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Job Title: General Counsel - Financial Services ( ID: A2017 )
Career Category: Banking, Finance, Financial Services, General Counsel, Lending, Regulatory
Posted Date: 2016-02-17
Location: Toronto - GTA
Our client, a key player in the alternative financing space, is expanding. They are looking to add a General Counsel to their Toronto Team.

As part of the senior management team, you will be providing general legal advice to all aspects of our client’s business with an emphasis on Corporate Finance, Banking and Commercial Transactions, Regulatory Compliance, M&A, and Employment law. As the General Counsel, you will be tasked with proactively identifying potential areas of legal concern and addressing any issues before they escalate.

The role will include:
• Providing counsel on key legal issues and strategies
• Managing day-to-day legal matters including contracts, regulatory compliance, governance, and other corporate matters
• Maintaining provincial and federal registrations for all legal entities
• Providing support, assistance and notification of ongoing legal matters to Management in a proactive and independent manner
• Liaising with regulators on proposed changes to regulations impacting on our client’s business (ie: proposed changes to Ontario Consumer Protection Laws related to lending and debt collections)
• Drafting and reviewing contracts and other documents and participating in contract negotiations where required including RFPs, consulting agreements, commercial licenses, development contracts, and insurance clauses
• Reviewing new or changed legislation and determining the impact on business
• Tracking and managing any regulatory changes
• Identifying areas of inefficiency within the business from a legal perspective, and assisting with the development and implementation of a variety of initiatives both of a legal and non-legal nature
• Developing and implementing internal corporate policies and procedures
• Supporting acquisition activities including liaising with internal/external parties, negotiation, travel and extensive due diligence, drafting and document review and management
• Negotiation, drafting and closing of corporate finance, banking and commercial transactions
• Administering employment matters, real estate, legal disputes and other activities
• Representing the legal team at meetings, company events and board meetings
• Serving as Chief Privacy Officer


You are the ideal candidate if you:

• Have an LL.B/ JD, and are a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada
• Have 7+ years of experience in a Corporate Counsel role or in private practice with a focus on corporate/financial services and/or regulatory law
• Have a proven ability to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions
• Have a proven ability to rigorously negotiate legal contracts and agreements
• Have excellent decision making, conflict resolution and organizational skills
• Are self-motivated, resourceful, innovative and work well with minimal supervision
• Are a strong team player who engenders trust and adapts quickly to changing conditions
• Are able to organize, multitask and focus on complex concepts despite shifting priorities
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills including development and delivery of presentations; creation, composition and editing of legal opinions and other written materials; drafting of legal documents, legal responses, position statements and memoranda
• Have specialized knowledge of or familiarity with, governmental regulatory structures
• Have excellent analytical, investigative and organizational skills
• Bilingualism is an asset but not required

If this describes you, and you are interested in joining a progressive, growing organization that provides a competitive compensation package, and a stimulating work environment send us your details.



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