Departments to Date: Litigation, Finance, Funds
Universities: Queen Mary, University of London and Université Paris II Panthéon Assas
Degrees: LLB and Maitrise de Droit
9.20am: I walk to work and grab coffee on my way in. Once at my desk, I check the emails that have come in overnight and update my to do list accordingly.
I’m currently sitting in the Funds/Investment Management department, which is one of Debevoise’s most renowned teams.
9.55am: I print out the slides and head to the department’s 10 a.m. weekly meeting. Today, a couple of Finance associates are holding a training session on fund financing.
11.30pm: I have been working on a first time fund which is looking to market its fund in various jurisdictions, some of which imply lengthy regulatory considerations.
I get ready for our ‘all parties’ call and ensure that I’m aware of all the developments of the past few days and current outstanding issues.
After the call, my supervisor and I review the action points that arose and I send a few follow up emails.
12.30pm: I meet some of the trainees in the café for lunch. As there are only eight of us, it is quite easy to get everyone together for lunch or after work drinks, although at the moment two of them are seconded to the Moscow and Hong Kong office.
1.30pm: Debevoise runs a three week business course in New York for its trainees which I will be attending next week.
As the afternoon email traffic hasn’t picked up yet, I go through a couple chapters of the course’s pre-reading materials.
2.45pm: A client calls me regarding some documents which need to be amended before the fund holds its first closing in a few days. I discuss the call with the associate I’m working with, I incorporate the client’s comments, run them past the associate for review before sending a revised drafts to the client for sign off.
6.30pm: A client is coming in quickly to sign a suite of documents, I print out all the documents and call reception to make sure that the meeting room is booked for 6pm.
7.15pm: After checking my emails one final time, I ensure my time recording is up-to-date.
As there is nothing else urgent for today, I head out for drinks to catch up with other trainees from my intake.
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