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(Associate) German-speaking Banking and Finance Lawyer
European Investment Bank (EIB)
5/4 Full-time
Close on 15 Dec 2023
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Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

The EIB, the European Union's bank is seeking to recruit for its Legal Directorate (JU) - EU Operations Department - (OPS-EU) – Northern Europe Division (NE) at its headquarters in Luxembourg, a (Associate) German-speaking Banking and Finance Lawyer*.

This is a full time position at grade 4/5 for which the EIB offers a permanent contract.

*Internal benchmark: (Associate) Officer Legal Services

Panel interviews are anticipated for November 2023


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).


Find out more about EIB core competencies here

(*) Unless stated explicitly as a required qualification, a good command of French is not a pre-requisite for hire. As both English and French are however official working languages of the EIB, proficiency in both languages is a pre-requisite for your future career development. Any language clause in your contract must be fulfilled in order for you to be eligible for a promotion (either via the annual appraisal cycle or via an internal selection process). Proficiency is understood to mean the attainment of level 5 of the Inter Institutional language courses, corresponding to B1.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). The Bank offers appropriate training support.

We are an equal opportunities employer, who believes that diversity is good for our people and our business. We encourage all suitably qualified and eligible candidates to apply regardless of their gender identity/expression, age, racial, ethnic and cultural background, religion and beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, disability or neurodiversity.

Applicants with specific needs are encouraged to request reasonable accommodations at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact the EIB Recruitment team who will ensure that your request is handled.

By applying for this position, you acknowledge the importance of maintaining the security and integrity of the Information of the EIB Group. In case of selection for the position you agree to comply with all measures (policies, controls, document classification and management) implemented by the EIB Group to prevent unauthorised disclosure of any information or any damage to the EIB Group reputation.

Deadline for applications: 27th October 2023


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