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Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:36 am

Assuming the transactions at issue have gone public, is it acceptable to mention deals you've worked on by name on your resume (e.g., "Drafted merger agreement for AOL's $164 billion acquisition of Time Warner") or should you refer to the transactions generally and without specific references to the companies at play (e.g., "Drafted financial advisory firm's Fairness Opinion to a major pharmaceutical corporation as part of a $7.4 billion merger.")?
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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby imchuckbass58 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:38 am

Anonymous User wrote:Is it acceptable to mention deals you've worked on by name on your resume (e.g., "Drafted merger agreement for AOL's $164 billion acquisition of Time Warner") or should you refer to the transactions generally and without specific references to the companies at play (e.g., "Drafted financial advisory firm's Fairness Opinion to a major pharmaceutical corporation as part of a $7.4 billion merger.")? Assuming the transactions at issue have gone public, of course.


Generally it's fine if the transaction is both completed and public, and there is a public record that your firm worked on the deal.

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby ggocat » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Assuming the transactions at issue have gone public, is it acceptable to mention deals you've worked on by name on your resume (e.g., "Drafted merger agreement for AOL's $164 billion acquisition of Time Warner") or should you refer to the transactions generally and without specific references to the companies at play (e.g., "Drafted financial advisory firm's Fairness Opinion to a major pharmaceutical corporation as part of a $7.4 billion merger.")?

I would use the general description or no description at all. I think using the client's name could raise eyebrows in a bad way even if the deal is public. It would cause me to question your judgment and confidentiality, unless I have reason to believe that you had informed consent from the client to reveal your representation (e.g., you are partner or associate at the firm in a position to have contact with client). If this is something you did as an SA, I would definitely not include the client name.

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby Unitas » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:08 pm

ggocat wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Assuming the transactions at issue have gone public, is it acceptable to mention deals you've worked on by name on your resume (e.g., "Drafted merger agreement for AOL's $164 billion acquisition of Time Warner") or should you refer to the transactions generally and without specific references to the companies at play (e.g., "Drafted financial advisory firm's Fairness Opinion to a major pharmaceutical corporation as part of a $7.4 billion merger.")?

I would use the general description or no description at all. I think using the client's name could raise eyebrows in a bad way even if the deal is public. It would cause me to question your judgment and confidentiality, unless I have reason to believe that you had informed consent from the client to reveal your representation (e.g., you are partner or associate at the firm in a position to have contact with client). If this is something you did as an SA, I would definitely not include the client name.


+1, this is just silly. You didn't do anything with these deals except behind the scenes work. Your name is not on any of them. If you are using one as a writing sample they will see the work. Put a general description of work done and then during an interview talk about your experience working on cases without ever mentioning a client name. You can mention dollar values if you desire but it isn't likely to matter unless you could show some kind of progression from little deals to bigger deals to show gained responsibility through trust building-otherwise it is just another assignment that could've gone to any SA. No one is going to give you an interview based on your expertise during a merger that they are well aware you contributed the value a normal SA would contribute.

If your name is on the document this would likely change and putting the second one would be ok. Never mention client names-never. Look at firm websites and the achievements section. Most only say the industry and rarely say client names.

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby TooOld4This » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:12 pm

This thread is full of reasons law students should not give career advice when they are making things up.

Listing public deals is standard for resumes. Many transactional attorneys include "deal sheets" with their resumes.

If you have any question about the scope of what you can list, contact the person you worked on the deal with.

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby imchuckbass58 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:19 pm

Unitas wrote:If your name is on the document this would likely change and putting the second one would be ok. Never mention client names-never. Look at firm websites and the achievements section. Most only say the industry and rarely say client names.


Actually, almost all announcements say not only the specific client, but list every lawyer who worked on the transaction including associates, and in some cases including summers.

Examples of literally every announced deal being attached to a client:
--LinkRemoved--
http://www.cgsh.com/experience/
http://www.davispolk.com/news/list.aspx ... 790286403e

Examples of firms listing summers:
http://www.cravath.com/Nalcos-Merger-Ag ... th-Ecolab/
http://www.stblaw.com/siteContent.cfm?c ... cusID=2204
http://www.stblaw.com/siteContent.cfm?c ... cusID=2237

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby ggocat » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:26 pm

TooOld4This wrote:This thread is full of reasons law students should not give career advice when they are making things up.

Listing public deals is standard for resumes. Many transactional attorneys include "deal sheets" with their resumes.

If you have any question about the scope of what you can list, contact the person you worked on the deal with.

I am not a law student, and I've hired law students for summer positions. But I agree with the bolded--definitely talk to someone who knows whether disclosure has been authorized.

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby Unitas » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:28 pm

imchuckbass58 wrote:
Unitas wrote:If your name is on the document this would likely change and putting the second one would be ok. Never mention client names-never. Look at firm websites and the achievements section. Most only say the industry and rarely say client names.


Actually, almost all announcements say not only the specific client, but list every lawyer who worked on the transaction including associates, and in some cases including summers.

Examples of literally every announced deal being attached to a client:
--LinkRemoved--
http://www.cgsh.com/experience/
http://www.davispolk.com/news/list.aspx ... 790286403e

Examples of firms listing summers:
http://www.cravath.com/Nalcos-Merger-Ag ... th-Ecolab/
http://www.stblaw.com/siteContent.cfm?c ... cusID=2204
http://www.stblaw.com/siteContent.cfm?c ... cusID=2237


But if you look at each attorney's profile. Associates just list schools and practice areas and Partners list who they work for. http://www.stblaw.com/lawyerSearch.cfm

Maybe I'm wrong and do what you want. If you think a SA putting down he drafted a multi-billion dollar deal with a client name is a good idea then so be it.

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:23 pm

Out of curiosity--ggocat and Unitas, are you guys litigators or transactional attorneys?

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby dood » Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:37 pm

Unitas wrote:
Maybe I'm wrong and do what you want. If you think a SA putting down he drafted a multi-billion dollar deal with a client name is a good idea then so be it.


its a great idea if he actually did it. for example, i list specific clients and dollar amounts ($Ms) on my resume b/c i was #1 contact for said clients, showing ability handle large deals/clients, aka skills necessary to bring in business as a partner. at CBs i always bring my business card binder as well as pictures of me and clients in vegas, mexico, etc, just to make that point extra clear.

PROTIP #81: name dropping is important (in any context) but only if u can back it up.

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby 23402385985 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:48 pm

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Re: Resume: Mentioning Deals by Name

Postby dood » Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:50 pm

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Postby Oban » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:15 pm

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