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Our client is a private equity real estate investment firm based in Boston, MA. The firm is a leading investor, developer and operator of industrial properties throughout North America and the United Kingdom. For more than 25 years, our client has invested successfully in industrial real estate, managing and operating several hundred million square feet of industrial space for 1000s of clients. The firm continues to actively seek to acquire and develop industrial property in major metropolitan markets is North America and the UK and has produced strong results for their investors but focusing on returns ahead of AUM, and by attracting world class talent to a stable private partnership.
Reporting directly to the EVP, Finance and CCO, and working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the General Counsel and Compliance Officer will have extensive knowledge of SEC-registered investment adviser issues and the ability to apply that knowledge strategically considering changing regulation and business initiatives. S/he will be experienced in reviewing legal documents, and will be comfortable handling not just compliance duties, but other day-to-day legal issues (e.g. principally employment and general commercial matters) that arise at the company.
More specifically, responsibilities for the General Counsel/Compliance Officer will include:
Work closely with the Chief Compliance Officer in overseeing the development, oversight and administration of the compliance function and the managing and directing of the compliance program for the client, a growing Registered Investment Adviser that is currently focused on the management of real estate funds.
Review, draft and provide for approval updates to the client’s compliance policies and procedures that will ensure the policies and procedures are comprehensive, robust, current and reflect our client’s business processes.
Conduct legal research to maintain extensive knowledge of SEC-registered investment adviser issues and apply that knowledge strategically considering changing business initiatives.
Work closely with the CCO to schedule and implement compliance training for employees, including appropriate training for new employees as well as ongoing training for all employees.
Work with external counsel to prepare for the CCO’s review of all required regulatory filings, including the client’s ADV (Parts 1 and 2) and Form PF.
Work closely with the CCO to review all marketing materials and other communications to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
Assist the CCO in conducting an annual review of the compliance policies and procedures as required by federal securities laws, prepare an annual written report documenting the annual review, and report any material compliance matters to the board of directors.
Assist the CCO in overseeing the Code of Ethics, including the monitoring of employee personal trading and quarterly reporting.
Work closely with the CCO to identify potential conflicts of interest creating risk factors for the company and its clients and effectively advise the Board regarding effectively addressing such potential conflicts.
Review and assist in drafting various SEC compliant company and fund marketing materials (offering memos, investor presentations, fact sheets, etc.) related to private investment fundraising and sourcing of separate account clients.
Assist in the writing, reviewing and oversight of key fund and separate account legal documents (for example side letters with investors, each fund’s various limited partnership agreements, each fund’s asset management agreement, each fund’s general partner agreements and separate account agreements).
Work closely with external counsel to advise on registration requirements in countries where the company currently operates or plans to operate.
Participate in discussions regarding new business initiatives, in particular the legal aspects of those initiatives.
Perform other legal and compliance duties as they may arise.
We seek a highly resourceful team player, who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive, and efficient. The individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The person in this position must maintain the highest level of confidentiality and diplomacy regarding all company information.
In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:
5-10 years of legal and compliance experience in a law firm or financial services environment.
Experience with private funds is preferred (real estate and/or alternative asset funds).
JD with an excellent academic background from a top-tier university.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Team player with a pro-active approach.
Highly proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with all members of the organization.
Self-motivated, high attention to detail, ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast pace environment.
High level of professionalism and demonstrated ability to maintain pace.
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Russell Reynolds Associates opened its Washington, DC office in 1979 to better serve the Public Policy, Corporate Government Affairs and International NGO communities. Since then, the office’s client base has expanded to include the Technology, Aerospace/Defense, and Healthcare industries, while remaining a center for excellence within the Nonprofit and External Affairs arenas. Located in the heart of the city near the White House, our consultants understand the unique needs of Washington-based clients and are dedicated to serving nonprofits and corporations both within the beltway and beyond.