Legal Counsel 4-140015CB in Lagos, Nigeria

at Oracle

Information Technology and Services
Information Technology
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 - 7 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

1.1. Management Functions

• Responsible for legal function at Lagos hub and provision of legal support to all groups based there.

• Responsibility for legal support in Nigeria, and supporting other members of the team in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ruanda and Tanzania.

• Close liaison with Finance function in relation to the establishment, growth and day to day operation of the Lagos hubs

• Independent handling of major tasks, business and improvement projects

• Continuous interface with local management

• Close liaison with Deal Managment organisation

• Develop and maintain relationships with external lawyers

• Engagement of external lawyers as required

• Implementing and providing training on legal policies and business practices

• Liaison with regional managment to establish work priorities

1.2 Legal Functions

• Provide transactional support for local sales operations, including drafting, vetting and negotiating major/non-standard agreements

• Respond to adhoc queries, providing appropriate solutions

• Work closely with lawyers throughout Oracle

• Identify, analyse and evaluate risks

• Ensure compliance with Oracle business practices, policies, procedures and law

• Provide training to other Oracle functions on legal policy and business practices.

• Management of disputes / litigation

• Participate in EMEA-wide initiatives as required

• Corporate housekeeping / company secretarial duties for Oracle’s subsidiaries registered in Africa.

1.3 Compliance & Ethics Functions

• Collaborate with the Compliance & Ethics Legal team, external counsel, Business Assessment & Audit, Global Information Security and the global compliance team as well as Finance and Human Resources, as appropriate, to investigate allegations of unethical behavior or other violations of Oracle policy

• Collaborate with the Alliances & Channels organization to ensure the selection of Oracle distribution partners that are committed to ethical business conduct and to encourage those partners in the implementation of effective compliance programs.

• Handle escalations of Oracle distribution partner issues that arise, whether through investigations or routine due diligence.

• Meet with distribution partners to underscore Oracle’s commitment to ethical business practices.

• Work with Compliance & Ethics Legal in relation to the administraion of processes for review of various matters such as expenses, gifts and entertainment, and conflicts of interest  to ensure compliance with Oracle’s policies.

• Identify areas of legal compliance risk and collaborate with the Compliance & Ethics Legal team to mitigate the risk.

• Work with the Compliance & Ethics Legal team to identify common concerns, establish common standards and propagate best practices.

• Develop an expertise in the anti-corruption laws and related legal landscape, monitor ethics and compliance developments, identify best practices and champion adoption as appropriate.

• Coordinate with the Compliance & Ethics team to deliver customized employee and partner trainings in the region.

• Collaborate with the Compliance & Ethics Legal team to continuously improve Oracle’s Compliance and Ethics Programme in the region.

3. Required Skills

• Fluency in English

• High-level legal drafting skills (also in English)

• Integrity and commitment to the highest ethical standards and personal values

• Commercial negotiation experience, ideally in the IT or other hi-tech industry.

• Superior written and oral communication skills with an ability to communicate and influence effectively at all levels of the organisation

• Practical and creative thinking and problem solving

• Commercial outlook with excellent judgement and the capacity to make decisions and give advice that demonstrates an understanding of the risk/rewards of each situation

• Ability to perform under pressure

• Willingness to travel in the region on a regular basis



4. Minimum job requirements

• Law degree and professional qualification. 5+ years relevant experience.

• French language capability an advantage.

• Previous experience in industry preferred.


Detailed Description and Job Requirements

 Provision of legal advice and services to the business; management of the legal systems.

Responsible for managing legal matters pertaining to the organization. Provides a variety of corporate and commerical legal services and counseling to Oracle*s department and divisions. Represents Oracle in litigation and other legal or administrative actions or investigations. Provides a variety of corporate and commerical legal services to Oracle*s departments and divisions. Acts as an advisor on legal issues involving the organization*s government and regulatory compliance. Reviews legal data and advises organization on appropriate legal action to be taken. Coordinates legal matters handled by outside counsel. May develop and provide legal training to internal clients on an as-needed basis. Demonstrates experience in general corporate matters, including corporate organization, securities compliance, drafting transactional documents, license/technology agreements, employment law, immigration law, intellectual property, regulatory matters, contract management, and financing. Experience in trade secrets, advertising law, registration and other resolution specific to the computer and technology industry as well as SEC reporting.

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