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SVP & Associate General Counsel, Investments Law - Products, Distribution, & Operations Unit

Date Posted: Apr 21, 2021

Location: Whippany, NJ, US, 7981

Company: MetLife

                     Job Location:   Whippany, NJ


Legal Affairs and Investments Law:   

Legal Affairs at MetLife is comprised of the Law Department, Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Corporate Secretary’s office and Legal Affairs Operations, and provides legal services and oversight to the Company globally.  In Legal Affairs, we are proud to be an engaged, diverse, and inclusive team, powered by compassion and curiosity and serving as trusted partners who deliver innovative solutions.


Within the Law Department, the Investments Law section provides legal and strategic counsel to MetLife’s global team of investment professionals across the US, UK, EMEA, Asia and Latin America.  Investments Law is comprised of approximately 40 legal professionals, aligned by asset classes, product development, distribution and operations, and investment legal support for MetLife’s affiliated insurance companies.  Its mission is to serve as trusted advisors to our business partners, on diverse transactions, product development activities, operational and client support matters, and on regulatory matters.


MetLife Investment Management

Based in Whippany, New Jersey, MetLife Investment Management (MIM) is one of the largest asset managers in the world, with $659.6 billion of total assets under management as of December 31, 2020. With more than 900 dedicated professionals, MIM serves institutional investors by combining a client-centric approach with deep asset class expertise.  Focused on managing Public Fixed Income, Private Capital and Real Estate assets, MIM aims to delivery strong, risk adjusted returns by building tailored portfolio solutions.  We listen first, strategize second, and collaborate constantly as we strive to meet clients’ long-term investment objectives. Leveraging the broader resources and 150-year history of MetLife provides us with deep expertise in skillfully navigating markets. We are institutional, but far from typical. Visit us at to learn more.


The Role:

Reporting directly to the Chief Counsel, Investments Law, the SVP & Associate General Counsel for Investments Products, Distribution, & Operations (PDO) is a strategic business counsel and talent management role with oversight of a team of 5-8 lawyers.  This leader plays a key advisory role to the executive management of MIM, serving a global investor base. 


The successful candidate will be an integral part of growing and evolving a dynamic investment management business.   The PDO unit provides legal services and strategic advice across the breadth of MIM’s offerings, including private funds, separately managed accounts in various asset classes, investment advisory and related services. The team supports the build out and growth of the business and investor base, including global regulatory counsel, new product and fund development, managed account and guidelines drafting and negotiation, sales and marketing support, and oversight and expansion of the global operations platform organically and inorganically.


This leader will join a senior legal leadership team passionate about talent development and committed to best-in-class service delivery and integrated, efficient operation.  This is a key leadership role in advancing the enterprise’s goals and strategic initiatives, requiring deep technical acumen, collaborative business partnership, a commitment to people management, and focus on delivering on MetLife’s commitment to its institutional investment management business and clients.


Key Relationships:

  • Reports to:  SVP & Chief Counsel, Investments Law
  • Direct reports/team: 5-8
  • Key Stakeholders:  Investments COO, CIO, Global Head of Distribution, Head of Marketing, Head of Strategy, Asset Sector Leaders; peers within Legal Affairs, e.g. Regional and Business Line Counsel;  functional partners supporting Investments in Risk, Compliance, HR, Finance, Government Relations, etc; Insurance Business Heads, e.g. Retirement & Income Solutions, served by Investments


Key Responsibilities:

Investments advisory

  • Lead and manage the legal work related to products, distribution, and operations for the MIM platform, including:
    • Provide regulatory counsel for US and global investment entities and a US broker-dealer, including matters related to licensing and registration, operational and compliance requirements, policies, procedures, reporting, and record-keeping
    • Support existing portfolios and advise on structuring new products and funds
    • Draft and negotiate investment management agreements and guidelines for a variety of US and international investor types and Investments affiliates
    • Advise and support global MIM marketing and distribution efforts, including cross-border services and transactions, online and social media marketing, disclosures, GIPS, etc
    • Advise and support the global operations platform
    • Draft and negotiate relevant third-party agreements, e.g. placement agents, fund administration and custody providers, etc
  • Provide thought leadership and strategic counsel to senior business partners; assess and make recommendations on legal developments, risks, and potential impacts related to existing operations and new initiatives
  • Establish and nurture strong and trusted relationships with business partners
  • Represent MetLife Investments Law in industry and professional organizations and events as appropriate


Talent management and development

  • Provide leadership and professional guidance to a team of approximately 5-8 lawyers, including attracting, retaining and advancing top talent
  • Manage internal and external resources to ensure delivery of consistently strong work product; empower team members to drive engagement and high performance
  • Partner with Chief Counsel and Investments Law peers to set and achieve departmental objectives
  • Lead and develop internal talent at all levels within the team; champion an inclusive and positive work culture across Legal Affairs in collaboration with other Unit Managers and Practice Group Leads
  • Contribute to Legal Affairs thought leadership on enterprise strategy priorities, especially talent strategy, customer-centric service delivery and efficiency initiatives


Candidate Qualifications:

   Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • 10+ years relevant experience, ideally in house with a dynamic, global institutional asset manager
  • Legal expertise relevant to asset management, e.g. fund structuring, managed accounts guidelines, investor onboarding, marketing, ERISA, subadvisory agreements, fund service provider or other third-party agreements, policies & procedures, suitability, etc.
  • Knowledge of US state and federal asset management regulatory governance and laws, e.g. Investment Advisers Act, Investment Company Act, Securities Act, Securities Exchange Act, ERISA, MFN, and equivalent in international jurisdictions where MIM operates, e.g. UK, Ireland, Chile, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong
  • Investment management expertise, with specific focus on private and public fixed income products and solutions, including real estate and agricultural investments; knowledge of insurance investment needs helpful
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in counseling and advising senior management and business leaders on complex relevant legal and regulatory matters
  • Proven leadership and people management skills, combined with a strong commitment to diversity, team empowerment, and motivation; ability to attract, develop, mentor, and coach top talent
  • A highly collaborative team player capable of building and maintaining strong, trusted relationships throughout the organization, upholding and demonstrating MetLife Success Principles
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build effective partnerships across the highest levels of the organization and with key external stakeholders, including outside counsel and regulators
  • Intellectual curiosity about changing business priorities and circumstances, legal climate, and asset management dynamics around the globe, and how these impact MetLife and the financial services industry
  • Impeccable integrity and ethical behavior with a strong commitment to transparency; an excellent listener with high sensitivity to different cultures and backgrounds, sound judgment, and a strong moral compass
  • JD and state bar admission required (NJ admission or in-house counsel certification required to be maintained) 


MetLife Success Principles

In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole. We seek legal professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand complex matters facing our company, combined with strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and guiding their professional growth. By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals, we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners and to help achieve MetLife’s vision of becoming a world-class leader in the insurance, retirement savings, investments, and employee benefits industries. 


  • 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 $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.