Work from home as a Senior Legal Counsel, Hybrid, Nairobi Kenya

jobsnearmeafric Blue Orchard Finance

BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment manager and a member of the Schroders Group. As a pioneering impact investor, the firm is dedicated to generating lasting positive impact for communities and the environment, while aiming at providing attractive returns to investors.

BlueOrchard was founded in 2001, by initiative of the UN, as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide Today, the firm offers impact investment solutions across asset classes, including private debt, private equity, sustainable infrastructure, and listed debt. Through our investments, we connect millions of entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets with investors with the aim to make impact investment solutions accessible to all and to advance the conscious use of capital. Being a professional investment manager and expert in innovative blended finance mandates, BlueOrchard has a sophisticated international investor base and has established itself as a trusted partner of leading global development finance institutions. To date, BlueOrchard has invested over USD 10 billion across more than 100 countries. As of December 2022, BlueOrchard has facilitated access to financial and related services for over 280 million underserved people in emerging and frontier markets. Become part of this unique success story and join our fast-growing company in Nairobi, Kenya as

Senior Legal Counsel

Key tasks

 Work closely with Blue Orchard Finance (BOF) investment officers, representatives of client financial institutions (FIs) as well as local legal counsel in various jurisdiction across Africa to oversee the development of transactional agreements and coordinate closing of deals;
 Prepare transaction documents in full compliance with all internal processes, the applicable laws and regulations and corporate requirements of BOF managed funds;
 Liaise with BOF investment officers, BOF legal department, and BOF risk team to develop and process amendments/waivers and other supplemental deal documents post-disbursement;
 Provide key support to the legal team in the day-to-day management of legal and transactional risk.

Required skills and experience

 Degree in law (preferably Master’s degree) and at least 5 years professional experience in a top tier law firm;
 Experience in legal documentation of debt and/or equity transactions; 
 Worked in banking, infrastructure and/or private equity;
 Total professional fluency in both written and spoken English is essential and fluency in French is a clear advantage. Additionally, fluency in Portuguese is desirable.

Your personal profile

 Strong ability to work autonomously, under tight deadlines and to interact at all levels of the company within BOF and within the investee FIs as well;
 Self-starter with desire and ability to learn quickly in a rewarding, but fast paced and challenging deal environment;
 Passionate about financial inclusion and the goals of impact investment.
What we offer

 Work in a global and fast-growing company with a true commitment to its mission of fighting global poverty and climate change;
 An entrepreneurial culture, offering multiple opportunities for learning and development;
 A dynamic and multicultural team spread around the globe.
Preferred starting date: 15 February 2024.

Please apply in ENGLISH, including CV and cover letter via our career website.

Deadline for application is 31 January 2024.

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