Senior Lead Counsel


Dublin, Ireland

Are you looking for a career move that will put you at the heart of a global financial institution? This role requires a pragmatic, proactive lawyer with thorough understanding of the business, combined with a solid conceptual/practical grounding in the applicable laws and regulations. Provides input into strategic decisions, exercising sound legal judgement to develop proactive, risk-appropriate, and commercially practical business-oriented solutions.

What you’ll do

The overall objective of this role is to provide legal support, advice, and guidance to the Wealth Capital Markets Business and, as required, the CPB Business more generally. The role will be the lead day-to-day contact for transactional and regulatory matters relating to derivatives products.

  • Provide legal counsel on OTC and exchange-traded derivative products from a transactional and regulatory perspective;
  • Reviewing and drafting templates and bespoke agreements, and negotiating client and counterparty documentation;
  • Responsible for advising on netting and collateral enforceability and eligibility;
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and with external advisers to interpret and implement new regulation and revisions;
  • Objectively evaluates Business proposals by applying institutional knowledge and risk appetite against industry standards, widely accepted business practices, laws, rules, and regulatory guidelines, escalating as appropriate;
  • Participates in CPB and Wealth Capital Markets planning and development initiatives, such as new product proposals; contribute to business objectives by providing thought leadership using knowledge of industry, laws, and regulations;
  • The role also requires participating in strategic initiatives, providing subject matter expertise and interpretations of relevant laws, rules, regulations, and industry practices, and advising business management on legal matters impacting the business.

What we’ll need from you

  • Extensive post-qualification experience, with expertise in derivative transactions and a sound understanding of other types of Capital Markets products and the applicable regulatory framework;
  • Banking or financial industry experience, including laws related to banking regulations is beneficial;
  • Knowledge of international laws, regulations and practices while staying abreast of regulatory and legal environment, internal policies and industry trends that impact the business (including MiFID/MiFIR, EMIR, CFTC and Dodd Frank rules as they relate to Capital Markets products);
  • Experience with complex deals, demonstrated ability to analyze issues and develop legal solutions;
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills and ability to build and maintain trusted relationships;
  • Bar license/practicing certificate in good standing to practice law;
  • Juris Doctorate/LLB or equivalent law degree or post-graduate qualification.

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