Senior Paralegal - posted 9/18/19

Senior Paralegal - posted 9/18/19

Company Name: 
Russell Investments
FT/PT Status: 
Full Time
Location
Seattle
WA
Salary Range: 
Job Summary: 

Business Unit:
Office of the CLO
Job Description:
Role Summary

The Senior Paralegal will work with the US Legal team and support a broad spectrum of legal matters but will primarily be focused on legal and regulatory support of the Americas Institutional (AI) team, including funds that are exempt from registration pursuant to the Investment Company Act of 1940.  This position will oversee and manage the board, audit committee and trust investment committee meeting process for the AI funds and other matters related to a Washington chartered trust company and a Delaware limited liability company.  The Senior Paralegal will participate on product development teams to assist attorney’s in ensuring that all regulatory requirements are met and proper board actions are taken.  The Senior Paralegal will also (i) manage the corporate registration process for the Russell Investments entities registered throughout the United States; (ii) provide case law research assistance for the US Legal team; and (ii) provide back-up for any litigation matters that arise.  The Senior Paralegal will administer and take minutes for committees as assigned, such as the Russell Investments Retirement Plan Committee and the Russell Investments Proxy Voting Committee.  This position works with directors and officers, all levels of company staff and management, primarily inside legal counsel, and other AI fund internal service providers.

The responsibilities of the individual in this position include:

  • Planning, preparation, execution and follow-up for the trust company's and the Delaware LLC's board, audit committee and trust investment committee meetings regarding all matters related to these entities, with primary emphasis on (i) organization and completion of those board meetings, including primary responsibility for facilitating meeting logistics; oversight of board report requests; drafting agendas, minutes, routine Board materials and exhibits, written consents, certificates of secretary and other routine corporate secretary documents; (ii) assisting in-house counsel at the board meetings; and (iii) the overall organization, production and distribution of board, audit committee and trust invesment committee books.
  • Interfacing with the external corporate registration filing vendor on a regular basis and completing corporate registration filings internally, when necessary.  This includes negotiating the agreement with the external filing vendor.
  • Recordkeeping and file management for the fund boards, including maintaining databases or other electronic media; and support for litigation or regulatory review, including responses to inquiries and document production requests from internal and external parties for matters affecting the funds, the trust company or private funds.
  • Interacting and coordinating with various associates in the OCLO, other business units, directors, and fund service providers to accomplish these tasks as well as developing and maintaining a strong and flexible working relationship with business units supporting the funds and the fund boards.
  • Attending Proxy Committee meetings and Retirment Plan Committee meetings to prepare the minutes.  Assist with planning for the Retirement Plan Committee meetings.
  • Overseeing the relationship with Lexis/Nexis and negotiating the Lexis/Nexis agreement.
  • Will provide litigation support as needed.
Requirements or Qualifications: 

The successful candidate will have extensive demonstrable skills and experiences including the following:

  • Paralegal experience in a corporate legal department, law firm, or industry-related position with financial services experience preferred.
  • Understanding of Washington banking law (or other states’ laws), private funds, and general corporate legal concepts.
  • Understanding of the Advisers Act and the ’40 Act as it pertains to private funds.
  • Understanding of Reg D and demonstrated ability to manage the Reg D annual filings.
  • Knowledge and understnading of corporate governance.
  • Familiarity with service providers to funds, what they do and how they fit into the big picture.
  • Familiarity with bank maintained collective investment trusts, private funds and their related governing/offering documents.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft simple legal documents such as amendments agreements and PPM supplements, and edit legal documents for attorney review.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the administration of PPMs/Oms and other disclosure documents.
  • Working knowledge of Clearwell and Enterprise Vault.
  • ERISA knowledge helpful, but not necessary.
  • Proficiency with business desktop applications including MS Office and Outlook with ability to learn new applications such as Diligent.
  • Strong researching skills, critical thinking.
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills, including experience drafting, reviewing, revising and proof-reading detailed documents and reports.
  • Abilty to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Paralegal Certificate
Application Process: 
Please use the following link to apply online: https://bit.ly/2kH1ljT
Selection Criteria: 
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