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VAC4361 - Senior Legal Counsel

Division Legal
Location Dubai, U.A.E.
Closing Date 13-Oct-2019
About the Business

DP World is a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain. We operate multiple yet related businesses – from marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services to technology-driven trade solutions.

We have a portfolio of 77 operating marine and inland terminals supported by over 50 related businesses in 40 countries across six continents with a significant presence in both high-growth and mature markets. We aim to be essential to the bright future of global trade, ensuring everything we do has long-lasting impact on economies and society and creates a better future for everyone.

Our dedicated team of over 37,000 employees from 110 countries cultivate long-standing relationships with governments, shipping lines importers and exporters, communities, and many other important constituents of the global supply chain, to add value and provide quality services today and tomorrow.

We make sure cargo keeps moving so people have the things they need, when they need them, helping economies grow and nations prosper. It’s an important job, and one that requires smart, proud, passionate people working all across the world – people who are not afraid to innovate and find new ways of driving our business forward. We foster a culture of collaboration, innovation and respect. Our global workforce is made up of 45,000 people with over 110 different nationalities who bring their experience and expertise together, allowing us to be a global leader.

By thinking ahead, foreseeing change and innovation we aim to create the most productive, efficient and safe trade solutions globally.
About the Role Provision of commercially focused guidance, advice and assistance to head office and regional management over a broad range of legal matters (including on major transactions carried out by certain regions of DP World).  Liaison with, and supervision of, external legal counsel.
Key Accountabilities
  • Provide effective, reliable and user-friendly support, advice and assistance to senior managers within DP World on legal matters affecting any aspect of DP World’s business.
  • Review, draft and negotiate a broad range of legal documents (including joint venture agreements, management services agreements, concession agreements, and agreements for acquisitions and disposals), ensuring that legal requirements are met within such documents.
  • Identify and analyze legal issues arising in transactions and new projects.  Make clear and commercially focused recommendations in respect of such issues. Manage the transactions and projects (including their implementation) from a legal perspective.
  • Analyze material disputes and determine and implement strategy to be followed in each case.
  • Maintain strong links with external legal counsel.  Assist with the selection of appropriate external legal counsel for work that is to be outsourced. Manage external legal spend for projects for which the job holder has day to day responsibility.
  • Act as a liaison between commercial colleagues and external legal counsel.  Provide external legal counsel with clear and explicit instructions.  Oversee and review work carried out by external legal counsel. 
  • Provide effective reporting to the General Counsel.
  • Understand and adhere to DP World’s Code of Conduct Policy.
  • Ensure that any future direct reports are trained and evaluated on their knowledge of and adherence to compliance policies and procedures specific to their jobs.
  • Applicable should the role have direct reports - responsible for the management and leadership of an engaged team, promoting collaboration and ensuring that each is developed and evaluated against goals and objectives which are aligned, specific, measurable, attainable yet challenging, realistic and time bound.
  • Promote and demonstrate positive behaviours in harmony with DP World’s Founder’s Principles, values and culture.
  • Supervise other members of the legal team on specific projects as requested by the GC.
  • Ensure that the highest levels of safety are applied to all activities. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience

In order to give credible support to the organisation and be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Law Degree from an accredited university.
  • Qualification to practice law from a recognised legal regulatory body.
  • Minimum 7 years post qualification experience in an internationally recognised law firm and/ or multinational company.  Preferably experience working in the Middle East region. 
  • Knowledge of cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, and experience of managing transactions through to completion.  Ideally, knowledge and experience of international infrastructure projects and Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • Commercial awareness and understanding of business needs (including awareness and sensitivity to differing international legal and cultural business practices, and the flexibility to work within different cultural environments). 
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills.  
  • Ability to effectively negotiate legal issues and transaction documentation with counter parties.
  • Good communication and inter personal skills. 
Other Information

The employment benefits package is reflective of the location for this position.

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