Legal, Business Intelligence Group (BIG), Associate, Birmingham

Location(s) UK-WSTMID-Birmingham
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Schedule Type
Full Time
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GS Accelerate
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We work at the intersection of finance and law, providing counsel and advice that support activities across the firm. We handle litigation and arbitration, perform research and due diligence, aid in financing and legal filings, deal with contracts and intellectual property rights that show our commitment to clients, shareholders, and regulators. Whether you’re an experienced due diligence analyst or a quick learner with a strong interest in research coupled with critical thinking skills, our dynamic group might be right for you.



The Business Intelligence Group (‘BIG’) is an advisory group in the Legal Division that focusses on legal, regulatory and reputational risk, predominantly in relation to Investment Banking Division and principal investment transactions. BIG supports certain of the firm’s business lines and many of the firm’s committees in their efforts to make fully informed commercial and reputational risk management decisions. BIG is composed of lawyers and other professionals with regulatory, government, audit and transactional experience.


This particular role is a research position located in our new office Birmingham, which will support the BIG team in London in connection with their review of transactions and business relationships across a range of jurisdictions, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to the opening of our physical office space in Birmingham, the role will involve working remotely.  Our target is to welcome people on-site at the beginning of the third quarter. We expect to have a headcount of several hundred across a number of divisions over time.




  • Conduct/support due diligence to help the identification and assessment of legal and reputational risk in a variety of transactions and business relationships.
  • Conduct in-house public records research on companies and other counterparties using online resources, specialist databases and public filings.
  • Instruct and liaise with external investigative consultants, evaluate their reports and challenge findings where necessary.
  • Help drive the due diligence process to address issues identified, coordinating with in-house lawyers, external counsel, compliance and business teams.
  • Considerations include anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and economic sanctions compliance, environmental and social responsibility concerns, geo-political risk, financial irregularities, litigation risk, etc.
  • Prepare summary and presentation materials for analysis by relevant business areas of the firm and firmwide committees.
  • Brief BIG team members and members of other divisions of the firm on research findings verbally and present research results on conference calls where appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for developing relevant industry/regional expertise and anticipating potential reputational risks.
  • Become involved in other special projects on an ad hoc basis.




  • 2-4 years of relevant experience at a due diligence or corporate investigations firm, in the financial sector, or in legal/regulatory or compliance work.
  • Technical and research proficiency with experience in open source / public records research, both online and using compliance and media databases (e.g. Factiva).
  • Foreign language skills not essential but preferred.
  • Analytical and critical-thinking skills. Able to assess and judge risks within the commercial context of often complex transactions and relationships, and suggest constructive solutions to navigate and mitigate reputational, legal and regulatory risk.
  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to present conclusions confidently and effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a succinct manner.
  • Organisational skills and high attention to detail, with the ability to process and analyse high volumes of information.
  • Intellectual curiosity and interest in current events.
  • Team player with ability to collaborate with and consult team members across different levels of seniority and different jurisdictions.
  • Highly organised and able to work effectively in a fast-paced and, at times, pressured environment, taking a proactive approach to potential issues.
  • General experience dealing with or interest in learning more about the investment banking industry and knowledge of various types of investing and lending transactions.
  • Strong sense of discretion with respect to highly confidential information.



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