Head of Legal and Compliance

Our client is an award-winning and well-established Forex Group providing services and facilities to both retail and institutional clients. They treasure their exceptional workforce as the cornerstone of their success. Their commitment to nurturing individual talent and skills not only drives their employees to unleash their full potential but also creates a dynamic, engaging workplace that thrives on excellence.

They are seeking to hire an experienced Head of Legal & Compliance in order to join their C-Level team in Larnaca.

Responsibilities:

Legal:

  • Develop and implement the organizations legal strategy, aligning it with the overall business objectives.
  • Manage the legal function on a group level by handling various jurisdictions simultaneously.
  • Provide legal advice and support to the executive team, board of directors, and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards.
  • Monitor changes in the legal landscape and advise the organization on potential impacts.
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures to ensure adherence to legal requirements.
  • Identify and assess legal risks faced by the organization.
  • Advise on contract negotiations, and other business agreements to minimize legal exposure.
  • Review, draft, and negotiate a wide range of contracts and agreements, including vendor contracts, client agreements, employment contracts, and confidentiality agreements.
  • Ensure that contracts are legally sound and protect the organization’s interests.
  • Oversee legal disputes, including managing external counsel, developing litigation strategies, and representing the organization in legal proceedings when necessary.
  • Work towards the resolution of disputes through negotiation, mediation, or arbitration.
  • Safeguard the organization’s intellectual property rights by overseeing the filing and maintenance of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
  • Monitor and address any potential infringement issues.
  • Ensure compliance with corporate governance requirements, including board meetings, shareholder communications, and regulatory filings.
  • Advise on matters related to corporate structure, governance best practices, and legal compliance.
  • Oversee and lead a team of legal advisors to ensure efficient and diligent task execution, consistently meeting all deadlines.

Compliance:

  • Establish and maintain policies, procedures, and controls to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Manage the compliance function on a group level by handling various jurisdictions simultaneously.
  • Design and implement compliance training programs for employees to enhance their understanding of compliance obligations.
  • Supervises the appropriateness, effectiveness and adequacy of the policy, practices, measures, procedures and control mechanisms applied from AMLCO for the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • Develop monitoring and auditing processes to detect and prevent compliance violations.
  • Identify potential compliance risks and develop strategies to mitigate them.
  • Conduct regular risk assessments and implement risk management initiatives.
  • Monitor regulatory developments and industry trends to anticipate potential compliance issues.
  • Interpret and communicate regulatory requirements to relevant stakeholders within the organization.
  • Collaborate with legal counsel to ensure the organization’s policies and procedures are in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Liaise with regulatory bodies and external auditors during compliance inspections and audits.
  • Promote awareness and understanding of compliance policies and procedures throughout the organization.
  • Manage compliance-related investigations, including client complaints, allegations of misconduct or violations.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of compliance-related information to senior management and regulatory authorities, as required.
  • Monitor changes in laws, regulations, and industry standards that may impact the organization’s compliance requirements.
  • Assess the impact of regulatory changes and update the compliance program accordingly.
  • Oversee and lead a team of compliance professionals to ensure efficient and diligent task execution, consistently meeting all deadlines.

Requirements:

  • University Degree in Law
  • Minimum 10 years experience in a legal role, with 5 years in a managerial role within a regulated environment with a group structure
  • Experience within a regulated company, with cross border exposure (CySeC, FSA)
  • Strong knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards.
  • Strong knowledge of corporate law, contract law, and regulatory compliance and risk management
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Detail-oriented with a high degree of integrity and ethical conduct.
  • Holder of Advanced CySEC Certificates of Professional Competence.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Greek and English.

Benefits:

  • 13th salary
  • 22 days of Annual Leave
  • Medical Insurance
  • Birthday Leave
  • Discount Card
  • Free Gym membership
  • Friday afternoon off in Summer (July and August)
  • Professional development Training Programs
  • Team Building activities and corporate events

For more information or to apply for the above opportunity, please email Marie Pavlou: marie.pavlou@emeraldzebra.cy

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