Investment Attorney

Topeka, KS
Full Time
06-13-2019
Job #: INVES01824 Exp.: 10+ Years
Description:
Security Benefit, through its life insurance and related subsidiaries, is a leading issuer of insurance retirement products, including fixed, fixed indexed and variable annuities. The Company offers its products through independent distributors across the United States. Over the last several years, the Company has more than tripled its assets under management to approximately $39 billion, while strongly increasing profitability and strengthening its financial condition. Security Benefit plans to continue to grow, profitably, and further strengthen its financial condition over the next 5 years.

Position/Responsibilities
The position will be principally responsible for serving the legal needs of the Company’s Investment Department, will involve significant and direct counsel to the Chief Investment Officer and the senior leaders of the derivatives and investment operations teams within the Department, will report to the Vice President & Associate General Counsel of Security Benefit Life Insurance Company, and will supervise an Associate Counsel to the Investment Department. The work will involve, among other things, (1) significant and frequent transaction negotiation and documentation, (2) counseling Investment Department personnel on state and federal law applicable to the portfolio and transactions being considered, (3) maintaining and monitoring investment governance documentation, policies, and procedures, including associate training, (4) counseling and serving as secretary to the Company’s Investment Committee, (5) working with the Company’s accountants to ensure that investments are accounted for and reported properly, (6) collaborating with the legal and business teams of Eldridge Industries, Security Benefit’s parent company, when jointly engaging in investment or financing transactions, and (7) responding to regulatory inquiries related to the Company’s investments.

Requirements and Preferences:
  • JD from accredited law school; strong academic background preferred
  • Member of the bar (any state) in good standing; ability, if not licensed in Kansas, to become licensed for in-house practice in Kansas or to become licensed through reciprocity
  • 10+ years of legal experience, including 5+ years advising on investments, general corporate, business transactions or securities matters
  • Knowledge of and experience applying and advising on insurance laws as applicable to investments by insurers and insurance holding companies helpful
  • Exposure to derivatives and financial technology helpful
  • Commitment to producing excellent, practical, and solution-oriented legal work product and providing excellent, timely, and personable client service
  • Demonstrated high levels of intelligence and integrity and strong commitment to continuous professional development and improvement
  • Commitment to “giving back” to the local community

Qualifications
Education Preferred:
  • Juris Doctor or better.
Experience Required:
  • 10+ years of legal experience, including 5+ years advising on investments, general corporate, business transactions or securities matters

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