NATIONALITY South African, L2 USA Visa, permitted to work in the USA
EMAIL ADDRESS email@example.com
RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS Marietta, GA, 30066
TELEPHONE NUMBER Mobile: +1-404-***-****
LINKEDIN PROFILE https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-klopper-18aa41b/
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
EDUCATION University of the Free State (1984-1990), South Africa,
Degrees: B.Iur, LL.B, LL.M
University of Johannesburg (1992-1993), South Africa,
Diploma: H.Dip Tax Law
Cranefield College 2014
Advance Diploma Project Management
QUALIFICATIONS Admitted Attorney of the South African High Court, 1996
FURTHER EDUCATION Managing Claims for Complex Construction Projects – Masterclass 2012;
Financials for non-Financial Managers 2008;
Advance Diploma in Project Management (2 year diploma completed in March 2014);
Attending regular legal update meetings at CCASA
MEMBERSHIP Full member of the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA)
1 APRIL 2017 – 31 JANUARY 2020: NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD
Position: Legal and Compliance Manager
●Managing a team of two commercial contract managers, who support Nokia Southern Africa’s Africa and Middle Eastern business units with commercial contract management from tender stage, offer preparation, contract drafting and negotiation, and contract execution;
●Acted as Nokia’s Corporate Legal representative in South Africa, Mozambique, Egypt, Qatar and Tanzania providing legal support for corporate legal matters and advice, major commercial offers, major contract drafting, contract negotiations, contractual claims and dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation management and providing support to management interacting with regulatory and governmental authorities;
●Managing the Nokia compliance function in Southern Africa, oversee corporate compliance policy monitoring, providing compliance training, carrying out code of conduct transgression investigations and investigating compliance hotline reports.
1 FEBRUARY 2011 – 31 MARCH 2017: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS AFRICA (PTY) LTD
Position: Legal Manager
●Managing the Legal Department, consisting of 2 legal advisors and 1 support staff member.
●Advising the construction claims management function on the management of major construction claims, including assessment, investigations, correspondence and claim formulation.
●Managing all high value litigation and disputes emanating from construction related claims by and against the Company, as well as management of external legal counsel. We defended and instituted claims in excess of USD 200 Million.
●Advising Commercial and Project Management on the commercial aspects of applying the main project construction contracts, drafting and negotiation of high value subcontracts and the extension and re-negotiation of existing subcontracts.
●Acted as Compliance Officer and dealt with compliance polices, training and investigation of compliance related breaches in the organisation. This included continuous policy monitoring, workshop and training sessions and code of conduct breach investigations.
●Served as Company Secretary for the corporation, including attending Board Meetings, issue notices, minutes and performing all statutory functions.
16 NOVEMBER 2009 – 31 JANUARY 2011: SHAFT SINKERS (PTY) LTD
Position: Legal Services Manager
5 JAN 2007 - 15 NOVEMBER 2009: BATEMAN PROJECTS LTD
Position: Group Legal Advisor – Sub Saharan Africa and Australia
●Advised on several high value international process engineering contracts and subcontracts in Australia, Namibia, Mozambique and Angola and also advised the commercial department of Bateman Projects Australia (Perth) on high value contracts and claims by and against the company.
●Management of litigation in Australia, Germany and the UK by the South African Company and took part in several M&A international projects where Bateman expanded its business.
●Administrating the IP portfolio of the Bateman Group in Southern Africa.
1 MARCH 1999- 31 DECEMBER 2006 SIEMENS (PTY) LTD SOUTH AFRICA
Positions: 1999 – 2002 Legal Advisor
2003 – 2006 General Counsel
●Advised on several high value contracts in the Telecommunications, IT, Energy, and Healthcare Sectors and was involved in complex Black Empowerment share transactions and several M&A projects, anti-trust matters and compliance matters.
JANUARY 1997- 28 FEBRUARY 1999 ISCOR LTD (now ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd)
Position: Senior Legal Consultant
Management of Commercial, Engineering and Construction Litigation and Mediation
Legal Drafting for Construction, Engineering and Telecommunications Contracts
Practical Construction Contracts and Claims experience;
Implementation of Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate Compliance Monitoring, Training and Enforcement