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VP, Assistant General Counsel - Middle Market Banking and Specialized Industries

Chicago, IL, USA | J.P. Morgan

  • Industry:
    Financial Services
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Financial Services Professional
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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Advise and counsel bankers on structuring and documenting a variety of credit and banking transactions.

Provide transactional support, including the review, negotiation and drafting of credit and collateral documentation, confidentiality agreements, indicative term sheets and other proposals, commitment letters, amendments and waivers.

Advise, in conjunction with Special Credits Legal, on troubled credit situations, waivers, amendments and forbearance agreements.

Identify and mitigate risks (legal, operational, reputational and other).

Review and guide clients on reputational risk issues, in standard and high risk industries.

Participate on cross line of business projects on a variety of subjects, including the building of policies and procedures on new regulations and amendments or new interpretations to existing regulations.

Provide legal interpretations of regulations and guidance on their applicability to Middle Market Banking (such as, Know-YourCustomer, OFAC and anti-money laundering compliance; banking regulatory compliance such as anti-tying; Reg. B, Reg. U, conflicts of interest, information-sharing, confidentiality and privacy).

Counsel Wholesale Lending Services staff on documenting, booking and servicing of loans and on forms, policies, procedures and job aids. 

Advise, in conjunction with Treasury Services Legal, on the negotiation and exception approval on deposit and cash management documentation.

Review proposed new or modified products, businesses, practices and procedures, and identify any legal and regulatory issues.

Prepare and update standard commercial loan documentation and procedures.

Provide training for underwriters, bankers, operational staff, and customer support staff on legal issues.

Manage outside counsel.


Juris Doctor degree with at least 5 years of post-JD relevant commercial finance transactions legal experience at a law firm and/or in-house legal department at a large bank or other financial services company.

Attorney must be licensed to practice law and a member in good standing in the jurisdiction where the role will be located prior to commencement of employment or otherwise in compliance with the in-house counsel registration rules of such jurisdiction.

The strategic vision to anticipate legal issues for different businesses and business models.

The ability to prioritize work, manage a large number of issues at one time, and interact with senior and executive management.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

Knowledge of the legal and regulatory requirements for commercial banking businesses is required.

Collegial; able to maintain good relationships with clients and colleagues.

Demonstrated problem solving and project management skills, judgment and character.

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