London, GB

Legal Counsel (80-100%)

About the Role

The Legal Counsel role in the Legal P&C / L&H Transactions EMEA team is a legal partner role to Swiss Re's P&C and L&H Reinsurance business units in EMEA, with a focus on enabling origination and successful completion of reinsurance transactions (particularly in the Life & Health including Longevity space) as well as on ensuring proper governance and compliance with external and internal requirements. If you enjoy working as a partner to international business colleagues in a global organization and culturally diverse environment, we might have the right opportunity just for you!

In this role you will:

•    Work closely with a diverse group of structurers, marketers, client managers, underwriters, actuaries and other cross-functional colleagues as part of the transactions core team with a particular focus on Life & Health structured transactions including Longevity
•    Provide legal advice guidance and support in relation to complex structures particularly for Life & Health structured transactions including Longevity deals, retrocessions, parametric and index-based solutions
•    Review, draft and negotiate contracts and legal documents for reinsurance and retrocession transactions during structuring, negotiation, execution and implementation phases 
•    Conduct legal and regulatory due diligence on transactions; analyze and advise on legal and regulatory matters as they apply to Swiss Re's transaction activities in reinsurance
•    Support the strengthening of transactional knowledge management and the development of house positions for reinsurance and retrocession transactions, the development of efficient transactional policies, templates and best practices that maintain high legal, compliance and ethical standards
•    Facilitate international coordination of legal/regulatory issues and help to maintain and adjust the legal and regulatory framework and processes of Swiss Re in order to meet the legal, regulatory and internal requirements
•    Support internal group projects and initiatives, as needed; provide timely and concise input to senior management and ensure adequate management reporting
•    Instruct and manage outside counsel (as needed)
•    Conduct and/or arrange internal presentations and trainings on legal topics with focus on transactions
•    Monitor legal and regulatory trends affecting relevant business areas


About the Team

This role is reporting to Legal Lead P&C & L&H Transactions EMEA. This is an outstanding opportunity to work in a global team of lawyers in Legal Reinsurance. We are a group of passionate and business-oriented legal advisors operating in a global organization and culturally diverse environment. We support the business while safeguarding sound governance standards.
Swiss Re embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Our aim is to live visible and invisible diversity – diversity of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical abilities, personalities and experiences – at all levels and in all functions and regions.

About you

Qualification and Experience: 


We are looking for you if you:

•    Display a "can do" mindset, are dedicated and put the client first
•    Are a fully qualified lawyer (bar exam) in (preferred) UK or any EU jurisdiction, or equivalent
•    Have a minimum of five years post qualification experience, preferably in a law firm or in-house in the (re)insurance industry; experience in (re)insurance law, transactions, regulations, basic structured finance and collateral structures 
•    Have transactional experience in reinsurance-based solutions and structured transactions,  with an understanding of Life and Health business
•    Have experience and understanding of regulatory and licensing topics in cross-border scenarios 
•    Speak and write in English, other languages are a plus
•    Enjoy working independently and handling multiple requests and deadlines
•    Provide high-quality, timely client service that is balanced with a clear focus on protecting the interests and reputation of the firm
•    Are an effective written and oral communicator and adopt a pragmatic approach to problem-solving


Personal skills:

• You identify and report legal risks, provide professional advice, expertise and guidance, and apply sound judgement and counsel beyond the dimensions of laws and regulations
•    • You are a trusted business partner, who manages relationships and communicates legal and compliance concepts clearly and succinctly
•    • You possess excellent drafting, negotiation and influencing skills and can manage legal and compliance related matters
•    • You openly share assumptions, beliefs, values and thought process in reaching conclusions and are receptive to constructive challenge, are willing to learn, self-reflective, and collaborative
• You take responsibility for progress and/or outcomes, apply a measured appetite for risk, and plan ahead to deliver workable solutions #LI-Hybrid


About Swiss Re


Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime. Combining experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise, we create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 14,000 employees across the world.

Our success depends on our ability to build an inclusive culture encouraging fresh perspectives and innovative thinking. We embrace a workplace where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and develop professionally regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, skillset, thought or other characteristics. In our inclusive and flexible environment everyone can bring their authentic selves to work and their passion for sustainability.



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