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BMO Financial Group Senior Counsel (OTC Equity Derivatives/Securities) in New York, New York

Provides legal advice and services to BMO Financial Group globally with a focus on OTC equity derivatives, securities transactions and capital markets products, services, initiatives and policies as a member of a supportive, high-performing legal team in a dynamic trading and regulatory environment.

Supports the capital markets business based on knowledge of legal principles, practices and procedures, and knowledge of the financial services industry and its environment. Influences and negotiates to achieve business objectives. Works to achieve organizational goals while minimizing legal risk.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Makes recommendations to senior leaders on strategy and new initiatives, based on an in-depth understanding of the business/group.

  • Drafts and negotiates securities-based equity derivative documentation including confirmations, collateral agreements, subscription agreements and ancillary documentation

  • Participates in the design of legal advice strategies and approaches for capital markets activities and making recommendations to minimize legal issues, create efficiencies and contribute to growth.

  • Acts as the prime subject matter expert for internal/external stakeholders.

  • Identifies, exercises judgment and resolves complex, confidential and sensitive matters

  • Delivers legal advice, instructs external counsel and ensures compliance with internal policies & procedures.

  • Acts as a subject matter expert on relevant laws, regulations and policies.

  • Resolves daily issues and/or escalates with appropriate analysis and/or recommendations.

  • Implements areas of improvement to ensure consistency with marketplace.

  • Geographic scope: up to global.

  • Operates at an enterprise-wide level and serves as a specialist resource to senior leaders and stakeholders including sales and trading, tax, corporate banking and cross-business risk.

  • Applies expertise and thinks creatively to address unique or ambiguous situations, identify risks and mitigates, and find solutions to problems that can be complex and non-routine.

  • Implements changes in response to shifting trends.

  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Typically, 7 years of legal practice or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Legal practice expertise in OTC equity derivatives and securities law

  • Degree in law (LLB or JD) and license to practice law in relevant jurisdiction.

  • Private practice, in-house experience or experience at regulatory body relating to the regulation of and documentation for business/group activities.

  • Knowledge in legal field, typically with a functional or business line specialization.

  • Knowledge of business and regulatory environment in which BMO Financial Group operates.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize wide variety of matters simultaneously.

  • Negotiation skills - in depth.

  • Seasoned professional with a combination of education, experience and industry knowledge.

  • Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth / Expert.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth / Expert.

  • Influence skills - In-depth / Expert.

  • Negotiation skills - In-depth / Expert.

  • Collaboration & team skills; with a focus on cross-group collaboration - In-depth / Expert.

  • Results-oriented, driven and self-motivated with a commitment to excellence.


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As a member of the BMO Harris Bank team you are valued, respected and heard, and you have more ways to grow and make an impact. We strive to help you make an impact from day one – for yourself and our customers. We’ll support you with the tools and resources you need to reach new milestones, as you help our customers reach theirs. From in-depth training and coaching, to manager support and network-building opportunities, we’ll help you gain valuable experience, and broaden your skillset.

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