• Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Self Employed, Full time
  • Fitch Ratings
  • 2019-03-20

Legal Counsel, EMEA - London (21534)

  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Full time

Legal Counsel, EMEA - London (21534)

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries.  Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, an industry-leading provider of credit risk products and services; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm.  With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst. 


Fitch complies with all laws governing employment in each jurisdiction in which it operates, and provides equal opportunity to all applicants and employees.  All applications will be considered without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, and other status protected by applicable laws.


Department Overview:


The Fitch Legal team provides legal advice to its clients across the Fitch Group in understanding, evaluating and resolving legal issues relevant to their specific areas.  The global team consists of 11 lawyers based in London, New York and Hong Kong.


Role Overview:


In this role the successful individual will support the EMEA businesses in various legal matters. The role will involve daily interaction with the compliance, HR, accounts, business development and analytical functions.  The work comprises a wide range of small to complex matters including inter alia, subscription/licensing matters, drafting and interpreting contracts, litigation, regulation, M&A, employee relations, company secretarial and assisting the analytical departments to understand legal risks and issues relevant to their ratings work.


This role will cover multiple countries across the EMEA region.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Significant  Post Qualification experience needed
  • Preference for UK-qualified solicitor, although we will consider other bar memberships.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; fluency in other language(s), especially widely spoken European languages would be beneficial.
  • Excellent client references.

Experience and Skills:


The successful candidate will have:
  • Substantive experience in any or a combination of the following areas:  litigation, project and structured finance, debt capital markets, commercial contracts and/or company law.  The candidate's experience must involve complex projects or problems and should be broad-based. 
  • Experience working in a reputable international law firm(s) - not necessarily in a magic circle firm.
  • Legal analysis and drafting skills for routine and complex contractual arrangements relating, for example, to the sale and/or purchase of services (including financial and subscription services).
  • The willingness and ability to perform a broad range of legal services, including, inter alia, subscription/licensing work, review, drafting, and negotiation of contracts, company secretarial work and advice on various legal matters and risks affecting Fitch's ratings and other non-ratings financial information services businesses.

Other Abilities:

  • Ability to handle and effectively prioritise a diverse range of matters -- going from the mundane to the very complex -- and manage simultaneous time-sensitive tasks for a diverse clientele.  
  • Comfortable working and communicating with in-house clients who have differing levels of experience and positions within the company (e.g. Group Heads to entry level business relationship managers and analysts).
  • Ability to liaise with outside counsel in a variety of disciplines and geographies.
  • Decisiveness, brevity and clarity in spoken and written communication.
  • Responsiveness and Flexibility in dealing with clients' requests.
  • Team-player.
  • Ability to work independently and under guidance from more senior members of the legal team.


Fitch is committed to providing global securities markets with objective, timely, independent and forward-looking credit opinions. To protect Fitch's credibility and reputation, our employees must take every precaution to avoid conflicts of interests or any appearance of a conflict of interest. Should you be successful in the recruitment process at Fitch Ratings you will asked to declare any securities holdings and other potential conflicts for you and your Family Members prior to commencing employment. If you, or your Family Members, have any holdings that may conflict with your work responsibilities, they must be sold before beginning work. In certain roles, employees and their Family Members may be limited to investments in diversified mutual funds only.


For more information about this policy, please visit the code of ethics and conduct page -  http://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/about-us/code-of-ethics-and-conduct.jsp