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Associate Legal Counsel

Chicago, IL
Full Time
Practice Areas: Employment Exp.: 3 - 5 Years
We have an immediate need for an associate legal counsel to support our futures, equities, and fixed income trading platforms, including two affiliated broker-dealer proprietary trading firms. The successful candidate will be based in Chicago and report directly to the firm’s General Counsel.

About you:
The successful candidate will support our senior legal counsel and management by:
  • Developing a comprehensive understanding of the firm’s global legal agreements, including employment, membership, brokerage, licensing, financing, investment, acquisition, and other commercial agreements
  • Strategically negotiating the firm’s commercial agreements in a manner mindful of both business goals and legal implications
  • Performing due diligence in connection with new business ventures and opportunities
  • Researching existing laws and proposed or newly promulgated rules and regulations
  • Exhibiting sound judgment in assessing the quality, accuracy, and relevance of information
  • Deriving reasonable conclusions and rendering reliable advice and work product based on relevant information and applicable law, including FINRA, SEC, CFTC, and exchange rules
  • Employing an entrepreneurial and proactive mindset to identify innovative solutions to novel questions of law or policy and other business challenges
  • Concisely and effectively communicating with firm personnel at all levels, including supervisors, coworkers, traders, and support staff
  • Appropriately organizing work and setting priorities to timely achieve both short and long-term goals
  • Assisting in managing and resolving disputes and litigation as needed

The successful candidate will:
  • Possess a J.D. degree from an accredited and well-respected U.S. law school
  • Be admitted to practice law in at least one U.S. state, preferably Illinois or New York
  • Have 3-5 years of experience practicing as a licensed attorney
  • Demonstrate a track record of success, including excellent academic credentials, evidence of excellent written communication skills, and illustrative case studies based on personal experience
  • Have substantial experience in financial markets, employment law, and general contract drafting and negotiation
  • Preferably possess experience supporting proprietary trading firms, broker-dealers, and commodity futures merchants, as well as familiarity with FINRA, SEC and CFTC regulations
  • Be flexible and willing to handle a wide variety of matters to support the firm, even if they are outside your usual comfort zone
  • Intuitively exhibit impeccable ethical standards

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