- Cape Town: Lawyer/Legal Associate - Cognia Law

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Cognia Law is looking to recruit bi-lingual (English and French).

Job Reference:         20160606 Bi-lingual Assoc.

Location:                   Cape Town

Contact Email:         recruitment@cognialaw.com

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The legal profession is undergoing important changes as the world becomes increasingly connected.  A significant part of this change is corporate law departments and law firms drawing upon cost-effective legal services from offshore destinations. South Africa is increasingly becoming an important source of such offshore support for North American, European, and Australian clients, to name a few jurisdictions. In this context, Cognia Law is a next generation legal service outsourcing provider that is at the cutting edge of these developments. We specialise in partnering with international law firms and multinational corporations to harness the legal expertise South Africa has to offer. 


In practice Cognia Law provides

  • Legal resourcing services both in the EU and South Africa that support our clients in sourcing good quality temporary project managers, paralegals and lawyers required to work on client site to support project related legal work e.g. litigation document review and contract remediation projects.
  • Legal managed services supported by teams of qualified lawyers in South Africa that support a global client base on a range of increasingly sophisticated services, ranging from contract management to M&A due diligence and litigation. 

Role Description

Cognia is looking to recruit a lawyer or legal associate to join its team of dynamic young lawyers that will form an integrated part of the contracts negotiation division of a top asset management firm. The role entails drafting and negotiating derivatives agreements and accompanying collateral documentation, repurchase and securities lending agreements (ISDA, CSA, GMRA, GMSLA) together with the required due diligence associated with these agreements (including review of netting, collateral and diligence opinions).

The candidate will be based in Cape Town.

This is a rare opportunity to work as part of an investment bank in Cape Town gaining experience in a niche area.

Candidate Requirements

Law degree from a top South African or UK/ EU based tertiary institution

3-5 years’ post qualification experience at a law firm or in-house legal department (preference will be given to candidates with experience within the banking and finance industry or with prior exposure to derivatives work and asset management)

Desired to have awareness of and experience with related regulatory and legal issues, and communicate effectively

Able to manage a portfolio of multiple ongoing negotiations in a target driven environment

Languages: English – spoken and written (required), French (desired)

Experience drafting and negotiating ISDA master agreements and CSAs desirable

Experience drafting and negotiating GMRA, GMSLA desirable

Very basic knowledge of what the work type entails

Strong desire to be involved in derivatives legal work and be part of and contribute towards the success of a vibrant, hard-working and passionate global team

Awareness of current regulatory changes impacting capital markets advantageous

Required skills include:

-          Excellent interpersonal oral and written/ verbal communication skills
-          Able to work both independently and as an integral part of a team
-          Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
-          Commercial, proactive and business-like mind-set
-          A good grasp of Microsoft Office applications
-          Be comfortable with technological applications, plus a knowledge of legal review platforms will be beneficial
-          Good time management skills and the ability to operate well in high-pressure environments
-          Strong team player
-          Risk sensitivity and the ability to know when to escalate an issue


For more information, please visit www.cognialaw.com


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