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Houston TX Assistant General Counsel
The candidate will provide legal coverage for products sold to Commercial Banking clients across all sections of Commercial Banking. Responsibilities will include being the lead lawyer for non-lending products sold by Commercial Banking with a focus on treasury services and card and making sure that all products and the delivery of those products fit the needs of Commercial Banking, from documentation to procedures and process with a goal of improving the client experience. This will include all depository, cash management and treasury services including by way of example, online banking; all commercial credit and merchant card programs and services, letters of credit; blocked accounts, sweep products; vendor payment programs and others. Work on various projects and ongoing initiatives including the following: streamlining of documentation and the process to meet customer service needs; advising on implementation of new products; tracking modification and non-standard provisions in agreements; escalating and advising on compliance or customer service problems; addressing compliance and any audit concerns; and keeping abreast of legal and regulatory changes that impact products and services and commenting on proposed legislation affecting products and services provided by Commercial Banking. Will be expected to acquire the technical understanding not only of the legal issues but the operational challenges regarding implementation to properly advise Commercial Banking and to participate in training initiatives. Responsible for the Legal management of the New Product Initiative Approval process for any new products to be sold in Commercial Banking both domestically and internationally and advise senior management on legal, compliance and reputation risk related to those products. Work closely with product managers, TSS and Card Lawyer specialists on the products and risk managers and create a library of standard approved modifications and approval levels in consultation with the business and risk managers. Become an expert in products sold by Commercial Banking and will need the people skills to work across business, geographical and functional lines and work with various risk managers such as Credit, Compliance, Operations and Reputation in the various business units. Negotiate and provide advice on exception approval issues, in conjunction with Treasury Services Legal, on Requests for Proposal with state and local governments, and on deposit and cash management documentation and other commercial banking products. Work on statutory requirements for qualified public depository status and contingent liability laws in various states, advising the business on procedures to maintain such status and assisting government relations staff in lobbying efforts with respect to desired legislative and regulatory change. Provide advice and researching state and municipal issues with respect to maintaining appropriate collateral coverage for Public, both State and municipal deposits, and negotiating security agreements for collateral to be pledged. Advise clients, in conjunction with Compliance, on regulatory and compliance policies and issues, including: Know-Your Customer, anti-money-laundering and client sponsorship issues; and conflicts, information-sharing, confidentiality and privacy issues. Assist in product development. Provide transactional support, including analysis and advice on structural and risk issues. Review, negotiate and/or draft credit and collateral documentation, amendments and waivers and confidentiality agreements. Tailor standard bank documentation forms for specific transactions. Advise, negotiate and document troubled credit situations, in conjunction with Bankruptcy and Workout Legal and exiting client relationships. Participate in major line of business operational restructures, sales or acquisitions.

The candidate must be a licensed attorney in good standing (Texas, New York, California, Illinois preferred) with 7-10 years of legal experience. Should have some transactional experience with heavy contract negotiation skills and preference is significant experience in delivery of core banking products and services for the corporate client; Treasury Services product knowledge and experience highly recommended along with experience in UCC Articles 3, 4, 4A, 8 and 9 and payment and clearinghouse rules. Compliance and risk management experience is relevant. The following knowledge and experience would be a plus: credit and lending issues, commercial and real estate and documentation; issues and documentation relating to state and local governments including core treasury products of deposit, cash management and commercial card; letters of credit; non-core treasury products and services for commercial clients; preparation of and responding to requests for proposals; in-house counsel with a financial institution, government, not-for-profit, educational, healthcare or similar entity or outside counsel focusing on financial institutions law; legal project management and execution; litigation involving cash management and other treasury products; and consulting experience.
Legal 7 - 10 Full-time 2012-10-21
 
Texas - Assistant General Counsel
Refer job# K7W824298
 
Assistant General Counsel
The candidate will provide legal coverage for products sold to Commercial Banking clients across all sections of Commercial Banking. Responsibilities will include being the lead lawyer for non-lending products sold by Commercial Banking with a focus on treasury services and card and making sure that all products and the delivery of those products fit the needs of Commercial Banking, from documentation to procedures and process with a goal of improving the client experience. This will include all depository, cash management and treasury services including by way of example, online banking; all commercial credit and merchant card programs and services, letters of credit; blocked accounts, sweep products; vendor payment programs and others. Work on various projects and ongoing initiatives including the following: streamlining of documentation and the process to meet customer service needs; advising on implementation of new products; tracking modification and non-standard provisions in agreements; escalating and advising on compliance or customer service problems; addressing compliance and any audit concerns; and keeping abreast of legal and regulatory changes that impact products and services and commenting on proposed legislation affecting products and services provided by Commercial Banking. Will be expected to acquire the technical understanding not only of the legal issues but the operational challenges regarding implementation to properly advise Commercial Banking and to participate in training initiatives. Responsible for the Legal management of the New Product Initiative Approval process for any new products to be sold in Commercial Banking both domestically and internationally and advise senior management on legal, compliance and reputation risk related to those products. Work closely with product managers, TSS and Card Lawyer specialists on the products and risk managers and create a library of standard approved modifications and approval levels in consultation with the business and risk managers. Become an expert in products sold by Commercial Banking and will need the people skills to work across business, geographical and functional lines and work with various risk managers such as Credit, Compliance, Operations and Reputation in the various business units. Negotiate and provide advice on exception approval issues, in conjunction with Treasury Services Legal, on Requests for Proposal with state and local governments, and on deposit and cash management documentation and other commercial banking products. Work on statutory requirements for qualified public depository status and contingent liability laws in various states, advising the business on procedures to maintain such status and assisting government relations staff in lobbying efforts with respect to desired legislative and regulatory change. Provide advice and researching state and municipal issues with respect to maintaining appropriate collateral coverage for Public, both State and municipal deposits, and negotiating security agreements for collateral to be pledged. Advise clients, in conjunction with Compliance, on regulatory and compliance policies and issues, including: Know-Your Customer, anti-money-laundering and client sponsorship issues; and conflicts, information-sharing, confidentiality and privacy issues. Assist in product development. Provide transactional support, including analysis and advice on structural and risk issues. Review, negotiate and/or draft credit and collateral documentation, amendments and waivers and confidentiality agreements. Tailor standard bank documentation forms for specific transactions. Advise, negotiate and document troubled credit situations, in conjunction with Bankruptcy and Workout Legal and exiting client relationships. Participate in major line of business operational restructures, sales or acquisitions.

The candidate must be a licensed attorney in good standing (Texas, New York, California, Illinois preferred) with 7-10 years of legal experience. Should have some transactional experience with heavy contract negotiation skills and preference is significant experience in delivery of core banking products and services for the corporate client; Treasury Services product knowledge and experience highly recommended along with experience in UCC Articles 3, 4, 4A, 8 and 9 and payment and clearinghouse rules. Compliance and risk management experience is relevant. The following knowledge and experience would be a plus: credit and lending issues, commercial and real estate and documentation; issues and documentation relating to state and local governments including core treasury products of deposit, cash management and commercial card; letters of credit; non-core treasury products and services for commercial clients; preparation of and responding to requests for proposals; in-house counsel with a financial institution, government, not-for-profit, educational, healthcare or similar entity or outside counsel focusing on financial institutions law; legal project management and execution; litigation involving cash management and other treasury products; and consulting experience.
 
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