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Sao Paulo, São Paulo, BR

Legal Counsel


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 our 15,000 employees across the world.

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


About the Team

The Reinsurance Legal Latin America Advisory team are both legal advisors and valued partners to our clients. We are an experienced 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 the Role

The objective of this position is to support all legal, corporate and regulatory issues related to Reinsurance businesses in Brazil and LatAm region. 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. Essencial responsabilities:

  • Act as primary Legal Counsel for all Brazil related matters.
  • Analyse risk comprehensively, taking into account such things as the legal, commercial, and reputational impact of plans and decisions
  • Support Reinsurance 's operations in Brazil and LatAm including participation in the local management team.
  • Support Reinsurance 's business in Brazil and LatAm, including traditional and non-traditional reinsurance structures
  • Ensure compliance with all Brazilian and LatAm local (re)insurance laws, regulations and internal requirements.
  • Understand local, regional and business unit operational structure and advice 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.).
  • Analyse Brazilian 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.
  • and Risk to help to identify and mitigate potential risks.
  • Oversee the development of market conduct policies.
  • Support development procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements as well as Swiss Re internal guidelines.


About You

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

    • 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 and manage strong 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.
  • Minimum of 5 years of legal/law firm experience required with focus on (re)insurance, corporate experience a plus.
  • Admitted to practice law in Brazil, 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 Portuguese and English. Fluency in Portuguese and English required, Spanish a plus.
  • Exceptional ability to handle multiple projects and work in different lines of business.  
  • Ability to work in a target driven environment, under tight deadlines and pressure.
  • 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.
  • Ability to summarize issues into concise memos/presentations.
  • Good judgment and attention to detail.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Preparedness to travel, travel unlikely to exceed 15%.
  • Advanced Word and Power Point skills.




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