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Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate

 

Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate

  • JR-129546
  • Toronto
  • Tampa
  • Dallas
  • Ashburn

Suite Moins

  • Legal
  • Full time
Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company, operating 200+ data centers across the globe and providing interconnections to all the key clouds and networks. Businesses need one place to simplify and bring together fragmented, complex infrastructure that spans private and public cloud environments. Our global platform allows customers to place infrastructure wherever they need it and connect it to everything they need to succeed.

We are a fast-growing global company with 70+ consecutive quarters of growth. Through our innovative portfolio of high-performance products and services, we have created the largest, most active global ecosystem of 10,000+ companies, including 2,000+ networks and 3,000+ cloud and IT service providers in 27 countries spanning five continents.  

A career at Equinix means you will collaborate on work that impacts the world and be surrounded by endless opportunities to learn new skills and grow in varied directions. We embrace diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment that is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success. 

Job Summary

We are more than legal professionals protecting Equinix’s interests. We are valued business partners, known as responsive, consistent and proactive. We take customer service seriously and strive for excellence in our execution. Equinix’s dynamic growth trajectory keeps us on our toes and constantly learning. Our strong relationships with our internal clients, fuelled by our solution-driven orientation and creative yet practical advice, bring us to the table early and often and lead to interesting and rewarding work in support of Equinix’s overall business objectives. Our global Legal department may span four continents, but we are One Legal - a true team working together across borders in support of our shared strategic objectives. We work hard but take time to celebrate our accomplishments – both professional and personal, with a healthy dose of fun thrown in along the way. We look forward to coming to work every day to support Equinix and each other and highly value the “team first” culture we have created. We are proud that our collective effort has led to Equinix One Legal being named as one of the Top Innovative Law Departments in North America by the Financial Times (FT, December 2015). This new role of Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate will be primarily responsible for providing corporate law and related support for our xScale business within the Equinix business, which is a series of joint ventures with different capital partners to build and operate large scale data centers for a select group of cloud service and technology providers (hyperscaler) customers, working with business support functions, in particular for Corporate Development, Finance, Tax and Treasury functions, that also support our xScale business.

Responsibilities

  • Support for any third-party debt financing activity taking place in the xScale organization around the world.

  • Support for corporate law aspects of M&A transactions, joint ventures and other growth projects around the world, and primarily in the AMER region.

  • Having a sound understanding of business decisions related to the company's status as a US Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). No need for prior knowledge of US REITs (although this would be a plus).

  • Assisting with issues and analysis related to customer agreements, and any impact that they have on debt financing arrangements, and vice versa.

  • Supporting corporate structuring projects impacting upon the Equinix group legal entities from time to time, in particular for the support of the global xScale business, including incorporating new legal entities, undertaking company statutory mergers or transfers of assets, undertaking share recapitalisations as required, etc.

  • Liaison with external legal counsel in various jurisdictions engaged to provide legal support for the various activities referred to above, in particular on large scale debt financing transactions and/or where local law input is required.

  • Liaison with other Equinix One Legal personnel in coordinating on corporate legal matters, including in the US, regarding SEC filings, 8K disclosures, review of 10K and 10Q filings etc.

  • Liaising with other Equinix One Legal personnel worldwide and in region in coordinating on other corporate legal matters.

  • Serving as a Legal department spokesperson to Equinix and external party senior leaders, presenting and influencing them as necessary, to advance the Legal department's interests and image.

  • Planning, coordinating, and reporting on the status of assigned Legal initiatives and projects in these areas of responsibilities including managing administration and related resources (e.g., staff and budget).

  • Report on legal activity in relation to areas of responsibility to Vice President, Legal, Corporate & Tax.

Qualifications

  • Degree qualification, with solid post qualification experience (5-7 years) in corporate law from a middle or top tier law firm and/or a large multi-national organization is essential.

  • Experience of working in an in-house legal role in a dynamic business environment is strongly preferred.

  • Experience in debt financing, IT, telecom and/or real estate industry are preferred.

  • Strong communication and relationship building skills, and experience (internal or external) working with other business focused personnel is essential.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Strong ability to organize and prioritize tasks and workload, and good administrative skills. Ability to work with tight deadlines.

  • Strong ability to take a pragmatic and commercial approach. Ability to multi-task and work with limited supervision.

  • General working knowledge of financial spreadsheets, accounting rules (revenue recognition etc.) is desirable.

  • Good presentation skills; and General working knowledge of databases, e.g. Access databases etc. IT proficient in relation to all MS Word packages, and good typing.

Equinix is committed to ensuring that our employment process is open to all individuals, including those with a disability.  If you need assistance in applying for an open position, you may send an email to Staffing@equinix.com. Please provide your contact information and let us know how we can assist you.

Equinix is an Equal Employment Opportunity and, in the U.S., an Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to unlawful consideration of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, place of birth, citizenship, sex, pregnancy / childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, age, veteran or military status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, political / organizational affiliation, status as a victim or family member of a victim of crime or abuse, or any other status protected by applicable law. (Equal Opportunity / AA / Disabled / Veterans Employer (U.S.)).

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