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Legal Jobs at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai; Corporate Counsel

Posted By : Brown Kaje on Friday, 4 April 2014 | 6:11:00 am

Job Title:    Corporate Counsel
Hotel/Office:     Dubai Development
Job Ref.:    1400042V
Job Location:    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Employer:    JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Job Category:     Legal
Brand:         Corporate and Regional
Job Type:    Full-Time, Non-Management/Hourly

Job Description:
Marriott International offers you the opportunity to find the hospitality job and career journey that's right for you. With more than 1100 managed properties and 18 brands you'll find us in your neighborhood and in more than 74 countries across the globe. Find Your World™ at Marriott.

The Marriott International Law Department services the Company's lodging business.  The Zurich and Dubai offices of the Law Department support Continental Europe and Middle East & Africa (“MEA”) providing legal services to support the development and lodging operations of all Marriott-branded lodging products, including the full‑service Marriott and Renaissance brands, luxury Ritz-Carlton and Bulgari and EDITION brands, and Courtyard, Residence Inn brand in Continental Europe and the Middle East & Africa. 

This position will be located in Marriott International’s office in Dubai and will report to the Vice President and Senior Counsel located in Dubai; the General Counsel – Europe, Middle East & Africa is located in Zurich and has accountability for the attorney positions in Dubai.  The Corporate Counsel position will provide legal services to support the development of all Marriott-branded lodging products, including its full-service Marriott and Renaissance brands, luxury Ritz-Carlton brand, and Courtyard brand, in the Middle East & Africa region.  This position may also assist the Vice President and Senior Counsel supporting Operations for Europe and the Middle East & Africa for managing legal operational issues for the Middle East & Africa.

Legal services will be required in connection with all phases of Marriott’s international hotel development and operations projects, including drafting and negotiating hotel management, franchise, lease and related agreements with third parties throughout the region.  This position will require an ability to deal with a broad array of topics, including real estate development, debt and equity financing, joint ventures, risk-management and employee related issues.  Familiarity with financing and development techniques and practices will be required.  This position will require the ability to manage and negotiate complex transactions, supervise outside counsel, understand local law issues, work with owners, developers and lenders across varied cultures and legal environments, and coordinate tax, insurance, intellectual property and design issues within Marriott.

Job Requirements:

·         This position will require an independent and creative attorney capable of working on multiple projects in locations throughout the region.
·         The attorney must be fluent in English and have an excellent academic record (both undergraduate and law school), at least five (5) years of law firm or equivalent experience including at least three (3) years with a U.S. or U.K. firm or company,
·         Active Bar membership (if licensed in the United States / practicing certificate).
·         Proven contract drafting and negotiating skills
·         In-depth knowledge and experience with complex financing, joint ventures, acquisitions and real estate transactions, including a substantial proportion of cross-border transactions,
·         An understanding of financial analyses,
·         A high degree of competence and familiarity with computers and document production,
·         A proven ability to work in a team-oriented environment, and a desire to become part of a leader in the hospitality industry.
·         Fluency in Arabic is preferred.
·         Flexibility for travel.


Job Duties:
·               Provide legal services for the acquisition, development, and financing of new lodging products, including:
·               Providing preliminary advice on proposed transactions with respect to confidentiality agreements, structuring the transaction, letters of intent, and trade area restrictions;
·               Drafting and negotiating franchise agreements and related agreements with owners, operators and lenders;
·               Drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, ground leases, and development agreements, handling legal due diligence, coordinating with other members of the development team, monitoring compliance with local laws, drafting and negotiating closing documents, overseeing closings, and following up on post-closing matters;
·               Drafting and negotiating management and related agreements and coordinating various conversion matters on the takeover of an existing property;
·               Drafting and negotiating ownership structuring agreements, including joint venture, condominium, and finance documentation;
·               Drafting and negotiating documents involved with multi-unit refinancings, sale/leaseback, and sale/management back transactions; and
·               Providing advice on miscellaneous real estate matters affecting lodging development and operations (e.g., condemnations, easements, restrictions, and land use).
·         Help coordinate Field Client Support to all Marriott Managed Hotels in Middle East and Africa
·         Provide advice on day-to-day operations and legal issues
·         Work with outside counsel with respect to their provision of legal services to Marriott-managed hotels and Regional Teams
·         Develop and conduct training programs to field and corporate clients
·         Develop legal tools and resources for field and corporate clients
·         Negotiate regional agreements

·         Provide Corporate Client Legal Support
·         Legal support to various departments at Corporate Headquarters and in the region providing lodging-related services

Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. Marriott International does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.

Deadline Date: 17/04/2014

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