Welcome to MoFo London!
Choose MoFo London and you’ll find the legal career that you deserve!
What to Expect:
From day one you’ll get direct contact with clients. You’ll feel valued and involved. The hands-on experience we offer will help you understand both the legal and commercial context of the advice we give. You’ll quickly experience the satisfaction of going the extra mile for our clients.
The opportunities to build close relationships with colleagues will not end in London. You’ll constantly be working with lawyers in our network of offices across the U.S., Japan, China and Europe and will be an integral part of the MoFo London team and of the wider firm.
You will typically undertake seats in four different departments during your two-year training contract. Technology and finance are at the heart of many of our transactional matters and disputes. There are also trainee secondment opportunities to our Singapore office.
For more information, download our graduate recruitment brochure.
We are a Lex100 winner in the following categories:
- Social Life
- Vacation schemes
- Financial remuneration
What We’re Looking ForMoFo realises that delivering results for our clients requires the best legal talent. We have long thought believe that our greatest asset is the last person hired. We seek out not only the best and brightest in academic pursuits but also those with motivation, energy, creativity and a desire for early responsibility. Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to our culture and values are also important.
Strong academics are vital and we require you to be on track for, or to have already achieved a minimum of a 2(i) degree (or the equivalent if you are studying outside the UK) and a minimum of AAB (or equivalent) at A Level.
When and How to Apply
- October 2020 – Applications Open
- 4 January 2021 – Deadline for our Summer Vacation Scheme in 2021, for a training contract commencing in 2023.
Salary and Sponsorship
- First Year Trainee Salary £46,000
- Second Year Trainee Salary £50,000
- Newly Qualified Salary £118,000 (plus significant bonus potential).
Full fees paid for the GDL and LPC at the University of Law if you have not yet started the courses. 50 percent of receipted course fees reimbursed if you have already completed the course. We also pay a maintenance grant of up to £9,000 for the GDL and up to £10,000 for the LPC for future trainees.
MoFo London Vacation SchemeA MoFo Vacation Scheme is a great introduction to what a training contract at MoFo can offer you. It is the best way for you to demonstrate your potential to us and it is our sole method of selecting future trainees. During your Vacation Scheme you will be given real work for real clients. You will be included in every aspect of firm life – from social events to office-wide training sessions, from legal research to client meetings. You’ll get to meet others on the scheme as well as our partners, associates and trainees.
By the end of the scheme, you should have a good idea of whether law is the right career for you – and whether MoFo is the right place for you.
If you are currently a law student, you should apply in the penultimate year of your law degree. Non-law students should apply in the final year of your degree. If you have already gained industry experience and are considering training as a solicitor, you should decide which year you want to start your training contract and apply before the deadline. We also welcome applications from individuals with relevant industry experience who are considering a career change.
MoFo Values and CultureWe’re proud of our culture, which sets us apart. From the moment you join our Vacation Scheme you’ll feel the MoFo difference. Core to this is the commitment to collaboration. Clients are clients of the firm, not of individual lawyers, and the emphasis is on working together to find solutions for our clients. We continue to thrive and grow because of our cultural values, not in spite of them.
Professional DevelopmentOur small trainee intake means that you will get a significant amount of responsibility when advising on the complex global matters that we work on in London.
Our induction program will equip you with the foundation you need to operate effectively as a trainee. The program itself is interactive, fun and practical and will provide you with the skills you need to transition into the role of a trainee. We’ll also provide opportunities for you to get to know more about our practices so that you can be an effective MoFo ambassador from day one.
Post-induction, the MoFo Academy will continue to offer formal training sessions and workshops that will help you to develop skills to so that you can provide consistent and exceptional cross-border experience for our clients. We look for trainees who want to be technical experts but who also understand that building networks both internally and externally is critical to the firm’s success and to the development of your practice. This combination of formal and on-the-job training resulted in MoFo London being awarded the LawCareers.net award “Best Trainer – US Firm” in 2017 and being re-nominated in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Post-qualification, our newly qualified associates are invited to our global induction and training program – MoFo University – in San Francisco. This represents a great opportunity to meet other new joiners from around the globe and to participate in training and development activities that are both practice group-led and skills-based.
Both pre- and post-qualification our partners and associates are invested in seeing you succeed. Throughout your training contract you will be given support to evaluate your strengths and identify your developmental needs, both informally and through formal reviews with your supervisors and our training principal. You’ll also be allocated a Trainee Liaison, an associate who will act as your mentor throughout your training contract (and in many cases, an informal mentor thereafter).
Business Restructuring & InsolvencyMoFo’s business restructuring and insolvency group is at the vanguard of the profession and handles, among other things, financial institutions restructurings, cross-border insolvencies, distressed real estate, insolvencies involving key intellectual property and hedge fund failures.
