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Longevity Partners

General Counsel

Europe


Longevity Partners is a multi-disciplinary energy and sustainability consultancy and investment business. It was established in 2015 to support the transition to a low carbon economy in the UK, Europe and worldwide. We have offices in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Austin and New York.

For this newly created role, Longevity Partners wishes to appoint an experienced, dynamic General Counsel to lead and further develop the global Legal function and to future-proof the Company. This is an outstanding opportunity for an international lawyer who combines diverse technical legal experience with strong commercial judgement and team management skills to help shape Longevity’s strategic growth initiatives and contribute to the ongoing development of the Company.

This position requires a seasoned, dynamic leader with significant experience of providing leadership and management to an international Legal function and who will be a proactive, expert, and progressive partner to the business as well as a commercial advisor to the Board of Directors and the Executive Board. This position is based in one of our European offices.


Key Responsibilities

Based in one of our European offices and reporting to the Global CEO, the successful candidate will be responsible for the international Legal function, comprising approximately 50 professionals based all over the world. He/she will have the mandate to review, assess and enhance the function and to position it as a delivery and service focused business partner.

The General Counsel will act as the first point of contact in all legal matters, including corporate transactions (M&A and disposals) and corporate law, commercial contract and contract management, disputes and claims and liability management.

He/she will work closely with the various stakeholders in Longevity Partners to promote, assess and analyse strategic and operational business risks in management, value chain and supporting processes across all of Longevity’s business agendas and all organisational levels.

Specific tasks & responsibilities will include the following:

  • The General Counsel provides strategic legal advice on all aspects of the mandate and operational issues, covering governance, corporate and institutional legal matters.
  • Provide high quality support and strategic guidance to the Board of Directors and the Executive Board on key legal, governance and regulatory issues within the organisation.
  • Horizon-scan to define the regulatory landscape in which the company operates.
  • Proactively build respectful, effective relationships with key business stakeholders across the business as a trusted business partner.
  • Timely, transparent and reliable legal risk management in order to avoid conflicts related to international laws and regulations.
  • Provide the necessary legal input on all transaction and contractual negotiations, responsible for protecting the company’s interests in the documentation and ensuring that a proper due diligence exercise is undertaken.
  • Oversee on an international basis the appointment and contribution of external legal advisors to ensure specified legal outcomes are delivered on time, within budget, and at the required quality.
  • Foster cross-functional collaboration with corporate functions.
  • Oversee the appointment and contribution of external legal advisers to ensure specified legal outcomes are delivered on time, within budget and at the required quality.


The successful individual will have:

Professional experience & Qualifications

  • In addition to first class technical legal skills, the successful candidate will possess outstanding business acumen and judgement, being able to effectively switch between the roles of legal and commercial advisor as well as being an excellent stakeholder engager.
  • A demonstrable track record as a General Counsel or Senior Divisional/Regional Counsel and of successfully advising international businesses, making a broader contribution at senior executive level and of advising on strategic and commercial issues.
  • Previous experience from the legal sector would be a clear preference, in particular with regard to claims management and the proven ability to balance customer centricity versus decisive protection against claims. Candidates with relevant experience from similar industry sectors will also be considered.
  • Significant breadth of experience advising on diverse issues including complex commercial contracts, corporate law and transactions, intellectual property, compliance, data privacy, anti-trust/competition law, litigation and regulatory affairs.
  • Demonstrable international operational experience and awareness of the cultural and geopolitical nuances across different countries and markets.
  • A proven and strong track record of selecting, managing and interacting with external legal resources cost-effectively.
  • Experience of managing, implementing and responding positively to change in an adaptive, innovative and flexible manner and in clear consultation with others to realise business improvement.

 

Leadership Characteristics

  • A credible, impactful, resilient and seasoned legal executive, with a high level of commercial acumen and the proven ability to influence key business leaders.
  • A highly motivated business partner with the stature and judgement to engage regularly with the Board of Directors and the Executive Board on key strategic topics with the self-assurance and confidence to provide clear and decisive advice.
  • Mature, resilient personality who provides leadership through an inclusive, consensus-driven and pragmatic approach.
  • Substantial commercial judgement and delivery focus to effectively support the growth and development of Longevity Partners.
  • An approachable and collaborative leader with strong negotiating and influencing skills and a constructive, commercial and imaginative approach to problem solving.
  • A proactive and positive communicator who is able to present messages clearly and to work in a fast-paced, delivery oriented yet values driven and customer-centric environment.
  • Able to work with ambiguity and manage change; well organised with attention to detail and the ability to work on multiple projects and in a global environment.
  • A high degree of accountability, tact and diplomacy with all constituencies; strong collaboration skills with peers and colleagues internally as well as externally.

 

Education 

  • An undergraduate degree as well as the appropriate legal qualifications in one or more relevant international jurisdictions.

 

Hiring Package 

  • Salary based on experience
  • Private medical insurance
  • Annual bonus.


To apply, email your CV to [email protected]