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Senior 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. 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.



About the Role
Would you like to join one of the largest reinsurance groups in the world? Are you interested in reinsurance alternative capital?

Then we might have the right opportunity for you! In your role you will:

-  Provide legal and regulatory advice, transactional support and coordination of legal services in relation to reinsurance capital activities in which Swiss Re's Alternative Capital Partners (ACP) team engages globally. These activities are primarily centered around the retrocession of property & casualty as well as life & health and other business and will include transforming such business in conjunction with the sell-side activities of the Swiss Re Capital Markets ILS team and with Swiss Re's new third-party capital fund management initiatives. In your role, you will be focused on the retrocession of Swiss Re business and the impact on the capital management of Swiss Re legal entity balance sheets.

-  Act as primary legal contact to the Head of ACP and be part of the ACP management team

-  Report to General Counsel CCGF, coordinate legal advice and the provision of legal services to ACP with colleagues primarily in the Reinsurance Legal team, Swiss Re Capital Markets and Asset Management Legal teams around the world.

-  Coordinate with other lawyers providing transactional support to ACP retrocession team.

-  Facilitate coordination of legal/regulatory issues among the business, the wider legal & compliance division, finance, risk management and other colleagues across Swiss Re's EMEA, Americas and Asia hubs

-  Analyze, advise and report on legal and regulatory risks as they apply to the ACP business activities across the globe, with a focus on retrocession.

-  Monitor legal and regulatory trends affecting relevant areas and advise and collaborate with Compliance and Risk Management colleagues in relation to preparation of reports, responses to inquiries and other regulatory matters.

-  Foster and maintain positive working relationships with clients, colleagues and outside law firms

-  Provide legal support for new product development in the reinsurance alternative capital area.

-  Support internal group projects and strategic initiatives

-  Conduct and/or arrange internal presentations and trainings on legal topics

About the Team
This is a unique opportunity to join a distributed team that provides legal support to Swiss Re's Alternative Capital Partners (ACP) team. ACP is a global business team, which uses a broad range of reinsurance retrocession and third-party capital instruments (e.g., retrocession on all lines of business, risk swaps, side cars, insurance-linked securities and derivatives, and private funds) to enable Swiss Re to grow its reinsurance book. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of transactions and interact directly with the Head of ACP as well as various General Counsels in Legal.

About You

Qualification and experience:
-  A law degree and qualification in one of New York, England or Switzerland, with a minimum of seven years' experience, in reinsurance and/or related capital markets transactions, with a law firm or international re/insurance company or financial institution

-  Demonstrable expertise in managing legal aspects that affect complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions that involve collateral and financing structures, including transactional experience in structuring, drafting, negotiating and executing such transactions

-  Understanding of all forms of reinsurance capital and reinsurance landscape, including ability to understand financial and risk capital metrics (regulatory and rating agency capital), risk modelling, reinsurance cash flows and triggers

-  Understanding of reinsurance regulation and the adjacent corporate, regulatory, and compliance landscape impacting ACP

-  Understanding of the role of the L&C Team as control and challenge function and participation in risk management

-  Ability to identify relevant issues, taking ownership in achieving resolution, using a collaborative approach, and understanding of technical and compliance matters that require escalation or greater oversight

-  Effective organizational, multi tasking, and prioritizing skills to handle multiple requests and deadlines

-  Ability to understand and operate successfully in a complex, matrixed corporate environment

Perosnal skills:
-  You identify and report legal risks, provide professional advice, expertise and guidance, and apply sound judgement beyond the dimensions of laws and regulations

-  You are a trusted business partner, who manages relationships and communicates legal concepts clearly and succinctly

-  You possess excellent drafting, negotiation, and legal project management skills

-  You demonstrate integrity, independence, and the ability to challenge, as needed

-  You work collaboratively with others to achieve common goals

-  You distil and communicate complex facts and legal concepts clearly and succinctly, both verbally and in writing to legal and non-legal colleagues

-  You listen, understand, and constructively address stakeholder and others’ needs, influence decisions, negotiate and help resolve conflicting viewpoints

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

-  You take accountability for progress and/or outcomes, apply a measured appetite for risk, and plan ahead to deliver workable solutions


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.

We also collaborate in a flexible working environment, providing you with a compelling degree of autonomy to decide how, when and where we work most effectively!

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