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#MeetFinTrU:

LAUREN RODGERS

I joined FinTrU in August as a Vice President in the Legal Department. My role is to support the Fixed Income Division of a Tier 1 Investment Bank, as part of their BAU documentation team. The role centres around the negotiation of Master Agreement documentation to facilitate trading with their commodities clients. 

Why did you decide to join FinTrU and what advice would you give to someone considering a move to FinTrU?

FinTrU has a really strong reputation in the market for their culture, and commitment to the development of their staff, both personally and professionally, which was the consistent feedback I received from a number of former colleagues who had also made the move. The success of the company was clear from their continued growth and numerous awards they have received over the years as a top employer, so it was definitely somewhere I wanted to work. Despite only being with FinTrU for a couple of months, it is clear that everyone plays a role in the success of the company, and you are invited to participate and share ideas and opinions regardless of your level. If you are someone who is looking for the opportunity to work with some of the world's most influential banks, whilst working for a company that is committed to its culture and core values, then I would definitely recommend the move. 

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What was your background prior to joining FinTrU?

I completed my Law Degree back in 2014 at Liverpool John Moores University and then joined Citi Belfast through their Legal Academy. During my time at Citi I worked within the Markets Legal team as an ISDA and EFET negotiator supporting both the CEEMEA and Commodities trading desks, and also spent some time as a Negotiation Manager for the Commodities team. I was also based in Singapore supporting the Legal Department in APAC for a period of my career.

How was the process of joining FinTrU during the current working from home situation?

I was slightly apprehensive about joining a new company remotely as it presents some unique challenges from a technical and personal perspective, however any concerns I had were quickly put to rest. The entire process was seamless and I was made to feel part of FinTrU immediately. I spent the first week having daily catch ups with other new joiners and also having regular calls with other members of the Legal Department and wider company. These were all conducted via video call to help keep things as close to the normal experience of joining as possible. There are also numerous clubs, committees and social events to get involved in, which FinTrU has continued to run remotely. 

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How would you describe the opportunities within the Legal Department at FinTrU?

​As the regulatory environment within the banking industry has evolved, so have the opportunities for FinTrU's Legal Department. FinTrU's Legal Department is now involved in a number of regulatory projects for Investment Banks and also have teams supporting the Business as Usual (BAU) functions for clients in London and New York. There are a wide range of roles to suit anyone with an interest in pursuing a Legal career within the Financial Services industry, regardless of whether you are a graduate or an experienced professional.