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Legal, Equity Derivatives Lawyer, Executive Director, London

Goldman Sachs
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Aug 3, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
The Goldman Sachs Legal department spans offices across 23 cities worldwide, from which we provide counsel and advice to support the global activities of the firm and our clients. Our focus is on providing the highest quality legal advice while managing regulatory and reputational risk. Whether you are an experienced lawyer or have other relevant experience combined with an interest in financial law and strong critical thinking skills, our team might be right for you.
We work at the intersection of finance and law, providing counsel and advice that support activities across the firm. We handle litigation and arbitration, perform research and due diligence, aid in financing and legal filings, deal with contracts and intellectual property rights that show our commitment to clients, shareholders, and regulators. Whether you're an experienced attorney or a quick learner with a strong interest in financial law coupled with critical thinking skills, our dynamic group might be right for you
As a department we are focussed on our people and their development and are committed to creating an environment that is diverse and inclusive. We offer numerous training and career development opportunities including a weekly legal training programme, department mentoring schemes and a people development committee tasked with providing tangible tools to help manage and develop careers. The department also has a number of active and varied committees including the Diversity, Pro Bono, Charity and Social Committees and encourages participation in the Women's, Black and LGBT firmwide affinity networks.
We are looking for a junior derivatives lawyer to join the Global Banking & Markets legal team, focusing on supporting our EMEA equity derivatives trading desks. The role involves a mix of transactional, trading and regulatory advice on a broad range of equity derivative products from high profile structured transactions to our innovative proprietary indices.
We are looking for candidates with a good grounding in derivatives. Any experience in equities or index products would be helpful, but is not a requirement - we are more interested in your enthusiasm and willingness to learn. You will work extensively with colleagues in our broader global banking and markets legal team as well as the wider legal division and with stakeholders in investment banking, sales and trading, compliance, and operations in multiple locations across the globe.
The role sits within a team of seven lawyers, split between London, Birmingham, Frankfurt and Warsaw covering the full spectrum of equity products and trading activities including our proprietary index business, alternative fund structuring team, flow and strategic equity derivatives and margin lending.
  • Advising trading businesses on a variety of regulatory, documentation, risk management and cross-border legal issues
  • Analysing the legal and regulatory impacts for a variety of cross-border products, in particular in relation to innovative algorithmic indices, hedging and financing structures and market access products
  • Advising on the interpretation and practical impact of regulatory reforms on the equities business
  • Assisting with the structuring, negotiation and drafting of transactional documents, including coordination with external counsel
  • Providing equity product expertise internally in the legal division and across the firm on regulatory implementation and business change projects
  • At least 2 years post qualification relevant experience in a law firm or in-house
  • Some derivatives experience is essential, specific equities knowledge is helpful but not a requirement
  • Familiarity with the regulations relevant to derivatives and/or equity markets
  • Intellectual curiosity that will enable you to develop in the team, learn about our businesses and effectively identify legal and regulatory issues
  • Ability to prioritise work effectively, be pro-active in a challenging business environment and to respond to client demands in a timely manner
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills, who can work successfully with a diverse range of stakeholders including trading and sales personnel, global control functions and legal specialists globally.

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