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Senior Lead Counsel

Job Req ID 24719502 Location(s) Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland Job Type On-Site/Resident Job Category Legal
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Senior Lead Counsel

Are you looking for a career move that will put you at the heart of a global financial institution? This role requires a pragmatic, proactive lawyer with thorough understanding of the business, combined with a solid conceptual / practical grounding in the applicable laws and regulations. Provides input into strategic decisions, exercising sound legal judgement to develop proactive, risk-appropriate, and commercially practical business-oriented solutions.

By Joining Citi, you will become part of a global organisation whose mission is to serve as a trusted partner to our clients by responsibly providing financial services that enable growth and economic progress.

Team/Role Overview

We are responsible for providing legal guidance and thought leadership to the Wealth Capital Markets Business. The Wealth Capital Markets Business covers a broad range of investment products including cash securities trading; OTC derivatives; exchange traded derivatives; and structured products, across all major asset classes. 

What you’ll do

The overall objective of this role is to provide legal support, advice, and guidance to the Wealth Capital Markets Business and, as required, the CPB Business more generally. The role will be the lead day-to-day contact for transactional and regulatory matters relating to derivatives products.

  • Provide legal counsel on OTC and exchange-traded derivative products from a transactional and regulatory perspective;
  • Reviewing and drafting templates and bespoke agreements, and negotiating client and counterparty documentation.
  • Responsible for advising on netting and collateral enforceability and eligibility
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and with external advisers to interpret and implement new regulation and revisions.
  • Objectively evaluates Business proposals by applying institutional knowledge and risk appetite against industry standards, widely accepted business practices, laws, rules, and regulatory guidelines, escalating as appropriate;
  • Participates in CPB and Wealth Capital Markets planning and development initiatives, such as new product proposals; contribute to business objectives by providing thought leadership using knowledge of industry, laws, and regulations;
  • The role also requires participating in strategic initiatives, providing subject matter expertise and interpretations of relevant laws, rules, regulations, and industry practices, and advising business management on legal matters impacting the business

What we’ll need from you

  • Extensive post-qualification experience, with expertise in derivative transactions and a sound understanding of other types of Capital Markets products and the applicable regulatory framework;
  • Banking or financial industry experience, including laws related to banking regulations is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of international laws, regulations and practices while staying abreast of regulatory and legal environment, internal policies and industry trends that impact the business (including MiFID/MiFIR, EMIR, CFTC and Dodd Frank rules as they relate to Capital Markets products);
  • Experience with complex deals, demonstrated ability to analyze issues and develop legal solutions;
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills and ability to build and maintain trusted relationships;
  • Bar license/practicing certificate in good standing to practice law.
  • Juris Doctorate/LLB or equivalent law degree or post-graduate qualification.

What we can offer you

We work hard to have a positive financial and social impact on the communities we serve. In turn, we put our employees first and provide the best-in-class benefits they need to be well, live well and save well.

By joining Citi Belfast, you will not only be part of a business casual workplace with a hybrid working model (up to 2 days working at home per week), but also receive a competitive base salary (which is annually reviewed), and enjoy a whole host of additional benefits such as: 

  • Generous holiday allowance starting at 27 days plus bank holidays; increasing with tenure
  • A discretional annual performance related bonus 
  • Private medical insurance packages to suit your personal circumstances
  • Employee Assistance Program  
  • Pension Plan 
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • Special discounts for employees, family, and friends 
  • Access to an array of learning and development resources 

Alongside these benefits Citi is committed to ensuring our workplace is where everyone feels comfortable coming to work as their whole self every day.  We want the best talent around the world to be energized to join us, motivated to stay, and empowered to thrive. 

Sounds like Citi has everything you need? Then apply to discover the true extent of your capabilities.



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Job Family:

Legal - Product


Time Type:

Full time


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