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Compliance and Legal Counsel

Sturgeon Capital Ltd

Sturgeon Capital Ltd

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

The role: Mid level in-house compliance and legal officer for the wholly owned AIFC subsidiary of an independent, London-HQ’d Private Equity firm working closely with in house General Counsel. The role will oversee compliance and legal matters related to transactions the AIFC subsidiary advises on. For context, the local subsidiary is responsible for deploying significant capital into new Kazakh business opportunities for an international client.

More specifically, the role will involve:

  • Drafting, reviewing, and commenting on various transactional and other legal documentation in close cooperation with the General Counsel, other team members, the team of the limited partner and external legal providers, in particular, term sheets, investment agreements, subscription agreements, corporate documents and resolutions and other transaction documents
  • Overseeing compliance research on potential investee companies and working with portfolio companies to implement compliance best practices
  • Performing legal research on various issues of Kazakh and AIFC law to assess the feasibility of transaction structures, identify potential regulatory restrictions and understand the best way to give effect to commercially agreed terms
  • Attending negotiations with project companies on all aspects of deal completion alongside the General Counsel – making iteration updates, coordinating the work of external advisers, and dealing with other issues that may arise in the approval of the transaction documents
  • Assisting and closely advising the investment team on deal structuring and execution and managing the operations of investee companies
  • Advising on staff-related matters of employment law and reviewing commercial contracts with potential contractors, suppliers and vendors

Function: The role will involve working with the firms in house General counsel across all aspects of compliance and legal for transactions the AIFC subsidiary advises on. Additionally, you'll need to coordinate with our main client, potential investee companies, and experienced investment team to advise on legal matters and ensure the prompt delivery of compliance exhibits .

Experience: Candidates should have >5 years’ hands-on experience as an in-house legal counsel and/or lawyer with an international law firm and be very familiar with Kazakhstan and AIFC law, practices, rules and regulations. The candidate should have demonstrated corporate and transactional experience; strong leadership and communication skills; a problem solver with initiative capable of acting as a reliable and "hands-on" member of the team. Prior "hands on" experience working on Kazakhstan private equity deals is also preferred.

Other requirements: English, Russian and, preferably, Kazakh speaker.

License: Kazakhstan qualified (LLM preferred)

Location: Almaty (frequent travel between Almaty and Nur Sultan may be required)

Salary: Competitive with discretionary bonus