Legal Counsel

  • Negotiable
  • Manhattan, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • 12 Feb 18 2018-02-12

In house counsel to provide primary legal coverage for Corporate Finance Businesses and support for Head, Legal, Corporate & Institutional and Products, Americas and Head, Legal, Transaction Banking, Americas. Additional Legal support for all US / Americas / New York law matters as needed.

The Human Bank. As a Global Bank we have opportunities that go beyond country borders. If you think you are ready for your next career move, and if you fit the skills and requirements of this role, a new adventure may await you.


Overall Responsibilities
* Corporate Finance (CF) secondary Legal coverage across all products, including structured trade finance, credit and export finance, structured finance, project and export finance, back-up coverage on M&A advisory.
* Secondary Legal coverage on syndicated loans, (Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) as lender or agent), SWIFT loans (not for trade purposes), loan originations, and bilateral loans.
* Transaction Banking (TB) secondary Legal coverage on matters related to trade finance, securities services and cash management matters, including L/C issuance and reimbursement matters, pre-shipment finance, FI trade loans and advances, borrowing base trade loans, import finance, invoice financing (import and export), receivable purchase.
* Full range of legal support for CF, lending, and TB matters and business teams, including, but not limited to, direct negotiations with clients and their counsels. Legal review and negotiation of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA's) across all SCB functions. Regional Product forum, Americas - sourcing of legal opinions and Legal input for TB products.
* Provide additional functions within Americas L&C, as needed, to support the wholesale banking businesses provided in the Region.
Stakeholder Management
* External reach by interacting with SCB clients, their counsels, and law firms and law schools.
* Knowledge of laws, regulations, rules, and market practices affecting SCB as a bank entity operating in the US and globally.

* Ensure that SCB business is conducted in accordance with applicable laws, rules, regulations, as well as institutional policies and procedures.
* Protect the good reputation of SCB by flagging and protecting against any potential or actual operational, financial, or reputational risks.

* Client negotiations involving knowledge, skill and confidence. It's important to be diplomatic but assertive when presenting our views and when considering the client's point of view, and ensuring SCB is put in the best position possible from both a business and values perspective.
* Legal issues often involve confidential matters. It is important to exercise good judgement while handling sensitive matters. Three key characteristics that play an important role in this position are attention to detail, the ability to maintain confidentiality and observe legal privilege, and the ability to respectfully interact with all internal and external individuals approaching us for services and information.
* In maintaining a good working relationships with co-workers and external sources, such as attorneys and government representatives, it is important to understand their concerns and handle their inquiries in a timely, comprehensive and confidential manner. Discretion and good judgement are paramount.
* Accurate knowledge and assessment of laws, rules, regulations affecting the Bank and the judgement to implement measures to comply.
* A balanced approach as a business partner and independent guardian for the Bank.

* Admitted to practice in New York
Knowledge of laws, regulations, rules and market practices affecting SCB as a bank entity operating in the US and globally.
* Ability to confidently negotiate terms of various types of agreements with clients on the basis of a sound understanding of the law and judgment as to how such laws apply to SCB.
* Legal agreement drafting skills and know how, including everything from vendor contracts, to confidentiality agreements, to structured corporate finance agreements, to master agreements (e.g. International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDAs)).
* Knowledge of applicable New York and relevant U.S. laws and regulations, as well as familiarity with foreign laws in the Americas.
* Excellent ability to communicate with clients, attorneys & other government representatives.
* Ability to interact with Bank staff in different areas of the Group.
* Ability to escalate issues to the pertinent internal or external sources.

If you're a bright mind with big ambitions and ready for your next move within Standard Chartered, we'll actively encourage you to fulfil your potential. Thanks to our rich and varied international footprint, we can offer exciting opportunities working across different countries and cultures. This application could be your next step...