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Senior Legal Counsel, Netherlands

Ref R-84657 Location Amsterdam, North Holland

Job role:

To provide legal support (either internally or by way of management of external suppliers) to the European Legal Director, the EU Legal Team and the EU business

Primary Responsibilities:

Legal Work

  • Support the delivery of strategic initiatives and in year AOP to realise Assurant Europe’s vision and business objectives
  • Draft, review and negotiate legally sound commercial contracts
  • Provide legal support to the sales and business development teams, advising on contractual arrangements with clients and suppliers and other third parties
  • Provide general compliance support to the business and the EU Compliance team
  • Interpret and apply local laws and regulations to the business
  • Advise on commercially viable solutions to legal issues
  • Advise and provide recommendations to the business on legal risk and provide first line mitigation via insight and pragmatic support
  • Manage external counsel on specific issues and costs
  • Support with legal training needs for the business

  • Manage communication with key stakeholders, including the EU Legal Team and the European Legal Director, Executive Team, EU Senior Leadership Team and US Managers
  • Act as deputy for Legal Director, France where required
  • Act as deputy for Company Secretary, Europe where required
  • Legal support to Risk, Compliance and Audit teams and also HR where required

Legal Administration

  • Assist in management of local legal systems and controls and assess on-going effectiveness
  • Assist with implementation and maintenance of standard local legal templates and version control
  • Assist with process management, including external legal control, board processes
  • Assist with maintenance of a local library and filing systems to ensure availability of copy documents
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of local legislative changes

  • Maintain and comply with up to date internal legal policies

Risk Management

  • Report promptly to a line manager any perceived new risks or failure of existing controls

  • Acts as first line mitigation control
  • Implement and comply with group-wide risk policies and procedures

Requirements:

Experience

  • Dutch qualified lawyer (mid-level say 6-10 years) but other experience considered
  • In-house experience preferable but not essential
  • Delivering solutions with a commercial mindset
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Working or experience in a regulated insurance or financial services firm
  • Working at senior management level
  • Company secretarial experience

Knowledge:

  • Relevant knowledge of contract and commercial law
  • Some knowledge of Dutch / European Insurance regulatory regime
  • Some knowledge of Dutch Company Secretarial requirements
  • Not essential but desirable – knowledge of law relating to HR, litigation, regulatory other than insurance, corporate, IP

Skills:

  • Dutch and English speaking. French speaking desirable but not essential.
  • High degree of integrity and ability to manage confidential information.
  • Results oriented - good interpersonal skills combined with a highly professional manner.
  • Good time management and personal organisation with the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines under pressure
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Approachable and acts as role model and ambassador for the EU Legal team
  • Flexible and enthusiastic approach to team working.
  • Research skills.
  • Ability to analyse data from multiple sources and apply critical thinking
  • Strong written and oral communication

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