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Principal, Counsel

Posting Date: 03-Nov-2021

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 23645
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division Office of the General Counsel
Dept. / Bus. Group Banking & Corporate Recovery
Business Unit Banking - Spruce
Job Key 50038168
OTE/NOTE not eligible for overtime
Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time
PMF Band 06
Recruiter Elena Lazarou
Contract Type Fixed Term
Contract Length 3 years
Posting End Date 05/12/2021 


Job Title: Principal, Counsel Banking Operations


Role Overview


EBRD’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is at the core of EBRD’s mandate to support the transition process to market economies in 38 economies ranging from Central and Eastern Europe and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia. The Office of the General Counsel handles all legal aspects of the EBRD’s lending and investment transactions, provides legal advice for institutional and administrative matters and supports EBRD’s policy development in its region through its legal transition program.


The Office of the General Counsel is currently recruiting for a Counsel position within the Banking Operations group. The position will be based in London.


The successful candidate will be offered a three-year fixed-term contract.


Accountabilities & Responsibilities


As an international transactional lawyer, you will:

  • have principal responsibility for a number of EBRD's lending and equity transactions (i.e., secured and unsecured lending operations, private equity investments, etc.) throughout EBRD’s countries of operations, advise on the structuring of such transactions, select and manage the engagement of external law firms, draft and negotiate transaction documents and assist in the implementation thereof;
  • contribute to the knowledge management activities of OGC; and
  • help carry out EBRD's policy mandate in the context of its lending and equity operations, e.g., with a view to ensuring compliance with EBRD’s environmental standards and other policy requirements.

This job description is not limited to the responsibilities listed and the incumbent may be requested to perform other relevant duties as required by business needs.


Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications


Candidates are expected to:

  • have a law degree from a leading university; for candidates from civil law jurisdictions, a post graduate law degree (e.g., LLM) from a common law jurisdiction would be preferred;
  • be admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, and preferably have professional experience in both civil and common law;
  • have at least six years of post-qualification practising experience gained at a top-rated law firm;
  • have relevant professional experience as a lawyer working on English law governed financing agreements in one or more of the following fields:
    • Cross-border banking transactions involving the taking of security, e.g., project financing, bank financing or concession financing;
    • Cross-border private equity investments; and/or
    • Cross-border corporate or capital markets transactions;
  • be particularly interested in emerging markets work; and
  • have an excellent command of the English language, including a demonstrated skill to draft and negotiate legal documents in English. Fluency in an additional language, in particular Russian, French, Turkish or Arabic, would be an asset.


Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does.  A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.  As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.

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