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AVP, Legal Counsel The candidate will be responsible for assisting the Chief Legal Officer in leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives and serving as legal advisor on company strategies and their implementation. Will manage legal agreements and other transactional work at the credit union, including reviewing contracts and other legal documents and working with the business units in negotiating any deals and/or agreements. Provides legal advice to the credit union regarding a variety of matters including regulatory compliance, contracts, litigation, insurance and risk management, intellectual property, governance, consumer and commercial lending and deposit transactions and loan documentation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and general corporate matters. Must comply with all aspects of the Bank Secrecy Act. Develops a thorough understanding of the financial services environment; assists the Chief Legal Officer in developing and implementing specific strategies and objectives to establish high legal standards throughout the credit union. Structures, drafts and negotiates agreements with third party vendors, including service and procurement contracts, technology and licensing agreements, and consulting and nondisclosure agreements. Prepares, reviews and negotiates contracts, proposals, and agreements on behalf of the company for various corporate initiatives unrelated to outside vendors. Provides legal support to compliance team in connection with the interpretation and implementation of regulatory or legislative mandates, as well as research and analysis of legal and/or regulatory compliance inquiries and issues generated by management or staff; assists compliance team in internal training on various regulatory and compliance matters. Maintains currency in legal issues affecting the credit union; provides legal analyses and summaries of relevant rulemaking in a timely manner. Conducts legal research and prepares memoranda, correspondence or other materials summarizing and applying research and analysis to credit union issues. Participates in various committees and provides guidance and expert advice to the Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee, senior management, and credit union personnel on current and emerging legal topics, including trends and issues. Advises management on collection cases, member bankruptcy filing and occasional special transactional or corporate projects. Advises management on legal aspects of the company’s financing, including assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities, including credit union service organizations. Assists in overseeing and managing long-term and/or legal projects with significant financial or other business impacts. Participates in the definition, development and implementation of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provides continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters. Provides general legal support and consulting to business units; seeks opportunities for developing, coordinating and/or conducting “brown bag” legal training on contract law basics and other topics as requested by business units. As directed, obtains and works with selected outside legal counsel to assist in their provision of legal advice, guidance and analysis to management for issues relating to prior, current and future conduct, transactions, contracts, business plans and documentation to insure the protection of the business interests of the credit union and the protection of the legal rights of the credit union, the Board of Directors, the Supervisory Committee and personnel. Acts as a liaison or contact agent to respond to inquiries from regulatory agencies, members and business community. Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Law degree with admission to the State Bar. Must have 5 years legal experience in a law firm or as corporate attorney. Must have experience with mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance and other corporate matters. Experience with contract law, drafting and negotiations is required. Experience with bankruptcy and collections regulation and practices, including the preparation of required filings and other documentation and general representation in connection with bankruptcy lifts of stay, trustee sales, vehicle seizures and related matters is preferred. Familiarity and understanding of Sarbanes-Oxley is required. Solid verbal and written communication, negotiation and analytical skills is required.
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