For our client, a global trading company with worldwide offices and yearly sales of CHF 7 billion headquartered in the Zurich Area we are looking for a Senior Legal Counsel reporting to the Top Management of the company.
Enable Management to take informed business decisions.
Identify creative and practical legal solutions to support and meet business needs.
Draft, review, negotiate and structure commercial agreements associated with trading activities, such as sales and purchase agreements, book-out, circle out and swap agreements, sales agency as well as consultancy agreements.
Provide legal advice and compliance guidance in all commercial areas, such as antitrust and competition law compliance, export control, sanction and embargo compliance, anti-bribery compliance, product liability matters as well as data privacy.
Provide legal interpretation of contractual obligations, assist in the negotiation and resolution of claims, including drafting and negotiation settlement agreements.
Manage international litigation and arbitration cases.
Provide legal advice and support to different groups within the company, primarily in the areas of trade finance, human resources, regulatory matters as well as environmental, health and safety.
Draft, review and negotiate confidentiality and joint venture agreements as well as Lols and MoUs.
Oversee the corporate maintenance of legal entities.
Retain, direct, instruct and supervise external counsel and other professional advisors.
Prepare and manage legal budgets, forecasts and accruals.
Law degree from a reputable University with at least 10 years PQE.
At least 5 years of experience in a similar function with an international trading company or working with a reputable law firm focusing on contract and international trade law.
Prior experience as a lawyer from a major law firm is a plus.
Admitted to the Bar in Switzerland or an EU Member State is a plus.
Fluency (written and verbal) in English is required. Knowledge of German and other languages is a plus.
Swiss working permit.
Strong analytical skills and a broad knowledge of international trade and corporate law.
Working knowledge of trade finance, human resources, regulatory and environmental law issues.
Excellent business judgment skills and ability to apply business solutions to legal problems
Self motivated, energetic, passionate with a positive mindset.
Well organized and able to independently manage and prioritize a changing workload and meet deadlines.
Superior written communication and drafting skills.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal communication and negotiation skills.