LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS LAWYER (MUSIC SECTOR) (M/W)

  • Via Morimondo, 26, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
  • Full-time

Company Description

Believe is above all a passion for music, tech, and digital marketing, shared by over 1,200 talented people in more than 45 countries. It is a visionary and entrepreneurial spirit that drives us and makes us a world leader in the digital distribution of music.

Believe is a tribe of experts who successfully meet the challenges of the transformation of our music industry every day. It’s an adventure, a human adventure, and one that is propitious and stimulating for all of us.

Finally, Believe is a story that began in 2005 and that we must continue to narrate, now, and with you. Believe's mission is to develop labels and artists in the most suitable way, at each stage of their career and development. In all local markets around the world. With respect, expertise, fairness and transparency.

Job Description

You will be in charge of managing the legal matters of the affiliated companies of the Believe Group in Italy, mostly but not only in contract law and music law. Handling  commercial  agreements, you will ensure the Group’s processes, contract templates and guidelines are applied. You will negotiate contracts and will provide legal support to the Sales teams (Distribution and Artist Services departments). 

Your specific goal is to support the local sales team to sign contracts as quickly as possible, while protecting Believe and complying with Believe's procedures and Business Rules.

In practical terms, your tasks and responsibilities shall be:

  • Implement the guidelines, processes and policies set up by the Group Central Departements, as adapted if needed to comply with the Italian local laws, and control they are applied;
  • Propose improvements of such policies and processes, to ensure they remain legally compliant in Italy;
  • Review and negotiate contracts with our customers (music labels and artists), or providers when applicable, in accordance with the Group guidelines and in cooperation with the Sales Team, and ensure such contracts are operable under the IT system of the Group. Main core business contracts are about copyright (synchronization licenses, compilation licenses, broadcast agreements, recording rights, publishing rights, etc), services designed for artists, advertising, collective societies;
  • Ensure general contracts administration and coordination (including compiling contract terms for the Royalties team and monitoring contract duration);
  • Liaise with Central Business Legal department to seek approval and ensure contracts are fully operable;
  • Assist on corporate life of the affiliates of the Group located in Italy and on local corporate operations;
  • Legal monitoring on the Italy laws, interface of the Group for any local legal matter and risk prevention
  • Liaise will local external attorneys.

You will report in solid line to the Believe General Manager Operations in Italy and in dotted line to the General Counsel of Believe based in France. You will work on a day to day basis with Italian teams (Sales Team, Ops Team, Finance team, etc) and with the Central Legal Department located in France.

You will have a proactive approach and will pay constant attention to support the needs and deployment of the Group, while you will protect its interests. You are cooperative and straightforward and at the same time you listen to the Sales Team needs. From this standpoint your activity will be monotored through KPIs tracking. The working environment is Italian and international, with a huge growth and ongoing restructuring.

The language for day to day working with Central teams is English. The working environment is international, with a huge growth and ongoing restructuring.

Qualifications

You have a Master degree in IP law and contract law (Italian laws)

You have minimum 5 years as a lawyer in the music sector, in an international company would be highly appreciated.

You are experienced on contract processing and control of Group processes

Highly motivated, leadership and organizational skills, with excellent time management skills. Capable of juggling various projects at the same time

Proactive, cooperative and straightforward approach. Excellent attention to detail, autonomous and good adaptation skills. 

Proven aptitude for reporting. Used to working with Groups headquartered out of Italy.

Constant attention to support the needs and deployment of the Group, while protecting its interests.

Team player, inter-personal that enable you to communicate efficiently at different levels of the Group in Italy and abroad.

Excellent knowledge of music rights and commercial contracts. Confident negotiator of commercial contracts

Additional Information

Believe is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in employment, regardless of origin, sex, morals, sexual orientation, gender, age, family status pregnancy, race, political opinions, trade union activities, religious beliefs, physical appearance, family name, place of residence, state of health, or disability.

 

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