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Standard Chartered Bank has currently opened the job doors for the position of Head of Legal (Wholesale Bank (WB) West Africa (Nigeria)) (Job ID: 378382). The job holder will responsible for legal transactions and issues in relation to Wholesale Bank businesses. The successful candidate provides legal advice and transactional support to the relevant business and is responsible for balancing being a trusted advisor to the WB businesses and an independent guardian as part of the bank’s corporate governance.

Head of Legal, Wholesale Bank West Africa (Nigeria) Key Roles & Responsibilities

Country and regional Leadership for WB Legal
  • Acts as a central point of reference for WB business legal issues in country and for the West Africa region, business and functional stakeholders, including WB Legal Leadership Team. WB business product coverage will cover the following WB product areas: Corporate Finance (M&A and Leverage Finance), Private Equity, Project Finance, Transactional Banking, Financial Markets and Origination and Client Coverage.
  • Working together with the WB Regional Heads of WB Legal in Africa and with the WBLC Regional Leadership Team in MEPA, to ensure appropriate resources, skills and capabilities to support WB business growth and address all WB legal risks in the region.
  • Implements consistent Team Legal objectives, priorities across the team, ensuring alignment with the global WB Team Legal agenda and policies.
  • Coordinates legal training with the Country Legal teams in West Africa to ensure that a balanced training programme is available to the lawyers in the region.
  • Raises awareness of, and addresses, legal risks and issues within the wider WB business area of responsibility through specific legal training.
  • Promotes active cooperation between the WB business and WB legal teams to encourage a collegiate working environment across the businesses.
  • Ensures that team works effectively and proactively with other support function teams to manage all country WB legal risks.
  • Ensures that external legal engagements are coordinated and effective and provides support for panel arrangements when required.
  • Manages costs of the WB business and WB legal team in accordance with the budget process.
Business and Stakeholder Partnering
  • Executes WB transactions and cases in a timely and effective manner.WB business product coverage will cover the following WB product areas: Corporate Finance (M&A and Leverage Finance), Private Equity, Project Finance, Transactional Banking, Financial Markets and Origination and Client Coverage.
  • Effectively manages the process of engaging external counsel, including providing effective instructions to external counsel and negotiating appropriate fee structures for the transaction / case in question.
  • Supports and facilitates internal product development through the new products approval process.
  • Develops appropriate forms of documentation for products and transactions in the country and region and, where required, supports the creation and/or, implementation of global standard documentation.
  • Regarded as a global / key contact in relation to particular area(s) of product specialism.
  • Uses technical knowledge of all business products undertaken in the jurisdiction to provide sound, technical product, legal and transactional advice to the business and to anticipate the impact of legal developments on the business and communicate such impact to the business.
  • Drives the development and maintenance of good relationships with internal and external business stakeholders at appropriate levels ensuring an open and cooperative environment.
  • Collaborates on a regular basis with Country Legal and Compliance teams and other functions under the  ‘One Bank’ principle of working together.
Legal and Product Risk
  • Leads in the proactive and strategic identification of material legal risks in the business, including those related to products - both existing products and those under development - and client segments. Influences stakeholders to improve the management of WB legal risk at a country level.
  • As part of the global new products approval process, ensures material legal risks in a country are appropriately addressed and or highlighted.
  • Provides legal advice, briefings, recommendations and reports on material legal risks and issues to business, country and functional stakeholders.
  • Contributes to WBLC  risk governance through providing country and regional perspective on legal risk policies and procedures and ensuring consistency in the country and region’s approach to legal risk management. Responsible for rolling out Legal Risk policies and procedures in-country. Responsible for rolling out Legal Risk policies and procedures within the WB business providing training where necessary.
The Head of Legal, WB West Africa (Nigeria) must have the followings qualifications & skills
  1. Educational background to degree level/post-graduate & professional studies as necessary to fulfil this role
  2. The candidate should independent, tenacious, robust and resilient.
  3. Personal authority and integrity
  4. Independence and resilience
  5. An inquisitive approach to practices, procedures and specific transactions
  6. Effective communicator and team player
If you want job in Standard Chartered Bank, please apply immediately at http://www.standardchartered.com/en/careers/index.html.

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