Vacancy of the week: Legal Master Agreements Negotiator, ISDA | SocGen

Societe Generale’s Investment Banking Division operates in all major markets with close to 12,000 staff in more than 30 countries. As a result of continuing development in the Bank’s strategy for on boarding clients for its OTC derivatives trading activities, there is a requirement to appoint further legal advisors to strengthen the global Master Agreements legal team in London.

The Bank’s global activities for on boarding are supported by a dedicated global division of SG Group’s legal department based in London and operating from London and its main hubs in Paris, New York and Hong Kong. . The successful candidates will form part of this global division and report to the London Head of Master Agreements who has worldwide responsibility for English law governed documentation. The London Head of Master Agreements reports to the Global Head of Master Agreements, also based in London.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate an ability to make a quick start and willingness and aptitude to take on responsibility. The more experienced candidates should also be able to demonstrate both sound technical knowledge and good case management skills.
The candidates will therefore have the opportunity to broaden their current skills, or have the opportunity to learn or fill gaps in their experience across the whole range of OTC agreement types in a multitude of jurisdictions through interaction with a broad range of client categories, from both the financial and corporate.

Main responsibilities

  • Manage a caseload of both ISDAs and related agreements (e.g. CSAs), repo and stock-lending and other master documentation
  • Negotiate master agreements with counterparties in compliance with the Bank’s global policies and proceduress
  • Liaise with the Bank’s business lines and external counterparties
  • Undertake legal analysis of counterparties and their relevant legal structures, capacity and authority and netting analyses
  • Support the operational departments in their activities in relation to master agreements, collateral, risk and OTC confirmations
  • As well as taking responsibility for client negotiations, the candidates will be called upon to lead or participate in a range of projects relating to the legal and operational aspects of derivatives products

Specific context

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:
(i) Suitable experience in negotiating ISDAs and other master agreements;
(ii) Sound knowledge in the technical aspects of ISDA documentation;
(iii) Some experience and/or some actual knowledge of derivatives and familiarity with different categories of client including hedge funds, investment funds, other financial institutions and corporate;
(iv) An awareness of the key aspects of financial regulation in relation to global markets;
(v) Good project management and case management skills; and
(vi) Suitability for, and track record in, working in a team



  • University Graduate, or equivalent
  • English qualified, law degree or strong interest in law
  • European law qualified or law degree with some grounding in English law principles


  • Fluent English, scope to use French or other major languages

Technical skills

  • Strong legal technical and analytical skills
  • Strong negotiation and resolution skills
  • Strong teamworking and collaboration skills
  • Ability to monitor own workload and meet work objectives
  • Self-motivation and ability to manage the demands of a fast moving environment
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of applications, especially Excel and Lotus Notes


Location City of London
Industry Legal
Start Date ASAP
Salary £60,000 – £100,000 per annum + Bonus + Package

Recruiting Company Summary

Company Name Societe Generale
Contact Elliot Bright
Reference EB-14802034
Contact Telephone
Posted Date 05/02/2013 07:00:00


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