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Vendor Contracts/IP Counsel in Buffalo, NY at M&T Bank

Date Posted: 12/10/2018

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M&T Bank

Vendor Contracts /IP Counsel

Buffalo, NY - preferred

Wilmington, DE alternate



The successful candidate will be located in Buffalo, NY or Wilmington, Delaware, and will join the Legal Department’s vendor contracts group to support M&T Bank Corporation and its affiliates (“M&T”) with respect to enterprise-wide vendor, supply and third party contracts, often involving technology and software services.  The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the vendor contract legal group;  advising on intellectual property (“IP”) matters; reviewing, drafting and negotiating a large volume of vendor contracts with significant dollar exposure and operational impact to M&T;  and  advising on applicable laws and regulations relating to bank vendor relationships.  In performing this role, the candidate is responsible for ensuring that M&T’s objectives are met, associated risks are identified and managed and applicable laws, regulations, rules, guidance, industry standards and internal M&T policies and procedures are complied with.  The candidate will work in consultation with other subject matter attorneys in the Legal Department and business partners throughout M&T. 

More specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for: 

Acting as the lead attorney for the vendor contract legal group.  This will include managing two other vendor contract attorneys and, in the future, a contract administrator

Determining and implementing strategic goals for the vendor contract legal group to ensure efficient provision of legal service by the vendor contract legal group

Providing legal support to M&T’s Third Party Risk Management group (“TPRM Group”)

Advising on sophisticated vendor arrangements by M&T, often involving technology, services, consulting, outsourcing, and other commercial transactions, ranging in complexity, profile, and scale.

Reviewing, drafting and negotiating M&T’s vendor contracts and advising on related matters, including:

agreements for outsourced services, computer hardware, software, cloud-based services, telecommunications, market data agreements, and customer-facing systems; software and intellectual property licenses; data and information licenses; application service provider and software-as-a-service agreements (cloud); consulting, professional services and other services agreements; supply agreements and sponsorship agreements.

Interfacing with M&T’s business units, subject matter experts, Compliance, Risk and the TPRM Group to resolve issues

Creating and implementing policies, procedures and controls for the legal review of vendor contracts, including an intake, log and tracking process for the legal review of vendor contracts

Preparing and maintaining standard template forms of vendor contracts and boilerplate provisions for M&T

Providing legal guidance on issues that arise in connection with prospective and ongoing vendor management engagements, including contract interpretation, and advising on contractual implications to an engagement

Supporting the TPRM Group’s efforts to improve M&T’s utilization of vendors and suppliers. Providing feedback on process architecture, process efficiencies, and cost savings

Monitoring and remaining current on regulatory guidance and industry practices for effectively managing third-party risk

Advising (and managing outside counsel advice) on IP legal matters, including trademarks, patents and copyright.  Advising and implementing IP risk mitigation strategies for M&T.

Overseeing outside counsel retained to advise on vendor contract negotiation and IP matters

Keep 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) 

Minimum of 4 plus years plus as a practicing attorney with contract review and negotiation experience.  IP experience is a plus

Management experience is a plus

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

Exceptional written work product with a particular focus on contracts drafting and written client communications

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

The ability to present complex information in concise terms

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)

Proven ability to solve problems and put in place creative solutions to address a client’s needs, concerns, and risks

Demonstrated experience reviewing technology contracts in a corporate commercial contracts administration environment, including knowledge of industry concepts, terminology, clauses, and standard procedures

 Working knowledge of, and substantial experience in handling, legal issues associated with contract, cybersecurity, the Internet, electronic contracting, commercial contracting practices, and/or intellectual property


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.