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Associate General Counsel - Economic Crime

Employer
White & Case
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Permanent
Practice Area
Crime
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
Role Classification
Lawyer

Job Details

Firm Summary

White & Case is an elite global law firm serving leading companies, financial institutions and governments worldwide. Our long history as an international firm means we are perfectly placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they may be.

With lawyers operating from more than 40 locations, working in virtually every country of the world, we have invested heavily in building a high-quality full-service practice competing at the top of the market. We are distinguished by our on-the-ground presence in the world’s key financial markets and our strengths in handling complex cross-border work.

It’s not just about our global network of offices; it’s the global interconnectedness of the Firm that our people, and our clients, value most. We work well together across geographic and practice boundaries. It’s one of the reasons we attract and retain cross-border work. And why we attract a diverse group of people.

Our lawyers are globally minded, enterprising, collaborative and committed to excellence. Diversity is a core value of our Firm, and it has been recognized with numerous awards and top rankings around the world. Our people represent 90 nationalities and speak 80 languages.

Position Summary

The Associate General Counsel will help the Firm comply with its obligations to combat economic crime. The remit covers all aspects of economic crime including anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-fraud and sanctions compliance. In addition, the AGC will help our lawyers and our new business intake team with complex clearances (including ethical, reputational and AML issues) and with the development and implementation of Firm policies including training others in such policies.

Our General Counsel Team

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) team is based primarily in London and New York. It acts as the Firm’s in-house legal counsel. One of the three main pillars of its work relates to regulation and firm governance. This aspect of its work is headed by the Deputy General Counsel (Regulatory and Firm Governance) who is based in London.

Duties and Accountabilities

  • Act as the Firm’s liaison with regulators on AML and sanctions issues and lead on all AML and sanctions related reporting and regulatory audits. Act as DMLRO for our entities in the Gulf.
  • Conduct and lead an annual review of the Firm’s global risk assessment on AML and sanctions and our related policies, controls and procedures.
  • Work closely with independent third-party auditors, our network of MLROs, our conflicts and new business analysts and our finance teams to supervise regulatory audits, act as an escalation point for difficult issues and methodically implement improvements to processes and procedures.
  • Monitor general developments in economic crime (including for example the ECCTA) that may impact the Firm and developments in practice applicable to law firms.
  • Working with the office of the GC, this role also has responsibility for the articulation, development, and training of new policies.
  • Perform other duties necessary and essential to support the Firm's strategic goals.

Capabilities

  • Strong legal knowledge and sound judgment on risk issues relating to economic crime.
  • Strong diplomatic, communication and presentation skills to help educate fee earners and business services teams alike; lead discussions and audits with regulators, and explain complex and sensitive regulatory matters with partners, transactional lawyers and others.
  • A deep understanding of positions and guidance from the SRA, LSAG and other relevant regulators and how that fits with broader regulatory and ethical obligations and the ability to apply this knowledge to promote continuous improvement in our processes, controls and procedures.
  • Experience of developing and delivering training on regulatory and compliance issues.
  • Project management skills to successfully complete multiple projects in a matrixed environment.
  • Demonstrable expertise in the Intapp Open conflicts system and other standard business software applications such as Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.

Qualifications

 

  • Strong academic qualifications.
  • A qualified lawyer with a practicing certificate admitted in England & Wales and/or New York state, with at least 4 years PQE experience at a major national or international firm specializing in white collar and economic crime matters.
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in the risk/ general counsel’s team at a major international law firm focusing on economic crime.
  • Experience of dealing directly with partners on sensitive and difficult issues; and
  • Experience of policymaking and training.

Location and Reporting   

  • This role reports to the Deputy General Counsel (Regulatory and Firm Governance) and is based in London. We would also consider a suitable candidate based in the Gulf region.
  • Our standard office hours in London are 09:30-18:00, with a current requirement for 3 days in the office per week.

Equal Opportunities 

White & Case is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. It is our Firm’s policy to recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law.

If you require assistance and/or accommodation to participate in our application and/or interview process,  please email the recruiting contact listed for the relevant position. We will be happy to work with you.

Company

White & Case is an elite global law firm serving leading companies, financial institutions and governments worldwide. Our long history as an international firm means we are perfectly placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they may be.

With lawyers operating from more than 40 locations, working in virtually every country of the world, we have invested heavily in building a high-quality full-service practice competing at the top of the market. We are distinguished by our on-the-ground presence in the world’s key financial markets and our strengths in handling complex cross-border work. 

It’s not just about our global network of offices; it’s the global interconnectedness of the Firm that our people, and our clients, value most. We work well together across geographic and practice boundaries. It’s one of the reasons we attract and retain cross-border work. And why we attract a diverse group of people.

Our lawyers are globally minded, enterprising, collaborative and committed to excellence. Diversity is a core value of our Firm and it has been recognized with numerous awards and top rankings around the world. Our people represent 90 nationalities and speak 80 languages.

Company info
Website
Telephone
020 7532 1000
Location
5 Old Broad Street
London
EC2N 1DW
GB

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