Internship Legal Counsel - 12 months– M/F

 Zürich - Switzerland       Internship        Corporate and Investment Banking


Main Mission:

                You will be working as part of the SGCIB Swiss Legal team (based in Zurich). We provide comprehensive advice and services on Swiss and international law and regulatory aspects in a national and international banking context. The close collaboration with our local business lines but international legal and business colleagues also is integral part of our work ensuring the application of the highest legal standards and compliance with national and international legal and regulatory requirements. At present, our particular focus is on the implementation of the new legal and regulatory requirements stipulated under FinSA and FinIA. You will be reporting to the Head of Legal Switzerland and your responsibilities will include inter alia.

Tasks and responsibilities:

- Drafting of certificates and warrants issuance documentation, e.g. Swiss simplified prospectuses and EUPD base prospectus final terms and the random control of the documentation produced by IT tools;
- Drafting and negotiation of related documentation, including distribution agreements, non-disclosure agreements etc.;
- Liaising with the relevant Clearingsystems and Stock Exchanges and service-providers where the products are listed and admitted to trading;  
- Executing the production of relevant documents and assisting in the maintenance of the various templates and sets of legal documentation;
- Advising the business on legal and regulatory risks across its product range, in particular structured products and fund distribution and assisting with client communications from the point of view of managing legal risk;
- Providing legal advice to legal colleagues of other SG Group entities/branches in Paris, New York and other jurisdictions in respect of Swiss law aspects of international financial services;
- Conduct legal research in relation to new legal and regulatory developments with respect to financial services and products offered by the Swiss business lines, e.g. arising in relation to the offering of structured products, the distribution of funds, cash management and pooling, clearing and settlement;
- Supporting in the implementation of FinSA and FinIA.

All our positions are open to people with disabilities



- Swiss law Bachelor and Masters of Laws graduate with very good academics;
- Alternatively, vast experience in this business activity and banking specific training;

Language Skills:

German C2 (fluency)
English B2 (fluency)
French A2 (French language skills are a plus)

Technical skills, operational skills and experience:

- First practical experience with bank and financial services related legal and regulatory matters, in particular with structured products, debt securities, fund distribution;
- Experience of working on programme documentation including on structured products programmes using as underlyings one or more of the following asset classes: interest rate, credit, equity, commodity, funds
- A good ability to exercise prudent commercial judgment while managing legal risk;
- Previous experience of working in-house in either an investment bank or other relevant financial services environment, including experience in working with different internal departments and demonstrable ability to deal with work promptly, accurately and in conformity with the internal guidelines.


- Excellent communication skills with colleagues from different professional and cultural backgrounds;  
- Ability to establish credibility quickly with the business lines and other internal functions;
- Articulate, friendly and approachable team player;
- Good organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail;
- Interest in/willingness to learn more about products with complex structures and payoffs;
- Ability to work under pressure;
- Willingness to take on responsibility.


SG Zurich Branch (CIB) provides innovative financial solutions, advisory services and capital market products serving the needs of its corporate, institutional and private clients. Present in Switzerland since 1927 SGCIB Zurich Branch offers local and cross-border expertise providing a full range of financial services to its clients with a particular focus on securities, services to foreign funds, trade finance and cash management services.

Job code: 19000M5Y
Business unit: SG CIB
Starting date: 02/09/2019
Date of publication: 26/07/2019
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Internship Legal Counsel - 12 months– M/F

Internship   |   Zürich - Switzerland   |   Corporate and Investment Banking