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Commercial Counsel


Role type
Permanent
Division
Legal
Location
London
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Corporate Counsel

London-based position with moderate travel, Competitive Package

GSMA – Our Organisation

The GSMA is the operator-led trade body for the global mobile industry. Our membership includes more than 800 network operators that provide mobile communications services across more than 213 countries to over 3 billion consumers (85% of the world’s digital mobile market). The GSMA’s membership also includes more than 250 major vendors, partners and suppliers to the industry, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. Further, the GSMA is an established inter-industry resource, partnering with those sectors, such as financial services, seeking to leverage mobile to reach their strategic goals. Finally, the GSMA engages with a wide range of governments, & regulators, NGO’s, such as The World Bank and the UN, and philanthropic organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

We are a not for profit organization but entrepreneurial in culture. Our primary funding is driven through our membership, our international event businesses and through the services we provide to the mobile value chain. Notably, we own and organize the world’s largest mobile communications event, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which is attended by over 100,000 of the industry’s leading decision makers and encompasses over 2,000 technology, content and services exhibitors. The GSMA also owns and organizes the Mobile World Congress Shanghai and has now launched, with CTIA, the Mobile World Congress Americas in the U.S.

Our people include some of the best talent from around the world focusing on developing industry initiatives. We are a truly international organization with over 600 employees located in offices throughout the world, including London, Atlanta, Barcelona, Brussels, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Please visit www.gsma.com for a wealth of further information.

 

GSMA – The Legal Team

The GSMA legal team is responsible for providing the legal support for the full range of GSMA activities, including public policy initiatives, projects with operator and other members of the GSMA, GSMA’s international event businesses, commercial contracts for GSMA’s portfolio of managed services, and compliance matters. The 10-member legal team is located in London and Atlanta. It operates in a very collaborative and team-oriented manner.

GSMA – The Role of the Commercial Counsel

The role of the Commercial Counsel will be to support the GSMA’s commercial activities, and specifically to act as the lead lawyer for the GSMA’s Managed Services division. This discrete, stand-alone area of the business is tasked with identifying, developing and commercialising new and exciting revenue-generating opportunities across the GSMA group.

Responsibilities will include:

  1. Drafting commercial contracts for the Managed Services division’s products and services (some of which will be completely new offerings in the market).
  2. Delivering pragmatic, business-focussed legal advice to a range of commercial stakeholders.
  3. Working directly with the Head of Managed Services to continue driving the division’s year on year growth.
  4. Providing ad hoc support for GSMA’s international programmes, initiatives and event businesses.

 

The ideal candidate will:

            (i) Have at least 3 years’ post-qualification experience gained in a well-regarded law                  firm (with preferably some time spent in-house).

(ii)     Have significant experience drafting and negotiating high-volume commercial transactions, including but not limited to services agreements, cooperation agreements, statements of work and license agreements.

(iii)    Have demonstrable experience of working with senior business stakeholders on issues of strategic importance, delivering commercial legal advice in a concise and accessible manner.

(iv)    Be adept at delivering legal advice in a fast-paced environment and used to working to transaction deadlines.

(v)     Be a team player who can operate effectively and independently in a geographically dispersed and collaborative culture.

 

The Commercial Counsel will be based in London and will report to the Deputy General Counsel. It offers the ideal opportunity for a lawyer looking to take sole responsibility for a business unit whilst still benefitting from the support and experience of a high-performing Legal Team. The GSMA is a global organisation and candidates applying for this job should be prepared to make a few international trips each year.