What is your background?
My name is Victor Oderinde, I studied Law at the University of Birmingham and I’m currently a first seat trainee in Equity and Debt Markets.
What work do you carry out in Equity and Debt Markets?
In Equity and Debt Markets issuers issue bonds which tend to be listed on a particular stock exchange and we would act for the issuer and liaise with the listing authority for the particular jurisdiction that they want to list their bonds. We would also tend to act for the banks that would underwrite that particular transaction and the banks that would subscribe to take those bonds on and then sell them further on.
What’s your relationship like with your principal?
I share an office with my principal who is a Managing Associate. The dialogue and the communication and the relationship is very, very open. I can easily turn round and ask him a question and he’s always willing to stop what he’s doing and explain things to me and give me a greater background to what I’m doing. His general role is to supervise my work and to supervise my training, making sure I’m getting a good flow of work and I’m not finding myself too quiet or overly busy.
Do you interact much with Partners?
We have a lot of interaction with Partners in EDM, we generally have an open door policy and trainees are encouraged to walk around the office and request work from Partners as well as Managing Associates. You would also have a Partner always overseeing a particular deal and that would also involve a Managing Associate, an associate, as well as a trainee. Sometimes a Partner could delegate work directly to a trainee. Recently I was asked to process a document that the Partner had amended and that was part of research we were doing restructuring a convertible bond for a particular issuer.
Do you have much client contact?
In Equity and Debt Markets you have a lot of client contact which is one of the key reasons that I wanted to do that as my first seat. Having a lot of responsibility early on was slightly surprising, I didn’t expect it to be so soon but I was very, very grateful and happy to embrace that responsibility. You always get a good level of support from associates on the deal or your principal so you never feel like you’re on your own or out of your depth.
Do you work with other Linklaters offices?
In Equity and Debt Markets you have a lot of contact with colleagues in foreign offices. I’ve had a lot of contact with colleagues in the Frankfurt office, the Paris office and Luxembourg and purely by the nature of the international aspects of issuing bonds. We really do have to build a healthy relationship with them, so I’m either emailing them on a regular basis or picking up the phone.
What’s the culture like at Linklaters?
The culture at Linklaters is very, very friendly and very open; you find it very, very easy to get along with everyone. Within Equity and Debt Markets we have 11 trainees, one of them is on a client secondment so amongst the 10 of us in the actual office there’s a healthy relationship, we tend to try and support each other so there isn’t competition as such where you’re fighting for work and we all get along, we always go to Friday drinks and aim to catch up. Outside of work life at Linklaters, you can get involved in sports; there are various sports activities and clubs. I’m involved in the football team and we play football every Wednesday and we have a summer league and a winter league so we play against other law firms and companies.
Why did you choose to work at Linklaters?
I chose Linklaters because I felt like the atmosphere and the culture suited me very, very well. I also was drawn to the expertise and the level of exposure they’ve got on large complex deals. I’ve also joined Linklaters because I feel like it’s a great place to train and I was able to speak to other lawyers at other firms that I knew and just gauge their understanding of how the level of training was at those firms and then once I’d made the comparison it was very, very easy for me to choose Linklaters with regards to the on-going training you get, not just as a trainee but beyond qualification.
In this video Victor discusses his first seat Training Contract in Equity and Debt Markets. Victor has since been promoted to an Associate in our Corporate team.
- What is your background?
- What work do you carry out in Equity and Debt Markets?
- What’s your relationship like with your principal?
- Do you interact much with Partners?
- Do you have much client contact?
- Do you work with other Linklaters offices?
- What’s the culture like at Linklaters?
- Why did you choose to work at Linklaters?