Legal Counsel

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Date: 20 juin 2022

Lieu: Como-Tavernola (CO), IT

Entreprise: AkzoNobel

Nous sommes les pionniers d’un monde d’opportunités pour protéger et sublimer toute surface depuis plus de 200 ans. Grâce à notre expertise dans la fabrication des peintures, il y a de fortes probabilités pour que quelques mètres seulement vous espacent d’un de nos produits. Notre portefeuille de marques de classe mondiale qui comprend Dulux, International, Sikkens et Interpon a la confiance de clients du monde entier. Nous sommes présents dans plus de 150 pays et avons pour objectif de devenir le leader mondial de notre industrie. C’est ce que l’on attend d’une entreprise de peinture championne du développement durable qui invente l’avenir depuis plus de deux siècles.

Job Purpose

The Legal Counsel is an experienced, qualified legal professional in Italy with substantial all-round legal skills and knowledge and more generally the legal environment of the Company and its businesses. S/he handles matters individually and interacts with the Company’s business and functional managers. The Legal Counsel plays an essential role to safeguard the strategic objectives of the assigned business and to ensure a limited (legal) risk exposure by providing responsive and adequate legal advice.

The scope of the responsibilities consists of being the sole Inhouse-Legal Counsel and the first address for legal questions and for all businesses in Italy, Greece, Balkans and Turkey.

Key Accountabilities

  • Implement the legal strategy in Italy, Greece, Balkans and Turkey (hereafter “Region”) and connect with regional business leaders to define legal priorities in the Region;
  • Manage and provide legal services to the AkzoNobel businesses in the Region, including:
    • drafting and negotiation of a wide range of agreements (including but not limited to co-operation agreements, sales agreements, agency agreements, distribution & supply agreements, finance & loan agreements, services agreements, consultancy agreements);
    • providing or coordinating legal advice on Commercial Law, Competition Law, Employment Law, M&A, Administrative Law, as required;
    • assisting in Compliance investigations in the Region;
    • implementing and driving integrity and compliance protocols and culture in the Region;
    • handling claims, disputes and litigation matters in the Region.

Key Activities

  •  Managing and provide corporate housekeeping services and corporate governance of relevant legal entities in the Region, including:
    • Prepare and submit administrative documents to local authorities, including statutory documents, powers of attorney, notarisations etc.
    • Renew, update and maintain the trade licenses and other government certificates of the relevant legal entities and to ensure that the documents are up to date.
    • Prepare papers for and attend Board meetings, AGMs and EGMs. Maintain relationship with shareholders and board members.
    • Liaise with Global LEBAM team to update company book.
  • Educate and train business colleagues on various legal matters in the Region;
  • Implement AkzoNobel Legal Group strategy and standards;
  • Select legal service providers in line with ALG and Procurement policies and make sure that services are of quality and represent value for money (Outside Counsel Management);
  • Be a member of the Custodian Leadership Team and be a trusted advisor to this body and all its members;
  • Travel as required.

Level of autonomy

High -- provides legal services to the AkzoNobel businesses in the region while building a strong relationship with senior leaders and developing and maintaining a high quality of services. Contributes to and executes the ALG strategy and standards and educates and trains business colleagues on various legal and compliance matters in the Region.


  • Qualified lawyer with a 7 to 10 years of relevant work experience in the Region at a law firm of international reputation and/or at a legal department of a Fortune 500 company.
  • Excellent general legal knowledge with a specific experience in commercial and contract law.
  • Solid dispute resolution experience and a solid command of competition law principles.
  • Decent knowledge of employment law, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
  • First rate knowledge of Competition Laws and regulations in the EMEA region. Some familiarity with comparable laws and regulations in other parts of the world would be helpful.
  • Fluent command in Italian, English and preferably one other language from the Region and basic skills in further languages;
  • Top-level analytical, counseling, negotiating, communication and interpersonal skills with sound legal and ethical judgment.
  • Advanced in contracting and strategic writing.
  • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team of business personnel, internal and external legal consultants and to coordinate negotiations with government agencies and private parties.
  • Ability to identify legal and compliance risks, to define mitigating actions, to plans and to execute actions.
  • Ability to generate constructive actions to improve process effectiveness.
  • Intermediate level of project management skills.
  • Excellent sense of work prioritization and able to work autonomously while also a team player that can work closely with other counsels in the region and the wider legal group.


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Tous les candidats qualifiés seront évalués pour le poste sans considération de race, ethnie, religion, sexe, orientation sexuelle, identité de genre, origine, âge ni handicap.

Requisition ID: 24060