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Corporate Counsel

Hotel Brand:
Location: United Arab Emirates

Hotel: Corp Dubai, Suite 2201, Al Futtaim Festival Tower, Festival City, PO Box 58191

Job number: 103007

Key Accountabilities

Under supervision and direction of IMEA Head of Legal, whilst working with IMEA Senior Corporate Counsel and wider EMEAA West BRR team:

Responsible for supporting IMEA hotel signings, renewals and variation negotiations including preparation and review of contractual documentation and managing owner relationship and related contractual issues.
Assisting the business in determining the strategic direction re hotel transactions in IMEA.
Providing advice and support to the business on deal structuring, e.g. hotel disposal, acquisition, lease, joint venture.
IMEA legal template management, regularly reviewing and updating, as needed for legal and compliance reasons.
Ensuring IHG business is conducted, and business objectives are achieved in compliance with the law and in accordance with IHG global and regional strategic priorities.
Providing legal advice and support to the IMEA hotel operations teams on day-to-day issues, including coordinating with hotel owners, Head of Legal IMEA and Safety & Security Director on contract variations, compliance, payment and other hotel related issues.
Responsible for supporting the management of legal disputes initiated by or against IHG, gathering and reviewing factual data, supervising and coordinating with outside counsel, determining litigation efforts required, including seeking and negotiating out of court settlements where possible, in alignment with corporate ethics and company objectives.
Providing legal advice and support to corporate functions, including MD, HR, Tax, IA, HLG, Operations and Finance. 
Liaising with tax and insurance to ensure optimal deal structures and template wording to reflect IHG tax and insurance guidance.
Managing IHG corporate entities for IMEA, including the set up and licensing of  subsidiaries and branches where required for IHG’s hotel operations, including organising signatures, notarisations, board minutes and powers of attorney.
Actively participating in the development and roll-out of regulatory compliance programmes together with responsibility for monitoring and evaluating impacts of new legislation affecting IHG business.
Proactively keeping abreast of relevant statutory legislation and regulatory requirements in jurisdictions where IHG is doing business (particularly IMEA);
Participating in cross-functional activities, committees and events within the corporate office.
Providing training to functions within the IMEA business and hotels on legal and compliance issues.

Critical Expertise, Experience and Educational Attainment Required

Educational Attainment:

Minimum three years qualified lawyer


Critical Expertise & Experience:

Understanding of IHG’s business goals, industry dynamics and growth targets, and strong ability to think from a macro and micro perspective
Strong influencing skills to sustain high impact relationships with key owners, internal stakeholders and results delivery
Strong negotiating and drafting experience
Proactive in driving deals forward and project managing external and internal stakeholders.
Good interpersonal skills, management ability
Good commercial acumen and creative problem-solving skills


Technical Skills & Knowledge:

An experienced, self-driven lawyer who understands legal transactions and has a solid background in providing international corporate and commercial legal advice.
Spoken and written Arabic language skills would be beneficial.

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