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Senior Counsel - Sanctions / ABC / AML

Date Posted: Dec 23, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

Role Value Proposition: 

MetLife is seeking an attorney to provide legal advice with respect to compliance with anti-bribery and corruption (ABC), anti-money laundering (AML) and economic and trade sanctions (sanctions) laws and regulations. The role entails working closely and collaboratively with Compliance and business management on strategic initiatives and emerging issues, as well as helping ensure compliance across our global business operations.  In addition, this role requires an ability to partner with peers to ensure discipline and consistency around Corporate Ethics and Compliance’s global coverage model.



Key Responsibilities:  

  • Provide advice on U.S. and international sanctions, AML requirements, FCPA and anti-corruption laws, including revisions and new regulations.
  • Advise on interpretation and implementation of economic sanctions; serve as point of contact with OFAC, MetLife’s US sanctions regulator.
  • Review and advise on Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) policies, procedures and risks;
  • Regularly advise the Global Head of AFC Compliance and team.
  • Collaborate on M&A and other third-party deals serving as sanctions/AML/ABC subject matter expert.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills: 



  • Has at least 7 years of AML/ABC/Sanctions experience at a major law firm and/or in-house legal department, reflecting a record of accomplishment.
  • Holds a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and be admitted to the New York State (or other appropriate) bar.
  • Exhibits crisp, clear oral and written communication skills; demonstrates the ability to reduce legal issues to straightforward practical analysis and advice.



  • Has experience with international privacy matters preferred.
  • Insurance and/or Financial Services industry experience a plus
  • Enjoys working independently.
  • Demonstrates persuasion and leadership skills, especially in the context of the ability to relate to different stakeholders, business partners and colleagues.
  • Commands strong drafting, negotiating and analytical skills.




Business Category

Legal Affairs/Law Department


Number of Openings




At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.” 




MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $659.6 billion of total assets under management as of December 31, 2020. We are ranked #48 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies.   


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.  Visit us at to learn more about our brand, history, and values. 


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to or call our Employee Relations Department at 1-877-843-3711.


MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to 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.


Requisition #: 117724


Nearest Major Market: New York City