Counsel

  • Negotiable
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • EBRD
  • 12 Sep 16

EBRD's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is at the core of EBRD's mandate to support the transition process to market economies in 36 emerging markets ranging from Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia, as well the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean.

Role Overview
EBRD's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is at the core of EBRD's mandate to support the transition process to market economies in 36 emerging markets ranging from Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia, as well the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. It handles all legal aspects of EBRD's lending and investment transactions, as well as of EBRD's finance operations, it provides legal advice on institutional and administrative matters and implements a legal technical assistance programme to support the legal transition process in the region.
We are currently recruiting for several Counsel positions within the Banking Operations team. The positions will be based in London.
Successful candidates will be offered a 3-year fixed-term contract.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  • As an international transactional lawyer, and under the supervision of more senior counsel within your team, you will have principal responsibility for a discrete number of EBRD's lending and equity transactions (i.e. secured and unsecured lending operations, private equity investments, participation in private equity funds, etc.) throughout EBRD's countries of operations, you will advise on legal structuring of such transactions, select and manage the engagement of external law firms, draft and negotiate transaction documents and assist in the implementation thereof;
  • You will contribute to the knowledge management activities of OGC;
  • You will help carry out the EBRD's policy mandate in the context of its lending and equity operations, e.g. with a view to ensuring compliance with EBRD's environmental standards and other policy requirements.

This job description is not limited to the responsibilities listed and the incumbent may be requested to perform other relevant duties as required by business needs .

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Have a law degree from a leading university; for candidates from civil law jurisdictions, a post graduate law degree from a common law jurisdiction would be preferred;
  • Be admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction and preferably have professional experience in both civil and common law;
  • Have between 3 and 5 years of post-qualification practising experience gained at a top rated law firm;
  • Have relevant professional experience as a lawyer working on English law governed financing agreements in one or more of the following fields:
    • Cross-border banking transactions involving the taking of security, e.g., project financing, bank financing or concession financing;
    • Cross-border private equity investments; and/or
    • Cross-border corporate or capital markets transactions.
  • Be particularly interested in emerging markets work;
  • Have an excellent command of the English language, including a demonstrated skill to draft and negotiate legal documents in English. Additional language skills, in particular Russian, Turkish, Arabic, or other languages spoken in Central and Eastern European or in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, would be an asset