Legal Counsel

UK-High Wycombe
Requisition ID
2017-29038
Employee Type
Full Time-Regular
Category
Legal / Compliance
Travel
10-25%

Overview

As part of the GMF IO Legal Staff, Legal Counsel is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of high quality legal advice to GMF’s consumer and commercial business teams for operations in the UK to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations aligned with corporate guidelines and policies

 

GM Financial is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Company and a global provider of automobile finance solutions. Our International segment includes operations in Latin America and Europe, with presence in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. We also hold an equity interest in a joint venture that conducts auto finance operations in China.

The purpose of GM Financial – International Operations (IO) is to drive incremental GM vehicle sale while achieving appropriate risk-adjusted returns. It achieves these through its strategic priorities and with a corporate culture which values integrity, excellence and teamwork.

The GMF IO Legal Staff provides legal guidance to the Company operations in these international markets through a team of attorneys and other professionals led by the General Counsel for International Operations.

Responsibilities

  • Key jurisdictional responsibility: UK
  • Key industries and product segments: retail automotive financing, dealer automotive floor plan financing, and insurance mediation activity.
  • Key legal practice areas: general FCA / Consumer Credit Act regulations, consumer finance, commercial lending and secured transactions, general automotive finance, insurance mediation, insolvency, general commercial and contract, compliance (data protection, anti-money laundering, general banking and insurance mediation), company secretary, competition.
  • Provision of legal advice to GMF operations in UK especially on FCA/Consumer Credit Act regulations and consumer protection law, general commercial law and finance law in general and insolvency law.
  • Support to global and pan-European projects within the IO legal team
  • Managing and facilitating the work of external counsel with a focus on cost efficiency.
  • Support and provide legal advice to the other GMF IO Global Functions to ensure ongoing adherence to all relevant compliance regulations that may govern the GMF UK operations and complete all regulatory knowledge training where applicable in a timely fashion.

Qualifications

ESSENTIAL:

  • UK Law Qualifications (ie qualified solicitor / barrister).
  • Minimum of 2 years PQE (looking up to 5 years PQE).
  • English fluency.
  • General knowledge of compliance laws/regulations impacting finance companies required.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with key consumer/commercial finance regulations.
  • Familiarity with secured transactions and corporate governance matters.
  • Aptitude for managing legal issues/projects and reporting accountabilities within a larger legal staff operation.

Integrity & trust, business acumen, able to deal with ambiguity, drives for results, good interpersonal skills, good at building peer relationships, demonstrated decision quality

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