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Verizon Corporate Legal Counsel in Reading, United Kingdom

What you’ll be doing...

You will be joining the Verizon International Legal and Regulatory team, comprising 75 legal and regulatory professionals located across 17 countries, who are responsible for legal, regulatory and public policy support for all Verizon legal entities outside of the US. Reporting to Director – Corporate Legal and part of a team of three solicitors and four corporate paralegals, responsible for corporate legal and company secretarial support for around 100 legal entities worldwide.

This role comprises a broad spectrum of corporate legal work supporting Verizon’s wholly owned entities, primarily in EMEA and LATAM but with some projects also extending to APAC.

Responsibilities:

General - broad range of corporate legal issues e.g. implementation of signing powers, support to Finance, Treasury and Tax functions, ad hoc corporate legal, company secretarial and compliance issues arising in any jurisdiction.

Projects – assisting on key Finance and Tax driven projects, for example dividends, capital increases and reductions, intra-group financing including loan assignment and set-off, transfer pricing agreements.

Treasury – providing attorney level support to the Verizon Treasury function, including implementation of, and ongoing corporate governance relating to, notional cash pooling.

Rationalizations – rationalizing entities worldwide, including pre-rationalization steps (such as assignments and distributions), share and asset transfers, statutory mergers, liquidations, and dissolution/ striking off.

Accounting team support – working with the Accounting function and in some cases external book keepers on country-specific matters requiring legal input.

Directors’ Duties – advising board directors’ on their duties as they apply to proposed corporate transactions.

Corporate Compliance – monitoring legal developments and implementing new processes to ensure compliance with new corporate laws. Participation in ongoing process improvement initiatives across the team.

The team also supports Compliance teams such as Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Environment, Health and Safety, Ethics Office, Security, Trade Compliance with local legal questions so you may also support compliance related initiatives.

What we’re looking for...

You'll need to have:

  • JD degree and relevant work experience

  • Qualifiedas a UK Solicitor (or similar overseas relevant qualification)

  • Bar membership and needed licenses.

  • PQE working in corporate law within private practice and/or in house

  • Have solid experience of working on International transactions navigating legal processes and instructing counsel in multiple jurisdictions

  • Have specific corporate law expertise in the UK or another major jurisdiction, including familiarity with requirements and processes under The Companies Act 2006.

  • Financia knowledge in entity balance sheets and experience advising on accounting aspects of corporate transactions such as dividends.

Even better to have:

  • Collaboration – works easily and effectively with colleagues and other stakeholders at all levels, good at building trust

  • Communication skills – ability to communicate often complex legal, business and factual issues and concepts in an effective, practical and direct manner

  • Clarity of thought – ability to give clear and concise legal advice to internal clients and stakeholders including assessment of risks

  • Proactive approach to continuous improvement, idea development and problem solving, with the ability to think strategically

  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills

  • A logical and methodical approach to planning and analyzing transactions

When you join Verizon...

You’ll have the power to go beyond – doing the work that’s transforming how people, businesses and things connect with each other. Not only do we provide the fastest and most reliable network for our customers, but we were first to 5G - a quantum leap in connectivity. Our connected solutions are making communities stronger and enabling energy efficiency. Here, you’ll have the ability to make an impact and create positive change. Whether you think in code, words, pictures or numbers, join our team of the best and brightest. We offer great pay, amazing benefits and opportunity to learn and grow in every role. Together we’ll go far.

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