Corporate Counsel

About Omni Bridgeway

Omni Bridgeway is a global leader in dispute resolution finance, with expertise in civil and common law legal and recovery systems, and operations spanning Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, the UK and the US.

Omni Bridgeway offers dispute finance from case inception through to post-judgment enforcement and recovery. Since 1986 it has established a proud record of funding disputes and enforcement proceedings around the world.

Omni Bridgeway is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:OBL) and includes the leading dispute funders formerly known as IMF Bentham Limited, Bentham IMF and ROLAND ProzessFinanz. It also includes a joint venture with IFC (part of the World Bank Group). Visit omnibridgeway.com to learn more.

Context for this role hire

Omni Bridgeway is searching for Corporate Counsel to help meet the growing needs of our business in North America. The ideal candidates are highly motivated and goal-focused individuals who embrace a collaborative, team-based environment. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years’ corporate and transactional experience to be considered for the position. The compensation package is competitive.

Qualified candidates must have persuasive communication skills and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels, both in the legal and business community.

The position involves leading the day-to-day corporate and transactional functions for Omni Bridgeway’s Canadian and US operations. 

How to apply

Interested candidates should read the following position description and if our criteria has been met, send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

Position Overview

Job title Corporate Counsel
Office location Toronto, Canada
Reports to General Counsel- North America
Direct reports nil
Key relationships / stakeholders Chief Investment Officer, Investment Managers

Position Summary

The Corporate Counsel will have general responsibility for addressing all corporate and transactional legal matters as directed, including drafting, reviewing and negotiation of all funding contracts and closing transactions, assisting management with fund formation efforts, ensuring policy compliance, managing human resources issues, and handling corporate governance.

Key role responsibilities

The Corporate Counsel will undertake a broad range of duties, such as:
  • Working closely with investment managers on structuring transactions
  • Drafting and negotiating all forms of Omni Bridgeway’s transactional documents
  • Preparing intercreditor and subordination agreements
  • Conducting lien searches; preparing and filing liens and registering security interests
  • Conducting financial and corporate due diligence on counterparties
  • Preparing business-related commercial documents
  • Providing general advice on Canadian and US corporate-related issues
  • Assisting in fund formation efforts and assisting with issues relating to Omni Bridgeway’s existing fund structures
  • Reviewing and negotiating vendor contracts and engagement letters
  • Preparing board resolutions and member consents for Omni Bridgeway’s legal entities
  • Managing external advisers from time to time and on-budget in relation to any corporate engagements
  • Assisting with the onboarding, tracking, coaching, and development of new employees in US and Canadian offices
  • Drafting, monitoring, and managing staff related company policies

Key role technical and behavioural competencies

  • Sharp legal analytical skills
  • Strong drafting and negotiating skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and outgoing personality
  • Entrepreneurial sprit
  • Self-starter (initiates projects rather than waiting for them to be assigned)
  • Well-organized and good time management skills
  • Informed initiative to develop strategies and plans to deliver business outcomes
  • Strategic leadership – ability to lead and direct to deliver business outcomes
  • Relationship management – ability to develop mutual beneficial relationships with all stakeholders
  • Analytical thinking – ability to analyze information, identify key issues, and manage processes from inception to completion
  • Communication – ability to create and deliver well-crafted verbal and written communications and reporting
  • Collaboration – ability to work with others and contribute in a hands-on way towards achievement of a common goal

Required experience

  • 5 or more years of corporate and transactional experience (J.D. obtained in 2014 or earlier)
  • Background in financing transactions a plus
  • Experience gained from a leading law firm or corporate law department

Required education and qualifications

  • Superior academic credentials
  • Juris Doctor obtained 2014 or earlier
  • Candidates with dual qualifications in Ontario and New York will be preferred

Omni Bridgeway Values and Characteristics

Our Values
  • Transparency and accountability with clients, the industry, regulators, and our shareholders
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Partnership with lawyers and counsel to get the best outcome for clients
  • Client focus in terms of service and return
  • Fairness in the support of meritorious claims and to ensure that the investment process is characterised by good faith and fair dealing among claimants, counsel and the public, while providing increased access to justice
  • Rigour in our approach to case selection and management
Our Characteristics
  • Leadership – we lead by example and are working to build a more transparent, reputable and sustainable industry
  • Decisive - we evaluate and expedite the large and small decisions about risk and ongoing management of cases
  • Collaborative - we offer a fresh perspective to our clients and to one another, we are one company with offices on three continents
  • Approachable - we are open, honest and clear in all our business dealings
  • Ethical - our IMs and Legal Counsel hold themselves to the highest professional standards
  • Confident - we are self-assured and inspire the trust of our clients based on our track record, the quality and experience of our IMs and the know-how we share from our experience as international litigation funders
  • An acceptable level of risk associated with our incentives