Global Financial Crimes – Legal Advisory: Financial Crimes Assistant Counsel (Americas)

  • Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Morgan Stanley USA
  • 15 Feb 19

Global Financial Crimes – Legal Advisory: Financial Crimes Assistant Counsel (Americas)

Company Profile
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.
As a market leader, the talent and passion of our people is critical to our success. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity, excellence and strong team ethic. Morgan Stanley can provide a superior foundation for building a professional career - a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow. A philosophy that balances personal lifestyles, perspectives and needs is an important part of our culture.
Department Profile
Global Financial Crimes (GFC) coordinates day-to-day implementation of the Firm's enterprise-wide financial crime prevention efforts. GFC includes several legal and compliance disciplines and has responsibility for governance, oversight and execution of the Firm's Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Economic Sanctions, Anti-Corruption and Government and Political Activities Compliance programs. GFC also develops and/or assists in the development of appropriate policies and procedures, including those designed to assist the business units to know their clients and conduct appropriate due diligence and to prevent, detect and report potentially suspicious activity. GFC has dedicated coverage managers and teams of analysts who advise and counsel each business unit regarding its AML, economic sanctions and anti-corruption obligations and its particular clients and transactions.
Group Profile
Morgan Stanley is committed to a strong GFC program to protect against the use of the Firm's products, services, and facilities for prohibited transactions or the purpose of evading, avoiding or otherwise circumventing sanctions, AML or anti-corruption laws and regulations. The Firm has adopted a comprehensive, risk-based program to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and government guidance. GFC Legal Advisory provides legal advice, expertise, and guidance to all business lines and works closely with senior members of GFC in support of the enterprise-wide program.

Primary Responsibilities
The Financial Crimes Assistant Counsel will be part of and provide support for a global team of in-house attorneys collectively responsible for coverage of legal and regulatory matters pertaining to AML, sanctions, and anti-corruption issues for all business units.

Specific job responsibilities include:
- Assist in providing legal advice and support to business and compliance teams on issues related to AML, sanctions, and anti-corruption laws and regulations, including the USA PATRIOT Act, Bank Secrecy Act, OFAC/HMT regulations, U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, etc.
- Assist with drafting and negotiating contractual provisions pertaining to AML, sanctions, and anti-corruption issues across all business lines
- Support efforts to review and advise on transactional due diligence pertaining to AML, sanctions, and anti-corruption
- Understand, advise on, and assist with implementing the Firm's Global Know-Your-Customer (KYC) Standards across the Firm
- Review, interpret, and advise on relevant laws, industry best practices, and emerging developments pertaining to AML, sanctions, and anti-corruption issues in the financial services sector
- Assist with responding to U.S. regulatory exams and other inquiries
- Provide support for special projects arising from the administration of the GFC program
- Develop content for and deliver specialized training to relevant internal audiences concerning financial crimes-related legal issues


Skills Required:
- Juris Doctor (JD) degree with strong academic credentials
- 4-6 years of relevant experience, preferably at a large/complex financial institution, law firm, or government/regulatory body
- Working knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to AML, sanctions, and anti-corruption
- Ability to understand and assess a wide variety of complex commercial transactions
- Highly-motivated self-starter able to work independently while collaborating and coordinating as part of a global program
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to provide viable solutions in a time-sensitive environment
- Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, attention to detail, and effective time management
- Strong project management skills
- Sound judgment and an ability to appropriately escalate issues internally
- Proven ability to handle highly confidential information professionally and with appropriate discretion
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and team-player attitude
- Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Skills Desired:
- Basic understanding of financial markets and banking transactions
- ACAMS Anti-Money Laundering Specialist certification or equivalent certification or license