Compliance Counsel – F&R

Job Description

This role sits within our Financial & Risk ("F&R") business. On January 30, 2018, Thomson Reuters announced that it signed a definitive agreement to enter into a strategic partnership with private equity funds managed by Blackstone related to the company's F&R business. As part of the transaction, Thomson Reuters has agreed to sell a 55% majority stake in Financial & Risk and will retain a 45% interest in the business. Thomson Reuters will maintain full ownership of its Legal, Tax & Accounting and the Reuters News businesses. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of the year and is subject to specified regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. When the transaction closes, this role will be included in the new F&R entity. Further information on this can be found at

Compliance Counsel - F&R

The Compliance Counsel's role is to help the company manage risk, conduct business in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, avoid civil and criminal enforcement, and identify areas of concern that may not be meeting compliance objectives or industry standards. Duties include: developing, implementing and/or enhancing internal/central compliance programs and initiatives, including corporate policies; controls and monitoring; global training and communications programs to maintain a culture of ethics and compliance; and supporting documentation to demonstrate compliance, as applicable.

It is imperative the Compliance Counsel possess the ability to proactively manage and execute governance and assurance programs to ensure compliance with external rules that are pertinent to the company, as well as the internal systems and controls that achieve compliance with the externally imposed rules. An ability to recognize, communicate and raise awareness of existing and emerging risks is critical.

The Compliance Counsel must also have significant interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively across the company to build strong relationships, exercise influence, and achieve results. The ideal candidate should have familiarity or working knowledge of the US Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Sanctions and Export control laws, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and other relevant global anti-corruption regulations, as well as a technical understanding of the elements that constitute violations of these guidelines and laws.


  • Conduct or oversee internal investigations into allegations of compliance breaches or violations of the company code of conduct. Partner and collaborate with internal and external resources, including legal counsel and other members of the Compliance team
  • Manage and monitor processes around managing third-party risk, including due diligence on suppliers and business partners
  • Monitor the evolving jurisdictional laws globally and industry guidelines affecting the company's overall compliance program with key focus areas of anti-corruption and anti-bribery, economic sanctions laws and export controls
  • Adopt, implement and update effective policies, processes, and documentation procedures with key focus areas of anti-corruption and anti-bribery, economic sanctions laws and export controls to ensure ongoing compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Accountability for creating an appropriate education and training program to ensure appropriate levels of compliance awareness and accountability across the company with key focus areas of anti-corruption and anti-bribery, economic sanctions laws and export controls

Minimum Requirements
  • Ability to provide guidance and advice on key compliance risk areas, such as anti-corruption and anti-bribery, economic sanctions laws, export controls, and other relevant critical areas
  • Ability to identify and prioritize legal and ethical compliance issues, and work with management to identify appropriate direction and courses of action
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with stakeholders to integrate policy requirements into global operations
  • Ability to develop and implement risk mitigation plans
  • Ability to conduct, guide, or lead internal investigations of suspected violations of law or policy
  • Ability to supervise and work closely with outside counsel to identify and minimize business risks and achieve strategic objectives in a timely, cost-effective manner
  • Ability to communicate with lawyers and businesses across diverse geographies and cultures
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, negotiation, drafting, and communication skills
  • J.D. from accredited law school
  • Member in good standing of at least one bar organization

Preferred Background
  • Strong working knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption regulations
  • Candidates with relevant professional experience beyond the minimum requirements will be strongly preferred
  • Relevant legal experience including:
  • Experience as a prosecutor or in a regulatory agency/office with jurisdiction over corporate criminal/regulatory matters; or
  • Relevant work in an in-house legal department or at a major international or regional law firm, representing large, multinational corporate clients in investigative, criminal, or regulatory matters
  • Some relevant accounting and/or audit experience (in-house or external), including work designing, auditing, and implementing anti-fraud/corruption/money-laundering controls would be a plus
  • Experience conducting and leading internal investigations
  • Experience conducing disciplinary committees or panels, or otherwise supporting disciplinary processes
  • Experience writing and deploying compliance policies and/or codes of conduct
  • Experience designing, deploying, analyzing, and/or using compliance risk assessments
  • Experience in developing, drafting, promulgating, and maintaining policies, standards, and procedures in key risk areas
  • Experience in developing, implementing and/or enhancing in-house training programs
  • Proven project management skills
  • Strong commercial experience and skill set

At Thomson Reuters, we believe what we do matters. We are passionate about our work, inspired by the impact it has on our business and our customers. As a team, we believe in winning as one - collaborating to reach shared goals, and developing through challenging and meaningful experiences. With more than 45,000 employees in more than 100 countries, we work flexibly across boundaries and realize innovations that help shape industries around the world. Making this happen is a dynamic, evolving process, and we count on each employee to be a catalyst in driving our performance - and their own.

As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under country or local law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

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