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Senior Lawyer - DCM

Non-disclosed London, United Kingdom
Posted 2 hours ago Hybrid Job Permanent Competitive
As a Senior Lawyer in our UK Legal team you’ll play a key role in providing legal advice on English law to the Markets business in the UK and Europe (and, when resources are available, to the rest of the Group), supporting the day-to-day business and new business initiatives.


What will your day look like? 


As a Senior Lawyer, you will: 

  • Provide support with respect to DCM transactions originated out of London, including MTN updates, EMTN drawdowns and standalone deals.
  • Provide support with respect to Markets-related transactions including drafting and negotiating OTC markets documentation across a range of products including ISDAs, bespoke CSAs, secured lending linked derivative transactions for project finance and capital call clients, and structured notes.
  • Assist in formulating and implementing approaches to reduce the Bank’s exposure to legal and regulatory risk and to develop new products, processes and policies including EMIR, MiFID, Dodd-Frank and Regulatory margining.
  • Identify legal risks arising from existing Markets business and new Markets initiatives and provide legal advice to Markets business on practical solutions to address such risks.
  • Minimise legal costs by reducing reliance on external legal support, ensuring competitive pricing on external legal spending, managing the use of external legal services to ensure legal requirements are met within budget and agreed timelines.
  • Seek continuous improvement in the provision of legal support in terms of quality, efficiency and risk management.
  • Instruct and liaise with external legal advisers (in the UK and overseas) and assist in the review and management of these relationships.


What will you bring? 


To grow and be successful in this role, you will ideally bring the following: 

  • Must be a qualified solicitor or barrister with strong experience of dealing with a wide range of matters concerning banking law and practice in the UK as it affects a major international bank, such experience having been obtained with a major City of London law firm and/or financial institution.
  • Able to manage complex contract negotiations to reach acceptable agreement between multiple parties when there are differing needs and agendas, and where leverage is limited.
  • A strong understanding of DCM products and documentation, and good experience/knowledge of other Markets/derivatives products and documentation.       
  • Have detailed knowledge of all relevant UK legislative, regulatory and industry requirements which may impact across the business.
  • Proactively act to create a future opportunity or bring about an improvement, e.g. introduce process change to alleviate pressure at busy times.
  • Anticipate potential problems to avoid.
  • Prepare for events; draw up contingency plans.
  • Actively promote legal and commercial solutions to assist business units in completing transactions successfully and within credit limits.   

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