Senior Associate, Financial Services

Global Counsel is seeking a Senior Associate to join our Brussels office to support our international financial services practice. This role provides the opportunity to work across a broad range of financial services issues and clients covering capital markets, banking, payments, insurance, and asset management.

The role will focus on EU public policy, with a particular focus initially on the workplans of the Commission and the European Supervisory Authorities.  

The successful candidate will have at least three years’ relevant experience, either in an EU institution, a similarly rigorous business advisory/consultancy or think tank, and/or experience of working in the financial services sector. You will need an appetite for developing knowledge, networks, and skills in a fast-paced and collaborative working environment.

Global Counsel has a firm commitment to reflecting the diversity of the places we work and in building a workplace welcoming to all. Any candidate will always be considered in this spirit.

Role and responsibilities
  • Research political and regulatory developments affecting financial institutions, including political priority issues like sustainable finance, digital finance, forthcoming EU legislation on capital markets and banking and Brexit’s impact on financial services.
  • Identify, map and prioritise key stakeholders across the UK and EU institutional landscape for clients, and provide tactical and strategic advice on engagement to clients.
  • Contribute to longer, deep-dive research projects advising investors on political and regulatory risks and opportunities related to specific transactions or companies
  • Plan and script engagement for businesses to draw on with key stakeholders, including where creative responses to new policy proposals are needed.
  • Support design and delivery of workshops and events for Global Counsel colleagues and for clients
  • Produce original written content, including policy papers, published blogs, progress reports and marketing material, to build your own profile and that of Global Counsel in Brussels
  • Support business development by researching potential target clients.
  • Experience working in government and/or EU institutions, business (particularly within the financial services sector), think-tank, trade union or trade association, with an emphasis on financial services related public policy.
  • Fluent spoken and written English-language; additional European languages an advantage.
  • A proactive approach to anticipating the future agenda, and a desire to develop additional expertise as needed.
  • The ability to identify problems but, more important, deliver solutions for clients
  • Able to work across a portfolio of client accounts, managing team members to ensure the efficient running of accounts and projects.
  • The ability to navigate and work collaboratively across functions and locations within Global Counsel.
  • Able to deliver rigorous and clear written analysis and advice for clients seeking to respond to, and engage in, the policy and decision-making process in the UK, EU and key member states.
  • Able to present and explain information confidently and provide strong counsel to clients on future political and policy developments to expert and often senior audiences.


Job type
Full time
Competitive, dependent on experience.
Employment benefits
  • Pension plan
  • Health cover
  • Maternity/paternity leave
Brussels, with remote working as necessary.
Closing date

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