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Risk And Compliance Lawyer

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Law Firm

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Date Last Verified

Aug 19, 2020

Valid Through

Dec 02, 2020

Posted on

Aug 06, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 4 yrs required


Palo Alto, CA, United States

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Practice Area
International Law >> International Law
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Risk And Compliance Lawyer
The candidate will support the firm in pursing the effective management of regulatory, legal, operational, and information security risk so as to preserve and maximize the value of the firm over the long term. Duties: Will play a key role as a member of the firm’s Legal Department, which manages the firm’s risk exposure and provides advice to the firm on a range of legal and compliance issues relating to business acceptance (including conflicts of interest, confidentiality, client due diligence, sanctions issues, reputational and commercial risk) as well as other issues, such as contracting, commercial risks, client engagement terms, local ethical and regulatory issues, and firm policies and practice. Key Responsibilities : Advise the partnership on business acceptance issues relating to conflicts of interest, confidential information, reputational risk and sanctions issues globally, to assess the business suitability of potential new matters and new clients; Undertake due diligence and reputational risk assessment of new clients and matters; Assist the partnership with solutions to resolve conflicts, confidentiality, reputational and commercial risk, anti-money laundering (AML) compliance and sanctions issues including assistance with drafting waivers and maintaining information barriers; Answer questions from partners, associates and staff at all levels across the firm regarding US law, regulations and firm policies pertaining to conflicts of interest, ethics and regulatory compliance; Review and advise on client engagement letters and outside counsel guidelines, particularly with respect to conflicts of interest and US applicable law and regulation; Advise the partnership on ad hoc queries relating to ethics and regulatory compliance including audit letters, securities dealing, anti-bribery regulations, outside appointments, qualification and practice of law, attorney advertising, fee-sharing and other fee arrangements; Assist in review of incoming lateral hires for potential conflicts of interest; Remain current on the type of work that Freshfields undertakes across all sectors and join a sector team in at least two sectors building strong and trusted relationships with Sector Group Leaders; and Understand the regulatory frameworks the firm operates in globally, particularly developments in New York, DC and the US nationally, and the Firm’s client base; Develop and maintain close working relationship with all members of the Legal Department to ensure operation in a consistent and global manner; Assist with training to the firm on risk issues (including New Hire Induction Training and Intapp system training) and be an ambassador for the Legal Department within the wider firm; and Assist with the development and implementation of business acceptance processes as part of Legal Department and firm-wide programs.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must hold a law degree and be admitted to practice law in the US; Must be used to working to very high standards of accuracy and efficiency, but balanced with a practical, common sense approach; Must be able to give clear and commercial advice succinctly (verbally and in writing) on complex issues; Must have excellent drafting skills; Must have a meticulous approach to maintaining concise, up-to-date and accurate records of matters dealt with and advice provided; Must be able to influence and liaise with all levels of both legal and support staff to resolve complex issues including delivering difficult messages on occasion; Must be able to manage a workload of key projects as well as day-to-day queries; Must have a high level of IT skills, including familiarity with applications such as Word, Outlook and Excel as well as web-based and general research skills; and Must be willing to work out of hours (including weekends) and travel as needed to serve the requirements of the global firm. Should have strong analytical skills and ability to grasp relevant issues quickly and to understand complex conflicts and regulatory issues, within a commercial context; must have at least 4 years’ experience working as a qualified lawyer within a leading international law firm; Experience working as a lawyer in the compliance, conflicts, risk management or business acceptance department of a large or international law firm or similar background in risk management or professional responsibility/attorney ethics; and experience working in a large international team based across a number of locations.

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Hirring Coordinator
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
601 Lexington Avenue
31st Floor
New York City, NY 10022


"An Exceptional Firm "

Current Employee - Reviewed on December 16, 2017

Try to run team building events when you get new employees to ease them in instead of having them feel like an outsider.

Pros : Everyone here is the best at what they do and they love what they are doing. People here would work for less pay but the pay is equal to their qual.
Cons : It always is rough when a new person joins us here as they won't fit in with the crew right away.
Current or former employee? : Current Employee