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The New York State Common Retirement Fund is the third largest public pension plan in the nation with an audited value as of March 31, 2017 of $192.4 billion in assets held in trust for the retirement security of more than one million participants in the New York State and Local Retirement System. The assets are managed by the Division of Pension Investment and Cash Management of the Office of the State Comptroller.
The Office of the State Comptroller has two Associate Counsel Vacancies. Both Associate Counsel positions will work closely with investment staff on the negotiation and management of investments across all asset classes including public equity, fixed income, real estate, private equity, real assets, absolute return and opportunistic strategies. They will be involved in the negotiation and/or drafting of all substantive documents with respect to these investments and the review of legal matters arising in the management of the portfolio. In addition, one of these positions will have a strong focus on real estate investments.
Draft and negotiate a variety of investment related contracts such as investment management agreements, advisor and consultant contracts and non-disclosure agreements
Review, comment on, and work with outside counsel on the negotiation of the transaction agreements for alternative investments such as limited partnership agreements, subscription agreements and side letters; directly negotiate issues as necessary, jointly with investment staff or individually, particularly as it relates to side letter negotiations; ensure contract compliance with NYSCRF investment law and internal policies and procedures
Advise on fiduciary, investment and policy restrictions or issues as they arise
Review and advise on amendments, consents, major decision requests and other post-closing legal matters for existing investments
Make post-closing most-favored-nation elections
Provide advice on policies and procedures and various other portfolio matters; assist on special projects such as new investment initiatives and programs.
NYS Bar admission required
Significant investment management law experience, particularly in respect of alternative investments such as private equity, real estate, real assets, joint ventures, and their underlying investments OR Significant experience in commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions and sales, financing and leasing across a variety of commercial property types
5+ years of large corporate law firm and/or in-house experience
Knowledge of fixed income and public equities investments
Knowledge of corporate, partnership, securities, and ERISA generally
Ability to handle a large number of varied matters at one time
Ability to work as part of a team with all levels of legal and investment staff
Ability to communicate effectively with senior legal and business staff orally and in writing
Ability to manage outside counsel in a cost-efficient manner
Business orientation, working knowledge of finance and accounting a plus
Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment
The Office of the NYS Comptroller is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience
Internal Number: #06891/06892
About The office of the NYS Comptroller
The New York State Comptroller is the State’s chief fiscal officer who ensures that State and local governments use taxpayer money effectively and efficiently to promote the common good.
The Comptroller’s responsibilities include:
Serving as sole trustee of the estimated $192 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund (as of March 31, 2017), one of the largest institutional investors in the world;
Administering the New York State and Local Retirement System for public employees, with more than one million members, retirees and beneficiaries and more than 3,000 employers;
Maintaining the State's accounting system and administering the State’s approximately $15 billion payroll;
Reporting on State finances;
Managing and issuing State debt;
Reviewing State contracts and payments;
Conducting audits of State agencies and public benefit corporations;
Overseeing the fiscal affairs of local governments, including New York City;
Overseeing the Justice Court Fund and the Oil Spill Fund;
Serving as custodian of more than $14.5 billion in unclaimed funds, restoring lost accounts to their rightful owners; and
Conducting training and providing tech...nical assistance to improve government operations at all levels.
Headquartered in Albany, the Office of the State Comptroller employs more than 2,600 people and maintains offices in New York City and eight regional locations.
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