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Senior Counsel, Corporate(Local Chicago area candidates only please)
This position will be located at Guaranteed Rate’s offices at 3940 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60613.
About Guaranteed Rate:
The Guaranteed Rate Companies, which include Guaranteed Rate Inc. and Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, have over 5,000 employees in a total of 700 offices across the U.S and funded $37 billion in mortgage loans in 2019. Headquartered in Chicago, Guaranteed Rate, Inc. is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States. Founded in 2000 and licensed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., it has helped homeowners nationwide with home purchase loans and refinances. The company has established itself as an industry leader by introducing innovative technology, offering low rates, and delivering unparalleled customer service. 2017 marked the launch of Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc., and Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage. Collectively, the companies have earned honors and awards including: "Top Lender for Online Service" for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide's Top Retail Mortgage Lenders 2018; Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years; and Best Online Lender and Best Lender for FHA Streamline Refinance by NerdWallet in 2019. Visit rate.com for more information.
Guaranteed Rate is building a winning team to reinvent the mortgage experience through innovation, technology, and a relentless focus on providing industry-leading mortgage products and superlative customer service. The Senior Counsel will embrace and support these efforts by assisting with corporate transactions, corporate governance, and other corporate legal and commercial contract matters. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently, solve problems creatively, prioritize relentlessly, exercise business judgment soundly, and operate with a sense of urgency to get things done. The Senior Counsel must be sufficiently experienced and ready to quickly assume responsibility for corporate matters on day 1. The Senior Counsel will report to the General Counsel and work closely with leadership and support all levels of management.
Support critical corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic investments and initiatives.
Draft, negotiate and interpret non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), letters of intent (LOIs), investor rights agreements, stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements and operating agreements.
Provide corporate secretarial support, including taking and drafting Board meeting minutes, preparing written consents and resolutions, and otherwise assisting in managing the corporate books and records for the Company and its subsidiaries.
Support the Company’s subsidiary formation and management.
Manage cap table and advise on various corporate law and shareholder matters
Draft employment agreements and assist with equity compensation plans and matters.
Work closely with Assistant General Counsel, Transactions in drafting and negotiating warehouse lines and other debt facilities, mortgage servicing rights (MSR) sales agreements, mortgage loan correspondent and broker agreements, and other capital markets agreements, and other types of commercial contracts.
Regularly advise business stakeholders and members of the legal, finance and compliance departments on matters related to areas of responsibility and the Company’s obligations under various agreement
Flag and escalate appropriate matters to other subject matter experts, including the litigation, commercial transactions, and regulatory compliance teams.
Provide training to internal clients on contracts and other key legal matters.
At least 5-10 years of relevant corporate law experience.
Experience supporting and leading aspects of corporate transactions, including drafting and negotiating NDAs and LOIs, conducting and facilitating due diligence, advising on deal structure, drafting, and negotiating deal agreements, and managing deal execution and integration.
Experience working with and supporting Boards of Directors, managing corporate documents, books, and records, advising on corporate law matters, and forming and maintaining various types of legal entities.
Prior financial services industry experience, especially mortgage transactions and regulatory experience, a significant advantage; proven success in supporting fast-growing, highly entrepreneurial companies is highly desired.
Strong project management skills and ability to complete projects with minimal supervision under tight timelines.
Strong drafting and negotiation skills.
Can-do “roll up your sleeves” mindset.
Sound business judgment and ability to strike right balance between legal risks and business goals.
Willingness to learn the business and build strong relationships with internal stakeholders.
Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills.
Self-motivated with strong work ethic.
Clear, concise, and persuasive oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work collaboratively and cross functionally with a customer service mindset.
Proven track record of multi-tasking and working under a heavy workload with changing priorities.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Resilient with a sense of humor.
Prior in-house counsel experience a plus.
J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school.
Licensed to practice law in at least one state and must be or be able to become licensed in Illinois. Illinois bar members preferred.
About Guaranteed Rate
Guaranteed Rate is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, the Company has more than 5,000 employees in over 700 offices across the U.S., and is licensed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 2000, Guaranteed Rate has helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners with home purchase loans and refinances and funded more than $37 billion in loans in 2019 alone. The Company has cemented itself as the Home Purchase Experts® by introducing innovative technology, such as the world's first Digital Mortgage, by offering low rates and by delivering unparalleled customer service. Honors and awards include: “Top Lender for Online Service” for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide's Top Retail Mortgage Lenders 2018; Top Lender 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Chicago Agent magazine; Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years; and Best Overall Online Lender and Best Lender for FHA Refinance by NerdWallet in 2018. Visit rate.com for more information. NMLS # 2611
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