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Reference ID R82118 Updated 15/08/2022 Employment Type Full time Experience level Experienced Professionals
Country United States Work Location (City) Houston

The Role

Company description 

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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. 

Accountabilities:

  • 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

Requirements

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

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