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Senior Legal Counsel, Real Estate & Construction, EMEA

 

Senior Legal Counsel, Real Estate & Construction, EMEA

  • JR-122878
  • London
  • Legal
  • Full time
Senior Legal Counsel, Real Estate & Construction, EMEA

Overall Purpose:

We are more than lawyers 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 dedicated orientation and creative yet practical advice, bring us to the table early and often and leads to exciting and rewarding work directly in support of Equinix’s overall business objectives.

We work as part of a global legal department, 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, having fun 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 built. Equinix is honoured to be recognised as a Top 100 Places to Work in 2021 by Glassdoor and has been on the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work for List for 2021, 2020 and 2019.

Equinix was founded in 1998 and has quickly grown to become the world's largest data centre colocation provider. We achieved Fortune 500 status is 2021. Our growth story continues, and we are now looking for a Senior Legal Counsel to be based in our London Devonshire Square office. Equinix is committed to flexible working with a mix of work-from-home and in-office work available. The role will be primarily responsible for supporting the Real Estate & Construction areas in one of our key markets as well as our emerging EMEA markets in connection with the acquisition and development of data centres.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Draft, review and negotiate real estate and construction contracts and other related transactions for the Equinix business including purchases, sales, leases, licences, FIDIC contracts, consultancy agreements, a range of works and utilities contracts, settlement agreements, and deeds of variation across multiple EMEA jurisdictions.
  • Advice and support in relation to the real estate and construction aspects of M&A activity in EMEA, including managing title, lease, construction and environmental diligence and preparation of any real estate assignments and other related transaction documentation.
  • Review and interpret contracts and provide legal advice to resolve or handle disputes arising with respect to the existing EMEA real estate and construction portfolio.
  • Understand the supply side of the Equinix business in order to propose well-reasoned legal and business solutions to complicated problems.
  • Build and maintain business relationships, and handle challenging workflows, appropriately prioritizing with partners in Real Estate, Corporate Development & Design & Construction (D&C) and delivering results within agreed timelines.
  • Management of real estate and construction precedent data bases, development of precedents and the provision of training to key business partners.
  • Management and coordination with external legal counsel across multiple EMEA jurisdictions engaged to provide legal support for the various activities referred to above.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Extensive PQE as an experienced construction and/or real estate lawyer. Given the breadth of the role, we are looking for an individual with a growth mindset to take on new challenges.
  • Experience gained at a reputable law firm is highly desirable.
  • Some in-house experience including by way of secondment is desirable.
  • Language skills are not essential but French language capabilities are desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to work independently and multi-task.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong eye for business, problem solving abilities and good judgment.
  • Dedication to high standards for work product and results.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and multi-task effectively to manage competing priorities.

What We Offer

The opportunity to leave your mark in a company that is growing quickly while keeping a ground-breaking spirit. And of course, a competitive salary and great secondary benefits like a defined contribution pension plan, a collective health care plan, annual bonus scheme and annual paid leave.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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