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General Counsel & Company Secretary - PE Backed Business

Employer
Firefly Human Capital Ltd
Location
Reading, UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
18 Jan 2021

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Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

Job summary
Our client, a successful PE backed healthcare business is looking to recruit a General Counsel & Company Secretary. You will be accountable for all corporate risk and compliance (non-medical), legal services, company secretarial, insurance and financing arrangements. The candidate will manage a team of 9 reporting into the CFO, advise the Board at the monthly Board meetings on all significant legal matters including material litigation, particularly with corporate risk and/or adverse PR consequences, and key legislation which will impact the group.
Key accountabilities
  • Responsibility for the leadership and day to day management of the in-house legal team and coordinating and managing the provision of all legal services to the group in a cost effective manner and within financial budgets;
  • Attendance at and minuting of board and sub-committee meetings, ensuring that the Board works effectively and meets its responsibilities to all stakeholders;
  • Company secretary for all group companies ensuring all Companies House filings are made as required and the statutory books are maintained;
  • Managing the group insurance programme including the appointment of the broker, the policy renewal process, negotiation of the policies and operating the claims handling process;
  • Ownership of the finance arrangements and advise to management on all aspects of financing compliance;
  • Overseeing the management incentive scheme including liaising between the various stakeholders and managing the exit of any good and bad leavers;
  • Providing comprehensive, pro-active and commercially sound legal advice to the senior management team;
  • Ensure the group is kept informed and up-to-date on legal issues affecting the group's businesses;
  • Responsibility for ensuring regulatory corporate compliance including anti-trust, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering;
  • Act as a sounding board to operational management for business decisions or matters of a commercial nature, analysing problems and providing solutions that are both legally sound and effective for business.

Experience

Must Have:
  • Qualified Solicitor with at least 10 years post-qualifying experience gained in-house working in a board environment;
  • Extensive experience of leading and managing internal teams, external law firms and meeting financial budgets;
  • Experience of company secretarial and all aspects of company-wide compliance and governance
  • Deep experience of running insurance programmes and renewal processes
  • Good working knowledge of complex corporate financing arrangements
  • Good working knowledge of people and property matters and litigation.

Good to have:
  • Private Equity ownership structures and financing experience (with associated management incentive schemes);
  • Management of legal aspects of acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures, particularly involving Private Equity investors;
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