Manager, Legal

LOCATION: Primarily Downtown Toronto location (Commerce Court West).  Ability to work from home on limited basis available.

REPORTING TO: SVP, General Counsel

Other Key Relationships: Director, Legal; Corporate Law Clerk; CEO; Executive Chairman; Corporate Function Leaders (SVP HR; CFO; SVP Finance; SVP Benefits; Chief Growth Officer, Chief Operating Officer) and their DRs; Broker Partner leadership

As a member of the Navacord Corporate Legal team will support the company on a variety of day-to-day and transactional corporate/commercial matters (Navacord HQ and local broker partner) as well as on a variety of strategic initiatives.


Key Accountabilities:
M&A, Corporate Finance & Other Strategic Transactions:
  • Draft and negotiate transaction documents relating to, among other things, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, and other strategic arrangements, including, acquisition agreements, letters of intent, NDAs, closing documents, etc.
  • Conduct transaction legal due diligence, including, regulatory due diligence and support due diligence conducted on Navacord in connection with strategic initiatives
  • Work with local broker partner leadership and other functional support staff (corporate and local broker partner) on transactional activities
  • Oversee and/or perform all other legal tasks necessary to close M&A and other strategic transactions independently and at the direction of functional leadership
  • Support acquired broker partners on post-acquisition integration related matters, including those relating to licensing and corporate entity maintenance
  • Oversee and provide guidance to outside counsel, as needed, in support of the above
Human Resources:
  • Support Navacord HQ HR staff in developing and implementing strategic HR initiatives and policies, procedures, and protocols
  • Work with broker partner leaders and other functional support staff (Navacord HQ and broker partner) to manage/address HR issues that arise, including, in the context of employee recruitment and employee departures
  • Support Navacord HQ in the development of employment agreement templates and in the negotiation of agreements in connection with employee recruitment / onboarding, including, through acquisition
  • Support Corporate Law clerk on legal aspects of share issuances under Navacord’s option and share purchase plans and on buybacks of shares in connection with employee departures
  • Support Navacord HQ HR staff on employment related compliance matters
Corporate / Commercial / Finance: 
  • Draft, interpret and negotiate contracts of all varieties, including procurement related contracts and other legal documents
  • Work with broker partner leaders and other functional support staff (Navacord HQ and local broker partner) to solve legal issues related to operations, including IT matters
  • Provide support on credit facility and other financing related compliance matters
  • Oversee and provide guidance to outside counsel, as needed, in support of the above
  • Provide advice to relevant stakeholders on industry-related issues and regulations across all Canadian jurisdictions and support local broker partners on licensing and related compliance matters
  • Handle matters relating to privacy and other legal compliance areas, as required
  • Support broker partner leaders and other functional support staff (Navacord HQ and local broker partner) on litigation and other dispute resolution matters and oversee external legal resources relating to same
  • Working with Finance and HR resources (Navacord HQ and broker partner) and internal broker support the annual errors and omissions insurance placement process
  • >7 post-call years of experience handling a wide variety of legal matters required, with M&A, employment, and insurance/financial services industry experience, as well as experience working in the corporate HQ of a growth oriented entrepreneurial enterprise, preferred and beneficial.
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines, interface effectively with a broad array of internal client groups, functional support resources (corporate and local broker partner), external counsel, regulators, and suppliers
  • Strong organizational, and drafting skills, including a rapid, problem-solving mindset
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in team situations, while multi-tasking in diverse legal

When you join Navacord, you become part of a team of 2000+ very capable and committed employees focused on building The Great Canadian Brokerage® and will have the opportunity to work in a very entrepreneurial and fast paced team oriented environment. As the fourth member of Navacord’s growing Legal department you will play a key role in enabling Navacord’s growth and organizational evolution and will be afforded significant professional growth opportunities.  If you are looking to make a difference in a growth oriented business this opportunity is for you. 


Navacord is actively committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We serve and recognize and respect human differences and similarities. We value the diversity of people and actively encourage women, indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ2+) persons to apply.


Building The Great Canadian Brokerage

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Navacord is one of Canada’s top four commercial insurance brokerages and a leader in risk management services.

Since its founding in 2014, leveraging its pillars of entrepreneurial independence and business leadership, Navacord has grown rapidly both organically and through acquisitions, now includes more than thirty local brands, and writes in excess of $3 billion in annual gross premiums.

Navacord is sponsored by Madison Dearborn Partners, one of the most experienced private equity funds in the United States, who, along with the management and employees of Navacord and its Broker Partners owns Navacord.

  • 4th Largest Commercial Brokerage in Canada
  • 2,000+ Employees
  • 50,000+ Commercial Clients
  • ~$500mm Revenue
  • 60% Commercial Lines
  • 25% Personal Lines
  • 15% Benefits & Retirement

~$3 billion Annual Premium


Qualified candidates are invited to email their resume and cover letter to:
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