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Legal Counsel, Capital Markets (EMEA)

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Location: London, United Kingdom Job ID R-169504

The Legal Department requires a junior lawyer to support capital markets activity in EMEA. The main function of the job will include:

  • Provision of legal advice to the Asset backed securitization business in EMEA region, with particular emphasis on underwriting, distribution and placement activity.
  • Provision of legal advice to the Debt Capital Markets origination and syndication business in EMEA region, with particular emphasis on underwriting, distribution and placement activity, including Reg S transactions.
  • Provision of legal advice on M&A advisory transactions across EMEA.
  • Providing legal advice across a range of issues to EMEA management. 

(Note: In addition to these functions employees are required to carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required)


  • Providing local law advice and counsel to stakeholders in EMEA on cross-border transactional and related regulatory issues
  • Working with business units in obtaining requisite approvals from key committees
  • Identifying and mitigating transaction risks and providing creative, problem-solving legal input to new product and new initiative development
  • Advising on licensing regulations in various jurisdictions, in particular on the ability to market, solicit and conduct business in such jurisdictions
  • Analysing and interpreting legal issues and complex documents (including term sheets and master agreements), for business units
  • Communicating regularly and co-ordinating with Legal Department colleagues, in particular adhering to policies and procedures in retaining and managing external counsel
  • Managing external counsel relationships and all related expenses, particularly on transactions (and approving legal invoices)
  • Consulting with and advising clients and representing the Bank in dealing with others inside and outside the organization, as appropriate
  • Working collaboratively and inclusively with colleagues to support the company’s transformation.
  • Keeping other Legal Department and line of business colleagues updated on EMEA legal developments and their impact on Wells Fargo’s businesses

Skills/Experience Required:

  • Duly qualified lawyer admitted to practice law in England, the United States, other common-law or European jurisdictions (indicative guideline 0 - 5 PQE).
  • Transactional experience practicing law with a major law firm or financial services organisation.
  • Good technical knowledge of relevant laws (securities, insolvency, tax, etc.) with respect to the product set.
  • Excellent drafting and negotiation skills.
  • Flexible, proactive, creative and entrepreneurial approach.
  • Knowledge of US securities laws helpful.
  • Ability to support projects and work with multidisciplinary project teams

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At Wells Fargo, we believe in diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; accordingly, we welcome applications for employment from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, individuals with disabilities, pregnancy, marital status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

Employees support our focus on building strong customer relationships balanced with a strong risk mitigating and compliance-driven culture which firmly establishes those disciplines as critical to the success of our customers and company. They are accountable for execution of all applicable risk programs (Credit, Market, Financial Crimes, Operational, Regulatory Compliance), which includes effectively following and adhering to applicable Wells Fargo policies and procedures, appropriately fulfilling risk and compliance obligations, timely and effective escalation and remediation of issues, and making sound risk decisions. There is emphasis on proactive monitoring, governance, risk identification and escalation, as well as making sound risk decisions commensurate with the business unit’s risk appetite and all risk and compliance program requirements.

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