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Assistant General Counsel, MetLife Investment Management

Date Posted: Mar 18, 2018

Location: Whippany, NJ, US, 07981

Company: MetLife

Position:  Assistant General Counsel, MetLife Investment Management


Job Location: Whippany, NJ


Role Value Proposition: Primary responsibilities of this attorney will be to provide legal support to the MetLife third party institutional investment management platform, which includes multiple private funds and separately managed accounts in various asset classes for both domestic and international institutional clients.  Responsibilities will also include legal support for review of marketing materials, new product structuring, private fund formation, and drafting and negotiation of legal documents with respect to such products.  Frequent advice and counsel with respect to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Alternative Investment Fund Manager’s Directive and FINRA’s institutional broker dealer rules. The attorney will build positive business partner relationships with diplomacy grow talent by training and supervising junior associates and drive results by providing best in class legal advice in a pragmatic and strategic manner in a collaborative environment.


Key Responsibilities:

•             Provide legal and strategic advice and counsel to our business partners and their senior management on all legal aspects of a sophisticated institutional investment management platform in a global insurance company.

•             Formation and structuring of private funds and other fund products (domestic and international), and third-party managed accounts, in support of growing business initiatives.

•             Facilitation of the growth of the business in existing MetLife investment asset classes and support of new investment strategies and initiatives.

•             Review and negotiation of fund and other product documentation, including LPAs, PPMs, investment management agreements;

•             Provision of legal advice in support in connection with marketing materials, RFPs and all other marketing efforts of the MIM business, domestically and internationally, specifically, detailed knowledge of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940, Alternative Investment Fund Manager’s Directive and FINRA’s institutional broker dealer rules.

•             Provision of legal support in connection with activities of the proposed new MIM Broker Dealer.

•             Able to work proactively and independently, analyze and handle complex legal matters with minimal supervision, draft complex legal documents and negotiate matters with internal and external constituents unaided;

•             Ability to prepare, initiate, advocate and effectively present legal points and recommendations to influence clients and to represent clients as legal counsel;

•             Support the operational and compliance requirements of this new business by providing cogent SEC and other regulatory guidance.

•             Maintain diplomatic client relationships and provide education of business partners on relevant legal developments while growing own business acumen; and

•             Efficient monitoring and management of outside counsel’s work product and costs.

•             Prepare reports for Legal Affairs management.               

•             Provide training to our business partners, junior associates and paralegals, and serve as a model of motivational leadership.

•             Ability to partner with our units in a collaborative manner to achieve enterprise goals.

•             Perform other duties as required.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
  • Admitted to practice before New York or New Jersey State Bar.
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant real estate work experience with a law firm or in-house.
  • Ability to lead projects and manage interactions with senior investments personnel
  • Proactive skill set to drive platform best practices and structure new products.
  • Ability to oversee operational compliance.
  • Demonstrated and detailed knowledge of legal and regulatory issues pertaining to an investment management platform.
  • Crisp, clear business partner oral and written communication skills, in particular the ability to reduce legal issues to straightforward practical analysis and advice.
  • Strong technical and functional knowledge of Investment Advisors Act of 1940 and business acumen relevant to investment management platforms.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to lead work teams or projects.
  • Perform independently at high level and exhibit proactive leadership and strong collaborative and inter-personal skills.
  • Leadership aptitude and interest in developing management competencies.
  • Ability to effectively organize and manage resources to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the Investments Law unit and across the enterprise while moving the project forward.
  • Ability to assume a prominent role in projects.
  • Ability to train and supervise junior associates and paralegals.
  • Analyze all legal issues, drafts of all documents and negotiates all matters independently.
  • Manage outside counsel to provide excellent legal services in a cost effective manner.
  • Counsel all business partners including senior management.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Leadership Competencies:

  • Creates Partnerships – Authentically builds trusted relationships and collaborates across global, diverse and multi-functional teams to successfully drive business objectives.
  • Models our Values – Creates a culture that promotes the company’s values and standards through role modeling, accountability and ownership of decisions.
  • Focuses on Customers – Promotes customer centricity and ensures focus on creating great customer experiences to achieve competitive advantage.
  • Drives Results – Sets aggressive goals and is accountable for continuously driving improved performance, leading change and ensuring high standards.

Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: SVP & Associate General Counsel, REI Legal
  • Key Stakeholders: Investments business partners & senior management




MetLife, through our subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, we are a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Our employees serve approximately 100 million customers, individuals and businesses, including over 90 of the FORTUNE 100®. 


We are ranked #40 on the Fortune 500 list and #48 on the Forbes Global 500 list. We have operations in nearly 50 countries, and hold leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We are also one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with an over $500 billion general account portfolio as of December 31, 2015. 


In 2015, FORTUNE Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Company survey named us #1 in the Life and Health Insurance industry. In 2016, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the first time. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies.


While we have tremendous respect for the past, we are a company firmly focused on the future. To adapt to a changing world, we are undergoing one of the most dramatic transformations in our history to reinvent how we do business so we can thrive in any environment. We are moving away from a traditional product-development model to one driven by customer insights. We are challenging historical norms by humanizing our industry and designing every customer experience to reflect the modern company we’re becoming. Our goal in everything we do is to offer customers truly differentiated value propositions that allow us to establish clear competitive advantages. We pride ourselves on being a trusted partner to our customers as they navigate life’s twists and turns.


At the center of our business strategy is a commitment to One MetLife – collaborating, sharing best practices, and recruiting, developing and retaining the best talent in the industry. We live by our values:  Put Customers First, Be the Best, Make Things Easier, and Succeed Together. They guide how we operate every day. 



MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.


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