Senior Lead Counsel
Louis Dreyfus Company
Geneva, Switzerland
vor 4 Tg.

Summary Louis Dreyfus Company is a global player in the commodities sector. Its businesses include worldwide origination, transport, processing and merchandising of agricultural commodities.

LDC is looking for an experienced commercially minded lawyer to be the senior lead lawyer within the trade support team of a busy Geneva-based legal team.

This role will involve the provision of day-to-day legal support to LDC and its affiliated companies in the Europe Black Sea Middle East and Africa ( EMEA ) region and to coordinate advice with other legal teams in the LDC group.

This key role requires strong understanding of the areas in which LDC operates and physical and prop trading of agri-commodities.

The ideal candidate will have to be bring very strong knowledge of ICA, GAFTA, FOSFA etc. terms of business as well as strong shipping experience.

He / she will have to be a highly organised, rigorous and motivated individual, very hands-on with a commercial aptitude and highly collaborative approach with self-assured developed legal skills / expertise.

A willingness to actively share experience and insights with more junior members of the team is a prerequesite. Main

Responsibilities Along with the below listed responsibilities, the employee should conduct any other business related to the function as required by his supervisor.

  • Provide commercial legal advice focused on trading and operational activity, including contract drafting and negotiation supporting businesses in the EMEA region.
  • Provide legal and compliance support with a focus on trading, financial engineering / structured product and capital market transaction matters.
  • Draft, review and negotiate a broad range of commerial contracts; this will include LDC trading and sales activity and LDC’s industrial activities;
  • Advise on P&I Club and other insurance issues;
  • Regulatory and compliance advice and assistance;
  • Support with respect to dispute resolution / management of litigation issues, co-ordination with LDC Legal team;
  • Assisting with LDC project activities and other business development transactions;
  • File management and liaising with local counsel in each jurisdiction as required;
  • Active involvement in legal cost reporting and tracking
  • Analysis and monitoring of legal and regulatory developments
  • Act as mentor and quarterback to the more junior lawyers in the trade support legal team regionally
  • Act as main point of contact for auditors to monitor and report material (trade support related) litigations in the region
  • Give strategic advice to the Group General Counsel and regional CLO’s to improve terms of business leveraging on lessons learned on the dispute side
  • The role is intellectually sophisticated and challenging. All of the above will need to be done under pressure, and in response to questions in person including from people at the top of the organization.
  • It will be routine for example to be asked on to a call at no notice and be asked questions by a platform head in connection with a situation that has arisen suddenly. Experiences
  • Experience in solving day to day complex problems and operational and logistics issues arising from the flow of commodities globally.
  • Ability to understand legal and commercial issues quickly, to digest and analyse the situation, to form hypotheses, to draw inferences and to question assumptions, to test ideas, to propose solutions, to discuss and argue constructively.
  • Strong business and legal judgment and commercial attitude
  • Analytical approach to identifying and practical approach to solving issues
  • Excellent aptitudes for communication and presentation, experience of working in an international environment.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, to respect deadlines and to assume responsibilities. Skills -More than 15 years, ideally including time in private practice ideally with 5+ years in a trading house with experience training in-house at a commodities trading company a plus.
  • English. French and / or Spanish as well would be an advantage
  • Self-motivated, diligent and detail-oriented
  • Ability to successfully interact with executives as well as staff Required
  • Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Required

    Education -UK qualified lawyer. Dual qualification a bonus.-Law degree or equivalent.

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