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Elevate is recruiting for a lawyer with banking experience and at least four years' post qualification experience. On behalf of the London office of a large International Law Firm, you will have an amazing opportunity to complete a 12-month secondment based in Brussels at the European Commission.

Key duties:                                           

  • Being a member of the multi-disciplined team at the European Commission in Brussels implementing the European Union's EFSD Guarantee Programme which is part of the External Investment Plan (EIP)
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  • Being one of the in-house lawyers of that team on this multi-year, multi-deal project involving guarantees given by the European Union to development banks and multilateral banks of EU Member States to support loans and investments in Africa and elsewhere in the European Neighbourhood
  • Under the supervision and instructions of the relevant European Commission’s team, support such team in negotiating the EFSD Guarantees with those banks
  • Dealing with input from various departments of the European Commission
  • As part of the European Commission's team, helping deal with and instruct the said International Law Firm, which has been engaged by the European Commission as its external deal counsel for each of the transactions

You might be the right person if you:

  • Like drafting and negotiating high-profile, complex, cross-border banking deals
  • You are an experienced banking lawyer, and you know how guarantees and funded risk participations work
  • You are methodical and well organized, and can cope with several deals at the same time
  • You are good at dealing with people and teams within the client who are not lawyers

Essential experience and skills for success:

  • English as a native language (notwithstanding that the assignment is based in Brussels, it is not essential to speak French – the project is being conducted in English, and the relevant teams within the European Commission are operating in English)
  • Good bank documentation drafting skills


  • First qualification is as a solicitor (or equivalent) in a common law jurisdiction like England & Wales, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand
  • A minimum of four years' PQE as a transactional banking lawyer (that could be any type of banking discipline like general banking, trade finance, project finance, acquisition finance, asset finance)

Elevate is the law company. We provide consulting, technology and services to law departments and law firms. Our global team of lawyers, engineers, consultants and business experts improve efficiency, quality and outcomes for customers worldwide. Elevate’s achievements and distinctions include:

  • Ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies two years in a row.
  • Ranked as a top Global Services Provider by Chambers & Partners three years in a row.
  • Lead Partner of the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards.
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