Corporate Finance Lawyer

Permanent contract|London|Legal / Tax / Insurance

Corporate Finance Lawyer

London, United Kingdom Permanent contract Legal / Tax / Insurance


Description of the Business Line or Department

The Legal Department in London (SEGL/JUR London) is a team of c.60 lawyers and legal advisers (permanent and temporary staff) providing legal advice and support to all London based investment banking business lines and those businesses and legal entities forming part of the SG Group in the UK.  It is divided into the following teams/areas of expertise: (i) Global Finance (sub- divided into Acquisition and Asset Finance (AAF), Financial Engineering and Group Financing (EGF), Natural Resources and Hedging (NRH)); (ii) Markets (sub-divided into Structured Over-The-Counter Derivatives (OTC), Programmes and Structured Issuances (PSI) and Debt Capital Markets (DCM)); (iii) Trading and Prime Agreements (TPA)  (sub-divided into Master Agreements (MAN) and Prime Services (PRM)); (iv) Securities Services; (v) Corporate Finance; (vi) Financial Services Regulation; (vii) Employment; (viii) Shared Internal Legal Services (incorporating Commercial and IT Contracts and Global Transaction Payment Services); and (ix) Data Protection.

The Legal Department is responsible for identifying and analysing legal and commercial issues, including communicating advice clearly and effectively, as part of an overall responsibility for managing and overseeing legal risk for the businesses supported.  The Legal Department is also responsible for managing its own conduct risk, promoting a positive culture of good conduct and compliance and contributing to the management of conduct risk throughout the businesses supported.

The Corporate Finance legal team (team of three) is responsible for supporting and providing legal advice, and identifying and analysing legal and commercial issues (including responsibility for managing and overseeing legal risk) for, principally, GLBA/IBD business lines operating out of Société Générale London Branch, as well as other (including non-SGCIB) businesses and legal entities forming part of the Société Générale Group in the UK.

In particular, in relation to:

•     GLBA/IBD M&A UK business lines, in particular the Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Power, Utilities and Infrastructure (PNU); Oil & Gas (ONG) and TMT teams, providing a range of corporate advice on advisory work re public and private company M&A (including UK Takeover Code),

•     Primary and secondary equity offerings and capital markets transactions led by Paris-based GLBA/IBD/MAN/EMG/FRA teams, including providing advice on Listing, Disclosure and Prospectus Rules

•     SG’s portfolio of principal investments and funds (via limited partnership and other structures)

•     UK-based internal SG corporate and Group development, such as intra group acquisitions and disposals, internal business reorganisations, external corporate transactions (including participation in joint ventures e.g. equity participations for MARK business lines)

•     General corporate legal advice required by internal support functions (Compliance, Tax, DFIN, Company Secretarial) and other business lines.

•     Liaising with colleagues within SEGL/JUR (London and other jurisdictions), London-based business lines and other support functions, as required.

Summary of the key purposes of the role

To provide legal support to UK GLBA/IBD M&A business lines and the European GLBA ECM team in support of CEEMEA ECM activity.

•     To assist with any current principal M&A and general corporate and commercial matters undertaken by the Corporate Finance legal team (team of three) in London, in relation to the SG Group in the UK.

•     More generally, to provide legal support and advice and to identify and analyse legal and commercial issues as part of an overall responsibility for managing and overseeing legal risk.

Summary of responsibilities

The responsibilities of the role require a corporate lawyer with broad experience of M&A and ECM transactions both in the UK and other European jurisdictions, advising both the issuer/corporate and the investment bank/financial adviser.

