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Top-tier work with a first-class team in a great, compact city

Growing up in Spain, then studying in Germany, Switzerland and London—no wonder that Frankfurt associate Miquel chose White & Case. "Working for a global law firm is important to me," he says. "When I did my research, White & Case stood out from the pack." 

Naturally, Miquel feels at home working with colleagues from around the world, both in the office, within the international White & Case network and with clients from equally diverse backgrounds. "On a daily basis, I'm in touch with colleagues from many of our European offices. Since joining in 2018, I've worked on matters that span multiple jurisdictions, including the Arab states, the US, Germany and countries across Southern Europe. What we offer clients is service that spans the globe."

So how does Miquel enjoy life in Frankfurt? The answer is, very much! "The city is changing and growing all the time. You hear so many languages on the streets here. It's got all the advantages of a global city, but it's a compact size." 

Top-tier reputation in international arbitration with a first-class team

Miquel had another important reason to start his career here in Frankfurt: the Firm's reputation and standing, particularly in the area of international arbitration. "We have the largest practice of any firm and are consistently ranked number one." 

Yet despite this top-tier reputation, it's his first-class colleagues that Miquel particularly values. "I socialise with my co-workers outside of the office; I'd go so far as to say that my team members are almost like a family to me. I really value their friendship."

Training and ongoing development

Looking back on what he's learned during his first year with the Firm, Miquel says that his ongoing training and professional development have been a particular highlight. "I feel that I am really developing the toolkit I need to be a great attorney. It's been a great mix of on-the-job know-how and feedback from senior associates and partners, plus formal training on topics like advocacy skills or understanding large construction projects/contracts." 

Developing his commercial awareness is a key part of the job: "To really walk in a client's shoes, you need to understand their business. Attending seminars on accounting systems, working on my English or drafting skills—this is all helping me become the best lawyer that I can be. I know that White & Case will support me along the way."

Finally, what kind of person does he think succeeds at White & Case? "I think you need to be strong technically—you need a firm grasp of the law. People who are global-oriented, open-minded and who appreciate constructive criticism will do well." And how can potential candidates get to know us? "Come to job fairs and career events and meet us! Get to know lawyers and research assistants and find out about what we do."

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