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Legal Manager at Sahara Group

Sahara Group nutures businesses in the energy sector. These companies operate essentially within the energy industry and its associated sub-sectors. The Group consists of individuals, who are determined to make a positive impact on the business environment.


Job Summary

  • Candidate will be reporting directly to Head, Legal and he/she will manage subordinates and assume ultimately responsibility for their work product.
  • The candidate's strong background knowledge in either or all of the following areas- litigation, energy, power, regulatory liaison, corporate/commercial or company secretarial would be advantageous.

Key Deliverables

  • Negotiating medium to high risk transactions with minimal supervision.
  • Assisting the Head of Legal with high risk transactions or leading on various Nigerian power transactions and commercial negotiations.
  • Researching and reviewing any new statutory and regulatory enactments that may affect the various entities under the Sahara umbrella and advising management accordingly.
  • Negotiating with third parties, including regulatory officials and their counsel on behalf of the company.
  • Drafting and providing legal advice on corporate and commercial transactions.
  • Technical subject matter knowledge and experience in Gas and Power transactions would be an added advantage
  • Ensuring that companies comply with the requirements of the law in each jurisdiction Sahara is doing business in by working alongside local counsel.
  • Review and determine cases for litigation and advise management accordingly.
  • Interface with external counsel in respect of litigation that the company is involved in and advise on litigation strategy or propose alternative dispute resolution.
  • Advising on the set up of and incorporation of new entities and new businesses.
  • Company secretarial assistance where necessary.

Minimum Qualification/Experience

  • Law Degree from a commonwealth jurisdiction.
  • BL from Nigerian Law School
  • At least 10 years post call experience, 5 of which must be core experience in a law firm or commercial Oil and Gas environment.
  • Geographical mobility within and outside Nigeria where necessary
  • The ideal candidate will have between 8-10 years of transactional work experience which preferably includes power sector experience in a law firm or an in-house position where the candidate has demonstrated an understanding of working on deals and transactions and has worked with external counsel on big ticket transactions.
  • The candidate should ideally have a robust deal list.


  • Technical knowledge of energy, power, gas industry
  • Experience in working with regulators
  • Strong IT Skills (Word and Excel)
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong negotiating and drafting skills.

Team Player:

  • Ability to work independently and multi-task
  • Ability to supervise and manage line reports
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong issue spotting and problem solving skills
  • Committed and a go-getter.

Working Relationships:

  • Team members and colleagues within the various Sahara group of companies
  • Executive Management and Board Members
  • External Lawyers, clients and other business partners

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