Successfully representing a senior creditor in the Lehman Brothers International Europe Waterfall litigation, ultimately securing a favourable solution for our client with the English court’s sanctioning of an innovative Scheme of Arrangement.
Capital MarketsThe London capital markets team advises investment banks, issuers, investors and other providers of financial services on national and international capital markets transactions, initial public offerings, financial regulation and private placement of shares, equity and debt-linked instruments, bonds and structured products, as well as trading of securities. Our capital markets practice annually ranks as a leader in its field.
Corporate M&AMoFo’s 250-lawyer corporate/M&A practice is renowned for its industry experience and its proficiency in cross-border transactions. In 2019, we advised on 156 M&A transactions, with 25 deals valued at $1+ billion. Our lawyers advise on squeeze-outs, corporate structuring and restructuring, foreign investments and acquisition financing, private equity and venture capital, and start-ups, including on related financing structures.
A Selection of Global Deal Highlights, Led by the London M&A Team
Toshiba – $2.4 billion disposal of Landis+Gyr
We represented Toshiba in its “dual track” disposal process of Landis+Gyr. The transaction was completed through a $2.4 billion initial public offering of Landis+Gyr’s shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
SoftBank – £24.3 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings plc
We represented SoftBank in its £24.3 billion acquisition of UK-based semiconductor and software design company ARM Holdings plc. The transaction was the largest-ever cash acquisition of a UK company.
EnerMech – Sale of Oil, Gas and Renewables Company
We advised the sellers of EnerMech Group Limited, which included Lime Rock Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on the upstream oil and gas sector, and the EnerMech management team, on the sale of the company to global alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group.
Tate & Lyle – Investment into Sweet Green Fields
We advised Tate & Lyle, a FTSE-listed, UK-headquartered global provider of food ingredients and solutions, on its agreement to acquire a 15% equity holding in Sweet Green Fields, a U.S.- headquartered stevia company with Chinese operations.
Vonage Holdings Corp. – Series of acquisitions
We advised Vonage Holdings, a leading provider of cloud communications services for businesses, on its acquisitions of NewVoiceMedia, a UK-headquartered industry-leading cloud Contact Center-as-a-Service (CCaaS) provider, for an equity price of $350 million paid in cash; and Telefonica Digital, Inc. and its subsidiaries, TokBox, Inc. and TokBox Australia Pty Ltd., from Telefónica Digital Ltd., a subsidiary of Telefonica S.A.
EmploymentOur employment lawyers provide comprehensive advice on all areas of UK and international employment law. The team regularly assists clients with the multijurisdictional employment aspects of domestic and international corporate and group change, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings, as well as managing disputes, employee transfers and contracts.
Equity DerivativesWe cover a wide range of derivatives and structured products used primarily in the context of corporate finance, capital markets and M&A activity, including: investments in listed companies via equity derivatives and financing of acquisitions via margin loans; disposals of strategic equity stakes with the use of collars, put and call option strategies, forward sale contracts and physically settled swaps; equity-backed capital markets transactions including convertibles and exchangeable notes; collateral transformation transactions involving swaps, repos and stock lending structures; and convertible bond hedging through warrants and capped call strategies
FinanceMoFo’s finance lawyers understand both local and cross-border finance markets. The team advises on all finance maters from debt capital markets through private placements to the more traditional, but constantly changing, senior, second lien, mezzanine, unitranche, PIK and lending market across all asset types. We prove an exciting opportunity to work with a new and growing team that includes Band 1 rated and widely-known lawyers.
LitigationOur commercial litigation practice is renowned for its ability to succeed in complex commercial litigation cases and is consistently ranked as one of the top litigation practices. The group represents public and private sector clients in complex national and cross-border litigation for all types, including international fraud and asset tracing, international trust litigation and insolvency, regulatory compliance and corporate investigations as well as alternative dispute resolution procedures and arbitration. Examples of our work include:
- Advising on multiple corruption- and fraud-related investigations throughout EMEA, and globally, including numerous Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations. By way of example, we successfully obtained the withdrawal of an SFO warrant for our client, Benedikt Sobotka (CEO of Eurasian Resources Group), in connection with one of the decade’s highest profile SFO investigations. The probe into the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) — a subsidiary of Eurasian Resources Group — for alleged fraud, bribery and corruption;
- Continuing to work with the U.S. Department of Justice – appointed compliance monitor (Chuck Duross, a partner in our D.C. office) for Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction and engineering conglomerate, arising out of one of the largest anti-corruption settlements in history.
