The Legal Affairs Officer provides proactive and pragmatic advice to the Management on all Legal and Trusts/Estate related matters (with focus on the Trust/Estate related matters). He/she will perform variety of legal support and advisory services to an assigned client on behalf of the management.
The title holder will manage confidential and /or highly sensitive information on behalf of the company, and as such he/she will act in a confidential capacity and demonstrate a good knowledge of legal terminology and an excellent command of the English language.
The Legal Affairs Officer will stay informed about his/her professional knowledge and technical skills in the legal sector in order to maximize the application of his/her professional expertise within the Family Office.
- Manage all legal and estate matters on behalf of the family office.
- Draft and review legal documents, including Board resolutions, Company Management Agreement, Intercompany Loan Agreements and any Service Agreements etc.
- Review all agreements to be signed by the company as well as advise on legal risks/issues and exposure.
- Oversee the legal aspects of real estate transactions, prepare and review legal documents relating to real estate, negotiate the terms and conditions of real estate transactions, and facilitate the transfer/perfection of titles.
- Manage confidential and sensitive information on behalf of the management by ensuring that all work-related information is held in the strictest confidence. This includes, but is not limited to; all communications, strategic information, employee information and personal details relating to the management.
- Act as the main point of contact for external stakeholders (Lawyers, Tax Advisors and Government parastatals etc).
- Identify and liaise with external attorneys to prepare the necessary documentation, reviewing documentation and negotiating with the client and their legal representatives to finalise the agreements on behalf of the management.
- Organize and prepare agendas and takes minutes for board meetings, committees and general meetings (AGMs).
- Ensure all decisions of the Board and Management are communicated and implemented appropriately.
- Oversee the systems to ensure the company’s compliance (both internal and external stakeholders) with all applicable codes, in addition to its legal and statutory requirements.
- Liaise with relevant departments to ensure applicable payments/deductions are made and invoices issued.
- Review and file all documentation for easy retrieval at a later date and maintaining thorough records of Family Office documents.
- Advise on employment and labour relations matters.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the management.
Qualifications & Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB)
- Must have been called to Bar
- 5+ years’ experience including significant professional experience in Company Law, Trusts/Estate Law, finance and other relevant areas of law as may be required.
- Demonstrated thoroughness in reading and reviewing documents and case files.
- Master’s in law (LLM)/MBA Degree will be an added advantage
- Being a member of Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) or similar institutes will be an added advantage
- Proven work experience in an investment industry/financial background will be an added advantage.
- Experience in Intellectual property, Content management and Licensing will be an added advantage