Alternative Asset Senior Lawyer - Paris

Location 75-PARIS, France
Experience level Experienced Hire
Job details sector Legal and Compliance
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The Alternative Asset Senior Lawyer will provide full legal support to the Credit Team, which comprises 25+ team members and sits within the AXA Group holding company’s Investment & ALM department based in Paris. The AXA Group’s alternative investments portfolio represents an important share of AXA Group’s total invested assets portfolio, with assets under management of €100 billion.


The main responsibilities of the Alternative Asset Senior Lawyer will be:

  • Legal review of transactions and related structures in accordance with the various needs of the AXA insurance companies, including:
    • Brownfield or greenfield infrastructure debt or equity financing
    • Commercial real estate debt financing
    • [Trade receivables]
    • Private corporate lending portfolios
    • Fund investment/co-investment opportunities in any of the above underlying assets
    • Portfolio senior financing (e.g. non-performing consumer/mortgage loans or mid-market loans as underlying assets)
    • Any type of private securitisation (e.g. private CLOs with bespoke features or other structured financing (debt or equity) including aircraft, rail car or leasing financing)
  • Reviewing and negotiating partnership terms with third party asset managers or industrials
  • Assisting in the selection of third party asset managers, including addressing any legal issues arising therefrom
  • Selecting and managing external legal advisors to assist in the structuring, set-up and regulatory compliance of new investments
  • Working closely with the Alternative Asset Senior Structurer to incorporate all relevant structuring considerations into the legal documentation
  • Actively interacting with AXA’s Group asset managers and AXA entities, notably in the set-up of new funds or investment mandates
  • Regularly interacting with Group Legal, Group Investment & ALM, Group Risk Management, Group Accounting and Group Tax and potentially other senior management
Key accountabilities:

The Alternative Asset Senior Lawyer will prioritise on a daily basis:

  • Delivering efficient and timely legal support to the Credit Team
  • Active collaboration with internal as well as third party asset managers’ legal teams
  • Assessing at an early stage the legal feasibility of new investment opportunities
  • Analysing the various legal risks of transactions and their related structures
  • Knowledge transfer and successful integration within the Credit Team

As an Experienced senior qualified lawyer (at least 8 years’ post-qualification experience) with first-ranking, international law firm  and / or Investment Banking or Asset Manager proven experience; your main qualifications are the following:

Technical and professional skills:

  • Specific transactional experience and familiarity with:
    • complex credit asset transaction
    • negotiating legal credit documentation (covenants, waivers, waterfalls)
    • strong knowledge of fund and special purpose vehicle documentation generally
    • good understanding of asset management regulation (AIFMD, EMIR, securitisation regulation
    • Familiarity with derivatives products and documentation
    • Knowledge of the investment, legal and regulatory constraints facing insurance companies, particularly in the context of investment mandates
    • French language skills (fluency in written and spoken English is required)

The Alternative Asset Senior Lawyer should demonstrate the following personal skills and attributes:

  • Team player with capacity and enthusiasm
  • Strong analytical capability 
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation abilities
  • Excellent transaction management abilities
  • Excellent client relationship management (both external and within AXA) and willingness to assist in business development

Would you like to wake up every day driven and inspired by our noble mission and to work together as one global team to empower people to live a better life? Here at AXA we strive to lead the transformation of our industry. We are looking for talented individuals who come from varied backgrounds, think differently and want to be part of this exciting transformation by challenging the status quo so we can push AXA - a leading global brand and one of the most innovative companies in our industry - onto even greater things.

In a fast-evolving world and with a presence in 64 countries, our 165,000 employees and exclusive distributors anticipate change to offer services and solutions tailored to the current and future needs of our 107 million customers.


The headquarters of the AXA Group, based in Paris 8th, brings together the Group's corporate activities. It coordinates the various entities with the Group's strategy, and is responsible for managing international projects. The headquarters has approximately 800 employees and is distinguished by its strong international culture (39 nationalities).