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BMO Financial Group Counsel in Toronto, Ontario


100 King Street West

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Provides and manages the delivery of legal and regulatory advice on products, initiatives, strategies, policies and developments for and on behalf of BMO Financial Group with a focus on structured products. Provides legal advice 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 managing legal risk.

Recommends and implements solutions based on analysis of issues and implications for the business.

Identifies emerging issues and trends to inform decision-making.

Exercises judgement on moderate to complex decisions falling within standard policies and regulatory requirements.

Identifies and resolves routine issues and escalates with appropriate analysis and recommendations.

Determines courses of action within procedural and policy guidelines & standards.

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.

Identifies risks and implements appropriate actions to mitigate them.

Implements areas of improvement to ensure consistency with market place.

Builds effective relationships with internal/external stakeholders.

Works independently and regularly handles non-routine situations.

Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.


Less than 7 years of legal practice or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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 business/group activities may be required.

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

Securities law experience is an asset.

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

Proficient knowledge of subject matter legal requirements and the operations of a single client group.

Negotiation skills - in depth.

Deep knowledge and technical proficiency gained through extensive education and business experience.

Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth.

Collaboration & team skills - In-depth.

Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth.

Influence skills - In-depth.

Data driven decision making - In-depth.

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As a member of the BMO 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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BMO Financial Group Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $728 billion as of October 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.We serve Canadian clients through BMO Bank of Montreal®, our personal and commercial banking business, BMO Nesbitt Burns®*, one of Canada's leading wealth management firms, and BMO Capital Markets™, our North American investment and corporate banking division.In the United States, clients are served through BMO Harris Bank, a major U.S. Midwest personal and commercial bank, and BMO Private Bank, with wealth management offices across the United States, as well as BMO Capital Markets™, our North American investment and corporate banking division.We help our customers make money make sense by delivering the broadest range of financial services through a single point of contact. Our financial service professionals provide access to any services our customers require across the entire enterprise.