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The Corporate Counsel will report directly to the EMEA Assistant General Counsel, providing legal services to the organization globally but with particular emphasis on the EMEA businesses. The legal function is embedded into the fast growing EMEA business resulting in a fantastic opportunity for a qualified lawyer to develop their in-house experience in a small team where there is a broad variety of work, opportunity for development and a culture that encourages innovation. The individual will have experience in managing multiple projects and deliverables against deadlines and be able to engage with a broad range of stakeholders across the business in EMEA, the US and with the broader US legal function. They should be able to proactively learn the overall business to be better support the legal function in the execution of its duties, able to understand and analyse complex issues to come to conclusions supported by evidence and have attention to detail. The individual must be able to translate sound legal knowledge into practical business advice and communicate that advice in a clear and coherent way. They will need to be able to work on confidential and sensitive matters, exercising good judgement in the execution of their role and putting the needs of the business first. The role holder will also be expected to "cast the right shadow" within the wider business, including acting as a liaison point into both the UK and US legal function. The UK Corporate Counsel will need to use skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of industry practices and company policies and procedures; be able to resolve a wide range of issues in imaginative as well as practical way; and negotiate and draft agreements. JOB COMPLEXITY: Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Demonstrates good judgement in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Interacts with senior internal and external personnel. Excellent interpersonal, written/verbal communication skills. Thorough understanding of SVB's policies and legal requirements. JOB ROLE: Works primarily on core or day-to-day legal and banking issues: operations, litigation, legal process, contract negotiation, real estate issues, etc. Works with senior legal professionals in a coordinated manner. Executes directions from senior legal professionals with appropriate independence. Excels at issue/problem solving as issues arise. Has a solid understanding of SVB, including its businesses, regulatory environment, people, etc. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Drafting and management of template lending documents for relationship management teams in UK, Germany and Israel.
Drafting and management of FX template documents, including maintaining documents in compliance with EMIR and MIFID.
Working closely with the US based commercial bank attorneys to ensure that, as far as practicable, there is consistency across our lending and FX documentation and adherence to Credit requirements.
Management of EMEA law firm relationships, to include arranging quarterly review meetings and annual reporting to the EMEA leadership.
Working with EMEA based change management team on a broad range of EMEA projects ranging from product development and enhancement to strategic growth projects.
Drafting and maintenance of EMEA policies and procedures.
Delivery and arrangement of training to EMEA teams on a broad range of legal and business topics.
Effective organisational and analytical skills; must have great attention to detail.
Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Familiarity with contract law, finance documents and other general corporate documents.
Must be a highly self-motivated individual who can work independently and be a team player. Must be able to prioritize, and often handle simultaneously, multiple tasks, while maintaining attention to deadlines.
Proactive problem solving and project management skills.
Ability to excel in a dynamic and fast moving environment, with a willingness to learn new skills and take on new challenges.
An interest in the technology sector and venture capital / private equity transactions.
Willingness to be flexible with work hours to support international work (US and EMEA).
An ability to work independently in completing assigned duties. The role normally receives little instruction on day-to-day work but receives general instructions on new assignments.
An ability to quickly gain a thorough knowledge of SVB's bank operations and products.
Solicitor qualified in England and Wales holding a current practicing certificate.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE The candidate must possess a high level of energy and initiative and be capable of functioning as a collaborative partner and value-added business advisor. In style, the individual should be consultative versus directive and able to weigh options and alternatives effectively, yet equally capable of being decisive and willing to take risks where appropriate. The candidate must be hard-working, self-motivated and able to work independently in a team-oriented environment. The ideal candidate will possess a strong sense of urgency, be able to think beyond the initial set of facts or issues and have a strong orientation for probing for less than apparent solutions. He or she should bring a strong sense of ethics, sound business judgement and the desire to be a business-oriented problem solver.