Coordinate with internal and external working groups to facilitate transaction execution
  • Handle post-closing matters, including the preparation of closing sets
  • Assist with maintaining and organizing finance database of precedent deals
  • Assist with the compilation and creation of presentations
Qualifications / Position Requirements
  • Ability to manage a varied workload, meet deadlines, and work well under pressure
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other applications as needed
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with attorneys and staff, demonstrating strong teamwork and a positive attitude
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to proofread typed material for typographical spelling, and grammatical errors
  • Ensure confidentiality of all the Firm’s and clients’ documentation and information
Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree with a strong academic record is required


The expected base salary for this position is $55,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, anticipated assignment, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

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This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.