Name: Chris Evans
Firm: Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Position: Trainee associate
Degree: Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Hobbies: Cycling, real ale, hill-walking
Current department: Structured Finance
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 15/5]
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
The opportunity to pursue an academic discipline in a commercial environment.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
Finding the time to properly research firms in order to submit tailored application forms.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
Why didn’t you get a First at University? I just had to admit I wasn’t clever enough!
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
The Structured Finance team at Weil carries out a full range of securitisation and derivatives based work. A key part of the group’s current work is advising arrangers and investment managers of European collateralised loan obligation (CLOs) in the recently resurgent CLO market.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
Coming up with innovative answers to complex legal questions.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
The amount of humour in the office, even during really busy periods.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
An email from one of our associates to a securitisation client providing a summary of the contractual analysis that I had assisted with on some pre-existing securitisation documents, as well as my first draft of an amendment document.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
The drinks station
Describe your training partner in three words.
Relaxed, incisive and good-humoured
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
I once ate my own height in foot-long Subways; I ran the London Marathon at the age of 18 and haven’t run since; I’m taking part in a departmental World Cup football sticker competition.
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Thoroughly research the firms you are applying to and try as hard as you can to distinguish them from their competitors