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Senior Counsel - Real Estate Investments

Whippany, NJ
Full Time
Exp.: 6 - 0 Years
Role Value Proposition:
In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole. We seek legal and compliance professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand complex matters facing our company, combined with strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and guiding their professional growth. By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals, we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners and to help achieve MetLife’s vision of becoming a world-class leader in the insurance, retirement savings and employee benefits industries.

Key Responsibilities:
  • The attorney will join an active Investments Law group in Whippany, New Jersey that assists and advises the MetLife global real estate investments unit on all legal aspects of a sophisticated real estate practice.
  • Assist in the structuring, negotiation and closing of mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, warehouse lines, loan-on-loan financings and other types of financings, both as a lender and as a borrower.
  • Assist in the structuring, negotiation and closing of acquisitions and dispositions of real properties.
  • Draft and negotiate contracts and documents related to real estate investments, such as loan commitments, joint venture agreements for stabilized and development properties, asset management agreements and leases.
  • Work with, guide and manage outside counsel representing the company on a wide range of debt and equity transactions, such as loan closings, sales and acquisitions, leasing matters and other loan, asset servicing matters and litigation.
  • Counsel business teams involved in all areas of commercial real estate transactional work, new product development, third-party real estate investment management and on insurance regulation and compliance matters impacting MetLife’s commercial real estate portfolio.
  • Provide advice and counsel to key business decision makers on the enforcement, restructuring and workout of delinquent or non-performing mortgage loans in accordance with applicable law and MetLife policy.
  • Advise business partners and manage outside counsel on bankruptcies, foreclosures and other enforcement proceedings and general litigation matters.
  • Prepare, initiate, advocate for, and effectively present legal points and recommendations to guide key decision makers and to represent business partners as legal counsel.

Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:
  • Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school; admitted to practice before a state bar.
  • At least 6 years of relevant work experience with a law firm or in-house.
  • Proficient in negotiating, drafting and closing complex loans, sales and acquisitions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proven business acumen.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Able to work under limited supervision.
  • Competencies: Analytical thinking; problem solving; demonstrates technical and functional expertise; exercises sound judgment; builds, and works within, collaborative partnerships; and negotiation skills.

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