Sidley Austin LLP

  • Paralegal (M&A and Private Equity)

    Recruiting Location US-IL-Chicago
    Paralegal & Project Assistant
  • Summary

    The Corporate/M&A paralegal will assist lawyers by working on all aspects of transactional work, assist with research and document management. The position will require overtime and may include travel.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Prepare and file documents for corporate, limited liability company and partnership formations, amendments, conversions, reinstatements, mergers, qualifications, dissolutions and withdrawals;
    • Conduct searches for entity name availability;
    • Prepare and file Form SS-4s to obtain EINs;
    • Prepare basic organization documents, including initial stock subscription agreements, stock certificates and stock ledgers;
    • Prepare organizational, annual, and special consents, by-laws, stock issuance and company record books;
    • Prepare and maintain minute books and consents for limited liability companies, partnerships and limited partnerships;
    • Prepare and file annual/biennial reports in various jurisdictions;
    • Order status reports, good standing certificates and charter documents;
    • Research state statutes;
    • Coordinate research and filings with corporate service providers;
    • Order lien searches, review and prepare summaries;
    • Prepare and file UCC statements, amendments and termination statements;
    • Compile desk sets of precedent documents or SEC filings for members of M&A deal team;
    • Prepare working group lists for M&A deals;
    • Prepare drafts of ancillary documents for closings or other transactions;
    • Assist with closings by assembling closing documents and signature pages;
    • Prepare closing CDs of fully executed transaction documents;
    • Proofread documents for consistency and grammar;
    • Redact documents;
    • Establish and maintain virtual data rooms through life of the transaction.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below.  The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources). 


    Education and/or Experience:


    • BA/BS Degree
    • Minimum two years of paralegal experience in Corporate/M&A transactional work at a law firm or corporate legal department
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications



    •  Paralegal Certificate from an ABA accredited program


    Other Skills and Abilities:

    The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Good judgment
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills
    • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
    • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
    • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
    • Able to work under pressure
    • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities


    Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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