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Private Banking & Fiduciary Counsel in New York, NY at M&T Bank

Date Posted: 12/9/2018

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Job Description

M&T Bank

Counsel – Private Banking & Fiduciary

Buffalo, NY or  Wilmington, DE

The successful candidate will be located in (i) Buffalo, NY or (ii) Wilmington, Delaware, and will be providing primary legal counsel and support to Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Management division (“WM”), which offers fiduciary, investment management, custody, family office, and private banking products and services.  More specifically, the successful candidate will assist in:

Providing day-to-day legal advice and support for legal issues and risks that arise in the WM division, including strategic projects, new and existing WM products and services, WM marketing pieces, WM procedures and forms and WM client agreements and disclosures.

Serve as Private Banking’s primary contact in Legal Department for all legal issues with respect to consumer and commercial lending transactions and deposit accounts, approve and oversee outside legal counsel used by Private Banking to close credit transactions

Partnering with the organization’s compliance, risk and audit groups on WM division matters;  keeping senior management and other personnel up to date on pertinent legal and regulatory developments and risks.

Serving as legal counsel on appropriate committee meetings for the WM division. 

Draft and negotiate WM standard client agreements and non-disclosure agreements; draft WM disclosures

Identifying legal risks associated with WM products and services; collaborating with the business to develop plans to mitigate such risks with a view towards the risk appetite of the organization 

Working cooperatively with primary subject matter experts in the Legal Division

Research and issue legal opinions with respect to WM business and regulatory matters (e.g. conflicts of interest, fiduciary obligations, etc.)

Partnering with other areas of the organization on WM mattersMinimum Qualifications

 J.D. degree required.  Licensed to practice law in New York or Delaware (or ability to obtain an in-house counsel license in New York or Delaware, as applicable).   

Minimum of 4 years of attorney experience  

Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize work in a deadline-intensive environment

Ability to understand and integrate details of business/operational/systemic environment in applying legal and policy requirements

Strong substantive background with federal and state consumer financial services laws, and in particular, Regulation B, Regulation E, Regulation Z, and Regulation DD.

Experience identifying, evaluating and escalating legal risk issues

Strong communication skills to deal with internal and external constituencies, including senior business leaders; external counsel; regulatory officials; risk, compliance and audit counterparts at the organization

Exceptional written and verbal communications skills; ability to communicate and relate at all levels of the organization

 Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills and ability to influence through collaboration


M&T Bank Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. M&T Bank Corporation does not sponsor individuals for the purpose of obtaining H-1 Visas. M&T Bank Corporation has policies and procedures in place to promote a drug free workplace.