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Job Title Senior Finance Associate
Role Associate / Lawyer
Expertise Finance Group
Job Location Brussels

Bird & Bird's ever growing Fintech practice is hiring an experienced associate in Brussels. Join us in our mission to support our technology and innovation driven clients by providing smart, creative legal advice.

The team

The Fintech team is made up of recognised experts with years of experience advising clients on financial services regulations. Our firm is focused on helping organisations being changed by technology and the digital world - this is particularly true when it comes to the law and regulation related to financial services. Clients rely on us for our outstanding track record at the intersection of technology and financial services, resulting in our Fintech expertise across innovative payment services, investment services, blockchain technology, open data and APIs, robo-advice, and new lending platforms.

Major international and domestic banks (both retail and investment), payment institutions and e-money institutions, funds, asset managers, insurers turn to us for advice. The team serves all types of financial services organisations, IT suppliers and others. We work closely with a client's in-house legal and compliance personnel, providing a wide range of assistance on their regulatory requirements and matters of financial services law.

A number of the world's largest companies in the payments value chain turn to us for advice on payments regulation, such as PSD2 and the 'level 2' documents under PSD2, the EU Interchange Fee Regulation, the EU Cross-Border Regulation, the EU SEPA Regulation and other regulations relevant to our financial services clients such as AML regulations, outsourcing regulations and other financial services regulations.

We are a truly international team, working with colleagues internationally on a daily basis .

The team also works with the Public Affairs practice, advising clients on draft legislation and assisting them to influence the draft text in a way that supports our client's objectives.

What you'll do

You will have a significant amount of responsibility and client contact.

You'll provide leading, top-tier advice in cutting-edge financial services regulatory matters across a broad range of financial services regulated activities, including primarily payment services, e-money, consumer credit, outsourcing, start-up banking, P2P lending, etc.

Your skills

  • We are interested in meeting with candidates who have at least 6-7 years' experience advising on financial services regulations, particularly payments regulations.
  • You deliver high-quality work to clients.
  • Your drafting and analytical skills are second-to-none, as is your ability to manage aspects of complex matters/transactions and clients.
  • You are able to get to grips with the latest technologies that our clients are building.
  • You stay up-to-date with the legal developments in the area of FS regulations, and in particular payments regulations (although we will obviously help with that).
  • You're fluent in English, in addition to Dutch and French.
  • You are able to work with colleagues around the globe.
  • You have a law degree that's backed up by strong academic results.

What we'll do for you

  • Involve you in challenging work with clients developing the latest technologies;
  • Give you a significant amount of responsibility and client contact;
  • Allow you to be in constant interaction with members of the global Bird & Bird Fintech team internationally;
  • Help you develop your legal, business and interpersonal skills through training and feedback from top-notch practitioners;
  • Help you build your long-term career within the firm;
  • Actively involve you in marketing and business development initiatives in a truly international firm;
  • Maintain a friendly, inclusive working environment;
  • Support an agile working environment where you can balance your time working in the office and at home;
  • Organise fun social activities and events, in Brussels and beyond.

Take the next step

You think you are the right fit for the role? Apply here or send your CV and motivation letter to brurecruitment@twobirds.com. Without these documents we cannot properly evaluate your application.

If you have any questions or would like more information ahead of potentially applying, you can contact Scott McInnes, either by email (scott.mcinnes@twobirds.com) or by phone (+32 2 282 60 59), for a confidential discussion.

Learn more about our firm at www.twobirds.com. In particular, you can find all our Payments related publications at https://www.twobirds.com/en/in-focus/payment-services. You can also find the latest updates from our team on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/bird-&-bird-llp/