Nature & Env Solutions, Sr Legal Counsel

The Role

Where you fit in

The Nature and Environmental Solutions (NES) team leverages our two main current competitive advantages of our leading trading position (helmed by our Environmental Products Trading Business (EPTB) in both compliance and regulatory markets and our experience and credibility developing and investing in nature projects (the Nature Based Solutions (NBS) team) that produce high quality carbon credits.

The NBS team is primarily focused on developing projects which protect or redevelop natural ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands and wetlands. These could be projects related to conservation, afforestation or reforestation thereby generating carbon credits in the future whilst benefitting local communities and protecting biodiversity

Shell’s Global CO2 Trading team is headquartered in London with desks in Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo. The Global NBS team is headquartered in Singapore with commercial teams placed stretching from Australia to the Americas.

EPTB is responsible for the management and optimisation of the CO2 exposures faced by Shell assets around the world, and for generating revenue streams from external business development and proprietary trading activities. In addition, Shell has an environmental products team in North America that focuses on broader renewable energy and emissions markets in the US, Canada and Mexico.

CO2 markets have experienced rapid growth over recent years, and Shell has remained at the forefront of the market since executing the first ever European Union (EU) CO2 Allowance trade in 2003. With CO2 increasingly being embedded into the global commodity mix, the NES team is well positioned to meet the CO2 trading and commodity requirements of new and existing customers over the coming years

What’s the role?

The successful candidate will be the primary legal focal for the NBS business in Europe. The candidate will be expected the support the NBS team in negotiating and reviewing:

  • NDAs and MOUs, share sale & purchase agreements, project finance agreements, share subscription agreements, joint venture agreements, consultancy agreements, banking instruments, land lease agreements and commodity offtake agreements amongst others.

The candidate will also be required to assist and advice the NBS team on acquisitions of company’s enforcement/ regulatory/ licensing issues involving national and international CO2 schemes, land and indigenous rights issues, credit security structures and land rights issues.

The candidate will also be expected to guide and advise the NBS business on potential Anti-Bribery and Corruption/Anti-Money Laundering (ABC/AML) issues as well as precautions, structures and mitigants in respect of projects in high-risk jurisdictions and work with SMEs to deliver the right end result for Shell.

The NBS team’s increased focus on complex structured finance deals with significant cross jurisdictional implications mean that the candidate shall be responsible for the drafting and/or review of a vast array of complex bespoke contracts, including those relating to financing and security arrangements and contracts that have significant embedded optionality.

Such structured finance deals are anticipated to be conducted in various jurisdictions, often involving challenging and unclear legal and regulatory landscapes and the candidate will be required to:

  • Provide sound legal and commercial advice on deal structuring in light of a challenging commercial and legal landscape;
  • Address any regulatory issues that may arise from security arrangements or from the deal in general;
  • Work closely with internal functions to ensure alignment and compliance with Shell’s requirements;
  • As an integral member of the deal team, lead the deal and be a check on the deal BOM to ensure that deadlines are met; and
  • Revise deal documents and lead negotiations with counterparties, and ensure that all internal requirements are reflected in the final deal documents

The candidate will further be expected to have significant exposure to the use of and management of external counsel for structured financing transactions. The candidate will be expected to liaise closely with external counsel and act as an effective conduit between the commercial desk and external counsel to manage workload, procurement of advice and effectively manage the balance between cost effectiveness and fit for purpose external legal service.

The candidate shall be expected to travel occasionally for this role.

Special Challenges

A fast-paced environment, innovative business development teams and the challenges arising as the CO2 Trading and NBS businesses continue to adapt to changing industry and regulatory environments will require that this individual is commercially minded, flexible, willing to challenge and learn, and able to work under pressure.

What we need from you?

We are looking for a Qualified Senior Lawyer with sound knowledge of contract law and sale of goods principles. Ideally, a knowledge of and interest in the legal issues relevant to Upstream project delivery matters.

We are also keen to hear from candidates with the following experience:    

  • Extensive experience to international common law and/or civil law contracts.
  • Able to work without direct supervision.
  • Ability to draft with appropriate understanding and interpretation of the commercial intentions.
  • Excellent drafting skills. Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work on a numberof issues in parallel.
  • Ability to understand and take account of business drivers and needs.
  • Able to give clear exposition of a legal issue and to provide succinct accurate and comprehensible legal advice.
  • Able to coordinate between internal functions and achieve alignment.
  • Knowledge and experience to identify critical legal risks in the face of deadlines and deal pressures.
  • Influencing, negotiation and facilitation skills. Capacity for collaborative teamwork and able to act as a network performer to coordinate with multiple contributors.
  • Understanding of the Shell Group structure and the Shell Control Framework.
  • This individual must be motivated, self-directed, able to handle multiple streams of work, prioritise workload and to work both independently and as a member of a team, while at the same time knowing when to seek advice from the line manager or other senior colleagues.
  • Based in or willing to work in London and preferably, have a right to work there.

About Shell UK

Shell started operations in the United Kingdom more than 110 years ago. Since then, we have grown into a leading innovative Oil & Energy company that rewards its employees by investing heavily in their careers and learning. Our people are our greatest asset, and our commitment to your career will see you thrive in a work environment that offers an industry-leading development programme. When your ideas travel, Shell will benefit, and innovation will thrive. Shell has a key role to play in helping meet the UK’s growing energy demand, whilst using innovative technologies to develop cleaner energy. We are the largest FTSE 100 company in the UK by market capitalisation and make a significant contribution to the UK economy. As well as processing 35% of the gas coming into the UK, we serve more than four million customers at our filling stations each week. Shell employs some 6,400 skilled staff as well as many contractors.

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