Corporate Counsel (General Counsel and Company Secretary)

  • Competitive
  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australie
  • CDI, Plein-temps
  • Franklin Templeton Investments
  • 29 nov. 17 2017-11-29

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN], Franklin Templeton Investments is a leading global investment management organization due to the efforts of our greatest assets - our employees. We have over 9,000 employees working in 60 offices around the world, servicing investment solutions for our clients in more than 150 countries. We believe in our corporate values of putting clients first, building relationships, achieving quality results, and working with integrity. Our people are dedicated to delivering strong results and exceptional service to clients, team members and business partners.

For more than 65 years, our success has been a direct result of the talent, skills and persistence of our people. We’re currently looking for qualified candidate to join our team as a:

Corporate Counsel (General Counsel and Company Secretary) – 12 month contract

Corporate Counsel (General Counsel and Company Secretary) – 12 month contract

What is the Corporate Counsel responsible for?

This role provides commercial legal advice to internal clients, manages legal services provided by external legal counsel, liaise with industry regulators, supervises delegated work and negotiates contractual terms with third parties.  The role will provide primary legal support to the business in Australia and may assist with regional / international legal matters and projects.  The role will also perform the company secretarial function to the corporate entities domiciled in Australia, including two unlisted companies and one ASX listed company.

The Corporate Counsel will be based in Melbourne and report to the Senior Associate General Counsel located in Hong Kong. 

What are the ongoing responsibilities of a Corporate Counsel?
•Providing legal support in relation to all aspects of the group's operations in Australia, including company secretarial supports to the corporate entities domiciled in Australia, including two unlisted companies and one ASX listed company.
•Advising the Boards and Committees on governance matters, managing board processes, organizing meetings, including the Annual General Meeting.
•Managing the launch and registration of new retail and private investment products including Australian domiciled unit trusts.
•Creating, reviewing and updating constitutive documents and offering documents for Australian investment products including Information Memoranda and Product Disclosure Statements, Trust Deeds, Custodian Agreements and Administration Agreements.
•Reviewing and negotiating lease agreements, employment contracts, distribution / platform agreements and third party vendor contracts.
•Reviewing and negotiating investment management agreements for institutional separate account and sub-advised fund clients.
•Drafting internal agreements including sub-advisory agreements and research support services agreements.
•Instructing and managing external counsel relationships.
•Advising on regulatory matters in conjunction with local and regional compliance department.
•Managing the Legal team in Australia, including supervising and developing the Legal Assistant.


What ideal qualifications would help someone to be successful?

•Australian qualified lawyer eligible for a current practicing certificate.
•At least eight years post-qualifications experience.
•Between four to six years working experience as in-house counsel in an investment management firm or in the financial services group of a prominent law firm.
•Experience as a company secretary and ideally experience working with a listed company.
•A valid visa to work in Australia.
•Ability to start work within short notice is highly desired

Knowledge and skills
•Leadership skills.
•Ability to contribute value and demonstrate presence to Directors, including non-executive Directors.
•Governance skills.
•Knowledge of unit trust / mutual fund / asset management industry and experience working on registration of investment products.
•Familiarity with regulations relating to registration and distribution of financial products and services in Australia.
•Familiarity with Australian tax laws and developments is preferred.
•Ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple responsibilities with positive attitude.
•Be a team player and with the ability to work independently and without supervision in a team environment.
•Employee management skills and development skills.
•Strong commercial awareness and use of common sense.
•Ability to work and communicate successfully in an international organization.
•Ability to communicate confidently and tactfully with senior management.
•Ability to provide practical solutions rather than just identifying problems.
•Confident use of Microsoft Outlook, Word and PowerPoint.
•Fluent written and spoken English

In addition to the dynamic and professional environment at Franklin Templeton, we strive to ensure that our employees have access to a competitive and valuable set of Total Rewards—the mix of both monetary and non-monetary rewards provided to you in recognition for your time, talents, efforts, and results.

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We regret that only short-listed candidates will be notified.