The Role:
This position requires a highly experienced attorney who will be responsible for advising all locations and businesses of the Firm on economic sanctions matters with particular focus on sanctions administered by OFAC. The position is in the Financial Crimes area of the Legal Department. As the role serves as the subject matter expert and principal attorney with respect to the Firm's compliance with applicable sanctions, the position holder is required to work with considerable autonomy, and an experienced subject matter expert is required for the role.

In this role, you will make an impact in the following ways:
  • Serve as the subject matter expert and principal counsel for sanctions-related legal issues across the Firm including matters which are complex and have significant potential for legal, financial, and reputational impact for the Firm.
  • Serve as the key point of contact in connection with sanctions legal risks and provide legal advice on the requirements of US/OFAC sanctions and, in consultation with local counsel, EU, UK and other relevant sanctions laws, to ensure compliance with those laws.
  • In coordination with the Global Sanctions Compliance and other control functions, develop measures to ensure that sanctions risks are identified, managed and where possible mitigated, in all locations and businesses of the Firm and in connection with complex financial products and transactions.
  • Provide legal representation in connection with filings and communications with OFAC and other sanctions-related official bodies including voluntary self-disclosures, license applications, requests for guidance and responses to legal process.
  • Provide legal representation on contract issues and on deal-specific sanctions questions, draft necessary documents, and analyses as appropriate.
  • Participate in industry fora and initiatives concerning key sanctions issues; work with Government Affairs area in communicating with various official bodies on sanctions developments and emerging issues.
  • Establish and/or help implement strategies and initiatives that result in Firm's implementation of industry leading best practices concerning sanctions matters.
  • Manage engagement of and relationships with external counsel on sanctions issues.

To be successful in this role, we're seeking the following:
  • The successful candidate will have at least 11+ years relevant work experience as an attorney and compliance professional focusing on sanctions matters. Deep technical knowledge in sanctions laws and regulations are essential as is expertise in dealing with OFAC and other official bodies in the major jurisdictions where An American Investment Banking Services Holding Company operates.
  • The successful candidate should have experience in and knowledge of sanctions issues occurring in complex transactions and financial products. The successful candidate must be able to communicate clearly and effectively on complex issues with internal stakeholders at all levels of the Firm and the ability to provide sound and concise recommendations to senior leaders is essential. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to advance the Firm's agenda effectively and confidently with a variety of external stakeholders, including regulatory and enforcement authorities.
  • Proven leadership capability and change agility are essential as is the ability to work effectively with lawyers and businesses across diverse geographies and cultures. The position requires appreciation of choice of law matters and recognition of multi-jurisdictional issues particularly in the areas of data privacy and transmission.
  • A working knowledge of the anti-money laundering and financial crime framework applicable to global financial institutions is desirable as is familiarity with export control restrictions and U.S. anti-boycott requirements. Some experience in anti-corruption related matters, including the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, is also advantageous.
  • Prior law firm experience, including transactional experience is helpful.
  • The candidate should be licensed to practice law and a member in good standing of the bar in the jurisdiction where he/she has been based or otherwise in compliance with the internal counsel registration rules of that jurisdiction.

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