In-House Legal Counsel
My client are looking to hire an In-House Legal Counsel to help build and manage the legal structure and framework for their group. The role will involve working in a fast paced environment where the ability to work under pressure and to clearly defined deadlines is key. The role will be reporting directly to the CEO and indeed, will work closely with the CEO, the Capital Markets team and the Compliance team.
You should be a fully qualified and experienced lawyer with at least 5 years’ commercial experience, keen to provide an involved role in an impressive, innovative and growing business. To be considered for the role you, you will be a UK qualified Solicitor with a minimum of 2 years’ experience of regulatory and financial services legal work gained within a recognised law firm or a leading player in the financial services industry. You will have extensive knowledge of FCA regulations and the Consumer Credit Act (CCA). We will consider candidates that fall outside of this range, if they can strongly demonstrate the required competencies.
The In-House Legal Counsel will be at the forefront of all legal developments that might have an impact on the Company’s operations, must maintain the highest integrity and report on all legal matters as required. You will also manage the group’s compliance with the Data Protection Act and be responsible for provision of regulatory advice in connection with collections and recoveries processes and litigation. The role is extremely broad and you will be advising on a wide range of commercial, IP, technology, employment and corporate advisory matters.
This broad role would allow a transactional lawyer from several disciplines to be successful and so a Corporate/ Banking/ Debt/ Equity Capital markets lawyer would be ideal. Neyber is a high growth consumer lending business, so you will be directly involved a wide range of capital markets transactions, including venture capital and private equity fundraising, private debt transactions and, in the longer term, public capital markets transactions including loan book securitisation. The role will involve working with the Capital Markets team to structure and execute transactions, as well as broader internal advisory responsibilities including working on regulatory matters, commercial negotiations, negotiating and drafting NDAs etc.
- Give accurate and timely counsel to executives in a variety of legal topics
- Specify internal governance policies and regularly monitor compliance
- Research and evaluate different risk factors regarding business decisions and operations
- Apply effective risk management techniques and offer proactive advice on possible legal issues
- Communicate and negotiate with external parties (regulators, external counsel, public authority etc.), creating relations of trust
- Draft and solidify agreements, contracts and other legal documents to ensure the company’s full legal rights
- Deal with complex matters with multiple stakeholders and forces
- Provide clarification on legal language or specifications to relevant stakeholders as needed
- Liaise and coordinate activities with legal professionals in other markets where appropriate.
- Draft, review, and revise a variety of instruments involving the company’s interests or the interests of its customers.
- Ensure that all company policies and procedures comply with legal and regulatory requirements.
- Drafting or assisting with the drafting of service agreements and technical SLAs to support the business operations.
- Reviewing and supporting technical changes to systems and reviewing functional requirements documents to ensure that proposed technical changes comply with legal requirements.
- Preparation and negotiation of contract terms with vendors and customers, third party sales agents.
- Coordinating advice from external law firms as required.
- Legal support for product development – including end to end process from product creation to marketing, servicing and fulfilment across all channels.
- Legal support for the structuring and execution of debt capital markets transactions, including warehouse facilities and loan book securitisation.
- Legal support for equity fundraising and investor relations.
- Collaborate with management to devise efficient defence strategies
- Conduct your work with integrity and responsibility
- Maintain current knowledge of alterations in legislation
- Perform any other duties as deemed necessary by the business.
- Deliver management information to the Board and relevant committee(s).
Technical knowledge and Experience
- BSc degree in Law or J.D. degree
- Qualified solicitor in England and Wales with strong commercial experience.
- Fluency in spoken and written English.
- Understanding and experience within the consumer lending and/or SME lending space.
- Ability to read, analyse and interpret business documentation and corporate communication.
- Strong problem solving skills with ability to deal with variety of variables.
- Takes a balance risk approach when giving advice.
- Highly developed communication skills.
- Consistently provides calm and customer focused behaviour.
- Demonstrates leadership skills.
- Highly developed drafting skills.
- Strong proven ability to advise on aspects of UK laws and local practice.
- Due diligence protocols and planning.
- Proven experience as a legal counsel in business environment
- Excellent knowledge and understanding of corporate law and procedures
- Full comprehension of the influences of the external environment of a corporation
- Demonstrated ability to create legal defensive or proactive strategies
- High degree of professional ethics and integrity
- Sound judgement and ability to analyse situations and information
- Outstanding communication skills
- MA or BSc in Business Administration will be considered an advantage;
- FCA regulatory framework.
- UK governance regulations and best practice.