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EMEA Public Funds Lawyer - VP


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Location: Exchange Place 1, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH3 9PY, United Kingdom Posted: Feb 18, 2024

Job Description


About this role

The role is to provide legal support in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region as part of BlackRock’s Public Funds Legal team. The focus of this role will be in support of BlackRock’s funds and other exchange traded products (ETPs) in EMEA and their marketing, distribution, and partnership arrangements worldwide. The role will also include advising on the structuring of client solutions using such products as building blocks, supporting BlackRock’s distribution technology platforms and implementation of regulatory developments as these impact the businesses supported. General commercial legal work and specific project work across business areas will also be involved. The candidate will work in a team of 25 lawyers in London who form the Funds Legal Team within the broader EMEA Legal & Compliance department (which comprises qualified lawyers, compliance professionals and administrative staff).

The individual will be expected to work with a high degree of autonomy and, recognising that the individual is also part of a broader team, communicate and escalate appropriately to senior managers. The candidate will be expected to take on a complete workload as soon as possible after joining and partner closely with the relevant businesses they support.

Experience in at least some of the areas outlined below would be helpful. Experience in structuring and distribution of products investing in crypto assets and also tokenisation will be a bonus. Candidates with other transferable expertise and experience will also be considered.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Structure UCITS and AIF products in Ireland, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and/or the Netherlands and listed exchange traded note programmes and advise on their establishment and distribution;
  • Advise on legal and regulatory issues in respect of tokenisation and the structuring and distribution of retail products that invest in crypto assets;
  • Draft and negotiate prospectuses, key information documents and service provider agreements for the types of products outlined above – their structures could include mutual funds, exchange traded funds and/or special purpose vehicles issuing debt securities or tokens;
  • Provide proactive legal support to the EMEA businesses supported (across client channels, product solutions, marketing etc.);
  • Identify, address and manage legal risk arising within the respective businesses supported, the investment products managed by BlackRock, and BlackRock more generally;
  • Interpret regulations to help the businesses navigate the changing regulatory environment and implement new regulations;
  • Liaison with external legal counsel where appropriate on areas of law that impact the business concerned;
  • Assisting on ad hoc projects (EMEA or firm-wide);
  • Manage and document internal know-how and other materials for ease of access by colleagues and successors and for increasing scale;
  • Develop and actively manage internal client relationships within the EMEA businesses supported, other internal stakeholders and with external advisors; and
  • Prepare memos and present to the boards of relevant management companies and fund companies from time to time on specific initiatives requiring board approval.

Development Value:

  • The candidate will gain extensive and significant knowledge and experience of a variety of product types across multiple jurisdictions, multiple business and other support areas, develop and enhance their skills in drafting, fund structuring, advising and stakeholder relationship management and work with a wide variety of subject matter experts in the businesses and other support functions in BlackRock.


  • Solicitor / lawyer qualified in England and Wales, Scotland or in a jurisdiction in the European Union.
  • Relevant post qualification experience gained either in-house in financial services and investment products in Europe or in medium/large private practice in financial services work and/or investment products.
  • Technical expertise and experience would be helpful in at least some of the following: MiFID (including inducements rules), UCITS, AIFMD, SFDR, SDR, UK Consumer Duty, Prospectus Regulations, Benchmark Regulations, debt capital markets, MiCA, and/or EMIR.
  • Drafting proficiency in English is a must. Language proficiency in French or German would be a bonus.


  • Motivated, resilient and enjoys challenges;
  • Commercial outlook, strong analytic skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to explain complex legal and regulatory concepts to non-lawyers;
  • Ability to work as a team in a collaborative way and personable;
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage own work-load and yet also provide updates and escalate issues whenever appropriate;
  • Ability to actively manage internal and external client expectations;
  • Ability to clarify tasks and requirements, organise time and manage workload to ensure deadlines are met;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently;
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the firm in verbal and written form;
  • Seeks to understand the businesses, products and processes which are supported;
  • Develops solutions to problems, checking where appropriate with senior lawyers;
  • Takes ownership of problems/requirements and ensures they are resolved to meet objectives; and

Rejects shortcuts that could compromise quality of service and follows internal policies and procedures

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including: retirement investment and tools designed to help you in building a sound financial future; access to education reimbursement; comprehensive resources to support your physical health and emotional well-being; family support programs; and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Our hybrid work model

BlackRock’s hybrid work model is designed to enable a culture of collaboration and apprenticeship that enriches the experience of our employees, while supporting flexibility for all. Employees are currently required to work at least 4 days in the office per week, with the flexibility to work from home 1 day a week. Some business groups may require more time in the office due to their roles and responsibilities. We remain focused on increasing the impactful moments that arise when we work together in person – aligned with our commitment to performance and innovation. As a new joiner, you can count on this hybrid model to accelerate your learning and onboarding experience here at BlackRock.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children’s educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment – the one we make in our employees. It’s why we’re dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

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BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to age, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics at law.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is an investment company that offers its services to institutions, intermediaries, foundations, and individual investors.

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