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Senior Legal Counsel

Posted 6 March by Strategic Resources ERC Ltd Easy Apply Ended

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Legal Counsel or Legal Adviser on behalf of our client, a major Oil and Gas operator. This is a staff position based in London.

The role would suit a corporate finance or project finance lawyer with significant front line contractual experience, ideally in either an upstream oil and gas operator or in private practice advising such clients.

The experience portfolio includes areas such as:
Advising on structuring of loan arrangements in organisations with multiple debt facilities with different ranking claims on the borrower, inter-creditor arrangements, and secured by asset pledges and cross guarantees within the lender group
Strong negotiator/drafter of terms of a range of different types of facilities, both publicly and privately traded. Experience of reserve based lending and oil and gas industry project financing essential
Strong awareness of usual range of market terms for borrowing facilities
You will support the business in both an advisory capacity for existing loan facilities, and leading legal services for design and execution of new facilities

Key Accountabilities
Support Group Legal and Group Finance to design, execute and provide life of contract support for corporate financing solutions
Support BU Legal teams, providing legal services to design, execute and provide life of contract support for project financing solutions (integrating with other BU functions)
Supporting Group Finance in the design and execution of complex legal financing structures, involving security pledges and lenders with different ranking, and managing any external legal resources required
Leading/participating in multi discipline negotiation teams
Ensuring that contracts are high quality and achieve an allocation of risk and reward between the company and its lenders
Managing the use of external lawyers to ensure that expenditure and efficiency is optimised

Qualifications required;
Bachelors degree in Law
Membership of professional and industry associations

Skills (and experience) required:
Previous PQE within a corporate/project finance based private practice (with significant direct involvement in petroleum upstream work), or in-house within an Upstream Operator, or related services sector
A breadth and depth of experience in upstream oil and gas corporate and project financing
Familiar with corporate and project financing structures involving multiple loan facilities, supported by security pledges, with different ranking claims on the borrower
Demonstrable experience in the negotiation and drafting of corporate financing (including reserve based lending) and project financing contracts for the upstream oil and gas industry
Possess a sound understanding of "what's market" in corporate and project financing terms and conditions
Must be able to quickly understand and explain highly complex legal arrangements

Reference: 34618229

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