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Retirement Plan & ERISA Attorney - 3DHOU in Buffalo, NY at M&T Bank

Date Posted: 3/29/2018

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M&T Bank Retirement Plan & ERISA Counsel Buffalo, NY - preferred Wilmington, DE or NYC, NY - Alternate locations   Vice President, Counsel – Retirement Plan & ERISA The successful candidate will be located in (i) Buffalo, New York, (ii) New York City, or (iii) Wilmington, Delaware, and will be supporting Wilmington Trust’s Retirement and Institutional Investment Services Division, including matters relating to its roles acting as trustee, custodian, or paying agent, and/or ERISA 3(21) investment advisor or ERISA 3(38) investment manager for 401(k) and other tax-qualified retirement plans of clients, and working with clients on rabbi trusts for funding non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements.   
The responsibilities also include supporting the Division’s bank collective investment fund business with eligibility and investment questions, applications for IRS determination letters of tax-exempt status, securities and commodities law exemptions and state blue sky compliance matters, and negotiation and drafting of agreements with investment sub-advisors, insurance companies, trading platforms, custodians, transfer agents and administrative service providers for the funds.   
Other responsibilities include supporting the Division in its roles acting as custodian, transfer agent, and administrative service provider for collective investment funds trusteed by other banks.    
More specifically, the successful candidate will assist in:
Serving as one of the legal advisors to the Retirement and Institutional Investment Services Division (the “Division”), including providing ongoing day-to-day legal advice and support for the Division  
Negotiating and drafting customer agreements for services offered by the Division  
Identifying, evaluating and escalating legal and regulatory risks affecting the Division  
Overseeing external counsel used to support the Division  
Providing legal support for special projects, such as reviewing, rationalizing, and updating template contracts and administrative forms used by the Division  
Partnering with the organization’s compliance, risk and audit groups on Division matters  
Providing legal analysis of new business opportunities and new service offerings  
Developing and implementing strategic policies and procedures for the legal support of the Division  
Providing legal support to the Division for enterprise-wide projects and matters  
Keeping senior management and other personnel up to date on pertinent legal and regulatory developments, including legal risks  
Minimum 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).    3 plus years plus of relevant experience   Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities, and prioritize work in a deadline-intensive environment; experience in leading and facilitating change Ability to understand and integrate details of business/operational/systemic environment in applying legal and policy requirements Experience advising on transactions involving plan assets subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code 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; counterparts at other companies; and industry representatives 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 Demonstrated experience in leading others, both through direct relationships and/or indirectly (influencing without direct authority)  
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.