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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP KM Lawyer,M&A Practice in New York, New York

Description/Job Summary

The M&A Knowledge Management Lawyer (KML) is responsible for helping to develop the Group's Knowledge Strategy and implementing projects to meet the Group's knowledge needs. This includes a collation of matter profiles, research materials, standard forms, model documents, other data compilations, and precedents. With the support of the Knowledge Department, this role develops best practices to increase efficiency within the Practice Group. This role is also responsible for active thought leadership and business development by monitoring and sharing market developments, and trends in the law or business environment, identifying areas to develop for both the Group and new and existing clients. Additionally, the KML will provide legal and practical expertise to the Group's practice, both directly and through the training and mentoring of associates.


Knowledge Strategy

  • Coordinate with the Knowledge Department and Practice Group attorneys to develop and implement solutions and best practices to increase efficiency in the Practice Group

Knowledge Bank & Matter Management

  • Create, develop, and maintain forms, precedents, checklists, data points, and other substantive content for the Practice Group, ensuring such content is continuously up-to-date and accurately recorded

  • Identify, collect, and organize work product for the Practice Group in the relevant Knowledge database, ensuring content is readily accessible on the Firm's intranet and other content sharing platforms

  • Work with associates to establish processes to capture matter descriptions and categorizations in the Matter profiling system and ensure full matter profiles are updated to reflect the work conducted

  • Assist with setting up a process for producing closing binders and collecting valuable precedent information; periodically review transaction information, highlight trends, and make recommendations for template form changes, refined due diligence focal points, and negotiating positions

Thought Leadership

  • Monitor and inform the Practice Group of important legal and market developments; support the writing and publication of external client alerts on such developments

  • Assist in identifying issues and developments of relevance to key clients

  • Author and publish research on legal developments or new areas of law relevant to the Group

Business Development

  • Assist and coordinate with business development on preparation of pitch-books and relevant materials for business development

  • Coordinate requests between partners and business development in compiling research on existing or prospective clients

  • Develop protocols for client required compliance or preferences and ensure that client specific information is disseminated to associates

  • Integrate compliance protocols, including updates and changes into transaction templates, due diligence forms, and transaction guides

Training & Mentorship

  • Work with the Firm's training personnel and Professional Development to identify practice-related training needs of the Group; develop and deliver Group training, materials, workshop sessions, seminars, and various CLE programs targeted towards associates

  • Mentor associates by providing them with best practices and assisting them in locating practice-related knowledge resources and documents.

  • Be a source of legal, market, and practical expertise for all members of the Group, including providing direct support for client matters

  • Coordinate with Practice Innovation team and legal project management to identify opportunities to enhance the delivery of legal services within the Practice Group, and assist in the evaluation and piloting of legal technology, including document, expert systems, artificial intelligence applications, and client-facing applications


  • Collaborate with other KMLs in the Firm and attend Knowledge Department meetings to facilitate the sharing of best practices and knowledge

  • Work closely with the Director of KM to provide input to the KM Group's budget including projected costs for Central KM projects and periodic assessment of actual expenditures versus budgeted amounts.

  • Coordinate with other support groups and departments of the Firm, i.e., Business Development and others, to improve content, procedures and communications to streamline processes and satisfy various departmental needs


  • Provide other knowledge support to the Group as may be assigned by the Practice Group Head, Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer, or KM Director

Required Experience

  • Minimum of seven years of experience in the relevant practice

  • Experience with both private equity and public M&A strongly preferred

  • Extensive knowledge of relevant legal practices and documents

  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Self-starter and highly motivated

  • Strong customer service and prompt response time to incoming requests

  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to solve problems, both for technical issues and in situations involving collaboration with attorneys and non-legal staff/departments

  • Demonstrated good business judgment and analytical skills

Required Education

  • J.D. or equivalent