Legal Associate

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 4 days ago

Reference 1441247

 Job Description

The successful candidates will work within our teams to support our global Tier 1 Investment Banking clients across a broad range of functions.  

Role Responsibilities

  • Carry out legal capacity and authority due diligence checks
  • Review and implement advice from collateral netting and legal opinions
  • Draft, negotiate and arrange for the execution of a wide range of legal trading documentation including, but not limited to, ISDAs, CSAs, GMRAs, GMSLAs and Prime Brokerage documentation to facilitate trading in line with current financial regulations
  • Liaise with trading desks, client relationship teams, risk management and specialist legal teams to resolve various derivatives-related issues
  • Work closely with relevant stakeholders on client launches and priorities to ensure timely execution of all trading documentation
  • Liaise with the appropriate teams to ensure trading accounts are activated and ready to meet Day-1 trading requirements 
  • Ensure all trading documentation is in adherence with MiFID II, Dodd-Frank EMIR and other regulatory requirements where necessary
  • Liaise with local counsel in multiple jurisdictions to register security interests created under new client trading relationships 

Required Experience

  • Undergraduate law degree (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of two years’ experience as a documentation negotiator independently analysing, drafting, negotiating and advising on a busy portfolio of client documentation requests (including ISDA/CSA/GMRA/GMSLA and other related documents)
  • Experience of working with an investment bank, asset manager, stock exchange, clearing house or depositary (either in-house or through a third party intermediary)
  • Working knowledge of the financial services industry specifically with regards to the regulations affecting the derivatives market (Dodd-Frank and EMIR)
  • Language skills, preferably Spanish, German, Italian or Dutch, are desirable 

Person Specification

  • Self-starter with a proactive approach and ability to work without supervision
  • Excellent business judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail and high-quality standards of documentation, processes and control environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organisational skills, both verbally and written
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and demanding environment
  • Ability to influence people across different locations