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Janus Henderson Investors Legal Counsel - Investments and Derivatives in London, United Kingdom

We are a leading independent global asset manager, dedicated to delivering the best outcomes for our clients through a highly diversified range of actively-managed products. We are truly global, supporting our individual and institutional investors across a range of products, encompassing equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives. Our high-energy and collaborative culture at Janus Henderson helps our client achieve their goals and ensures that our people love the place they work.

Our culture is the foundation for how we interact with clients and one another as part of our unique, people-focused work environment. We support a flexible hybrid working model that allows teams to build a strong and positive culture by inspiring innovation and increasing collaboration. Currently our hybrid working model allows employees to work 2 or more days in office and the remaining time remotely.

Employees and Managers will discuss and determine what schedule works best for them and the team, with additional flexibility available based on the role, business needs, and individual circumstances.

JHI Workplace Practices is subject to change as the future of work within our organization evolves.

The department

The Janus Henderson Investors Legal team enjoys an outstanding reputation for customer focus and integrity. This role provides a unique opportunity to work with a truly global structure for a company headquartered in London, domiciled in Jersey and dual-listed on NYSE and ASX. The high-performing and well-regarded legal team in London, Denver and Hong Kong provides advice on a broad range of legal issues affecting the EMEA, US and APAC business.

Overview of the role

As Legal Counsel, you will be responsible for providing legal advice and support on a variety of derivative, investment and trading matters as they relate to Janus Henderson’s asset management matters globally. You will support the legal workstream on regulatory change projects, fund launches and provide ongoing support to front office, counterparty management, investment, trading and operations business partners. You will develop an advanced understanding of these specific business areas, the firm, client base and the market. You will be a trusted advisor to your business area(s) and have a responsibility to maintain well-developed internal and external professional relationships.

Duties and responsibilities

You will:

  • Provide legal advice to the firm and help to ensure that the firm operates in accordance within an acceptable level of legal risk.

  • Act as day-to-day legal support for front office investment teams, client onboarding, counterparty management, investment, trading and operations business partners in conjunction with external counsel where relevant and with escalation to others in the team as required.

  • Advise on, review and negotiate a variety of trading documentation (including Exchange Traded Derivatives Agreements, OTC Clearing Agreements, ISDA Master Agreements, Master Confirmations, IFEMAs, Prime Brokerage Agreements, ISDA protocol adherences), Electronic Trading Agreements and derivatives matters in investment management agreements.

  • Advise on and negotiate appropriate trading terms for a variety of proprietary funds and external segregated mandates, spanning multiple jurisdictions and corporate structures, with external counsel advice where necessary

  • Assist with Janus Henderson proprietary fund and segregated mandate fund launches, regulatory change projects, business change projects and investment product initiatives from a derivatives trading perspective;

  • Carry out additional duties as assigned.

    Supervisory responsibilities

  • No

    Technical skills and qualifications

  • Experience as a solicitor within a law firm or financial services company required – (entry level NQ – 2 years’ post qualification experience).

  • Law degree qualification.

  • ISDA and ideally prime brokerage experience required.

    Competencies required

    In addition to putting clients first, acting like an owner, and succeeding as a team, the competencies for this role include:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Strong negotiation skills.

  • Ability to work independently and prioritise appropriately across a wide range of work.

  • Strong exercise of judgement.

  • Ability to proactively build relationships within the organisation.

  • Strong professional presence with good interpersonal, team working and influencing skills.

  • Good commercial acumen.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Ability to manage external legal advisers where relevant.

  • Ability to find innovative solutions within acceptable levels of risk.

    Ongoing competence in the role to be assessed, in line with applicable regulatory requirements, by:

  • Annual performance appraisal.

  • Completion of all assigned compliance training.

    Compliance requirements

    At a minimum the role will require you to:

  • Place the interest of Janus Henderson’s Clients first, act in accordance with TCF (Treating Customers Fairly) principles

  • Understand and follow laws and regulations applicable for your role, seeking the help of your supervising manager or Compliance if additional guidance is required

  • Understand and abide by all Janus Henderson policies applicable to your role, and seek support/guidance of the policy owner guidance when required

  • You are ultimately accountable for your actions and responsible for seeking further information on any or all of the above as necessary.

    Janus Henderson (including its subsidiaries) will not maintain existing or sponsor new industry registrations or licenses where not supported by an employee’s job functions (as determined by Janus Henderson at its sole discretion).

    All applicants must be willing to comply with the provisions of Janus Henderson Investment Advisory Code of Ethics related to personal securities activities and other disclosure and certification requirements, including past political contributions and political activities. Applicants’ past political contributions or activity may impact applicants’ eligibility for this position. Janus Henderson is an equal opportunity /Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. All applications are subject to background checks.