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Counsel - Art Finance

London, Hybrid
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Experience Level
Mid Level
Full Time
Practice Areas
Banking/Finance, Project Finance, Regulatory/Compliance
1-3 Years, 4-6 Years

Job Details

The Company

Christie’s, the world’s largest Art Business, is an incredibly exciting & enriching place to start or continue your career. Whether you work within one of our Specialist Art Departments or in our more Operational focused teams we are all working together with one common goal in mind: to continue the success of this 250 year old company, steeped in history, bringing constant innovation whilst not forgetting our age old values; Passionate Expertise, Exceptional Client Service, Teamwork, Integrity, Respect, Business Judgment, & Innovation. Colleagues across all departments are truly passionate about what they do and it is constantly inspiring to work with industry leaders across all segments of the business.

What you’ll be doing

The Counsel will be an important legal advisor to Christie’s Art Finance outside of the United States and will support the Vice President, Corporate Counsel and the broader Legal and Risk team to originate international art-based loans. The Counsel must have excellent communication and organizational skills, be a self-starter, take initiative and have the ability and desire to interact with clients and outside counsel. Based in London, this role will focus on underwriting, negotiating, and closing art-based loans in EMEA and APAC.

What your day might look like:

  • Advise on all areas of an international art-based lending business
  • Draft, negotiate, close and service art-based loans, including drafting and negotiating the loan agreement and all ancillary agreements and documentation
  • Advise the Company on international regulations impacting a lending business, including licensing requirements and international tax matters
  • Develop and refine templates and processes for servicing the lending business
  • Develop best practices for the legal aspects of the lending business
  • Manage outside counsel and its spend with respect to lending matters
  • Draft, negotiate and review consignment, commercial and various other agreements
  • Educate and train business colleagues on various legal matters

What you’ll bring to the team:

  • Be an English law qualified solicitor with at least 3-5 years PQE in banking and finance work
  • Experience in private practice, or in-house as a transactional banking and finance lawyer, with experience in commercial and/or consumer lending
  • Experience working for a global team
  • Experience in cross-border transactions and overseas jurisdictions
  • Excellent legal and analytical skills including drafting, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Develops and maintains international relationships – within the Company and beyond
  • Exhibits sound commercial judgment when balancing legal risks against business benefits
  • Works collaboratively while maintaining an independent mind
  • Is not afraid to make decisions - particularly when time pressured
  • Possesses strong and effective time management skills and is able to juggle many projects at once

It is an advantage if you have:

  • Regulatory experience
  • APAC experience
  • Fluency in an additional language

What’s great about working for us

  • 25 days annual leave + 1 day Birthday leave  
  • Christie’s Christmas office closure (guaranteed between 25th Dec – 2nd Jan) – in additional to annual leave: almost two weeks to fully switch off and spend time with friends and family
  • Additional 1 week’s annual leave within the year of a 5 year anniversary i.e 5th, 10th, 15th and so on
  • Volunteering day: Take an additional day of annual leave to volunteer for a charitable organisation that’s important to you
  • Donation matching of up to £500 per annum to help you support the organisations you care about
  • Flexible Fitness Fund - £400 per year expense allowance for health and wellness related activity (taxable)
  • Access to world-renowned art: with regular exhibitions in our galleries to wander around and exclusive guided tours hosted by specialist colleagues
  • Discretionary Bonus (dependent on the business and employee performance payable in March each year)
  • Life Insurance policy from first day – 3x annual base salary
  • Generous retirement plans: We will double match your pension contribution upto 5% (Max 10% contribution from Christie’s)
  • AXA Private Health Insurance – no employee contribution needed, subsidised for other family members
  • Unum Dental Care – (may be added at personal cost)
  • Guaranteed income insurance in the event of sickness, personal injury and occupational injury
  • Employee Assistance Programme – access to personal advice and support services including counselling
  • Eyecare vouchers (once a year)
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Robust family first policy:

Ø 16 weeks full pay on Maternity Leave

Ø Four day week, for eight weeks, at full pay on return from Maternity Leave

Ø Dependent back-up care: 10 sessions/ days of childcare or eldercare per year

Ø The Stork Club: Our community of parents who meet regularly over breakfasts, lunch, afternoon tea…

• Christie’s Extras – discounts on over 800 retailers, holiday packages, dinners and weekly shops

*Christie’s reserves the right to change company benefits at any time

Close date: 12th June



Christie’s is the world’s leading art business. Since 1766, we are known for our extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour.

Every year, we offer around 350 live and online auctions in over 80 specialist categories – including all areas of fine and decorative arts, Asian art and luxury collectables – as well as a long and successful history of private sales.

Contact us in 46 countries, or visit one of our 10 international salerooms in London, New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich and Shanghai.

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