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Head of Legal – Deputy General Counsel for Geneva

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)
  • Swiss certified Lawyer with bar admission
Domiciled in Switzerland
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Ikram Fadleddine

Talent Acquisition Specialist

5 Place de la Synagogue
1204 Geneva

+41 (0)22 552 01 05

Laurent Sauté


5 Place de la Synagogue
1204 Geneva

+41 (0)78 666 41 85

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