Vacancy! - Senior Legal Counsel

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Our client is a fast growing Software group which has successfully created high growth technology companies in different sectors. The group focuses on delivering high impact technology solutions for emerging markets through a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. They now have an opening for a Senior Legal Counsel

Job Profile

This position reports directly to the CEO and will work closely with other senior leaders across the group. This role will require transaction and corporate law experience and a strong interest in technology and finance. Also, the ideal candidate will be responsible for handling a variety of complex legal projects and may require providing functional advice and/or training to junior attorneys

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide legal counsel to CEO and senior leaders and assist in due diligence, transaction structuring, drafting of terms sheets and key agreements, and manage external counsel; including issues relating to the group, it’s entity companies, and it’s investee companies (the group owns interests in some companies)

  • Support business negotiation and drive drafting and review of contracts, license agreements, and regional or country specific legal issues

  • Contribute to development and implementation of legal strategy across the group

  • Contribute to the development and management of a high performing legal department, including but not limited to:
    • Developing internal policies
    • Developing and managing budget and resources of legal department
    • Providing required training and mentorship to junior legal counsels
    • Supporting the identification and recruitment of high potential junior legal counsels
  • Advise senior leaders and board on corporate governance and legal best practices

  • Lead legal action and drive all legal proceedings involving the group and its interests (e.g., hiring, vendor agreement)

  • Provide professional, written and oral, legal advice to the executives and offices on reasonably complex legal and legal policy issues.

  • Manage the group’s relationship with governmental bodies and ensure full compliance with the local regulations and new legislative changes

  • Formulate, provide, advise and/or review all contracts/agreements between the Company, third parties, and new joint ventures, to ensure that the Company’s interest is protected and the best commercial position maintained.

  • Ensure all legal processes are in compliance with Company’s Code of Business Ethics and Standards.
  • Keep abreast of legislative changes

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 8+ years of experience as an attorney in a fast growing technology company and/or reputable law firm serving clients in the Technology, Financial Services, FinTech or related industries

  • LLB (or equivalent) degree from a reputable institution

  • A Master’s degree will be an added advantage

  • Self-starter with ability to work in a fast paced entrepreneurial environment with minimal supervision

  • Ability to assess risk and provide concise business-focused legal advice relating to complex business

  • Experience working on complex legal problems relating to cross-border transactional law, corporate law, and Labour law

  • Strong understanding of legal issues relating to intellectual property, privacy, data security, and open source development

  • Significant experience in drafting and negotiating regulatory permits/licenses
  • Experience working with multiple business functions and internal clients (e.g., Finance, Sales/Business Development, Engineering, Product Management, IT)

  • Experience engaging and managing external legal counsel

  • Strong leadership and stakeholder management skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication and time-management/project management skills