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The asset management industry is evolving. Clients need more than products; they need a trusted partner and advisor to help them achieve their goals. The State Street Global Advisors Legal Department endeavors to provide strategic advice and counsel to its business and control colleagues in accordance with the highest standards of judgment, integrity and ethical leadership. We partner closely with these teams to find strategic solutions for our clients and contribute to the overall success of the firm. We are seeking a mid-senior level attorney who can excel in this environment and help others on the team to do the same. In this role, you will join an active and experienced team of investment management attorneys responsible for providing legal support, advice and counsel to our US product and funds management teams with respect to the organization, marketing, management and governance of our US registered mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.
To be successful in this role, you will develop a deep understanding of the firm's investment and operational capabilities, service offerings, culture and vision, regulatory and supervisory landscape in order to serve as a trusted advisor to your business and control partners, and you will efficiently identify, diagnose and help to address complex legal issues. You will need to build and maintain collaborative relationships with key internal teams, including management, risk and compliance team members and leaders.
You will be responsible for providing practical and actionable legal advice and counsel with respect to our U.S. mutual funds and exchange traded funds that are registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940. This will include drafting and preparing U.S. registered fund disclosure documents, negotiating and drafting mutual fund and ETF distribution agreements, assisting the SSGA Funds Chief Legal Officer in providing legal support to U.S. registered fund boards, analyzing proposed and new regulatory developments impacting U.S. registered funds, providing advice and counsel to the SSGA business and compliance teams regarding Investment Company Act regulatory requirements, working with the SSGA product and funds management business teams on U.S. registered product development and fund management issues, and reviewing marketing materials related to marketing and sale of US registered funds.
Experience and Skills :
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and skills:
8-13 years of experience in investment management practice, at either a law firm or the legal department of a financial services company, preferably both
Strong knowledge of and experience with the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940
Solid understanding of and familiarity with investment strategies and U.S. registered fund products
The ability to evaluate legal, financial, regulatory and reputational risk and escalate to executive management as needed
Strong communication (written and verbal), client services and collaboration skills
Strong research, time management, planning and organizational skills
Ability to work independently but to also thrive in a global, dynamic and team-oriented environment
Ability to interact with and advise multiple businesses and coordinate with legal colleagues in other jurisdictions and business areas on related areas of law or conflicts of law matters
Strong attention to detail and ability to multitask