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Position: General Counsel (High-Tech, IT)
Institution: Placement through Waelti Partners AG
Location: Switzerland
Duties: Further build up, and manage, the group’s Legal & Compliance function, and provide professional, pro-active advice and support to the Board of Directors, senior management and staff at the group’s headoffice and all its affiliates on a wide range of commercial and strategic legal issues; Support the business strategy and operations, while acting as trusted professional and value adding business partner; Reporting to the CEO and managing a small team of legal counsels; Ensure that the group’s financing and operations comply at all times with applicable laws and regulations, incl. data protection & privacy law, competition law and financial compliance; Provide cross-functional Legal & Compliance support, all in compliance with statutory laws and regulations, company policies and industry standards; Counsel the group’s affiliates especially when dealing with customers, suppliers, financial institutions and consultants, and the legal aspects of the group’s products and business matters and strategies; Advise on capital market and M&A transactions, joint-ventures and other major contracts and projects; Prepare, review and negotiate all types of contracts and other legally relevant documents, incl. relevant standards, templates and policies; Support the Board and senior management regarding risk topics; risk assessment of contracts and projects; Responsible for, and provide end-to-end advice on, corporate governance, corporate housekeeping and contract management, incl. corporate secretary with respect to assigned legal entities; Coordination and in charge of Legal & Compliance matters of departments such as, e.g., Finance, Tax, and Intellectual Property; Represent the group towards external authorities, industry associations and other organizations; Manage external claims, litigations and arbitrations, with a strategic approach to the underlying dispute; Select, instruct and monitor external lawyers and other consultants; Manage and support Legal & Compliance audits; Provide ad hoc legal advice to the Board and senior management at the headoffice and local affiliates; Monitor legislation and jurisdiction that could affect the group’s operations, and propose and implement relevant action and policies to ensure compliance therewith; Respect and uphold the group’s values and commitment
Requirements: Law degree (Master) from a continental European university; bar exam, LL.M., MBA and/or a similar degree would be a plus; Fluency in English; any additional European language(s) would be a plus; At least 10 years’ experience in Legal & Compliance roles, gained in-house (ideally at a multinational high-tech/IT group), or at a renowned, international law firm, other consulting firm or investment bank advising multinational high-tech/IT clients; at least 5 years of this experience must have been gained in Switzerland; Experience in the field of establishing, financing and operating start-up companies, e.g. in the context of a private equity firm or family office, would be a strong asset; Leadership experience would be a plus; Strong interpersonal skills; Excellent communication, presentation and negotiation skills; Ability to analyse business requirements from a Legal & Compliance perspective and transform into actions and guidelines; Experience in managing a hard workload with conflicting priorities; Efficient and pragmatic working style, proactive, goal-oriented and solution-driven (can do attitude), entrepreneurial approach; Ability to work in an international setting; strong awareness of cultural differences; Down-to-earth character, self-driven, self-motivated, persistent and pragmatic; assertive with a diplomatic flair; Ethical foundation; ability to apply high ethical standards and protect the higher interests of the organization; Ability to travel (up to 20%); Ambitious for success
   
Text: General Counsel (High-Tech, IT) General Counsel (High-Tech, IT) General Counsel (High-Tech, IT) For our customer, a multinational industry group active in the fields of high-tech/IT and headquartered in the Lucerne area, we are seeking immediately or by arrangement the General Counsel. The draft job description reads as follows: Responsibilities: Further build up, and manage, the group’s Legal & Compliance function, and provide professional, pro-active advice and support to the Board of Directors, senior management and staff at the group’s headoffice and all its affiliates on a wide range of commercial and strategic legal issues Support the business strategy and operations, while acting as trusted professional and value adding business partner Reporting to the CEO and managing a small team of legal counsels Ensure that the group’s financing and operations comply at all times with applicable laws and regulations, incl. data protection & privacy law, competition law and financial compliance Provide cross-functional Legal & Compliance support, all in compliance with statutory laws and regulations, company policies and industry standards Counsel the group’s affiliates especially when dealing with customers, suppliers, financial institutions and consultants, and the legal aspects of the group’s products and business matters and strategies Advise on capital market and M&A transactions, joint-ventures and other major contracts and projects Prepare, review and negotiate all types of contracts and other legally relevant documents, incl. relevant standards, templates and policies Support the Board and senior management regarding risk topics; risk assessment of contracts and projects Responsible for, and provide end-to-end advice on, corporate governance, corporate housekeeping and contract management, incl. corporate secretary with respect to assigned legal entities Coordination and in charge of Legal & Compliance matters of departments such as, e.g., Finance, Tax, and Intellectual Property Represent the group towards external authorities, industry associations and other organizations Manage external claims, litigations and arbitrations, with a strategic approach to the underlying dispute Select, instruct and monitor external lawyers and other consultants Manage and support Legal & Compliance audits Provide ad hoc legal advice to the Board and senior management at the headoffice and local affiliates Monitor legislation and jurisdiction that could affect the group’s operations, and propose and implement relevant action and policies to ensure compliance therewith Respect and uphold the group’s values and commitment Requirements: Law degree (Master) from a continental European university; bar exam, LL.M., MBA and/or a similar degree would be a plus Fluency in English; any additional European language(s) would be a plus At least 10 years’ experience in Legal & Compliance roles, gained in-house (ideally at a multinational high-tech/IT group), or at a renowned, international law firm, other consulting firm or investment bank advising multinational high-tech/IT clients; at least 5 years of this experience must have been gained in Switzerland Experience in the field of establishing, financing and operating start-up companies, e.g. in the context of a private equity firm or family office, would be a strong asset Leadership experience would be a plus Strong interpersonal skills Excellent communication, presentation and negotiation skills Ability to analyse business requirements from a Legal & Compliance perspective and transform into actions and guidelines Experience in managing a hard workload with conflicting priorities Efficient and pragmatic working style, proactive, goal-oriented and solution-driven (can do attitude), entrepreneurial approach Ability to work in an international setting; strong awareness of cultural differences Down-to-earth character, self-driven, self-motivated, persistent and pragmatic; assertive with a diplomatic flair Ethical foundation; ability to apply high ethical standards and protect the higher interests of the organization Ability to travel (up to 20%) Ambitious for success Place of work: Lucerne area
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