Wanted: Assistant General Counsel, McGraw Hill

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Help Wanted: Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is the world’s foremost provider of financial market intelligence, including independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With over 10,000 employees, including wholly owned affiliates, located in 21 countries, Standard & Poor’s is an essential part of the world’s financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit S&P.com

The Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for working on regulatory legal matters and rendering advice in multiple areas of S&P’s Ratings Services and will obtain significant professional development in a fast-paced high growth Financial Services company. This candidate must have substantial experience in a major financial services firm or law firm and be a highly motivated team player with superior legal ability, written and oral presentation skills and superior interpersonal and communication skills. Management experience and skills a plus.

Essential Accountabilities:

* Development and Implementation of Regulatory Programs ; Regulatory Reviews
* Identifies regulatory and related legal requirements and attendant legal and reputational risks and opportunities
* Monitors and analyzes regulatory initiatives; assists with developing strategy; coordinates with counterparts globally for consistency and impact
* Prepares and updates regulatory filings; advises on policies and procedures to comply with laws
* Renders advice on regulatory implications for new products, including licensing, registration and training requirements
* Coordinates with other legal functions and compliance on investigations/audits and policy interpretation
* Prepares written submissions to regulators and briefing materials for management.
* Reviews marketing materials; assistance with contracts
* Supervises outside counsel
* Communication
* Provides clear, timely and quality legal services toRatings Services and employees at all levels.
* Ensures that managers and staff are properly advised on regulatory legal issues related to their business and products, including firewall requirements.
* Outreach to regulators as appropriate
* Training
* Assist with the development of training programs for analysts.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Qualifications

* Law degree
* 7 – 10 years regulatory legal background in investment advisory, broker dealer, funds and/or credit ratings business
* Experience in securities laws, and policies and procedures ideally with a multinational corporation
* Familiarity with risk management principles and philosophies.
* Strong leadership, interpersonal, and negotiation skills; demonstrated ability to drive consensus across business groups and deal with challenging situations at all levels of the business in a resilient, confident and practical manner; excellent problem-solving skills informed by deep and varied experience in forging solutions
* Demonstrated success in designing and implementing process improvement and training programs including evidencing the ability to influence others who are not in the same line of authority.
* Excellent presentation, writing and analytical skills; able to communicate industry rules and regulations effectively to employees at all levels of the businesses.
* Self-motivated and well organized; able to prioritize tasks and work well under pressure; able to stay abreast of changing regulatory rules and procedures in a developing industry.
* Excellent communication and listening skills.
* Excellent influencing skills
* Active member of a US State Bar or the Bar of another country where legal expertise is required.
* Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple, high-priority projects with a keen attention to detail.
* Possess sound decision-making ability and understand risk and crisis management.
* Superior interpersonal, leadership, negotiation, consulting, analytical and problem solving abilities.
* Hands-on, energetic and motivated self-starter.
* Ability to conduct legal analysis.
* Professional demeanor, team player, ability to interface with internal/external parties.
* Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

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