Solicitor : International Development Finance

MDY Legal

Temp/ Perm Self-Employed
Reporting to Tim Yapp (Designated Member) Full/ Part Time As required
Job description and duties
Function of MDY
Marriott Davies Yapp LLP (trading under the name “MDY Legal”) is a
unique niche practice specialising in structuring, establishing,
financing and managing successful, innovative, high value
development aid and social impact initiatives both in the UK and in
developing countries. As such, MDY Legal has advised many aid
donors and development finance institutions including the UK’s
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation, the Private Infrastructure Development
Group (PIDG) a highly innovative infrastructure investor, the World
Bank Group, Trademark East Africa, Financial Sector Deepening
Africa, the UK’s Commonwealth Development Corporation, the GAVI
Alliance a global health public-private partnership, the Africa
Enterprise Challenge Fund an agriculture impact investor, African
Risk Capacity a parametric insurance provider, the Advance Market
Commitment for pneumococcal vaccines; the International Finance
Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) which has leveraged donor pledges
to raise more than US$6bn for immunisation, Gatsby’s trade
development company ‘Msingi, the Renewable Energy Performance
Platform (REPP) and the International Land and Forest Tenure
Facility during the course of the past 20 years.
MDY Legal is a supplier firm on FCDO’s International MultiDisciplinary Programme Framework (IMDP).
Main Purpose of
To act as a Solicitor for MDY Legal, to advise on wide range of
corporate/commercial and development finance matters in both
transactional and consulting advisory roles and to support the aid
programmes advised upon by MDY Legal and their corporate
Responsibilities of

  • Provide corporate/commercial legal advice across a wide

range of sectors and countries often working in multidisciplinary teams and with local legal advisors on a wide
variety of corporate documents, including share
subscriptions, board resolutions, shareholder resolutions,
and constitutional documents.

  • Provide advice to clients on financial transactions and on a

wide range of financing instruments including grants, equity,
debt and guarantees both in a developmental and a purely
commercial context.

  • Provide advice to FCDO and other funders of development

initiatives on the design, structuring, establishment and
implementation of a wide range of for-profit and not-for profit
development initiatives with a focus on governance best
practice and mitigation of legal risks. • Provide advice in relation to the management and oversight
of high profile cutting-edge multi-donor development
financing initiatives.

  • Provide advice on governance issues, draft and review

governance documents and investment and operating
policies and procedures in respect of a range of development
financing initiatives.

  • Manage and prepare draft documentation for the operation

and funding of the clients including grant and other financing
agreements, service agreements, non-disclosure
agreements, powers of attorney, memorandum of
advice/board papers, share subscription agreements and
amendments thereto.

  • Advising funders and sponsors as to the key stewardship

issues that matter in respect of structuring, funding and
oversight of development initiatives and, in particular in
ensuring that funding is used as intended and in compliance
with all applicable laws and regulations, that the risk of
misuse of funding is minimised, that decision making is
based upon robust foundations and that the initiatives are not
stifled by bureaucracy.

  • Working on and within the private sector led development


  • Support our clients in all their activities and ensure their

reporting requirements are fulfilled.

  • Liaise with third party managers, auditors, corporate

administrators, external legal counsel, tax experts as

  • Coordinate amendments and updates to legal documents,

policies and procedures and other documents.

  • Assist MDY Legal to identify, track and pursue opportunities

for the provision of the above types of legal advisory and
consultancy work. Lead, draft and manage tenders in
response to Invitations to Tender for consultancy
programmes and projects. When awarded such work,
manage the contracting of MDY Legal either as lead
contractor or subcontractor. Manage the delivery of the legal
advisory and consultancy services in accordance with all
contractual requirements.

  • Support the partners of MDY Legal in the development of

MDY Legal’s legal and governance advisory and consultancy

  • Support clients with general enquiries as and when required.
  • Assist MDY Legal with the establishment of additional

corporate entities as and when required, assist with the
restructuring/reorganisation, procurement and other activities
of clients’ corporate entities. Equity partnership A roadmap to equity partnership within MDY Legal will be
considered for a candidate who can demonstrate the required
combination of client care, technical, commercial and leadership
Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 4 years’ post-qualification experience of corporate/commercial, and

banking or project finance law

  • Significant private practice experience
  • Versatile, with ability to cross a range of disciplines (experience of financial /

governance / contract / procurement issues highly desirable) and market sectors
including infrastructure project finance

  • Good client and stakeholder relationship building skills and effective communication

with clients, project teams and business managers

  • Commercially aware, strong team player, effective management skills, versatile
  • Ability to communicate and work well with people at all levels
  • Attention to detail and a well organised approach to work
  • Ability to work with numerical information, plus analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Diplomatic approach and the confidence to liaise with high profile clients
  • Integrity and discretion when handling confidential information
  • Background and understanding of, business practices and corporate governance and

corporate law

  • Knowledge of banking/financing, in particular infrastructure and emerging markets
  • Knowledge of legal status (UK and overseas), partnership and JV structures and

awareness of cross boarder legal issues

  • Knowledge of charity law desirable but not essential

Educational Qualifications
Solicitor (England & Wales)
Some foreign travel may be required (post-Covid 19).

Contact Details:
Please forward expressions of interest together with your CV to [email protected]

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