Privacy & Data SecurityOur European Privacy & Data Security Group is an integrated destination practice poised to tackle the most complex European and global matters. The team counsels some of the largest companies in the world on high-stakes matters. Our hallmark is our ability to craft truly global strategies, owing to our deep familiarity with privacy and data security laws and regulations worldwide. We also assist clients with incident preparedness and incident response, having advised on several of the most noteworthy breaches of recent years.
Real EstateOur real estate practice advises clients through all stages of the real estate investment cycle, including the formation of private equity real estate funds and fund platforms, equity syndications, multi-investor club deals, join ventures, acquisitions, investments, financings, development, dispositions, and exits. We work across a broad range of asset classes – including office, retail, logistics, and industrial. Our private equity capabilities enable us to help clients “look around corners” and stay ahead of potential regulatory and other pitfalls.
TaxOur London tax team is part of a global practice that enjoys a reputation for innovative tax planning and the successful resolution of important tax controversies. The group advises on mergers and acquisitions, international corporate tax planning, tax efficient domestic and cross-border financing structures, capital markets transactions, joint ventures, private equity, planning for IP intensive companies, transfer pricing matters, outsourcing and matters relating to VAT, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax.
Technology Transactions GroupOur clients include the most well-known technology and media companies whose services and products bring innovation to the way we live. We actively assist both established , emerging-sector clients in creating and leveraging new technology platforms and harnessing evolving business models. We also advise a wide range of technology-enabled companies on their technology investments and projects to implement technology.
Clients of our European TMT practice include: 1&1, Amadeus, Autodesk, Axel Springer, DocuSign, Eventbrite, Formula E, Fujitsu, Global E, GREE, Human Rights Watch, Konami, Korn/Ferry, Mattel, NNIT, Novartis, Oculus, Randstaad, Research in Motion, SoftBank, Telecolumbus, Toshiba, Unity and 20th Century Fox, Yara.
Venture Capital and Private EquityWe represent clients in all phases of venture capital and private equity activities including seed capital, first and later rounds of funding, acquisition debt financing, trade sales, initial public offerings, secondary sales and buy-outs.
Some of our London transactional highlights include:
SoftBank – £24.3 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings plc
- We represented SoftBank in its £24.3 billion acquisition of UK-based semiconductor and software design company ARM Holdings plc. The transaction was the largest-ever cash acquisition of a UK company.
- Softbank on its English law aspects of global investments, into companies including WeWork, Uber and OneWeb.
- ORI Healthcare Fund on its $80m Series C investment into Kymab Group Limited, a leading monoclonal antibody biopharmaceutical group.
- Formula E Holdings Limited on its €50m fund raising. Formula E owns and promotes the Formula E Championship, the highest class for single-seater, electric-powered racing cars.
Our Culture and Values
We’re proud of our culture, which sets us apart. From the moment you join our Vacation Scheme you’ll feel the MoFo difference. Core to this is the commitment to collaboration. Clients are clients of the firm, not of individual lawyers, and the emphasis is on working together to find solutions for our clients. We continue to thrive and grow because of our cultural values, not in spite of them.
Diversity in Action
We’ve been a longtime champion for diversity within the legal profession and take pride in our diverse workplace. We believe that lawyers with different backgrounds, interests and experiences working together arrive at better answers and offer fresher perspectives. We continuously strive to attract, develop and retain talented lawyers from diverse backgrounds. We have an active London Diversity Committee and affinity groups supporting women, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ+ initiatives. Our London partners Brian Bates and Trevor James, sit on the firmwide Diversity Strategy Committee and our senior female lawyers also play a role in the firm’s global Women’s Strategy Committee. Both of these committees work closely with firm leadership to recommend major diversity goals and objectives to our board of directors. MoFo Together is London’s Ethnic Minority Affinity Group that addresses barriers faced by ethnic minorities through raising awareness and spearheading initiatives to create an inclusive workplace for all. Together, we celebrate our cultural differences and tackle issues that are pertinent to ethnic minorities in the legal industry and those joining the profession.
MoFo has been a pro bono leader for more than two decades. Our dedicated pro bono team and our London Pro Bono Committee provide frequent opportunities for London trainees and associates to work on both domestic and international matters, ranging from direct services to non-profit organisations to advising at law clinics. Last year our lawyers from London averaged over 50 pro bono hours per attorney. Attorneys in our London office partner with organisations including Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, JUSTICE, The Center for Reproductive Rights, and Advocates for International Development and Asylum Aid; on a range of pro bono matters. Some examples include advising entrepreneurs in business law clinics that we organise jointly with the African Foundation for Development, representing individuals with disabilities in administrative appeals regarding benefits, conducting trainings on business and human rights issues in Africa, and structuring a development impact bond to finance health programmes for premature and low birth weight infants in Cameroon. We recently received the 2019 LawWorks Pro Bono Award for “Best Contribution by a Medium Firm.”