Key responsibilities:

•     Advising and liaising with the GLBA/IBD business lines in London on M&A advisory roles carried out by them, including acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures;

•     Advising and liaising with the European-based GLBA ECM team in support of CEEMEA ECM transactions (including responding to RFPs, IPOs, convertible bond issues, ABBs, block trades, rights issues, GDR listings) and in particular, on all legal aspects of SG’s role on any such transaction, including liaising with the execution team (based in Paris);

•     Participating in transaction clearance procedures for M&A and ECM transactions, as well as for principal M&A

•     Advising on internal general corporate matters for SG’s London based business and Group companies in the UK, including principal M&A

•     Advising on corporate aspects of MARK e-businesses and equity investments;

•     Advising on ad hoc corporate queries from internal clients, within the London legal department or from legal departments in other jurisdictions;

•     Providing support to the Company Secretary in relation to UK based SG Group companies and subsidiaries, where necessary;

•     Liaising with the Compliance department and other stakeholders, where required, in relation to corporate finance transactions on which SG is advising, internal policies and procedures, interaction with regulators etc;

•     Updating and contributing to internal policies and procedures, templates and precedents both for the Corporate Finance team and for the business lines (in conjunction with Compliance);

•     Undertaking and organising training for the business lines supported;

•     Supervising graduate trainee (along with other members of Corporate Finance and SILS team); and

•     Acting as a control point for group Conduct Risk matters, both in terms of business line activity and of that within our own team.

Profile required


All members of the Legal Department are expected to demonstrate the basic principles of the SG Leadership Model:

  • Team Spirit: working with colleagues inside and outside of the Legal Department to achieve success
  • Innovation: demonstrating common sense, looking for simple, efficient solutions
  • Responsibility: having the courage to do the right thing and being aware of relevant risk (whether legal, conduct or other risk)
  • Commitment: being engaged, showing consideration for others and contributing to a positive attitude in the Legal Department, and more widely within SG

In addition, Directors are expected to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Identifies, analyses and solves complex legal issues within area of coverage, proactively detecting legal risk and taking appropriate initiatives to ensure it is addressed, demonstrating appropriate level of attention to detail
  • Works with extended autonomy and in coordination with other lawyers/teams; able to manage projects, applying project management best practices
  • Establishes prompt/effective resolution of business partners’ issues, takes responsibility for handling business partners’ legal issues and answering their concerns efficiently and organises follow up to ensure problems are resolved; effectively manages own area of responsibility, collaborates with business partners and can manage competing demands, provides clear and concrete solutions, alternatives and fall back positions where appropriate
  • Where applicable, pays close attention to management of HR; effectively supervises the work of other lawyers, delegates work to others in order to develop their skills (and encouraging them to take responsibility in their area of coverage), gives constructive feedback adapted to the individual, defines clear roles, processes, resources and standards of performance in line with Department’s objectives
  • Promotes and suggests, where appropriate, simplification to tasks, processes, legal advice and documentation
  • Provides support/leadership in crisis situations, apply appropriate procedures
  • Demonstrates solid knowledge of banking industry
  • Promotes collaborative efforts and team or individual contributions and ensures training is provided to staff
  • Endorses and cascades to staff top management’s messages
  • Shows exemplary commitment and promotes results orientated approach within area of coverage
  • Able to think “outside the box” and to generate innovative ideas/solutions in areas of coverage when appropriate; actively drives or supports innovations, contributing to defining concrete steps to implement them

Other Generic competencies

  • Strong communication skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability; must be able to respond to the changing regulatory environment
  • Ability to make decisions
  • Analytical skills
  • Teamwork; must be able to work effectively with a number of different departments and business heads
  • Ability to establish credibility quickly with internal clients
  • Must demonstrate an innovative approach to legal issues in support of business initiatives and objectives
  • Capacity to act in a proactive manner in a demanding business
  • Fluency in French (desirable but not required)

Why join us

People join for the impact they can have on us. They stay for the impact we have on them. A flatter structure offers visibility and exposure beyond that of our competitors, so you know our names, and we know yours. It's personable, human, and inspires success through passion. By encouraging open mindedness and a willingness to share ideas, we have adapted to market changes and thrived through innovation. Bringing words like “hard work” and “dedication” together with “community” and “respect” has enabled us to work collaboratively and build our future together. We call this Team Spirit and it's what makes us different. It's what makes you different.

Business insight

If you feel you have the required experience and qualifications, then please apply to the SG Resourcing Team, and we will manage your application. At Société Générale, we believe our people are our strength and are core to the success of our business. As such, we search for, recruit and appoint the best available person on the basis of aptitude and ability, regardless of sex, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief or gender identity.

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, 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: 21000W10
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2021/12/20
Publication date: 2021/11/11