Associate German-speaking Banking and Finance Lawyer

European Investment Bank

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

The Northern Europe Division deals with the legal documentation and legal issues for projects in the following countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and the EFTA countries.

The legal counsel will assist the Head of Division and Head of Department, together with other legal counsels, in providing legal support to the operational directorates, carrying out work related to all tasks within the remit of the division.

Operating Network:

The legal counsel (internally referred as (Associate) Officer Legal Services) will act under the general authority of the Head of Division, in cooperation with the other colleagues of the Division and in accordance with the priorities established by the Head of Division.

The post may involve a certain amount of travel for negotiations and signatures of legal documentation and contracts.


The legal counsel will carry out work related to the Division's responsibilities and work independently on lending and financing operations. The legal counsel will prepare her/his own proposals when consulted on specific issues. S/he will:

  • Draft and negotiate legal documentation for lending and financing operations for:
  • projects in the aforementioned countries, with a focus on German and Austrian operations, notably bilateral loans with banking counterparts, public entities and corporates
  • project finance operations, with the assistance from external legal counsels
  • structured finance operations, including ABS and covered bond type operations
  • other forms of financing, including risk-sharing structures on a funded and unfunded basis
  • This includes advising on structuring, drafting and negotiation of documents, legal advisory support, conclusion of contracts, completion of all related legal formalities and legal monitoring (including loan restructuring and other post-signature events).
  • Prepare terms of reference for external counsel and other consultants, liaise and supervise their work, whenever necessary
  • Develop and maintain relationships within EIB and represent EIB externally


  • University degree in law, preferably at Master level and preferably qualified in German or Austrian law
  • Qualification or professional experience in both Common Law and Civil Law will be an advantage
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience relevant for the job, preferably in the field of bank lending and/or project finance acquired with a law firm of international repute or the in-house legal department of a financial institution
  • Solid experience in the drafting and negotiation of finance documentation in German
  • Experience of bank lending and finance, project finance or PPP transactions and/or experience in public administrative law would be an advantage
  • Very good knowledge of standard computer tools
  • Excellent knowledge of English and/or French , with a good command of the other.
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken German. Knowledge of other EU languages would be an advantage).