Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:27)
Shonterra Jordan works in the business and finance department of her law firm, helping companies buy, sell, or divest a corporation. She performs due diligence, drafts, and revises agreements.
Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: Career Beginnings (01:29)
Jordan studied to become a politician; friends and teachers suggested she pursue a law degree. After minoring in business law, she realized she liked working in transactional law instead of litigation.
Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: Keys for Success (02:10)
Attorneys require attention to detail, problem solving abilities, and organization. Junior associates perform due diligence to identify potential issues.
Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: Education and Certification Requirements (02:26)
Jordan majored in political science with minors in business law and business. While the first year of law school is set, the next two years allow students to specialize in specific areas. A legal license requires continuing legal education credits; Jordan prefers to study mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and tax law.
Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: Workplace Atmosphere (01:59)
Jordan finds the collegial atmosphere at the law firm enjoyable and likes how mergers and acquisitions law can be busy calm. She does not travel much for her position.
Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:49)
Ask as many question from team members as you can; find another junior associate to discuss work issues.
Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: A Day on the Job (01:50)
Jordan's work day varies depending on client needs. Unexpected questions from clients, a deal "heating up," or a work crisis can change priorities at a moment's notice. Jordan recommends asking superior deadlines to organize workflow.
Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: Industry Goals and Services (02:07)
Mergers and acquisitionsis a service industry which helps clients acquire, divest, or sell businesses. Some corporations require more time and explanation than others, depending on experience level. Jordan appreciates how both parties fulfill their goals at a deal's resolution.
Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: Industry Challenges (01:48)
Jordan needs time to develop expertise before commenting. She believes staying abreast of changes in regulation domestically and internationally impact transactional law.
Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys: Looking at the Future (01:15)
Uncertainty regarding the political climate and regulation makes predicting how mergers and acquisitions will change difficult; transactional law will still exist.
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