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Legal Counsel - Director

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Job description

Business type

Types of Jobs - Legal

Job title

Legal Counsel - Director

Contract type

Permanent Contract

Job summary


Provide full legal, advisory and transaction management support to DCM business teams and Syndicate desks, but specialising in High-Yield transactions.

The practitioner should expect to manage a large volume of transactions and may be dealing with a wide range of issues, from complex legal matters to administrative.

Key Responsibilities

Responsible for providing legal, advisory and transactional support to Debt Capital Markets business teams (mainly Investment Grade, High Yield and Emerging Markets Origination, Debt Syndicate, MTN Private Placement teams, including bonds with ESG/sustainability links) worldwide and throughout CA-CIB. Responsible for drafting, structuring and negotiating offering documentation and advising on distribution and marketing issues and other ad hoc matters relating to all kinds of DCM transactions.

Provide guidance to junior lawyers in London, Madrid, Milan, Frankfurt and Stockholm on DCM legal matters.

Instruct, liaise with and supervise external counsel in various jurisdictions.

Analyse and advise on, legal issues relating to new debt product development.

Management and reporting

Regional Head of GML Europe.

Legal and Regulatory Responsibilities

· Comply with all applicable legal, regulatory and internal compliance requirements, including, but not limited to, the Paris and London Compliance and Legal policies and procedures as issued from time to time; Financial Security requirements, including, but not limited to, the prevention of Financial Crime and Fraud including reporting obligations to the Money Laundering Reporting Officers.

· Maintain and develop appropriate level of knowledge in order to be fully qualified to undertake Key Responsibilities. Complete all mandatory training as required to attain and maintain legal, regulatory, market practice capability.

· Organise internal training sessions to Legal and Business persons on significant legal issues.

· Establish governance, procedures and templates of documents relating to the activity.

· Participate in legal and documentation working groups and task forces of the Banking Industry professional organisations (ICMA, AFME and other, as applicable).

· Assess and mitigate legal risks.


Key Internal contacts

GMD, Compliance, Internal Control, Sustainability/ Sustainable Banking, Corporate Services, Back Office, Middle Office, Internal Committees, GML lawyers in London, Madrid, Milan, Frankfurt and Stockholm.

Key External contacts

Various service providers, law firms in various jurisdictions, regulators and stock exchanges, rating agencies, Bank industry professional associations


Position location

Geographical area

Europe, United Kingdom



Candidate criteria

Minimal education level

High school / Secondary school / A levels / AS levels / IB

Academic qualification / Speciality

Essential: New York attorney-at-law


Desirable: Dual New York-English qualification



Significant experience in the Global Markets, Debt Capital Markets Legal area.


Post-qualification major law firm experience or in-house experience gained with a reputable investment bank or an international financial institution in the debt capital markets field.


Strong experience with issues, processes, management and execution of bond and debt transactions in various countries and jurisdictions and overall knowledge of capital markets transactions.


Experience with complex and structured products drafting and negotiation.

Required skills

Essential: DCM debt transactions and GMD structured debt instruments issues and related topics.

- Interpersonal and communication (written and oral) and networking skills essential.

- Strong analytical skills.

- Excellent negotiation and drafting skills.

Technical skills required

Competencies Required:

- Ability to work autonomously in a challenging environment.

- Ability to mentor and train junior DCM lawyers

- Capacity to work efficiently and accurately and remain calm and motivated in a pressurised and deadline driven business environment.

- Ability to integrate into a close-knit team.

- Strong organisational skills.

- Highest degree of integrity and professionalism.

- Interpersonal and communication (written and oral) and networking skills essential.

- Strong analytical skills.

- Excellent negotiation and drafting skills.


Desirable: French language skills desirable