Regional Legal Counsel
Puma Energy
Panama City, Panama
hace 3 días

Main Purpose : The Head of Legal LATAM manages the legal affairs for the region and oversees and coordinates local legal matters in each of the countries where Puma Energy is present or doing business.

The HLL contributes to the success of Puma Energy and fosters the organization to help it grow. The Head of Legal LATAM reports into the General Counsel for coordination of all activities on a day to day basis and a close liaison with LATAM COO and country GM’s.

  • Knowledge Skills and Abilities, Key Responsibilities : Key Responsibilities : Takes ownership of legal compliance within the region and maintains current knowledge of alterations in legislation Provides in-house counsel directly to the COO and General Management of each country and the business;
  • Partners with key executives throughout the area on commercial negotiations for business deals as well as M&A and beyond;
  • Oversees work allocation across the team and take decisions as to how to resource the work (outsourcing / insourcing) in consultation with the General Counsel and other stakeholders as needed;
  • Ensures appropriate service levels are maintained for key clients and manage relationships effectively; provides effective support and guidance and day to day line management, including professional supervision as required, to the business teams, promoting a culture of professional development and continuous improvement;
  • Selects, manages and oversees a solid network of external counsel in various jurisdictions and for various legal challenges;
  • Operates within given budget and resources; Aligns closely with peers in other Regions as well the HQ in Geneva / Switzerland.

  • Research and evaluate different risk factors regarding business decisions and operations Apply effective risk management techniques and offer proactive advise on possible legal issues;
  • Draft and solidify agreements, contracts and other legal documents to ensure the company’s full legal rights Deal with complex matters with multiple stakeholders and forces Provide clarification on legal language or specifications to everyone in the organization Requirements : Experience : 10+ years PQE;
  • preferably spent as in-house legal counsel for a global enterprise or senior level at legal firm with international clients portfolio.

  • Skills / Qualifications : Bachelor of Laws Degree with international LLM or MBA from reputable institutions; Admitted to the bar in at least one jurisdiction in Americas;
  • Comprehensive experience with Civil Law and Common Law jurisdictions; In-depth knowledge of administrative law and procedures Experience handling multiple jurisdictions;
  • Litigation and Arbitration Management skills; Experience in energy industry preferred; Good organizational, prioritization and time-management skills Team management and supervisory experience a must;
  • Business acumen; Budget handling experience; Good intercultural and interpersonal skills; Self-starter, roll up the sleeves mentality;
  • Flexible and dynamic; Down to earth and authentic; Fluent in Spanish and English; This position requires traveling. Competencies : In addition to the classical business and interpersonal skills : Ability and motivation to work both strategically as well as hand-on ;
  • Supervisory skills within a in a remote team scenario; Self-driven and autonomous working style; Excellent presentation and communication skills;
  • Excellent intercultural skills. Key Relationships and Department Overview : Internal Global Legal Team, Regional Legal Team, Region and Country Management teams, Regional Supply team, Global and Regional Cosec teams, Global and Regional Tax teams External Legal Authorities, External Counsels

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