Corporate Counsel (International)

    • Jersey City, NJ

The Role

We are seeking an experienced asset management attorney to be part of a team that provides day-to-day legal support to Lord Abbett’s international business. The role will support Lord Abbett’s international affiliates and all of Lord Abbett’s non-US products and services including UCITS, AIFs and other offshore funds, as well as international separate accounts.

We’ll trust you to:

Fund Distribution, Operation, Governance and Product Development

  • Work with client service and sales teams globally to assist in distributor on-boarding, including negotiation of sub-distribution agreements and related documentation
  • Counsel client service and sales teams regarding cross-border sales issues
  • Interpret, analyze, and provide guidance on applicable law, regulations and major regulatory reforms
  • Work with fund administration and compliance teams, deal with day-to-day queries regarding maintenance of the funds, and legal and regulatory issues arising in respect to service providers (administrator, depositary, transfer agent) to the funds
  • Update and maintain fund offering documentation (prospectuses, offering memoranda, KIIDS)
  • Coordinate corporate and regulatory governance of the offshore funds, including preparation of Board materials
  • Assist in the development and launch of new fund products (both registered and unregistered), including the preparation of offering materials

Institutional and Separate Accounts

  • Counsel client service and sales teams regarding cross-border issues and applicable local law
  • Draft and negotiate investment management agreements and related documentation
  • Advise on ongoing client service queries related to institutional accounts

You’ll need to have:

This is a complex role requiring strong communication and organizational skills in addition to core legal competence. The role involves complex cross-border interactions with internal colleagues and external counterparts and is suitable for a candidate looking for a significant level of responsibility and business interaction.


The position requires a candidate with experience in a combination (but not necessarily all) of the following areas:

  • Registered funds (UCITS experience preferred) including fund governance experience
  • Distribution regulation and practices
  • Offshore funds and private investment vehicles
  • Commercial contracts with distributors, intermediaries or other agents
  • Institutional investment management agreements

The successful candidate will also possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent academic background, including a Juris Doctor degree from a well-respected law school
  • At least 7+ years of relevant experience as an attorney; law firm experience required and in-house experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities and prioritize work in a deadline-intensive environment

The desirable candidate should possess the following personal characteristics:

  • Proactive, energetic, and pragmatic approach to business and legal issues that is oriented toward finding solutions
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to distill and explain technical and/or complex matters to non-lawyers
  • Influence and presence to gain credibility with and the respect of key internal and external constituencies, including his/her manger, colleagues, senior business leaders, and fund/board counsel
  • Active listening skills, including the ability to attend to the concerns of senior managers and business leaders
  • Strong team orientation; values and emphasizes cooperation and teamwork across functional areas
  • Ability to function autonomously in leading an effective team
  • Ethical nature, with the highest standards of integrity

Why Lord Abbett?

Lord Abbett is one of the fastest-growing global asset managers with approximately $200 billion in assets under management. We seek to hire a diverse group of talented individuals who are committed to driving our vision to be the most respected asset manager in the world. We are looking for candidates who value excellence, responsibility, transparency, and collaboration as much as we do. Our employees share a passion for excellence in serving our diverse range of clients – individuals, advisors, and institutions across the globe who rely on us to deliver innovative investment solutions that help them secure stronger financial futures.

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