In-House Associate Counsel Lawyer Job in Vancouver, Canada

February 11, 2019


Our client, Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW), is the world’s largest financial lessor in the containership leasing space with a $7B+ balance sheet. Seaspan provides many of the world’s major shipping lines with alternatives to vessel ownership by offering long-term leases on large, modern containerships combined with industry leading ship management services.


Job Description – In-House Associate Counsel Lawyer


Seaspan has an immediate opening for an In-House Associate Counsel Lawyer to join its Vancouver team. Reporting to the General Counsel, the Associate Counsel will provide advice and accountability on matters such as marine operations, commercial, HSEQ, environmental, corporate reporting, corporate governance, multi-jurisdictional securities, vessel acquisitions, dispositions and structured finance, and contractual documentation.


Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Draft and prepare confidentiality agreements, commercial contracts, mandates, engagement letters for various service providers and agreements with Seaspan Corporation.
  • Participate as part of a team in acquisitions, negotiations, and raising equity; may include negotiating and drafting contracts and related refund guarantees, negotiating and drafting legal documents for the delivery of containerships, negotiating and drafting time charters, and, overseeing and assisting external counsel with equity offerings in the USA and Canada, and attending to due diligence for such offerings.
  • Provide in-house counsel advice, accountability, and leadership on corporate reporting, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance.
  • Ensure company’s legal obligations are fulfilled particularly around debt covenants, new build agreements, and credit facilities.
  • Liaise with external counsel worldwide.
  • Prepare for and attend board of directors’ meetings as required; provides general advice to our board of directors and attends to other general corporate governance matters.


Education and Professional Skills/Knowledge 

  • LL.B. or J.D. degree (or equivalent).
  • Good standing with a Canadian Law Society.
  • 5+ years of broad related commercial and legal experience.
  • Proven ability to work with legal frameworks in various jurisdictions, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an international, commercial-minded outlook.
  • Working knowledge of the shipping sector and/or maritime law is preferred.
  • Experience with public companies would be considered an asset.


For more information or to apply for this position, contact:

Chaaya R. Jugdeb, Recruitment Associate


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