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London, GB

Legal Counsel Longevity (80-100%)


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.

At Swiss Re we combine experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise to create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 13,000 employees across the world.

We offer a flexible working environment where curious and adaptable people thrive. Are you interested in joining us?


About the Role


Are topics like transactions and longevity solutions close to your heart? Then we might have the right opportunity just for you!


The Legal Counsel partners Swiss Re's Reinsurance business unit in EMEA to provide legal support with some emphasis on its longevity reinsurance business. The role focuses on enabling origination and successfully executing longevity transactions and EMEA reinsurance business initiatives whilst ensuring proper governance and compliance with internal and external requirements, and supporting the successful management of in-force business. The geographical scope of the role is wide, and you need to be able and willing to adapt to changing market dynamics, different legal systems and cultures.


In your role you will:

  • Provide legal advice and support Swiss Re's growing longevity reinsurance business (structuring, negotiating, executing, implementing and managing transactions)

  • Support a variety of other bespoke transactions such as reinsurance/retrocession business, new product development and related transactions, internal group projects and strategic initiatives

  • Conduct legal and regulatory due diligence on transactions; review, draft and negotiate deal documentation; prepare legal risk assessments; instruct and manage outside counsel (as needed)

  • Ensure the alignment and efficacy of transaction documentation and consistency with Swiss Re standards

  • Assist the global lead longevity legal in coordinating approach to associated legal/regulatory issues and support development of efficient policies and practices that maintain high legal and ethical standards

  • Assess and advise on legal/regulatory matters applicable to Swiss Re's reinsurance activities in the UK/EMEA; monitor legal/regulatory trends for relevant business areas and conduct training on legal topics

  • Foster and maintain positive working relationships with a diverse group of colleagues, counterparties and law firms


About the Team


This is an outstanding opportunity to join a team of international transaction lawyers providing legal support to Swiss Re's reinsurance business, with a key focus on assisting in the provision of legal advice to the active longevity reinsurance business. We are a group of adaptable, engaging, curious, business-oriented legal advisers, apt at operating in a global organisation and in culturally diverse environments. We support and empower the business while safeguarding sound governance standards.


About You


Qualification and Experience


We are looking for you if you:

  • Are a fully qualified lawyer (UK preferred), with a minimum of four years' experience, preferably in (re)insurance transactions, with a law firm or international financial institution/insurance company; experience in M&A, finance and/or capital markets would be considered beneficial

  • Have solid transactional and regulatory experience of cross-border matters and ideally a good understanding of longevity (re)insurance, bulk purchase annuity/pension de-risking and capital market transactions

  • Provide high-quality, timely client service that is balanced with a clear focus on protecting the interests and reputation of the firm

  • Work independently and prioritise multiple requests and deadlines

  • Balance and navigate legal risk protections and commercial imperatives

  • Are an excellent communicator (written and verbal) and adopt a pragmatic, consultative approach to problem-solving

  • Speak and write in English fluently, other languages are a plus


Personal skills

  • High integrity and identify and appropriately report legal, regulatory and reputational risks, provide professional advice, expertise and guidance, whilst applying sound judgement beyond the dimensions of laws and regulations

  • Be a trusted business partner, who develops relationships and communicates legal concepts clearly and succinctly

  • Excellent drafting, negotiation, influencing and legal project management skills

  • Openly share assumptions, thought process and values in reaching conclusions and are receptive to constructive challenge, willing to learn, self-reflective, and collaborative

  • Take accountability for progress/outcomes, apply measured risk appetite, and plan ahead

  • Using your broad experience and deep technical know-how, you propose practical solutions to existing and emerging risks

  • Be a team-player, resilient and adapt to change comfortably

  • Some travel may be required


We're looking forward to your application!


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


Swiss Re offers modern work models and attractive work places that allow all employees to adapt to changing work preferences and life phases.

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