In-House Legal Counsel- Funds

Thomson LRC
Dublin, Ireland
€Excellent + Benefits
29 Mar 2019
26 Apr 2019
Job Title
In House Counsel
Practice Area
Banking, Funds, Regulatory
PQE Level
2-4, 5-7
Contract Type
Full Time

Exceptional in-house opportunity to join an international investment services business based in their offices in Dublin. You will work as part of a small in-house legal team, working collaboratively with the Compliance and Public Affairs team in the Wealth/ Investments business to provide a high quality, cost effective legal service.

Role Profile: 

  • Draft, review and maintain fund supplements and material contracts for UCITS and AIF products;
  • Draft and negotiate fund investment management agreements, amendments to such, fee agreements and a variety of other associated legal agreements;
  • Manage market opening process for funds and appointed managers to trade;
  • Work closely with external legal counsel and third party legal counsel in relation to the above, where appropriate; 
  • Provide practical, business-oriented advice on new product and service offerings, regulation impacting products, applicable governance requirements, product/service passporting and on emerging issues;
  • Support, promote and implement initiatives as part of the Legal team;
  • Work closely with colleagues in the wider Legal Compliance and Public Affairs Function; 
  • Maintain up-to-date legal knowledge to ensure compliance with relevant policies and legislation and provide legal advice;
  • Effectively prioritize work by understanding competing priorities and make appropriate judgments regarding relative importance;
  • Manage time efficiently; use appropriate judgment in determining how much time to spend on a project or matter;
  • Negotiate and manage costs of outside counsel effectively;
  • Escalate key issues for decision or information using appropriate judgment as to when to do so; 
  • Take the initiative; identify issues that go beyond the specific project requested by the internal client;
  • Manage expectations well; communicate regularly with internal business colleagues regarding projected timeframe for project completion;
  • Is a team player; offers to help colleagues and share work;
  • Take on and where necessary lead projects important to the department or the internal client and manage these effectively and to completion; 
  • Be able to clearly articulate and educate business colleagues on key legal and regulatory issues and developments; 
  • Know the company, its organisational and management structure, its markets and its businesses and keep abreast of goals. Maintain an internal and external network across relevant markets, lines of business and functions;

Candidate Requirements:

  • Relevant funds and asset management experience in a law firm or in-house;
  • Circa 1- 4 years PQE;
  • Experience negotiating and drafting funds related documentation and material contracts;
  • ISDA documentation & derivatives law an advantage;     
  • From a regulatory perspective, AIFMD, UCITS and MiFID and EMIR exposure is required;
  • Independent worker and self-starter; 
  • Excellent written and verbal skills;
  • Legal document drafting skills;
  • Strong commercial contracts experience;
  • Confident in explaining and defending advice given with the ability to take risk-based decisions;
  • Supports and embraces change; 
  • Team player and able to work effectively within a small  team;  
  • Excellent attention to detail and organisation skills; and
  • Highly driven and disciplined.
  • Technical Knowledge of some or all of the following areas:
  • Detailed technical knowledge of fund structures, parties to the fund and the differing fund types (UCITS / PIF/ QIAIF / QIAIF CCF / ICAV / Unit Trust);
  • Detailed technical knowledge of alternative assets / fund types and derivatives;
  • A solid understanding of regulatory and legal structures in relation to the Irish funds and investment management industry; 
  • Understanding of legal and regulatory risks associated with the investments business and legal options required to manage these risks.

On offer is a highly competitive salary and benefits package and the chance to work with a leading international organisation that offers excellent career progressing and work/life balance. 

For a confidential discussion or to apply, please contact:

David Thomson, Director

Telephone: Dublin: +353 (0) 1 699 1360