Corporate Counsel (Investments)

    • 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 Investments department, with a primary focus on supporting the asset recovery efforts of the firm.

We’ll trust you to:

  • Work closely with the investments team on distressed investments and special situations arising from portfolio holdings of equity, taxable fixed income, and municipal securities.  Work will include bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings, and purchases and sales of securities of distressed companies
  • Be part of a team that provides day-to-day legal support to all aspects of Lord Abbett’s investments team
  • Review, negotiate, and manage various agreements, including transactional documentation, ISDAs, trading agreements, buyer representation letters, confidentiality agreements, as well as technology and other corporate agreements
  • Offer legal counsel to promote compliance with applicable laws and regulations and respond to regulatory inquiries and examinations
  • Interpret, analyze, and provide guidance on major regulatory reforms and partner with the Compliance Department on compliance initiatives
  • Sustain an awareness of existing and proposed regulatory initiatives, industry trends, and best practices

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 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 the following areas:


  • Representing buy-side firms in bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings with respect to equity and fixed income holdings
  • Extensive knowledge of the regulatory framework governing investment advisers, including the Investment Advisers Act of 1940
  • Extensive knowledge of securities laws including the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and other relevant laws and regulations


Experience with the following would also be helpful but is not required:


  • ISDAs and other trading agreements and documentation of investment transactions
  • ERISA, commodities regulation, registered mutual funds, private commingled investment vehicles, and UCITS funds
  • Commercial contracts with distributors, intermediaries or other agents


The successful candidate will possess the following attributes:


  • Excellent academic background, including a Juris Doctor degree from a well-respected law school
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience as an attorney; law firm experience is required, and in-house experience is 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 manager, colleagues, and senior business leaders
  • 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
  • Ethical nature, with the highest standards of integrity

Why Lord Abbett?

Lord Abbett is one of the fastest-growing global asset managers with approximately $210 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, fulfilling our commitment to global corporate citizenship, and achieving our mission of securing a sustainable future for our clients, our people, and our 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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