ASSOCIATE LAWYER

Permanent contract|Madrid|Legal / Taxation / Compliance

ASSOCIATE LAWYER

Madrid, Spain Permanent contract Legal / Taxation / Compliance

Responsibilities

The Societe Generale Group has been in Spain since 1906 offering retail banking products until 1992. Since 1992, the Group changed its focus to Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management and Banking Services. Today, the Group is one of the major actors on the Spanish market.

The Legal function is the community of in-house lawyers and Legal support staff of all Société Générale (“SG”) group entities. The Legal department in Société Générale, Sucursal en España (“SGSE”) assists all its divisions, managing their legal risks, providing legal advice and producing or commissioning qualitative normative and contractual legal documentation.

Mission: 

The Legal Function comes under the authority of the Group General Counsel to whom all legal staff report either hierarchically or functionally. Its organization, which is set out in the Charter of the Group Legal Function, is business-driven and based on Group-wide coordination mechanisms that ensure its proper implementation.

This Associate position is located in Madrid where the team is currently composed of 3 lawyers dedicated to the Wholesale Banking activities of Société Générale in Spain (market products, financing and advisory, securities services and corporate global transaction banking)

Its key missions include:

  • The definition and Group-wide coordination of Société Générale legal policies to ensure that the legal community speaks with a single voice and tackles issues in a coherent manner
  • The closer monitoring and improved control of legal operational risks
  • Contributing to the Group's operational efficiency through internal and external cost control

Tasks and responsibilities:

To ensure the legality of the transactions entered into by SGSE or originated by SGSE bankers and business lines and to provide general legal advice to the business divisions of SGSE (as regards Spanish law and, occasionally, English law with the support of other internal qualified lawyers or external law firms) and assist other legal department colleagues or business lines of SG regarding Spanish law matters.

In particular, provide legal advice and draft, review or negotiate legal documentation for or consisting of:

  • Domestic and international financing transactions (general corporate facilities, acquisition finance, leveraged finance, project finance, real estate finance, export finance) including bilateral and syndicated facilities, security arrangements, guarantees and intercreditor agreements;
  • Master agreements and related documentation for derivatives (FX, currency, equity) under CMOF and ISDA forms;
  • Transaction ancillary documents, including non-disclosure agreements, reliance and release letters, support letters, mandates, term-sheets and disclaimers;
  • Financial products distribution agreements and brokerage agreements or mandates;
  • Custody agreements and other legal documentation related to the securities services division;
  • Payments services and trade finance division related agreements including bank accounts, overdraft facilities, confirming, guarantee lines, documentary credits;
  • Coordination (with the support of external lawyers) of litigation and pre-litigation matters (specifically including the follow up of bankruptcy and pre-insolvency proceedings and other litigious matters);
  • Drafting and coordination of the granting and revocation of powers of attorneys for the employees of SGSE and review of clients’ capacity checks;
  • Review and negotiation/approval of non-banking contracts for the SGSE including service agreements, utilities and contracts with other external providers;
  • Regulatory proceedings and agreements (CNMV, Stock Exchange, Iberclear).

Profile required

Studies & experience:

  • Fully qualified and admitted (Colegiado) Spanish lawyer;
  • A postgraduate (Master studies) in banking and finance or corporate law by a reputed school will be highly valued;
  • 3-4 years of minimum experience in banking & finance law practice in a law firm or the legal department of a credit institution.

Language skills:

  • Spanish (native or equivalent level);
  • English (advanced level, verbal and written);
  • French would be a positive addition.

Technical, operational & Soft skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite;
  • Excellent writing & communication skills;
  • Active listening;
  • Attention to details;
  • Ability to manage stressful/difficult situations;
  • Reliability and being quality-oriented;
  • Client and Result oriented;
  • Motivation and tenacity;
  • Responsible and committed;
  • Being able to propose NEW IDEAS and contribute to the CHANGE process;
  • Team spirit: able to focus the energy and talent on COLLECTIVE success.

Why join us

Société Générale Spain is a multi-category bank offering every employee the possibility to have several careers in a professional career path. Internal mobility and training are two core areas we focus on, in a dynamic, prosperous and evolving context.

Business insight

At Societe Generale, we are convinced that people are drivers of change, and that the world of tomorrow will be shaped by all their initiatives, from the smallest to the most ambitious.

Whether you’re joining us for a period of months, years or your entire career, together we can have a positive impact on the future. Creating, daring, innovating and taking action are part of our DNA.

If you too want to be directly involved, grow in a stimulating and caring environment, feel useful on a daily basis and develop or strengthen your expertise, you will feel right at home with us!

Still hesitating?
You should know that our employees can dedicate several days per year to solidarity actions during their working hours, including sponsoring people struggling with their orientation or professional integration, participating in the financial education of young apprentices, and sharing their skills with charities. There are many ways to get involved.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 21000CXQ
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2021/06/01
Publication date: 2021/04/20
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