Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm providing a wide range of innovative legal services and business solutions. The firm has more than 900 lawyers and professionals in 20 offices worldwide. Clients range from corporations and financial institutions to foreign governments and individuals. Building on its renowned strengths in law and policy and its demonstrated business orientation, Akin Gump serves clients in a wide range of practices that address traditional challenges and emergent needs.
Akin Gump’s London office—is the main hub for the firm’s international practice. The firm’s strategy in London is to grow practices that complement core strengths of the firm. Evidence of this includes the arrival of a group of nearly 60 lawyers from the London, Hong Kong and Frankfurt offices of Bingham McCutchen at the end of 2014—the largest-ever lateral move in the legal industry.
This resulted in the significant growth of the office, enhancing the firm’s strength in financial restructuring, corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity), banking and finance, energy, debt and equity capital markets, financial services regulatory, dispute resolution, construction, investment funds (hedge, private equity, real estate and infrastructure), EU competition and tax.
The integrated nature of the practice in London, as well as of the firm as a whole, means that the lawyers work closely with their counterparts in the firm’s other international locations, including those in the firm’s U.S. offices. Among the clients of the London office are some of the world’s largest investment funds, several of the global leaders in energy and one of the largest global telecommunication companies.
Akin Gump’s lawyers are qualified in a number of jurisdictions, including the United States, England and Wales, Russia and China. With more than a third of its offices outside the United States, Akin Gump has a global reach, and its lawyers are fluent in nearly 40 languages. The firm has offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, Irvine, London, Longview, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington, D.C.
We offer an established trainee solicitor programme supported by smart, diverse lawyers, and our market-leading practices provide a broad range of legal services to clients. Our practices and people are highly recommended by leading industry publications and are at the forefront of their markets, cementing our reputation as leading-edge counsel across the global marketplace.
The London office is an exciting and inspiring environment to train as a lawyer, offering up to four trainee places per year. By focusing on a smaller intake we maintain flexibility and seek to grow through our junior lawyer retention. Seats can be tailored to three or six-month durations across the two-year training programme to provide a wide breadth of experience.
There is a high level of partner involvement in the programme. Trainees learn through first-hand experience, working side by side on commercial transactions with experienced and highly regarded practitioners to develop a keen commercial awareness. Akin Gump trainees become an integral part of the legal teams, with on-the-job learning allowing them to take on early responsibility. They receive dedicated supervision and valuable, on-going feedback to support their development.
Akin Gump hires the best and brightest trainees. We look for exceptional and consistent academic achievement combined with evidence of a driven outlook through extracurricular achievements. To thrive in our fast-paced commercial environment our future work placement participants and trainees need to be on track for a minimum of a 2:1 degree and should be able to demonstrate intellectual curiosity, be solution-driven and keen for early responsibility.
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