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Debt Finance / M&A Paralegal

Job ID: 4598

Updated: Sep 20, 2018

Location: Houston, TX, United States

Category: Paralegal


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Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking an experienced Corporate Paralegal who will support multiple Corporate Partners focusing in Debt Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions and the overall practice on a variety of deals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

Debt Finance:

UCC Matters:

  • Order lien searches from vendor.
  • Review lien search results and prepare lien summary.
  • Review/Draft UCC-1 financing statements and UCC-3 financing statements.

Organizational Documents and Good Standing Certificates:

  • Order charters and good standing certificates from vendor.
  • Communicate any good standing status issues to K&E attorneys/company.
  • Determine actions needed to restore company’s good standing status.
  • Obtain bylaws/operating agreements from K&E attorneys.
  • Organize charters, bylaws/operating agreements and good standing certificates on DMS.

Resolutions and Certificates:

  • Draft resolutions, support certificates to K&E legal opinion, secretary’s certificates and officer’s/closing certificates.
  • Assist with distribution of resolutions, secretary’s certificates and officer’s/closing certificates to lender’s counsel for review.
  • Make any necessary revisions to resolutions, secretary’s certificates and officer’s/closing certificates.

Original Collateral:

  • Obtain copies of original securities to be pledged (e.g., stock/unit certificates, notes).
  • Prepare stock certificate/unite certificate to be pledged and update ledger.
  • Draft stock/unit powers and/or endorsements.
  • Assist with delivery of original securities to lender’s counsel.

Signature Pages:

  • Obtain director and officer lists for each loan party.
  • Prepare signature pages packets for attorney review.
  • Distribute signature page packets to signatories for execution.
  • Review and organize executed signature pages.

Closing Conditions:

  • Review closing checklist and conditions precedent section of loan agreement to determine closing deliverables.
  • Determine loan parties.

Closing:

  • Order bring down letter.
  • Compile closing deliverables (e.g., borrowing notice, secretary’s certificates, officer’s/closing certificates, perfection certificate, solvency certificate).
  • Distribute executed signature pages and closing deliverables to lender’s counsel (in escrow).

Post-Closing:

  • Save executed versions and final versions of closing documents to subfolders on DMS.
  • Compile and arrange for delivery of original executed signature pages and closing deliverables to lender’s counsel.
  • Prepare electronic copy closing sets.
  • Distribute original executed resolutions to the holder of the corporate minute books.

Corporate M&A Transactional

  • Drafts and files certificate of incorporation and certificate of formation, typically in Delaware but also other jurisdictions
  • Drafts written board consents in lieu of a meeting and written stockholder consents in lieu of a meeting, including both organizational and transactional closing matters
  • Drafts resolutions to be presented at a board meeting and/or stockholder meeting
  • Prepares basic organization documents, including initial stock subscription agreement, stock certificates and stock ledger, typically for Delaware but also other jurisdictions
  • Completes and files Form SS-4s to obtain EINs
  • Compiles and maintains minute books and stock ledgers
  • Conducts research to assist attorneys in determining jurisdictions for qualification
  • Prepares and files qualification and withdrawal applications
  • Orders lien searches and summarizes lien search results
  • Prepares and files statutory filings with Secretary of State, including amendments, conversions, mergers, and dissolutions
  • Calculates Delaware franchise tax (both methods); also calculates franchise tax for other jurisdictions
  • Obtains information from, and provides information to, clients
  • Formulates solutions to problems which may arise, such as good standing issues
  • Interfaces with corporate service providers regarding statutory registered agent services (including changing contact information)
  • Provides direct support to clients (using discretion to handle matters directly or involving an attorney)

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The ideal candidate will possess a good amount experience in one or more areas including debt finance, M&A, private equity, asset-backed securitization, fund formation, investment management and/or venture capital. The ideal candidate will possess 3+ years of corporate paralegal experience with a bachelor’s degree preferred. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication skills, strong computer abilities, creativity, and initiative. Flexibility for travel and overtime is required.

Technologies/Software

  • N/A

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • Paralegal certificate is preferred.

Tools and Equipment

  • N/A

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