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Head of Legal & Company Secretary
Our client, one of the leading Banks in Mauritius is currently seeking to recruit an experienced candidate for the position of Head of Legal & Company Secretary.
The Head of Legal / Company Secretary will report to the Chief Executive and will need to ensure that the Bank is adhering to the constitution and by-laws as well as the laws and regulations of the country & ensure all legal matters are managed properly, efficiently and that the relevant and respective stakeholders are given proper advice and guidance.
The key responsibilities includes (but are not limited to) the following:
Provide independent expert advice and support to the Chief Executive and Board of Directors on all matters relating to statutory and legislative compliance and interpretation.
Act as principal advisor to the Chief Executive on all issues relating to Corporate Governance, ensuring the Bank's Corporate Affairs are undertaken to the highest standards of probity and regularity.
Provide advice to the Chief Executive and Board of Directors on legal constitutional and corporate governance matters.
Ensure correct and proper conduct of business and meetings at Board and Sub-Committees level and provide briefings on external legal advice sought where necessary, to ensure the efficient and effective resolution of issues.
Ensure Compliance with the Constitution of the Bank, and with guidelines of the regulators.
Plan and organize board / sub-committee meetings of the Bank within reasonable timelines
Review of Board papers, minutes of meeting, and matters arising.
Manage board approvals for relevant stakeholders.
Contribute to the development of internal systems, control process and risk management frameworks that comply with internal and external governance and best practice requirements and contribute to continuous improvement of the quality of risk information particularly in the areas of key controls.
Contribute to the corporate development of the Bank through the leadership of key areas of work defined by the Chief Executive.
Maintain systems to ensure that all governance related policies and strategies are up to date and for the monitoring of such policies.
Advise and assist, in coordination with the Bank's independent lawyers, on preparing and conducting of Disciplinary Hearings.
Draft and vet contracts, agreements, and other legal documents required in the conduct of business.
Keep up to date with appropriate legislations and regulatory framework for proper advice to the Bank and conduct of business.
Responsible for rolling out legal risk policies and procedures, ensuring that senior management fully understand the scope and requirements of legal related policies.
Liaise with external legal advisors on specific issues/ projects requiring further legal opinion and in respect to court proceedings.
Holder of a law degree & Master of Laws or any other equivalent qualifications.
At least 8 years of experience at a managerial level in the Banking / Financial Services sector.
ICSA & /or qualified Barrister at Law will be an advantage.
Demonstrates highly developed verbal, written and presentational communication skills.
Strong track record of dealing with Corporate Governance and Business Conduct principles within a large organization.
Ability to understand issues quickly and explain same clearly and succinctly.
Demonstrates ability to prioritize workload to achieve deadlines and deliver under pressure.
Strong Computer Literacy skills - able to work with and present complex data to non-experts e.g. implications of legislation and financial matters.
Experience of working constructively with internal and external stakeholders to create the conditions for successful partnerships.
Proven ability to work with a high level of autonomy on responsibilities and decision-making situations, and make sound, and properly informed judgments.
Proven experience in writing papers for senior level internal and external audiences.
Proven experience in handling Board meetings and its sub committees.
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