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Axis Corporate Counsel in New York, New York

This is your opportunity to join AXIS Capital – a trusted global provider of specialty lines insurance and reinsurance. We stand apart for our outstanding client service, intelligent risk taking and superior risk adjusted returns for our shareholders. We also proudly maintain an entrepreneurial, disciplined and ethical corporate culture. As a member of AXIS, you join a team that is among the best in the industry.

At AXIS, we believe that we are only as strong as our people. We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming culture where employees of all backgrounds and from all walks of life feel comfortable and empowered to be themselves. This means that we bring our whole selves to work.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, civil union status, family or parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Accommodation is available upon request for candidates taking part in the selection process.

Position Description:

This position is based in the Company’s office in New York, NY or Alpharetta (Atlanta), GA.

Working closely with the Corporate General Counsel, Corporate Counsel and Legal Team, the Corporate Counsel will serve as a generalist, providing legal support for a wide variety of internal clients within the AXIS group. The Corporate Counsel will provide support to: Vendor Management, Investments, Finance, Tax, Treasury and Human Resources departments. The Corporate Counsel will also provide legal advice on intellectual property, securities law and corporate citizenship matters.

The position will entail significant, independent interaction with senior management. Accordingly, exceptional judgment, technical expertise, attention to detail, excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. Individual also must be energetic, flexible and resourceful. Importantly, candidate must be collegial and team-oriented, willing to work in a collaborative environment and contribute to a wide variety of initiatives and projects both within and outside of the Legal Department.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Corporate Governance

  • Assist in managing corporate governance documentation for global entities, including preparing necessary actions, maintaining corporate documentation and overseeing global entity organizational chart;

  • Prepare agendas, materials, written resolutions and minutes for board of directors and board committee meetings for AXIS Capital Holdings Limited and its global subsidiaries;

  • Help prepare and maintain governance-related charters, policies and procedures, including overseeing insider trading program, pre-clearance approvals and maintaining appropriate records;

  • Assist with distribution of Board meeting materials on the Company’s Board portal;

Negotiation of Contracts

  • Review, draft and negotiate commercial contracts, including IT licensing and outsourcing agreements;

  • Review and negotiate other agreements, including investment management agreements and non-disclosure agreements;

Intellectual Property

  • Advise on the company’s intellectual property portfolio and trademark matters;

Treasury Matters

  • Work closely with the Treasury Team and assist with renewal and amendments to banking facilities;

  • Prepare resolutions and required certificates in connection with quarterly dividends;

Securities Law

  • Prepare and file Forms 3, 4 and 5, maintain SEC filing codes and assist new officers and directors with obtaining Section 16 filing codes;

  • Support the preparation of SEC filings, including Form 8-Ks, proxy statements, 10-Ks, 10-Qs and registration statements;

  • Prepare and maintain D&O Questionnaires and director information charts;

  • Coordinate and prepare materials for annual shareholder meeting and assist with all aspects of shareholder meeting and meeting logistics;

Other duties

  • Provide support for securities offerings and M&A, including assisting with due diligence and closing materials;

  • Assist with executive and director compensation matters and equity plan administration;

  • Implement annual code of conduct training and certification program;

  • Assist the legal department’s efforts in the preparation, implementation and refinement of forms, processes and procedures relevant to areas of coverage; and

  • Assist with corporate citizenship initiative, as requested.

Required Education/Training &Experience:

  • Accredited law school graduate with strong academics

  • Licensed to practice law and in good standing

  • Two – three years large law firm or in-house corporate experience

Other desired skills and characteristics:

  • Desire to function as a true generalist; willingness to continually learn new subjects, rather than simply leveraging expertise in just one or a few areas

  • Experience/familiarity with insurance/reinsurance preferred

  • Strong business acumen and responsive, service-oriented attitude

  • Proven ability to take ownership of projects

  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task and manage shifting priorities

Rewarding. Challenging. Meaningful.

We are shaping the direction of Insurance and Reinsurance during a critical and exciting time for the industry.

Whether you are a student approaching graduation or a seasoned professional looking for a new environment, AXIS has the right challenges and career opportunities for you. At AXIS, we value each individual and recognize that attracting and retaining the right people is essential to the success of our company.

We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes medical plans for employees and their families, health and wellness programs, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, and much more.