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ENGIE is global leading energy company that develops its businesses Power, Natural Gas, Energy Services around a model based on responsible growth to take on the challenges of the transition to a low-carbon economy: security of supply, the rational use of resources, access to sustainable energy and climate change. The Group provides governments, communities, cities and businesses with efficient and innovative solutions based on its expertise in four key sectors: independent power development, renewable energy, liquefied natural gas and energy efficiency services.
ENGIE s Business Unit for the Middle-East, South & Central Asia and Turkey (MESCAT) headquartered in Dubai, has activities in large scale power generation and water desalination, gas retail & distribution, LNG and energy services for B2B customers. Leveraging on its strong positions, the BU is developing its presence in renewable energies, in the gas value chain and in energy efficiency services.
The Senior Legal Counsel will report to Chief Legal & Ethics Officer Assets & Operations.
Legal support to the operational assets within BU MESCAT;
Legal support to assets under construction ;
Legal support to company secretariat (including group re-organisations)
Other legal support as and when required by the MESCAT BU.
Provide general advice (in particular to (1) Asset Country Managers (2) Operation and Maintenance Country Managers, (3) technical teams, (4) management of project companies and (5) management of operation and maintenance companies, on contract management and all legal matters as they arise (including regulatory and local law issues in coordination with local counsel) during the construction and operation phases of a project.
Provide dispute resolution advice and counsel to project companies and operation and maintenance companies whether arising under contracts with third parties or with other affiliates of the Group.
Monitor and manage (together with external counsel and where applicable the Group Litigation Department) dispute proceedings and litigations.
Deputise for the Chief Legal & Ethics Officer Assets & Operations as and when required including attendance at OMCO or AMCO Management Team Meetings.
Provide support (together with external legal counsel) on refinancings of Project Companies.
Willingness to act as a director on a number of boards in the MESCAT BU.
Assist, as the case may be, in the drafting, negotiation and renegotiation of long-term services, parts and repairs agreements in relation to operational projects.
Opine on O&M agreements to mediate disputes between the Project and Operation and Maintenance Companies.
Identify and manage issues during the construction and operation phases of projects that may affect the financing of a project and provide related legal advice and interface with lenders counsels as the case maybe (including the drafting of relevant waiver documentation).
Manage service agreements with project companies and operation and maintenance companies.
Monitor trends in construction law and agreements related to the development of independent power projects generally, monitor trends in the energy sector.
Monitor trends in dispute resolution and arbitration in the region.
Contribute to the development and improvement of procedures in the region.
Contribute to the implementation and use of the document management system.
Contribute to development of template agreements (EPC, O&M, LTSA etc. ) for the region.
Ensure compliance with policies and procedures issued by Engie, monitor and report on non-compliance with policies or procedures, pending or threatened violations of law or ethical values of the Group.
Encourage a culture of compliance with laws, ethics and integrity in the Group.
Control the use, quality and cost of external legal counsel.
Key relationships are as follows:
Main Internal Interfaces
Chief Legal & Ethics Officer Assets & Operations.
Head of Asset Management.
Head of Operations and Maintenance.
Country Managers (Assets and Operation and Maintenance).
Contractual Counterparties (EPC and Service Providers amongst others).
Sponsor International and Local Counsel.
Lender International and Local Counsel.
Project companies management.
O&M companies management.
Law Degree from a reputable university.
Common Law qualified (or considerable experience of working on common law governed documentation).
10+ years of legal practice.
Large law firm experience preferred, large corporate practice also valued.
Experience of IPPs and with detailed knowledge and understanding of EPC Contracts, financing documents, PPA, PWPA and other project documents preferred.
Excellent command of English.
Arabic advantageous but not required
Knowledge and Skills
Strong contract drafting and contract interpretation skills.
Strong negotiating skills.
Ability to provide sound legal advice.
Ability to deal with complexity.
Ability to work within a team of members from varying cultural backgrounds as well as with counterparts of varying cultural backgrounds.
Ability to maintain high levels of focused drive and energy, giving above what is required to get the job done.
Professional and ethical.
Attention to detail.
Energy regulatory framework.
Group s strategic vision.
Group s governance and ethical rules.
Flexibility to travel throughout the MUSCAT region.