Associate General Counsel


  • J.D. degree or equivalent required
  • 5+ years of EMEA region business immigration law experience (with top law firm or multinational corporation)
  • Top academic credentials including bar admission in the relevant jurisdiction
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent drafting and negotiation skills
  • Highly autonomous and highly collaborative, as necessary
  • Confident team player with strong leadership and influencing skills
  • Self-starter with ability to drive tasks and projects to completion
  • Impeccable business and risk management judgment and ethics
  • Ability to develop relationships and network at all levels
  • Enjoy working in a challenging, fast-paced, dynamic professional services environment

Who You'll Work With

You'll work in either Amsterdam, Munich, or Dusseldorf as part of our legal department.

Our legal department is a diverse and dynamic team within our firm, with approximately 60 lawyers (with over 30 contract managers and over 10 paralegals) globally. We provide comprehensive legal services and broad risk management support to our firm's leadership, consultants and support staff throughout the world. Our Immigration Legal team is currently comprised of three lawyers and one paralegal in New York, soon to be two more U.S. based paralegals, and an Asia regional lawyer based in Singapore.

You will work closely with the lead Immigration Counsel based in New York and the members of our Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region legal team specifically and the Legal Department generally as well as a range of other professionals within the firm.

What You'll Do

You will focus on immigration law matters for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and may investigate and consider immigration issues in other regions of the world.

You'll ensure that McKinsey personnel (and when necessary external contractors) employed or providing services in our EMEA offices maintain legal status pursuant to the relevant jurisdiction's immigration laws and you'll advise on immigration issues triggered by new hires, transfers, secondments, extended employment, short term "project loans," terminations and other events.

You'll routinely collaborate with Office Immigration Contacts (OICs), individual foreign nationals and other internal stakeholders (e.g. Recruiting, HR, Mobility, Tax, Learning, among others) in the EMEA offices and regionally to support the legal engagement of McKinsey personnel in EMEA region offices. You'll also work closely and manage relationships and work flow with external lawyers and paralegals associated with our external legal advisors.

You'll draft immigration related "support letters" and forms and develop or improve upon existing template letter provisions, as the need arises. You'll also thoroughly review and sign as a firm representative when necessary, work permit, residence permit and other temporary and long term immigration related applications and petitions to the relevant immigration government agencies.

Additionally, you'll collaborate across legal and other disciplines to problem solve issues arising at the intersection of Immigration and other legal and administrative disciplines within the firm. You'll monitor material changes to the legal and/or enforcement environments relating to immigration laws in EMEA region countries, developing recommendations for changes in our approach and researching and drafting communications to stakeholders accordingly. You may also conduct immigration law risk assessments for new entity or office openings, as the need arises.

You'll have the opportunity to develop content for training materials and delivering training to stakeholders (e.g., Office Immigration Contacts, HR, Recruiting, Professional Development/Staffing, and others) on managing immigration risks and processes effectively and efficiently, including compliance and site visit protocols, as examples. You'll also troubleshoot immigration emergencies such as denial of entry at airport, denial of visas at consulate, rush transfers/project loans, unexpected lapse in employment authorization, or other urgent events. Furthermore, you'll participate in the development, drafting and interpretation of EMEA region immigration related informational communications and policies.

You'll be responsible for the supervision of the team paralegal's execution of certain responsibilities, including preparation of informational materials, data collection, sharing information and administrative processes and you'll assist with a variety of other global visa issues that arise.

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