General Counsel

Montel Group, a leading provider of energy news, data & analytics services across Europe, is currently seeking an accomplished and proactive General Counsel. This pivotal role will directly contribute to Montel Group's success by providing in-house legal advice, spearheading the coordination of third-party legal services, and orchestrating legal strategies that align with Montel's dynamic business objectives. Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the General Counsel will serve as a trusted legal advisor, overseeing a spectrum of legal functions critical to the company's growth and compliance.

Working collaboratively with internal stakeholders, the General Counsel will play a pivotal role in crafting and implementing legal frameworks that not only safeguard Montel's interests but also foster sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with customers, partners, and external entities.

This new position represents an exceptional opportunity for a seasoned legal professional to make a tangible impact within a forward-thinking organization at the forefront of energy journalism, data & analytics.

A typical day will include

1. Sales and Procurement Contract Support

a. Drafting and Review: Draft, review, and negotiate a variety of sales and procurement contracts (including third party data license agreements) across the Montel Group business, ensuring legal compliance and protection of company interests.

b. Legal Consultation: Provide expert legal advice and negotiation support to internal stakeholders on contractual matters (often raised by customers), offering practical solutions while mitigating legal risks.

c. Due Diligence: Conduct thorough legal due diligence on new contractual agreements, identifying potential risks and proposing risk mitigation strategies.

d. Policy Development: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop and implement legal policies related to contract management and compliance.

e. Dispute Resolution: Play a key role in resolving contract-related disputes, working closely with internal and external parties to achieve favourable outcomes.

f. Sales Contract Standardization: Take the lead in developing and then maintaining a set of up-to-date standard sales contracts for Montel Group, covering multiple products and legal jurisdictions, to provide customers with the most efficient legal contract process.

2. Legal Research: Stay abreast of legal developments and industry trends, conducting research to ensure our practices align with the latest legal standards.

3. Libel Risk Management: Work closely with the news desk to assess and minimize libel risks associated with content creation and publication, providing guidance on defamation laws and best practices in journalism, working with external specialist legal advisers as required.

4. Property Law: Competent in property law, including but not limited to commercial real estate lease transactions.

5. Intellectual Property Rights: Provide advice on intellectual property rights, particularly in the context of third-party data licenses, ensuring compliance and optimising utilization while safeguarding Montel Group's interests.

6. Copyright Compliance: Advise and provide guidance on copyright laws and compliance, in content creation, distribution and licensing agreements. Manage the copyright protection of Montel’s IP.

7. Management of third-party legal advisers: Where specialist external legal services are required, you will be the main point of contact within Montel Group for external advisers, coordinate the selection process for external advisers, develop their agreed scope of work, negotiate fees and coordinate delivery of their advice to meet third-party requirements.

8. Regulatory Compliance: Stay abreast of changes in laws and regulations relevant to Montel’s operations, ensuring compliance, and advising on necessary actions to meet legal requirements.

9. Employment Law: Provide general advice on employment law matters across Montel Group (liaising with external advisers in different jurisdictions as needed).

10. Insurance: Provide legal oversight to the Montel Group insurance coverage placement and support any claims management as required.

11. Ethical Guidance: Provide advice on ethical considerations and ensure the company conducts its operations in an ethical and legally compliant manner.

What we are looking for

· Law degree from an accredited law school.

· Qualified Solicitor with a minimum of 3 years post qualification experience.

· Proven experience as a legal advisor with primary experience in contract law.

· Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills.

· An international and commercial mindset with good collaboration and negotiation skills

· Ability to communicate complex legal concepts to non-legal stakeholders.

· Fluency in English and Norwegian preferred.

We offer:

· Working within a start-up environment with the backing of Montel Group

· Competitive salary + benefits

· Opportunities to develop your career within Montel Marketplace and the wider Montel Group

· Social activities

About Montel:

As a company, Montel is known throughout Europe for its friendly and sociable approach to doing business. Over the past 30 years or so, we have built a business around our culture, something we like to call “hyggelig-hyggelig”.

The combined Montel Group product range includes Montel News, Market Price Data and Montel Analytics platform products (including Montel AS, EnAppSys, PriceIT, Energy Quantified, Montel Marketplace, Montel News).

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