IHS Markit Product Attorney in Dallas, Texas

About IHS Markit

IHS Markit harnesses deep sources of information, analytics and expertise to forge solutions for the industries and markets that drive global economies. Our company partners with clients in business, finance and government to provide the unrivaled insights and perspectives that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. We call this The New Intelligence. IHS Markit serves more than 50,000 key customers in more than 140 countries, including 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500. We help decision makers apply higher-level thinking to daily tasks and strategic issues across a host of industries and disciplines including energy, finance, automotive, engineering, technology, maritime and trade, aerospace and defense, chemical, and economics and country risk.

Headquartered in London, IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.


Position summary

This is an exciting opportunity for a lawyer to join IHS Markit’s legal team.

You will be based in New York and will report to a Director (Commercial), Legal, and will work closely with the rest of the legal team based in London, Colorado, New York, and Singapore. You will support one of the Firm’s largest product divisions: the Financial Markets Technologies division. You will work in a fast-paced environment, handling negotiations, drafting and advising on new product initiatives, strategies, service operating procedures, licensing and distribution agreements, partnership arrangements and commercial contracts.

This is a front-line role that requires a confident, commercially-minded lawyer with the ability to act with high levels of autonomy and to manage the legal aspects of complicated projects, and requires excellent drafting, speaking and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and a pro-active approach to your assigned duties.

You will be tasked to develop the specific expertise (aided by legal and product training in an on-the-job environment) needed to become IHS Markit’s primary subject matter expert for the syndicated leveraged loan market and the broad array of products IHS Markit provides to institutional sell-side and buy-side participants in that market. The products include enterprise solutions (software), services (loan settlement, portfolio loan tracking and management), and data. You will have extensive interactions with internal personnel (product specialists, sales representatives, client managers, IT specialists, etc.), and most importantly, with counsel representing IHS Markit’s customers and prospects. You will be expected to have the skills, maturity and confidence to negotiate with experienced counsel for the world’s premier financial institutions. Your primary responsibility will be to support both new deal flow and existing client relationships in the Americas, but you will liaise with fellow lawyers supporting similar activity in the EMEA and APAC regions. Additional duties include assisting sales personnel in structuring proposals and advising on product development and modifications. You will generate, maintain and continually improve product templates.

IHS Markit is the premier provider and market leader in many of the sophisticated products you will support, and its customers run the gamut from the biggest investment banks and asset managers to startup hedge funds.

Duties & accountabilities

The primary responsibilities will include functioning independently and with the support of colleagues as a legal advisor on:

  • Commercial and product-related legal issues including licensing, IP, technology development and support, and general commercial contractual issues – in particular in our Financial Markets division.

  • Developing expertise in a range of IHS Markit’s products and building strong relationships with business clients in our various global offices.

  • Negotiating contracts with clients; technology, data and distribution partners; and strategic alliance partners, including drafting and negotiating bespoke contracts.

  • Analyzing, evaluating and providing input to new product and new client proposals with a view to identifying and highlighting possible business and legal risks to management.

  • Drafting and maintaining template agreements.

  • Presenting to sales and product team partners and escalating issues on a timely basis where appropriate.

Business competencies

Education and experience

  • Qualified lawyer.

  • Strong academic credentials with a degree from a university and legal qualification from a law school.

  • Legal experience in negotiating and drafting commercial and other business to business technology and information related contracts.

  • Experience in managing projects, communicating with managers and colleagues both verbally and in writing.

  • Proven ability to work across a range of commercial transactions simultaneously.

  • Experience in financial services (specifically loans and loans processing) is an asset.

We are looking for a lawyer who has three to five years’ experience, either as in-house counsel or in private practice. This role is suitable for any capable corporate or commercial lawyer, with strong technological and financial acumen. Strong references required.

Commercial awareness

  • Knowledge in commercial contract law required.

  • Knowledge of financial services industry (in specific loans and loans processing) a plus.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Management requirements

IHS Markit offers a flat departmental structure and the successful candidate should expect to be involved with all aspects of the Legal department’s work.

  • Excellent relationship management, project management and influencing skills.

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, matrix management work environment.

  • Proven ability to communicate professionally to all levels, create presentations and management briefs.

  • Ability to anticipate potential problems and respond effectively.

  • Excellent investigative, analytical, problem-solving and strategic skills.

  • Proven ability to drive results through others not in his/her reporting chain and to thrive in a matrix management environment.

Personal competencies

Personal impact

Ability to prioritise and to work to set deadlines within a challenging environment, be detail-oriented and self-starting.

Communication

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal.

Teamwork

Proactive, enthusiastic, self-motivated team player.

Strong organisational skills and calm under pressure.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Please refer to the EEO is the Law Poster & Supplement, Right to Work and Pay Transparency Policy. IHS is a participant in E-Verify (see links below) . We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment drug testing.

EEO is the Law at http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeocselfprint_poster.pdf

EEO is the Law Supplement at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCPEEOSupplementFinalJRFQA508c.pdf

Right to Work at http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-VerifyNativeDocuments/OSCRighttoWorkPoster.pdf

Pay Transparency Policy at https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_formattedESQA508c.pdf

E-Verify at https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/media/resourcesContents/EverifyPosterEnglish.pdf

IHS Markit endeavors to make our career sites accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodation@ihs.com or call 303-858-6891. This contact information (email and phone) is intended for accommodation requests only. Unfortunately we are unable to accept resumes or provide information about application status through the email address above.

Resumes are only accepted through the online application process, and only qualified candidates will receive consideration and follow-up.