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Legal Counsel - Europe

61,366 P.A. ?
Location: West End
Company: Hines
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When you join Hines, you will work alongside innovative leaders who set the standards responsible for our reputation as an industry leader today, and you’ll be a part of shaping our future in the years to come.

As Legal Counsel for Europe with Hines, you will report to the Head of Legal for Europe and support a team of three Senior Legal Counsel, assisting with Hines' business and legal activities in Europe. You will advise on risks and liability standards in Hines' investment vehicles, including joint ventures, separate accounts and funds, as well as assist with real estate transactions. You will coordinate and provide guidance to external law firms to ensure all material legal risks, issues and disputes relating to Hines are effectively managed and controlled. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with preparing term sheets for joint ventures, separate accounts and funds to invest in real estate assets and development projects in European markets
  • Reviewing a mix of core & ancillary legal agreements for joint ventures, separate accounts and funds prepared by outside counsel, and participating in negotiations as required
  • Working closely with the European Tax team to determine and implement investment structures
  • Assisting with real estate transactions such as acquisitions & dispositions of assets and corporate vehicles, forward funding and/or forward purchase transactions etc including all stages of such transactions from initial NDAs & NBOs, through to final closings
  • Assisting with corporate authority matters, including preparing intercompany agreements and shareholder loans, drafting authorizing resolutions, responding to due diligence and “know your customer” requests, reviewing PoAs and attending board meetings
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating service agreements (asset, development and property management agreements, fund management agreements, corporate service agreements etc.)
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating a variety of service contracts with Hines vendors
  • Reviewing guarantees provided by Hines entities
  • Assisting with strategic projects such as preparing guidance notes & template documents for use within the legal team and the wider business and advising on data protection issues

Minimum Requirements include:

  • One or more years' post qualified experience working for a major law firm with experience in some of all or the following:

    • Structuring and negotiating real estate joint ventures, separate accounts and funds

    • Advising on real estate, forward funding and/or forward purchase transactions

    • Advising on corporate real estate transactions

  • Experience working with Luxembourg funds and vehicles would be beneficial

  • Excellent academic qualifications

  • Licensed to practice law in the UK or other relevant European jurisdiction

  • In-house experience would be beneficial but not essential

  • Strong commerciality – i.e. know how to get things done within a fast-paced organization

  • Demonstrable organisational, problem solving skills, able to prioritise and work independently

  • Rigorous, detail orientated, flexible, versatile and with good people skills and ability to work in a multi-discipline team

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and confident advising senior executives

  • Fluent in English and proficiency in a second language will be considered as an asset

  • Availability to travel within Europe and to the United States is required (once the relevant travel restrictions have been lifted)

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 225 cities in 25 countries. Hines has approximately $144.1 billion¹ of assets under management, including $75.5 billion for which Hines serves as investment manager, including non-real estate assets, and $68.6 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 165 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,426 properties, totaling over 472 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 576 properties, representing over 246 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. Visit for more information. ¹AUM includes both the global Hines organization as well as RIA AUM.

We are an equal opportunity employer and support workforce diversity.

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