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Goldman Sachs

Legal, Global Banking & Markets, Prime Services and Securities Financing Transactions Vice President - London

London, United Kingdom


We work at the intersection of finance and law, providing counsel and advice that support activities across the firm. We handle litigation and arbitration, perform research and due diligence, aid in financing and legal filings, deal with contracts and intellectual property rights that show our commitment to clients, shareholders, and regulators. Whether you're an experienced attorney or a quick learner with a strong interest in financial law coupled with critical thinking skills, our dynamic group might be right for you.


We are looking for a qualified lawyer to join our Prime Services and Securities Financing Transactions (Prime & SFT) Legal team, which is part of the Global Banking & Markets Legal team. The role will be based in London or Paris and will involve providing both transactional and advisory support for a number of different trading desks utilising securities financing products as well as the Prime Brokerage business unit.

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The Prime & SFT businesses provide a wide range of client services; including custody, clearing and settlement and financing solutions for Prime Brokerage clients as well as structured funding solutions in the form of repo, securities lending or derivative transactions. The Prime & SFT businesses require legal advice on the specific structure of these services, transactions and financing arrangements; legal expertise with respect to the use of various market infrastructure; work on legal questions related to a range of trading documentation; work on the legal aspects of new product development; implementation of strategic and regulatory change; and advice on all aspects of legal and reputational risk. The Prime & SFT Legal team work with a broad range of stakeholders, including the Prime business, multiple trading desks, Compliance, Operations, Credit and Risk.

The role sits within a broader Prime & SFT Legal team of nine permanent members, split between London and Birmingham, covering the EMEA Prime Services business and trading desks within GBM Public utilising securities financing products.


  • Advising on all aspects of Prime Brokerage services; including bespoke margining and financing arrangements, custody, clearing and settlement and the provision of Capital Introduction services.
  • Legal advice with respect to the use of and arrangements with execution, clearing and custody / settlement market infrastructure; such as CCPs, trading venues, custodians, central securities depositories, intermediate brokers.
  • Giving strategic advice to Prime leadership on a range of reputational and regulatory issues; in particular advising internal Business, Credit and Risk groups on potential regulatory change and broader financial industry developments.
  • Advising on structuring and documentation of cash and securities lending as well as related security arrangements.
  • Advising on financing transactions through derivatives under an ISDA master agreement.
  • Assisting with the negotiation and drafting of transactional documents, including coordination with internal negotiation teams and management of external counsel.
  • Advising and working on industry netting and collateral enforceability opinions related to different client-types and collateral, and other types of legal opinions for purposes such as for client money and capital requirements.
  • Advising on the implementation of and ongoing compliance with key relevant UK and EU regulations or associated obligations.


  • Strong educational background.
  • At least two years post qualification relevant experience in a law firm or in-house.
  • Qualification as a lawyer, preferably in the EU or the UK (or similar).
  • Ability to apply legal concepts to complex prime brokerage and trading scenarios and explain them in an accessible way.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Dynamic approach, with an intellectual curiosity that will enable you to develop within the role and effectively identify legal issues and/or risk.
  • Team oriented, with the ability to work within a collegiate environment with multiple stakeholders across different locations.
  • Ability to prioritise work effectively, be pro-active in a challenging business environment and to respond to client demands in a timely manner.

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Client-provided location(s): London, UK
Job ID: goldman-123935
Employment Type: Other

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