Acquisitions and Divestment
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Acquisitions and Divestment
What is the role?
As a Legal Counsel A&D & NBD, the purpose of this role is to provide legal support to Acquisitions and Divestment and New Business Development (ADNBD) across the whole range of Shell’s businesses (in particular, Renewable Energies, Upstream, Integrated Gas and Downstream). This group works on the front line to deliver cleaner energy to the world.
The role of the Legal Services ADNBD team (LSIG/A) is to provide legal advice, support and related services to the ADNBD commercial team, which includes substantial and complex acquisitions and divestments, formation of joint ventures and other new business development projects, in a proactive, timely, cost-effective and professional manner with a view to furthering business objectives in support of the Shell Group Strategy, adding value and protecting shareholder interests.
Also, the role seeks to ensure that legal risks are identified, appropriate alternative structures and strategies are considered, and documents are appropriately drafted to reflect commercial decisions, always consistent with professional standards, legal obligations, the Shell General Business Principles and the Shell Control Framework.
Act as lead lawyer or provide support to ADNBD Projects and Post Closing Rights & Obligations (PCRO) and Implementation matters
Represent Shell vis-à-vis third parties
Ensure that legal considerations, including mitigation of legal risks identified, are considered in operations, planning activities, contracting, new business/project development, including relations with relevant third parties
Ensuring optimal use of internal and external legal resources to ensure provision of professional, timely, cost effective and commercial legal advice and support, balancing both risk and value
Monitor relevant legal developments and communicate these to the business and functional Directorates
Work with commercial colleagues to develop the legal and commercial structure of the existing business activities and any new business opportunities that arise
Engage and collaborate with Shell lawyers globally across the function
Collaborate with stakeholders across multiple business and organizational lines
Contribute to the broader Shell Group business, reputational and stakeholder agenda
Maximize benefits and minimize risks that could represent any kind of loss to shareholders, while delivering the business objectives
Propose strategies and provide legal support that enable safe, efficient, and agile decisions to secure competitive advantages
Ensure that legal risks are identified, appropriate alternative structures and strategies are considered, and documents are appropriately drafted to reflect commercial decisions, always consistent with professional standards, legal obligations, the Shell General Business Principles, and the Shell Control Framework
Accountable for protecting Shell’s rights and reputation in all commercial and contractual arrangements
Provide advice in connection with, or otherwise participate in, key engagements with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders
Protect Shell's interests and enhance Shell's reputation and brand by providing sound legal advice, assisting with negotiations, and drafting legal agreements
Provide support to energy transition matters and related innovative projects
What we need from you
Currently must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
Required Law degree and professional legal qualification
Minimum of seven (7) years’ working experience in acquisitions and divestments, including due diligence, contract drafting and negotiation, and identification of legal risks
Strong legal and strategic judgment, coupled with strong business partnering, integrator and stakeholder management skills
Demonstrate leadership and foundational behaviors – acting as “one Shell” and constantly embracing HSSE, Compliance, collaboration, business partnering and continuous improvement
Strong grasp of legal issues, demonstrated learner mindset and capability to expand knowledge in relevant areas of law
Ability to work inclusively with both internal and external stakeholders with diverse external backgrounds, including senior government officials, senior lawyers/business representatives
Strong analytical skills, business acumen, risk assessment ability and ability to balance competing interests of businesses at varied stages of their evolution
Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to develop and sustain relationships and trust with business and functions at all levels and in a range of cultures
Good commercial mind
Ability to clearly explain legal risks, develop sound mitigation strategies and find acceptable commercial solutions