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Corporate Governance, Finance, General Commercial/Contracts
Bentham IMF, the US arm of IMF Bentham Limited, a publicly owned company with a long-standing track record as one of the most successful litigation funding companies in the world, has an exciting opportunity available for a motivated attorney with eight or more years of experience practicing corporate/commercial law (some prior in-house experience preferred) to become the company’s first US-based Corporate Counsel. You will be expected to act as a thought leader for the company, providing insights and recommendations on a broad range of corporate legal issues. The responsibilities of the role will include drafting, review and negotiation of funding contracts, ensuring policy compliance, managing human resources issues, handling commercial real estate transactions, some operations management, and corporate governance compliance.
The Corporate Counsel, to be based in New York City, will join both Bentham IMF’s US team and IMF’s wider global legal team, working with all relevant stakeholders to advise on various US legal and business issues. The ideal candidate will be able to manage shifting priorities within a fast-paced environment while furthering Bentham IMF’s continued success in financing commercial litigation matters for law firms and clients in the United States.
Since listing on the Australia stock exchange in 2001, IMF has grown to 11 offices throughout the world, providing funding to clients in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. And since entering the US market with the 2011 launch of a New York City office, the company has met demand for funding across the country by expanding to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. IMF has funded to completion more than 157 cases in the past 16 years, generating over $2 billion AUD in recoveries and achieving a 90% success rate, with its clients retaining an average of 63% of all case proceeds.
1. Role Description Summary
As part of the Bentham US team and the wider global in-house legal team, the Corporate Counsel will have general responsibility for addressing all corporate legal matters as directed, including drafting, reviewing and negotiation of all funding contracts, ensuring policy compliance, managing human resources issues, handling commercial real estate transactions, managing some operations, and handling corporate governance compliance.
The Corporate Counsel will report to the US Chief Investment Officer and the Australian-based General Counsel and Company Secretary.
3. Skills and Qualities Required
To be considered for the role, candidates must have the following skills and qualities:
JD and admission to one or more state bars (must be in good standing, and if not admitted in New York, must be willing to register as in-house counsel in New York)
Eight or more years corporate/commercial experience; at least two years of in-house experience strongly preferred
Experience and confidence independently drafting and negotiating complex commercial transactions
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong written communication skills and attention to detail
The ability to manage tight timelines and balance competing priorities
The ability to be self-motivated and results-driven
The Corporate Counsel will undertake a broad range of duties, such as:
Contract Review, Drafting and Negotiation
Negotiating and drafting all forms of Bentham’s funding agreements
Preparing inter-creditor security agreements
Conducting lien searches, preparing and filing UCC liens
Drafting business-related commercial documents
Providing general advice on US corporate-related issues
Ensuring proper staff training and compliance with company policies related to document retention, conflicts of interest, corporate social responsibility, internal file management and reporting practices, and general management issues
Assisting with the coordination and fiscal management of the company’s lobbying activities and liaising with Bentham IMF’s Investment Managers and Chief Executive about developments related thereto
Identifying and managing operational risks
Supervising all office leases, lease performance, expense tracking, etc.
Managing external legal counsel and other advisers to keep them on-time and on-budget in relation to any corporate engagements
Drafting employment contracts
Helping oversee and coordinate training for new employees (with CIO and CMO)
Assisting with the tracking, coaching and development of new employees
Managing staff 401k, pension funds and staff health insurance
Drafting, monitoring and managing staff-related company policies
5. Personal Specification
A highly motivated and goal-focused individual, prepared to operate within the parameters of established company protocols and who embraces a collaborative, team-based environment.
Bentham IMF is the U.S. arm of publicly listed IMF Bentham Limited (ASX: IMF), one of the most successful litigation funding companies in the world, with a portfolio that has a total claim size value of $3.3 billion AUD. Together, our companies have 11 offices throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada and Asia and provide funding to clients in jurisdictions including the U.S., Australia, Canada, New ...Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. We have reviewed thousands of commercial cases in the past 16 years, funding to completion more than 157 cases and generating over $2 billion AUD in recoveries. We have achieved a 90% success rate, with clients utilizing our funding retaining an average of 63% of all case proceeds.