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VP, Senior Legal Counsel-Leveraged Finance

New York, NY, USA | Santander Consumer USA

  • Industry:
    Financial Services
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The Sr. Legal Counsel – Leveraged Finance provides day-to-day leadership and advice to a new Leveraged Finance business within Santander’s U.S. Corporate & Investment Bank (“CIB”), as well as other CIB lines of business and corporate functions.


Manage legal issues; draft, review and negotiate legal documentation; and provide legal guidance to management/relevant business lines.

Interact closely with business, risk, compliance and operations departments to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Provide specific advice on relevant laws, rules, regulations and regulatory guidance relating to lev fin.

Participate in industry groups to say abreast of market, legal and regulatory developments.

Ensure compliance with internal governance.

Acts as legal/technical expert providing advice, insights and solutions to clients and consultants on applicable legal/technical and compliance issues affecting strategies, programs, plans (design and operations), and practices.

Analyzes key policy, legislative and legal developments and issues, and shares advice, insights and solutions with internal business and functional clients.

Researches relevant legal issues and technical and industry specific topics.

Reviews current developments in the area of legal/technical expertise, prepares complex technical analyses and develops advice, insights, and solutions.

Acts as a subject matter expert (“SME”) while providing leadership, guidance, and mentorship to other team members.

Assists with the coverage of other CIB businesses and contributes to Firmwide and Legal Department projects and initiatives.

At Santander, we value and respect differences in our workforce and strive to increase the diversity of our teams. We encourage everyone to apply.

Bachelor's Degree, Law / J.D. degree, and active license to practice law in New York.

9-12 years’ experience practicing law in financial services and/or law firms.

Entrepreneurial mindset to help build a new business and further support a dynamic and growing investment bank.

Ability to articulate and relay information in an effective and efficient manner.

Ability to build strong relationships internally and externally.

Ability to coach and guide others.

Ability to define problems and collect relevant information.

Ability to develop strategy and tactics for complex, high profile matters.

Ability to effectively, efficiently and calmly manage multiple time-sensitive projects.

Ability to present information clearly and effectively in written and oral form.

Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information.

Team player with a desire and aptitude to work in a collaborative environment on a team of high-performing legal professionals.

Excellent drafting, negotiating and counseling skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to provide sound, clear legal advice to senior executives and other senior leaders.

Expertise handling government and regulatory inquiries and/or enforcement actions.

Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.

Strong ability to identify and solve complex problems.

Strong sense of urgency with the ability to meet deadlines.

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