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EMEA Senior Counsel - Partnership Office

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: Feb 23, 2024

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This role could provide an alternative career path for an experienced in-house legal professional seeking to leverage their experience and skills to work within a growing Corporate Office.

The Firm

Alvarez & Marsal (“A&M”) is a leading independent global professional services firm, specialising in providing turnaround management, performance improvement and corporate advisory services. With more than 8,500 professionals in over 70 offices worldwide, our firm draws on a strong operational heritage and hands-on-approach. Our professionals work closely with organisations and stakeholders to help tackle complex business issues and maximise value.

The Role

As we pursue our ambitious growth plans, we are looking for an experienced and ambitious Commercial Lawyer to join our in-house team in London. This is a unique opportunity to work with the recently established Partnership Office whose objective is to support the recruitment, onboarding and integration of new Managing Directors joining the EMEA business and combine legal experience with a wider commercial exposure.

The Responsibilities

Reporting to the EMEA Chief Administrative Officer and EMEA General Counsel, you will be responsible for:

  • Interpreting commercial compensation and reward information and using this information to prepare accurate offer letters and partnership/employment agreements for prospective Managing Directors.
  • Acting as a key point of contact for Managing Directors during critical phases in their offer process, onboarding and integration into A&M. This will include explaining how key concepts of A&M’s compensatory structure operates.  
  • Assisting in the interpretation of prospective Managing Directors' restrictive covenants and related strategy concerning the transition to A&M.  
  • Providing general commercial legal support to the Partnership Office function.
  • Continuously developing, improving, and in some cases, innovating internal processes.
  • Assisting the EMEA General Counsel with general legal matters in connection with current Managing Directors and potentially wider HR issues.

The Requirements

The ideal candidate will be an experienced lawyer who possesses excellent commercial legal acumen, organisational experience and well-developed communication skills.

  • Experience gained within a commercial in -house legal environment.
  • Experience in drafting and interpreting a variety of commercial legal agreements, preferably including partnership/executive compensation agreements such as remuneration plans, profit share agreements, LLP  and shareholder agreements and other commercial legal documents.
  • High level of numeracy and comfortable working with commercial content. 
  • Fluency in English is essential; other European languages are advantageous.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; experience presenting to senior management.

Personal Style

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter who can manage ambiguity and explore opportunities autonomously to achieve targets and deliverables.
  • Intellectually curious, pro-active and comfortable challenging assumptions.
  • Able to ask thoughtful questions and make proposals to solve problems.
  • A facilitator, able to forge consensus around credible, commercial, executable solutions.

Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity, and we foster inclusiveness, encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work each day. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s practice to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, family medical history, genetic information or other protected medical condition, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by and in accordance with applicable laws. Employees and Applicants can find A&M policy statements and additional information by region here.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our Inclusive Diversity values. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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