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M&A /Debt Finance Paralegal II

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Job ID: 5568

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Category: Paralegal


About Kirkland & Ellis

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking an experienced corporate paralegal who will assist in the transactional area, supporting multiple corporate attorneys focusing in Mergers & Acquisitions and Debt Finance, and the overall corporate practice on a variety of deals.


Job functions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and filing certificate of formation, certificate of incorporation, amendments, conversions, mergers, and dissolutions, typically for Delaware but also other jurisdictions
  • Preparing and filing qualification and withdrawal applications
  • Prepares and files final annual reports in connection with conversions, mergers and dissolutions
  • Drafting written board consents and written stockholder consents, including both organizational and transactional closing matters
  • Drafting resolutions to be presented at a board meeting and/or stockholder meeting
  • Drafting basic organizational consents and documents, including initial stock subscription agreement, stock certificates and stock ledger
  • Prepares minute book in connection with incorporation
  • Maintains stock ledger
  • Completing and filing Form SS-4s to obtain EINs, as well as other tax related forms
  • Compiling complete secretary's certificate package including all exhibits
  • Preparing officer's certificate
  • Identifying whether company is in good standing, communicating any good standing issues to attorneys, and determining what actions are necessary to get back into good standing
  • Coordinating pre-closing activities including preparing closing certificates, preparing support certificates of K&E opinions, etc.
  • Handling distribution of signature pages
  • Ordering certified copies and good standing certificates
  • Identifying and resolve problems that arise
  • Preparing and filing UCC statements, amendments and termination statements
  • Orders lien searches and reviews lien search results and prepares lien summary
  • Assisting with closing, including tracking down signature pages, filling in dates, tracking down final agreements and providing general support
  • Managing distribution of original securities (e.g. stock certificates, unit certificates and notes)

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The ideal candidate will possess experience in mergers & acquisition and debt finance.  An ideal candidate will possess 5+ 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. Overtime is required.

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • Paralegal certificate is preferred.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

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