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Head of Legal – Deputy General Counsel for Geneva

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Heading the banks legal department, the incumbent will manage and coach the legal team to proactively and professionally support all business lines of the Bank by providing a timely and high level legal support and advice while ensuring all activities are compliant with relevant laws and regulatory requirements.
Job description/ key responsibilities:
  • Lead the Bank legal department. Provide strong and continuous leadership, supervision, training and development of department staff ensuring an effective and motivated team
  • Act as senior legal advisor for all legal aspects of the Bank in Switzerland and abroad
  • Support relationship managers and management of the Bank in legal matters regarding the daily business of the Private Banking division
  • Ensure a sound and up to date knowledge of laws and regulation in the banking industry in order to successfully combine our legal framework with our business needs and activities
  • Review and ensure that all internal directives are kept up to date with applicable regulations, notably by serving as expert for the Regulatory Watch Committee
  • Ensure that client onboarding documentation are in accordance with applicable regulations
  • Manage all legal cases, claims and litigations and liaise with external legal advisors. Assist HR in efficient management of labour law litigations
  • Maintain and review all legal agreements and contracts to be entered into by the Bank
  • Support the legal needs of all entities of the group, including in the set-up of foreign entities and/or Rep Offices and liaise and coordinate activities with her/his counterparts in other entities of the Group
Professional experience & competencies:
  • 7-10 years of experience in a similar position in a private Bank including successful experience in people management and leadership
  • Ability to combine technical expertise with a clear and persuasive communication style and the confidence and independence to make sound judgement calls
  • Ability to work and experience in working in a complex matrix organization
  •  Strong report writing skills French and English
  • Strong attention to detail and execution skills
  • Proven track record of success in a similar role
  • Practical, pragmatic, business oriented and hardworking
  • Excellent client relationship management experience
  • Actively manage the expectations of the different stakeholders
Personal competencies:
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills
  • Capability to manage and motivate people, acting as a coach
  • Organisational agility, good business acumen with the ability to build long lasting relationships in the internal networ
  • Good interpersonal skills to work cohesively with colleagues and provide leadership on legal issues
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and in writing
  • Passion and commitment with high personal integrity
  • Ability to work under pressure, to prioritize, assess risks and make pragmatic and business- centric decisions in line with legal requirements
  • Pragmatic approach and finding business oriented solutions
  • Independent of thought
  • Results oriented
  • Strategic thinking & with follow-up execution
Language requirements:
  • Fluent in French and English with solid communication and presentation skills
  • Good knowledge of German (reading in particular)
IT Skills:
  • User level in all common IT tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Education:
  • Swiss certified Lawyer with bar admission
Domiciled in Switzerland
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Your consultants

Ikram Fadleddine

Talent Acquisition Specialist
Zurich

5 Place de la Synagogue
1204 Geneva

+41 (0)22 552 01 05

Laurent Sauté

Director
Zurich

5 Place de la Synagogue
1204 Geneva

+41 (0)78 666 41 85

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