Senior Commercial Legal Advisor (PMB) (HLR7150)

Location: Pietermaritzburg

Remuneration: Market related

HLR Reference #: HLR7150

Environment:  Leading FMCG based in Pietermaritzburg requires a suitably qualified and skilled Senior Commercial Legal Advisor. The environment is fast-paced and highly pressurised.

This is a new role in the business, and you will be responsible for the entire legal function of the company.

Purpose of the role:

  • Manage all litigation matters in accordance with agreed to litigation strategy
  • Assisting with all aspects of corporate transactions including Mergers & Acquisitions, disposals, restructures, financing arrangements, African expansion, including inter alia, legal due diligences, preparing legal documentation such as agreements and resolutions, project managing corporate transactions, liaising with commercial/corporate attorneys, negotiating transaction documents, etc.
  • Assisting with preparing operational agreements
  • Research, interpret and preparing legal memorandums to assist Directors in making decisions
  • Assume the company secretarial function
  • Protecting IP of the Company, liaising with IP/trademark lawyers with regards to managing registration of trademarks and other IP, dealing with any trademark infringements, etc.
  • Managing junior legal advisors and make recommendations for training and development
  • Educate staff on any legal matters impacting the business
  • Cultivate a legal network of available experts

Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • B. Comm. / BA LLB (or equivalent)
  • Post graduate qualification in Company Law, Tax or Competition Law – advantageous
  • Admitted Attorney / Advocate
  • + 10 years post articles experience in Corporate/Commercial Law firm or in a Senior Legal Advisor role in commerce
  • FMCG and/or commodities trading markets – advantageous
  • Analytical problem-solver
  • Solid Company Law, Labour Law, Competition Law, Consumer Protection and Commercial contracts experience
  • Integrity, honesty and confidentiality are non-negotiable
  • Highly organised, with excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills
  • Able to meet tight deadlines, litigation timeframes and corporate transaction pressures
  • Occasional travel will be required to Cape Town, Gauteng and into Africa

To apply please send through your application to:

Consultant: Wanda Corbett

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