Senior Legal Counsel
To provide guidance and support to the MZA regulatory and licensing team including registration and licensing of companies/branches/freelancers, oversee the ongoing services provided to companies such as facilitating changes to their structure/management and oversee the implementation mechanisms to ensure compliance with the MZA regulations. To provide ongoing legal and regulatory support to the department and to assist the department head on regulatory policy initiatives.
Duties & Responsibilities1. Registration & Licensing
1.1 Develop and oversee the procedures for incorporating companies/establishing branches and freelancers.
1.2 Develop and oversee the business licensing procedures for companies, branches, and freelancers both for new licenses and renewals.
1.3 Develop and oversee the procedures for issuing and renewing dissemination/broadcast licenses including liaising and coordinating with the National Media Council as appropriate.
2. Reporting and notifications management
2.1 Oversee the team’s management of the annual filings to be provided by companies to ensure compliance with the MZA regulations.
2.2 Oversee the teams management of all regulatory aspects of an MZA registered company/branch lifecycle including changes to shareholdings, management, business activities…etc
3. Develop policies and procedures
3.1 Develop, communicate and implement policies and procedures relating to all regulatory aspects of the lifecycle of companies/branches/freelancers.
3.2 Engage with the National Media Council, as appropriate, to facilitate policies and procedures relating to dissemination/broadcast licensing.
3.3 Set licensing fees and other services pricing strategies.
4. Monitor compliance and resolving disputes
4.1 Oversee the implementation and use of the MZA’s Compliance Procedures effectively to ensure company/branch/freelancer’s compliance with the MZA regulations and policies.
4.2 Make recommendations as to sanctions for noncompliance of companies/branches with MZA regulations and policies.
5. Lead and manage a functional team
5.1 Provide leadership and management support for the team including developing and implementing the strategy, work allocation, developing and maintaining best practice, career development, performance evaluation, inspiring and motivating the team, providing mentoring and feedback, and training.
6. Coordinate government programs
6.1 Actively participate in development initiatives related to the regulation of media.
6.2 Facilitate implementation of relevant government initiatives as they relate to operations of the free zone and activities of companies and branches.
Education, Experience & Skills1. Understand the media sector and regulations in the region and global industry trends.
2. Knowledge of UAE Free Zones and how they operate.
3. Knowledge of the regulatory and legal framework in the UAE and the region.
4. Substantial experience in the media, licensing or general regulatory sphere
5. Bachelor Degree in Law