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Business Development Specialist - Corporate Finance (NY)

Job ID: 6160

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Business Development


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 Transactional Business Development Specialist will be responsible for researching, tracking, maintaining and enhancing the integrity of the Firm’s experience associated with our market-leading syndicated loans and capital markets practices. You will be charged with marshalling and normalizing the experience of one of the most active and innovative corporate finance practices in the world to support a variety of marketing initiatives including league table rankings, business pitches, client presentations and web presence. A keen understanding of syndicated loans, capital markets and M&A, and the ability to think critically, analyze data effectively and convey complex information clearly is essential. You should also be comfortable in a proprietary database and Excel, and have an eye for organization and detail.

In addition to working with closely with your firm wide transactional business development colleagues, you will liaise regularly with the Firm’s attorneys in these key practices to drive information sharing. You will also communicate and collaborate daily with more than 135 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader business development, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Our international marketing team provides seamless service to our attorneys with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness. We are looking for a self-starter, with good judgement and an interest in a professional services career. It’s an exciting time to join a synergetic team providing essential support for new and ongoing business opportunities.


Essential Functions

  • Engage in thoughtful, comprehensive research of the Firm’s syndicated loan and capital markets transactions across a wide breadth of industries, geographies and transaction types using a variety of internal and external resources
  • Work collaboratively to meet rolling league table submission deadlines and effectively implement processes to more efficiently mine data and improve data collection
  • Structure database requirements with an eye toward reporting and data extraction for use by multiple stakeholders and departments
  • Serve as the department-wide resource and authority on the Firm’s capital markets and syndicated loans experience
  • Produce bespoke pitch materials, RFPs and client presentations as they related to the corporate finance practices
  • Maintain content on practice areas, industries and attorneys
  • Contribute and assist in the development and ongoing maintenance of a Firmwide experience database\
  • Conduct company and market research
  • Special Projects
  • Provide general Business Development support

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A four-year degree is required.
  • 5+ years of professional experience and a background in capital markets, syndicated loans and M&A/private equity are preferred.
  • An understanding of complex M&A and finance transactions is a plus.
  • Law firm, corporate finance, research analyst and investment banking experience are a plus.


  • A solid command of a number of different software applications to produce high-end, professional work product, including extensive experience in PowerPoint and Excel
  • Must have experience with various market intelligence and research platforms, including Refinitiv LPC, Bloomberg, Debtwire, Deal Point Data, LevFin Insights, Capital Structure, Intelligize (SEC filings), Pitchbook, Mergermarket, and Capital IQ.
  • Experience with InterAction or an equivalent Contact Relationship Management (CRM) system is a plus.

Work Environment

  • This role requires interaction with attorneys and administrative personnel on a regular basis, as well as communicating deal information to various groups within the Business Development Department. The successful candidate will possess outstanding proofreading and communication (oral and written) skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment with meticulous attention to detail and a professional demeanor.

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