PwC Middle East

Tax & Legal Services - Legal FinTech and Financial Services - Senior Manager / Director

Location
Dubai; Riyadh
Salary
Not disclosed
Posted
13 Jun 2024
Closes
13 Jul 2024
Ref
539759WD
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Permanent
Hours
Full time
Experience level
Director

Tax & Legal Services - Legal FinTech and Financial Services - Senior Manager / Director - Dubai or Riyadh

Description

Established in the region for 40 years, PwC has around 8,000 people in 12 countries across the region: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Our regional team operates across the Middle East bringing international experience delivered within the context of the region and its culture. We can bring the collective knowledge and experience of more than 328,000 people across the entire global PwC network in advisory, assurance and tax to help you find the value you are looking for.

Job Description & Summary

PwC Legal Middle East has been operating for over 10 years through its hub in the Dubai International Financial Centre. We have a team of 60 lawyers and legal professionals based in and working across the region. We cover the region through our sizable and fast-growing team of legal professionals.

We are currently witnessing an unprecedented growth in companies and government entities who are working with PwC on the design and implementation of their plans. At PwC, we regularly work with the financial and digital assets regulators in the region. We also practice in emerging financial services areas, including digital currencies.

To be able to better respond to the needs of our clients, we are considering bringing on board experienced senior lawyers to lead the development and growth of PwC Legal’s FinTech practice in the Middle East.

The successful candidate will work closely with our local, regional and global lines of service and corporate advisory teams which operate across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Role Overview:

The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for providing expert legal advice and guidance to clients on regulated financial services activities, virtual assets, emerging technology, covering a wide range of regulatory, compliance, data protection and technology related matters. The ideal candidate(s) should have a strong background in financial services and virtual asset activities regulatory licensing applications, regulatory compliance, data privacy and other related issues. Experience in dealing with cross-border regulatory bodies within the UAE, KSA and wider MENA region. Familiarity with emerging technologies in financial services will be highly valued.

The candidate(s) should also possess strong business development skills, a proven track record of managing client relationships, and the ability to navigate the complex regulatory landscape in the region.

Industry / Sector: Financial Services, Technology, Data Protection, Data Privacy

Preferred Knowledge / Skills:

Demonstrate extensive abilities and / or a proven record of success to solve complex business issues from strategy to execution in:

  • Leading and managing financial services and virtual asset regulatory licensing applications with UAE and Middle East regulators;
  • Providing expert legal advice on financial services, virtual asset and data privacy laws and regulations within the UAE and Middle East;
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with regulatory bodies and key stakeholders in the financial services and technology sector;
  • Actinging as a liaison between clients and regulators to facilitate smooth and effective communication and compliance processes;
  • Providing legal advice, guidance, and support to clients on FinTech matters, including digital assets, cryptocurrency, data privacy, and other relevant areas.
  • Conducting thorough legal research and analysis to stay updated on emerging trends, regulations, and best practices in the FinTech, financial services and TMT sector.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of contracts, agreements, and legal documents related to regulated financial services, data privacy, technology, media, and telecommunications.
  • Assist clients in navigating complex regulatory frameworks and compliance requirements in relation to FinTech, financial services and TMT matters.
  • Advising clients on intellectual property rights, licensing, and enforcement in the digital era.

Requirements:

  • Bachelors and/or Masters degree in Law
  • Qualified lawyer registered/enrolled in the home jurisdiction, preferably from USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
  • 7 year(s) of post-qualification experience (PQE) as a lawyer specializing in Fintech, and/or Technology with experience in the Middle East and a focus on the UAE/KSA.
  • Strong expertise in advising on digital assets, cryptocurrency, data privacy, and related areas.
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards pertaining to Fintech and Technology matters particularly in the GCC/MENA Region
  • Excellent analytical, research, and problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication abilities, with the ability to explain complex legal concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing multiple client engagements and delivering high-quality legal services.
  • Strong business acumen and the ability to understand and align legal strategies with clients' commercial objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and build effective relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Adherence to the highest ethical stanBuild and lead a highly agile legal team

The role reports to the Head of Legal within the Tax and Legal Line of Service in PwC Middle East.

Whilst the role is based in Dubai/Riyadh, the successful candidate will be expected to travel regionally and internationally.

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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