Under the radar – associates tell all about their roles on some of 2013's biggest deals
While rainmaking partners tend to grab the limelight, it is a truth grudgingly acknowledged in the City that much of the leg-work on the deals they bring in is done a little further down the career ladder. It is often a senior associate on a deal who has to burn the midnight oil coordinating teams and poring over heads of terms while their partners are pressing the flesh at The Ivy. So who were the junior lawyers who kept themselves busiest during 2013? Did working on any of these transactions provide new challenges? And how will their experiences help their career prospects? Last year was by no means a vintage one for the M&A market, both in the UK and beyond. The overall value of domestic deals in 2013 was the lowest for more than a decade, following a particularly uninspiring first half of the year.
A quiet year for M&A in 2013 nevertheless allowed some partners to hit the headlines for their roles on standout instructions. Deals such as Vodafone’s sale of its stake in Verizon also handed some hardworking associates an opportunity to shine, says Gavriel Hollander
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