Business Development Specialist, M&A and Private Equity

Cleary Gottlieb’s European corporate practice is consistently ranked among the top five legal advisors for public and private M&A globally and are recognized as being one of the leading firms for corporate/M&A work across Europe and globally.

We are highly sought-after for advice on complex, high-end, multi-jurisdictional private equity matters and large-scale cross border acquisition. Our mandates include a varied range of investments, from leveraged buyouts to consortium deals, private co-investments and minority investments. Our team is developing niche expertise in the execution of “hybrid” transactions, including secondaries and special situations transactions alongside Cleary Gottlieb’s market-leading global funds team.


This role is to support business development and client development activities for the EMEA M&A and EMEA Private Equity practice groups. The role reports to the EMEA Business Development Managers for these practice groups.

  • Prepare pitches.
  • Be responsible for all standard materials (credentials, pitches, bios etc.).
  • Carry out research, including on competitors, clients, markets.
  • Compile local and pan-European legal directory and award submissions.
  • Facilitate communication between partners within practices, industry groups or offices.
  • Identify and communicate new business opportunities.
  • Support cross-selling initiatives.
  • Support implementation of Practice Group plans.
  • Contribute to pan-European business development projects.
  • Organize events.

Major Tasks:

Practice Support:

  • Provide support to partners and lawyers in these practice groups.
  • Support the BD Manager in executing the Practice Group plan.
  • Develop and maintain and update key messages, 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.
  • Compile local and pan-European legal directory and award submissions.
  • Assist in the organisation of partner meetings, including preparing agendas, documenting actions and following-up on actions agreed.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications teams on profile raising and thought-leadership initiatives for key practices and sectors.
  • Organize and prepare materials for internal practice or industry group meetings.

Pitch Support:

  • Prepare credentials and pitches, tailoring materials for individual clients.
  • Track, store and produce standard text and materials for pitches and bios.
  • Ensure consistency of pitch material and seek improvements in quality.
  • Support client presentations.

Client Relationship Management:

  • Keep partners informed of developments at key clients. 
  • Carry out research on clients, people and markets working together with the Global Competitive Research Team.
  • Manage data held on key clients, especially in Microsoft Dynamics.

Client Events:

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

Marketing and Communication:

  • Work with PR/Media team on the promotion of publications/client reports.
  • Oversee contact lists and mailing lists for key clients and practices.
  • Support on promotion via social media channels.

Skills and Competencies:


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • A minimum of three years’ business development experience in an international law firm or professional services environment.


  • General knowledge of business and financial markets, with a particular interest in M&A and PE.
  • 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.
  • Proven capability to build working relationships across various functions, ensuring seamless collaboration and alignment of business strategies.
  • 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 and decision making.
  • 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.
  • Proactive in showing initiative, bringing forth innovative ideas, and possessing the ability to persuade and gain buy-in from key internal stakeholders.
  • 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,