Corporate Counsel - International

Job ID
Legal & Compliance
Jersey City


About Lord Abbett:


Founded in 1929, Lord Abbett is an independent firm with a singular focus on the management of money. Over the course of our history, we’ve earned a sterling reputation for our leadership, influence, and innovation in the asset management industry. Today, our independent perspective, our commitment to active management, and our intelligent product design continue to make us relevant to individual and institutional investors.


From the very beginning, we’ve recognized that our people are our greatest asset. As an investment-led, investor-focused firm, we value intellectual curiosity, teamwork, and collaboration across the organization.


We’re looking for people with a keen interest in working for a trusted leader in the asset management industry, a desire to expand their knowledge, and a passion for delivering a client experience that exceeds expectations.

Now that you know our history, are you ready to be a part of our future?


We are seeking an experienced asset management attorney to be part of a team that provides day-to-day legal support to Lord Abbett's International business, including UCITS funds, offshore funds and international separate accounts.  S/he will be responsible for the following:


Fund Distribution, Operation, Governance and Product Development

  • Working with client service and sales teams globally to assist in distributor on-boarding, including negotiation of sub-distribution agreements and related documentation
  • Counseling client service and sales teams regarding cross-boarder sales issues
  • Interpreting, analyzing, and providing guidance on applicable law, regulations and major regulatory reforms
  • Working with fund administration and compliance teams, dealing with day-to-day queries regarding maintenance of the funds, and legal and regulatory issues arising in respect to service providers (administrator, depositary, transfer agent) to the funds
  • Updating and maintaining fund offering documentation (prospectuses, offering memoranda, KIIDS) and assist with corporate and regulatory governance of the funds
  • Assisting in the development and launch of new fund products (both registered and unregistered), including the preparation of offering materials
  • Advising on the ongoing regulatory issues surrounding Lord Abbett's offices in the UK and Ireland

Institutional and Separate Accounts

  • Counseling client service and sales teams regarding cross-border issues and applicable local law
  • Drafting and negotiating investment management agreements and related documentation
  • Advising on ongoing client service queries related to institutional accounts




This is a complex role requiring strong communication and organizational skills in addition to core legal competence. The role involves complex cross-border interactions with internal colleagues and external counterparts and is suitable for a candidate looking for a significant level of responsibility and business interaction.


The position requires a candidate with experience in a combination (but not necessarily all) of the following areas:

  • UCITS funds, with particular knowledge of the cross-border distribution of UCITS funds
  • Distribution regulation and practices
  • Offshore funds and private pooled investment vehicles
  • Commercial contracts with distributors, intermediaries or other agents
  • Institutional investment management agreements

The successful candidate will also possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent academic background, including a Juris Doctor degree from a well-respected law school
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience as an attorney; law firm experience required and in-house experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities and prioritize work in a deadline-intensive environment

The desirable candidate should possess the following personal characteristics:

  • Proactive, energetic, and pragmatic approach to business and legal issues that is oriented toward finding solutions
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to distill and explain technical and/or complex matters to non-lawyers
  • Influence and presence to gain credibility with and the respect of key internal and external constituencies,including his/her manger, colleagues, senior business leaders, and fund/board counsel
  • Active listening skills, including the ability to attend to the concerns of senior managers and business leaders
  • Strong team orientation; values and emphasizes cooperation and teamwork across functional areas
  • Ability to function autonomously in leading an effective team
  • Ethical nature, with the highest standards of integrity


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