Symbiotics Group - Structuring Analyst

Symbiotics is the leading market access platform for impact investing in emerging and frontier markets, offering market research, investment advisory and asset management services. We are regulated by FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority and our daughter company Symbiotics (UK) Ltd has an investment firm license from the FCA in the UK. Symbiotics currently employs 135 people and is headquartered in Geneva, with further offices in Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Singapore and Cape Town. Since 2004, we have invested over USD 4bn in more than 350 microfinance institutions across around 80 emerging and frontier markets, working with more than 30 investment funds and many institutional investors.

We are a fast-growing, market-leading company, offering a dynamic work environment in the growing impact investment space.

Symbiotics has sponsored a bond issuance programme - in our niche market of frontier and emerging market investments with a social impact dimension - with currently about 100 transactions and USD 800m outstanding. Our transactions are mainly loan participation notes with emerging and frontier market borrowers as underlyings.

We are looking for

We are looking for a Structuring Analyst, based in London, who will be working on both new bond issuances (legal documentation and transaction management) as well as ongoing aspects of such bond transactions (processing amendment requests; updating transaction documentation; investor reporting; maintaining Bloomberg pages; regulatory reporting); as well as provide support in the administration of the various SPVs involved in the issuance process.

We offer a young and dynamic work environment in a growing industry and an opportunity to work in the impact investment space with a for-profit corporation.
Job description

  • Assistance in financial and legal structuring bond transactions:

    • Transaction management in relation to bond issuances (liaise internally with transaction sponsors as well as with external service providers)

    • Drafting of term-sheets

    • Drafting of legal documentation (prospectus / final terms / loan agreement / other transaction documents) with the assistance of external legal counsel where required

    • Verification of conditions precedent

  • Support in ongoing aspects of existing bond transactions (currently about USD 800m outstanding / 100 transactions):

    • Process amendment requests and update transaction documents as required / draft investor notifications;

    • Ongoing investor reporting

    • Maintaining Bloomberg pages

    • Regulatory reporting

  • Support in administration of special purpose vehicles:

    • Drafting of board resolutions

    • Liaising with service providers of vehicles

    • Support in tax administration

  • Investor settlement support:

    • Performing investor KYC

    • Back-up in settlement process (FCA registration - CF30 optional)

  • Participate in ad-hoc projects

REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate would have the following qualifications:

Required:

  • Highly motivated, well-organised with a strong work ethic and a high degree of integrity;

  • Ability to work independently;

  • Degree or equivalent qualification in relevant field (law/finance), experience in financial or legal / paralegal environment (including drafting of transaction documents);

  • Strong interest and/or experience in financing transactions in emerging & developing markets;

  • Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Excel, Word and Power Point;

  • Valid work permit for the UK.

Desirable:

  • Experience in drafting legal documents, ideally in context of capital market transactions;

  • Understanding of fixed income capital markets;

  • Understanding of current regulatory requirements in the scope of the MiFID/FATCA/CRS;

  • Experience within the emerging and frontier market / impact finance / microfinance sector;

  • Foreign language skills (e.g. Spanish / Russian / Chinese).

BENEFITS

What makes us different?

  • The chance to contribute to improving the lives of people in emerging and frontier countries, to work towards supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • A flexible work environment with colleagues from 34 countries

  • The opportunity to become part of a growing business that pushes you to excel every day while having a positive impact on others