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Assistant General Counsel, Investments Legal (MIM)

Date Posted: Jan 12, 2021

Location: Whippany, NJ, US, 7981

Company: MetLife

PositionAssistant General Counsel, Investments Legal (MIM)


Job Location: Whippany, NJ


The Role: Seasoned and highly experienced Fund structuring attorney to support growing global investment management business. 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. Primary responsibilities will  include legal support for new product structuring,  private fund formation, fund of one structures,  and drafting and negotiation of legal documents with respect to such products and existing MIM funds.  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 new products in support of growing business initiatives; specifically strong expertise in private fund structuring, fund- of one- structures, and other structured vehicles to accommodate domestic and international investor tax and regulatory needs.
  • Provision of legal support in connection with negotiation of separate account investment management agreement in private and public fixed income asset classes for domestic and international investors.
  • Provision of ongoing legal support for existing MIM Funds, including review and negotiation of fund and other product documentation, including LPAs, PPMs, investment management agreements;
  • Provision of legal advice in support in connection with sales and marketing efforts of the MIM business, domestically and internationally, and marketing materials.   
  • Provision of regulatory advice in connection with MIM operating platform and Fund products to ensure adherence with Investment Advisors Act and applicable Securities Acts regulations.  
  • 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.


Key Relationships:

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


Candidate Qualifications:


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.


MetLife Success Principles

  • Experiment with Confidence – Courageously learn and test new ideas without fear of failure
  • Act with Urgency – Demonstrate speed to action with agility and determination
  • Seek Diverse Perspectives – Source ideas and feedback to expand thinking and make informed decisions
  • Seize Opportunity – Drive responsible growth and identify areas for continuous improvement
  • Champion Inclusion – Foster an environment where everyone is valued, heard, and can speak up
  • Create Alignment – Partner with others across the organization with candor and transparency
  • Take Responsibility – Be accountable and act in pursuit of the right outcomes
  • Enable Solutions – Anticipate and address obstacles while managing risk
  • Deliver What Matters – Execute meaningful priorities and follow through on commitments



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 $600 billion of total assets under management as of December 31, 2019. We are ranked #44 on the Fortune 500 list for 2019. In 2019, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth 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.


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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.


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