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Capital Markets Paralegal

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Job ID: 5669

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

Location: New York, NY, 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


The New York Office office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a Capital Markets Paralegal who will support multiple Corporate Partners and the overall practice on a variety of deals. The Capital Markets Paralegal, manages and organizes materials and information relating to particular matters and transactions.

The Capital Markets Paralegal assists attorneys with the preparation of documents necessary to comply with federal, state and local regulations in the conduct of business activities as well as:

  • Drafts and files certificate of incorporation and certificate of formation, typically in Delaware but also other jurisdictions
  • Drafts and files statutory filings with Secretary of State, including amendments, conversions, mergers, and dissolutions, 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
  • Prepares and files qualification and withdrawal applications
  • Orders lien searches and summarizes lien search results
  • 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)
  • Drafts signature pages and written consents in connection with closings
  • Prepares and files UCC statements, amendments and termination statements
  • Reviews collateral description on lien summary
  • Prepares initial draft of closing checklist
  • Assists with closing, including tracking down signature pages, filling in dates, tracking down final agreements and providing general support
  • Handles distribution of original securities (e.g. stock certificates, unit certificates and notes)
  • Assist with preparation of preliminary offering memos/registration statements for launch of notes or stock offerings
  • Proofreading of offering memos/registration statements and related documents
  • Attend drafting sessions at financial printers or remotely at K&E to send in proofread changes reflecting comments from client, accountants, underwriters or underwriter’s counsel
  • Draft board consents, secretary certificates and officer’s certificate and related closing deliverables
  • Draft SEC Form ID and generate EDGAR Codes
  • Assist with all closing matters: attend to post closing materials such as distribution of documents and original signature pages, prepare and organize documents, prepare and organize materials for shipment, create index and labels, assemble documents into tabs and create binders, create stock certificates and legends, deliver and pick up documents to and from various clients and law firms
  • In preparation for a closing: fill out foreign qualification applications, apply for Employer Identification Numbers from the IRS, order corporate documents, e.g. charters, bylaws, good standings
  • Keep track of all relevant documents and signature pages for the Attorneys and/or Paralegals
  • Draft simple documents such as stock certificates, powers of attorney, resignations and standard certificates and resolutions
  • Prepare and complete UCC search requests and compile information into UCC logs
  • General corporate housekeeping, e.g. maintenance of corporate minute books, franchise tax filings, annual meetings, preparation of board and stockholder minutes
  • Proofread, duplicate and scan documents to PDF, format and save to document management system
  • Conduct research on Intelligize , Live Edgar, and other databases
  • Perform clerical tasks as needed, e.g. make copies, create folder labels, prepare packages, write generic cover memos, etc.
  • Commitment to work overtime as needed, which may be heavy at times, and may include weekends or holidays with potential to be for extended periods of time. Must be available to travel


  This role routinely uses standard equipment such as computers, phones, and printers.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The ideal candidate will possess experience in one or more areas including Capital Markets, M&A, private equity, debt finance, asset-backed securitization, fund formation, investment management and/or venture capital.  The successful candidate will possess 2-4+ years of corporate paralegal experience with a bachelor’s degree preferred. Strong technical skills are required, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and a Document Management System; knowledge of Carpe Diem, Legal Key and Sharepoint is a plus. Flexibility for travel and overtime is required.

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