Senior Legal Advisor
Midrand, ZA
8d ago

To proactively advise and support clients on the legal aspects of financing activities of DBSA. Ensuring that a particular situation, action, initiative or investment does not have an adverse reputational or other negative consequence for the DBSA.

Provide guidance and leadership to more junior legal advisors

The key accountabilities, interfaces and measures of this role is further elaborated below : Key Responsibilities

  • As a member of core project teams, assist Investment Officers in the structuring of various investment projects, with emphasis on project finance transactions.
  • Conduct comprehensive legal due diligence investigations.
  • Conduct advanced research into a wide variety of legal issues relating to various investment projects.
  • Provide advice and make legal inputs into the drafting of Appraisal Reports.
  • Serve and participate in various credit committees of the DBSA.
  • Prepare / review or negotiate full Term Sheets in respect of all investment projects with emphasis on project finance transactions
  • Lead negotiations with clients / co-Funders and stakeholders.
  • Draft / vet and review a wide variety of complex legal documents and agreements.
  • Provide substantial legal advice, support and opinions to various corporate support units of the DBSA.
  • Ensure compliance with various legislation, policies and regulations.
  • Monitor developments in the legal field and provide updates to colleagues and management.
  • Liaise with external attorneys and prepare comprehensive brief to attorneys where necessary and manage the transactions with external counterparts.
  • Assist in the execution and implementation of different investment projects from a legal and security point of view.
  • Provide general legal support to the operational and corporate small units of the DBSA
  • Key Measures

  • Performance against agreed targets Expertise & Technical Competencies
  • LLB degree or other relevant post graduate qualification
  • Admitted Attorney / Advocate / Solicitor in South Africa / England / France or within a jurisdiction in which the DBSA operates
  • At least 4 years post qualification experience in Project / Corporate / Structured Finance transactions.
  • Private Public Partnership experience will be an added advantage.
  • International / cross border experience will be an added advantage.
  • Any experience in Municipal Finance experience will be an added advantage.
  • fluency in French / Portuguese will be an added advantage
  • A minimum of 6 years post qualification experience in a commercial / finance / banking or corporate law environment gained at a commercial banking, specialist law firm / corporate or similar institution.
  • Skills & Ability

  • Dispute / conflict resolution skills
  • Research skills coupled with excellent communication skills.
  • Good relational skills (an ability to get along with different kinds of people in a professional environment) Required Personal Attributes1. TECHNICAL SKILLS
  • Legal Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the principles of DBSA.
  • Legal Policy Knowledge

  • Ability to represent DBSA in the court of law when required.
  • Ability to draft non-standard legal documents per procedures.
  • Ability to draft more sensitive policy and legal procedures to be followed by stakeholders of DBSA, and review and refine in response to inputs from relevant stakeholders, for approval.
  • Presentation Skills

  • Knows how to deliver arguments persuasively by employing a range of advanced presentation techniques (e.g. the appropriate use of body language, how to close a presentation so that the audience continues to think about the subject matter etc.).
  • Has knowledge of various feedback mechanisms to check levels of audience understanding. .
  • Business Acumen

  • Takes actions to fit business strategy.
  • Assesses and links short-term tasks in the context of long-term business strategies or perspectives.
  • Reviews own actions against the organisation's strategic plan; includes the big picture when considering possible opportunities or projects or thinks about long-
  • term applications of current activities


  • Has an appreciation of cultural sensitivities and differences.
  • Effectively employs a variety of advanced behavioural / interpersonal competencies to control the negotiation situation.
  • Is able to take the lead in a variety of sensitive negotiation situations requiring high levels of tact and diplomacy.
  • Customer Service Orientation

  • Tries to understand the underlying needs of customers and matches these needs to available or customized products and services.
  • Adapts processes and procedures to meet on-going customer needs.
  • Utilises the feedback received by customers, in order to develop new and / or improve existing services / products that relate to their on-going needs.
  • Thinks of new ways to align DBSA’s offerings with future customer need
  • Self Awareness & Self Control

  • Withholds effects of strong emotions in difficult situations.
  • Keeps functioning or responds constructively despite stress.
  • May apply special techniques or plan ahead of time to manage emotions or stress.
  • Leading and Empowering others

  • Creates the conditions that enable the team to perform at its best (e.g., setting clear direction, providing appropriate structure, getting the right people, obtain needed resources).
  • Monitors performance against clear standards, and addresses performance issues promptly and takes action to get performance back to desired levels.
  • Proactively asks for feedback on own performance from team members, aiming to become more effective.
  • Ensures tasks are delegated so that team members are empowered to deliver results and develop their capabilities.
  • Integrity

  • Is willing to end a business relationship because it was associated with unethical business practice.
  • Is capable of challenging senior management (in a n appropriate and respectable manner) in order to act on espoused values.
  • Strategic and Innovative Thinking

  • Recognizes opportunities or potential problems, before they become obvious, by seeing the connections in a range of sources of information, including insights from outside DBSA.
  • Restates complex knowledge in a way that makes it easier for others to understand.
  • Experiments with new approaches, tests scenarios, questions assumptions and challenges conventional thinking.
  • Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others, leveraging internal and external sources of information, to build incremental revenue and growth opportunities
  • Teamwork & Cooperation

  • Acts to promote a friendly climate and good morale, and resolves conflicts.
  • Creates opportunities for cross-functional working.
  • Encourages others to network outside of their own team / department and learn from their experience
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