Associate Director

Date: 14-Jun-2022

Location: London, GB

Company: Mizuho

We are currently hiring for a Legal Counsel to join us on a 6 month fixed-term contract.


Profile Summary

The Quality Assurance team supports the Europe Structured Finance Department (ESFD) in legal, compliance and regulatory matters. Its principal role is to ensure that transactions booked and controlled by ESFD comply with applicable laws, regulations and the Bank’s internal policies, procedures and credit approvals and that the risk allocation on documents meets the requirements of ESFD management. The team is also responsible for certain compliance and conduct risk reporting for ESFD and for advising on sanctions and LIBOR transition. It is also ESFD’s point of contact with ED, Legal and Head Office on new laws and regulations


Duties and Responsibilities

• Responsible for checking consistency between credit applications and transaction documents within ESFD, in accordance with the parameters agreed with ESFD management, and providing legal and compliance support within ESFD.

• Ensure appropriate origination, negotiation and execution of deals in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, the bank’s policies, procedures and approvals.

• Ensure transaction contracts are of a high standard and legal issues are appropriately recorded and followed.

• Advise ESFD on sanctions and their impact on ESFD transactions.

• Support ESFD in the delivery of their LIBOR transition project.

• Other compliance responsibilities are as required as a Mizuho employee or temporary member of staff:

o Read, understand and comply with Mizuho London’s Compliance Manual

o Be up to date with Anti Money Laundering training

o Sign the required compliance undertakings

• Report promptly any identified compliance or money laundering risks or actual breeches to the Compliance Department and/or ED.

• Other duties as may be requested by senior management and head of QAO team to support ESFD’s ongoing quality assurance requirements and qualitative/quantitative targets.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience

• A qualified lawyer in England & Wales or a similar common law jurisdiction.

• A minimum of 1 year PQE preferably in corporate or structured finance, with knowledge of LMA standard forms, and preferably with experience of US, EU and UK sanctions.

• Ability to prioritise, work for various stakeholders, and manage a large number of matters.

• Has great organisational and time management skills and has a strong interest in transactional work and the ability to oversee multiple transactions simultaneously.

• Ability to work with limited supervision and shows initiative.

• Has excellent analytical abilities and good commercial acumen and can provide on the spot legal and regulatory advice in situations requiring quick analysis and has an ability to exercise good judgement and identify and escalate legal risks under time pressure.

• Has a strong interest in transactional work and the ability to oversee multiple transactions simultaneously.

• Is a good team player, confident and proactive, enjoys working closely with business colleagues as well as other internal control functions.

• Is dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture and values diverse perspectives.

• High level of computer literacy including Word, Excel and Powerpoint.


We champion a flexible work environment, as we understand the need for people to meet other commitments or simply strike a good work-life balance. As such, we are happy to talk flexible working for this role such as reduced working hours. The role will also include homeworking.


At Mizuho we are committed to supporting equality and diversity, and seek to create a workplace that is fully inclusive. We welcome applications from all sections of the community that we operate in and from all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, beliefs, gender identities and disabilities.


If you require more information about our equal opportunities policy or wish to discuss any accessibility requirements or reasonable adjustments please contact the recruitment team – and we will be happy to help.