Svitzer is one of the world’s largest towage companies, owning and operating vessels in more than 40 countries and more than 150 ports and terminals across the globe. The company is growing rapidly both organically and through acquisitions. Svitzer is a wholly-owned part of the Maersk Group. For more information about the company, please visit

The AMEA Region today operates close to 100 vessels and employs more than 1,200 colleagues. The region has a strong growth focus with an extensive project pipeline and a defined ambition of doubling the size of the business in the foreseeable future. The regional headoffice is located in Dubai and comprises a truly international team.

Based in Dubai and reporting to the Regional Head of Legal, you will be involved in a wide and challenging range of business issues throughout the organisation and will co-operate closely with your manager and external advisors to deliver a variety of legal services to the organization and to colleagues in our operations around the AMEA Region.

We offer

You will join a dynamic, international and growth-focused organization that values integrity and genuinely cares for doing the right thing.

A large, ambitious, innovative and fast paced organization operating in countries all over the world with very diverse challenges. The position offers a unique opportunity for a pro-active person with a creative and entrepreneurial mindset to:

Work both independently and as part of a team, playing a critical role in supporting the Commercial and Operations team with Legal/Commercial enquiries, negotiations, tender drafting etc

Acquire in-depth understanding of emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East and Asia and

Develop understanding of all solutions offered by SVITZER and the Towage industry in general.

This is an opportunity to have an impact on all aspects of our business and at the same time giving the right candidate the possibility of continuous professional/personal development and exciting career opportunities within Svitzer as well as the Maersk Group.

Key responsibilities

  • Managing corporate governance matters related to AMEA Region Legal Entities and Joint Ventures and in specific preparation of POA’s, AGM Documentation, Board Minutes and Corporate Resolutions.

  • Assisting Regional Legal Counsel with incorporation of new legal entities in jurisdictions across AMEA.

  • Working with the Regional Legal Counsel in assisting the AMEA regional team with negotiating, reviewing and drafting a road range of legal documents relevant to the business operations of Svitzer.

  • Responding to general enquiries, drafting and negotiating variation orders, handling internal commercial enquiries pertaining to existing contracts and handling of disputes.

  • Supporting the regional Legal Counsel in reviewing tender document and working with the commercial team to prepare bid submissions for new business opportunities.

  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating charter party agreements, including BIMCO terms.

  • Managing vessel sale/purchase process, including preparation of vessel sale agreements, managing flagging/re-flagging requirements.

  • Assisting with M&A activities across the AMEA region.

  • Coordinating with external legal counsel including overseeing the work carried out by the external legal counsel and acting as a liaison between external counsel and Svitzer colleagues.

  • Creation and subsequent maintenance of a comprehensive legal filing system and maintaining a document database for Svitzer’s operations in the AMEA region.

  • Management and recording of the ongoing corporate affairs of all companies within the AMEA region.

  • Coordinating with the regional Legal Counsel to ensure implementation, development and monitoring of compliance process, including the COMMIT rules.

  • Reporting to the Group on relevant issues as when required, including managing and updating the Group corporate database for all Svitzer entities within the AMEA Region.

We are looking for

Education / Experience:

  • Law degree essential.

  • 5+yrs experience in supporting a legal department of a multinational company within AMEA Region.

  • Excellent written and spoken English.

  • High proficiency in MS Office tools.

  • Knowledge of cross border corporate and commercial transactions and having undertaken work of an international standard will be useful.

  • Maritime law experience preferred, not essential.

Personal attributes

The successful candidate for this position thrives in a dynamic, international environment.

You will have strong analytical and excellent organizational skills with rigorous attention to detail, and the ability to multitask and prioritize to meet objectives.

Possess good communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively explain legal concepts to non-lawyers and an ability to take initiative, express opinions, make and defend decisions and act independently as well as part of the wider team.

Additional info

Ref.: SV-267520

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