Corporate Counsel - UK
Location: LONDON, United Kingdom

The UK Corporate Counsel will report directly to the UK Associate General Counsel, providing legal services to the UK and Israeli businesses. The legal function is embedded into the fast growing UK 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 the UK, Israel 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 with Associate General Counsel.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Keeping abreast of legal and regulatory updates in EMEA, advising the business of the consequences of those changes and working closely with others on affecting regulatory change
• EMEA Corporate governance, including some regulatory filings and maintenance of corporate records such as board minutes.
• Global Vendor contract review, interpretation, and drafting, including negotiating NDAs as well as advising the business on insourcing and outsourcing arrangements.
• Working closely with the US based Privacy and Security teams to implement changes arising from the General Data Protection Regulation and advising on compliance with the regulation on an ongoing basis as well as other legal matters arising from implementation of cybersecurity enhancements and data governance improvements.
• Working closely with the Human Resources and Compliance teams to build out regulatory compliant employee infrastructure in EMEA.
• 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.
• Assistance with the management of external counsel relationships in EMEA.
• Delivery and arrangement of training to EMEA teams on a broad range of legal and business topics.


Skills and Requirements:
• Solicitor qualified in England and Wales holding a current practicing certificate.
• Effective organisational and analytical skills; must have great attention to detail.
• Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
• Familiarity with contracts 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 Israel).
• 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. Supervises litigation matters that have been assigned to outside counsel.
• An ability to quickly gain a thorough knowledge of SVB’s bank operations and products.

The candidate must 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.

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