Business Development Assistant, Capital Markets, Finance and Restructuring

This role is to support business development and client development activities for the EMEA Capital Markets, Finance and Restructuring practice groups.

The role reports to the EMEA Business Development Manager, Capital Markets and the EMEA Business Development Manager, Finance and Restructuring. The role also works closely with another BD Coordinator in the team.

  • Assist with the preparation of pitches.
  • Assist with the preparation of standard materials (credentials, pitches, bios etc.) and keep up to date.
  • Carry out research, including on competitors, clients, markets.
  • Support practice groups with local and pan-European legal directory and award submissions.
  • Facilitate communication between partners within practices, industry groups or offices.
  • Support cross-selling initiatives.
  • Support implementation of Practice Group plans.
  • Support the organisation and execution of internal and external events.

About our Corporate Practice

Cleary Gottlieb advises clients worldwide on bankruptcy and restructuring matters that cross legal and geographical borders. The deep ties that we form in all of the regions comprising our practice allow our lawyers to understand both the legal and cultural landscapes of highly complex, multijurisdictional restructurings. Clients appreciate the rigor of our approach, with our lawyers employing tough, analytical and outside-the-box thinking to structure creative solutions.

Cleary Gottlieb has been a leader in structured finance for decades, having pioneered many of the key products used widely in today’s markets, In 2023, the firm won the Finance Team of the Year Award by Legal Business.

Main Responsibilities

Practice Support

  • Provide support to partners and lawyers in the various practice groups.
  • Assist with the development and execution of the Practice Group plan.
  • Maintain marketing materials, standard slides, credentials, pitch materials and bios for the group.
  • Support the analysis and tracking of key clients and targets.
  • Support cross-selling efforts.
  • Support practice groups with local and pan-European legal directory and award submissions.
  • Assist with the organization of practice group meetings, including preparing agendas, preparing minutes, and documenting actions.
  • Assist with the organization and preparation of materials for internal practice or industry group meetings.

Pitch Support

  • Support the preparation of credentials and pitches, tailoring materials for individual clients.
  • Track and store standard text and materials for pitches and bios.
  • Refining, growing and maintaining the Firm’s collection of materials as they relate to the practice group(s)
  • Maintaining records for, and analyzing outcomes of, pitches and fee proposals

Client Relationship Management

  • Maintain data held on key clients, especially in Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Maintain mailing lists for key clients of practices.
  • Prepare reports for partners on client development activities.
  • Carry out research on clients, people and markets working together with the Global Competitive Research Team.

Client Events

  • Create invitee lists by liaising with the team and lawyers.
  • Create project plan for event.
  • Assist with reporting.

Marketing and Communication

  • Support the PR/Media team on the promotion of publications/client reports
  • Liaise with Communications Teams on website content and other practice-specific content, respectively.

Skills and Competencies


  • University degree (ideally in law, economics or business studies)
  • Business development experience in an international law firm or professional services organization


General knowledge of business and financial markets

  • High level of attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent analytical and research skills; and the ability to process information from a wide variety of sources.
  • Strong team player, fostering collaborative environments and contributing to collective success.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, interact and build relationships at all levels and across functions.
  • Excellent time management skills – ability to manage multiple responsibilities amid competing priorities, tight deadlines, and changing business demands and opportunities
  • Organized and methodical approach to problem solving
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a dynamic, multicultural environment with diverse personalities at all levels
  • Professional manner, consistently demonstrating the ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work cross-functionally and across borders, embracing diverse challenges and opportunities.
  • Strong computer skills with various Microsoft programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

If you are interested in applying, please submit a CV and short cover letter to the London Human Resources Team,