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Legal Counsel - The Asset Management Exchange

The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas - the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

The Business

Investment, Risk and Reinsurance
Our sophisticated approach to risk helps clients free up capital. We work in close contact with investors, reinsurers, and insurers to manage the equation between risk and return. Blending advanced analytics with deep institutional knowledge, we reveal new opportunities to maximize performance.
The Asset Management Exchange (AMX) is a global marketplace where asset owners (the buyers) can invest in external asset managers (the sellers) and where asset managers can access significant capital, cutting overall value leakage as a result. It will do this through a centralised back office and standardised fund infrastructure that bypasses the investment industry's significant cost and resource duplication. In addition, it will deliver scale benefits to both sides of the market while increasing transparency and asset owner control.
AMX is part of the Willis Towers Watson investment consulting business, which aims to change investment for the better for the benefit of its clients. To achieve this, we look to hire and retain the best people, provide opportunities for them to continue to develop their skills and then empower them to make a difference. Our client base of leading investment institutions (including many of the world's largest pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds) demand excellence and creative solutions to the investment challenges they face. As a result, we look to bring people with a variety of backgrounds and skills to work collaboratively on cutting edge assignments.

The Role

  • Assist Head of Legal with developing a robust legal framework for AMX
  • Manage legal on-boarding process for a wide range of managers and service providers with a particular focus on negotiating and coordinating the legal on-boarding of market counterparties
  • Take responsibility for negotiating investment management agreements and leading negotiations with various managers
  • Developing and monitoring the production of launch templates to be used in the launch process
  • Develop and enhance existing launch procedures
  • Assist and advise internal teams on a broad range of product related legal queries
  • Develop a framework and work closely with Compliance to develop the appropriate regulatory know-how
  • Establish a strong working relationship with WTW Corporate legal to understand and develop areas for cooperation
  • Assist with know-how management and internal training

The Requirements

  • Qualified Solicitor with at least 1 year PQE
  • Investment fund experience and/or experience with negotiating market counterparty documentation such as ISDA's/Prime Brokerage agreements is seen as a plus, however, not a prerequisite
  • Highly organised, yet flexible, adaptable and a good team player with excellent people skills
  • Proven ability to organise and prioritise multiple tasks to successfully meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to present to senior management in a clear and confident manner

Towers Watson is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job Details
Job Ref: 354387952
Start Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST
Hours: Not Specified
Location: Not Specified, United Kingdom
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: GBP GBP - Annual Annual