Senior Counsel

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Job Location: New York, NY

Role Value Proposition:

This Senior Counsel position will support the Legal team in advising internal business partners (the "business partners") on a variety of legal matters to support our business growth on potential strategic transactions and initiatives. The Senior Counsel position will also be responsible for providing legal counsel to support our business partners on reinsurance legal matters.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Acting as legal counsel to CDM&A and supporting business growth by advising on potential domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions and initiatives.
  • Preparing detailed legal analysis in connection with potential strategic opportunities.
  • Providing legal services necessary to support global enterprise growth initiatives.
  • Assisting in managing MetLife's approach to all phases of M&A transactions globally, from initial consideration of opportunities, engagement letters, confidentiality agreements, due diligence, bid letters, and purchase and sale agreements through to closing, including by leading and coordinating the M&A-related work of domestic and international lawyers from other units and sections.
  • Working closely and proactively in partnership with internal business partners and outside counsel to identify issues and develop practical solutions.
  • Keeping business partners and colleagues apprised of relevant M&A issues and developments.
  • Assisting in negotiating outside counsel fees, effectively assisting in managing their performance and thoroughly reviewing invoices and reporting information on outside counsel spend to other M&A attorneys and Unit Manager.

Reinsurance Activities
  • Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of reinsurance and related contracts, including individual and group life, employee benefits and international treaties and captive reinsurance solutions.
  • Providing strategic, practical legal advice on all of MetLife's global reinsurance activities.
  • Supporting the Reinsurance Department in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to manage and mitigate compliance risk.

Essential Business Experience, Technical/Knowledge Skills:
  • Law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar admission required with a minimum of five years of M&A and other corporate legal experience, preferably with a strong record of in-house or law firm success.
  • Highly collaborative, proactive business partner.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills; performs well under pressure.
  • Ability to combine proficiency in M&A and corporate law and craft with understanding of strategic and business objectives and to deliver clear, concise and crisp legal advice in terms useful to non-lawyers
  • Some knowledge of international privacy and personal information protections laws/regulations desirable.
  • Some knowledge of the reinsurance industry, agreements, regulations and best practices, including the international reinsurance market and captive reinsurance arrangements desirable.
  • Some experience drafting and negotiating reinsurance treaties and related documentation desirable.



Business Category

Legal Affairs

Number of Openings


At MetLife, we're leading the global transformation of an industry we've long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we're dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.



MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world's leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine's 2021 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies."

MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world. Visit us at to learn more about our brand, history, and values.

We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to or call our Employee Relations Department at 1-877-843-3711.

MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

Requisition #: 117923