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Mexico City, MX

Legal Counsel Mexico & Central America


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?


This position supports all legal, corporate and regulatory issues related to Reinsurance businesses in Mexico and Central America. The Legal Counsel will be a part of the Latin America Legal Team, work collaboratively with other Legal & Compliance colleagues in the region, and report directly into the Head Legal Latin America. The Legal Counsel will assist in maintaining legal oversight for Reinsurance's LatAm legal entities and will help enable business growth while serving as a gatekeeper to prevent against legal, regulatory and reputational harm. The Legal Counsel will provide legal advice; collaborate with the business to understand legal needs, requirements and issues; source legal services internally and externally; and provide legal support on special projects. 


About the Role

Main activities:

  • Act as primary Legal Counsel for all Mexico and Central America related matters;
  • Analyze risk accurately, while considering the legal, commercial, and reputational impact of plans and decisions;
  • Support Reinsurance business, including traditional and non-traditional reinsurance structures, and operations in Mexico, Central America and LatAm;
  • Ensure compliance with all Mexico, Central America and LatAm local (re)insurance laws, regulations and internal requirements;
  • Understand local, regional and business unit operational structure and advise on legal risks; coordinate with internal stakeholders as appropriate (Tax, Regulatory, Risk Management and Compliance) and ensure legal entities are compliant with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Draft clear legal documents such as contracts, opinions, internal corporate and service agreements and other legal documentation;
  • Handle regulatory filings (registrations, authorizations, new products, etc.);
  • Analyze Mexico, Central America and LatAm law, proposed legislation or regulations that may influence Swiss Re and its Reinsurance operations in LatAm region;
  • Handle corporate matters (Shareholders meetings minutes, notarized acts, etc.) of Reinsurance legal entities in LatAm region;
  • Monitor and coordinate network of outside counsel in the region;
  • Provide legal advice to underwriting, client markets and claims;
  • Conduct internal trainings on legal, regulatory and compliance risks to management, senior managements and external providers;
  • Assist business units in understanding and evaluating proposed laws and regulations and political context;
  • Communicate in a clear and concise manner any proposed laws, regulations or other public policies which could affect Swiss Re and its operations in the region;
  • Ensure ongoing reporting based on allocated responsibilities;
  • Coordinate with governance teams to ensure appropriate governance and accurate reporting for the legal entities aligned to the region;
  • Coordinate with Risk colleagues to help to identify and mitigate potential risks;
  • Supervise the development of market conduct policies;
  • Support development procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements as well as Swiss Re internal guidelines


About the Team:

The Reinsurance Legal Latin America Advisory team are both legal advisors and valued partners to our clients. We are team of 4 lawyers who seek to understand and meet the needs of our clients, while providing holistic legal support as a one stop shop for legal services in the region.


About You:

  • Minimum of 5 years of legal/law firm experience required with focus on (re)insurance, corporate experience a plus;
  • Admitted to practice law in México, with admission in other jurisdictions a plus;
  • Communicating complex facts and legal concepts clearly and succinctly, in writing and orally, while also demonstrating strong listening, influencing, and collaboration skills;
  • Excellent communication both Spanish and English. Fluency in Spanish and English required, Portuguese a plus;
  • Outstanding ability to handle multiple projects and work in different lines of business;
  • Maintaining a positive, resilient mindset while managing the demands of a target driven environment;
  • Demonstrated understanding of legal, regulatory issues around reinsurance programs;  
  • Experience in compliance risk management and knowledge of compliance matters (e.g. Data Protection, International Trade Controls and Economic Sanctions, AML, Anti-Trust and Competition, Market Conduct, Records Management and Retention, etc.), a plus;
  • Ability to work with diverse teams across multiple functions;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with successful experience in dealing with external stakeholders; 
  • Good judgment and attention to detail;
  • Positive attitude;
  • Preparedness to travel, travel unlikely to exceed 15%;
  • Advanced Word and Power Point skills.  

Leadership behaviors are embedded in the essence of the Legal and Compliance division. The Legal counsel most demonstrate leadership skills with focus on these specific behaviors: 

    • Act as a wise counselor, demonstrating integrity and independence while providing professional advice and guidance and applying sound judgment to issues beyond purely legal topics
    • Develop positive relationships, acting as a trusted advisor to and proactively collaborating with individuals across all levels of the Division and reinsurance business
    • Demonstrate personal accountability for shaping and delivering pragmatic solutions
    • Agile in leadership, thinking and execution, including being comfortable leading through ambiguity
    • Willingness to form an opinion and speak up, while demonstrating an ability to positively manage stakeholder expectations
    • Demonstrate curiosity and openness to embrace new ideas and experiences and a commercial mindset.


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

Reference Code: 95786 


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