Banking and Finance, Capital markets, Company commercial, Competition and antitrust, Corporate Finance and M&A, Fraud & White Collar Crime, Financial Services, Funds, Governance, risk and compliance, Intellectual Property, Litigation and dispute resolution, Regulatory, Restructuring, insolvency and debt recovery
Responsible for driving legal projects and activities relating to the General Counsel’s Office function, servicing South Africa and assisting the General Counsel with servicing Africa - with special emphasis on reviewing and negotiating various contracts and providing internal legal advice to other teams across service lines while adhering to EY’s internal policies (both locally and internationally).
The candidate will report to the General Counsel, Africa Region.
Duties and responsibilities will include the following:
General Counsel Office (GCO):
The Legal Manager will assist the GCO with the following tasks across the Africa Region of EY, and across all service lines in the EY Africa Region -
General - Draftingand negotiating various agreements across audit and advisory service lines,including global framework agreements, local implementation agreements, servicelevel agreements, technology agreements, intellectual property agreements,procurement agreements, confidentiality agreements and data usage agreements;
Ability to advise engagement teams on all currentcommercial contracts (e.g. Structuring, development of templates);
Reviewing and contributing to drafting firmpolicies including authority and delegations framework;
Acquisitions – currentlegal work on local acquisitions including working with external counsel ondeal structure and acquisition agreements, coordination with other members ofLegal for cross-border acquisitions;
Litigation – Coordinationof litigation matters in close relationship with Africa Regional GeneralCounsel and relevant Quality Service Line Leader (including risks and prospectsanalysis and briefing external legal counsel);
Providing advice to business units on potentialclaims as well as forming part of special ad hoc panels to manage the risk ofpotential claims;
Providinginput/reporting to legal risk committee;
Assist the GCO in the rendering services of thefollowing to the service lines:
Reviewing and negotiating Engagement letterssuggested clients changes to of amendments to EY’s standard terms andconditions,
Terms of Business, Reviewing, negotiating anddrafting various agreements across various service lines (including Advisory,Tax, Transactions, and Assurance) including but not limited to – Hold harmlessletters,
Confidentiality and Request for Tenders, Bidsubmissions or Request for Proposal,
Reviewing various agreements inclusive of thefollowing type of agreements:
Service level agreements
Global framework agreements
Responses to requests for proposals/bids
Service provider Agreement
Any other bespoke agreement required by the servicelines
Consider the legal risks in the agreementsinclusive of Limitation of Liability – request to exceed normal limit;
Provision of internal legal opinions to asrequested by the service lines or the General Counsel negotiation,drafting/reviewing of agreements and other legal documentation;
Assistance dealingwith managing disputes and litigation matters(commercial) , andcompliance, legislative and regulatory requirements as requested by the GeneralCounsel;
Consultations and drafting of all types ofcontracts and agreements but specifically those in respect of businessrelationships, consortia, subcontracting arrangements, alliances andsecondments;
Dealing with subpoenas and claims brought againstthe firm;
Manage the Master Template Database of contract andother legal precedents;
Assist in the maintenance of a register of legalwork done;
Assist in the maintenance of register of deviationsfrom standard contract terms;
Drafting and research for legalopinions. Research on matters as required by the General Counsel;
Assistance with Projects as undertakenby the GCO;
Assistance with the notification ofclaims and circumstances project (which happens twice a year);
Liaison with external legal practitioners, andErnst & Young (EMIA) and Global (EYG), where appropriate;
· Attending to data privacy review of EY applications;
· Assistance with selected areas of compliance issues;
· Assist with legal support to the Africa EY practices on various legal matters;
· Minimum bachelor of laws degree
· Solid commercial drafting, reviewing and negotiating skills
· Business acumen
Experience within a similarindustry sector and/or financial services
Experience in managing litigationmatters is essential
· Top administration skills with a high proficiency in the use of Microsoft office programmes
· Excellent relationship skills which sometimes may be tested when dealing with pressure
· Assertive, proactive and energetic
· Willingness to work overtime when necessary
· Strong team player
· Strong organisational and project management skills
· Well rounded corporate and commercial experience
· Experience in an auditing firm and with compliance and company secretarial matters will be an
· Adaptive and ability to think on your feet
· Decision making capabilities
· Ability to manage with matters with little or no assistance
· Flexibility to travel if required
Qualifiedto practice law in South Africa.
Atleast 5 plus years of post-qualification legal experience, preferably with aninternational law firm and/or multi-national corporation with at least asignificant portion of such experience occurring in South Africa.
Extensiveexperience in litigation is required.
Ideally,in-depth experience of the professional services industry.
Developedcommercial awareness with an outcome orientated approach and the ability toapply legal principles pragmatically.
Unquestionedethics and integrity.
Highlevel of self-confidence and energy.
Highlevel of intellectual agility, initiative, self-motivation, resourcefulness,and patience.
Pragmaticwith strong business acumen.
Strongorganizational skills with attention to detail.
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