The Lawyer in the business has vast knowledge in corporate transactions, for example, vast knowledge of mergers and acquisition transactions, private equity transactions, securities, banking, finance services, capital markets, general corporate matters, and state taxation.
The Lawyer handles the business’s formation, dissolution, redemptions, mergers and acquisitions, ventures, private equity capital, debt financing, buy-sell agreements, corporate governance, sales/service contracts, executive employment agreements, among other matters.
Objectives and Responsibilities of the Lawyer
Management & Relationship Management: The Lawyer will play a managerial role in the management of all legal corporate matters. In this position, the Lawyer manages all agreements and any third-party outsourcing arrangements, for example, fund administration, cash management, and clearing arrangements.
He is responsible for maintaining a high level of professionalism within the legal department. He also maintains superior attention to detail and adopts quickly with each new transaction the business is involved in. The Lawyer additionally manages the legal department and assists in the management of external lawyers while simultaneously assisting in development of internal legal knowledge aiding senior management across the business in establishing legally correct precedents and best practice.
Legal Drafting: The Lawyer handles all legal drafting affairs in the business and provides pragmatic and commercial legal documentation and advice that covers a wide range of legal, corporate and regulatory matters, inclusive of corporate governance and emerging litigation matters.
The Lawyer is also tasked with reviewing, drafting, and negotiating a vast range of contracts that relate to the asset management and advisory activities of the business, for example, investments. He is further charged with drafting guidance papers and notes on legal matters that are relevant to the business as well as reviewing, drafting negotiation documents for outsourcing agreements, software and data license agreements, consultancy agreements, engagement letters, and non-disclosure agreements.
The Lawyer also drafts and negotiates a variety of legal agreements for business development and legal compliance in coordination with the finance department on matters of licensing, taxation, and so forth.
Support/Collaboration: The Lawyer also plays a supporting and collaborating role where he provides ad hoc support to the legal department by working with senior lawyers as necessary, which includes work related to mergers and acquisitions among other corporate transactions.
The Lawyer also manages and supports cross-functional stakeholders across human resources, IT departments, and other departments across the business. He assists the business in relating with the external environment in matters relating to treasury, trading finance matters, and third-party negotiations. He also partners with the executive team in developing policies and best practices that relate to legal and regulatory issues affecting the business.
Legal Advice: The Lawyer in the business as expected is the go to source for legal information for all departments across the business. He provides creative and proactive counseling on a vast range of complex issues such as trade, finance, and policy issues. The Lawyer also offers the business’s consumers direct guidance and provides them with legal guidelines for trading with the business while offering practical legal solutions for any emergent issues they may have.
Knowledge: The Lawyer also maintains legal awareness not only in the finance department but across the business as a whole. He ensures compliance with state regulations on all business activities and strives to maintain the business’s integrity in the industry by ensuring the implementation of legal practices and policies.
Other Duties: The Lawyer also performs similar duties as he deems fit for the proper execution of his duties and duties as delegated by the Senior Lawyer, Head of Legal, Chief Finance Officer, or the Employer.
Required Qualifications of the Lawyer
Education: The Lawyer must have had a bachelor’s degree in Law from an accredited law school and at least two years of working experience in a legal corporate environment.
Experience: A candidate for this position must have had at least 2 years or working experience in a creative and dynamic legal corporate environment. The candidate must have significant experience working on matters of corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions etc., where he will have gathered experience specifically structuring, evaluating, and executing acquisition transactions.
The candidate will also have had experience supporting multi-functional corporate teams, inclusive of the finance, business development, human resources, sales, and legal teams. He will further have had proven experience with financial asset management teams, operational teams, and external partners. He will have gathered the ability to spot and assess the legal risk and apply mitigation strategies in business transactions.
The Lawyer will demonstrate an ability to work closely within a matrix business, interacting with multiple levels of an organization. A suitable candidate will also have experience in software licensing, product development, and other commercial contracts that involve acquisition and exploitation of technology.
Communication Skills: The Lawyer will possess exceptionally good communication skills both in written and verbal form. The role of the lawyer is a highly sensitive and interactive role and, as such, he interacts with personnel across all departments offering advice on sensitive transactions and policy formation ensuring that the business stays on the right side of the law and maintains its integrity within the industry.
The Lawyer will also draft numerous sensitive documents whose content must be clear, precise, and unambiguous, leaving no room for subsequent misinterpretation, which will demand exceptionally good communication skills from him.
Legal Skills: The Lawyer must also possess certain legal capacities that will make him a more suitable candidate for the position. The candidate must have substantive knowledge in the offerings of equity and debt securities inclusive of negotiations, due diligence, documentation, and regulations. He will also have vast knowledge in drafting outsourcing agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and acquiring data and software licenses.
He will additionally be highly knowledgeable on legal principals of finance matters and have vast knowledge on the regulatory landscape of investment management inclusive of current and emerging legislation and practices. Finally a suitable candidate will display a keen knowledge and understanding of state copyright and privacy laws.
Ms Office: The Lawyer must be significantly adept in technology and have good computer skills. He must similarly display exceptionally good Ms Office, Ms Excel, and PowerPoint skills, which will be necessary for the drafting of a wide array of documentation necessary and for the creation of engaging presentations as needed.
Interpersonal Skills: The candidate must have strong organizational skills, have an ability to multi-task, be meticulous and have a keen eye for detail, be service and results-oriented, have a deep commercial awareness, have exceptional problem-skills, be highly flexible and welcoming to change, be diplomatic and have exceptional negotiation skills, have an ability to think independently and challenge business decisions in an appropriate manner, work comfortably in a highly collaborative setting, and have an ability to remain calm in times of uncertainty, inspiring the same in his peers.
People Skills: The Lawyer must also be a people person who is able to form strong, meaningful, and lasting relationships with others. He will be a confident yet approachable and likable individual who inspires trust and confidence in his peers and external business partners.