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Government and Government Relations Attorney in Austin, TX

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Company name

Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Government and Government Relations

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


USA Austin, TX

Date Last Verified

Mar 08,2018

Posted on

Mar 06,2018

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Investment Attorney or Senior Investment Attorney Duties: The candidate will provide legal advice to and represents the agency regarding. Will work in negotiation of investment management agreements with external managers and related matters. Investments in hedge funds, private equity funds, real asset funds, energy and natural resources funds, and related co-investment or principal investment funds. Investment operations, non-disclosure agreements, foreign investment documentation, investment policies, litigation analysis, and other duties as assigned. Over-the-Counter (OTC) derivative confirmation negotiations (including equity, commodity, FX and bespoke confirmations), master confirmation agreements, Dodd-Frank regulatory compliance, futures clearing, International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) management, and OTC clearing. Participates in the selection and oversight of outside investment counsel, including coordinating workflow, evaluating work product, reviewing invoices, and negotiating fee reductions. Provides legal services relating to custody of pension assets and securities lending for the investment function. Prepares, reviews, and negotiates research and other investment-related arrangements involving commission credits, and advises investment staff and agency management about such arrangements. Prepares or reviews requests for proposal or qualifications, and drafts and negotiates contracts with vendors (e.g., custody agreements), investment consultants, external discretionary investment managers, outside legal counsel, clearinghouses, and prime brokers. Reviews offering memoranda, subscription documents, and proposed contracts relating to private investments; provides legal advice and services, including drafting and negotiating transaction documents, as assigned; and supervises execution of documents according to agency policies and procedures. Prepares memoranda, contracts, policies, guidelines, procedures, letters, bills, or analysis for legislative consideration, or other materials as assigned. Attends meetings of the agency Board of Trustees, Board Committees, and internal investment committees; and assists with preparation of meeting materials, such as proposed resolutions, meeting minutes, and related materials. Assists senior attorneys and management in meetings and negotiations with other attorneys and external parties, including executive and legislative branches of Texas state government, auditors, investment consultants, and vendors. Reviews proposed state or federal legislation and regulations, and drafts research memoranda and analyzes for review and approval by agency management. Provides advice and assistance regarding all applicable existing or proposed federal, state, and agency laws, rules, and policies. Conducts legal research and analysis with respect to assigned or referred matters. Assists with preparing audit inquiry responses on behalf of the agency, as assigned. Reviews and advises on terms and conditions of coverage under fiduciary liability and directors and officers liability insurance (D&O) policies; negotiates renewal or replacement policies; and analyzes coverage, as assigned. Coordinates and reviews the related work of legal assistants, specialists, and support staff with regard to specific areas of responsibility. Participates in special projects, as assigned (e.g., foreign office matters). Performs related work as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualification The candidate should have Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school. Must have 5+ years of full-time experience as a transactional attorney. Must have 2+ years of experience in at least one of the following areas: private equity transactions or derivatives contracts. Must have 7+ years of full-time experience as a transactional attorney. 3+ years of experience in at least one of the following areas: private equity transactions or derivatives contracts is essential. Should be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas; or hold a valid, active law license issued by another state and be eligible for Texas licensure under Board of Law Examiners Rule XIII: Attorneys From Other Jurisdictions (candidate must obtain Texas license within eight months of hire date). 2+ years of experience providing legal services for private equity transactions and derivatives contracts. (Investment Attorney) is preferred. 5+ years of experience providing legal services for private equity transactions and derivatives contracts. (Senior Investment Attorney) is preferred. Experience effectively and succinctly communicating with a high-level audience, such as a governing Board or executive management is preferred. Experience overseeing and managing outside counsel is preferred. Knowledge of: Over-the-counter derivatives contracts and transactions, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, partnership law, partnership tax, federal regulation of securities and Task management and organization, including setting priorities to meet deadlines and manage a high-volume workload in a fast-paced and -changing environment, while completing detailed work with a high degree of timeliness, appropriate brevity and economy, and accuracy; Using a computer in a Windows environment with word processing, spreadsheet, and other business software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Westlaw, Tamale, etc.).

Deadline: 30 March 2018

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Teacher Retirement System of Texas
1000 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-542-6557